Eastman's book is an innovative manner to address the modes of prayer that many of us or at least I in particular have engaged in through my years wal...moreEastman's book is an innovative manner to address the modes of prayer that many of us or at least I in particular have engaged in through my years walking with Christ. Eastman tries to use these modes not as a formula, but as a guide and reference to help the believer become watchmen and watchwomen in prayer. Especially those who feel led to be prayer warriors, intercessors, and/or work officially in an intercessory ministry. It is simple and insightful by examining these modes from various Christians through history and from various denominational disciplines to get a very Christian holistic approach and view of prayer. The prayer wheel is appropriate for seeing prayer as an hour long watch that incorporates various modes and methods of prayer as represented in Scripture and through church history. As I have started to become more involved in intercessory ministry and to becoming a watchman of prayer I am very much appreciative of Eastman's insight and ministry. I used this book simply as part of a prayer walk ministry I was part of long time ago and then picked it up recently as I have had more of a burden to be involved in intercessory ministry. The fire that needs to continue to burn for a local church and the Body of Christ to run the race well and to the end. (less)
McGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thi...moreMcGrath surveys the Christian Intellectual landscape along with the intellectual landscape in general to evaluate the good, the bad, and the ugly. This book is a bit disjointed due to it being based on McGrath's lectures. While this is fascinating because it reveals some keen insight on a wide variety of subjects, it is very broad. Moreover, like many lectures it doesn't tie up loose ends with neat conclusions, but challenges the reader to either dig deeper in McGrath's writing or to wrestle with the question and subject yourself. McGrath makes some great insights as to Christian apologetics, theology, science versus religion, and the new atheism. I think my biggest complaint is McGrath's approach to the issue of science in dealing with the theory of evolution and religion. Like many theistic evolutionists they make a claim that those theologians should not question science and scientists should not question theology (page 114). McGrath does not honestly look at the fact that theology and the Bible does touch on scientific issues and that science as a result touches on Biblical or theological issues. There is an overlap that many Christian Theistic Evolutionists refuse to concede. (less)
This is a very rich and thought provoking theological book. There are things here that I will probably be chewing on for a quite a while. This is not...moreThis is a very rich and thought provoking theological book. There are things here that I will probably be chewing on for a quite a while. This is not a book that seeks to profess to much, but instead asks my questions, brings up interesting points, and presses various theological points from the perspective of the Charismatic and Pentecostal church. One of the main ways it examines the issues is through the Pentecostal/Catholic dialog and statements that have happened over the recent years. By gleaming information from these discussions the author is given a rich source material that is not found by the scant Pneumatological and Pentecostal Theological systems or examinations. This is another book born from my recent time in seminary at Regent University. While there are some controversial items which are either unexamined or badly examined through popular theology today, it also bears down on many essentials but from a Pneumatological focus. This in itself is both liberating and limits. While the focus on the Holy Spirit in Theology is very limited and is a rich resource, it limits the TriUnity of God as much as an over emphasis of Christology. Thus, the book is rich and narrow in its focus. Karkkainen is a great writer and Amos Yong does a great editing job. An amazing book and great addition to my library. (less)
What is different about this approach to The Holy Spirit or even the Theology of the Holy Spirit is the fact that they approach it from Church History...moreWhat is different about this approach to The Holy Spirit or even the Theology of the Holy Spirit is the fact that they approach it from Church History. I think one of the best ways to learn doctrine of the Christian faith is to study church history. It gives a great teaching on the cloud of witnesses that came before us and the many approaches to various theological ideas. We can learn from their mistakes and not relive them. We can get perspective. We can get a deeper understanding of a doctrine. We can be irenic in our understanding of views we disagree with. This book does a great job of being balanced, in treating church history respectfully, and approaching doctrine seriously. A great book that even made my Mom and I to have a discussion about the Holy Spirit, Aristotelian philosophy, and church history just by her glancing through the book.(less)
My church has been doing this book club where you read a book selected by an assistant pastor for that month and discuss it. So I finished it an discu...moreMy church has been doing this book club where you read a book selected by an assistant pastor for that month and discuss it. So I finished it an discussed it today with the group. Good discussion even though we didn't have a lot of time.
This book hits the church in a loving manner from different directions. White seems to address the core problem facing the local church and Evangelicalism at it's core and that problem essentially is disunity. And I can only say I HIGHLY agree and an AMEN. This has been what God has laid upon my heart for the last 3 to 4 years and what lead me to go to seminary. The disunity of the church. We are destroying ourselves from the inside and focusing our energy on battling brothers and sisters spiritually on par with the physical battles between Protestants and Catholics in Europe 100's of years ago. We lack wisdom, grace, and love in the church which leads to disunity. James E. White does a great job of hitting on a lot of huge themes and issues genuinely, in an interesting manner, and without being too wordy or scholarly. Which is why I put this in Christian Living. It is a huge problem in laymen or laywomen's terms.
The book also is some what critical with how the church in various ways has sought to interact with the culture and gives some good wisdom on how to better approach culture.
My few problems with the book are these: First, I think White is a bit unfairly harsh on the parachurch organizations. He seems to both put them down and support them without really giving any concrete examples of how they have gone off course and what can be done to get them back on working along side the church. Second, he speaks of renewal in how the church should approach culture, but doesn't speak about the Holy Spirit in leading the church toward change and facing the world. Finally, he seems to touch slightly on the global challenge that faces the international church and the American church, but he really doesn't address it. The book is mostly geared toward the American church in the American context, but it does a disservice in not talking about the international challenges we face as Americans generally and as American saints specifically.(less)
Caputo sets down 4 thesis in this book about wrestling with the two disciplines of theology and philosophy.
These no named chapters examine these disc...moreCaputo sets down 4 thesis in this book about wrestling with the two disciplines of theology and philosophy.
These no named chapters examine these disciplines from various points of history, theologians, philosophers, and scientists. It is from this that Caputo sees the best working relationship of these two disciplines first starting in the pre-modern era and then now in the post-modern era. The former allowed some flexibility between them and the latter more flexibility. It was in the modernity age where the walls of meta-narratives divided and conquered the two disciplines.
The author does a great job of quickly, efficiently, and passionately fly through these various perspectives and thesis capture his conclusion. While I have some disagreements with what he says and how he goes about certain things, I think he does an amazing job in showing how post-modernity can actually help the Christian faith rather than work against it. Especially in the context of Philosophy. He does it better than many of the Emerging/Emergent crowd (like McLaren who endorses the book), but I think he is missing some nuances that maybe he thought was expandable to fit in this quick read. (less)
This book had been sitting on my stack of "currently reading" for a long time as I read other books in the mean time. I always would go back to it and...moreThis book had been sitting on my stack of "currently reading" for a long time as I read other books in the mean time. I always would go back to it and do a section at a time.
Well now that I'm finishing up an apologetics course and I have to write a paper, I decided to write about the different Christian approaches to Genesis and how that applies to apologetics.
Snoke's books is the first book I have read that seems to seriously approach the issue of science and theology in a rational, objective and still orthodox Christian way. I think his views on how Biblical Interpretation not only can see an Old earth, but actually does see an Old Earth is enlightening and goes with my Hermeneutics courses. Moreover, his view on a local flood is fascinating in the context of how portions of scripture are translated funny and how it is theologically tenable. Finally, Snoke's interesting take on how the Fall did not necessarily make nature "evil" but that God's judgment on Man by placing Him in a "wrathful, but designed" world that had existed outside of the garden has been on my mind since I first started reading it.
Thus, I have changed some of my views slightly and it has made me evaluate the different views. This is a debate within Christianity, but as Snoke states, there are some essentials that must be held to. Even by those who hold a theistic evolution view. (less)
I did not plan on being part of an Emerging Church, but that is where God wanted me. I would not change anything in the world for the experience. This...moreI did not plan on being part of an Emerging Church, but that is where God wanted me. I would not change anything in the world for the experience. This book helped me. Coming from an Evangelical perspective it helped me better appreciate the good things of the movement and to be better informed about the extremes of the movement. It helped me be less "reactionary" about some subjects and authors and better informed about discussing those topics and issues. I am no longer part of the Emerging Church I mentioned. Not because it was "bad", but because God helped me move toward other things in His own way. I really recommend this book to anyone looking into this movement.(less)