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Point Loma Press

About Point Loma Press

Point Loma Press serves as the academic publishing platform for PLNU. Publications support the scholarly work of the faculty; provide articulation of Wesleyan themes and trajectories; and may also include coverage of important university-sponsored conferences, symposia, and events.

Point Loma Press was founded in 1992 to provide a publishing outlet for faculty and serve the distinct theological mission of PLNU. Over time, the press has grown to publish authors from a wider range of institutional backgrounds, but its core mission remains the same: to encourage and extend a distinctly Wesleyan theological perspective on various topics and issues for the church today.

Most Point Loma Press books are theological in scope, though many are quite practical in their focus, and some address non-theological topics but from a Wesleyan theological perspective. All Point Loma Press books are written with a broad audience in mind, intended to contribute effectively to contemporary scholarship while also being accessible to pastors, laypersons, and students alike.

Point Loma Press is not accepting submissions for publication at this time. Please direct any inquiries regarding previously published work to pointlomapress@pointloma.edu or (619) 849-2549.

100 Years of Stories

Dean Nelson

PLNU is a testimony to faithful people who, for 100 years, have trusted a faithful God to establish and support and institution built on a belief that people can receive a quality education in a Christian setting. Nelson's book uses authentic voices and images from PLNU's past to show what can happen when people with a vision trust God.

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All Things Necessary to Our Salvation Monograph Series, Number Four

Michael Lodahl

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This monograph is helpful not only in understanding the position the Church of the Nazarene has historically embraced on the inspiration of Scripture, but also in understanding why the church's position is appropriate. As discussions on the nature and inspiration of Scripture have often become confusing and conflicted, Lodahl's monograph offers clarity, especially for those in or interested in the Wesleyan/holiness tradition.

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Centennial Monograph 1: Remembering

F. Carver, M. Stevenson

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Centennial Monograph 2: Affirming

Art Seamans, Darrel Falk

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Centennial Monograph 3: Inspiring

Jim Jackson Sr., Kathy McConnell

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The Evangelical Church and American Popular Culture Monograph Series, Number One

Karl Martin

The purpose of this interpretive essay is to explore the relationship between the evangelical church and trends in American popular culture since the end of the Second World War. This relationship has grown more significant as the church has participated in the emergence of an evangelical Christian popular culture and has more willingly adopted popular culture forms into its life and worship.

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For Zion's Sake (updated, with new afterword)

Ronald Kirkemo

For Zion's Sake details the history of Pasadena/Point Loma College by masterfully blending intellectual, institutional, and social history with the biographies of key individuals. It is an interpretive portrayal of the struggles and trials of the college and its people.

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Holiness in the 21st Century (third ed.)

Sam Powell

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I Am Not Ashamed

Diane Leclerc, ed.

Diane LeClerc has served the church well in editing this book that emerges out of the hearts and minds of Wesleyan women preachers. The book includes an excellent blend of sermons, some of which are holiness classics; others are timely and relevant prophetic messages to the Church; and still others are moving messages from Scripture that speak of grace, faithfulness, and hope.

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It's All About Grace

Sam Powell, ed. 

This festschrift is dedicated to Professor Herbert L. Prince, who taught at PLNU from 1971 to December 2004. He taught theology and philosophy and held the H. Orton Wiley Chair of Theology from 2000 until his retirement. This collection is a measure of the esteem in which PLNU holds Prince and the extent to which we are in his debt for the intellectual leadership he exhibited over the years.

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Gospel of the Bleeding Woman (poems)

Katie Manning

Gospel of the Bleeding Woman imagines a life for an interesting, unnamed biblical character: the bleeding woman who touches Jesus in three of the gospel accounts. The first half of this poetry collection is biblical/historical fiction; the second half, after the healing touch, moves into the realm of speculative fantasy (because faith is a strange, strange thing).

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No Hands? (poetry) Monograph Series, Number Two

Rick Hill     

What Rick Hill offers in No Hands is poetry that parallels that of the biblical and religious poets, such as Herbert and the Wesley brothers, albeit in a 21st century parlance. He gives us his life, without pretense, showing us his growing spiritual awareness and relationship with the Divine, and asks, to all who are courageous enough, for us to also see our fallenness, our self-absorption, and our attempts to make ourselves better through our own strength.

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Nurturing the Prophetic Imagination

Jamie Gates, Mark H. Mann, eds.

This book searches through biblical scholarship, theology, economics, sociology, politics, ecology, and history to discern the strands of God's justice and reconciliation at work in the contemporary world. It challenges Christians to engage the most troubling social problems of our time by first drinking deeply from the well of the historic prophetic traditions.

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"Prints" and Practices of LOVE DIVINE (includes CD) Monograph Series, Number Seven

Maxine Walker, ed

A guide through Charles Wesley's hymns by and for the spiritual practitioners. Each essay offers a doorway from a different spiritual journey into this center of the Wesleyan traditions.

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Promise & Destiny

Ronald Kirkemo

PLNU cannot be understood apart from Isaiah 62, God's great promise of protection and blessing for the institution. In his earlier book, For Zion's Sake, Dr. Kirkemo presented a social and intellectual history of the university, adjusting to the new conditions and ideas of the 20th century and showing how the Isaiah passage embodied the dangers, protection, deliverance, and beginning of the university's rise to strength. In this companion book, he tells the story of how God's grace is brought to action in the life of PLNU.

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Relational Theology: A Contemporary Introduction

Brint Montgomery, Thomas Jay Oord, Karen Winslow, eds.

A growing number of Christians feel drawn to relational theology. The God of the Bible seems thoroughly relational, and we are increasingly aware of our own interrelatedness with others. Contributors to this volume tease out some implications of relational theology in light of a host of issues, doctrines, and agendas. The result is a must-read collection of essays with proposals sure to be the center of conversations for decades to come!

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Results May Vary: Christian Women Reflect on Post-College Life

Linda Beail, Sylvia Cortez Masyuk, eds.

This book addresses the unspoken assumptions and unquestioned expectations about what it means to be a Christian woman in a complex world. Far from offering a checklist or advice, this collection weaves together a rich variety of voices speaking honestly about living a grace-infused life of faith.

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Setting Your Sail, Monograph Series, Number Five

John T. Wu, ed.

This monograph is designed to be a guide. It is less of a map than a travelogue, detailing the life stories and reflections of four faculty persons as they wrestle with the concept of vocation throughout their lives. It is the author’s hope that you, the reader, may be helped as you face your own important vocational questions.

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The Wise Shepherd, Monograph Series, Number Six

Brad Kelle, ed.

The Wise Shepherd integrates the challenges of pastoral ministry with the insight of specialists in the academic disciplines of theology and biblical studies. This collection of writings invites the reader to engage in academic disciplines that will help them discern depth of meaning, which, in turn, will shape the pragmatic work of ministry.

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A Wesleyan Way (revised edition)

Herb Prince

This handbook is a broad orientation to serve the educational purposes of the university generally and the Wesleyan Center in particular. Readers desiring to become aware of one form Wesleyan interests may take, and those seeking a theological introduction to the values of the university may be the chief beneficiaries of this book.

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Our Wesleyan Tradition

Mark Mann, ed.

PLNU is an institution of the Church of the Nazarene and therefore a Christian university in the Wesleyan tradition. The purpose of this book is to clarify what we at PLNU mean by "the Wesleyan tradition." In addressing this, we draw upon the writings of John and Charles Wesley, the practices of the early Methodists, and the subsequent development of Wesleyan theology. We are also writing with concern for what it means to be a Christian institution in the Wesleyan tradition for the educational context of PLNU.

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Libros Pelicanos 

El Amor Mas Excelente

John A. Knight

Como pastores y lideres laicos, debemos equiparnos para compartir las buenas nuevas de salvacion y la realizacion personal de un estilo de vida santo basado en la Biblia.

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Teologia Cristiana, Tomo 1

H. Orton Wiley

Henry Orton Wiley (1877-1961) fue un destacado educador y teologo en la Iglesia del Nazareno por muchas decadas. Esta Teologia cristiana en tres tomos, su magnum opus, se convirtio rapidamente en el parangon de la excelencia del siglo XX para el pensamiento sistematico arminiano wesleyano.

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Teologia Cristiana, Tomo 2

H. Orton Wiley

Henry Orton Wiley (1877-1961) fue un destacado educador y teologo en la Iglesia del Nazareno por muchas decadas. Esta Teologia cristiana en tres tomos, su magnum opus, se convirtio rapidamente en el parangon de la excelencia del siglo XX para el pensamiento sistematico arminiano wesleyano.

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Una Teologia del Amor

Midred Bangs Wynkoop

Es una invitación a entrar en un vasto mundo de inspiracion y de enriquecimiento espiritual y, de hecho, a la esfera de la vida llena del Espiritu. La esencia de esa esfera de vida es el amor.

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