A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (Review)

Who Should Read this Book - Anyone who wants to understand how the secular modern world came into existence in the centuries following 1500. What’s the Big Takeaway - The story of secularism and modernity that people learn science and reject religion, is deficient and not grounded in reality. Taylor offers a much more nuanced…

Prayer in the Night: For Those Who Work or Watch or Weep by Tish Harrison Warren (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Anyone who prays or wants to pray. What’s the Big Takeaway - We can learn to pray from the great tradition of the church, specifically the prayer at night (compline) which gives us words to pray when we don’t know what to say. And a quote - “When we’re…

The Harp of the Spirit: Poems of Saint Ephrem the Syrian (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers who desire to sit at the feet of an ancient Christian spiritual master. What’s the Big Takeaway - Ancient Christian poetry beautifully communicates the wonder of who God is in Jesus. And a quote: “The shepherd of all flew down in search of Adam, the sheep that had…

Deconstructing Faith: Part of the Modern World Since the Beginning

You’ve probably heard people talk about going through times of deconstruction. It seems I’ve heard more people speak of this just in the last few weeks, from articles to students sharing stories. At the same time, this is not new at all. Working in campus ministry, I have always met students who are rethinking and…

Roland in the Moonlight by David Bentley Hart (Review)

This book is simply a delightful, enjoyable, thoughtful, moving, profound and engaging book. David Bentley Hart has already done the world a service with his previous works on everything from the character of God (The Experience of God) to the problem of evil (The Doors of the Sea) to Christian history (Atheist Delusions, The Story…

The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture 2)

Listen to the Podcast: The Call of Abraham (Story of Scripture Episode 2) Let’s start with a question: How have you understood the story of the Bible? Do you move right from the fall of humanity in Genesis 3 to the coming of Jesus? There are hundreds of pages and years between Genesis 3 and…

The Story of Scripture 1 – Welcome and Introduction

Don’t like to read? You can listen to this post as a podcast by going here: Ancient Pathways with Dave Hershey. You can also find this podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and Stitcher. Two years ago I began training as a Life Coach and one of the assignments in the first class I took was…

Are You a Christian or a Christian Nationalist? (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy Part 2)

This is the second post in a series on Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy. You can read the first post here. Growing up, we had American flags in the front of our church. It wasn’t until years later that I saw something deeply wrong with that. Looking back, what we were taught it meant to…

Thoughts on Christian Living During an Epidemic

1. What a Week!2. The Early Church and Plagues3. Julian the Apostate's Implicit Christianity4. On Belief and Action5. A Brief Tangent on Money6. What Does it Even Look Like to Live Like Jesus7. Conclusions8. Questions 1. What a Week!This has been quite an exciting few weeks.  Two weeks ago I fired off a newsletter, sharing…