Jewish-Christian Difference and Modern Jewish Identity

In his new book on Jewish identity, Shalom Goldman shows us that it’s not easy to become Jewish, even harder to try to leave, and, maybe most difficult of all, to remain Jewish in the face of changing beliefs. [Read more…]

Us Versus Us: A Q&A with Author Andrew Marin

“I’m more concerned with working towards dialogue that actually promotes a shift in social engagement and relations than standing on one side yelling at the other to change. And if that means I am at times criticized on the internet by fundamentalist progressives the same as fundamentalist conservatives, so be it. There are a lot worse things that can happen [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…]

“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…]

The Power of the Cross: A Review

One might wonder why an established old school publisher like Moody Press would put out a book into a “felt need” market entitled The Power of the Cross: Putting It to Work in Your Life. The main reason (with which I find myself in agreement) lies in the fact that many who profess to believe [Read More…]

Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy Lives: A Q&A Daniel Fusco

This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re talking about the new book from NavPress, Honestly: Getting Real About Jesus and Our Messy Lives. The book’s author, Daniel Fusco, is lead pastor of the megachurch Crossroads Community Church in Vancouver, WA, and a three-time church planter, author, evangelist, and jazz musician. In this exclusive video interview with [Read More…]


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