The Mentored Life 4

Summary (Brad Bergfalk) Houston moves from describing the “Heroic Mentor” and the “Stoic Mentor” to what he calls the “Secular Psychotherapeutic Mentor.” Houston asserts that the “therapeutic mentor” is the most pervasive of the three in American culture. The “therapeutic mentor” finds its embodiment in the psychoanalytic revolution of Sigmund Freud and later Carl Jung. [Read More...]

Source of Spiritual Formation: Barna

George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generation’s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources we know about, but not all of them (or even the primary one) is our [Read More...]

Source of Spiritual Formation: Barna

George Barna, in his new book Revolution, claims the primary source for the new generation’s spiritual formation is shifting away from the local congregation model to a more fragmented model. That is, we get what we need from the sources we know about, but not all of them (or even the primary one) is our [Read More...]

Revolution? George Barna’s new theory

Because I was hearing so much chat about Barna’s new book, Revolution, I thought I’d read it. Here’s the nub of the book: there is a revolution going on in the Church (big “c” not little “c”), and it concerns how to live out the gospel in the context of the Church. His contention is [Read More...]

Where God Happens

Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury and an author of many books about Christian spirituality, has recently published Where God Happens: Discovering Christ in One Another, and I want to jot down a few notes about what I think is a nice book. The book is about the desert fathers and mothers, and it ruminates (which [Read More...]

The Mentored Life 3

Chapter 3 of James Houston’s The Mentored Life is opening up to me what this book is all about, and in this post Brad Bergfalk and I will interact with this chapter on Stoicism. The Mentored Life is about “world views” that shape who we are — at least that is how I’d describe the [Read More...]

Embracing Grace: Reviews

I will provide links here to reviews, whether good or bad, and direct discussions of Embracing Grace, and I will update this post. Review by Jamie Arpin-Ricci. [Read more...]

The Mentored Life 2

Summary of Chapter Two Houston begins his argument for a return to the “mentored life” by examining the “Heroic Myth of Odysseus.” In this myth, Houston suggests we see all the characteristics of individualism and narcissism that stand as obstacles to the mentored life. Just as Odysseus was required to overcome the hardships and challenges [Read More...]

The Mentored Life 1

This is a series of blogs, over a couple of weeks, about James Houston, The Mentored Life. It is being written by both of us, Scot McKnight (at North Park University) and Brad Bergfalk (pastor of Zion Covenant in Jamestown, NY). Houston’s book has received some rave reviews and it can be of use to [Read More...]

Freakonomics

I have seen the title Freakonomics mentioned, haven’t looked at it all, but Fr. Rob Merola, of St. Matthew’s in Sterling Virginia, has pointed me to a link that is worth reading and discussing. It is by columnist named Orson Scott Card (a writer’s name if there ever was one), and among other items it [Read More...]


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