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Blessed: Monologues for Mary

by Jerusha Matsen Neal & Anna Carter Florence Cascade Books (March 28, 2013)

Blessed is a collection of dramatic monologues that engage the gospel narratives surrounding Mary, the mother of Jesus, through the experiences of contemporary women. Bridging proclamation and protest through...

Senses of Devotion: Interfaith Aesthetics in Buddhist and Muslim Communities

by William A. Dyrness Cascade Books (March 29, 2013)

This ethnographic study focuses on the religious imagery and practices of a sample of Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques in the greater Los Angeles area. As a way of expanding interfaith dialogue, it is framed...

Criteria of Discernment in Interreligious Dialogue

by Catherine Cornille Cascade Books (August 01, 2009)

CONTRIBUTORS: Mustafa Abu-Sway, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem Asma Afsaruddin, Indiana University Reinhold Bernhardt, Basel Univeristy David Burrell, CSC, University of Notre Dame Catherine Cornille, Boston...

Interreligious Hermeneutics

by Catherine Cornille & Christopher Conway Cascade Books (June 17, 2010)

Catherine Cornille, Boston College David Tracy, University of Chicago Divinity School Werner Jeanrond, University of Glasgow Marianne Moyaert, University of Leuven John Maraldo, University of North Florida Reza...

Bringing Home the Message: How Community CaLloyd Ogilvie Preaching Institute Seriesn Multiply the Power of the Preached Word

by Robert K. Perkins Cascade Books (September 03, 2014)

Believing that study and application of Scripture in the context of Christian community can greatly enhance the transformative power of the preached message, in Bringing Home the Message Robert Perkins aims...

Who Do You Say That I Am?: Proclaiming and Following Jesus Today

by Michael Root & James J. Buckley Cascade Books (September 03, 2014)

No question is more central to Christian living, preaching, and theology than Jesus' question to his disciples: Who do you say that I am? Some would have it that pastors and theologians, biblical exegetes and...

God the Spirit: Introducing Pneumatology in Wesleyan and Ecumenical Perspective

by Beth Felker Jones Cascade Books (January 21, 2014)

Who is the mysterious Holy Spirit, and why does it matter for the Christian life? How do we know when the Spirit is working? This book introduces the doctrine of the Holy Spirit in the Wesleyan theological tradition...

Between the Icon and the Idol: The Human Person and the Modern State in Russian Literature and Thought-Chaadayev, Soloviev, Grossman

by Artur Mrowczynski-Van Allen & Matthew Philipp Whelan Cascade Books (November 14, 2013)

The totalitarian state clearly intends to eliminate all those forms of organic community that rival the absolute loyalty of the individual to the state. This god is a jealous god. . . . Mrowczy?ski-Van Allen's...

The Gospel of God's Reign: Living for the Kingdom of God

by Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt & Miriam Matthis Cascade Books (November 06, 2013)

No doubt, it is common to hear Christians today declaring their allegiance to God's kingdom. But what does this actually entail, and what difference does it make? In his characteristically provocative and daring...

Text and Tradition in Performance and Writing

by Richard A. Horsley Cascade Books (November 05, 2013)

Embedded in modern print culture, biblical scholars have been projecting the assumptions and concepts of print culture onto the texts they interpret. In the ancient world from which those texts originate, however,...

Gift and the Unity of Being

by Antonio Lopez & John Milbank Cascade Books (November 08, 2013)

Starting from both our originary experience of being given to ourselves and Jesus Christ's archetypal self-donation, Gift and the Unity of Being elucidates the sense in which gift is the form of being's unity,...

Reforming the Monastery: Protestant Theologies of the Religious Life

by Greg Peters Cascade Books (November 12, 2013)

Richard Froude wrote in 1833 to John Henry Newman that the present state of things in England makes an opening for reviving the monastic system. Seemingly original words at the time. Yet, monasticism is one...

Re-membering the Body: The Lord's Supper and Ecclesial Unity in the Free Church Traditions

by Scott W. Bullard Cascade Books (November 01, 2013)

For centuries, Baptists have regarded the Eucharist, or Lord's Supper, as merely symbolic rather than as sacramental. Historically speaking, Baptists have also participated in the practice of the Supper less...

The Oral Ethos of the Early Church: Speaking, Writing, and the Gospel of Mark

by Joanna Dewey Cascade Books (October 30, 2013)

To experience the gospel message as first-century people heard it is to move into an oral world, one with very little reliance on manuscripts. The essays in this book explore this oral world and the Gospel of...

1 Timothy

by Aída Besancon Spencer Cascade Books (October 31, 2013)

A thorough and insightful commentary on Paul's letter to his coworker Timothy, which the Apostle wrote before and during Nero's persecution. Spencer carefully examines each part of the letter and relates it...

Wagner's Parsifal: An Appreciation in the Light of His Theological Journey

by Richard H. Bell Cascade Books (November 12, 2013)

Parsifal, Wagner's final opera, is considered by many to be one of the greatest religious musical works ever composed; but it is also one of the most difficult to understand and many have questioned whether...

Fresh Wind Blowing: Living in God's New Pentecost

by Steve Harper Cascade Books (October 28, 2013)

A fresh wind of God's Spirit is blowing on the earth today, and as in times past, God is inviting us to raise our sails and move forward with the power and direction that reflects our commitment to God's will....

Orality and Literacy in Early Christianity

by Pieter J. J. Botha & David Rhoads Cascade Books (November 01, 2012)

The history of the Jesus movement and earliest Christianity requires careful attention to the characteristics and peculiarities of oral and literate traditions. Understanding the distinctive elements of Greco-Roman...


by Jey J. Kanagaraj Cascade Books (January 14, 2013)

In this commentary Kanagaraj examines how John projects the church as God's new covenant community, which, is characterized by two virtues: love and obedience. Impossible to exhibit under the old covenant based...

Church Doctrine: Volume 1: Canon

by Paul C. McGlasson Cascade Books (August 02, 2013)

The present volume is the first in a five-volume study of church doctrine. The multivolume set will cover the major parts of church doctrine: Canon, God, Creation, Reconciliation, and Redemption. This first...

Sanctifying Art: Inviting Conversation Between Artists, Theologians, and the Church

by Deborah Sokolove & Bruce C. Birch Cascade Books (July 10, 2013)

As an artist, Deborah Sokolove has often been surprised and dismayed by the unexamined attitudes and assumptions that the church holds about how artists think and how art functions in human life. By investigating...

Reading Augustine: A Guide to the Confessions

by Jason Byassee Cascade Books (October 01, 2006)

The Confessions of St. Augustine is one of the few Christian classics that is still widely read in the secular academy. Yet, oddly enough, it is not often read in the manner Augustine appears to have intended...

Holy Trinity: Holy People: The Theology of Christian Perfecting

by T. A. Noble Cascade Books (February 19, 2013)

Teaching on the sanctification of Christians using the difficult word perfection has been part of Christian spirituality through the centuries. The Fathers spoke of it and Augustine particularly contributed...

Dying Unto Life: Arthur C. McGill on New God, New Death, New Life

by Arthur C. McGill & David William Cain Cascade Books (January 25, 2013)

McGill has the power to make ideas, concepts, differing perspectives vivid--to 'in-flesh' them. . . .Then comes the switch or reversal or inversion empowered by the very confrontation McGill has arranged. ....

Sermons of Arthur C. McGill

by Arthur C. McGill & David William Cain Cascade Books (January 01, 2007)

Throughout the 1960s and 1970s, Arthur McGill had numerous opportunities to air his rich theological musings outside of the classroom. We are now fortunate, some twenty-five years after his death, to have seventeen...

The Perfection of Freedom: Schiller, Schelling, and Hegel between the Ancients and the Moderns

by D. C. Schindler Cascade Books (November 08, 2012)

The Perfection of Freedom seeks to respond to the impoverished conventional notion of freedom through a recovery of an understanding rich with possibilities yet all but forgotten in contemporary thought. This...

Free Churches and the Body of Christ: Authority, Unity, and Truthfulness

by Jeffrey W. Cary Cascade Books (November 05, 2012)

Those within the free church tradition have often appealed to the notion of the invisible church to account for the unity of the Body of Christ. A growing number of free church theologians, however, are giving...

Communicating the Faith Indirectly: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers

by Paul L. Holmer & David J. Gouwens Cascade Books (November 01, 2012)

Volume 3 The Paul L. Holmer Papers: Selected Sermons, Addresses, and Prayers In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and...

A Faith Embracing All Creatures: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions about Christian Care for Animals

by Tripp York & Andy Alexis-Baker Cascade Books (November 09, 2012)

What is the purpose of animals? Didn't God give humans dominion over other creatures? Didn't Jesus eat lamb? These are the kinds of questions that Christians who advocate compassion toward other animals regularly...

The Eloquence of Grace: Joseph Sittler and the Preaching Life

by James M. Childs & Richard Lischer Cascade Books (October 12, 2012)

Joseph A. Sittler (1904-1987) was one of the most influential theologians of the twentieth century, distinguished for his pioneering work in ecology and for his preeminence as a preacher. He gave both the Beecher...

Compassionate Justice: An Interdisciplinary Dialogue with Two Gospel Parables on Law, Crime, and Restorative Justice

by Christopher D. Marshall Cascade Books (August 01, 2012)

Two parables that have become firmly lodged in popular consciousness and affection are the parable of the Good Samaritan and the parable of the Prodigal Son. These simple but subversive tales have had a significant...

On Kierkegaard and the Truth

by Paul L. Holmer & David J. Gouwens Cascade Books (January 06, 2012)

Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004) was Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987). Among his many acomplishments,...

Pastor Johann Christoph Blumhardt: An Account of His Life

by Friedrich Zündel & Christian T. Collins Winn Cascade Books (April 12, 2010)

Though relatively unknown in America, Johann Christoph Blumhardt (1805-1880) is widely recognized in his native Germany, in part because of Friedrich Zundel's landmark biography, now available in English for...

Interreligious Dialogue and Cultural Change

by Catherine Cornille & Stephanie Corigliano Cascade Books (August 17, 2012)

The challenges and changes that take place when religions move from one cultural context to another present unique opportunities for interreligious dialogue. In new cultural environments religions are not only...

Keeping Faith: An Ecumenical Commentary on the Articles of Religion and Confession of Faith of the United Methodist Church

by D. Stephen Long Cascade Books (February 20, 2012)

Keeping Faith offers resources to help Christians reclaim the importance of doctrine and thereby know and love well God and God's creation. Although it gives particular attention to the Wesleyan and Methodist...

Being Church: Reflections on How to Live as the People of God

by John F. Alexander & Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove Cascade Books (June 29, 2012)

What modern church doesn't call itself a community? Yet for how many is it real? How many churches form disciples intimately connected enough to call themselves Christ's body? How many form disciples who know...

Basil of Caesarea: A Guide to His Life and Doctrine

by Andrew Radde-Gallwitz Cascade Books (July 12, 2012)

Studying the early church can feel like entering a maze of bishops, emperors, councils, and arcane controversies. This book introduces early Christian theology by focusing on one particularly influential figure,...

The Letter to the Hebrews in Social-Scientific Perspective

by David A. deSilva Cascade Books (June 20, 2012)

A lot of mystery surrounds the book of Hebrews, especially regarding its authorship, date, and audience. But by asking the right kind of questions, one can move beyond the impasses typical of historical investigation....

Thinking the Faith with Passion: Selected Essays

by Paul L. Holmer & David J. Gouwens Cascade Books (April 20, 2012)

In his teaching and his writing, Paul L. Holmer (1916-2004), Professor of Philosophy at the University of Minnesota (1946-1960) and Noah Porter Professor of Philosophical Theology at Yale Divinity School (1960-1987),...

Mending a Tattered Faith: Devotions with Dickinson

by Susan VanZanten Cascade Books (October 01, 2010)

Although Emily Dickinson is sometimes seen as a religious skeptic, she never gave up on God, struggling with issues of faith and doubt throughout her life. Many of her poems depict such struggles, sometimes...

Plunging into the Kingdom Way: Practicing the Shared Strokes of Community, Hospitality, Justice, and Confession

by Tim Dickau Cascade Books (September 20, 2010)

What practices might a community of faith take up that will bear witness to the alternative world Jesus envisions and calls us towards? That is the question that Grandview Calvary Baptist Church, an initially...

Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World, Second Edition: From 'After Virtue' to a New Monasticism

by Jonathan R. Wilson Cascade Books (November 02, 2009)

The first edition of Living Faithfully in a Fragmented World became one of the founding and guiding texts for new monastic communities. In this revised edition, Jonathan Wilson focuses more directly on lessons...

Angels, Worms, and Bogeys: The Christian Ethic of Pietism

by Michelle A. Clifton-Soderstrom Cascade Books (January 05, 2010)

From their theological and devotional writings to their social and ecclesial practices, the fathers and mothers of Pietism boldly declared the ethical spirit of the Christian faith. This seventeenth-century...

Preaching Master Class: Lessons from Will Willimon's Five-Minute Preaching Workshop

by William H. Willimon & Noel A. Snyder Cascade Books (March 26, 2010)

Preachers around the globe have come to rely on Will Willimon for insight and advice on the craft of preaching. For over a decade, Willimon has published his reflections in the Five-Minute Preaching Workshop,...

The Politics of Practical Reason: Why Theological Ethics Must Change Your Life

by Mark Ryan Cascade Books (June 09, 2011)

Ought we conceive of theological ethics as an activity that draws from a community's vision of human goodness and that has implications for the kind of person each of us is to be? Or, can students of the discipline...

Theological Theodicy

by Daniel Castelo Cascade Books (June 01, 2012)

The question of God's relationship to evil is a long-running one in the history of Christianity, and the term often deployed for this task has been theodicy. The way theodicy has historically been pursued, however,...

The Borders of Baptism: Identities, Allegiances, and the Church

by Michael L. Budde Cascade Books (July 28, 2011)

It's a simple claim, really - that for Christians, being a Christian should be their primary allegiance and identity. For those who proclaim Jesus as Lord, this identity should supersede all others, and this...

An Introduction to the Desert Fathers

by Jason Byassee Cascade Books (August 15, 2007)

The desert fathers wanted to get away from a church co-opted by empire and a Christian faith grown cold and listless. They retreated to the desert to do battle against demons and against their own worst desires....

The Case for Mark Composed in Performance

by Antoinette Clark Wire & David Rhoads Cascade Books (November 05, 2010)

Is it possible to make a case that the Gospel of Mark was not composed by a single man from scattered accounts but in a process of people's telling Jesus' story over several decades? And what can we say about...

Reading Paul

by Michael J. Gorman Cascade Books (October 25, 2007)

In this new introduction to the Apostle Paul and his gospel, written especially for lay readers, for beginning students, and for those unsure about what to make of Paul, Michael J. Gorman takes the apostle seriously,...