Saturday, June 24, 2006

jesus creed review

outofboundschurch.jpg My out of bounds church? book has just been reviewed by Scot McKnight. It is always a privilege to hear somewhere else describe your words and I was intrigued by Scot’s comment: “I’ll tell you why I think this is a good book: it is theology emerging from praxis and praxis emerging from theological reflection, and both emerging in and out of local contexts, and each of these three items emerging out of serious engagement with culture and philosophy.” I appreciate Scot’s recognition of the variety of narratives that I tried to weave together in the book; stories of churches on the ground; theology; postmodern culture both popular and academic.

Scott titled the blog review Least Known, Best Emerging Book and commented “I’ve found a book that no one seems to talk much about but which is a very fine book.” Which left me pondering what makes a book “least known”: is this simply a reflection of marketing, of Scot’s world, of the US emergent conversation, of the sheer volume of books around, of ….?

Posted by steve at 10:50 AM


  1. Steve, methinks it’s a bit of hyperbole. I’ve seen it plenty here in the states…on people’s desks. Be of good cheer, friend!

    Comment by Chris Erdman — June 25, 2006 @ 1:30 pm

  2. Here’s what I mean, Steve. Not enough people are talking about this book when they are asking what is the emerging church movement.

    Why? Because your book doesn’t give easy, marketable handles. All to the good, I say.

    Comment by Scot McKnight — June 28, 2006 @ 3:39 am

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