Partakers of the Life Divine: Participation in the Divine Nature in the Writings of Charles Wesley by S.T. Kimbrough Jr. (Review)

My life in the Christian Church and among Christian churches has been kind of all over the place. I have noticed though, that this is kind of the norm for Protestant Christians in America. We who grew up in the evangelical subculture were more bound together by Veggietales cartoons and CCM music than any denomination…

God, Sexuality and the Self by Sarah Coakley (Review)

This is everything a work of theology should be and upon completing this book, Sarah Coakley has valued into my list of favorite theologians (yes, people like me have such lists). Granted, I have not read any of her other work, but I am looking forward to reading more. At the very least, I hope…

#1 – The Christian Imagination by Willie James Jennings (My Top Ten 2020 Reads)

This may be the most important theology book I have read in a long time. If I was to recommend one theology book to pastors and teachers to read right now, it would be this one. Jennings argues the Christian imagination is deficient and he traces the roots of this to the dawn of modernity.…

I Believe Systemic Racism Because of My Theology (Christianity, Nationalism and White Supremacy 4).

Growing up, I was always taught I was a wretched sinner. Uplifting message for a four-year-old, right? But there was good news. Though I was a sinner, there was forgiveness available in Jesus! Jesus had died on the cross for my sins and your sins and everyone’s sins. All we had to do was believe…

Christmas, the Incarnation and Our Union with God

Christmas is days away.  I want to share a few thoughts on the incarnation, inspired by the writings of some of my favorite of the early Church Fathers.  Since I first discovered the early church fathers and mothers when I was in seminary, my faith has been enriched by reading them. God Became Human = Humans…

#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…

#9 – Mere Christianity by CS Lewis (My 100 Favorite Books)

CS Lewis is definitely one of my favorite authors of all time. His Narnia series was one of the first books I remember reading that gripped me and instilled a love of reading in me.  Over the years I've read many of his books and am impressed by how wide-ranging the subjects are that he…

#13 – The Crucified God by Jurgen Moltmann (My 100 Favorite Books)

Growing up, I was taught that Jesus had died for my sins so I could go to heaven when I died.  As for what to do once you believed and were assured your spot on the other side of the pearly gates?  Well, that was a bit more hazy beyond reading the Bible and praying…