1) Bruxy Cavey, Reunion: The Good News of Jesus for Seekers, Saints, and Sinners (May 9, 2017)

I’m excited for this one because I anticipate that it will be a clear, simple explanation of the Gospel, which would be a big help for discipleship. As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, while there are lots of books which claim to present the gospel, too often they actually only present the author’s favourite atonement theory.

I’ve been waiting for a book like this.

Bruxy Cavey is teaching pastor at The Meeting House church, with campuses and house churches across the Greater Toronto Area. It reminds me of a Canadian, Anabaptist version of Redeemer Presbyterian, in the way that it is surprisingly successful even though it is theologically conservative in a very socially progressive (and influential) city.

2) Brian Zahnd, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News (August 15, 2017)

This book takes its title, of course, from Calvinist Puritan Jonathan Edwards’ famous sermon, Sinners in the hands of an angry God, and you might remember that Pastor Zahnd was one of the co-representatives of the non-Calvinist side in the 2014 Zondervan Debate (Part 1; Part 2), so I am curious if this book will, at least in part, take on 5-point Calvinism (and, given the sub-title, maybe dispensationalism, too).  I haven’t seen any previews or endorsements yet.

Brian Zahnd is an exceptional communicator; his book A Farewell to Mars has been very influential on my thinking regarding non-violence and the Kingdom of God.

3) Greg Boyd, The Crucifixion of the Warrior God (April 1, 2017) and Cross Vision: Making Sense of Violence in the Old Testament (August 1, 2017)

I struggle with how to understand the violent texts in the Old Testament, and I have yet to find a satisfying answer. Enter Dr Boyd’s newest books.

The first, to be released in April, is the two volume academic version, while the one to be released in August is the popular edition.  I’ve found Dr Boyd’s sermons on the topic helpful (but with questions–and passages–outstanding that I hope these books will address) and it is obvious he has thought very deeply about this issue.

Here are two of his sermons to give you a taste:

  1. Shadow of the Cross” (July 22, 2012);
  2. Jesus vs. Jehovah” (May 16, 2010)

And here is a short video interview: “What To Do With the Violent God of the Old Testament

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