August 18, 2018

Recommendations and Review: The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah

The Next Evangelicalism by Soong-Chan Rah Soong-Chan Rah is assistant professor of Church Growth and Evangelism at North Park Theological Seminary in Chicago. He has been a church planter and a consistent voice for recognizing the cultural captivity of the evangelical movement and recognizing the contributions of an ethnically and culturally diverse present-future evangelicalism. I […]

My Highest Recommendation: Love Is An Orientation by Andrew Marin

Here’s a previous IM essay on this topic: “What Do Gays and Lesbians Hear? (When They Are With Evangelicals.)” UPDATE: I appreciate Andrew’s kind words in the comments. I have to confess that I’m a little disappointed that the emphasis of Andrew’s book- relationships and conversations- seems to be lost, and the discussion is drawn […]

One Paragraph Reviews: Introducing Paul by Michael Bird; Longing For God: Seven Paths of Devotion by Richard Foster and Gayle Beebe

Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message. Well-known New Testament scholar and theological writer Michael Bird has written a basic introduction to the life, mission and message of the apostle Paul. It is a book whose intention reminds me of Paul: Apostle of the Heart Set Free, the classic Pauline introduction by F. […]

Recommendation and Review: Christopher J.H. Wright’s The God I Don’t Understand

While I haven’t mentioned him often on this blog, I’m very impressed with the work of theologian and Bible teacher Christopher J.H. Wright. Wright, like his obvious hero, John Stott, is undertaking serious Biblical theology in the cause of the church’s missional self-understanding. His recent book, The Mission of God, may be the best survey […]

Recommendation: Singing the Faith

I enjoy doing recommendations and reviews most of the time. If the product I’m recommending is absolutely amazing, and I know the IM audience is going to enjoy it, then it’s a real pleasure. It’s an absolute, unqualified pleasure to recommend to you the Good Shepherd Institute’s 4 session course and 80 minute DVD, Singing […]

The iMonk on Steve Brown, Etc.

My favorite interview is always with Steve Brown, Etc. Here’s today’s episode, with yours truly as the interviewee. If you aren’t regularly listening to this program, checking out the Guest Room and Steve’s Old White Guy blog, you’re missing some of the best content in the Christian blogosphere. (I never miss this show. It’s regularly […]

Recommendation and Review: UnChristian America: Living With Faith In A Nation That Never Was Under God by Michael Babcock

Interesting fact: Michael Babcock teaches humanities at Liberty University and has written a first class book saying the church’s emphasis on the culture war instead of the Gospel was a mistake. Interesting fact: Even though Babcock is a creationist (a minor point in this book,) I haven’t read anyone who has put the errors of […]

New Music and More at New Reformation Press

New Reformation Press has been a great sponsor for, and many of you have stopped in to buy teaching, books and the best t-shirts on the web. Now New Reformation Press has some new products that I want to make IM readers aware of, and I hope you’ll stop by and take a look […]

Review: 10 Things I Hate About Christianity by Jason Berggren (and Some Thoughts On Post-Evangelical Voices in Christian Publishing)

A lot of people write me every year and they say “Why don’t you write a book?” Honestly, no one would like to be a published author more than me. I am eaten up with envy toward friends like Jared Wilson, Trevin Wax and Travis Prinzi who have turned their studying/writing/preaching/blogging into books. Bill Kinnon […]

Recommendation and Review: Vintage Jesus DVD Curriculum

A few months ago, friends of this web site contributed over $600 worth of curriculum resources so my students could study Jesus along with Mark Driscoll. I’ve been using the resources with three of my high school Bible survey classes, and I wanted to do a brief review for those who might be considering the […]