Two new books are now available from Nurturing Faith Books, Good Faith Media’s publishing arm. Both take a deeper look at well-known biblical texts, one by “spelunking” in the Easter narratives and the other by revisiting the Bible’s “clobber” passages.

Bruce Salmon headshotEaster: Exploring Important Passages of the Bible is Bruce Salmon’s latest work in the Spelunking Scripture series.

Salmon explores the most important day of the Christian year, Easter, through the stories in Matthew, Mark, Luke and John about the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

The goal of this volume is to move the reader beneath the surface of the stories to explore what the resurrection means for their lives. As each passage is examined, the reader is brought past the details of the narrative to probe how it speaks to them and to seek connections with life today.

Each resurrection narrative, or post-resurrection appearance, is interpreted by three sermons that are designed to bring the resurrection of Jesus into our time and circumstance, and to enable readers to recognize the risen Christ in their midst.

Salmon served for 33 years as pastor of Village Baptist Church in Bowie, Maryland. During that time, he preached almost 1,500 original Sunday morning sermons. For the last 18 years of his ministry, he taught a Sunday morning pastor’s class and led winter, summer and Lenten Sunday evening adult studies.

Kali Cawthon-Freels headshotIn Reclamation: A Queer Pastor’s Guide to Finding Spiritual Growth in the Passages Used to Harm Us, Kali Cawthon-Freels seeks to use the infamous “clobber” passages (the handful of passages used by religious conservatives to demonize LGBTQIA+ people) as tools for our spiritual growth and well-being.

Drawing on the works of theologians and pastors, Cawthon-Freels demonstrates how these verses have been used improperly for far too long, examines them with new eyes, and offers lessons full of love instead of hate.

Readers will discover in Reclamation a message around which people from all walks of life can talk, laugh and be nourished.

Cawthon-Freels is a bivocational pastor, writer and spiritual director based in Atlanta, Georgia, who currently serves as the pastor of congregational care at The Faith Community and works as a spiritual director at Reclamation Theology.

Easter: Exploring Important Passages of the Bible and Reclamation: A Queer Pastor’s Guide to Finding Spiritual Growth in the Passages Used to Harm Us are both available in paperback for $18 (with free shipping) from GFM’s bookstore.

An e-book for each title will be available on Amazon (Kindle) and Barnes and Noble (Nook) soon.

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