New Beginning – New Readings

Here are three resources to supplement our new series:


Reading the Bible with the Damned

by Bob Ekblad

“Bob Ekbald is more like Jesus than most people I know… How different the world will be when more of us share Christ's life and heart in the same way. I say when, not if, because this book will hasten the transformation.”

— Marva Dawn

I seek to do everything possible to set up an encounter between God and the people, through assisting them to reflect on their own lives, the Scriptures, and each other's experiences and viewpoints…. I am an unknowing midwife at best—uinaware of what the encounter will birth.
Bob Ekblad

Romans Disarmed: Resiting Empire/Demanding Justice

by Sylvia C. Keesmaat & Brian J. Walsh

"If you want to hear—and experience—Paul's letter to the Jewish and gentile Christ-followers in Rome as you never have, read this book. And re-read it. Keesmaat and Walsh bring the message of Romans into dialogue with our lives today, as we struggle to be faithful to the good news of Messiah Jesus in our own imperial context."

— J. Richard Middleton

…we seek to ground our reading of Paul in the minutiae of daily life, both in the first century and today. Such a ground-ing takes time, not only to read the extensive literature on first-century Roman life and the Epistle to the Romans but also to explore the parallels in our own time to the issues that Paul was addressing. The result is, we hope, a book that firmly places the Bible in the messiness of daily life.
the authors

Are My Friends' Deaths Their Fault or Ours?

The New York Times — Opinion Section, Jan 18, 2020
My friends the Knapps made mistakes. Of course they did. But they weren’t less responsible, less talented or less hard-working than their parents or grandparents who had thrived in the postwar era.

What changed was diminishing access to good jobs, reduced commitment to investment in human capital, a hurricane of addictive drugs (some peddled by the pharmaceutical industry), and the rise of a harsh social narrative that vilified those left behind — a narrative that workers often internalized.

Nicholas Kristof