BAYLOR AT THE CROSSROADS (Memoirs of a Provost; by Donald D. Schmeltekopf; Imprint: Cascade Books). This is a book about the enormous changes that took place at Baylor University from 1991 to 2003, as seen through the perceptive eyes of its provost at the time, Donald D. Schmeltekopf. On the front end was the charter revision, a change that permanently restructured the legal governance of the university. On the back end was Baylor 2012, a grand vision for the university issued by the…

BAYLOR AT THE CROSSROADS (Memoirs of a Provost; by Donald D. Schmeltekopf; Imprint: Cascade Books). This is a book about the enormous changes that took place at Baylor University from 1991 to 2003, as seen through the perceptive eyes of its provost at the time, Donald D. Schmeltekopf. On the front end was the charter revision, a change that permanently restructured the legal governance of the university. On the back end was Baylor 2012, a grand vision for the university issued by the…

ORIENTED TO FAITH (Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships; by Tim Otto; foreword by Shane Claiborne; Imprint: Cascade Books). Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to "know that we are Christians by our love," the church needs to discover better...

ORIENTED TO FAITH (Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships; by Tim Otto; foreword by Shane Claiborne; Imprint: Cascade Books). Rather than embracing the conflict around gay relationships as an opportunity for the church to talk honestly about human sexuality, Christians continue to hurt one another with the same tired arguments that divide us along predictable political battle lines. If the world is to "know that we are Christians by our love," the church needs to discover better...

Confronting Religious Absolutism (Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination; BY Catherine M. Wallace; Imprint: Cascade Books). Papal infallibility and biblical inerrancy provide the conceptual foundations of theocracy, which is to say religiously-based totalitarianism. These absolutist doctrines emerge for the very first time among the Victorians: they are not ancient beliefs at all. They appear in the 19th century, right alongside secular varieties totalitarian thought, and in…

Confronting Religious Absolutism (Christian Humanism and the Moral Imagination; BY Catherine M. Wallace; Imprint: Cascade Books). Papal infallibility and biblical inerrancy provide the conceptual foundations of theocracy, which is to say religiously-based totalitarianism. These absolutist doctrines emerge for the very first time among the Victorians: they are not ancient beliefs at all. They appear in the 19th century, right alongside secular varieties totalitarian thought, and in…

Crashing the Idols (The Vocation of Will D. Campbell [and any other Christian for that matter]; BY Will D. Campbell, Richard C. Goode; Imprint: Cascade Books). If prophets are called to unveil and expose the illegitimacy of those principalities masquerading as "the right" and purportedly using their powers for "the good," then Will D. Campbell is one of the foremost prophets in American religious history. Like Clarence Jordan and Dorothy Day, Campbell incarnates the radical iconoclastic...

Crashing the Idols (The Vocation of Will D. Campbell [and any other Christian for that matter]; BY Will D. Campbell, Richard C. Goode; Imprint: Cascade Books). If prophets are called to unveil and expose the illegitimacy of those principalities masquerading as "the right" and purportedly using their powers for "the good," then Will D. Campbell is one of the foremost prophets in American religious history. Like Clarence Jordan and Dorothy Day, Campbell incarnates the radical iconoclastic...

THE PHILOSOPHY OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS (A Sketch; by Stephen L. Brock; Imprint: Cascade Books). If Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great theologian, it is in no small part because he was a great philosopher. And he was a great philosopher because he was a great metaphysician. In the twentieth century, metaphysics was not much in vogue, among either theologians or even philosophers; but now it is making a comeback, and once the contours of Thomas's metaphysical vision are glimpsed, it looks...

THE PHILOSOPHY OF SAINT THOMAS AQUINAS (A Sketch; by Stephen L. Brock; Imprint: Cascade Books). If Saint Thomas Aquinas was a great theologian, it is in no small part because he was a great philosopher. And he was a great philosopher because he was a great metaphysician. In the twentieth century, metaphysics was not much in vogue, among either theologians or even philosophers; but now it is making a comeback, and once the contours of Thomas's metaphysical vision are glimpsed, it looks...

Becoming Human Again (The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren; BY Bengt Kristensson Uggla; TRANSLATED BY Daniel M. Olson; Imprint: Cascade Books)

Becoming Human Again (The Theological Life of Gustaf Wingren; BY Bengt Kristensson Uggla; TRANSLATED BY Daniel M. Olson; Imprint: Cascade Books)

JESUS AND MAGIC (Freeing the Gospel Stories from Modern Misconceptions; by Richard A. Horsley; Imprint: Cascade Books). It has become standard in modern interpretation to say that Jesus performed miracles, and even mainline scholarly interpreters classify Jesus's healings and exorcisms as miracles. Some highly regarded scholars have argued, more provocatively, that the healings and exorcisms were magic, and that Jesus was a magician.   As Richard Horsley points out, if we make a...

JESUS AND MAGIC (Freeing the Gospel Stories from Modern Misconceptions; by Richard A. Horsley; Imprint: Cascade Books). It has become standard in modern interpretation to say that Jesus performed miracles, and even mainline scholarly interpreters classify Jesus's healings and exorcisms as miracles. Some highly regarded scholars have argued, more provocatively, that the healings and exorcisms were magic, and that Jesus was a magician. As Richard Horsley points out, if we make a...

Overture to Practical Theology (The Music of Religious Inquiry; BY Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner; FOREWORD BY James N. Lapsley; Imprint: Cascade Books). The book examines biblical foundations, historical roots, and current manifestations of social justice ministry. Stevenseon-Moessner shows how practical theology addresses racism, sexism, violence, anti-Semitism, ecological imbalance, and life at the margins of society--the vexing issues of today's ministry.

Overture to Practical Theology (The Music of Religious Inquiry; BY Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner; FOREWORD BY James N. Lapsley; Imprint: Cascade Books). The book examines biblical foundations, historical roots, and current manifestations of social justice ministry. Stevenseon-Moessner shows how practical theology addresses racism, sexism, violence, anti-Semitism, ecological imbalance, and life at the margins of society--the vexing issues of today's ministry.

Learning from a Legend (What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us about Preaching; BY Jared E. Alcantara; FOREWORD BY Ralph Douglas West; Imprint: Cascade Books). In April 2015, America's last pulpit prince died. When Gardner C. Taylor (1918-2015), former senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, departed this life at the age of ninety-six, the United States lost one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, not enough preachers today know his name or why his...

Learning from a Legend (What Gardner C. Taylor Can Teach Us about Preaching; BY Jared E. Alcantara; FOREWORD BY Ralph Douglas West; Imprint: Cascade Books). In April 2015, America's last pulpit prince died. When Gardner C. Taylor (1918-2015), former senior pastor of Concord Baptist Church in Brooklyn, departed this life at the age of ninety-six, the United States lost one of the greatest preachers of the twentieth century. Unfortunately, not enough preachers today know his name or why his...

JEREMIAH (Prophet Like Moses; by Jack R. Lundbom; Imprint: Cascade Books). This book on Jeremiah seeks to place before a broad audience of students and lay readers one of the truly great Hebrew prophets and extraordinary individuals of the ancient world. It lifts up major themes preserved in the book bearing Jeremiah's name, one of the most prominent being Jeremiah's understanding of himself as "the prophet like Moses." Jeremiah remained faithful to his calling during the final days of...

JEREMIAH (Prophet Like Moses; by Jack R. Lundbom; Imprint: Cascade Books). This book on Jeremiah seeks to place before a broad audience of students and lay readers one of the truly great Hebrew prophets and extraordinary individuals of the ancient world. It lifts up major themes preserved in the book bearing Jeremiah's name, one of the most prominent being Jeremiah's understanding of himself as "the prophet like Moses." Jeremiah remained faithful to his calling during the final days of...

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