Book Review: Surrender to Love by David Benner

I received Surrender to Love: Discovering the Heart of Christian Spirituality by David Benner from IVP. It is part of a trilogy of small books Benner has updated. The foreword by M. Basil Pennington has this sentence: “It took me several weeks to read.” The volume I as holding in my hands was slender. TheContinue reading “Book Review: Surrender to Love by David Benner”

Four Lines to Wreck My Day

I have found culturally these days that words have duel, and opposite, meanings. When I’ve heard something or someone described as “sick,” I think, “Oh, that’s too bad. What’s wrong with them?” Then, I find out the word meant, “Awesome,” or “incredible,” or something opposite of what the word used to mean for me. So, I useContinue reading “Four Lines to Wreck My Day”

Book Review: Eldership and the Mission of God

J.R. Briggs and Bob Hyatt have teamed up to write a book on elders in the context of being a “missional” church. (I am not even going to pretend I know what that word means. I’ve tried. I’ve failed. Just go with it.) The book is Eldership and the Mission of God: Equipping Teams for FaithfulContinue reading “Book Review: Eldership and the Mission of God”

Book Review: Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation

I received a review copy of Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation from IVP. I am under no obligation to give it a positive review. But let’s be real, how would I NOT give a positive review on a book that celebrates a man who gave me the very idea forContinue reading “Book Review: Eternal Living: Reflections on Dallas Willard’s Teaching on Faith and Formation”

Book Review — Living in Christ’s Presence

Living in Christ’s Presence has Dallas Willard as the author, which is appropriate. It is more a collaboration. The book came to me with a DVD of the sessions given by Dallas Willard and John Ortberg not long before Dallas passed away. The book is a transcript of those lectures by Ortberg and Willard, along withContinue reading “Book Review — Living in Christ’s Presence”

It’s a Both/And World

Rich Nathan and Insoo Kim have written Both-And: Living the Christ-Centered Life in an Either-Or World, which is, of course, one more book I wish I had written first. Instead, I blog on this stuff and give it away for free… but I digress… IVP sent me this book for review and I am not underContinue reading “It’s a Both/And World”

Spine Tingling Worship

When it comes to church, and I am Pentecostal when I reflect on this particular subject, we just flat out like “excitement.” There is emotion in our lives, so we don’t try to pull out emotion when it comes to singing and praise in a church service. As Pentecostals, we like to pray for peopleContinue reading “Spine Tingling Worship”

Book Review: The Sacred Meal

A book I received from Thomas Nelson to review has sat on my shelf far too long. The Sacred Meal: The Ancient Practices Series by Nora Gallagher is a short read on Communion. It is not about the big words (transubstantiation or consubstantiation or any other ones). She reflects simply on the meaning of communion.Continue reading “Book Review: The Sacred Meal”