Invictus the movie

I went to see Invictus the movie last night. It was a pretty amazing film. I was reminded how much I appreciate Clint Eastwood as a director. The first film he directed that I fell in love with was Pale Rider (1985). But I think he reached a new level with Mystic River (2003) and [Read More...]

Adam’s Return Book Review

Richard Rohr, Adam’s Return: The Five Promises of Male Initiation. New York, NY: Crossroads Publishing Company, 2004. . In Adam’s Return, Richard Rohr writes an interesting account of the way men are initiated into the life of the Christian church. Rohr spends a significant amount of his time working with men and those who lead [Read More...]

Everything Belongs Book Review

Richard Rohr, Everything Belongs: The Gift of Contemplative Prayer. New York, NY: Crossroads Publishing Company, 2003. Richard Rohr, A Franciscan monk who writes and teaches in the field of Christian spirituality and men’s ministry, has made a real contribution with his work, Everything Belongs. The primary thesis of the book is that the “egoic-operating system,” [Read More...]

The Great Emergence Book Review

Phyllis Tickle, The Great Emergence: How Christianity is Changing and Why. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2008. Phyllis Tickle says about every 500 years the church has a giant rummage sale. What she means is that every 500 hundred years or so, the church structures and strictures are formed into an intolerable chain which must [Read More...]

Being Consumed Book Review

William T. Cavanaugh, Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2008 William Cavanaugh is, quite simply, brilliant. He’s a prolific writer. He’s one of the very best I’ve ever read in Political Theology and Social Ethics. Torture and Eucharist is one of the greatest works of Ecclesiology I’ve ever read. But for [Read More...]

Mount Righteous

Over the years I’ve struggled to maintain my status as music appreciator. It’s weird because I’ve played music as long as I can remember. I’ve written hundreds of songs, played in bands and even made my living as a musician for the better part of a decade. I usually like what I’m playing, but even [Read More...]

Evil and the Justice of God Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2006. . N.T. Wright tackles the problem of evil with his usual brilliance. He argues that evil is real and powerful. Evil is more than the sum of individual sin and cannot be understood in dualistic categories. By misunderstanding evil we have [Read More...]

Ancient Future Evangelism

Robert E. Webber. Ancient-Future Evangelism: Making Your Church a Faith-Forming Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2003. In Ancient-Future Evangelism, Robert Webber explores the nature of evangelism in the ancient church hoping to discover patterns and analogs to our current social and cultural situation which might help to inform an evangelism strategy for the 21st [Read More...]

Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism Review

Walter Brueggemann. Biblical Perspectives on Evangelism: Living in a Three-Storied Universe. Nashville, TN: Abingdon Press, 1993. Brueggemann’s vision for evangelism consists of helping people to switch narratives from the world of consumerism, individualism and violence to the narrative of the people of God. He proposes a simple schema and method for evangelism as this imaginative [Read More...]

Cross-Shaped Leadership Review

John A. Berntsen. Cross-Shaped Leadership in the Rough and Tumble of Parish Practice. Herndon, VA: The Alban Institute, 2008. John Berntsen is a new author to me, but this book is a real find for those who are tired of hearing about “church” leadership from Collins, Dupree & Maxwell. With an MDiv. from Yale and [Read More...]

Last Session

A woman who was disabled, I think she has Cerebral Palsy, struggled to ask a question from the mic. She said she read “a crucified God” in 1975 and for the first time in her life, she actually owned her identity as the image of God and not something less than a full human being. [Read More...]

Moltmann part 2

These are just a few notes from yesterday: THE NATURE OF ATONEMENTChristology of solidarity: he suffers with us.He suffers for us – for us the guiltyThose two sides go together. That he suffers for us is the reconciling part. He was given up for our sins and raised up for our justification. One the one [Read More...]