With Christmas approaching, there’s no better gift for the theologian in your life than one of these new titles from members of Candler’s distinguished faculty, current and emeriti. In 2018, our professors took fresh looks at a range of topics. From biblical interpretation and Christian ethics to contemporary issues in the church and the world, these titles are relevant to seminarians, clergy, and laity alike.

Assistant Professor of Theology and Culture Antonio Alonso published the songbook In Endless Song: An Anthology (GIA Publications), a compilation of his favorite liturgical compositions and arrangements, intended to facilitate personal prayer and reflection. The spiral-bound collection includes all choral parts and the complete keyboard accompaniment, as well as guitar chords. 

Associate Dean of Methodist Studies and Professor in the Practice of Ecclesiology and Church Leadership Anne L. Burkholder and Associate Professor in the Practice of Practical Theology and Methodist Studies Thomas W. Elliott Jr. co-authored Quick and Easy Guide to United Methodist Polity (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry). The book provides a comprehensive, annotated guide to the United Methodist Book of Discipline for pastors, church leaders, and others who need a quick reference guide to issues that arise in ministry settings.

Bandy Professor of Preaching Teresa L. Fry Brown published African American History & Devotions (Abingdon Press), a collection of 28 devotions for individuals, families, and small groups to study during Black History Month or any time of year. These interactive devotions celebrate heritage, deepen faith, and build community through Scripture and reflection, activities for each day, and prayer.

Associate Professor of New Testament Susan Hylen’s Women in the New Testament World (Oxford University Press) examines women’s roles in shaping the New Testament and their modern-day counterparts in the contemporary church, as part of Oxford’s Essentials of Biblical Studies series. In contrast to earlier approaches that divided the New Testament evidence into groups that either allowed or forbade women’s leadership, Hylen points to a tension that was pervasive across different groups and regions of the Roman world, illuminating fresh possibilities in New Testament texts.

In Miracles: God’s Presence and Power in Creation (Westminster John Knox), Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of New Testament and Christian Origins Luke Timothy Johnson reclaims Christian belief in miracles as integral to recovering a proper and strong sense of creation, recognizing the validity of personal experience and narrative and asserting the truth-telling quality of myth. Johnson’s analysis includes suggestions for four areas in the church’s life—teaching, preaching, prayer, and pastoral care—that can work together to shape a symbolic world, within which believers can expect, perceive, and celebrate the miracles in everyday life.

Scholar-in-Residence Marie Marquardt published her third young adult novel, Flight Season (Macmillan), a poignant exploration of immigration, love, and loss as two teenagers learn what to hold on to, what to let go of, and that sometimes love gets in the way of our plans.

Ellen Ott Marshall, associate professor of Christian ethics and conflict transformation, offers an innovative approach to Christian ethics in Introduction to Christian Ethics: Conflict, Faith, and Human Life (Westminster John Knox). Marshall uses the inevitable reality of difference to center and organize her exploration of the system of Christian morality, which asks questions such as, “How do we live the good life in the midst of ongoing conflict?”

Professor Emeritus in the Practice of Historical Theology and Wesleyan Studies Rex D. Matthews’s new book Ministerial Orders: Sacramental Authority in The United Methodist Church and Its Antecedents 1784-2016 (Wesley’s Foundery Books) provides a historical look at sacramental authority as a key to understanding United Methodist ministerial orders, tracing the changing provisions related to ministerial orders and sacramental authority in American Methodism, and enabling readers to have a richer appreciation and deeper understanding of the context of contemporary discussions about these issues.

In her new book Patriotism Black and White: The Color of American Exceptionalism (Baylor University Press), Assistant Professor of Sociology, Religion, and Culture Nichole R. Phillips investigates the relationship between patriotism and civil religion in a politically populist community of black and white evangelicals in rural Tennessee. Phillips’ four years’ worth of research explores how racial identity led to differing responses to the War on Terror and the Obama administration, and thus to a crisis in American national identity, opening the door to new nativistic and triumphalist interpretations of American exceptionalism.

Professor of Pastoral Care and Pastoral Theology Karen D. Scheib’s Attend to Stories: How to Flourish in Ministry (General Board of Higher Education and Ministry) aims to help readers refresh and rekindle their passion for ministry by helping others revisit their stories. According to Scheib, in order to experience a new sense of freedom in caring for others, we must first help them attend to their story and connect their story with others and God—and to do so effectively, we must be willing to revision our own story.

Ted A. Smith, associate professor of preaching and ethics, served as co-editor of a Festschrift honoring Professor Emeritus of Social Ethics Jon P. Gunnemann, a leading scholar of the intersection of religion and economics who retired from Candler in 2008. Spirit and Capital in an Age of Inequality (Routledge) brings together a diverse group of scholars, activists and public intellectuals to consider one of the most pressing issues of our time: increasing inequalities of income and wealth that grate against justice and erode the bonds that hold society together. The collection contains pieces by numerous Emory and Candler faculty, including Elizabeth Bounds, Timothy Jackson, Steven Tipton, John Witte Jr., and Justin Latterell.

Charles Howard Candler Professor Emeritus of Sociology of Religion Steven M. Tipton published The Life to Come: Re-creating Retirement (Wesley’s Foundery Press), a guide to help recent retirees find their true calling in this new chapter of life. According to Tipton, retirement not only offers a time to travel and have fun—but it beckons us to find our true calling in action, peace of mind in reflection, the spirit moving in the moments of each day, and the grace of God in prayer and love of neighbor.