Writing – Book Reviews and More

Reflecting on the secular, our post-Christian culture and how I am learning to believe in fairies.

To read my newsletter, click here: https://mailchi.mp/4e59198fed4b/dave-hersheys-newsletter-5351690 You may have heard it said that we live in a “secular age” or a “post-Christian culture.” But what does that mean? After all, the majority of people (about 65%) in our country still identify as Christian, even if the numbers who are members of a church is…

Roland in the Moonlight by David Bentley Hart (Review)

This book is simply a delightful, enjoyable, thoughtful, moving, profound and engaging book. David Bentley Hart has already done the world a service with his previous works on everything from the character of God (The Experience of God) to the problem of evil (The Doors of the Sea) to Christian history (Atheist Delusions, The Story…

The Difference Between Good and Bad Kings: David and Saul (Story of Scripture 10)

Listen to the newest podcast here, as we dive into Saul and David! Last week we saw Israel reject God as their king and ask Samuel to give them a human king like all the other nations have. This was both a rejection of God as their king and a rejection of their purpose to…

Christians: Our Words, Beliefs and Teaching Matter because People Listen

We who are Christian leaders and teachers need to reckon with how our teaching and words are received. A lot has been written and said about the horrific murders in Atlanta committed by a white male. We need to listen and lament and mourn. There are voices out there much better than mine who have…

Evil, Good and God in Stephen’ Kings Desperation (Review)

Stephen King certainly knows how to tell a story which emphasizes the darkness and sin and evil in this world. In this book, an evil spirit (or something) is awakened under the ground of a small mining town in Nevada. This spirit/demon possesses human bodies and murders everyone in the town. It then captures a…

The Mystery of Christ by John Behr (Review)

John Behr is quickly vaulting to the top of my favorite theologians list. His book The Mystery of Christ is brilliant. Behr argues that the way forward, in our post-modern context, is to recover the patristic (premodern) way of doing theology. In this we look at the whole of scripture through the passion of Jesus.…

Give us a King! (Story of Scripture 9)

Listen to the podcast here. We are continuing our story this week, getting into the kings of Israel, after taking a brief detour last week to discuss divine violence. So far in our story we have moved through creation and the fall, to the call of Abraham to bring blessing to the nations. Abraham’s family…

The Lamb of the Nonviolent God (Book thoughts)

This week I finished Sergius Bulgakov’s The Lamb of God as well as J. Denny Weaver’s The Nonviolent God. As someone who appreciates both Orthodox theology (Bulgakov) and Anabaptist theology (Weaver) it was interesting to read these books at the same time. They are quite different. Bulgakov’s is heavy and challenging, its a weighty tome…

Is God Violent? Reading the Bible Through a Jesus-Shaped Lens (Story of Scripture 8.5)

Listen to the podcast. Its my longest one so far (29 minutes!) and probably more fun to listen to than to read. But if you’d rather read, here’s the script: Intro Hello and welcome to the Ancient Pathways Podcast. We are going through the story of scripture, from God’s creation through to the call of…

The Conquest of the Land (Story of Scripture 8)

Check out the latest episode of the podcast: Conquest of the Land. You can find the podcast on Spotify, ApplePodcasts and Stitcher. Or go right to the website here: https://ancientpathwayspodcast.buzzsprout.com/ Pause: Do you think God has ever ordered the death of people? If so, do you think God still does today? Is your view of…