Got Hope?

Hope Givers by Daisy Rain Martin is not a book you should read- unless you're a human being seeking to find meaning in life - unless you're seeking to scrap together some sense of a healthy perspective on the many travails and ups and downs of life - unless you follow Jesus in some rather unorthodox, non-conventional, humble, really down-to-earth, and utterly outrageous ways - unless you're the sort of person who finds that reading anecdotes and slices of other people's lives and seeing … [Read more...]

A “Sacred Fire” that Presents a Sacred Challenge — and Blessing.

I was really excited about the opportunity to read and review Ronald Rolheiser’s new book Sacred Fire: A Vision of a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity.I was… that is, until I started to read it. At a certain point I wasn't so sure if I truly wanted to keep going. You see while the title appealed to me, and while I fancied myself as someone who is a “deep human” and who is a relatively “mature Christian” – reading Rolheiser’s frank words made it clear to me that I have quite a ways to go. I … [Read more...]

Seeing Martin Luther King Again for the First Time

"Is another King book necessary?” This is the question that Edward Gilbreath asks in the Acknowledgments at the end of his book Birmingham Revolution. Let me weigh-in with a decisive “Yes.”This book’s contribution to the literature about Martin Luther King, Jr. meets a need in American Christianity and in America herself. This book reminds evangelicals (esp. white ones) that MLK was a true brother in Christ and it reminds secularists as well as liberal and progressive mainline Protestants of … [Read more...]

The Jew Named Jesus – a review

(image: http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2009/01/08/j460.jpg) Have you seen Jesus through Jewish eyes? I must say that I haven't - at least not as fully as I have after reading a new book called The Jew Named Jesus. I know a lot about Christianity. A budding voice in progressive Christianity, some consider me an expert. But my knowledge of my faith is colored by my color. I'm a white male Protestant Christian and though I consider myself relatively well read and … [Read more...]


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