On the Messiness of Life and the Mystery of God: A Review of Ken Wytsma’s “The Grand Paradox”

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Say the word “theology” and eyes can glaze over. A number of reasons for this come to mind. Sometimes our thinking on theology is sincerely misguided. Some believe that being Christian bypasses the mind, that thinking too much just provokes arguments and stifles simple faith. Some of us are lazy, shirking the mental work of [Read More...]

Figuring Out Life with a God Who Hides: A Review of Tony Kriz’s “Aloof”

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In our hiking adventures, my wife and I have seen a number of different animals in the wild – sometimes from uncomfortably short distances. One day we saw a cougar thirty feet or so away (from inside a car). Normally most of us would never spot one in the wild and you don’t really want [Read More...]

Called to the Life of the Mind: A Book Review

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Many will glance at the cover of Called to the Life of the Mind: Some Advice for Evangelical Scholars by Richard J. Mouw and think, “Not for me…” Maybe so, but some will change their mind if they give it a taste. First of all, Dr. Mouw writes for people currently in graduate school or [Read More...]

Jesus Loved Children, We Should Too: A Review of Their Name Is Today

Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club Their Name Is Today: Reclaiming Childhood in a Hostile World By Johann Christoph Arnold Jesus loved children. Mark 10:13-14 tells the story of Jesus chewing on the disciples because they would not allow mothers to bring their children to Him so He could lay their hands on them. [Read More...]

A Balm for the Anxious Soul: A Review of Amy Simpson’s “Anxious”

I served as a hospital chaplain many moons ago visiting all the patients with no church affiliation. One guy and I became pretty good friends since he’d been in for so long recovering from a hip replacement. On one particular visit, he told me that his ankle was what really was hurting him that day. He [Read More...]

Chuck Swindoll’s Abraham: A Book Review

Abraham. A major figure in three of the world’s major faiths, this quite ordinary man from the Early Bronze Age (circa 2000 BC) touches us (including many who don’t know him) in many unexpected ways. His life doesn’t stand as removed from us as we think. Many outside the West (or First World) live very [Read More...]

Ben Corey’s Undiluted: A Review

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We coin the phrase “paradigm shift” to describe a complete change of frame of reference, a complete restructuring of reality as we know it, a replacement of what we’ve always known with something unforeseen or utterly unknown. Often this can be subliminal, working change quietly, yet deeply, in the worlds both around and inside us. [Read More...]


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