How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Everyone. I can’t think of anyone, at least Americans and people I interact with, who would not benefit from reading this book. What is the Big Takeaway - How we tell the story of our history matters, and we in America have largely done a poor job of telling…

The Inescapable Love of God by Thomas Talbot (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in theology, specifically wrestling with questions of God, hell, love and eternity. What is the Big Takeaway - God is Love and through this Love desires all persons to be saved and will never give up until all are saved. And a Quote - “If supreme power…

The Verge by Patrick Wyman (Review)

Who Should Read This Book - Readers interested in history, especially the history of the transition from the medieval to the modern world. What’s the Big Takeaway - The years from 1490-1530 were a huge confluence of factors, some due to gifted people and others due to luck, that changed the entire world. And a…

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…