Reading Tolstoy Will…

… increase and develop your social and emotional skills. Comment below. A new study published this week in Science concludes that you may get something unexpected from reading great literary works: more finely-tuned social and emotional skills. Conducted by Emanuele Castano and David Comer Kidd (researchers in the psych department at the New School for Social Research), the study determined that readers [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: James D. Bratt

A repost of what we posted Tuesday, just in case you didn’t see it. That post fits in this slot too. It would as easy to exaggerate his influence as it is for some to ignore his influence, but at least a major voice behind all of evangelical political action — from Francis Schaeffer and [Read More...]

Summer Reading

Somehow I saw a bundle of summer reading suggestions including that of Albert Mohler, who must like to read about war. I will recommend another kind of ten (or more) summer reading books, this one about theologians. What are you reading? Paul C. Gutjahr, Charles Hodge: Guardian of American Orthodoxy. James Brabazon, Albert Schweitzer: A [Read More...]

Saturday Book Review: Peter Goodwin Heltzel

Peter Goodwin Heltzel, Resurrection City: A Theology of Improvisation (Eerdmans, 2012). Review by Wesley Vander Lugt Resurrection City was a shantytown built on the National Mall in the summer of 1968 after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., serving as a communal expression of the Poor People’s Campaign and their fight against economic injustice. [Read More...]

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...]