Will D. Campbell

Continuum, 1977

This award-winning book is the autobiography of Will D. Campbell, Baptist minister and Civil Rights supporter from Mississippi. He tells the story of his early growing-up years, in particular his close relationship with his older brother, Joe.   By interweaving of the lives of the two brothers, we follow Campbell's spiritual journey from being ordained at sixteen, as he answered Jesus' call to pick up his cross and follow Jesus, eventually leaving the pulpit  and chaplaincy to become involved in the Civil Rights Movement, working beside Martin Luther King, Jr., John Lewis, Ralph Abernathy, and all the others he meets along the way.

Howard Thurman

Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979 

 Pastor, professor, mystic, and author Howard Thurman is one of the shapers of twentieth-century Christianity.  A grandson of a former slave, his upbringing was amidst the viccitudes and challenges of American racial segregation and all that it divided him from seeming opportunity.

Adele Berlin, Marc Zvi Brettler

and Michael Fishbane, editors

Oxford University Press, 2004

An excellent study bible on the First Testament  which has been acclaimed by both Jewish and Christian clergy.  Included are scholarly articles on criticism, various traditions of Judaism, poetry, and the history of its canonization.

Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z. Brettler, editors

Oxford University Press, 2011

 

An in-depth study of the Second testament that focuses on the Jewish culture and faith of Jesus, his family and followers.  It includes essays on the religious traditions and the perspectvie of the era, the Dead Sea Scrolls, the Midrash, and comtemporary sects.  Christian orthodoxy and rituals are explained.

 

James C. Howell

John Knox Westminster Press, 2012

Howell, a United Methodist pastor and author of The Beauty of the Word  and The Will of God, presents an opportunity to explore this oft-quoted passage from the First Testament, Micah 6:8.  He gives us a background on Micah and his historical setting and brings new understanding to the original meaning of the words which helps us to see this passage in a different way.

Mary C. Earle

Morehouse Publishing, 2003

 

Author, Episcopal priest, and spiritual director, Earle writes from her own experience of living with chronic illness and finding the practice of lectio divina, the ancient church discipline of closely reading and praying with Scripture, to be helpful to those like herself needing support and comfort through the difficulties of sickness and physical pain.

 

Carol Newsom

Sharon H. Ringe

Jacqueline E. Lapsley, editors

Wesminster John Knox Press, 2012

This is the Third Edition of the Women's Bible Commentary.  It has become a classic commentary for feminist biblical scholarship and is written by some of the best scholars in the field.  This edition has new or completely revised and updated essays to reflect current research and perspectives.

David Buttrick

Fortress Press, 1987

Homiletics professor Buttrick lays out a model for sermons which focuses on presenting the message of the Scriptures with sensitivity to the spoken word and to the listener, and most of all, reverence for the Word.

David Sington, director

ThinkFilm, 2008

 

This is a terrific 2007 film about the space flights to the moon beginning in 1968 to 1972.  It focuses on the fascinating interviews with the ten surviving astronauts who went to the moon and were part of the space program since the mid-1960's.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

HarperCollins, 1954

Originally published by Bonhoeffer in 1939, this book grew out of his experiences in Finkenwalde at the seminary he founded and led until its expulsion by the Nazi government.