I believe the last book that I talked about on the blog was John Wigger's, American Saint: Francis Asbury & the Methodists. That was an excellent read! However, I have recently read some other good books that I thought I would share.
This is not a simple "how to" book. This is, as the subtitle indicates, a Trinitarian theology of proclamation. It is a strong and needed corrective to much of what has passed for Christian preaching in the modern age. Pasquarello swims in the historical theology of the Church. He compares modern preaching to the preaching of folks like Irenaus, Augustine, Luther, Wesley and others, and he finds much of modern preaching lacking. - There are many who will not like this book. They will not like his critiques or his "closed mindedness." Readers of this blog, however, will likely love the book. My one criticism is that Pasquarello, at times, becomes a bit like St. Paul in terms of his sentence length. :0) - (I should say, Michael was one of my professors during my doctoral program, and I took his Trinitarian Preaching class.)
It is a bit of an embarrassment to admit that I had not read this book, prior to now. I have read lots and lots of Webber's writings. And I have used his Ancient-Future Worship video curriculum while teaching on worship. Webber has made a HUGE impact on my life and ministry. I readily admit that I am an "Evangelical on the Canterbury Trail." However, this is the first time I have read this particular book. - Having said that, like most things "Webber," I loved this book!
I am, now, close to finishing Christopher A. Hall's Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers, InterVarsity P, 1998.
If you choose to read this book (i.e., Reading Scripture with the Church Fathers), it is important to know that this is an introduction book. It introduces us to the fathers and the way that they read the Scriptures. That is to say, if you already have a familiarity with the fathers, this may not be the book for you. If, however, you don't really know the fathers, this may be a good place to begin. - Hall is good about pointing readers to other sources for further reading.
After I finish Hall's book, I will be picking up something new. I have narrowed it down to three books. (I don't think I will be moving to Hall's other book, at this time). - Here are the books I am thinking about:
I am anxious to read this book, and for good reasons. I know Brent. He is a Nazarene, and there is very little out there about worship from Nazarenes, and even less that is really informed by classical and Wesleyan liturgical studies. Also, if one looks at his "Acknowledgements" page, one will see a name familiar to the readers of this blog! - Brent had me read a portion of his book and make suggestions, prior to his final draft.
The second book that I am thinking about is A Holy Purpose: Five Strategies for Making Christlike Disciples edited by Bill Wiesman, Beacon Hill 2011.
Finally, there is Orthodox and Wesleyan Spirituality edited by S.T. Kimbrough, Jr., St. Vladimir's Seminary Press 2002.
So, those are the three books that I am considering for my next read. - What do you think? Make a comment and let me know.