New and Noteworthy: January 2010
Andy Confer. Three W6es f6r Babyl6n: Revelation — the Same Yesterday, Today and Forever. Salt Lake City: Aardvark Global Publishing. 184 pages. $13.95.
Confer, longtime minister for Churches of Christ in the Northeast, presents the case that the book of Revelation was written with a message for people in the first century. The volume identifies the “antichrist” and explains the meaning of the number “666.” He covers the biblical text in nine chapters and then takes on questions often raised about Revelation.
Joshua Graves. The Feast — How to Serve Jesus in a Famished World. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Press, 2009. 204 pages. $14.99.
Aimedat those hungering for a deeper life with God, Graves, minister at theOtter Creek church in Nashville, Tenn., explores Jesus’ teaching aboutdiscipleship including both the hardships and the triumphs. The firstseven chapters focus on “re-imagining Jesus,” while the final fivecenter on stories and guidelines for living the life Jesus offers. Thefinal 30 pages are a chapter-by-chapter study guide.
CHURCH AND STATE
Richard T. Hughes. Christian America and the Kingdom of God. Champaign, Ill.: University of Illinois Press, 2009. 232 pages. $29.95.
Former Pepperdine University professor Hughes takes issue with the position that the United States is a Christian nation.
Findingthe American stress on wealth, power, dominance and oppression at oddswith biblical teaching, Hughes counters with a biblical vision of thekingdom of God.
The volume traces the rise of fundamentalismand its role in American history. Hughes also shows that the idea of aChristian America is prohibited by the U.S. Constitution.