“Brian is an Assemblies of God pastor in Arizona and a fellow blogger…
(Mark reminds us) Brian and Debbie, for those who don’t know, receive very little income from the church they pastor and are in the process of becoming missionary candidates with the AG to help further God’s work at the grand Canyon.
….and he has lost many of his books. Maybe this doesn’t many anything to you, but if it does, could you spare a book from his wish list?”
He had to dispose of his entire library, filled with theology books because of some mold from his housing. After I read this post, I was moved and have decided to mail a few books by one of my favorite theologians, Stanley Grenz, and a few others. If you are able, could you please take the time to visit Brian’s blog linked above to see what you could do to help, either mailing a book or sending a word of encouragement.
A post from Diglot two weeks ago has got me thinking about this.
In these times, I have kept the same rules I have always had for purchasing books.
1. My number one rule is this: if you see a book that you must have, please preview it using Google Books or Amazon.com. Usually, these sites let you have a glimpse of the table of contents and the all important subject index.
3. In terms of theology or biblical studies, if you want to purchase a book on theology or the Bible, try to find the nearest Half Priced Books, preferably the one with a wide selection in the Inspiration or Philosophy section. Sometimes I have found black theology books in the African American studies section with history.
4. For persons who prefer more mainstream or liberal scholarship, I’ll let you in on a little secret of mine. Even at Half Priced books, the books may have an evangelical slant depending on which seminary is close by. Cokesbury has a good selection, but it can be pricey. But sometimes the best treasures can be found at your local Mardel’s, in the clearance section. You would be surprised to find a text you perhaps you have always wanted but never been able to get a hold of; I have bought several copies of the Voice translation for $5 as well as Stanley Grenz’s Theology for the Community of God for about $15, cheaper than anything I could find online.
Or Was That Justice as a form of Trinitarian Love?
Stanley Grenz is probably my favorite evangelical and postmodern theologians. I have read a number of his works.
Recently, there has been some controversy over a guy named Glenn and social justice churches.
Going back to read Grenz’s The Moral Quest to see what he had to say about duty, responsibility and deontological ethics, I came across this quote:
“The desire to mirror God’s love mandates Christian involvement in social issues, including the quest for justice in its many forms. We are attentive to justice issues simply because we share God’s loving concern for all creation, and therefore we desire to be the vehicles through which God expresses that love to all. Our desire to be vehicles of God’s love leads to attempts to transform social structures that work against God’s loving purposes. To this end we become God’s advocates in confronting evil, and we champion the cause of the weak, the marginalized, and the downtrodden, just as Jesus has shown us by his own example. Page 262.
What Christians must ask themselves is, does Glenn Beck have the Christian Triune God in mind when he refers to God, or is he hopelessly caught up in the logic of the Founders of the USA, which was grounded in Enlightenment deism? There is a significant difference; I am no universalist, and the implications for such a difference are great. One does not have to adhere to Marxism to be concerned for social justice; worshipping the Blessed Trinity should be the source of Christian social action.