Thomas Merton

As a part of my rule of life, I pray the hours 4 times a day. I go to Mission St. Claire, generally, and read the book of common prayer liturgy “The Daily Office” online through them. Today, the church calendar tells me that we celebrate Thomas Merton, a St. of the Church. Some of [Read More...]

William Placher Dies

William C. Placher 1948 – 2008 It was a sad day for me this week to learn that William Placher died at the age of 60. Placher was a leader in the field of post-liberal theology. You can read about him here. I have enjoyed Dr. Placher’s A History of Christian Theology, which remains a [Read More...]

Compassion by Henri Nouwen

Compassion – by Henri Nouwena short review by Tim Suttle This short book plainly titled Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life by Nouwen, McNeill and Morrison[1] delivers a provocative and moving take on the life of compassion. The authors have no illusions of producing a theological treatise, this book actually grew out of the [Read More...]

The Renewed Mind is the Key

I’m having youth choir flashbacks! [Read more...]

Missional Church

I had to read this book again last week for a class. It was great to cover the material again. I’ve got tons of notes from studying this over the past couple of years. I decided it was time to post a review: Book Review: Missional Church – Darrel Guder ed. Reading these six authors [Read More...]

John Donne – Meditation XVII

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: [Read More...]

What’s the Matter with Preaching Today?

I just finished an interesting book last night called What’s the matter with Preaching Today? I had to read it for class and write a paper on it. It was very interesting. It’s book of essays by various famous preachers and teachers reflecting upon a famous article written by Harry Emerson Fosdick in 1928 called [Read More...]

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John Perkins

I went to hear John Perkins with my wife and some friends the other night. Here are some of the notes from that talk. He’s amazing. 7 helping principles for those involved in social justice: 1. Family: Create and establish family among your people2. Truth: bring truth back through faith the bible3. Purpose: it is [Read More...]

Veli-Matti karkkainen

I’m reading a great text on Ecclesiology right now by Veli-Matti Karkkainen. He divides his study of ecclesiology into sections according to denominations first: – Eastern Orthodox- Roman Catholic- Lutheran- Free Church- Pentecostal/Charismatic- Ecumenical Next he considers the ecclesiologies of some of the leading theologians writing in this specific discipline: – John Zizioulas- Hans Kung- [Read More...]