A Farewell to Mars

A Farwell to MarsOn Sunday, Brian Zahnd, lead pastor of Word of Life Church in St. Joseph, Missouri, released a new book entitled A Farewell to Mars: An Evangelical Pastor’s Journey Toward the Biblical Gospel of Peace.

Zahnd has traveled a path of change across various theological and ecclesiological areas. And one is detailed in this book, noted in the subtitle – moving from an adopting a view of the sword towards one of embracing the gospel of peace as seen in the cross.

The Amazon blurb is as follows: Continue reading

When the Eternal Can Be Met

Latta BookA new book hit the shelves just last month. That book is authored by friend and ministry colleague, Dr. Corey Latta, who is Vice President of Academics at Visible Music College. It’s entitled When the Eternal Can Be Met.

Corey is passionate about both theology and literature. Yet, in this work, he also pulls in discussions around philosopher Henri Bergson’s notion of time. The thrust of Latta’s thesis is that Bergson’s concept greatly influenced the literary works of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot and W.H. Auden. Hence the book’s subtitle: The Bergsonian Theology of Time in the Works of C.S. Lewis, T.S. Eliot, and W.H. Auden. Continue reading

Re-Reading a Book on Romans That Asks Us to Re-Read Romans

Nice title to an article, I suppose. But a couple of weeks ago, I picked up a book I had read a few years back. Well, I’m mainly re-reading the parts I had underlined, which totals a solid chunk of the book.

The book?

the-future-of-the-people-of-god-perrimanThe Future of the People of God: Reading Romans Before and After Western Christendom by British scholar, Andrew Perriman. When I first read the book, I posted a review, or walk-through, of the book’s content. You can read that here.

If you know and have engaged with the new perspective on Paul, you’ll know the challenges to much of typical evangelical theological talk concerning aspects like justification. However, what Perriman does is take the new Pauline perspective a step (or three) further. He’s like NT Wright or James Dunn on steroids. Continue reading

Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined – Review

Jesus Is Better Than You ImaginedOver the past few years, there has been a crop of up and coming authors that are serving as a voice for the younger evangelical church of America. I’ll let you, the reader, list your own that you prefer. However, one person whose name should be amongst that list is Jonathan Merritt, a faith and culture writer (see his blog) who has been recently named one of 30 leaders reshaping Christian leadership by Outreach Magazine.

Just a few weeks ago, his third release hit the shelves: Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined. I appreciated the review copy sent by FaithWords publishers. Thus, I share my brief review. Continue reading

Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined

Jesus Is Better Than You ImaginedJonathan Merritt is a faith and culture writer who has been recently named one of 30 leaders reshaping Christian leadership by Outreach Magazine. I was introduced to Merritt through his first book, Green Like God. It led me to get connected more to his Religion News Services blog, ultimately leading to some conversations via social media and email.

Merritt’s newest publication is Jesus Is Better Than You Imagined, set to release on April 1, 2014. I appreciate the pre-release copy made available by the publisher, FaithWords. I plan to have a review up by the first weekend of April, so check back soon.

For an introduction to the book, check out the trailer. Continue reading