Lovers in the Wilderness by Stephanie Rutt (Review)

Lovers in the Wilderness: Awaken Mystical Unity and Create a Joyful Life with Mantra Prayer by Stephanie Rutt I am a Christian who has always been interested in other religions. When others were worried about the relationship of science and faith, specifically in regards to the theory of evolution (which literally never bothered me one…

Evil, Good and God in Stephen’ Kings Desperation (Review)

Stephen King certainly knows how to tell a story which emphasizes the darkness and sin and evil in this world. In this book, an evil spirit (or something) is awakened under the ground of a small mining town in Nevada. This spirit/demon possesses human bodies and murders everyone in the town. It then captures a…

The Mystery of Christ by John Behr (Review)

John Behr is quickly vaulting to the top of my favorite theologians list. His book The Mystery of Christ is brilliant. Behr argues that the way forward, in our post-modern context, is to recover the patristic (premodern) way of doing theology. In this we look at the whole of scripture through the passion of Jesus.…

The Lamb of the Nonviolent God (Book thoughts)

This week I finished Sergius Bulgakov’s The Lamb of God as well as J. Denny Weaver’s The Nonviolent God. As someone who appreciates both Orthodox theology (Bulgakov) and Anabaptist theology (Weaver) it was interesting to read these books at the same time. They are quite different. Bulgakov’s is heavy and challenging, its a weighty tome…

Partakers of the Life Divine: Participation in the Divine Nature in the Writings of Charles Wesley by S.T. Kimbrough Jr. (Review)

My life in the Christian Church and among Christian churches has been kind of all over the place. I have noticed though, that this is kind of the norm for Protestant Christians in America. We who grew up in the evangelical subculture were more bound together by Veggietales cartoons and CCM music than any denomination…

God, Sexuality and the Self by Sarah Coakley (Review)

This is everything a work of theology should be and upon completing this book, Sarah Coakley has valued into my list of favorite theologians (yes, people like me have such lists). Granted, I have not read any of her other work, but I am looking forward to reading more. At the very least, I hope…

How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby (Review)

I forget precisely how I discovered Jemar Tisby’s first book, The Color of Compromise. However I found it, I read it and thought it was brilliantly well researched, eye-opening and challenging. It was a work of history that shined a light on things too long left in darkness and has become the first book I…

Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints by Daneen Akers (Book Review)

What does it mean to be a “saint”? Different church traditions may have slightly different definitions, but one common emphasis may be that saints are a sort of special or unique group of people. They are people set apart from the rest of us due to their holy or loving acts or perhaps, in a…

#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.…