New and Noteworthy – September 2006
Dayton Keesee. Churches of Christ During the Civil War. Fort Worth, Texas: Star, 2006. Joplin, Mo.: College, 2006. ISBN 1-56794-360-8; 132 pages; $12.95; www.collegepress.com.
Keesee’s years of studying church history in the archives of Butler University have yielded a history that traces the churches’ response to the war. From pacifism to sectional differences, the book focuses on 1861 to 1865 in six chapters. Keesee writes, “Northern congregations’ activities were less affected, but even in the devastated South, the brethren strove to continue worship and evangelistic work. But throughout the turmoil and despite differences of opinion, the church of Christ retained its unity.”
Keesee served as a minister in Indiana and a veteran teacher of International Bible Institute in Lubbock, Texas.
William R. Baker, Editor. Evangelicalism and the Stone-Campbell Movement, Vol. 2. Abilene, Texas: ACU Press, 2006. ISBN 0-89112-512-4; 296 pages; $23.99; (877) 816-4455.
This collection of essays is Baker’s second volume and focuses on “Engaging Basic Christian Doctrine.” Volume 1 was published in 2002 by InterVarsity Press and dealt with the question “Are we evangelical?” This volume includes a foreword by historian of American religion Randall Balmer and essays by 19 leaders from all branches of the movement including Jack Cottrell, John Sanders, John Mark Hicks, I. Howard Marshall, Lynn McMillon and Grant Osborne. The essays are divided into topical sections including Theism, Christology and the Lord’s Supper.
Baker is general editor of the Stone-Campbell Journal.
Jarrod Jones.The Backward Life: In Pursuit of an Uncommon Faith. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Revell: 2006. ISBN 0-8007-3144-1; 219 pages; $12.99; (616) 676-9185.
The paradox of Christian faith is the subject of Jones’ book, which sometimes is autobiographical, but always focuses on the contradictory nature of Jesus, his life, his ministry and his death. Jones encourages Christians to deny themselves and take up their cross in order to live like Jesus. Jones writes, “The Bible talks about heroes of faith who were real, ordinary human beings. What made them heroes was a hope and faith that was backward to this world.”
Jones has a Master’s in Divinity from Southern Theological Seminary and is a member of Shades Mountain Independent Church in Birmingham, Ala.
Victor Knowles. Together in Christ: More Than a Dream. Joplin, Mo., and Abilene, Texas: College Press and Leafwood Publishers, 2006. ISBN 0-89900-942-5; $11.99; 168 pages; (877) 816-4455.
In 10 chapters, Knowles shares his passion for unity in the American Restoration Movement, particularly among a cappella Churches of Christ and instrumental Christian Churches. Chapters include Scripture study and a study of prayers of unity; songs about unity and slogans that capture unity; and documents published for unity and statements by dead and living leaders who call for unity. The heart of the book are chapters nine and 10, where Knowles articulates the rationale for unity and why it is an urgent concern today.
Knowles is president of Peace on Earth Ministries in Joplin and editor of One Body magazine.
Sept. 1, 2006