Book Review — "The Story Retold"

The Story Retold: A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament G.K. Beal and Benjamin L. Gladd Having taught Bible classes for 15 years in a college, THIS is the book I wish I had early on. The approach in this textbook is to keep the entire story in mind. We can’t be enamored with theContinue reading “Book Review — "The Story Retold"”

Book Review: The End of Hunger

This book creates a big problem for me. There is so much to work through and think through it’s impossible to put it in a book review. This is a book for thought, for contemplation, for discussion, and then for action. The book is edited by Jenney Eaton Dyer and Cathleen Falsani, but the featureContinue reading “Book Review: The End of Hunger”

Book Review — Basic Christianity

InterVarsity Press is re-issuing some classics from their catalogue. Basic Christianity by John Stott is a standard. It is every bit a classic in the explanation of Christianity as Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis. Having read Stott’s book years ago, I took the opportunity to read it again.

Book Review — Bread for the Resistance: 40 Devotionals for Justice People

Bread for the Resistance Donna Barber Donna Barber is cofounder of The Voices Project, an organization that influences culture through training and promoting leaders of color. Her work is dedicated to training up leader of color to step into key roles in the church and culture.

Let’s talk about sex

Authentic Human Sexuality, 3rd Edition, by Judith K. Balswick and Jack O. Balswick “Sex pervades our culture, going far beyond the confines of the bedroom into the workplace, the church, and the media. Yet despite all the attention and even obsession devoted to sex, human sexuality remains confusing and even foreboding. What, after all, isContinue reading “Let’s talk about sex”

Book Review: I See You by Terence Lester

“Privilege has a way of blinding us to the realities faced by those society has made invisible, and in true incarnational fashion, Terence takes us with him on a journey to uncover the true experiences of our most vulnerable neighbors.” (Chad Wright-Pittman)

Book Review — Becoming an Ordinary Mystic

The word “mystic” is about as useful as “monk” or “monastic” in many of our lives as believers. We may have an idea of what that word entails, but to become a “mystic” (or “monk” or “monastic”)? No thanks. There are those who have gone before considered to be mystics who wrote of their experiences,Continue reading “Book Review — Becoming an Ordinary Mystic”

Book review — The Coddling of the American Mind

The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure by Greg Lukianoff My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a must read. It challenges. There are things to be argued over. There are things to be implemented. Lukianoff and Haidt present much needed materialContinue reading “Book review — The Coddling of the American Mind”

Book Review — The Very Good Gospel

The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right by Lisa Sharon Harper My rating: 5 of 5 stars Lisa Sharon Harper has one of the best calls to “SHALOM” I’ve read in quite some time. She is in the vein of Walter Brueggemann, who writes the introduction for her book. Harper tacklesContinue reading “Book Review — The Very Good Gospel”

A haunting read — Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann My rating: 5 of 5 stars This is a moving book about the injustices done to the Osage tribe in Oklahoma in the 1920s. It is a fascinating story about the rise of the FBI and how theyContinue reading “A haunting read — Killers of the Flower Moon”