Surprised by Scripture – Review

Surprised by ScriptureJust this month, New Testament scholar, N.T. Wright, released his newest book to date: Surprised by Scripture. Wright continues to make more of his work available to a popular Christian audience, as opposed to his more weighty and academic works, such as his Christian Origins and the Question of God, currently a 4-volume and 3700+ page set (with 2 more volumes to be released at some point).

First off, I want to offer a special thank you to Renee Senogles, Publicity Manager at HarperOne. She was kind to send a review copy a couple of months back. I always appreciate kind publishers willing to make copies available for free in exchange for reviewing them on one’s blog. Thanks, Renee! Continue reading

Slow Church: How to Practice It

slow-church-bookI recently received a review copy of Chris Smith and John Pattison’s new book, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. Much appreciation to the kind folk at IVP, such as Adrianna Wright!

I looked forward with great anticipation to the release of this book following both my reading of the Slow Church blog and Chris Smith’s initial e-book release, The Virtue of Dialogue: Conversation as a Hopeful Practice of Church Communities (I reviewed the book here).

I appreciate what Smith and Pattison are looking to communicate about a necessary foundation for the church – not because it’s something so greatly counter-cultural to “the world,” though it is. Rather because it is counter-cultural to the church of the west. I simply love the subtitle: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus. We cannot microwave relationships, community nor discipleship. Well, we can try. But we all know what that will look like.

In a recent blog post, Pattison offers 10 practical ways of how to begin cultivating “slow church.” Read them below, but also check out the book! Continue reading

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