Do You Have an Approach to Reading?

Some people read books from the NYTimes bestseller lists — fiction or nonfiction or both. Others read classics — Homer, Cicero, Dante. Others read what their friends recommend. Yet others read what their ideology says is important — libertarians read their own stuff, and liberals read their own stuff, and on and on it goes. [Read More...]

Jesus Creed Books of the Year

Every year we choose Books of the Year for the Jesus Creed readers, and this year’s choices are a bumper crop — but also see the note at the end of this post. We sample books in a variety of areas. I hope you enjoy our choices. Book of the Year David Swartz, The Moral [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Dave Moore on Christians and Politics

Politics, America, and the Christian Faith…Struggling to Find the Proper Order A Review of One Nation Without God? by David Aikman, A Free People’s Suicide by Os Guinness, and Between Babel and Beast by Peter J. Leithart. Dave Moore ( Three books on issues roughly related to how Christians ought to think about America crossed my [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Kent A. Van Til

Kent A. Van Til, The Moral Disciple: An Introduction to Christian Ethics (Eerdmans, 2012) Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt There are many ways that scholars typically introduce Christian ethics. Some tell the story of Christian ethics from a historical perspective, like J. Philip Wogaman’s Christian Ethics: A Historical Introduction, 2nd edition (Westminster John Knox, 2011). [Read More...]

The Demise of Letters

For some of the wonders of the internet and e-mail exchanges, including instantaneous responses and the inevitable jot-it-down and get-it-sent speed of e-mails, letter writing is no longer what it was. This becomes obvious to me whenever I read a collection of letters — like the beautiful three volumes of C.S. Lewis’ letters or my [Read More...]

Summer Reading, Kinds of Reading (Michael Quicke)

The post below is by my esteemed homiletics colleague, Michael Quicke, at Northern Seminary. How do you read? Do you have different reading strategies? Do you find yourself (admittedly) frustrated because you think you just must finish a book because you began it but wonder if it is worth the time? Summer time is especially good [Read More...]

The Real America

My friend, Michael O’Neil, in Perth, wants to know what is a good novel to introduce him to America? When Kris and I went to South Africa, I thought reading Alan Paton’s famous novel, , was the ticket — but it was from a different era. So, who has some good recommendations for Michael? We’ve [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Lois Tverberg

This review comes from our friend up in Grand Rapids, Ted Gossard. Walking in the Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life During the past five decades coinciding with the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls there has been a renaissance of knowledge pertaining to the time of Jesus and [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Kapic and McCormack

Kelly M. Kapic and Bruce L. McCormack, Mapping Modern Theology: A Thematic and Historical Introduction (Baker, 2012). Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt Modern theology is a vast terrain, and while many books accurately describe the landscape, few successfully guide the reader in their travels so they can enjoy the ride, remember what they see along the [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Christian Scharen

This is a dialogical review of Scharen, Christian. Broken Hallelujahs: Why Popular Music Matters to Those Seeking God. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2011. Reviewed by Matt Edwards the Ministries Director at Believers Fellowship in Gig Harbor, Washington, and by Walker Sherman the Worship Director at the same church. Matt summarized the argument of the book, and then [Read More...]