Category: Theology

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Love Without Limits: Jesus’ Radical Vision for Love, with No Exceptions., Fortress Press August 2018

Love Without Limits is an award-winning memoir and practical how-to-guide for love across division and difference in these troubled times. Through poignant personal memoir, stunning authenticity, creative readings of scripture, inspiring true stories of boundary-busting friendships, and surprising shout-outs to love’s unsung heroes, Bussie challenges readers to widen love’s wingspan so far that it excludes no one. Publishers Weekly praised this book as a “must-read for all Christians interested in inclusivity in their communities.”

Rivta H. Williams Stewards, Prophets, Keepers of the Word: Leadership in the Early Church., Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers 2006

I explore the roles of stewards, prophets, keepers of the word in the ancient Mediterranean cultures in order to demonstrate how early church leaders in the first and second centuries drew on these roles to subvert dominant power structures, justify innovation, create and preserve the emerging traditions of and about Jesus. This study draws on anthropological insights to critically assess Greco-Roman and early Christian sources.

Marit A. Trelstad, ed. Cross Examinations: Readings on the Meaning of the Cross Today., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2006

This exciting volume gathers theologians and historians who have thought through critical and constructive issues regarding the meaning of the cross for today‘s Christians. Following an expert introduction to the issues and options by editor Marit Trelstad, each author addresses the Christian symbol of the cross in the context of current theological, sociological, political, or environmental issues.

Deanna Thompson Crossing the Divide: Luther, Feminism and the Cross., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

Equally committed to the insights of Luther‘s theology of the cross and feminist theology, I seek in this book common ground on issues of suffering, abuse, atonement, reform, ethics, and the import of Jesus, all of which culminates in a constructive proposal for a feminist theology of the cross.

Streufert, Mary J. , ed. Transformative Lutheran Theologies: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Perspectives., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2010

The first of its kind, this book is a systematic representation of Lutheran feminist, womanist, and mujerista theologies. The book focuses on central themes that Luther addressed and that are representative of Lutheranism today, including justification by grace through faith and Luther’s theology of the cross.

Kirsi Stjerna No Greater Jewel: Thinking about Baptism with Luther., Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress 2009

In No Greater Jewel Luther’s teaching of baptism is unfolded in light of specific issues arising around Lutheran practices and understanding of baptism today. Includes questions for discussion.

Kirsi Stjerna Spirituality: Towards a 21st Century Lutheran Understanding., eds. Kirsi Stjerna and Brooks Schramm. Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2004

A faculty book exploring different ways spirituality is thought and modeled in seminary education – editing, and two articles.

Joy Schroeder Dinah’s Lament: The Biblical Legacy of Sexual Violence in Christian Interpretation., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2007

Studies the ways Christians have read six biblical narratives about sexual violence, using biblical commentary, homilies, and devotional writings as a window into the history of the church’s attitudes about rape. Schroeder analyzes the patterns of Christian interpretation, from the early church through the Reformation, and shows that traditions of interpretation are often more disturbing and horrifying than the texts themselves.

Carolyn Schneider I Am a Christian: the Nun, the Devil, and Martin Luther., Minneapolis: Fortress Press 2010

This book explores a story that Martin Luther told to encourage people in despair. In the story a woman resists the devil‘s temptation to despair with the words “I am a Christian.” Part one of the book examines what that confession meant to Luther and why it was important to him. Part two investigates the woman‘s identity. Part three applies the story to modern forms of despair.

Caryn D. Riswold Human Life in the Vision of God., Eugene, Oregon: Wipf and Stock (Pickwick Publications) 2006

In order to adequately address the issues of atonement and christology, we must understand how it is that we think about the relationship between God and the human being. The way in which we understand and interpret the life and death of Jesus and his role within that relationship then impacts our theology of the sacraments, particularly the eucharist.