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Can humor teach us


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THE FUNNY SIDE OF THEOLOGY

If you don’t believe God has a sense of


humor, just look in the mirror. Humor is a
truly human phenomenon—crossing history,
culture, and every stage of life. Jokes often
touch on the biggest topics of our existence.
And although it may seem simple on the
surface, humor depends on the use of our
highest faculties: language, intelligence,
sympathy, sociability.

To the philosopher Steve Wilkens, these


facts about humor are evidence that God
just has to be in there somewhere. In What’s
So Funny About God? Wilkens launches an
exploration of the connections between
humor and many of the central topics of
Christian theology, portraying the Christian
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throughout, it’s enough fun that you may
not realize you’re reading theology.

Steve Wilkens is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University.


His books include Hidden Worldviews, Faith and Reason: Three Views, Christianity and
Western Thought (volumes 2 and 3), and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics.

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“We Christians live between the deadly serious crucifixion and the incredibly exhilarating resurrection. One leads us
to somber reflections on our mortality, injustice, and the gifts of grace and forgiveness. The other leads us to ponder
immortality, to live with courage, and yes, to consider the utter hilarity of God entering death to bring life, of becoming
human so we could become godly, and of telling stories (like Job, Jonah, and the parables of Jesus) so we could find the
mysteries of life. . . . The funniest evening I ever had with theologians was in Baltimore, and Steve Wilkens was in
the middle of it. Every pastor and professor needs to read this book, perhaps a few pages at a time before speaking to
humans who can know God’s ways through humor. Hilarity is the reverse side of serious.”
S C O T M c K N I G H T, Northern Seminary

A LOOK INSIDE
1. God Has to Be in There Somewhere
2. You May Not Have a Sense of Humor, but You Are Funny
3. High Holy Days, Part One: Christmas
4. High Holy Days, Part Two: Easter
Interlude One: Sarah Laughed Twice
5. Seeing God on Tuesday, or Any Other Day That Ends in “Y”: Extraordinary
Ordinary Time
6. Going to Church with Bacon-Eaters, Dead People, and Superheroes
Interlude Two: Esther as Comedy
7. Does This Eschatology Make My End Look Big?
Epilogue: Laughing with God During Earthquakes

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SURVIVING
MAPPINGCANCER, FINDING PURPOSE
HOLY GROUND

Why am I still here? How did I survive when


others didn’t? Where is God in all this? And how
should I live differently now?

Those who experience and survive cancer live in


bonus time, a season of grace that can be both
disorienting and wonderful. In this honest and
hopeful account, two-time survivor Alec Hill
helps readers recalibrate expectations, grapple with
survivor’s guilt, and steward the opportunities for
new purpose and growth. As counterintuitive as
it may seem, cancer can transform us emotionally
and spiritually into better people.

We are not the people we were before. Survivors


and caregivers can discover how encountering
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Alec Hill is president emeritus of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA.


He served for fourteen years as InterVarsity’s president and previously was
dean of the School of Business and Economics at Seattle Pacific University.
He holds a law degree from the University of Washington and has written for
the Huffington Post, Christianity Today, the Aspen Institute, and Patheos. He is the
author of Just Business: Christian Ethics in the Marketplace.

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“Alec Hill has been on the hero’s journey into the valley that no one wants to visit but no one can avoid.
This book reflects his vast gifts: an exceedingly learned and literate mind, a tenaciously thoughtful faith, and
a rigorous commitment to honesty. It also contains gifts of the spirit: humility, gratitude, wonder,
and acceptance. Reading it will bring healing to many, and wisdom to even more.”
J O H N O R T B E R G,
senior pastor of Menlo Church, author of Eternity Is Now in Session

“Cancer lurks and devours lives every day. “Alec Hill’s engrossing story reminds me of
The diagnosis, treatment, and even post- how the Psalms include songs both of trial
treatment survival of cancer can be as life and tribulation, of victory and release.
altering as the disease itself. Alec Hill knows The Psalms were personal (‘The Lord is
this journey from the inside out. His candor, my shepherd’) and communal (‘He heals all
humility, faith, and love allow us all to peek our diseases’). So Alec’s story portrays both
in on this excruciating, mysterious, and all- lament and recovery from disease as well as
too-common road. Whether cancer is our the terrible in-between times. It describes not
story or a loved one’s, we are reminded again just one person’s courage but also how much
and again of the unexpected possibilities and we need each other, the power of community,
realities of God’s presence and grace, even when we go through life’s dark passages.”
on the cancer road.” Leighton Ford, author of A Life of Listening
Mark Labberton, president of Fuller
Theological Seminary

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David R. Bauer
From beginning to end, the Gospel of Matthew emphasizes that Jesus is
the Son of God. In this comprehensive introduction to Matthew, David
Bauer presents a holistic inductive approach with a literary, theological,
and canonical focus. Exploring issues of genre, interpretive methods,
authorship, audience, and literary structure, he also guides readers
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BLOODY, BRUTAL, AND BARBARIC?


William J. Webb and Gordon K. Oeste
In our own Scriptures, war texts that appear to approve of genocidal
killings and war rape raise hard questions about biblical ethics and
the character of God. Have we missed something in our traditional
readings? Identifying a spectrum of views on biblical war texts, Webb
and Oeste pursue a middle path using a hermeneutic of incremental,
redemptive-movement ethics.
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THE MESSIANIC VISION OF THE PENTATEUCH


Kevin S. Chen
Did Moses write about Jesus? Kevin Chen challenges the common
view of the Pentateuch as focused primarily on the Mosaic Law,
arguing instead that it sets forth a coherent, sweeping vision of the
Messiah as the center of its theological message. Building on the
work of John Sailhamer, Chen provides a fascinating study and an
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A WEEK IN THE LIFE OF A GRECO-ROMAN WOMAN


Holly Beers
In first-century Ephesus, life is not easy for women. In this gripping
novel, Holly Beers introduces us to the first-century setting where
Paul first proclaimed the gospel. Illuminated by historical images and
explanatory sidebars, this lively story not only shows us the rich tapestry
of life in a Greco-Roman city, it also foregrounds the interior life of one
woman—and the radical new freedom the gospel promised her.
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THE JESUS PRAYER (NOW IN PAPERBACK)


John Michael Talbot
“Lord Jesus Christ, have mercy on me, a sinner.” These words from
the Eastern Christian tradition have strengthened and comforted
believers for centuries. In these pages, John Michael Talbot explores
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meaning of each word for believers today. He ends each chapter with
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THE SOUL OF WINE


Gisela H. Kreglinger
Wine is a wonderful, lavish, and mysterious gift from God. Gisela
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us to discover wine as part of a more full-bodied Christian spirituality.
Along with bread, wine is the gift we receive at the table of communion.
Through these gifts we experience God’s glorious and loving presence
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Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove
Christians and the religious right have misused Scripture to consolidate
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of people on the frontlines, Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove explores how
religious culture wars have misrepresented Christianity at the expense
of the poor, and how listening to marginalized communities can help
us rediscover God’s vision for faith in public life.
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THE GOD WHO TRUSTS


Wm. Curtis Holtzen
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The Bible resounds with affirmations that God is faithful and trust-
worthy. But might he also exhibit faith and trust? Wm. Curtis Holtzen
contends that because God is a being of relational love and exists in
relationship with humans, then God is a God who trusts. Holtzen argues
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LGBT ISSUES AND THE CHURCH

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readers will hear from simplistic answers, en- sexuality can feel in acute respond? Pastor Ed Shaw
gay friends and dig into gages the latest research, tension. Rich with both experiences same-sex
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on both sides, considering stories. This acces- data, the work by these mitted to Scripture and
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