April 19, 2014

Ways We Get the Reformation Wrong

Getting the Reformation Wrong: Correcting Some Misunderstandings by James R. Payton, Jr. IVP Academic, 2010 * * * For Reformation Day, 2013 Dr. James R. Payton, Jr. is a professor of history at Redeemer University College in Ancaster, Ontario. He grew up in an evangelical home and went to a Christian college, but says that […]

The Impious Pastor

Pastrix: The Cranky, Beautiful Faith of a Sinner & Saint by Nadia Bolz-Weber Jericho Books (2013) * * * Note: You won’t find Nadia Bolz-Weber’s new book at your local LifeWay Store. If anyone at LifeWay received a copy, I’m sure the reviewer didn’t make it past the cover shot of Nadia, with her impressive […]

Life and Death in the Promised Land

I was leaving without a qualm without a single backward glance. The face of the South that I had known was hostile and forbidding, and yet out of all the conflicts and the curses… the tension and the terror, I had somehow gotten the idea that life could be different… I was now running more […]

IM Book Review: Dallas Willard’s Best Book

The Spirit of the Disciplines: Understanding How God Changes Lives by Dallas Willard 1988. HarperOne; Reprint edition (May 5, 1999) Note: As of this writing, the ebook addition of this book is now available for only $3.99 on Amazon. * * * When we mentioned Dallas Willard last week, one of our commenters wrote and […]

IM Book Review: A Year of Biblical Womanhood

A Year of Biblical Womanhood: How a Liberated Woman Found Herself Sitting on Her Roof, Covering Her Head, and Calling Her Husband “Master” by Rachel Held Evans Thomas Nelson, 2012 * * * Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday. What better time to offer a gift to all the women in our community, as […]

Review: Does Jesus Really Love Me?

Editor’s note: I am always after Adam Palmer to write for us, as he has insights I seldom hear from any other. Unfortunately, AP is a freelance writer who is in great demand, so I don’t often get him to write for free for us. A few days ago he approached me to ask if […]

An Entry Level Guide to the Lutheran Perspective

I just read a brief and winsome introduction to The Christian Faith from a Lutheran Perspective by Peter W. Marty, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Davenport, Iowa, as well as a noted speaker and author. Pastor Marty covers many of the key teachings from the Lutheran tradition in a simple but not simplistic […]

Guest Book Review: Miguel Discusses “Broken”

Broken: 7 ”Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk Concordia Publishing House (2012) Reviewed by Miguel Ruiz * * * Broken: 7 “Christian” Rules That Every Christian Ought to Break as Often as Possible by Jonathan Fisk is a spirited romp through the circus of American Christianity […]

Genesis for Normal People

Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversial, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible by Peter Enns and Jared Byas Patheos Press (2012) * * * According to its authors, Genesis for Normal People is designed for “normal people…who are curious about the Bible and want to get a handle on what […]

The Backstories of the First Testament

The Return of the Chaos Monsters and Other Backstories of the Bible by Gregory Mobley Wm. B. Eerdmanns Pub. Co. (2012) * * * One of the liveliest, most intriguing and insightful books you will read on the Hebrew Bible is Gregory Mobley’s The Return of the Chaos Monsters. For some reason, perhaps because of […]