October 22, 2017

Review: Simplify by Paul Borthwick

You know a book is different when it starts with the question of whether you need to buy the book at all. In The Screwtape Letters, C.S. Lewis talks about the spiritual values of simple pleasures. There are a world of things, Screwtape says, that the “enemy” doesn’t mind humans doing at all: sleeping, eating, […]

Review: Life After Church by Brian Sanders

Is there a compelling reason to read Brian Sanders’ version of “Why so many of us are leaving the traditional churches for emerging churches?” Maybe. Life After Church is a book many of my readers will appreciate. I think Sanders gets many things right. I certainly appreciated his emphasis on scripture; a gift to all […]

Recommendation and Review: Pierced For Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey and Andrew Sach

This is the season of “Best of” lists, and I’m sure Pierced For Our Transgressions by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey and Andrew Sach will be on more than a few lists. In the past year, Pierced For Our Transgressions may be the best-reviewed, highest recommended book in the Reformed blogosphere. It was also one of […]

Review: Thank God For Evolution! by Michael Dowd

UPDATE: Rev. Dowd has graciously joined the comment thread. Thank God For Evolution! is available as a free pdf download. If you haven’t read the book and don’t plan on it, please keep your comments about the book and the author appropriately humble. Don’t expect a creationist debate in the comments of this post. Also, […]

Review: The Gospel According to Starbucks by Leonard Sweet

I finally read a book by Leonard Sweet. That’s a pretty big deal for me, as this was something like the fifth one I’ve started, failing to finish -or even get three chapters done in- the other four. Sweet is a futurist, professor of evangelism, church renewal advocate and sometimes part of the emerging conversation. […]

Review: Picturing the Gospel, by Neil Livingstone.

When I first received Neil Livingstone’s book Picturing the Gospel, I flipped through it and said “This won’t be good.” I put it on the bottom of my book pile and didn’t read it for several weeks. This week, I’ve read the book. Several chapters twice. Not just a good book….it’s an outstanding book. So […]

Review: Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, Robert Webber, General Editor.

Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches: Five Perspectives. General Editor: Robert Webber. Contributors: Mark Driscoll, John Burke, Dan Kimball, Doug Padgitt, Karen Ward. Zondervan, 2007. What is it about the emerging church that makes it so difficult for Christians to talk about it? Probably because there is no emerging church. There are a collection […]

A Response to Roger (Questions on my review of “The Truth War”)

“Roger” is a co-worker who asked several questions about my review of Dr. John MacArthur’s “The Truth War.” I’d like commenters to suggest good books on postmodernism and the emerging church. Thanks. Roger asked me for complete definitions of postmodernism and the emerging church. That’s a lot of reading, listening and work, Roger. There are […]

Review: The Truth War by John MacArthur

UPDATE: Lifeway was kind enough to send me this link to an “Author Interview” with Dr. MacArthur regarding this book. UPDATE II: Macarthur’s takedown of John Armstrong is critiqued by Andrew Sandlin. I would like to thank Phenix and Phenix Literary Publicists for providing a review copy of this book. There are two ways I […]

Blogging from “Worship and Arts” Part 3

I’d like to thank Campbellsville University for hosting this conference. It’s been great and I hope they have many other similar events. At his third session on “Lament,” Michael Card spoke about Jesus the Lamenter. These are a few thoughts I wrote down in my notebook as I listened. Scripture reading: Isaiah 53. Then he […]