Recent Reads: Natural Theology, Religion, The Modern World,and More

I suppose reading is like exercise: the more you do, the better you get. It also helps to barely watch TV. All that to say, I feel like I’ve already read a lot of books this year. Here are a few, with links to my Goodreads reviews: Rebecca’s Children: Judaism and Christianity in the RomanContinue reading “Recent Reads: Natural Theology, Religion, The Modern World,and More”

My 2018 Book Awards!

Favorite Classic – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. This one made my top ten list of all time and is absolutely a brilliant must read. Favorite Spiritual Classic – New Seeds of Contemplation by Thomas Merton.  I also ended up making the list of my favorites of all time.  Tremendously challenging. Favorite EnjoyableContinue reading “My 2018 Book Awards!”

Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)

As I read Boyd’s long book Crucifixion of the Warrior God, I am reminded of a common debate and inconsistency in Christian circles.  Some Christians will argue for a literal interpretation of every passage of scripture.  They argue for this when it comes to social issues like gay marriage and anyone who questions them isContinue reading “Why Do We Resist Jesus’ Teaching?(Crucifixion of the Warrior God ch.3)”

What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)

We all have notions of what God is like.  These ideas and images are built from all sorts of sources – stories, pop culture, holy scriptures, teachers, friends.  I imagine even atheists have some picture in their minds of what the God they do not believe in is like.  In many cases, it is justContinue reading “What God is Like (Crucifixion of the Warrior God chs. 1-2)”

Crucifixion of the Warrior God – Intro

I’ve gone to church my whole life.  I remember learning all those old Bible stories as a kid in Sunday school. David killing the giant Goliath with a stone flung from his slingshot. Elijah slaughtering the hundreds of prophets of Baal. Joshua marching around Jericho till the walls fell and the residents were massacred. TheyContinue reading “Crucifixion of the Warrior God – Intro”

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (Review)

              What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in JesusContinue reading “Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God (Review)”

CS Lewis Top Ten Books: 5-1

5. The Great Divorce – In this book, Lewis takes the reader on an allegorical journey of heaven and hell.  Honestly, this is one of those books that makes me surprised Lewis is so popular in evangelical Christian circles.  Were he living and writing today as a member of American evangelicalism, I suspect he wouldContinue reading “CS Lewis Top Ten Books: 5-1”

CS Lewis’ Top Ten Books: 10-6

I’ve been a fan of CS Lewis’ writing forever, since I picked up The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe in my church library when I was around ten.  Over the years I have managed to read most of his books, both fiction and non-fiction.  He is often quoted and has shaped many hearts andContinue reading “CS Lewis’ Top Ten Books: 10-6”

The Walkin’ Dude Is Still Walkin’ – Thoughts on Evil

“The man in black fled across the desert, and the gunslinger followed.” So begins The Gunslinger, the first book of Stephen King’s fantasy epic series, The Dark Tower.  Over the course of the series we learn that the man in black is in fact a character familiar to King’s universe, Randall Flagg.  Flagg is anContinue reading “The Walkin’ Dude Is Still Walkin’ – Thoughts on Evil”