The Bad Place by J. Webb Mealy (Review)

In The Bad Place, J. Webb Mealy argues that hell is not a place of unending conscious torment, as has been popularly understood, but rather the unrepentant will ultimately be destroyed and no longer exist. To put some terminology on it, against the traditional view, which we could name “eternal conscious torment” or “infernalism”, Mealy…

Tradition and Apocalypse: An Essay on the Future of Christian Belief by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in the past and future of Christian faith and practice. What’s the Big Takeaway - Tradition is not about looking into the past to find some imaginary line of faith and practice that has never changed, the beauty of tradition is opening new paths and avenues in…

Kenogaia (A Gnostic Tale) by David Bentley Hart (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers who enjoy a good story, readers who enjoy books that make them think and especially readers who appreciate a combination of those two things. What is the Big Takeaway - The best theologians write good fiction. And a quote - “Orthodoxy is a humble half-truth exalted to the…

My 2021 Top Ten Reads: #10 and #9: Church History and Spiritual Practice

#10 - The Patient Ferment of the Early Church by Alan Kreider This was a brilliant work on the mission, methods and mindset of the early church. There is so much we could and should learn today. Here is the big takeaway I got from the book: “The earliest church (100-300 AD) rather than having…

The Bride of the Lamb by Sergius Bulgakov (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who are into theology and are desiring a deep dive into the work of one of the greats, perhaps the greatest, Russian theologian of the 20th century. What’s the Big Takeaway - Bulgakov presents a beautiful story, an image of one humanity and all creation (the creaturely Sophia),…

Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (Review)

It seemed appropriate to (finally!) read this classic work during the season of Halloween. Everyone knows the basics of the story of Frankenstein and the monster has become ubiquitous in horror and culture. Most people even know that little tidbit of trivia, that Frankenstein is actually the name of the scientist who creates the monster…

A More Christlike Word:Reading Scripture the Emmaus Way by Bradley Jersak (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Readers, specifically persons who are Christians, who may struggle with understanding the Bible but love Jesus and desire to read the Bible in a Jesus-shaped way. What’s the Big Takeaway - The central revelation of the Bible is that Jesus is the clearest revelation of who God is and…

The Voice of the Eagle by John Scotus Eriugena (Review)

Who Should Read This Book (These Books) - Readers interested in the history of Christian theology and spirituality who desire not just intellectual understanding but also to sit at the feet of a spiritual master. What’s the Big Takeway - My takeaway as I read these ancient saints is consistently the same: they have an…

Origen’s On First Principles translated by John Behr (Review)

Who Should Read This Book? - Theologians, pastors and anyone interested in Christian theology. What is the Big Takeaway? - The Church today would do well to learn how to read scripture from Origen. Also, John Behr is a treasure for his working in translating this. And a Quote - “There will be then, an…

What is God Like? by Rachel Held Evans and Matthew Paul Turner (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Parents who desire for their young children to develop a healthy understanding of what God is like. What is the Big Takeaway - Questions don’t get any bigger than ones about God and while we’ll never fully understand God we can know that God is better, safer, more wonderful…