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...]


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...]

Jesus and His Death arrives

I got my first copy of Jesus and His Death today from Baylor University Press. I thank its fine editorial folk, Carey Newman and Diane Smith, for their exceptional work. It is hard for me to compare editorial staffs, but there can’t be any that are more precise than Baylor’s. I dedicated Jesus and His [Read More...]

Jesus and His Death: First Review

Rick Brannon, a bibliophile, has blogged the first brief review of Jesus and His Death. I posted it at my Jesus and His Death blog, and point you there. [Read more...]

The Church, Embracing Grace, and Racism 5

There is a reason, perhaps less in importance but perhaps just as insidious, why Christian communities of faith need to stop in their tracks and post a new life-sign about the end of racism in the Church. That reason is the growing, venomous, and potentially culture-crushing development in the USA of White Nationalism. Perhaps you [Read More...]