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"This bottling collects a decade's worth of Paul Louis Metzger's distinctive engagement with the Bible, the Church and our culture. You won't find the dreary arcanum of the academy in New Wine Tastings; these essays bristle with biblical and practical perspective on the most pressing issues of our times. They reveal the heart and mind of a passionate, insightful and often humorous theologian who shows us all how to live into our calling as witnesses to the Gospel. The perfect compliment to your favorite beverage!" --Robb Redman, author of The Great Worship Awakening: Singing a New Song in the Postmodern Church                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
"Paul Louis Metzger's robust Trinitarian theology, shaped through Barth and the Church Fathers, is the engine that drives his insightful and provocative cultural criticism, allowing him to explore with equal confidence Native American missions and Johnny Cash. Metzger's confident yet winsome approach to culture charts a new path for a Christian witness in and for culture in the twenty-first century. His is a voice to which I will listen closely." --Daniel Siedell, author of God in the Gallery: A Christian Embrace of Modern Art                                                                                                                                                                                                                         
"Paul Louis Metzger, and his New Wine, New Wineskins project in theology and culture, have gathered together here a collection of occasional essays that are indeed 'tastings' - suggestive samples of what a Trinitarian and incarnational theology of cultural engagement might look like. Some brief and anecdotal, and others longer and more theoretically developed, they all bear witness to a form of cultural engagement deeply rooted in the theological tradition of the Church and attuned to the currents of contemporary culture. Though I prefer fermented grain to grapes, this is good drink!" --Eric G. Flett, author of Persons, Powers, and Pluralities: Toward a Trinitarian Theology of Culture

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This collection of essays provides samplings of a theological engagement of culture that Paul Louis Metzger has been developing over the years in his work as founder and director of The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins at Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University. Metzger espouses an incarnational over against a predominately worldview-oriented or market-driven theological approach to engaging culture, and situates his work in Trinitarian communal and co-missional thought forms. This volume of biblically and theologically framed and compassion-driven essays addresses such themes as postmodernity, structural evil, cultural genocide, sexuality, HIV/AIDS, the prison system, the global slave trade, and the arts. It will be welcomed by those analyzing and developing theological-cultural paradigms and engaging key issues in the contemporary setting.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
"No single specimen - or vintage - of evangelical cultural engagement more ably and deliciously demonstrates itself than the profoundly theological cultural criticism of Paul Louis Metzger. His work occasions a hearty toast, and is worth the repeated tastings this volume so richly invites." --Rodney Clapp, author of Johnny Cash and the Great American Contradiction                                                                                                                                                                                   
"New Wine Tastings enables us to lift our heads and, with eyes wide open, learn how to engage our culture as we are called to do. Cutting-edge theology for our times. We need this volume." --Michael O. Emerson, author of Divided by Faith, United by Faith, People of the Dream                                                                                                                                                   
"The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins, from which this volume of essays emerges, is at the cutting edge of today's wholistic ministry movement. And because it's connected to a university and a seminary, it's in a great position to challenge future leaders. I am highly impressed." --John M. Perkins, author of Let Justice Roll Down

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Pub (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606085387
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606085387
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Integrating theology and spirituality with cultural sensitivity is at the center of Dr. Metzger's vision and vocation. Dr. Metzger is Professor of Christian Theology and Theology of Culture at Multnomah Biblical Seminary of Multnomah University where he also directs The Institute for the Theology of Culture: New Wine, New Wineskins. He has been active in intercultural work in the States, Japan, and England.

Dr. Metzger is the author of Connecting Christ: How to Discuss Jesus in a World of Diverse Paths (Thomas Nelson, 2012); New Wine Tastings: Theological Essays of Cultural Engagement (Cascade, 2011); The Gospel of John: When Love Comes to Town (InterVarsity Press, 2010); Exploring Ecclesiology: An Evangelical and Ecumenical Introduction (co-authored with Brad Harper; Brazos, 2009); Consuming Jesus: Beyond Race and Class Divisions in a Consumer Church (Eerdmans, 2007); and The Word of Christ and the World of Culture: Sacred and Secular through the Theology of Karl Barth (Eerdmans, 2003). He is co-editor of A World for All?: Global Civil Society in Political Theory and Trinitarian Theology (co-edited with William F. Storrar and Peter J. Casarella; Eerdmans, 2011); editor of Trinitarian Soundings in Systematic Theology (T&T Clark International, 2005), and editor of Cultural Encounters: a Journal for the Theology of Culture. Dr. Metzger is a member of the Center of Theological Inquiry, Princeton, New Jersey, and has developed a strategic ministry partnership with Dr. John M. Perkins titled, "Drum Majors for Love, Truth and Justice.". He is married with two children. Dr. Metzger has a keen interest in the art of Katsushika Hokusai and Georges Rouault and in the writings of John Steinbeck.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rfox on January 14, 2012
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Upon arrival I was a little surprised at the pint size of this gathering of essays, but the contents of its pages hold more than most books many times bigger. Having previously read Paul Metzger I have always enjoyed his insights and found his engagement of contemporary culture with Scripture to be especially timely.

If you've never read Metzger before New Wine Tastings is a great place to begin because of the diversity of its samplings. This selection of essays deals with topics ranging from structural evil, disembodied vs. incarnational spirituality, the atonement, and the culture wars among many others.

As Metzger explores these topics and more it is through the stories of cultural figures who have shaped how we engage these issues today. From philosophers like Kant, Keirkegaard, and Neitzsche, musicians like Cash and theologians like Luther and Barth.
The homeless, prisoners, Native American Christians, Buddhist monk friends, those left in the wake of "sexual liberation" and even the rag tag seminarians with whom he surrounds himself are all characters in the diverse collection of essays in New Wine Tastings. The characters and topics are varied, but Metzger doesn't sacrifice theological depth or profundity in seeking multiple angles of exploration. While New Wine Tastings runs deep theologically I believe Metzger engages these issues in way that makes them accessible to a wide readership.

One way Metzger successfully accomplishes this is by showing how our individual stories fit into a wide cultural landscape, how culture shapes us and how Scripture bears witness to Jesus Christ in this conglomeration of culture. New Wine Tastings is always focused on Christ, and so is always plumbing the depths of heart issues.
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New Wine Tastings is a series of essays calling the Evangelical church to be the living, incarnate embodiment of Jesus Christ in contemporary society. Paul takes on third-rail "culture war" dogmas, both left and right. Paul’s use of film, music, history and news encourages me to continue to engage even the popular elements of contemporary society in order to discover stories of pain and redemption. There are so many great quotes in this book I don’t know where to start, but a few important ones are:

“Neitsche… rejects the ethic of Paul - Christendom willfully ignores it.” (p.18)

“Most Evangelical Christians, whether they realize it or not, have compartmentalized worldviews,
whereas most Indian people have integrated worldviews.” (Twiss, p. 50)

“…secular liberalism fails to see how religious it is whereas the Religious Right fails to see how secular it is.
Overcoming the blinding barriers to authentic dialogue from the left requires unmasking the unnamed deity
of secular liberalism and bearing witness to the personal name of the triune God. Overcoming the blinding
barriers to authentic dialogue from the right requires disclosing to them the triune action of the one true God
in beloved community, and reclaiming this God, which they have “hijacked” for less than sacred aims.” (pp. 59-60)

I hold different views regarding some of these third rails, but I am challenged by Paul’s insistent on a triune approach to understanding and a self-denying willingness to create space for all sides.
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By iowastategirl on July 11, 2011
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I ordered this book not knowing exactly what to expect. I found myself stretched in many good directions, I found myself asking hard question not only of myself but of my peers. I too discovered I am theologically conservative and yet compassionately liberal.

Dr. Metzger engages the reader without overwhelming them. The essays are condensed enough to catch a moment, yet deep enough to capture your attention. My copy has now been in the hands of 4 readers. God Bless.
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By ian domaschofsky on April 8, 2015
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A great example of a book that sleeves into tho complexity of theology to relate it to the complexity of our daily lives.
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