The Common Good
April 2005

New and Noteworthy

by Molly Marsh | April 2005

A Faith-

A Faith-Based Solution

The Heart of Racial Justice: How Soul Change Leads to Social Change, by Brenda Salter McNeil and Rick Richardson. John Perkins provides a foreword to this practical book, which argues that real racial reconciliation depends on both internal change and community transformation. Includes an extensive list of resources, such as films that address race and privilege, questions for small group discussion, and books that address principalities and powers. InterVarsity Press.

There’s More

Maybe you thought you’d heard the final word from Brian McLaren, a pastor and leader in the “emergent church” movement. But here comes The Last Word and the Word After That: A Tale of Faith, Doubt, and a New Kind of Christianity, the third book in his trilogy about the struggles of fictional pastor Daniel Poole and his friend Neil Oliver. This final volume takes readers to hell and back, as McLaren asks whether our views of hell reflect misunderstandings about who God is. Jossey-Bass.

Listen Up

In Sermons from Duke Chapel: Voices from “A Great Towering Church,” William Willimon, longtime dean of the chapel at Duke University, has compiled a “greatest hits” collection of sermons preached at the chapel since 1935. The likes of Howard Thurman, Barbara Brown Taylor, and Will Campbell offer biblical reflection but also prophetic words on the issues of their day - the civil rights movement, the wars in Vietnam and Iraq. A historical treasure as well as an inspiring read. Duke University Press.

A Sweet Story

True love, intrigue, and flying pies - it’s all part of Duke and the Great Pie War, the newest adventure from VeggieTales. When the pie war erupts between the Rhubarbarians and the Kingdom of Scone, all cream breaks loose and Sweet Petunia (a rhubarb princess) must leave her home to protect her mother-in-law, Nona. This animated film, based on the story of Ruth and Naomi, is true to VeggieTales form with its top-notch graphics and simple message about love.

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