Slaying Giants, Again and Again

Confession time here – I came to Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants set to dislike it. As I unpacked it, I thought, “Fine. Another book on how I’m supposed to solve my life by a formula devised by some ‘personal trainer’ who smears their face with tofu and is the expert on this kind of stuff. [Read More…]

Conquering Our Giants: A Q&A with the Authors of Five Stones

“My name is Shane Stanford, and I am a giant killer.” So begins the first chapter of a new book by United Methodist Minister Stanford, and his friend and former CEO of Saks Inc. R. Brad Martin. In Five Stones: Conquering Your Giants, Stanford and Martin engage the well-known biblical story of David and Goliath, along with their [Read More…]

Finding Freedom On Our Family Vacation

By Mark Scandrette Author, Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most Lisa and I and our daughter are all of average height, but my sons, who are 6’3” and 6’7”, make me feel like a little man. We look like clowns piling out of a clown car as the five of us emerge [Read More…]

Appreciate Your Assets of Abundance: An Excerpt from “Free”

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring a new book on faith and money called Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most, by Mark Scandrette. The following is an exercise excerpted from the book.  Appreciate Your Assets of Abundance Life can seem scarce rather than abundant when we hurry or forget [Read More…]

Living Free: A Q&A with Author Mark Scandrette

In his foreword to the new book Free: Spending Your Time and Money on What Matters Most by Mark Scandrette, Richard Rohr reminds us that Jesus makes the point in the Sermon on the Mount that “where your treasure is, there your heart will be” (Matthew 6:21). Or said another way, to find out what someone’s [Read More…]

A Christian Case for Nonviolence: A Q&A with Author Preston Sprinkle

If I can be so bold, I think that many (not all) who advocate for a violent response to evil, or who believe that America’s military can solve the world’s problems or keep evil at bay, have been more shaped by our American militaristic culture than the Bible. [Read more…]

Finding God in the Bible: A Q&A with Author Darren Wilson

I just love the patience that God has and the characters he chooses to hang out with. It gives me hope. If He’s willing to call these guys his friends, then doggone it, I think I got a chance. [Read more…]