New and Noteworthy — May 2010
Ron Clark. The Better Way — The Church of Agape in Emerging Corinth. Eugene, Ore.: Resource Publications, 2010. 166 pages. $23.
Clark, who recently helped plant the Agape Church of Christ in Portland, uses 1 Corinthians to guide contemporary churches through the violence, discrimination, sexuality and fear of popular culture. Rather than taking a verse-by-verse approach, Clark stresses the way Paul’s message aids congregations in facing a difficult world.
The volume includes ample citations from Scripture, charts, helpful illustrations and a bibliography.
Ivy Beckwith. Formational Children’s Ministry: Shaping Children Using Story, Ritual, and Relationship. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker, 2010. 157 pages. $10.87.
Beckwith, associated with Gospel Light Publications, argues that too many children’s ministries center on entertainment or baby-sitting. She proposes a ministry geared toward children growing up in a postmodern world that is based on building faith, not just instilling knowledge. The volume is amply illustrated with examples from effective children’s ministries.
Fiona Soltes. Virtuous Servant. Franklin, Tenn.: Providence House, 2009. 114 pages. $24.95.
Sarah Sheppard Andrews served as a missionary in Japan from 1915 to 1960. She helped establish four Churches of Christ and worked with other missionaries, including the J. M. McCaleb family.
This brief review of her life cites her as a courageous and faithful woman noting especially the difficult days of living in Japan during World War II.
David L. Smith. Learning from the Stranger — Christian Faith and Cultural Diversity. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Eerdmans, 2009. 184 pages. $20.
Smith, associated with Calvin College, uses Scripture to guide Christians on interactions with people from other cultures.
Aimed especially at American college students who increasingly encounter international students sitting next to them in the classroom, the volume centers on what the call to “love your neighbor” means to one’s perceptions and behaviors.
The volume includes an index and bibliography.Produced by Keith Lancaster, the album is a mix of strong harmony and sound biblical lyrics. Acappella’s current lineup: Allen Brantley, Robin Brannon, Zac George, Anthony Lancaster and Zach Wilson.