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Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
Once in a while a book comes along that crystallizes the things you have been thinking and takes you further down the road. This was such a book. Smit ...more
May 22, 2013
May 12, 2013
Death Before the Fall: Biblical Literalism and the Problem of Animal Suffering
The problem of predation, animal suffering and death has always posed a theological challenge to those believing in a good God. Those who believe in a ...more
Nov 28, 2014
Nov 24, 2014
The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn't Say about Human Origins
I found myself torn in reading this book. Like the author, I disagree with the attempts to fit evolutionary science into the Procrustean bed of a lite ...more
Apr 23, 2013
Apr 17, 2013
God Behaving Badly: Is the God of the Old Testament Angry, Sexist and Racist?
One of the objections that the late Christopher Hitchens and others have raised to Christianity is the character of the God they find in the Bible. In ...more
Jan 2012
Dec 27, 2011
The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas: Paul's Mars Hill Experience for Our Pluralistic World
Relevance and faithfulness. Any teacher of any religious tradition is faced with this tension as they move from one cultural context to the next. One ...more
Dec 12, 2014
Dec 05, 2014
C. S. Lewis and the Crisis of a Christian
This book does something different from most books about C. S. Lewis or his works. The purpose of this book is neither biography, nor an exposition or ...more
Dec 08, 2014
Nov 28, 2014
The Cross and Gendercide: A Theological Response to Global Violence Against Women and Girls
There is a war going on that knows no national borders or physical territories. It is a war that occurs in clinics, ritual ceremonies, sweatshops and ...more
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 16, 2014
Introducing Eastern Orthodox Theology
Eastern Orthodoxy is largely unknown territory to me. Icons, mosaics, standing worship, the liturgy and prayers are not part of my experience. Andrew ...more
Dec 10, 2014
Nov 18, 2014
Spirit of Life
As a boy, I grew up hearing about the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost. Later on, the language was modernized to refer to the Holy Spirit but there was sti ...more
Oct 23, 2014
Oct 01, 2014
Mapping the Origins Debate: Six Models of the Beginning of Everything
Perhaps I'm stating the obvious but most discussions of origins seem to generate far more heat than light. They preach to the choir of those who agree ...more
Apr 25, 2014
Mar 30, 2014
Apostles of Reason: The Crisis of Authority in American Evangelicalism
Reading Apostles of Reason was kind of like reading a family history written by someone outside the family (although I am unaware of Molly Worthen's f ...more
Sep 17, 2013
Aug 22, 2013
Allah: A Christian Response
A number of years ago a student asked me, "do Muslims and Christians worship the same God?" That is a question that has lingered with me over the year ...more
Jun 21, 2012
Apr 22, 2012
The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture
This has been something of a 'bombshell' book in evangelical Christian circles. That is because Christian Smith, a sociologist, takes on a question we ...more
May 06, 2012
Mar 26, 2012
The Idea of a University
This is perhaps the classic work on the question of "what is a university for?" The book consists of two sections. The first is a series of nine "disc ...more
Dec 12, 2013
Feb 27, 2012
Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind
Working in university ministry with grad students, I am often asked the question of just how this thing of integration of faith and learning is suppos ...more
Dec 27, 2011
Nov 21, 2011
The Cross of Christ
"This is the best book we have read in this group."

So commented a faculty member recently in a campus book group that discussed Stott's book. And we'v
Dec 11, 2014
Nov 17, 2011
Of Games and God: A Christian Exploration of Video Games
After Sandy Hook, I observed an argument on Facebook either decrying video games as a contributor to violence and all sorts of other social maladies o ...more
Feb 03, 2013
Jan 20, 2013
The Gift of Being Yourself: The Sacred Call to Self-Discovery
Those who grew up with me may remember peers who were trying to "find themselves", which usually involved painful introspection, psychedelic tripping, ...more
Feb 08, 2012
Jan 19, 2012
Small Things with Great Love: Adventures in Loving Your Neighbor
When my son was young, he used to read "choose your own adventure" stories where you could select one of several different paths through a book that l ...more
Aug 29, 2013
Aug 09, 2013
Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible
All of us assume things that "go without saying." And, until we encounter other cultures, we tend to assume that the things that go without saying are ...more
Mar 14, 2013
Mar 06, 2013
Addiction and Virtue: Beyond the Models of Disease and Choice
Is there an alternative to describing addiction as a choice vs a disease? Dunnington contends that there is a neglected third category, that of habit, ...more
Dec 03, 2012
Nov 26, 2012
The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation
Christmas could be called the Feast of the Incarnation. It is indeed the time of celebrating the incarnation of the Son of God--of God truly with us i ...more
Dec 31, 2013
Dec 25, 2013
Blueprint for Theocracy: The Christian Right's Vision for America
I have to be honest. I was prepared to dislike this book. Calvin, Abraham Kuyper, and Francis Schaeffer are personal heroes to me and they are include ...more
Oct 31, 2014
Oct 23, 2014
Dogmatic Aesthetics: A Theology of Beauty in Dialogue with Robert W. Jenson
Goodness, truth, and beauty. This language of the "transcendentals" sounds inspiring and noble. But why do we believe in these things and what shapes ...more
Nov 17, 2014
Nov 10, 2014
Birmingham Revolution: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Epic Challenge to the Church
Solitary confinement in prison can be a shattering psychological experience, one often used to break the spirit of those imprisoned. For Martin Luther ...more
Nov 10, 2014
Oct 31, 2014
Holy War in the Bible: Christian Morality and an Old Testament Problem
"Your God, if he exists, is a genocidal monster, and even if I believed there were such a God, I could never put my faith in him." This is what atheis ...more
May 26, 2014
May 14, 2014
A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide
Samantha Power gives a compelling account of the twentieth century history of genocide and American responses (largely non-responses) to this horrendo ...more
May 12, 2014
Apr 26, 2014
One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal?
"Why are there so many versions of the Bible in English? And which of them should I read?" Those are questions I've often been asked by both believers ...more
Mar 08, 2014
Feb 17, 2014
Story-Shaped Worship: Following Patterns from the Bible and History
Robbie Castleman contends that worship that is pleasing to God is worship that is shaped by the story of God--a story where God, and not me (or us), i ...more
Mar 30, 2014
Mar 08, 2014
Damned Nation: Hell in America from the Revolution to Reconstruction
The idea of hell has been contested territory for a long time. From Dante's Inferno to Rob Bell's Love Wins, the reality of hell and who is consigned ...more
Aug 04, 2014
Jul 14, 2014
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