In this monthly series, we highlight books we think our readers may enjoy, written by authors affiliated with the Collegeville Institute.
Preaching The Big Questions: Doctrine Isn’t Dusty
United Church Publishing House, 2015
by Catherine Faith MacLean, 2013 summer writing workshop participant, and John H. Young
Many a doctrine is a subtext to living, and in surprising ways. In Preaching the Big Questions: Doctrine Isn’t Dusty, a professor and a practitioner examine 13 doctrines, with an eye to addressing our deep human longings. John Young and Catherine Faith MacLean explore such doctrines as Last Things, depravity, God’s sovereignty, atonement and more. Each chapter begins with an overview of the historical wisdom of the church which they bring to a biblical text, a section on pastoral application, a preaching outline, and a sample sermon.
Earning Innocence: a novel
Resource Publications, 2015
by Andrew Taylor-Troutman, 2011, 2012, and 2014 writing workshop participant
If you enjoyed Marilynne Robinson’s novel Gilead, then you’ll like Earning Innocence by Andrew Taylor-Troutman. This novel explores a small town community of faith through the journals of its pastor Reverend James Wheeler. We journey with him as he struggles with anxiety, hopes in the unseen, and wrestles with paradox. And in the process, we too are changed.