C. S. Lewis on Education


Alister McGrath’s new book If I Had Lunch With C.S. Lewis walks the reader through imaginary sittings with Lewis where he would mentor his listeners through major life issues and questions. One of those life issues is hidden in plain sight. We’re so used to seeing Lewis as a Christian apologist and storyteller that we forget that [Read More...]

In Search of the Real Jesus: A Q&A with Garrett Glass


By Tom Holmes Most likely, the story of Jesus and his followers that Oak Park resident Garrett Glass tells in his newly published novel Jehoshua, Signs and Wonders, is not the one you heard in Sunday school. Start with the name. Jehoshua, writes Glass, was the name we now know as Jesus, pronounced Yo-SHEW-ah in [Read More...]

If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Asking the Big Questions


I’ll begin with a confession: I’ve never been able to “get into” C. S. Lewis. As a child, the Narnia stories never held the magic for me that they did for my friends, and as an adult, despite committing myself to The Space Trilogy, The Screwtape Letters, Mere Christianity, and The Great Divorce, I just [Read More...]

When Grace meets Maya: A Postmodern Tale

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By Ramesh Rao Indeed, it is rather rare to find a Christian minister married to a Hindu monk in this world, and it is also quite possible that they are the only such couple in the world, making the book Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk written [Read More...]

Sharing a Common Faith: Reflections on Saffron Cross and Interfaith Marriage

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My endorsement of Rev. Dana Trent’s wonderful new book, Saffron Cross, appears on the book’s back cover, so I’m not going to praise the book or encourage you to read it other than to say this is a great book and you should read it. Nor am I going to critique the book, because there [Read More...]

Evangelizing in a Virtual World: A Review of Mediating Faith


When I was writing my doctoral dissertation on the impact of the Internet on practices of evangelism, Lutheran pastor Clint Schnekloth’s Mediating Faith: Faith Formation in a Trans-Media Era is the book I always wished existed but never could find. The vast majority of texts on the relationship between Christians and technology treat technology as [Read More...]

Saffron Cross: An Interview with J. Dana Trent


This month at the Book Club, we’re featuring a new book by Baptist minister J. Dana Trent called Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk. We invited the Rev. Trent to reflect on some questions about the gifts and challenges of her interfaith marriage for us here. Tell us [Read More...]