#38 – Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf (My 100 Favorite Books)

After a week of writing about some novels, maybe I should christen this as “theology Fridays”?  This book makes my list, though its been ten years since I read it.  I had to go back on Goodreads to see what I said about it, and was actually surprised to see a review on there since […]

#50 – Israel’s Gospel by John Goldingay (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is the first volume in Goldingay’s Old Testament theology.  But one of the first things he says is that he does not like the name “Old Testament”.  It makes the text sound irrelevant, out of date and useless.  He prefers the term “First Testament”, and as a fun sidenote, I saw he is actually […]

#54 – Theology for the Community of God by Stanley Grenz (My 100 Favorite books)

After graduating Penn State, I went off to seminary hoping to learn a few things about theology, church history and ministry.  This was the textbook for my first theology class and it still remains one of my favorite books.  I am tremendously appreciative that our professor introduced us to Stanley Grenz, as I have enjoyed […]

#55 The Mission of God by Christopher Wright (My 100 Favorite Books)

I often tell people that I learned stories from the Bible ever since I was a small child, but it was not until my twenties or so that I saw how all the disparate stories in the Bible tell one big story.  One of the books, perhaps the best book, that helped me see this […]

#56 – God of the Oppressed by James Cone (My 100 Favorite Books)

This is not an easy book to read, but if you are a Christian leader in America, or any interested Christian reader, it is one you probably need to read.  Especially if you are a white Christian.  Whether we like it or not, our faith is filtered down to us in a certain way.  This […]

#62 – I See Satan Fall Like Lightning by Rene Girard (My Favorite 100 Books)

The beauty of the crucifixion of Jesus is that it can be analyzed, meditated on and thought about from many angles and levels.  Rene Girard is someone who has promoted one way of seeing the crucifixion that has is a bit different then what those of us who grew up in conservative Christianity in America […]

#71 – Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God by Brian Zahnd (My 100 Favorite Books)

What is God truly like?  This is a question I have wrestled with.  My whole life I have heard people say, and have said myself, that God is a God of love and of justice.  Your sin deserves God’s eternal and unending punishment, or wrath.  You can avoid this punishment by trusting in Jesus for […]

#77 – Unclean by Richard Beck (My 100 Favorite Books)

Would you drink a glass if wine if you knew it had a drop of urine in it? In his book Unclean, Richard Beck played with questions like this.  He examined a variety of psychological experiments that showed the majority of people answered no to such a question.  This is the idea of “negativity dominance” […]

#78 – The Life of Moses by Gregory of Nyssa (My 100 Favorite Books)

Yes, this is early church week on my list!  Today we meet Gregory of Nyssa’, Basil’s brother, who also wrote extensively on the Trinity.  But I love his book The Life of Moses because it is so different than what most think Christian biblical interpretation and life is.  First, this is a fantastic example of […]

#83 – The Idolatry of God by Peter Rollins (My 100 Favorite Books)

Is it possible to make God into an idol?  Yes.  Do you view God as some really powerful being who hates who you hate, who favors your nation, who basically echoes your politics?  Then your God is probably an idol.  Of course, we’re all tempted to take what we already think about politics, issues and […]