Becoming a Recovery-Friendly Church: A Q&A with Jonathan Benz

“The truth is people are already suffering from addiction in our pews. The issue is whether we will move out of our denial and respond with grace, healing, and unconditional love.” — Jonathan Benz, author, ordained minister, and certified addictions professional This month in the Patheos Book Club, we’re featuring The Recovery-Minded Church, a timely and [Read More…]

The Vulnerable Pastor: A Q&A with Mandy Smith

“When so many are disillusioned by a manipulative or dogmatic church, how refreshing will it be to find the church lead by those who know how to listen and don’t need to control? When women lead in these ways, it not only encourages women, it also frees men to lead in new, whole ways. I’ve [Read More…]

What’s The Cause Church? A Q&A with jKonrad Hölé

“Church is detrimental to the individual cause, because too much of current day church postures itself as the cause. A destination place mentality. People know the pew they fit, more than the cause they fit.” — jKonrad Hölé, author, The Cause Church Q&A with jKonrad Hölé Author, The Cause Church Now Featured at the Patheos Book Club What’s [Read More…]

Questions for the 21st Century Church: A Q&A with Jeb Gaither

This month at the Patheos Book Club, we’re talking about the new book, Questions for the 21st Century Church and Ministry Leaders of North America by Jeb Gaither.  Here, the author talks about his book and what he hopes readers will take away from it. What inspired you to write Questions for the 21st Century Church and Ministry [Read More…]

Called: A Book Review

I began reading Mark Labberton’s Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today the same morning that I met a new mom friend from my twins’ Gymboree class for coffee. Their family had recently moved back to America from Asia, where her husband had been involved in an anti-trafficking ministry, and she had taught [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…]

How The West Really Lost God: A Review

About halfway through grad school course work, I had a professor who asked each student in our class what we wanted to do with our lives once we’d earned our Ph.D.’s. His enthusiasm and encouragement for the future professors, administrators, community activists, and citizen-scholars in the group was ebullient. When I said I wanted to [Read More…]


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