Learning About the Christian Faith: The Bible Is My Best Friend

By Jake Raabe Children’s Bibles are a difficult sub-genre for publishers to work with. The nature of religious beliefs- or any beliefs about the way the world works, for that matter- are such that parents will invariably impart them on their children from a young age, whether through example or direct conversation about them. And [Read More…]

Surface Tensions: A Q&A with Millennial Author Nathan Roberts

“‘Surface Tensions’ refers to the tension between inside and outside, isolation and interaction, solipsism and interpersonal unity. It refers to tension between the hollow, image-driven selves we attempt to create and the selves we humbly lay before each other’s feet––and how these tensions manifest themselves by way of the many modern surfaces (cell phones, movie screens, [Read More…]

God Unbound: Wisdom for the Church in Anxious Times

My relationship with the books of the Bible is the same as it is with food: I like some portions more than others. I know it’s all scripture, all inspired. I get it. But over the course of 45 years or so of Christian living, some books just haven’t rung my bell at times. The book of Acts was the [Read More…]

The Pursuing God: A Video Q&A with Joshua Ryan Butler

His first book was called The Skeletons In God’s Closet: The Mercy of Hell, The Surprise of Judgment, the Hope of Holy War. The Rev. Joshua Ryan Butler is one who clearly likes to wrestle with the tough questions of the faith and come out the other side with a new paradigm for seeing and [Read More…]

Called To Community: A Review

Book publishers spend a lot of time and energy on subtitles. Sometimes titles don’t quite get it as far as letting prospective readers know what they’re getting inside the pages. So it is with Called to Community: The Life Jesus Wants for His People. It’s that word “community.” We have a hard time coming up with a word that [Read More…]

Tasting God: A Q&A with Ginny Kubitz Moyer

“Take a moment to run through the five senses: Where did you see God today? What have you heard that reveals God’s goodness? What did you smell that brought you joy? How, today, has touch brought you comfort? What have you tasted that has reminded you of God’s abundance? You can do this anytime and anywhere. Even on [Read More…]

“Honestly”: Riffing on Messy Lives, Jesus, and Jazz

Attitudes, especially bad ones, pop up at the most interesting moments. At a church we served, a woman frequently attend who was a nurse. We got along fine – except when I made any mention of anything medical in my sermons. She didn’t just frown or shake her head. She honked a brick out her left [Read More…]