Mos Christianorum: The Roman Discourse of Exemplarity and the Jewish and Christian Language of Leadership
’03, M.A. ’07, Assistant Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity
Mohr Siebeck, November 2016
The preferred moral curriculum of a Roman education abounded with exemplary stories of Rome's native heroes. To inculcate conceptions of virtuous leadership, politicians and populace alike deployed exempla as rhetorical vehicles of the mos maiorum (way of the ancestors). James Petitfils explores Jewish and Christian participation in this widespread pedagogical practice. After surveying Roman discourse on exemplary leadership, Petitfils consults several texts, written in significantly Romanized environments, celebrating Jewish or Christian ancestral leaders. He highlights their respective appropriation, adaptation and redeployment of the Roman moral idiom on exemplary leadership in the promotion of self-consciously non-Roman ancestral exempla and languages of leadership.
Sustainable Church: Growing Ministry Around the Sheep, Not Just the Shepherds
Sustainable Church is a thorough, Bible-based exposition of how the ministry of every church should be organically built around all of the Spirit-gifted followers of Jesus within that local body. It critiques the shallow pragmatism and unsustainability of non-organic churches and biblically showcases the sustainability of the organic church. "Body discipleship" is a key part of the church's sustainability, and Russell explains biblically how it corrects the model of discipleship that has been popular for the last two to three generations. Additionally, this book showcases the servant-model of biblical leaders who are supposed to equip the saints to do the work of ministry on behalf of Jesus, the true pastor/shepherd of every local church!
Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities in Asian American Life and Ministry
Benjamin C. Shin
M.Div. ’93, Th.M. ’96, Associate Professor of Bible Exposition
Sheryl Takagi Silzer
M.A. ’93, M.A. '98
Eisenbrauns, January 2016
Cultural and generational differences have led to many misunderstandings and conflicts within the Asian American church, which have created bitterness and church splits. How can these tangled threads be rewoven into a beautiful tapestry of God’s grace? What would it take for the Asian American church to reflect God's grace? In Tapestry of Grace: Untangling the Cultural Complexities in Asian American Life and Ministry, Ben Shin and Sheryl Silzer apply their years of study and teaching, taking lessons from their own spiritual journeys, and show how each generation can experience the amazing grace of the gospel.
Our Deepest Desires: How the Christian Story Fulfills Human Aspirations
As human beings, we are created with desires. We all long for meaningful relationships, lives that reflect goodness, engagements with beauty, and the freedom to pursue our lives with integrity. But where can our restless hearts find fulfillment for these universal longings? Philosopher and apologist Greg Ganssle argues that our widely shared human aspirations are best understood and explained in light of the Christian story. With grace and insight, Ganssle explains how the good news of Jesus Christ makes sense of — and fulfills — our deepest desires. It is only in the particular claims of the Christian faith, he argues, that our universal human aspirations can find fulfillment and our restless hearts will be at peace.