CTS Faculty In Print

Five faculty members of Christian Theological Seminary have been published recently. Below is a listing of their newest works:

Extremist for Love: Martin Luther King, Jr., Man of Ideas and Nonviolent Social Action

Renowned scholar Rufus Burrow Jr, CTS Indiana Professor of Christian Thought and Professor of Theological Social Ethics, has authored a new book on Martin Luther King, Jr. that examines his role as both thought-leader and activist. In spite of extensive past research on King, insufficient attention has been given to the convergence of ideas and action in his life. Through Burrows text, King stands out—a rare mix of the deeply profound thinker and intellect who put the fruit of that reflection into the service of direct social action.

“Rufus Burrow has shown that the roots of King’s nonviolent social protest and socio-ethical practice are grounded in a family deeply rooted in black southern culture and the black Baptist church,” says Reginald C. Holmes of New Covenant Christian Church, Denver. “His book convincingly argues that many watered those roots, but those who planted the seeds and did the early nurturing were members of King’s family, educational- and faith-communities.“

Dr. Burrow’s meticulous research and moving text illustrates how King transformed ideas into action, thereby altering the course of American history.

Under the Oak Tree: The Church as Community of Conversation in a Conflicted and Pluralistic World

Ron Allen, Professor of Preaching and Gospels and Letters, edited and contributed to an important new book! Among the contributions, which include essays from the likes of Marjorie Suchocki and others, is one called “God as Conversational” by CTS’ own Michael Miller, Associate Professor of Systematic and Philosophical Theology.

In all, eleven noted contributors join a growing current that sees conversation as an image to refresh our thinking about the nature and purpose of the church, and as a process in which individuals and communities with different perspectives come together for real understanding.

‘Under the Oak Tree’ employs the image of Sarah and Abraham greeting three visitors under the Oaks of Mamre as an image for the church as a community of conversation, a community that opens itself to the otherness of the Bible, voices in history and tradition, others in the contemporary social and ecological worlds. Furthermore, the book shows how conversation can lead the church to action. This is a critical book for those interested in practical theology and the future of the church.

Re-Storying Your Faith
a spiritual practice resource

Published last November, a book by Dr. Suzanne Coyle, Executive Director of the CTS Counseling Center and Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology and Marriage and Family Therapy, helps people discover multiple faith stories to give meaning to their spiritual journey, according to her publisher Circle Books, an imprint of John Hunt Publishing.

And the critics appear to agree. Melanie Carroll of The Good Book Stall in the U.K., says ‘Re-Storying Your Faith’ “looks at the nature of stories, the stories we tell each other and ourselves everyday in our relationships, in our conversations and in the basic nature of our thoughts and minds. Coyle goes on to look at how we probably need to approach the stories and, in effect, repurpose them or rework them entirely - to look beyond the surface story to the deeper hidden meanings we have lost sight of.

“For anyone interested in the nature of story then this book is probably a must read,” Carrol asserts. “For anyone aware that there are dissonances between what they were told and what they believe, then again this book would be a great tool.”

Prophetic Liturgy: Toward a Transforming Christian Praxis

New from Tercio Bretanha Junker, CTS Assistant Professor of Worship and Director of Sweeney Chapel, a book that delves into a number of questions concerning the transformative nature of liturgy, both for individuals and communities. In which sense does the liturgy facilitate a living participation in socio-political-economic life? How does the sacramental practice challenge the church to mediate God’s gifts? The most challenging ethical hope of this book is to provide the worshipping community with prophetic awareness of socio-economic-injustice while, at the same time, preserving the community’s historical-cultural identity, its religious values, and its sacramental spirituality.

Frank Burch Brown, CTS Frederick Doyle Kershner Professor of Religion & the Arts, called the book “a work marked by a passion for justice and equality (that) demonstrates an intrinsic connection between the power and beauty of sacrament, song, and preaching on the one hand, and the need for liberation, or world transformation on the other.”

All books available now, or soon, at the CTS Bookstore.

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