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Why Buddhism Is True | Review & Notes

October 13, 2018

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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 lacking precisely because those approaches are usually more about “defending” one’s religion rather than “explaining” […]

Reversing Roe | Reflections

September 27, 2018

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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 documentary Reversing Roe, filmmakers Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg present a deeply illuminating look of […]

Disunity in Christ | Reflections & Notes

September 3, 2018

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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 Cleveland has been writing and speaking about this issue for over five years. Along with […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]