#4 – What’s So Amazing About Grace? by Philip Yancey (My 100 Favorite Books)

This book changed my life. Throughout my teenage years, I mostly read Star Wars novels.  Eventually I got into fantasy.  At some point, I decided to move out of the realm of fiction and read some books that might help my faith.  I had been a Christian as long as I remembered and had read […]

Blessed is the one Who is Forgiven (Psalm32, Weekly Word)

I’ve been blogging about my 100 favorite books of all time for the last four months or so.  My favorite books cover a variety of genres – history, biography, fantasy, fiction, theology and spirituality.  Yesterday I got to number seven!  I hope to get finished in the next two weeks.  But here’s a spoiler alert […]

#16 – The Ragamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning (My 100 Favorite Books)

I’ve been thinking about spiritual practice a lot lately.  Many of the recent books on my list have centered on spiritual disciplines.  On campus, we are talking about (and hopefully engaging in) spiritual disciplines each week at our weekly gatherings.  My small group is reading a book on spiritual disciplines together.  I fully believe adding […]

The Story of Uriah, Bathsheba and David (Weekly Word)

I remember being at a church event once and the speaker was talking on the story of David and Bathsheba from 2 Samuel 11.  The story begins by noting that it was spring, the time when kings go off to war.  But David stayed home.  This, the speaker said, was his first mistake.  It began […]

The Story of Hannah and Samuel (Weekly Word)

Last night at CSF we took some time to read and discuss the story of Hannah from the 1 Samuel.  Hannah was one of two wives of Elkanah, a Levite (his being a Levite ought to have us on edge after last week’s lesson, but he’s a good guy).  Elkanah appears to be wealthy, able […]

Bakker and Bolz-Weber (Book Reviews)

If you’ve been disillusioned by church and Christians, I’ve got two books that might help you. First, Jay Bakker’s Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society.  Bakker is the son of famous television evangelist James Bakker, whose large ministry fell into ruins after a scandal in the 1980s.  Bakker begins this book […]

Getting Lost in Failure to Remember My Identity

There is always something that needs fixing around the house.  Yesterday I set out to complete one of these repairs, and it was a long time coming.  After visiting Home Depot for the fourth time earlier in the week, I figured out what I needed to do.  All I had to do was buy one […]

All is Grace

Sometimes I get tired of being a Christian, let alone a pastor. I struggle with doubt: Is God really there or when I pray am I just talking to myself? I struggle with cynicism: American Christianity is really arguing about ______?  Really!? I struggle with feelings of inadequacy: If only I was as talented/gifted/intelligent/personable/etc. as […]

Listening to the Saints – Teresa of Avila: The Interior Castle (part 3)

This is my third post on Teresa of Avila’s spiritual classic, The Interior Castle.  Read part one and part two. Teresa of Avila’s writing is enriching to my soul.  She has gone down in history as one of the most influential of Christian mystics, but she exhibited great humility in her work, saying,  “If you find […]

The Loving Presence of God

My favorite thing about the Kindle is that so many books are available for free or for a very small cost!  This is causing me to read books that I might never have read simply because I did not want to purchase them at a bookstore.  Along with that, I am reading more and more […]