Conversations between Music and Theology
Edited by Jeremy S. Begbie, Thomas A. Langford Research Professor of Theology, and Steven R. Guthrie
Eerdmans, 2011, 505 pages, Paperback, $34.00
This collection of essays arose from the Calvin Theology and Music Colloquium established in 2001 by the University of St. Andrews in partnership with Calvin College, and chaired by Jeremy Begbie. Among the essays are “Created Beauty: The Witness of J.S. Bach,” by Begbie, director of Duke Initiatives in Theology and the Arts; “Music for the Love Feast: Hildegard of Bingen and the Song of Songs,” by Margot Fassler; and “The Singing of Jesus,” by Michael O’Connor.
Grace to Lead:
Practicing Leadership in the Wesleyan Tradition
By Kenneth L. Carder, Williams Professor of the Practice of Christian Ministry, and Laceye Warner, Associate Professor of the Practice of Evangelism and Methodist Studies; Reynolds Teaching Fellow
United Methodist General Board of Higher Education and Ministry, 2010, 100 pages, Paperback, $12.95
In their new book designed specifically for Christian leaders and teachers, Kenneth L. Carder and Laceye C. Warner examine the telos of Christian discipleship and leadership; the significance of divine grace for understanding and practicing leadership in the Wesleyan tradition; the central place of Christian practices for leadership formation in the early Methodist movement; and the challenges and opportunities of leadership in the contemporary context.
Forgiving As We’ve Been Forgiven:
Community Practices for Making Peace
By L. Gregory Jones, Professor of Theology,
and Célestin Musekura
IVP Books, 2010, 140 pages, Paperback, $15.00
In the most recent volume in the Resources for Reconciliation series, Greg Jones and Célestin Musekura describe how churches and communities can cultivate the habits that make forgiveness possible on a daily basis. Following the Rwandan genocide, Musekura lost his father and other family members to revenge killings. After hearing God tell him to forgive the killers, he has used the healing power of forgiveness both in his own life and to work for forgiveness and reconciliation across Africa.
Jones, author of Embodying Forgiveness, interacts with Musekura’s story to show how people can practice forgiveness in everyday circumstances of marriage, family, and congregational life. Together the authors demonstrate that forgiving and being forgiven are mutually reciprocating practices that lead to transformation and healing.
The Sacrifice of Africa:
A Political Theology for Africa
By Emmanuel Katongole, Associate Professor of Theology and World Christianity
Eerdmans, 2010, 200 pages, Paperback, $16.00
An ordained Catholic priest and professor of theology, Emmanuel Katongole tells gripping stories of people across Africa, such as Maggy Barankitse. Reared amid ethnic hatred in Burundi, she now takes in former child soldiers and orphans and raises them “beyond this hatred and bitterness that I came to see in their eyes.” Katongole argues that the story of senseless killing must be replaced by a new kind of sacrifice—one of self-emptying, as Jesus Christ emptied himself in service to others, and by the determination that forgiveness and love will have the last word.