David Rhoads, professor of New Testament at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is the editor of Earth & Word: Classic Sermons on Saving the Planet. The collection include sermons by theologians, environmentalists and activists such as Wendell Berry, Thomas Berry, William Sloane Coffin, Sallie McFague, Bill McKibben, Barbara Rossing, Joseph Sittler, and Barbara Brown Taylor.
The book will be available in June from Continuum International Press (ISBN-10: 0826428282, paperback) and the LSTC Book Center for $24.95 (plus shipping and handling.)
David Rhoads is an avid environmentalist who advises the LSTC Green Zone group and supervises the Web of Creation web site (www.webofcreation.org.) He assists congregations and other church bodies in becoming "greener" by reducing energy consumption and waste. In addition to his commitment to the environment, Rhoads' teaching and research focus on narrative criticism, social science criticism, intercultural criticism, and performance criticism. He memorizes and presents biblical works "by heart" including the Book of Revelation, the Gospel of Mark, and the Letter to the Galatians.
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