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…]

Morality and Body

By Ann F-R: The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion explores how human morality develops and affects our daily choices and interactions. In ch. 3, Elephants Rule, Haidt further developed his metaphor of body and mind as an elephant and rider, which illustrated the first principle of the social intuitionist [Read More…]

Saturday Book Review: Anathea Portier-Young

This review is by Drew J. Strait, who reviews Anathea Portier-Young, Apocalypse Against Empire: Theologies of Resistance in Early Judaism (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011). In recent years, Biblical scholarship has experienced a proliferation of anti-imperial readings of the Bible. Some would even say that a veritable “anti-imperial Paul coalition” exists among New Testament scholars. This movement [Read More…]

Any Surprises Here?

The top ten most read books of the last fifty years: [Read more…]