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Darwin's Gift by Francisco J. Ayala
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The title of this book is misleading. One might expect that it would deal with the intersection of science and religion, but more than anything, it's just an introduction to evolutionary biology. In that respect, it's actually pretty good, but it fee ...more
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La Violencia del Amor by Oscar A. Romero
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What would Jesus be like if he lived in the 20th century? Archbishop Oscar Romero incarnated Christ in a way that few others have. His message of love, peace, and reconciliation was not well-received in a country torn by violence and corruption. His ...more
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Romero by James R. Brockman
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Archbishop Oscar Romero is an incredibly inspiring Christian leader. He lived the gospel and, as a result, encountered powerful opposition from both the government and his own church bureaucracy. It is heartbreaking that his love for his people, his ...more
Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey
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Jesus Through Middle Eastern Eyes by Kenneth E. Bailey
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This is one of the best books I've ever read on any topic. Because Westerners are so far removed from the ancient cultures in which the biblical events took place, we make many false assumptions and often misinterpret Jesus' parables and the gospel w ...more
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The Little Red Book of Wisdom by Mark Demoss
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This book has some good insights, but there also elements of the prosperity gospel that made me cringe at times.
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Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes by E. Randolph Richards
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Really insightful book about how we consistently misinterpret scripture because we filter everything through our modern Western lenses. These authors elements of ancient near eastern culture that enable us to see parts of scripture like we are readin ...more
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La Violencia del Amor by Oscar A. Romero
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Out of Context by Richard L. Schultz
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Pitfalls in applying scripture to real-time situations:
1. Insufficiently analogous situations
2. Anachronism
3. Psychologizing
4. Unwarranted generalization
5. Privatizing corporate contexts
6. Spiritualizing

We must be content to acknowledge that the Bibl
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To Serve God and Wal-Mart by Bethany Moreton
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Overall impression: This book is insightful in describing how Wal-Mart rose to prominence and how it mobilized Christian values such as ‘service’ and ‘providing for families’. But it didn’t convince me that it created a distinctively ‘Christian free ...more
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