Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny, by Mark French Buchanan (Review)

One of the amazing things about being at Princeton for the Karl Barth Conference this year was meeting and befriending others whose lives and thinking have been profoundly shaped by Moltmann’s work. One such individual was Mark French Buchanan. I previously shared a guest post from Mark here and plan to share more from him in the near future!

Mark’s new book, Embraced: Many Stories, One Destiny, has been released by Wipf and Stock, and I was delighted to have been given an opportunity to read an early digital copy.  Mark first met professor Moltmann as a seminary student in 1980, and has spent his time since seeking to live out the hopeful theology that Moltmann espouses, in his life and in his pastoral ministry. This book is largely an outgrowth of this journey, which, for me at least, is part of what made it so engaging.  Continue reading

Moltmanniac Recommends – We Belong: Trinitarian Good News, by Stephen Morrison

IMG_5047.PNG“The most stunning news in the universe is that God has included us into His life of love, fellowship, joy, acceptance, and light. We have been included in the Trinitarian relationship.”
(Stephen Morrison, We Belong, Kindle location 728)

My friend Stephen Morrison has recently come out with a new book, We Belong: Trinitarian Good News. Stephen is a fellow Moltmanniac (though I sense in my reading of this book that he’s even a little more partial to Karl Barth and T.F. Torrance – but let’s not hold that against him!). Anyway, he was kind enough to send me a digital review copy and I am pleased to recommend this book. I found the book to be incredibly relatable; Morrison shares out of his own journey of thoughtful theological exploration and discovery. The is an insightful book written by someone has been asking great questions and reading several great theologians.  Continue reading

The Transformative Church: New Ecclesial Models and the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann, by Patrick Oden

I recently finished reading an exciting new book relating Moltmann’s theology to what is going on in the church today: The Transformative Church: New Ecclesial Models and the Theology of Jürgen Moltmann, by Patrick Oden. It doesn’t hit the streets until next month, but the author was kind enough to hook me up with an early digital copy.

In this book, Oden explores the practices of a broad array of movements that he calls “transformative churches” (Emerging, Missional, Fresh Expressions, Neo-Monastic), and puts them into conversation with the theology of Jürgen Moltmann. He builds a case for a “program for liberation of the oppressor that can inform transformative churches”, in hope that in such contexts “a transformative messianic life can take shape.” (65) Continue reading

Moltmanniac Recommends – Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings

Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings; edited by Margaret Kohl. Introduction by Richard Bauckman Fortress Press, Minneapolis, Minn. 292 pages

I am always on the lookout for resources to recommend to people who are interested in learning about Moltmann (see my previous post, Getting Started with Moltmann).  I have just finished reading a new book that belongs at the top of the list: Jürgen Moltmann: Collected Readings.  This collection is edited by Margaret Kohl (who has translated many of Moltmann’s works into English) and contains a helpful introduction by Richard Bauckham (author of The Theology of Jürgen Moltmann and one of the best known scholars on Moltmann around). Continue reading