Twenty-first century Christians live in diaspora, merely one voice among many, without enjoying their once-privileged place in society. This is particularly the case for those who struggle to be a church that mirrors the capaciousness of God's grace. We are assaulted by the venting of pent-up furies, which are stoked by profound anxieties over the loss of a cherished worldview and fear about an unacceptable but unstoppable future. Frequently, we struggle to speak an authentic word of God amidst the cross-talk of many voices. This book--a canonical study of Hosea through Malachi, called collectively The Book of the Twelve--describes a biblical model of faithful speaking under similar circumstances. It guides reaction to this loss toward intense engagement with Scripture and theology in order to sense again the meaning of speaking what is at the heart of faith, God's unalterable commitment to continuing faithfulness with us. ""An up-to-date and engaging presentation of the Twelve from the perspective of recent scholarship. The author unlocks an angle of vision that feeds directly into theological and pastoral application, and he does so with energy and clarity. This balance is what makes for such a strong contribution to theological exegesis for our day. Highly recommended."" --Christopher R. Seitz, Senior Research Professor of Biblical Interpretation, Wycliffe College, University of Toronto ""Bailey has composed a short but engaging apology for the significance of The Book of the Twelve for a church today that finds itself alienated and in crisis.
Living in the Language of God was published by Pickwick Publications in June 2017. The ISBN for Living in the Language of God is 9781532614149.