The Stories We Tell of our Past and how they Shape our Present

The below newsletter was sent out a few weeks ago to my partners in ministry; I just neglected to post it here. You can read the whole thing here: https://mailchi.mp/3d253e141eff/csfberksmay2019-4753858 When Buzz Gifted me a Manual A few years ago my boss, Buzz, CSFPA’s Executive Director, assigned the task of new staff training to me. … Continue reading The Stories We Tell of our Past and how they Shape our Present

Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible

This post first appeared in my biweekly newsletter which you can read and subscribe to here: Why Now?My Evolving UnderstandingSpeaking with Wisdom and KnowledgeEvolution and the Point of ScriptureQuestions 1. Why Now?A couple of weeks ago I was interviewed by my friend Andrew Carpenter for his Obscure Pastor podcast.  One of the things I shared … Continue reading Musings on Evolution, Science and the Bible

#33 – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT Wright (My Top 100 Books)

NT Wright is one of my favorite writers and his work has influenced me more than nearly any other theologian/bible scholar.  He has written extensively on both Jesus and Paul.  This is perhaps his magnum opus on Paul - two volumes clocking in at about 1500 pages.  The good thing is that Wright is not … Continue reading #33 – Paul and the Faithfulness of God by NT Wright (My Top 100 Books)

#34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

Following yesterday's history of the Civil War, I include this shorter book focusing on the religious situation surrounding the war.  There is still debate and discussion about why the Civil War occurred.  Everyone living at the time knew why (slavery!) but afterwards there was a vested interest in the south to change the narrative.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading #34 – The Civil War as a Theological Crisis by Mark Noll (My 100 Favorite Books)

#45 – Revelation’s Rhapsody by Bob Lowery (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, my grandmother was constantly warning me about the coming of the Antichrist.  There would be a one-world government led by this Antichrist, Satan's servant.  Some signs of this would be the world moving to one currency and attacks on God's favored nation, Israel.  The place all these ideas were found was the final … Continue reading #45 – Revelation’s Rhapsody by Bob Lowery (My 100 Favorite Books)

#48 – The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (My 100 Favorite Books)

This was one of the first books I read that argued extensively for a Christian life of nonviolence.  In a culture that mostly accepts violent solutions to problems without much thought, it is vital for Christians to engage with the life and teachings of Jesus.  Yoder's book challenges Christian realism and calls Christians to live … Continue reading #48 – The Politics of Jesus by John Howard Yoder (My 100 Favorite Books)

#50 – Israel’s Gospel by John Goldingay (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is the first volume in Goldingay's Old Testament theology.  But one of the first things he says is that he does not like the name "Old Testament".  It makes the text sound irrelevant, out of date and useless.  He prefers the term "First Testament", and as a fun sidenote, I saw he is actually … Continue reading #50 – Israel’s Gospel by John Goldingay (My 100 Favorite Books)