Remove Your Swagger and Take Up Your Cross

Matt Chandler has released a new book called, To Live Is Christ to Die Is Gain. Many I'm sure still remember his first book, The Explicit Gospel, which is an excellent book! Before getting into this book, I want to first mention that I think Chandler is one of the best preachers in the world, YES, the world. If you haven't heard the man preach, check it out. That to say, I'm a fan.The book is a journey through the letter that Paul wrote to the Philippians (hence the title - Phil 1:21). For … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis’ Life Shaped the World of Narnia

World renowned Christian theologian, historian, biochemist and professor Alister McGrath has written a new book on the life of C.S. Lewis called, C.S. Lewis – A Life: Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet.I was born in the late 80's so I grew up with my Dad reading to my brother and me the Narnia books. It wasn't long after that the movies started coming out. I think it would be fair to say my earliest childhood memories of an author I particularly liked was C.S. Lewis. Why? Narnia.Around t … [Read more...]

Christopher Hitchens, Mortality and Calvinism

A month or so ago I finished reading Christopher Hitchens last book, and his last words written, Mortality. Chapter 2 he focuses his attention on his impending death and the role religion plays. More specifically and interestingly he discusses his interaction with different pastors, one being Douglas Wilson. As I read I felt the constant need to gasp for breath. It was painful to read the words of a man contemplating death and being completely oblivious, blind and hard hearted towards God. He … [Read more...]

Who Do You Think You Are?

The most important question you will ever ask yourself: Who am I? The world is quick to label us as pastors, mothers, news anchors, salespeople and the list goes on. While these are all true to the non-Christian, the Christian answer should be drastically different.The Seattle based Megachurch Pastor, Mark Driscoll has set out to answer this question in his new book, Who Do You Think You Are? He approaches answering this question by a careful exposition of Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. T … [Read more...]

How To End Poverty (Awaiting A Savior, Book Review)

The topic of poverty is frequently brought up in the church, but with no clear understanding of how to approach it. In the church I grew up in there never was a theology of poverty taught, let alone discussed.Right from the beginning of Awaiting A Savior, Aaron wastes no time and gets into the bible. One thing I appreciated most about this book was exactly that, it is ruthlessly biblical. He begins by walking us through the doctrine of depravity, showing us that the default setting of the … [Read more...]