November 21, 2018

Some Thoughts on Lutheranism and Evangelicalism + A Brief Review of the Lutheran Study Bible

Let me begin by saying that I did not receive a review copy of The Lutheran Study Bible, though I probably could have. Like the ESV Study Bible, I bought my own copy from the publisher. I’m open to bribes, kickbacks and rental, but in this instance, it didn’t happen. Concordia Publishing has now completed […]

Recommendation and Review: Deep Church by Jim Belcher

Jim Belcher’s Deep Church has been at the top of my book review stack for over a month. After living with my nose in my own book- a book stuffed with criticism of the current evangelical scene- it was a refreshing experience to read Belcher’s good work. Deep Church seeks to examine a third way […]

Recommendation and Review: Jesus Girls edited by Hannah Faith Notess

OK. Lots of book reviews and book plugs coming. I’ve got a bit of a window here in the final stages of my book and I am woefully behind on some of these reviews. (**He bows to those he has offended, begging mercy.**) So stand by. One note: If you are an RSS reader of […]

The IM Weekend File: 09:12:09

Went to the post office this morning (I love Saturday mail. Please don’t cancel it) and there was an old friend sitting in his car. His wife was in the PO. Big, strong strapping man. Incredible physical shape for a man in his late 70’s. Two years ago he was sharp as a tack. Used […]

Love Is An Orientation: Reader Reviews Part 2

Here are five more reader reviews of the IVP book Love Is An Orientation by Andrew Marin. Thanks to Chris Giammona for the book donation and to these readers for their good responses. Visit Andrew at _____ Andrew Marin left me with several take-aways through his book, Love is an Orientation. The most important […]

NOW Is The Time To Enroll In The Theology Program

From Michael Patton at Reclaiming the Mind: Reasons to start The Theology Program: Inexpensive: You can’t beat $100 per course! If you need a scholarship, our generous donors have provided some. Contact for more information. Serious: We take theological education serious enough to say that you are joining a program that is not simply […]

Guest Review: Denise Spencer on Living the Lord’s Prayer by Albert Hasse, O.F.M.

Visit Denise’s blog where this review first appeared. When I first began this book I was rather dubious. What did this author have to say about such a tried-and-true topic that hadn’t already been said a hundred times? My reluctance was unfounded, however, and I’m happy to report that I enjoyed the book immensely. Father […]

Frank Viola’s New Book “Finding Organic Church”+ My article at Mod Ref + Theology Program

Frank Viola’s new book “FINDING ORGANIC CHURCH: A Comprehensive Guide to Starting and Sustaining Authentic Christian Communities” (David C. Cook) releases today at a discount from This is the practical follow up to all of Viola’s other books. It’s also a stand alone book exploring the subject of organic church planting in great detail. […]

Theology Study Toolbar Available From Renewing the Mind/Michael Patton

Our friend Michael Patton at Credo House, Renewing the Mind Ministries and The Theology Program has an announcement at his site that may be of interest to some of the IM audience. “I have designed a theological toolbar to lead you to all the best and most trustworthy sites on the web. Included: * Online […]

Review: Denise Day Spencer on “The Pocket Guide To Sainthood” by Jason Boyett

My wife Denise is on her way to sainthood and is eminently qualified to review Jason Boyett’s new book. Before I could begin this essay, I had to pull up my thesaurus and check for alternatives to the word “delightful,” because I could very easily overwork that adjective in a book review of Jason Boyett’s […]