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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.” […]

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

July 6, 2018


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 […]

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

June 27, 2018


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 open myself up to considerable criticism for confessing that NOMA is a philosophy to which […]

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

June 15, 2018


Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy] theories that have to be adjusted each time one plays “the atonement game.” This is […]

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

April 24, 2018


E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics of interpretation. I appreciate the authors’ study, experience, and their personal admission of their own […]

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

January 14, 2018


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 ignores each religion’s unique teachings, culture, and history. It also misses the shared human struggle […]

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

June 13, 2017


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 and communal observation–the concept of “God” to be on retreat in recent years in the […]