Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Tim Keller

Timothy Keller, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just (New York: Dutton, 2010) Reviewed by Wes Vander Lugt “When people see the beauty of God’s grace in Christ, it leads them powerfully toward justice.” As this summary statement indicates, Keller’s latest book demonstrates the necessary relationship between grace and justice through biblical commentary, compelling [Read More...]

What will you be reading?

Christmas Break is officially here for me, and Kris will have a full week off as well, and we will find some warm place to hole up with family … but this always means that as we approach this time off we begin to set up what we will be reading. Assuming you may well [Read More...]

Books of the Year 2010

Here are the 2010 nominations for Books of the Year at the Jesus Creed blog. The awards are given early this year so folks can use this list for Christmas presents. My favorite Christmas present is a book, but I have to admit my family quit buying books for me for Christmas years ago. (So [Read More...]

Saturday Afternoon Book Review: Wesley Vander Lugt

Kelly M. Kapic, with Justin Borger, God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010). 281 pp. $19.99/£12.99. Reviewed by Wesley Vander Lugt PhD Candidate University of St Andrews Editor, Transpositions It is rare to recommend a book without any reservations, but Go So Loved, He Gave is that sort [Read More...]

Killing Bookstores

James Emery White, at his blog, on how purchasing from Amazon is killing local bookstores, and here are our questions: What to do? Are more people employed/employable if we purchase from local bookstores? What does this mean in other areas — like grocery stores? appliance shops? garage builders? One of my favorite movies is “You’ve [Read More...]

Your Reading Habits — Post Internet

What has happened to your reading habits ever since the rise of the internet, blogs, Facebook and Twitter? Ten years or so ago I wasn’t doing much on the internet other than a few e-mails. I spent evenings reading classics literature (like Euripides) and essayists (like Samuel Johnson), we watched sports, and work was mostly [Read More...]

A Thought on Reading

I came across this statement by David Ulin and thought it expressed the inner fabric of books and reading and pondering and imagining and finding truth and of the joy of being found. What do you think of his statement? From David Ulin, The Lost Art of Reading: Why Books Matter in a Distracted Time: [Read More...]

American Religion: Shifty 1

Robert Putnam and David Campbell, in their new book, American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us, examine American religion — but their concern is what has happened in the last 50 years or so. Fascinating study. Here’s a major thesis of this book; they see the last 50 years of American religion in three [Read More...]

Creation Untamed 3

“… if God cares for so much for all creatures, why didn’t God create a world in which there would be no natural disasters?” Terence Fretheim asks why God created a world in which bad things happen in his new book, Creation Untamed: The Bible, God, and Natural Disasters (Theological Explorations for the Church Catholic). [Read More...]

But which God? 5

Your image of God shapes how you look at economic issues, and I say this as a result of reading Paul Froese and Christopher Bader, America’s Four Gods: What We Say about God–and What That Says about Us. Once again, they have found Americans can be mapped on four views of God: Authoritative, Benevolent, Critical, [Read More...]