Chasing Francis

Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim's TaleBy Ian Morgan CronColorado Springs: Navpress, 2006Review by Carl McColmanFrancis of Assisi might not be the first figure who comes to mind as a mentor and inspiration for a twenty-first century evangelical pastor, but in this enjoyable and thought-provoking teaching novel by Ian Cron, Francis turns out to be just the figure to both encourage and challenge a "successful" pastor who is dealing with issues related to burnout. The hero of this tale is … [Read more...]

A Community Called Taizé

A Community Called Taizé: A Story of Prayer, Worship and Reconciliation By Jason Brian Santos Downers Grove, IL: IVP Books, 2008 Review by Carl McColmanLong before any of us had heard the term "neo-monasticism" — long before Shane Claiborne and the The Simple Way or Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove and Rutba House  had captured the imagination of a young generation of ecumenically-minded Christians looking for intentional community — there were wonderful, Protestant/ecumenical communities that flowe … [Read more...]

A Generous Orthodoxy

A Generous Orthodoxy By Brian McLaren Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2004Here's a book that gets the amazing-subtitle award. See if you can repeat this three times fast: A Generous Orthodoxy: Why I am a missional, evangelical, post/protestant, liberal/conservative, mystical/poetic, biblical, charismatic/contemplative, fundamentalist/calvinist, anabaptist/anglican, methodist, catholic, green, incarnational, depressed-yet-hopeful, emergent, unfinished Christian. What a mouthful!I'm … [Read more...]