Monday, May 13, 2013

Worth Reading: "Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond

Any book that has endorsement from Walter Brueggermann grabs my attention.  "Come Out My People!": God's Call Out of Empire in the Bible and Beyond is a new work from Wes Howard-Brook

A remarkable offering for those who care about the interface of power and faith with all the threats and seductions that go with it . . . . As I read, I felt overwhelmed, both by the mass of data and by the cunning of interpretation. I could not put it down, and expect to continue to be instructed by it. --Walter Brueggemann

Wes Howard-Brook teaches at Seattle University and collaborates in the ministry, Abide in Me, with his wife, Sue Ferguson Johnson  He is author of John’s Gospel and the Renewal of the Church, Becoming Children of GodThe Church Before Christianity, and Unveiling Empire: Reading Revelation Then and Now (co-written by Anthony Gwyther).

Brisbane readers may recognize the name of Anthony Gwyther from his involvement with the West End Catholic Worker Community. Gwyther is now living with the  Basisgemeinde Wulfshagenerhütten, a christian community in northern Germany

Listen to this podcast wheree, co-hosts Joanna and Mark interview Wes Howard-Brook.
Their conversation covers, among other things: the “argument” within Scripture between advocates of the “religion of Empire” and the “religion of Creation,” the ethic of love (rather than nonviolence in the New Testament) and the anarchic impulses within Scripture.
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Frank Cordaro review

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