October 24, 2017

Julian’s Divine Revelations

As mentioned, we know very little about Dame Julian.  We don’t know if she was, as the saying goes, “maid, wife or widow”.  We don’t even know what date she entered her anchorhold, or what were the circumstances that led her to make this choice.  Frykholm has an imaginative reconstruction of Julian’s life, a proposal […]

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 […]