Faculty members of St. Andrew’s College have authored several books on various topics of interest to clergy, academics, and interested lay people that the college stocks for resale. For more information or to purchase visit our online Bookstore and purchase with PayPal or contact St. Andrew’s College.
1–2 Thessalonians (Wisdom Commentary Series)
by Florence Morgan Gillman, Mary Ann Beavis, HyeRan Kim-Cragg
While Second Thessalonians is a shorter letter, it has been disproportionately influential on Christian thought, especially apocalyptic doctrine and the "Protestant work ethic." From a feminist perspective, it is androcentric, rhetorically manipulative, and even violent.
In this commentary, Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg explore this text from many angles to expose both constructive and destructive implications in the text. Notably, they suggest a perspective on the "afflictions" endured by the Thessalonian church that neither glorifies suffering nor wishes for revenge but rather sees the divine presence in women's acts of compassion and care in circumstances of extreme duress and inhumanity.
What Does the Bible Say?: A Critical Conversation with Popular Culture in a Biblically Illiterate World
by Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg
Paperback, 202 pages
Cascade Books (April 25 2017)
What Does the Bible Say?: A Critical Conversation with Popular Culture in a Biblically Illiterate World is a collaboration between a practical theologian HyeRan Kim-Cragg and biblical scholar Mary Ann Beavis and who are concerned with the way that the Bible is portrayed and interpreted in popular culture, including but not limited to the movies. This concern points to a need for a conversation, examining what the Bible actually says, in order to uncover transformations and distortions of the biblical stories in the wider culture — including Christian culture.
The conversation is counter-cultural, not in an oppositional way, but taking an alternative posture that aims to provide different insights by drawing from and closely looking at the Bible. The chapters take a Christian canonical approach, articulating "what the Bible says" (and doesn't say) with regard to culturally pervasive themes such as sin and salvation, Christ and Antichrist, heaven and hell, in contrast to popular understandings as disseminated in (primarily) film, advertising, television, etc. We hope that together we will open up fertile academic, ecclesial, and secular space for disclosing loaded cultural and ideological views towards offering positive and intriguing insights embedded in the Bible.
HyeRan Kim-Cragg is Lydia Gruchy Professor of Pastoral Studies at St. Andrew's College. Mary Ann Beavis is Professor of Religion and Culture at St. Thomas More College.
The Authority and Interpretation of Scripture
in The United Church of Canada
(An Intercultural Adventure Part II)
by HyeRan Kim-Cragg & Don Schweitzer
v(2016) 144 pages Daejanggan Publisher
$10.00 (plus S/H)
Available in hard copy or in E-book format
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How is the authority of Scripture understood and how is Scripture interpreted in the United Church? This book provides insightful and accessible answers to these questions through a study of United Church faith statements and several case studies of denominational-shaping interpretations of Scripture by the United Church. The result is overview of how the United Church understands Scripture and has tended to interpret it, and a window on one aspect of the United Church’s history. Through this overview, the book also mirrors the importance of Scripture for the church today.
This book was developed with funding from a UCC Responsive Initiatives Grant. It addresses questions concerning the authority and interpretation of Scripture in the United Church being raised by lay members and clergy in the UCC who have recently immigrated to Canada.
Wisdom Commentary: Hebrews
by Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg
(2015) 336 pages
Hebrews seems like unpromising material for feminist interpretation, although it is the only New Testament writing for which female authorship has been seriously posited.
Mary Ann Beavis and HyeRan Kim-Cragg highlight the similarities between Hebrews and the book of Wisdom/Sophia, which share cosmological, ethical, historical, and sapiential themes, revealing that Hebrews is in fact a submerged tradition of Sophia-Wisdom.
They also tackle the sacrificial Christology of Hebrews, concluding that in its ancient context, far from symbolizing suffering and abjection, sacrifice was understood as celebratory and relational.
Contributions from Filipina (Maricel and Marilou Ibita), Jewish (Justin Jaron Lewis), historical (Nancy Calvert-Koyzis), and First Nations (Marie Annharte Baker) perspectives bring additional scholarly, cultural, religious, and experiential wisdom to the commentary.
Hebrews is part of the Wisdom Commentary series, the first scholarly collaboration to offer detailed feminist interpretation of every book of the Bible. The 58-volume collection makes the best of current feminist biblical scholarship available in an accessible format to aid preachers and teachers in their advancement toward God’s vision of dignity, equality, and justice for all.
The Encounters: Retelling the Bible from
Migration and Intercultural Perspectives
by HyeRan Kim-Cragg and EunYoung Choi
translated by Lark Kim
(2014) 102 pages
The phenomenon of migration is a global reality happening everywhere, and certainly in Canada and Korea where the authors come from. Such migration is also a reality in many English-speaking parts of the world. A resource that is available in English would be an asset to those who would seek to deepen their learning of the Bible with an intercultural sensitivity and a migrational perspective.
As people of faith we must ask what kind of wisdom the Bible offers us regarding cultural and racial diversity, and the book begins with that consideration in mind. It is necessary to read and understand the Bible appropriately to face the ever-changing reality of our world. The fact that not having clear answers put directly in front of us from the Bible regarding these issues weighs heavily upon us, especially when we come to the current dilemmas of human rights, peace, and justice.
This book brings to light a myriad of stories within the Bible that tell us about the reality of multicultural lives. It invites the readers to encounter the Biblical figures whose lives were marked by migration and crossing boundaries and in this encounter, we are drawn to God who desires compassionate intercultural relationships.
The Encounters: Retelling the Bible from Migration and Intercultural Perspectives is available for purchase through the author HyeRan Kim-Cragg or through the United Church Resource Distribution Store at a cost of $17. The book’s Kindle version is $14.44 and is available through Amazon.ca.
An Introduction to The United Church of Canada:
Key Texts with Introductions and Commentary.
Introduction and Commentary
by HyeRan Kim-Cragg & Don Schweitzer
v(2012) 91 pages $5.00
Available in hard copy or in E-book format
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This book provides a brief, accessible, reader-friendly introduction to the ethos and history of The United Church of Canada (UCC). It will be useful to anyone seeking to learn about the UCC; where it has been, and where it is going. It will also be helpful to UCC leaders who need a resource to help congregation members broaden and deepen their knowledge of the UCC’s denominational identity. It could be used in study groups or for confirmation or new members’ classes.
The book features excerpts with commentary from the following UCC documents: 1) “The State of the Church” and “Called to be Church” (2009); 2) the “Historical Statement” by the Joint Committee on Church Union and Samuel Chown’s statement regarding the election of the Moderator, from the Record of Proceedings of the 1st General Council, 1925; 3) the complete text of A Song of Faith with appendices, and excerpts from “Intercultural Ministries: Living into Transformation” from the Record of Proceedings of the 41 General Council, 2012.
Each document has a brief introduction and commentary, written by professors HyeRan Kim-Cragg and Don Schweitzer. The book begins with an introduction to the collection as a whole and ends with a concluding commentary.
This book was developed with funding from a UCC Responsive Initiatives Grant, in response to a request from clergy in admission process serving Korean-speaking UCC congregations, and was originally printed in Korean. It is now also available in English.
지금은 두터운 신앙형성에 대한 소명감을 되찾아야 할 때!!
복음을 들려주고, 그 복음이 다시 메아리로 울려 퍼져서 우리를 교회가 되라고 부르시는 하나님에게 닿을 수 있도록 할 때!!
캐나다 연합교회가 다른 문화와 신앙풍토를 가진 한국인들에게는 익숙하지 않을 수 있습니다. 여기에 포함된 문서들은 캐나다 연합교회의 한국인들을 위한 연합교회 안내서로 역사와 신학, 직면한 문제, 그리고 현재 진행 중인 주요 활동들을 보여줍니다.
1장. 교회로의 상황과 교회로의 부르심
2장. 교회 연합을 위한 공동위원회 역사적 선언서와 Chown 목사의 연설
3장. 믿음의 노래
4장. 문화상호적인 목회: 변화 안에서 살아가기
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The United Church of Canada, A History
Don Schweitzer, editor
($42.00 including GST)
From its inception in the early 1900s, The United Church of Canada set out to become the national church of Canada. This book recounts and analyzes the history of the church of Canada’s largest Protestant denomination and its engagement with issues of social and private morality, evangelistic campaigns, and its response to the restructuring of religion in the 1960s. A chronological history is followed by chapters on the United Church’s worship, theology, understanding of ministry, relationships with the Canadian Jewish community, Israel, and Palestinians, changing mission goals in relation to First Nations peoples, and changing social imaginary.
The result is an original, accessible, and engaging account of The United Church of Canada’s pilgrimage that will be useful for students, historians, and general readers. From this account there emerges a complex portrait of the United Church as a distinctly Canadian Protestant church shaped by both its Christian faith and its engagement with the changing society of which it is a part.
Study Guide for the United Church of Canada, A History
($10.00 including GST)
The United Church of Canada: A History is divided into two parts: The first part studies the history of The United Church of Canada in chronological order, from its formation until roughly 2003. Most chapters in the first part cover a time period of about a decade. The second part is made up of chapters studying particular topics. This six-session study guide for the book focuses on the first part of the book and does not cover all of the second. Reading the book with this study guide should help you gain an understanding of the history of the United Church: how it came into being, and how it has come to be the church it is today.
Contemporary Christologies: A Fortress Introduction
($29.00 including GST)
While many know of the signal contributions of such twentieth-century giants as Paul Tillich or Karl Barth or Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, the important work since their time often goes unremarked until some major controversy erupts. Here is a smart and helpful survey of the chief approaches and thinkers in today's understanding of the person, significance, and work of Jesus Christ.
Don Schweitzer offers an insightful introduction to the contemporary context of Christology, in which basic questions in the discipline (and soteriology) are being rethought in light of globalization, postmodernity, and the contemporary experience of evil. He then offers a kind of typology of the current approaches and voices. Schweitzer's volume concludes with a reflection on the recent past and present imperatives of a discipline that virtually defines what Christianity has to offer the present age.
Jesus Christ for Contemporary Life: His Person, Work, and Relationships
($30.00 including GST)
Jesus Christ for Contemporary Life is an understanding of Jesus as the Word of God, grounded in what can be known historically of Jesus and informed by subsequent reflection upon him, which hopes to help shape a Christian identity characterized by “bounded openness.” In Jesus Christ for Contemporary Life, Don Schweitzer explores the significance of the person, work, and relationships of Jesus Christ for contemporary life. He moves from the historical Jesus to the present in three parts. In the first part Schweitzer develops an understanding of Jesus as the Word of God, who became incarnate to give the goodness and beauty of God further expression in time and space. Second, he explores how various atonement theories articulate ways in which Jesus empowers people to further express this beauty and goodness in their own lives. And finally, Schweitzer explores how Jesus relates to people in the church, to the events and movements in history, to other religions, and to Christians in their dialogue with God in prayer.
Intersecting Voices: Critical Theories in a Land of Diversity
Derek Smith and Don Schweitzer, editors
($15.75 including GST)
Building on the central role of Gregory Baum in initiating the idea of critical theology, editors Derek Simon and Don Schweitzer have assembled a comprehensive collection of essays exploring Canada’s unique contribution to this exciting field where academic skills apply Gospel values to understanding contemporary social issues. The result is an assessment of the most challenging issues in current theology and contemporary social critique. The editors have organized the book into three key sections: historical, theological, and contextual. They conclude this wide-ranging collection with a set of reflections that assess the past and indicate important directions for future scholarship. Contributors include Harold Wells (“Christology”), Gregory Baum (“Critical Theologies in Canada: From Solidarity to Resistance”), Pamela Dickey-Young (“Theological Method and Critical Theologies”), Douglas Hall (“Historical Shifts in Frameworks”), Monique Dumais (“Critical Theologies in Quebec”), and Daryold Corbiere Winkler (“First Nations, the churches and reconciliation”).
Story and Song: A Postcolonial Interplay between Christian Education and Worship
($65.00 no GST)
Story and Song examines the roles of Scripture and hymnody in a Christian community in the 21st century, an era marked by a growing awareness of complex issues and migrating contexts. This work identifies the divisions that have existed between Christian education and worship disciplines. The book poses a question when children go to Sunday school, while adults worship separately every week. The postcolonial and feminist approach employed here offers insights that uncover the colonial assumptions that led to division rather than integration of worship and Christian education. This approach includes recognition of and a need for non-Western Christian communities whose experiences and ministries provide struggles and wisdom.
Sharing Our Song: Song, Story & Prayer from St. Andrew’s College
($5.00 including GST)
For more than 100 years, St. Andrew's College has been a centre of inquiry, learning, and creativity for those seeking to explore and share faith. In 2008, as a warm-up for the College's 100th anniversary celebration, a small committee decided to share of that creative endeavour. This book features faith songs, prayers, and poems written by students, graduates, honorary graduates, and regular and adjunct faculty members. Complemented with archival photos, the book can serve as a memento, a resource for personal devotion or worship planning, or in a set for use by congregations and choirs.