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Dr. Paul Metzger Publishes Two New Books on Engaging Theology and Culture


Dr. Paul Louis Metzger, author of Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church and co-author of Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction, has written two new books: New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement, due out on January 1. 2011, and The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town, which hit bookshelves in November.

The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town 
Gospel of JohnLike its name-sake, this first volume is launching a revolution in how commentaries are written. Instead of being another facts-only commentary, The Gospel of John volume provides a biblical, theological, cultural, and personal engagement of John's gospel. The book is part of a new series titled "Resonate" that Dr. Metzger and David Sanford of Credo Communications are editing for InterVarsity Press. With the assistance of Dr. Al Baylis, Dr. Karl Kutz, and many others, Dr. Metzger and David Sanford are designing each volume in the Resonate series to fully engage the reader's head and heart to explore how the biblical themes in every Scripture passage speak into people's lives in today's cultural settings. took earlier-than-anticipated pre-orders for the first "Resonate" commentary volume, "The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town" has already rocketed into Amazon's top 300 best-sellers list - something no biblical commentary has ever done before.

New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement
New Wine Tastings"New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement" is a collection of essays (some previously published) on various pressing issues in culture that Dr. Metzger has written over a ten year period. This book presents a wealth of essays expanding on the Trinitarian (affective) theology Multnomah is known for - a theology that fully engages people's heads, hearts, and lives. Published by Cascade Books, New Wine Tastings provides samplings of a theological engagement of culture that Paul Louis Metzger has been developing in his work as founder and director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah Biblical Seminary. This volume of essays addresses prominent themes in contemporary culture and will be welcomed by those analyzing and developing theological-cultural paradigms and engaging key issues in the contemporary setting.

"New Wine Tastings reflects my theological-cultural vision that is embodied in The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins," Dr. Metzger said. "My hope is that readers will come away from reflecting on the essays with greater confidence in our triune God revealed in Scripture and will manifest his holy love in increasing compassion in our churches and society at large. Likewise, The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town bears witness to God's heartbeat of love for the church and world revealed in Jesus through the Spirit. My prayer is that people will sense God's overwhelming embrace of holy love in Jesus as they experience the Gospel of John anew through my book."

More Info
For more information about New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement and The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town, contact Dr. Paul Metzger at 503.251.6741 or email

About Multnomah
Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon with teaching sites in Reno, Nevada and Anchorage, Alaska. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.