What Do You Get When You Combine These?

What do you get when you combine laser-like prose, masterful wit, an eye for BS matched for a penchant for vulgarity, a Lutheran-like perception of how law works in the Bible, an obsession with the magnitude of grace, an authentic admission of sinfulness, a progressive stance on homosexuality in the church, an informed sense of [Read More…]

Jesus Creed Books of the Year for 2013

I make no claim to be complete or comprehensive or even fair to the book world. Each year I nominate Books of the Year on the basis of books I become aware of, not on the basis of a comprehensive list of books. So, here are my this year’s nominations. If you have others, speak [Read More…]

Two Strong Book Recommendations

So many books cross my desk that it’s not even remotely possible to blog about them nor is it fair, most of the time, to provide a kind of “Books Received” list at the end of each week or month. Every book that crosses my desk … I give a good look to see if [Read More…]

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 (www.twocities.org) Three books on issues roughly related to how Christians ought to think about America crossed my [Read More…]