Maybe Its Not Jesus You are Following?

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…

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…

How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

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,…

#30 – Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw (My 100 Favorite Books)

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…

#95 – The Next Christendom by Philip Jenkins (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…

Crucifixion of the Warrior God – Intro

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…

Old Books Are Good For Your Soul

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…

Thoughts on Pope Francis’ Book on the Environment

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…

The Grand Paradox by Ken Wytsma (Review)

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…

Defending Calvinism: Being Grateful For the Good Rather Then Fleeing From the Name

I am very grateful for the work of Ben Corey.  His blog is one that I frequently read and often find myself "liking" his posts on Facebook.  I found his book Undiluted to be challenging, well-written and all around fantastic.  And his podcast, That God Show, with Matthew Paul Turner is fun and interesting. So…