Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2018«

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

July 29, 2018

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Rob Schenck. Costly Grace: An Evangelical Minister’s Rediscovery of Faith, Hope, and Love. Harper, 2018. (324 pages) Review I really love this book, for several reasons. First, the question that is American Evangelicalism–what it has become, and why it continues in the form that it does–is arguably at its most challenging moment in the movement’s history. […]

Oriented to Faith | Review & Notes

July 27, 2018

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Tim Otto. Oriented to Faith: Transforming the Conflict over Gay Relationships. Cascade Books, 2014. (132 pages) REVIEW Is it possible to not “take sides?” Is it reasonable to avoid polarizing conclusions for a higher value of unity, and charity in the Church? Is the debate over sexuality actually an opportunity? These are the kinds of questions […]

Dealt | Reflections

July 16, 2018

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Dealt [2017]. http://www.dealtmovie.com/, IMDb page. — movie description — Winner of the SXSW Audience Award for Documentary Feature, Dealt is the inspiring story of sixty-two year old Richard Turner who is renowned as one of the world’s greatest card magicians, yet he is completely blind. In this documentary, Richard traces his journey from his troubled childhood, […]

Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? | Reflections & Notes

July 13, 2018

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J. R. Daniel Kirk. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Baker Academic, 2011. (214 pages) REFLECTIONS In these later years of study, ministry, and spirituality, I have become compelled to answer the question, “So what do you believe [about] ‘__’?” by responding with, “Once upon a time.” […]

The Armor Of Light | Reflections

July 13, 2018

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The Armor Of Light, 2015 [PG-13] http://www.armoroflightfilm.com/. I was reminded of this film because of Rob Schenck’s new book Costly Grace that was featured on a recent NPR broadcast, Once Militantly Anti-Abortion, Evangelical Minister Now Lives ‘With Regret’. THE ARMOR OF LIGHT follows an Evangelical minister and the mother of a teenage shooting victim who ask, is it […]

The Power Paradox | Review & Notes

July 7, 2018

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Dacher Keltner. The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence. Penguin Books, 2016. (196 pages) REVIEW This is perhaps one of the most important books I’ve read on the behavioral sciences, a thesis that has the potential to transform virtually everything about human relationships. Keltner’s work and explication of that research is surprisingly simple. As […]

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Review & Notes

July 6, 2018

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Brian Zahnd. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News. WaterBrook, 2017. (209 pages) Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, post. REVIEW I have great appreciation for what Zahnd has produced, which is a counter-offer to the mid-18th century revivalist preachers’ “hellfire and brimstone.” The vision […]