Browsing All Posts published on »July, 2018«

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

July 29, 2018


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


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 […]

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

July 18, 2018


Richard Tarnas. The Passion of the Western Mind: Understanding the Ideas That Have Shaped Our World View. Ballantine Books, 1991. (544 pages) REFLECTIONS This may be my top favorite book ever. The mere scope of the project is astonishing, and Tarnas’s objective analysis, concise summations, and cultural evaluation, captivated my imagination and inspired my curiosity. […]

Dealt | Reflections

July 16, 2018


Dealt [2017]., 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


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


The Armor Of Light, 2015 [PG-13] 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


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 […]