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.…

Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts (Review)

Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts is a delightful, readable and thoughtful book about what it means to be a Christian. Of course, everyone has some impression of what it means to be a Christian. There are multitudes of books, podcasts, articles and such out there on this. Everyone has an opinion, and you can probably…

Journey of the Pearl by AE Smith (Review)

AE Smith’s story Journey of the Pearl is an enjoyable work of historical fiction. There are some good characters here and anyone who appreciates history, or a good story should like it. Of course, it is a Christian story, so those who are Christian readers will definitely find much to enjoy as miracles happen. Some…

Honest to Goodness by Martin Prozesky (Book Review)

Martin Prozesky has worked in academia for decades and written numerous books and articles. Prior to this book, I had never heard of him before, though it appears (and becomes apparent in the book) that he finds the best description of God in Process Theology. Thus, he resists both traditional theology as well as rejection…

The Battle for Halcyon by Peter Kazmaier (Review)

In Peter Kazmaier's fast-paced Halcyon Dislocation we read the story of an island university that disappeared from our world and appeared in a new, mysterious place.  Much of the story introduced us to this new world as university students along with naval officers stationed on the island explored the new world.  We learned that an…

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success (Review)

Do you have a fixed or a growth mindset?  Carol Dweck's book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success seeks to teach you what the mindsets are and why having a growth one is vital for a good life. My wife recommended this book to me and I found the ideas within it very helpful.  To…

Searching for Sunday by Rachel Held Evans (Review)

Rachel Held Evans has been called the most polarizing woman in evangelicalism.  Whether that is true or not, she is certainly one of the most talented writers in evangelicalism today.  Her new book, Searching for Sunday, is a pleasure to read.  At times I was reminded of other great writers, like Frederick Buechner and Anne Lamott.…

The Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa (Review)

Gregory of Nyssa was one of the Cappadocian Fathers, three Christian thinkers whose work was tremendous in the solidification of orthodoxy int he late 300s.  But they did not just write heady theological tomes, they also wrote profound works on spiritual life.  One of the best is the Life of Moses by Gregory. If you…

The Drama of Doctrine – Review

Kevin Vanhoozer's book The Drama of Doctrine has been on my list for years and after finishing it, I wish I would have read it sooner.  Vanhoozer has noticed that doctrine has fallen on hard times in the Christian church and part of his goal is to reclaim the importance of doctrine.  Part of the reason…