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God’s Law Part 2 (Story of Scripture 7)

Check out the latest episode of the podcast: God’s Law Part 2. 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 the Bible is easy to understand? Should it be? What are the toughest questions people have asked you about the Bible? Last…

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 Gives the Law (Story of Scripture 6)

Listen to the podcast here. This week we are diving into the Law! Our story began in the beginning, with God’s good creation. This good creation was broken through human sin. God launched a rescue operation, calling Abraham to bring blessing to the nations. Abraham’s descendants, Israel, ended up enslaved in Egypt and God liberated…

Setting the Prisoners Free: The Book of Acts and Mass Incarceration

The Book of Acts is the story of the early Christian movement after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus. Right after Jesus ascends into heaven, the Holy Spirit comes at Pentecost. The disciples, filled with this new power and energy, begin performing signs and wonders and preaching that the crucified Jesus is risen. They are…

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…

God Dwells (The Story of Scripture)

Listen to the podcast here. Recap - Let’s do a brief recap to remind us of where we are in the story. God created a good world and placed human in it as God’s image bearers. Humans were created with a purpose: to care for God’s good creation and to be creators as well, bringing…

How to Fight Racism by Jemar Tisby (Review)

I forget precisely how I discovered Jemar Tisby’s first book, The Color of Compromise. However I found it, I read it and thought it was brilliantly well researched, eye-opening and challenging. It was a work of history that shined a light on things too long left in darkness and has become the first book I…

Lessons Unlearned and Sins Committed (Reflections on The Republic for Which it Stands: The United States During Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865-1896)

I have been slowly reading Richard White’s entry in the Oxford History of the United States series on the decades after the Civil War, titled The Republic for Which it Stands. This book is detailed and thick and I’d be lying to say I found every section as interesting as every other. But the sections…

The Exodus (Story of Scripture 3)

Listen to the Podcast: God Saves Abraham’s Descendants (Story of Scripture) Recap So far in our story, we have learned about how God made a good and beautiful creation. Into this creation, God placed humans, made in God’s image. Serving as image-bearers, the humans were to continue the work of creation, caring for and cultivating…

Willie James Jennings on Nationalism

This semester CSF Berks and Brandywine are studying the book of Acts, following our study of Luke in the fall. Since I read, and loved, The Christian Imagination by Willie James Jennings in the fall I was delighted to learn he had a theological commentary on Acts. I quickly picked that one up to read…