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The Rev. Robert S. Heaney, Ph.D., D.Phil., Director of the Center for Anglican Communion Studies and Associate Professor of Christian Mission, recommends the following books as part of the Bishop Payne Library’s monthly series highlighting a faculty member’s “picks”:
Michael W. Stroope, Transcending Mission: The Eclipse of a Modern Tradition (IVP Academic, 2017).
Mission, missional, missionary, missioner, mission-partner, and mission-pilgrim are all in vogue. Just as we are catching up with the nomenclature, along comes Stroope and argues, “let’s drop the word mission”. This is a provocative work worth reading. I don’t agree with his conclusions but you shouldn’t miss it.
Richard Twiss, Rescuing the Gospel from the Cowboys: A Native American Expression of the Jesus Way (IVP Academic, 2015).
Worth it for the title alone. If we are to develop a critical understanding of mission then it is important that those from dominant cultures listen to those who continue to be marginalized in the academy.
David Goodhew ed., Growth and Decline in the Anglican Communion: 1980 to the Present (Routledge, 2017).
The identity and vitality of our tradition cannot be painted fully by history or by published theologies. It must also be captured in more recent trends and in lived theologies. This multi-authored work gives a snapshot of the life and theologizing of the Communion today.
W.B. Yeats, Collected Poems (Macmillan, 2016).
A beautiful reproduction of this most unorthodox of Anglicans. “Everything he wrote was read/ After certain years he won/ Sufficient money for his need/ Friends that have been friends indeed/ ‘What then?’ sang Plato’s ghost. ‘What then?’
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Just a reminder that Alums retain borrowing privileges with the Bishop Payne Library and can request these as well others in the catalog be sent at no cost. Alums do pay the shipping costs for the books’ return.