Category Archives: Books

Scot McKnight’s The Kingdom Conspiracy

In his latest book, The Kingdom Conspiracy, Scot McKnight cuts across the grain of both recent scholarship and contemporary ministry practice. Biblical and theological scholarship for some time now has insisted that kingdom and church are two different things, generally … Continue reading

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Ed Stetzer’s Subversive Kingdom

The best thing about Ed Stetzer’s Subversive Kingdom is that it’s true. First, it’s true that Jesus has inaugurated the kingdom and that the kingdom has not yet eradicated all the competitors. Second, it’s true that the best way for … Continue reading

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Gil Rendle – Journey in the Wilderness

We will be reading Gil Rendle’s book Journey in the Wilderness: New Life for Mainline Churches here in the North District next month. It is well worth reading for all of us in the United Methodist Church who desire to … Continue reading

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American Grace

Just finished another one of my Christmas books, American Grace by Robert Putnam and David Campbell. It is a sociological study of the current state of religion in America. Sociology of religion is not my field, but I try to … Continue reading

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Brief review of Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s Nomad

Ayaan Hirsi Ali tells many tales of her painful life growing up in and interacting with Islam in Arabian, African and European contexts. As one who has rejected Islam and belief in any god, she has become a full-fledged disciple … Continue reading

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Current Books

This has been a finishing week, book-wise. First up was Douglas Farrow‘s little A Nation of Bastards. Not being Canadian, many of the references were foreign to my experience. I do see plenty of rejection of marriage as a stable … Continue reading

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Books I’m reading now

Having a short attention span, I tend to read several books at once. The ones I’m engaging in right now include these: 1. James Davison Hunter, To Change the World. I’ve just started it, so I don’t have much to … Continue reading

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10 Books

Joining in the train that has been following Tyler Cowen, here are ten books that have shaped me to make me what I am today. The Bible – While I first encountered the Bible as a young child, only in … Continue reading

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Wright on Justification – 6

Some notes on N.T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009. Chapter 5 – Galatians Like other authors, Paul cannot ever say everything that needs to be said all at once. Justification in Galatians means … Continue reading

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Wright on Justification – 3

Notes on N.T. Wright, Justification: God’s Plan & Paul’s Vision, Downers Grove, IL: IVP, 2009 Chapter 2 Wright lays out the basic rules he works from: Let the various writings interpret each other. He sees the battles over the authenticity … Continue reading

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