#36 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (My 100 Favorite Books)

This one is a tear-jerker.  Its also amazing.  And, I should note, it is my wife's favorite book. It is the story of a scientific experiment which makes a mentally challenged man named Charlie Gordon into a genius.  This is good, right?  Well yes, until he realizes that all the people he thought were his … Continue reading #36 – Flowers for Algernon by Daniel Keyes (My 100 Favorite Books)

Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is one of my favorite theologians and his book Christianity's Dangerous Idea, is a fantastic feast for any who dive into reading it.  The first part is a history of the Protestant Reformation up to about 1900 which reads more or less like a straightforward history book.  In the second part he analyzes a … Continue reading Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath

Telling God’s Story: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Bible

I grew up in the church learning all the old Bible stories.  I fondly recall hearing, over and over again, Jonah and the whale, Daniel and the Lions Den and so many more.  I am forever grateful for what I learned as a child.  Yet as I've moved into an adult faith, I see some … Continue reading Telling God’s Story: A Parent’s Guide to Teaching the Bible

The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus

Reading the Bible as a lifelong Christian means it is easy to accept certain things about the story rather uncritically.  While we recognize that Jesus was Jewish, we tend to contrast Jesus with most other Jews of his day.  We also tend to assume a straight line from the Old Testament Law to the Jews … Continue reading The Misunderstood Jew: The Church and the Scandal of the Jewish Jesus