#6 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (My 100 Favorite Books)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an amazing person who lived quite an extraordinary life.  Its worth your time, if you haven’t already, to read one of the available biographies about him.  I recommend Charles Marsh’s Strange Glory: The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Though I have to admit, Bonhoeffer comes across as kind of a spoiled brat in […]

#7 – Man’s Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl (My 100 Favorite Books)

Most of the books in my top ten are ones I read years ago and have stuck with me ever since.  This is probably the one I read most recently and it totally blew me away.  In other words, one year ago this book would not have been in my top 100 and today it […]

#12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

“I can only answer the question “What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” That quote is from Alasdair Macintyre’s brilliant book on moral philosophy, After Virtue.  Macintyre traces the attempts to create a universal moral ethic after the fall […]

Problem of Evil and Suffering, Sandor Clegane Style

Why does God allow good people to suffer? Why is God silent in the face of suffering? Why does God not step in and stop evil? Why do the wicked survive and the good perish? These are as questions as old as time (see the book of Job and Psalms).  The first episode of season […]

Social Justice and Caring for the Poor in the Early Church

A while back a popular conservative commentator got all up in arms over the term “social justice”, warning his listeners to flee their church if the pastor mentioned it because it was code for communism.  He may be surprised to learn that the idea of social justice has roots as old as the Christian faith […]

A Parable On Serving and Loving Those We Disagree With

As Jesus went on from there, the crowds pressed in against him. He stepped into a boat and crossed the lake, but the crowds followed him. When he got out of the boat a woman approached him. “Lord, can you please heal my son?” Upon hearing her Jesus looked up to heaven. Then he looked […]

The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark (Review)

When people begin to list the many faults of the Christian church throughout the ages, the crusades are right at the top of the list.  The image of barbaric knights journeying to the middle east and slaughtering Muslims is not uncommon.  Rodney Stark argues in God’s Battalions: The Case for the Crusades that we have […]

Maps of Meaning by Jordan Peterson (Review)

A few weeks ago my three year old daughter and I went to the library to check out some books.  Usually she heads right to the section with Curious George while I peruse the kids books, looking for new and fun stories.  Lately she’s been randomly grabbing books off the shelf and declaring she wants […]

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

For me, as for many Christians in America, it has often been difficult to separate our commitments to Jesus and our patriotism as Americans.  I remember singing songs to the greatness of America at church around national holidays.  More recently, I remember being at a Christian conference that recognized a national holiday with a powerpoint […]

After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (Review)

In my twenties I read a lot of books.  I was in seminary, reading assigned readings, and then I was starting out in ministry reading books on leadership and spiritual formation and the like.  Over time I began to notice some authors were referenced in numerous books I was reading.  Now in my thirties, it […]