January 22, 2018

IM Book Review: Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson Simon and Schuster, 2011 * * * How is one to think about a person like Steve Jobs? Jobs was: A counterculture anti-materialist whose life work was to create consumer products and conduct corporate business dealings at the highest level. A connoisseur of impeccable elegance and style who disregarded everyone’s advice […]

IM Book Review: Defending The Free Market

Father Robert Sirico has travelled a long twisty road from the left end of the political spectrum to the right and from a Catholic upbringing, to Protestant dabblings, to prodigal wanderings and back again to Catholicism and the priesthood. Sirico (yes, brother to Tony of the Sopranos) caught my attention a few weeks ago in […]

IM Book Review: Knowing Darkness

Knowing Darkness: Reflections on Skepticism, Melancholy, Friendship, and God by Addison Hodges Hart Eerdmans, 2009 * * * “In other words, conventional piety is fine so far as it goes, but it doesn’t go very far at all in making sense of the larger mystery enveloping our existence — it has significant limitations where ‘explaining’ […]

Bad Religion: A Prelude

Last week I wrote about heresy in a way that upset many of you. First of all, I used a baseball manager (Ozzie Guillen) as an example of a heretic—though not a religious one—and then said clearly that we should not be on a witch hunt for heretics, which prompted some of you to tell […]

IM Book Review: How God Became King

How God Became King: The Forgotten Story of the Gospels by N.T. Wright, HarperOne/2012 • • • N.T. Wright continues his work of laying a foundation for what I believe will become the standard evangelical theology of the next generation. Yes, I think his work is that important. A key part of that work is […]

“A Developing Understanding of the Divine Will and Nature”?

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part two Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • “Development,” chapter two of John Polkinghorne’s small book on the Bible, is likely to be one of the more controversial sections in Testing Scripture. Whether you and I end up agreeing with him or […]

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes

The Bible, through a Scientist’s Eyes, part one Testing Scripture: A Scientist Explores the Bible by John Polkinghorne • • • Today, we begin walking through a new book by John Polkinghorne on the Bible. I believe this will give us a unique vantage point from which to consider the Scriptures? Why? — because Polkinghorne […]

IM Book Review: Simply Jesus

IM Book Review Simply Jesus: A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why He Matters by N.T. Wright, HarperOne • • • “It is time, I believe, to recognize not only who Jesus was in his own day, despite his contemporaries’ failure to recognize him, but also who he is, and […]

IM Book Review: The Great Emergence

If I were a certain kind of preacher or Bible teacher, I might try to make some “spiritual law” out of this. As it is, I will take it as a interpretive way of looking at history that may help people of faith who are concerned about the Church discern some instructive patterns and enable […]

Christianity In America: A Crisis, or, The Evangelical Emperor Has No Clothes (as found on your library shelf)

A few weeks—ok, months—ago I started writing on what I see in general when I look at today’s evangelical church in America. I called the series The Naked Emperor. I have been kept from revisiting this by work and illness and … oh, lots of things. I do plan to finish what I started, but […]