Observations, Celebration

Easter_crossHoly Week has begun …a time for remembering the darkest and the brightest days on the Christian calendar. I thought I would share this poem as a means of remembrance…


Et Resurrexit Tertia Die
(Bach, Credo, B-Minor Mass)

Three short days of twilight and darkness,
dawn and the light. The elements, free
of all knowledge, unblessed by prediction, yet sensed the
suspense –
Creator entombed by creation, the loftiest heights
brought low, the universe madly askew. Three
short days with the length of three endless nights.

Three times, forced by its nature to shine
the sun reluctantly rose. In the skies no sign
through clouds of a bow. The earth which knew not how
its Maker turned Captive had been yet felt the wrong.
The winds whistled dirges. Three endless
Days — then the groan of creation exploded in song.

Mark A. Noll
From A Widening Light: Poems of the Incarnation

This was selected for inclusion in the Nelson’s Anthology series:
The Cross: An Anthology
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2003 (pp 122-123).

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It’s National Library Week!


natl library weekNational Library week is celebrated April 13 – 19, 2014 with the theme “Lives change @ your library®.”

Sponsored by the American Library Association, all kinds of libraries – universities and seminaries (like ours), elementary and high school, public libraries and special (corporate, law, medical) all use this week to celebrate the many ways lives can be changed at your library.

The celebrations first began in the mid 1950s – when it was feared that people spent more time listening to the radio and watching television than reading books (I guess only the technologies have changed…).

A few fun facts about our library:

  • The APU Libraries now select electronic books whenever possible. At the end of last year we had more than 87,000 e-books in our collection.
  • The theological holdings of our library (Stamps and the regional libraries in San Diego and Los Angeles) number more than 82,000 volumes.
  • Throughout APU University Library collections, we have more than 370,000 print items (so with the ebooks, above, we have approx. 457,000 volumes).

So now, in line with the theme of the week – how has your life changed in using the library? Any fun stories to share?

Here are a few titles from our collections that celebrate libraries:

battlesBattles, Matthew
Library: An Unquiet History
Norton, 2004.

library2Murray, Stuart
The Library: An Illustrated History
ALA Editions, 2009.

wiegandWiegand, Wayne A. and Donald G. Davis, Jr., eds.
Encyclopedia of Library History
Garland Publishing, 1994



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Commemorating William Booth


Born on April 10, 1829, William Booth along
with his wife Catherine, founded the Salvation Army.

Booth was born in Nottingham, England and spent his early years apprenticed to a pawnbroker, giving him the opportunity to see poverty firsthand. He was a convert to Methodism at age 15 and studied to become a Methodist lay preacher and evangelist.
At 23 he left the work of the pawnshop to become a full-time preacher at Binfield Chapel in Clapham. He married Catherine Mumford  in June 1855. Over the next few years, he became a prominent Methodist evangelist but was regularly asked to serve in pastorates.
He requested that he be freed up for evangelistic work but the request was repeatedly denied and so he left the Methodist Church to become an independent evangelist.

william-booth-preachingIn July 1865, he was invited to preach at a tent gathering near the Blind Beggar public house at Whitechapel. He preached a salvation message to all who would hear. Later that year he and Catherine began the Christian Revival Society in London – holding meetings nightly and on Sundays. The society was later renamed The Christian Mission and continued with this name until 1878, when renamed The Salvation Army.

During his lifetime, Booth established the work of the Salvation Army in 58 countries and colonies. He died (promoted to glory) on August 20, 1912. The Salvation Army considers it’s founding date July 2, 1865 – the date of Booth’s first preaching at Whitechapel.

The Stamps Library has a collection of books on the Salvation Army or written by it’s leaders. This  is a research collection and is non-circulating. You can make arrangements to use this collection by appointment. The Salvation Army is affiliated with the Holiness Movement (another area of research collections) and has ties to Azusa Pacific University as an affiliate denomination.

While most of our resources are kept in this special collection, a few resources are available for general circulation and include:

greenGreen, Roger Joseph
The Life and Ministry of William Booth:
The Founder of the Salvation Army

Abingdon Press, 2005.
hattersleyHattersley, Roy
Blood & Fire: William and Catherine Booth and their Salvation Army
Doubleday, 2000.



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April is National Poetry Month!

poetry1National Poetry Month was begun in 1996 by the American Academy of Poets to annually celebrate poetry and the important place it has in American culture. The organization has a terrific website with 30 Ways to Celebrate  and includes clever ideas like “Watch a poetry movie” and “Take a poem to lunch.” There are many creative ideas throughout the website – you can take a look at all of the suggestions here.

Meanwhile, I thought I would highlight some of our resources in the Stamps Library related to poetry. We have a great many titles, particularly in the area of Hebrew Bible, as well as titles related to faith integration. The following is a sampling:

ballingerBallinger, Phillip A.
The Poem as Sacrament:
The Theological Aesthetic of Gerard Manley Hopkins

Peeters, 2000.

early methodistChilcote, Paul Wesley, ed.
Early Methodist Spirituality: Selected Women’s Writings
Kingswood Books, 2007.

guiteGuite, Malcolm
Faith, Hope and Poetry: Theology and the Poetic Imagination
Ashgate, 2010.

charles wesleyKimbrough, S.T., Jr.  and Oliver A. Beckerlegge, eds.
The Unpublished Poetry of Charles Wesley
Kingswood Books, 1988-1992.

ortonOrton, David E., ed.
Poetry in the Hebrew Bible: Selected studies from Vetus Testamentum
Brill, 2000.

pietyWitherington, Ben and Christopher Mead Armitage
The Poetry of Piety: An Annotated Anthology of Christian Poetry
Baker Academic, 2002.



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Faith Integration Research – Resources

My colleague, Michelle Spomer, has created a terrific resource for those working on faith integration papers, syllabi preparation and class assignments. It is a part of the University Libraries LibGuides collection and can be accessed here. LibGuides are also available on a wide-range of topics and are found on the University Libraries homepage.

The Stamps Library has a (growing) collection of faith integration books. Where possible, this is a second copy of a title, with the first copy located within the discipline circulating collection. With this “set-apart” collection the intention is to assist faculty in easily locating resources within their discipline but also to see relevant near disciplines and the ways in which they approach faith integration. These books are located on the second floor on the low shelving near the periodical display area.

Need more resources? Check out the Office of Faith Integration webpage.


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New Additions to our Korean Language Collections – March 2014

These are the newest resources added to our Korean language collections at the LA Regional Center library. As you scroll through the list you’ll see a number of resources for research and writing skills, particularly for D.Min students. Where possible, an approximate translation of the title is included.

BF431 .O73165 2007
Organisez vos idées avec le mind mapping
생각 정리의 기술 : 한 장으로 끝내는 천재들의 사고법, 마인드맵!
드니 르보 외 지음   김 도연 옮김

BJ1251 .H325165 2010
Hauerwas, Stanley, 1940-
Community of character
스탠리 하우어워스 지음   문 시영 옮김

BJ1535.P9 .M33165 2002
McClung, Floyd.
Intimacy with God
하나님과의 친밀감 : 교만을 극복하기 /
프로이드 맥클랑   예수전도단 옮김

BR100 .B65165 1999
Brown, Colin, 1932-
Philosophy & the Christian faith
철학과 기독교 신앙
콜린 브라운 지음   문 석호 옮김

BS511.3 .C653165
Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament
신약의 구약사용 주석 시리즈
G.K. 빌, D.A. 카슨 편집
G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson

BS2397 .S468165 2013
Schreiner, Thomas R.
Magnifying God in Christ
간추린 신약 신학
토마스 R. 슈라이너 지음   김 현광 옮김

BS2655.H67 F44165 2013
Fee, Gordon D.
God’s empowering presence
성령 : 하나님의 능력 주시는 임재   바울 서신의 성령론
고든 D. 피 지음   박 규태 옮김

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Celebrating the First American Saint Patrick’s Day

According to an article at the Christianity.com website, the first American celebration of St. Patrick’s Day was held in 1737 and was sponsored by the Charitable Irish Society of Boston. As you know, there have been a great many celebrations ever since – from the famous parades in New York City and Boston, to the ‘wearin o’ the green’ most every where else.

I am finding that readers are locating this older post this weekend via Google so thought I would make a more general re-post for those who might like a reminder of what the day is about, and am revisiting my post on Saint Patrick from 2011 … hoping there are potentially enough new readers that you might not mind. Have a marvelous – and perhaps more mindful celebration!

I love sharing the story of St. Patrick and his role in the history of Ireland. We celebrate on March 17th as this is the anniversary of his death (and a reminder of his life).

Patrick was born near Dumbarton in Scotland in 387 to a wealthy Roman family but was kidnapped by Irish marauders when he was 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave. He became a shepherd and tended his master’s flocks for six years.

According to the Catholic Encyclopedia, “He relates in his “Confessio” that during his captivity while tending the flocks he prayed many times in the day: “the love of God”, he added,

“and His fear increased in me more and more, and the faith grew in me, and the spirit was roused, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same, so that whilst in the woods and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer and felt no hurt from it, whether there was snow or ice or rain; nor was there any slothfulness in me, such as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent within me.”

After the six years, Patrick felt prompted by an angel to escape and traveled 200 miles on foot to join a ship that was returning to his homeland. He quickly rejoined his friends but found that his heart had drawn close to God and his desire was to return to Ireland to preach Christianity and free people from the hold that the Druids had on the culture.

As you might imagine, there are many stories about Patrick’s life. You may have even heard one or two. Some scholars believe that there are actually two Patrick’s (Patrick and Palladius, who was sent to Ireland by Pope Celestine I in 431 to be the first bishop in Ireland) whose stories overlap. I don’t know. What I do know of Patrick is that he was faithful, even in adversity as a slave. He prayed for the people of Ireland and his heart was changed so that he returned to share the good news of Christ.
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New Books – March 2014

Apologies for a lack of recent posts …here are some recent titles added to our collections.

BF636.7.C76 H39165
Hays, Pamela A.
문화적 다양성과 소통하기 : 문화 상담의 이해
Translation of:
Addressing Cultural Complexities in Practice
American Psychological Association, 2008.

leoBR65.L42 E54.
Leo I, Pope, -461.
Leo the Great.
Routledge, 2009

tertullianBR65.T7 D86
Dunn, Geoffrey D., 1962-
Routledge, 2004

just usBR115.J8 P69.
Powe, F. Douglas.
Just Us or Justice : Moving Toward a Pan-Methodist Theology
Abingdon Press, 2009
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Reading Bookshelf

myidealbookshelf1_grandeI’m currently enjoying browsing through the recent My Ideal Bookshelf edited by Thessaly La Force and illustrated by Jane Mount  (available in Link+ for APU readers). The book provides 100 short essays from a wide variety of prominent people in popular culture on the books they are reading and why and each piece is illustrated with the colorful spines of the books.

I’m always curious about what others are reading. With that in mind, several years ago I proposed to our APU Life editor Maureen Taylor, the idea of asking APU faculty what they are reading and recommending (their Top 5 books) – and a brief list now appears in each issue.

I have permission to  reprint  these published lists, so here is the first one, from Dr. Don Thorsen, Professor of Theology and Chair, Department of Theology and Ethics, Graduate School of Theology (Don’s list appeared in the Summer 2013 issue and his photo is below):

don thorsen1.  Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis (HarperOne, 1943, 2012)*
2. Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster (HarperSanFrancisco, 1988)
3.  Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger by Ron Sider (Thomas Nelson, 1978, 2005)
4.  Strength to Love by Martin Luther King, Jr. (Fortress Press, 1963, 2010)
5. The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (Eerdmans, 1994)

*I’m sorry to say that all three of our copies are missing – but another is on order and on the way…

I’m always interested in hearing about book recommendations…what are some of your favorites?

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New Books – Theology

harveyBT10 .T55 2010.
The theology of Colin Gunton
edited by Lincoln Harvey.
T & T Clark, c2010.

delatorreBT21.3 .B49 2011.
Beyond the pale : reading theology from the margins
edited by Miguel A. De La Torre and Stacey M. Floyd-Thomas.
Westminster John Knox Press, c2011.

nelsonBT28 .T443 2013.
Theologians in their own words
Derek R. Nelson, Joshua M. Moritz, and Ted Peters, editors.
Minneapolis : Fortress Press, c2013.

grenzBT75.2 .G74 2000.
Grenz, Stanley J.
Theology for the community of God
Grand Rapids, Mich. : W.B. Eerdmans, 2000.

BT102 .F39 1985.
Ferguson, Sinclair B.
A heart for God
Colorado Springs, Colo. : NavPress, c1985.

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