Category Archives: Religion

The Power Worshippers | Reflections & Notes

Katherine Stewart. The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. (342 pages) TALKS: REFLECTIONS Two phrases kept running through my mind reading this book. The first, “She’s not wrong.” Stewart has done a significant amount of

The Power Worshippers | Reflections & Notes

Katherine Stewart. The Power Worshippers: Inside the Dangerous Rise of Religious Nationalism. Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019. (342 pages) TALKS: REFLECTIONS Two phrases kept running through my mind reading this book. The first, “She’s not wrong.” Stewart has done a significant amount of

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

Dominion | Reflections & Notes

Tom Holland. Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World. Basic Books, 2019. (612 pages) REFLECTIONS In this sweeping history, Holland profiles an astonishingly diverse swath of humanity through Western Civilization. Given the focus on Christianity, there is no surprise to

Dominion | Reflections & Notes

Tom Holland. Dominion: How The Christian Revolution Remade The World. Basic Books, 2019. (612 pages) REFLECTIONS In this sweeping history, Holland profiles an astonishingly diverse swath of humanity through Western Civilization. Given the focus on Christianity, there is no surprise to

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them | Reflections & Notes

Robert Louis Wilken. The Christians As the Romans Saw Them. Second Edition. Yale University, 2003. (214 pages)   REFLECTIONS Wilken’s closing words are worthy of being the opening of this reflection: Perhaps this is the one large conclusion to be drawn

The Christians as the Romans Saw Them | Reflections & Notes

Robert Louis Wilken. The Christians As the Romans Saw Them. Second Edition. Yale University, 2003. (214 pages)   REFLECTIONS Wilken’s closing words are worthy of being the opening of this reflection: Perhaps this is the one large conclusion to be drawn

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short, Part Two

In my previous post, I suggested that the December 19 @CTmagazine article “rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to act.” Yesterday’s published articles are illustrations of how this plays out.

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short, Part Two

In my previous post, I suggested that the December 19 @CTmagazine article “rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to act.” Yesterday’s published articles are illustrations of how this plays out.

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short

The world lacks not of critics from every angle. From the “Too little, too late,” to “Finally!”, the December 19 #ChristianityToday article has rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to

How Christian Opinion Articles Fall Short

The world lacks not of critics from every angle. From the “Too little, too late,” to “Finally!”, the December 19 #ChristianityToday article has rallied our primitive selves, invigorated our already established opinions, and charged us all with the imperative to

Divided By Faith | Reflections & Notes

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith. Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford University Press, 2000. (212 pages) REFLECTIONS When I finished this book, the first thought that came to mind was a deep regret

Divided By Faith | Reflections & Notes

Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith. Divided By Faith: Evangelical Religion and the Problem of Race in America. Oxford University Press, 2000. (212 pages) REFLECTIONS When I finished this book, the first thought that came to mind was a deep regret

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Nothing Sacred | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism. Crown Publishers, 2003. (265 pages) REFLECTIONS Douglas Rushkoff is one of my favorite thinkers, writers, philosophers, commentators, and prophets. I’ve been using his content for over two decades in my work to help

Nothing Sacred | Reflections & Notes

Douglas Rushkoff. Nothing Sacred: The Truth About Judaism. Crown Publishers, 2003. (265 pages) REFLECTIONS Douglas Rushkoff is one of my favorite thinkers, writers, philosophers, commentators, and prophets. I’ve been using his content for over two decades in my work to help

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God, Brenden O’Connor [Splinter], August 8, 2017 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel:

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God

How Fossil Fuel Money Made Climate Change Denial the Word of God, Brenden O’Connor [Splinter], August 8, 2017 In 2005, at its annual meeting in Washington, D.C., the National Association of Evangelicals was on the verge of doing something novel:

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

Here All Along | Reflections & Notes

Sarah Hurwitz. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life–in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Spiegel & Grau, 2019. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS I began this book intrigued. In reading, I grew to like it. I finished

Here All Along | Reflections & Notes

Sarah Hurwitz. Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life–in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There). Spiegel & Grau, 2019. (307 pages) REFLECTIONS I began this book intrigued. In reading, I grew to like it. I finished

Out of Many Faiths | Reflections & Notes

Eboo Patel. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity & The American Promise. Princeton University Press, 2018. (215 pages) There is but one destiny … left for us, and that is to make ourselves, and be made by others a part of

Out of Many Faiths | Reflections & Notes

Eboo Patel. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity & The American Promise. Princeton University Press, 2018. (215 pages) There is but one destiny … left for us, and that is to make ourselves, and be made by others a part of

The End of White Christian America | Reflections & Notes

Robert P. Jones. The End of White Christian America. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (321 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly insightful and helpful read for two specific audiences. First, for anyone wondering and/or despondent about our current socio-political state of affairs,

The End of White Christian America | Reflections & Notes

Robert P. Jones. The End of White Christian America. Simon & Schuster, 2016. (321 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredibly insightful and helpful read for two specific audiences. First, for anyone wondering and/or despondent about our current socio-political state of affairs,

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

A Confession, Lament, and Hope in Showing Up | Reflections From My Public Protest

#CaravanToClint On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, in response to the news of the migrant crisis at the US border, a friend and I got on a plane and headed to Clint, TX to join the #CaravanToClint protest group organized by Julie

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

The Cross and the Lynching Tree | Reflections & Notes

James H. Cone. The Cross and the Lynching Tree. Orbis Books, 2011. (202 pages) To the memory of Black People whose lives were lost on the Lynching Tree REFLECTIONS I once participated in a small group that was intentional about discussing

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

Boy Erased | Reflections

Boy Erased [R], 2018. Reflections The most important events in our lives are rarely just about one thing. That which is most significant to us is also most complicated, intermixing with multiple aspects of our existence. So it is with Boy

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

The Myth of Certainty | Reflections & Notes

Daniel Taylor. The Myth of Certainty: The Reflective Christian & The Risk of Commitment. InterVarsity Press, 1992. (158 pages) MYTH-excerpt-pdfs-copy REFLECTIONS There is no other book I’ve read that has captured my spiritual journey and process as clearly as this one.

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

I Survived I Kissed Dating Goodbye | Reflections

https://www.isurvivedikdg.com What if you gave millions of people the wrong advice? Reflections I can’t even imagine the emotional journey it must be to begin rethinking and apologizing for the work that so characterized the majority of one’s professional reputation. In

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

Robert Wright. Why Buddhism Is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment. Simon & Schuster, 2017. (321 pages) REVIEW There still exists in some fundamental circles a fight for the validity of one’s religion over another. This “apologetic” ethic is quite

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Reversing Roe | Reflections

Netflix. Reversing Roe. [NR, 2018] 99 minutes. Movie Info (from Rotten Tomatoes) Forty-five years after it revolutionized abortion law in America, the landmark 1973 US Supreme Court case Roe v. Wade is once again at a crossroads. In their timely new

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

Christena Cleveland. Disunity in Christ: Uncovering the Hidden Forces That Keep Us Apart. IVP Books, 2013. (220 pages) Reflections Reading this book was an exercise in feeling a continuous sense of despairing hope. First, this book was published in 2013, which means

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

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

Costly Grace | Review & Notes

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

Oriented to Faith | Review & Notes

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

Oriented to Faith | Review & Notes

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

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

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

The Passion of the Western Mind | Reflections & Notes

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

The Armor Of Light | Reflections

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

The Armor Of Light | Reflections

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

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

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,

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

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,

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

I And Thou | Notes & Reflections

Martin Buber. I And Thou. Scribner Classics, 1958. (126 pages) REVIEW It is understandable why this book is a classic. It is both deeply profound and literarily esoteric. It is also a poetic tragedy to review this book, rather than to

I And Thou | Notes & Reflections

Martin Buber. I And Thou. Scribner Classics, 1958. (126 pages) REVIEW It is understandable why this book is a classic. It is both deeply profound and literarily esoteric. It is also a poetic tragedy to review this book, rather than to

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Jesus and the Disinherited | Notes & Reflections

Howard Thurman. Jesus and the Disinherited. Beacon Press, 1976. (102 pages) Foreword …this richly endowed, seminal work (vii) can be more accurately and helpfully described as a profound quest for a liberating spirituality, a way of exploring and experiencing those crucial

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus

Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission | Critical Reflections

Read the oral arguments here. Listen to the oral arguments here. Download my highlighted copy of the decision here. Critical Reflections The comments thus cast doubt on the fairness and impartiality of the Commission’s adjudication of the Phillips’ case. – Syllabus

Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest

Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest

Good Christian Sex | Critical Review & Notes

Bromleigh McClenghan. Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option–And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex. HarperOne, 2016. (240 pages)   CRITICAL REVIEW It is with the topic of sex, the most challenging and taboo of all human phenomena,

Good Christian Sex | Critical Review & Notes

Bromleigh McClenghan. Good Christian Sex: Why Chastity Isn’t the Only Option–And Other Things the Bible Says About Sex. HarperOne, 2016. (240 pages)   CRITICAL REVIEW It is with the topic of sex, the most challenging and taboo of all human phenomena,

Damaged Goods | Critical Comments and Reflections

Dianna E. Anderson. Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity. Jericho Books, 2015. (210 pages) There is perhaps no other taboo more revered than that of sex. As a result, permissions and prohibitions both come with significant challenges risking the danger

Damaged Goods | Critical Comments and Reflections

Dianna E. Anderson. Damaged Goods: New Perspectives on Christian Purity. Jericho Books, 2015. (210 pages) There is perhaps no other taboo more revered than that of sex. As a result, permissions and prohibitions both come with significant challenges risking the danger

eChurch Summit 2018 | Reflections & Notes

https://echurch.com/summit/ We love Elevation Church. – Overheard pre-conference conversation. REFLECTIONS In full transparency, I did not attend this conference to attend, to learn, to grow, to personally develop, to learn how to use social media better, or to enhance my leadership.

eChurch Summit 2018 | Reflections & Notes

https://echurch.com/summit/ We love Elevation Church. – Overheard pre-conference conversation. REFLECTIONS In full transparency, I did not attend this conference to attend, to learn, to grow, to personally develop, to learn how to use social media better, or to enhance my leadership.

Leaving My Father’s Faith | Reflections

campolofilm.com. Tony Campolo’s influence in my life has been a tremendous life-giving, eye-opening, faith-challenging presence. I have appreciated his words–sometimes comforting, many times discomfortingly prophetic–as he spoke about a Christian faith so unlike the one I had acquired. The dry,

Leaving My Father’s Faith | Reflections

campolofilm.com. Tony Campolo’s influence in my life has been a tremendous life-giving, eye-opening, faith-challenging presence. I have appreciated his words–sometimes comforting, many times discomfortingly prophetic–as he spoke about a Christian faith so unlike the one I had acquired. The dry,

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence’”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into

Silence | Reflections & Select Quotes

Silence [R] 2016. Wikipedia page. Anthony Lane, New Yorker, “Martin Scorsese’s Strained ‘Silence’”; John Patterson, The Guardian, “Silence: Scorsese’s new film is not worth making a noise about”; Emma Green, The Atlantic, “Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act of Turning Theology Into

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women

Boston Declaration | Full Text & Reflections

A PROPHETIC APPEAL TO CHRISTIANS OF THE USA Nov 20 THE BOSTON DECLARATION Occasion As followers of Jesus, the Jewish prophet for justice whose life reminds us to, “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Mark 12:31) we hear the cries of women

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one

TED | Gus Casely-Hayford: The powerful stories that shaped Africa

Now, Hegel — he very famously said that Africa was a place without history, without past, without narrative. Yet, I’d argue that no other continent has nurtured, has fought for, has celebrated its history more concertedly. The struggle to keep African narrative alive has been one

Church Clarity | Critique

On October 18 2017, Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Services (RNS) published this article, giving a broader reach to the organization, Church Clarity (CC). From their website, they state “the problem” and “our solution”: The Problem There are millions of churches

Church Clarity | Critique

On October 18 2017, Jonathan Merritt of Religion News Services (RNS) published this article, giving a broader reach to the organization, Church Clarity (CC). From their website, they state “the problem” and “our solution”: The Problem There are millions of churches

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

Preston Sprinkle. People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue. Zondervan, 2015. (223 pages) Promo video; Missio Alliance review; Andrew Wilson review; Sean McDowell interview; Anne Paulk (TGC) review; CRITICAL REVIEW I picked up People To Be Loved because

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

Preston Sprinkle. People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue. Zondervan, 2015. (223 pages) Promo video; Missio Alliance review; Andrew Wilson review; Sean McDowell interview; Anne Paulk (TGC) review; CRITICAL REVIEW I picked up People To Be Loved because

The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

In short… To my LGBTQ friends who are deeply hurt yet again at the words of condemnation, marginalization, and exclusion, I say, “I’m so deeply sorry,” and I weep with and for you. To my post-evangelical friends who are angry

The “Nashville Statement” | Exhortations & Critical Reflections

In short… To my LGBTQ friends who are deeply hurt yet again at the words of condemnation, marginalization, and exclusion, I say, “I’m so deeply sorry,” and I weep with and for you. To my post-evangelical friends who are angry

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

Rachel Held Evans. Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson, 2015. (268 pages) The Atlantic: Is Christianity Dark Enough For Millennials?; Huffington Post, Zach Hoag interview; Mike McHargue review; Patheos review by Ben Witherington; Crossway’s promo video;

Searching For Sunday | Reflections & Notes

Rachel Held Evans. Searching For Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church. Thomas Nelson, 2015. (268 pages) The Atlantic: Is Christianity Dark Enough For Millennials?; Huffington Post, Zach Hoag interview; Mike McHargue review; Patheos review by Ben Witherington; Crossway’s promo video;

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

Not In God’s Name | Notes & Reflections

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. Not In God’s Name: Confronting Religious Violence. Schocken Books, 2015. (305 pages) I: Bad Faith 1. Altruistic Evil Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction. – Blaise Pascal Religion

Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you

Bitten By A Camel | Notes, Reflections, & Critical Review

Kent Dobson. Bitten By A Camel. Fortress Press, 2017. (158 pages) [These notes and review is of a pre-publication copy.] 1. Spiritual Mountaineering If you want to be shaken to your core, if you want to eat amazing food, if you

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 1. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 1. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

CT published, Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn’t either, on April 6, 2017. April 10, they published Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too. Given that our church has held seders for years, (the last four of them, in a

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

CT published, Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn’t either, on April 6, 2017. April 10, they published Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too. Given that our church has held seders for years, (the last four of them, in a

Christ Actually | Notes & Critical Reflections

James Carroll. Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. Penguin Books, 2014. (352 pages) LA Times Review, ‘Christ Actually’ argues for belief through imitation by Scott Korb; America: The Jesuit Review by Kevin Spinale; Washington Post review by Kate Moos; Boston Globe

Christ Actually | Notes & Critical Reflections

James Carroll. Christ Actually: Reimagining Faith in the Modern Age. Penguin Books, 2014. (352 pages) LA Times Review, ‘Christ Actually’ argues for belief through imitation by Scott Korb; America: The Jesuit Review by Kevin Spinale; Washington Post review by Kate Moos; Boston Globe

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

Jim Wallis: Bridge to a New America | Live Notes & Reflections

Thank you, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for hosting. LIVE NOTES Thank you for being among us, and being a prophet in our midst. – Karin Hejmanowski Racism is not a topic that people want to talk about. And yet, here you

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured

Divided States Of America | Review & Reflections

PBS Frontline. Divided States of America. 2017. Synopsis: FRONTLINE investigates the partisanship that gridlocked Washington in the Obama era, and the polarized America that Donald Trump inherits as president. —review— In good Frontline fashion, this two-part documentary is a measured

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR

Boxers & Saints | Reflections

Gene Luen Yang. Boxers & Saints. First Second, 2013 (336 pages) Seattle pi review by Jeff Provine; NYTimes review by Wesley Yang; Download a Teacher’s Guide; National Book Review lecture and trailer; I’ve included a significant portion of the NPR

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of

Thy Kingdom Come | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. Thy Kingdom Come: An Evangelical’s Lament. How the Religious Right Distorts the Faith and Threatens America. Basic Books, 2006 (265 pages) LA Times Op-Ed (August 23, 2017); Journey With Jesus review; Jews On First review; The Strange Case of

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. –

The Righteous Mind | Notes & Review

Jonathan Haidt. The Righteous Mind: Why Good People Are Divided by Politics and Religion. 2012. (419 pages) I have striven not to laugh at human actions, not to weep at them, not to hate them, but to understand them. –

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Okay. Let’s Talk About It.

“Seek first to understand.” – Socrates “Shema (שמע)” – Deuteronomy 6:5 Okay, friends. Let’s talk about it. A Pastor, The Pulpits, and Politics: A Lament Over this political season, a tremendous–and painful–quandary has arisen. As clergy, I am bound by

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

Finding God In The Waves | Notes & Review

Mike McHargue. Finding God In The Waves: How I Lost My Faith and Found It Again Through Science. Converent, 2016. (273 pages) The first gulp from the glass of natural sciences will turn you into an atheist, but at the

God In The White House | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. God In The White House: A History – How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. HarperOne, 2008. (243 pages) Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, Riches take wing, and only character

God In The White House | Notes & Review

Randall Balmer. God In The White House: A History – How Faith Shaped the Presidency from John F. Kennedy to George W. Bush. HarperOne, 2008. (243 pages) Fame is a vapor, popularity an accident, Riches take wing, and only character

The White Helmets | Reflections & Quotes

Netflix Documentary, 2016. In the White Helmets, we have a motto. “To save a life is to save all of humanity.” It’s hard to put into words the depth of emotion that I felt watching this. There’s the mere destruction,

The White Helmets | Reflections & Quotes

Netflix Documentary, 2016. In the White Helmets, we have a motto. “To save a life is to save all of humanity.” It’s hard to put into words the depth of emotion that I felt watching this. There’s the mere destruction,

The Evolution of Adam | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins. Brazos Press, 2012. (172 pages) Gospel Coalition review by John Collins; The Aquila Report by Rachel Miller; Direction review by John Brubacher; Disoriented. Reoriented

The Evolution of Adam | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins. Brazos Press, 2012. (172 pages) Gospel Coalition review by John Collins; The Aquila Report by Rachel Miller; Direction review by John Brubacher; Disoriented. Reoriented

The Making Of Evangelicalism | Notes & Reflections

Randall Balmer. The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond. Baylor University Press, 2010. (89 pages) Journal of Southern Religion review. Interview with Scot McKnight, Patheos. INTRODUCTION As I will argue later, the American strain of evangelicalism is

The Making Of Evangelicalism | Notes & Reflections

Randall Balmer. The Making of Evangelicalism: From Revivalism to Politics and Beyond. Baylor University Press, 2010. (89 pages) Journal of Southern Religion review. Interview with Scot McKnight, Patheos. INTRODUCTION As I will argue later, the American strain of evangelicalism is

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World | Notes

Martti Nissinen. Homoeroticism In The Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Augsburg Fortress, 1998. (208 pages) Preface Whether the texts I studied were biblical or Jewish, Assyrian, Greek, or Roman, the term “homosexuality” was absent from them and the concept alien.

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World | Notes

Martti Nissinen. Homoeroticism In The Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Augsburg Fortress, 1998. (208 pages) Preface Whether the texts I studied were biblical or Jewish, Assyrian, Greek, or Roman, the term “homosexuality” was absent from them and the concept alien.

Saudi Arabia Uncovered | Transcript

How James Jones Uncovered a Rarely Seen Side of Saudi Arabia; 5 Ways Ordinary People Are Challenging the Saudi Government. WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY James Jones YASSER: [through interpreter] In Saudi, they say “Be careful. The walls have ears.

Saudi Arabia Uncovered | Transcript

How James Jones Uncovered a Rarely Seen Side of Saudi Arabia; 5 Ways Ordinary People Are Challenging the Saudi Government. WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY James Jones YASSER: [through interpreter] In Saudi, they say “Be careful. The walls have ears.

My Exodus | Highlights and Reflections

Alan Chambers. My Exodus: From FEAR to GRACE. Zondervan, 2015. (222 pages) When the men [in John 8:1f.] chose not to condemn–because they were unable to when faced with their own humanity–they walked away and left the woman alone with

My Exodus | Highlights and Reflections

Alan Chambers. My Exodus: From FEAR to GRACE. Zondervan, 2015. (222 pages) When the men [in John 8:1f.] chose not to condemn–because they were unable to when faced with their own humanity–they walked away and left the woman alone with

Hellbound? | Review

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? – Genesis 18:25 Hellbound? Kevin Miller, 2012. For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal torment for the wicked is an indisputable tenet of Christian orthodoxy. In

Hellbound? | Review

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? – Genesis 18:25 Hellbound? Kevin Miller, 2012. For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal torment for the wicked is an indisputable tenet of Christian orthodoxy. In

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

Prophet’s Prey | Reflections

Prophet’s Prey. October, 2015 [TV14] Watch trailer here. “Showtime documentary revealing the shocking life of notorious cult leader Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS Church, who through brainwashing and abuse seized control of his followers’ lives and an organization worth hundreds

Prophet’s Prey | Reflections

Prophet’s Prey. October, 2015 [TV14] Watch trailer here. “Showtime documentary revealing the shocking life of notorious cult leader Warren Jeffs, and the FLDS Church, who through brainwashing and abuse seized control of his followers’ lives and an organization worth hundreds

God Loves Uganda | Reflections

SYNOPSIS: “God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda

God Loves Uganda | Reflections

SYNOPSIS: “God Loves Uganda explores the role of the American evangelical movement in Uganda, where American missionaries have been credited with both creating schools and hospitals and promoting dangerous religious bigotry. The film follows evangelical leaders in America and Uganda

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags | Response & Reflections

This post by Kevin DeYoung was sent to me by a respected inquiring mind. Because I regard both the person and the heart-felt conversations we’ve engaged in over the past several years with high esteem, I offer this–my reply–to honor

40 Questions for Christians Now Waving Rainbow Flags | Response & Reflections

This post by Kevin DeYoung was sent to me by a respected inquiring mind. Because I regard both the person and the heart-felt conversations we’ve engaged in over the past several years with high esteem, I offer this–my reply–to honor

Not Losing My Religion, or Can Equality and Christianity Coexist? | Op. Ed. by Lauren Chan

Lauren is a high school student in my congregation. As you will read, she is a dedicated Christ-follower, insightful, articulate, and passionate. I am thrilled to share her essay here as an exemplar of the depth of Christianity found in

Not Losing My Religion, or Can Equality and Christianity Coexist? | Op. Ed. by Lauren Chan

Lauren is a high school student in my congregation. As you will read, she is a dedicated Christ-follower, insightful, articulate, and passionate. I am thrilled to share her essay here as an exemplar of the depth of Christianity found in

Sexual By Design by Doug Wilson | How To Lose an Audience, And The Gospel At The Same Time

In April of 2012, pastor and teacher, Doug Wilson spoke at Indiana University. Watch the entire event: Sexual By Design: Douglas Wilson in Bloomington, IN. Report by The Bloomington Alternative. ClearNote Campus Fellowship website. ClearNote Church website. Christ Church, Moscow,

Sexual By Design by Doug Wilson | How To Lose an Audience, And The Gospel At The Same Time

In April of 2012, pastor and teacher, Doug Wilson spoke at Indiana University. Watch the entire event: Sexual By Design: Douglas Wilson in Bloomington, IN. Report by The Bloomington Alternative. ClearNote Campus Fellowship website. ClearNote Church website. Christ Church, Moscow,

Simply Good News | Notes & Reflections

N.T. Wright. Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. HarperOne, 2015. (189 pages) Thank you Janelle! I’m always, forever grateful! Reviews: Andrew Wilson, Christianity Today; Michael Bird, Patheos; Dan Wilkinson, Patheos; Scot McKnight, Jesus

Simply Good News | Notes & Reflections

N.T. Wright. Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. HarperOne, 2015. (189 pages) Thank you Janelle! I’m always, forever grateful! Reviews: Andrew Wilson, Christianity Today; Michael Bird, Patheos; Dan Wilkinson, Patheos; Scot McKnight, Jesus

The Gay Christian Network Conference, 2015 | Reflections & Open Letter

This last weekend I attended the Gay Christian Network (GCN) Conference. It was my first time attending anything associated with GCN. I was one of the ~600 brand new attendees as the conference has grown from ~700 in 2014 to ~1300

The Gay Christian Network Conference, 2015 | Reflections & Open Letter

This last weekend I attended the Gay Christian Network (GCN) Conference. It was my first time attending anything associated with GCN. I was one of the ~600 brand new attendees as the conference has grown from ~700 in 2014 to ~1300

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

The Great Partnership | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Schocken, 2011. (369 pages) Reviews: Ian Marcus Corbin, Wall Street Journal; Richard Holloway, The Guardian; Ziauddin Sardar, Independent; Wallace Greene, Jewish Book Council; Introduction  Debates about religion and

God Believes In Love | Notes & Review

Gene Robinson. God Believes In Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. Vintage Books, 2012. (196 pages) Boston Globe, Michael Paulson, The Daily Beast, David Sessions, Greta Christina, NPR, The Thinking Theologian, Kirkus, First Things, Dennis Di Mauro, Rick Kleffel, Introduction [via: Reference

God Believes In Love | Notes & Review

Gene Robinson. God Believes In Love: Straight Talk About Gay Marriage. Vintage Books, 2012. (196 pages) Boston Globe, Michael Paulson, The Daily Beast, David Sessions, Greta Christina, NPR, The Thinking Theologian, Kirkus, First Things, Dennis Di Mauro, Rick Kleffel, Introduction [via: Reference

Torn | Notes & Review

Justin Lee. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Jericho Books, (259 pages) Website: http://www.tornbook.com. Information and reviews at: Gay Christian Network (GCN), Huffington Post, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), Rachel Held Evans, NPR, Christianity Today, Patheos (Gagnon article), Justin’s

Torn | Notes & Review

Justin Lee. Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate. Jericho Books, (259 pages) Website: http://www.tornbook.com. Information and reviews at: Gay Christian Network (GCN), Huffington Post, Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood (CBMW), Rachel Held Evans, NPR, Christianity Today, Patheos (Gagnon article), Justin’s

Love Into Light | Critical Review

Peter Hubbard. Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and the Church. Ambassador International, 2013. (175 pages) LoveIntoLight.com, Tim Challies review, Google Hangout with Peter Hubbard, Eric Metals review, David Schlock review at CBMW, Jim Anderson review, Josh Blount review. I concur with

Love Into Light | Critical Review

Peter Hubbard. Love Into Light: The Gospel, The Homosexual, and the Church. Ambassador International, 2013. (175 pages) LoveIntoLight.com, Tim Challies review, Google Hangout with Peter Hubbard, Eric Metals review, David Schlock review at CBMW, Jim Anderson review, Josh Blount review. I concur with

The Future of Faith | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. The Future of Faith. HarperOne, 2009. (245 pages)   Reviews at Spirituality & Practice, The Harvard Ichthus, and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Chapter 1 An Age of the Spirit The Sacred in the Secular? …three qualities mark the world’s spiritual profile,

The Future of Faith | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. The Future of Faith. HarperOne, 2009. (245 pages)   Reviews at Spirituality & Practice, The Harvard Ichthus, and Religion & Ethics Newsweekly. Chapter 1 An Age of the Spirit The Sacred in the Secular? …three qualities mark the world’s spiritual profile,

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

TED | Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time

TED | Zak Ebrahim: I am the son of a terrorist. Here’s how I chose peace.

On November 5th, 1990, a man named El-Sayyid Nosair walked into a hotel in Manhattan and assassinated Rabbi Meir Kahane, the leader of the Jewish Defense League. Nosair was initially found not guilty of the murder, but while serving time

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Naomi Oreskes: Why we should trust scientists

Every day we face issues like climate change or the safety of vaccines where we have to answer questions whose answers rely heavily on scientific information. Scientists tell us that the world is warming. Scientists tell us that vaccines are

TED | Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? – Critical Review

People say things about religion all the time. The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a book called “God Is Not Great” whose subtitle was, “Religion Poisons Everything.” But last month, in Time magazine, Rabbi David Wolpe, who I gather is

TED | Kwame Anthony Appiah: Is religion good or bad? – Critical Review

People say things about religion all the time. The late, great Christopher Hitchens wrote a book called “God Is Not Great” whose subtitle was, “Religion Poisons Everything.” But last month, in Time magazine, Rabbi David Wolpe, who I gather is

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

Can I Ask That? | Critical Review & Notes

Jim Candy, Brad M. Griffin, Kara Powell. Can I Ask That: 8 Hard Questions About God & Faith – A Sticky Faith Curriculum (Leader Edition). Fuller Youth Institute, 2014. (209 pages) — VIA: Critical Review — This is a hard

God of the Gaps? Yes. | A Critique of Christian Apologetics

This video got sent to my inbox today. You can visit the original posting here. Are Christians guilty of arbitrarily suggesting a “God of the gaps” when they argue that God created the universe? Or are atheists guilty of “science

God of the Gaps? Yes. | A Critique of Christian Apologetics

This video got sent to my inbox today. You can visit the original posting here. Are Christians guilty of arbitrarily suggesting a “God of the gaps” when they argue that God created the universe? Or are atheists guilty of “science

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less

Tattoos on the Heart | Notes & Review

Gregory Boyle. Tattoos on the Heart. Free Press, 2010. (217 pages) “This day…with me…paradise.” – Luke 23:43 Preface If there is a fundamental challenge within these stories, it is simply to change our lurking suspicion that some lives matter less