#5 – The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky (My 100 Favorite Books)

I’m currently reading this book for the third time.  Maybe that’s all I need to say for why it makes my top five.  The first time I read it, I had heard it was a classic.  But it is not an easy read and I am not sure I was able to follow it well.  […]

In God’s Hands (Weekly Word)

1 In you, Lord, I have taken refuge;     let me never be put to shame;     deliver me in your righteousness. 2 Turn your ear to me,     come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge,     a strong fortress to save me. 3 Since you are my rock and my fortress,     for the sake of your name lead […]

Psalm 20 – Where’s Your Trust? (Weekly Word)

“Daddy, what is faith?” I forget exactly what we were talking about when Junia asked me this question.  Sometimes when I ask her to do something that appears risky, she hesitates, to which I say “Junia, have faith in me!”  She has never been comfortable in the water, so we are working on that this […]

#88 – Benefit of the Doubt by Greg Boyd (My 100 Favorite Books)

If you’ve never doubted your faith, I’d say you’re lying or you’ve never spent much time thinking about it.  I suppose people of all faiths doubt whether their understanding of the world is true or not.  I’d even say any honest atheist would have to have some doubt whether they can know for sure there […]

#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 […]

The True Myth and Challenge of Belief

The Christian faith has a lot in common with other religions.  We find story after story of dying and rising gods in ancient literature.  Isn’t the story of Jesus just another mythical story? Well, yes.  And no. CS Lewis writes in his essay “Myth Became Fact” (found in the book God in the Dock): Now […]

Stephen King, CS Lewis and Believing Fantastic Things

Stephen King’s novel Salem’s Lot is the story of how vampires destroy a small town.  In the midst of this, some characters figure out what is going on and try to rouse the town to fight back.  They run into many obstacles, such as skepticism.  At one point a priest, Father Callahan, is trying to […]

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 […]

Where the Conflict Really Lies – Alvin Plantinga (Review)

You may have heard that there is a conflict between science and religion.  Promoting such a war has enabled many on both sides, fundamentalist creationists and fundamentalist atheists, to sell a lot of books.  Even for those not on the extreme, there is a feeling and a fear that somehow faith in God is at […]

Another Day, Another Study Shows Shrinking Affiliation to Christianity

I’ve seen a bunch of news stories on a new Pew Research Center study that shows a decline in the percentage of Americans who identify as Christians as well as growth, especially among those born since 1980, of those who identify as non-religious.  This group includes atheists, agnostics and those who may believe in God […]