By our staff:
A New Christian Manifesto:
Pledging Allegiance to the Kingdom of God
This book is a powerful rereading of the Lord's Prayer and a call for the church to reject existing power structures by pledging allegiance to the kingdom of God and proclaiming the gospel for all, especially those cast outside the mainstream of society. Bob Ekblad delivers a radical new reading of the Lord's Prayer by arguing that there are earthly power structures and allegiances that prevent God's kingdom to come on earth as in heaven. Drawing upon his experiences in ministry with marginalized people and his understanding of the Bible, Ekblad calls the church to follow Jesus by seeking its own deliverance from these structures, and to recognize people on the margins as being the most open and available to be agents of transformation. A New Christian Manifesto urges Christians to break down barriers to join Jesus in a movement that includes recruiting, healing, empowering, and sending out to achieve an ultimate victory of the cross.
Click here to listen to Bob talk about his book at a recent book signing. A great overview!
Wanted: A spiritual pursuit through jail, among outlaws, and across borders
Wanted follows a restless young man from the sunny suburbs of his youth to the darker side of society in the rainy Northwest, where he finds the direct spiritual experience he's been seeking while volunteering as a night-shift chaplain at a men's correctional facility. The jail becomes his portal to a mysterious world where gang members soon dub him their “pastor.” As he comes to terms with this uncomfortable title—and embraces the role of a shepherd of black sheep—his adventures truly begin.
Hoke shares sublime tales—sometimes comic, other times heartbreaking—of sacred moments in unlikely situations: singing with someone who attempted suicide in the jail’s isolation cell, dodging immigration and airport security with migrant farmworkers, and fly-fishing with tattooed gangsters. Set against the misty Washington landscape, Hoke’s writing takes us with him as he gains and loses friends within the prison system, and even faces his own despair—as well as belovedness—on the back of a motorcycle racing through Guatemalan slums.
In these stories of “mystical portraiture,” Hoke offers a new vision of the forgotten souls who have been cast into society’s dumpsters, helping us see that beneath even the hardest criminal is a fragile desire to be wanted.
Staff Suggested Readings
in alphabetical order
Andrew Marin -- Love is an Orientation: Elevating the Conversation with the Gay Community
Brad Jersak -- Can you Hear Me?
Brian Fikkert -- When Helping Hurts
CommonPrayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals
Francis MacNutt -- Deliverance from Evil Spirits
Francis MacNutt -- The Healing Reawakening: Reclaiming Our Lost Inheritance
Greg Boyd -- God at War
Greg Boyd -- Is God to Blame?
Greg Boyd -- The Myth of a Christian Nation
Heidi Baker -- Birthing the Miraculous: The power of personal encounters with God to Change your life and the world
Heidi Baker -- Compelled by Love
Jack Deare -- Surprised by the Power of the Holy Spirit
James Alison -- On Being Liked
Mark Stibbe -- Prophetic Evangelism: When God Speaks to Those Who Don’t Know Him
N.T. Wright -- Simply Christian
N.T. Wright -- Simply Jesus
Oliver Clement -- Roots of Christian Mysticism
Richard Foster & Emilie Griffin -- Spiritual Classics
Richard Horsely -- Jesus and Empire: The Kingdom of God and the New World Disorder
Seth Holmes -- Fresh Fruit, Broken Bodies
Shane Claiborne -- Jesus for President
Stanley Hauerwas -- A Community of Character
William Stringfellow -- An Ethic for Christians and Other Aliens in a Strange Land
Reading The Bible With The Damned
"This book by Ekblad …moves the Bible away from safe, conventional church venues and reads afresh among the alienated and marginalized. The effect of such a new interpretive context is that the text takes on a poignancy and sharpness that bespeaks the stirring of God’s spirit. We may be led by Ekblad to read the Bible yet again, as if for the first time." --Walter Brueggemann, Professor Emeritus, Columbia Theological Seminary.
"Reading the Bible with the Bible with the Damned" was recently reviewed by the Society of Biblical Literature. Click here to read the reviews.