“To hope is to ‘borrow grace.’ It is not naive optimism. Hope admits the truth of our vulnerability. It does not trust God to keep all bad things from happening. But it assumes that redemption, beauty, and goodness will be there for us, whatever lies ahead.” — Tish Harrison Warren, Prayer in the Night
Soul Care in African American Practice by Barbara Peacock
In the late 90s and early 2000s Renovare released some volumes on spiritual reading that were “workbook” based. One, Spiritual Classics, focused on readings for individuals and groups based on the 12 spiritual disciplines from Richard Foster’s classic, Celebration of Discipline. Another book was Devotional Classics based on Foster’s book, Streams of Living Water. They were designed to take individuals or groups through a slow process of learning from historic spiritual reading combined with Scripture and spiritual formation practices. I still have those volumes on my shelves. They are well-worn.
In that tradition and format comes Barbara Peacock’s book from Intervarsity Press, Soul Care in African American Practice.Read more
The Myth of the American Dream by D.L. Mayfield
For the past 3-4 years I have had a book on my heart to write. Not ever having done a writing project, and being deathly afraid of critiques, I took notes, blogged a bit, preached a series with the beginning ideas of the book, and generally avoided doing more.Read more
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 the New Testament because it is “easier” to read. We need to understand the world of the story of Israel in our Old Testament.Read more
One last post (for now) on the book The End of Hunger. (Basic book review is HERE.) While we have a lot of good news over the last few decades in the cause to end hunger, the last few years have had their toll. The biggest issue: conflict.
Those in need of emergency assistance (meaning they have no other way to say alive) has risen dramatically in numbers.Read more
I have been working my way back through The End of Hunger to take in … or “digest” (okay, pun intended) … the hope found in this book. There are some convicting statistics that need to change my actions.Read more
In The End of Hunger, there is a section on what each of us can do in this goal of ending hunger by 2030. A simple solution offered: sit down when you eat.Read more
I have been going back through the book The End of Hunger:Renewed Hope for Feeding the World to take in the possibilities in this venture and goal of ending hunger by 2030. There is HOPE.Read more
I am working my way through some more in-depth thoughts on the book The End of Hunger put out by Intervarsity Press.Read more