#5 – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)

This book is a brilliant work of history. That said, it is not just an epic history of the Great Migration, it is a heart moving and tear jerking tale of amazing people. Wilkerson tells the story of the Great Migration through three who moved from the South to the North: Ida Mae Gladney inContinue reading “#5 – The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration by Isabel Wilkerson (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)”

#6 – Healing Our Broken Humanity by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)

Healing our Broken Humanity by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill is an absolutely fantastic work of spiritual discipline and practice. A large part of the reason for this is that it is different than any other book of spiritual disciplines I have read. There are plenty of books on spiritual practice (two of myContinue reading “#6 – Healing Our Broken Humanity by Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)”

#7 – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (My Top Ten Reads of 2020)

This book is a brilliant work of history that challenges and changes what you think you know about race and racism. While I purchased this book prior to the national protest that has erupted after the murder of George Floyd, I started reading it right while the protests were heating up. Reading this book thenContinue reading “#7 – Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America by Ibram X. Kendi (My Top Ten Reads of 2020)”

#8 – The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity by Eugene McCarraher (My Top Ten Reads of 2020)

This book is a brilliant work of history. Let’s start with another book. Charles Taylor’s book A Secular Age is a brilliant story of how the western world moved from a premodern age of enchantment to our current secular age. Refuting the commonly told subtraction story (we learned science and got rid of religion), TaylorContinue reading “#8 – The Enchantments of Mammon: How Capitalism Became the Religion of Modernity by Eugene McCarraher (My Top Ten Reads of 2020)”

#9 – Postcards from Babylon by Brian Zahnd (My Top Ten Reads 2020)

Brian Zahnd is one of my favorite contemporary authors. Everything he writes, from books to Tweets, deeply resonates with and challenges me. Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile might be his best book (at least my favorite of of the ones I’ve read). Nationalism has long been the greatest temptation for American Christians.Continue reading “#9 – Postcards from Babylon by Brian Zahnd (My Top Ten Reads 2020)”

#10 Julian of Norwich, Theology by Denys Turner (My Top Ten Reads for 2020)

Beginning the countdown of my top ten books is some historical theology! A study of the wonderful Julian of Norwich is my #10 while a study of the illustrious Maximus the Confessor gets an honorable mention.

The Moral Conundrum (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 5)

A recent article in The Atlantic is just the latest of many analyses that demonstrate the devil’s bargain white evangelicals have made in their unequivocal support of Donald Trump. White evangelicals gave up their moral high ground to get Supreme Court judges. Those who have made the bargain thought throwing their support behind a narcissisticContinue reading “The Moral Conundrum (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 5)”

I Believe Systemic Racism Because of My Theology (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 4).

Growing up, I was always taught I was a wretched sinner. Uplifting message for a four-year-old, right? But there was good news. Though I was a sinner, there was forgiveness available in Jesus! Jesus had died on the cross for my sins and your sins and everyone’s sins. All we had to do was believeContinue reading “I Believe Systemic Racism Because of My Theology (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 4).”

Self-Interested Evangelicals

The pic is from this article: http://lifewayresearch.com/2020/09/29/most-evangelicals-choose-trump-over-biden-but-clear-divides-exist/ When asked who we hope our vote benefits most, 41% said “people like me” and 20% said “me and my family.” That’s 61% of evangelical Christians putting ourselves first. To be honest, this is disappointing but not necessarily surprising. It goes directly against the entire basis of ourContinue reading “Self-Interested Evangelicals”

What the Book of Revelation is Really All About (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Post 3)

This is the third post in a series. The first post was “The Dragon in the Room” and the second was “Are you a Christian or a Christian Nationalist?” Growing up, I constantly feared the rapture would happen and I’d be Left Behind. I had been a Christian as long as I could remember. ButContinue reading “What the Book of Revelation is Really All About (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Post 3)”