It was at least 25 years ago when my grandmother said to me, “someday, other countries will be sending missionaries to the United States.” I grew up in a church with a heavy emphasis on foreign mission. Jesus had commanded his followers to go, and we honored those who heeded that call to travel to … Continue reading What if We’re the Target for Missionaries?
If you want a religion that enables you to gain and exercise power over other people, then maybe Christianity is not the religion for you?That thought came to mind when I read this article in the New York Times this past weekend: Christianity Will Have Power. Now, I’m not historically ignorant. I know that Christianity … Continue reading Maybe Its Not Jesus You are Following?
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 … Continue reading Authentic Christianity by Peter Watts (Review)
Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.. I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon, … Continue reading How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten
If you want to start a fight, talk about religion. Or politics. OR BOTH! For much of my adult life, I've wrestled with what it looks like to apply my faith to public life. This especially becomes a question during election season, when some Christians speak as if the entire fate of the world rests … Continue reading #30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)
This book makes the list for being one of the first books I read that helped expand my understanding of the diversity and largeness of the Christian tradition. Jenkins shows how Christianity has numerically exploded in the Global South since 1900. He also shows, and goes into more depth in future books (which are also … Continue reading #95 – The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins (My 100 Favorite Books)
I've gone to church my whole life. I remember learning all those old Bible stories as a kid in Sunday school. David killing the giant Goliath with a stone flung from his slingshot. Elijah slaughtering the hundreds of prophets of Baal. Joshua marching around Jericho till the walls fell and the residents were massacred. They … Continue reading Crucifixion of the Warrior God – Intro
I grew up in imbibing white evangelical American theology. It was in the air I breathed. There is much good in that air. But there is also much that is questionable. Like others, there came a time in my life when I began to ask questions. Some questions were small (How come so much contemporary … Continue reading Old Books Are Good For Your Soul
The Pope Francis hype from a few weeks ago has died down. Around the time he was visiting my radio channel surfing one day landed me on Rush. I listened for a few minutes as Rush tried to figure out whether Francis was a Marxist or not. It was amazing to see that Rush could … Continue reading Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Book on the Environment
Honestly, I did not expect much from The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma. I had never heard of the author but I picked it up when I saw a few people recommend it on Twitter...and it was free for a few days. After reading some challenging books this summer, from philosophers who hurt my brain … Continue reading The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma (Review)