coverThe Englewood Review of Books takes on “An Emerging Dictionary..” They offer their approval as well as a useful critique. I appreciate the work these men and women are doing! I remember in the latter stages of submitting the book wondering whether a separate entry for “Place” was merited – I was fifty/fifty in the end and didn’t add the entry.

Elsewhere, Chad Estes writes on “Why Pastors Have Affairs.” Yes, that’s the kind of affairs he is talking about. Chad writes,

“I recently read and reviewed a book by a former pastor who left his wife, kids, and congregation to jump headfirst into a relationship with another woman. Though some may think that his story is a bit voyeuristic his openness of sharing his thoughts through this fling (and his return back home again) is both fascinating and revealing. If we are to understand why many religious leaders have taken this same jump, we may need to look past our hypersensitive emotions towards the fallen individuals and stop judging for a few moments in order to do some real investigation and soul searching.”

Yes, these things need more light. The pastor Chad is referencing is David Trotter, the book title is “Lost and Found,” and the recent videocast link is HERE. You can download the first chapter of David’s book if you subscribe to his mailing list.

To download the “A” section from An Emerging Dictionary for the Gospel and Culture go HERE.

3 Comments on An Emerging Dictionary – Reviewed

  1. Paul Fromont says:

    Well mate. Lot’s to be affirmed about your labour of love in the review. Well done again. And, yes, with hindsight the critiques are important too in the spirit of conversation and diverse voices. Interestingly when I read the initial draft, I didn’t pick up Yoder as missing – straight from “W” to “Z”. Hauerwas too is absent as a specific entry. And, yes, we both know about the absence of female voices and different ethnicities – look at my list of blog links on my blog! Sadly, though that reflects the conversations and input into the conversations – it reflects reality, but not the longing for more diversity in the conversation. Part of its an access to technology thing, part of it is a whole host of other reasons -many outside of our control. And, as I noted, your dictionary represents something authentic to you.

    So that just leaves the good news – there’s a place for a sequel 🙂 And, while women represent a large % of the input into my conversations on spirituality… they don’t in the emerging / missional conversation. Likewise – non-european / north american input. I’ll need to remedy that to the degree I can, by broadening those who are a part of my conversations.

    Take care
    Paul

  2. len says:

    Yes, always room for more! I thought later the “western only” criticism is not quite fair. I did quote Mabiala Kenzo (under theological reflection) and Samir Selmanovic (post-Christendom) and offered Vinoth Ramachandra in the footnotes…

  3. I haven’t read much of other religions stuff but this looks good!