Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD

Sex, God, and the Conservative Church by Dr. Tina Schermer Sellers, PhD In Chapter One, Sellers critiques the Evangelical church and its conservative approach to sexuality. She describes how purity rings, and abstinence campaigns help to develop a culture of sexual shame. She uses a simple illustration to describe this approach (73): “‘Imagine for a [Read More…]

Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D.

Contemporary Churches by Rev. Louis F. Kavar, Ph.D. Contemporary Churches by Louis F. Kavar, is another book that addresses the problem of the church’s inability to engage the culture. The answer, Kavar claims is a “Spiritual Transformation of the Congregation.” Kavar states that “As culture changes, so should the church. However, the church has been [Read More…]

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series

A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series A Preacher’s Guide to Lectionary Sermon Series by Jessica Miller Kelly is a compilation of thematic plans for Years A, B, and C of the lectionary. The premise of the book is simple. Take the Scriptures that are used for sermons for each Sunday and group them into [Read More…]

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley

Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley Rules for Revolutionaries by Becky Bond and Zack Exley is a book that describes how big organizing can be used to change everything. Here is a list of the “the rules” which also happen to be the title of each chapter in the book. 1. You [Read More…]

Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World by Eileen Workman

Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World by Eileen Workman In four parts, Raindrops of Love For a Thirsty World encourages readers to undertake self-examination in a way that encourages them to fall back in love with themselves and learn to practice healthy self-discipline, self-awareness, and self-love. Part I – Soft Love: The Wonder of [Read More…]

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby

Blessed Are the Weird: A Manifesto for Creatives by Jacob Nordby In 2012, Jacob Nordby spun out a poem that began: Blessed are the Weird People– poets, misfits, writers, mystics, heretics, painters & troubadours– for they teach us to see through different eyes… This book expands on the famous poem. He helps the reader to [Read More…]

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr and Michael Morrell

The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr and Michael Morrell The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr and Michael Morrell, is a book about letting the Trinitarian relationship of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit to help transform your life. Rohr and Morrell make a great effort at establishing that this mysterious idea [Read More…]

Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson

Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson Hearing God in Conversation by Samuel C. Williamson is a book that was written to help the reader “recognize God’s voice everywhere.” Williamson begins with the premise that God does speak and that He wants to talk with us (40-41) (John 10:3, Jeremiah 33:3, Revelation 3:20, John [Read More…]

#OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas

#OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas #OrganicJesus by Scott Douglas is a book that the author states is about “finding your way to an unprocessed, gmo-free Christianity.” The book is divided into two parts: (1) “Not Yo Mama’s Christianity,” and (2) “Not Yo Mama’s Faith.” Douglas writes like he has a short-attention span. His book is organized [Read More…]

Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger

Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger Patmos by C. Baxter Kruger is a fanciful tale of a meeting between Aidan and the Apostle John. The writing style is solid, conversational, and helps to make an easy read. The tales that are told during the imaginary conversation between Aidan and John draw the reader in. Except for [Read More…]