Reviving the Congregation: A Book Review


As has become popular among writers of contemporary Christian non-fiction, Pastor Michael W. Foss assumes the rapid degeneration of the American church as a starting point for his latest book, Reviving the Congregation: Pastoral Leadership in a Changing Context. While I have written in the past about why such an assumption often reflects a simplistic [Read More...]

The Sacred Year: A Book Review


I began reading The Sacred Year the way I begin reading most books: on the treadmill. So my first observations about Michael Yankoski’s new work were important ones: specifically, that it is heavy and thick. Meaning this would need to be a speed-walk read (in which I hold the book in my hand while walking) [Read More...]

Sobering Stats on Suicide


This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new resource for religious leaders on suicide preparedness called Preventing Suicide: A Guidebook for Pastors, Chaplains and Pastoral Counselors. Author Karen Mason is an associate professor of counseling and psychology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and a psychologist working in the mental health field since 1990. Suicide is [Read More...]

You’re Not Your Past or Your Pain: Lessons from the Book of Ruth


by Bethanie Ryan In her new book Colliding with Destiny, Sarah Jakes explores the book of Ruth to harvest for us what messages she might have for people today. Ruth has long been one of my favorite books of the Bible. As a feminist, I appreciate the fact it is led by two strong women. As [Read More...]

Undiluted: A Book Review

The central premise of “Former Fundie” blogger Benjamin Corey’s first book Undiluted: Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus is that the American church has profoundly corrupted the gospel and is in serious need of a wake-up call. Specifically, Corey has found that American Christians have lost track of what he believes to be the central [Read More...]

Ben Corey’s Undiluted: A Review


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...]

J.R. Briggs’ Fail: A Review


If one duty of the church is—as Proverbs 31 commands—to “speak on behalf of the voiceless,” J.R. Briggs’s Fail: Finding Hope and Grace in the Midst of Ministry Failure is truly doing a good work. The voiceless population he calls into the healing light of grace is pastors who have “failed,” those who—at least according [Read More...]