The Shack to Be Made Into a Film

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Recently the news came out that, The Shack, mega-selling book by author William Paul Young, is being made into a film. The release date looks to be projected for some time in 2016.

If you will remember, with the release of this book in 2008, it caused quite the split-decision amongst evangelicals. The response was comparable to Marmite (if you’re British you’ll understand that reference). People generally either hated it or loved it.

But the book has gone on to sell 10+ million copies. Continue reading

A Fellowship of Differents

a fellowship of differentsI recently received a copy of Scot McKnight’s newest release, A Fellowship of Differents: Showing the World God’s Design for Life Together. McKnight is one of the premier New Testament scholars of today, yet he also continues to release books that speak to a popular Christian audience. This new book falls in that latter category.

I sense a journeyed theme in McKnight’s 3 most recent major releases from the past few years. From King Jesus Gospel, which lays out a more biblically-rooted and apostolic understanding of the gospel, to Kingdom Conspiracy, which offers thoughts on the intricate connection between the kingdom and the church, and now on to A Fellowship of Differents in which McKnight presents his case for what the local church should consist of and be like – these books flow well together in the themes being addressed.

But what are the particulars of the new release? Continue reading

God in My Everything

God in My EverythingA few days ago I finished Ken Shigematsu’s, God in My Everything: How an Ancient Rhythm Helps Busy People Enjoy God. This was the first book to read for our cohort as we launched into the doctoral studies at Fuller Seminary. Rather than a book on the intricacies of research or mission or theology, or a combination of any of these, this provided for an smooth take-off into this 4-year program of study. The goal was for our group to consider particular rhythms to enact over our program of study.

The book is of a similar vein as such spiritual classics as Richard Foster’s, Celebration of Discipline, and Dallas Willard’s, The Spirit of the Disciplines. The book draws us in to develop what the subtitle makes clear: developing a rhythm in life, as the saints of old have done for centuries, in order to help busy people enjoy the presence of God. Continue reading

Change for the First Time, Again: My Book to Be Published

wipf & stockIn recent years, I’ve had a growing desire to write. I started this blog nearly 7 years ago as an avenue to write short articles centered around theological issues, though adding in thoughts on various other topics.

The ultimate goal was to one day write books, but not only write lengthier works, but to have them published. One is willing to self-publish, just as a musical artist might be willing to self-produce, publish and market. With social media avenues, the internet, and Amazon, that’s not a difficult feat.

However, this past week I received a surprise email. Wipf & Stock Publishers have offered me a publishing contract on a book proposal I had recently submitted to them. Continue reading

The Call for Westerners to Learn from the Majority World

theology in the context of world christianityI’m currently reading a book entitled, Theology in the Context of World Christianity: How the Global Church Is Influencing the Way We Think about and Discuss Theology. To some, it might sound bland. However, for me, it is a topic of utmost import within discussion of theology and church.

Why?

Well it starts in the reality that Christianity is now largest, and strongest, in the majority world (what some might call the “western world” or “developing world”). This is mainly due to the expansive efforts of Pentecostalism and the charismatic movement right across Latin America, Africa and Asia. This can be noted from such works as Global Pentecostalism: The New Face of Christian Social Engagement and The Century of the Holy Spirit: 100 Years of Pentecostal and Charismatic Renewal, 1901-2001. There are others as well, but suffice it to say that the Pentecostal, charismatic and neo-charismatic branches of the church have now reached epic proportions, totaling some 600 million Christians in the world today. Continue reading