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

Communicating For Life

Communicating for LifeSpring semester is starting up at Visible Music College (though it is, by no means, spring weather waking up to 10F temperature!). We’re kicking off with what we call BLITZ classes – teaching a few general education courses over an intense, 2-week period in an effort to help students focus more on studies of their musical/production/business craft during the normal semester.

One of those BLITZ gen ed classes is Public Communication. It’s actually new on the table. I’ll be teaching it and the main text of the class is Quentin Schultze’s Communicating For Life: Christian Stewardship in Community and Media. Continue reading

Top Reads of 2013

booksAs I (and most other bloggers) do near the end of every year, here is a list of my top reads for 2013.

Actually, I’ve split the list into 2 groups of five books. The first 5 books are ones I completed this year. The second group consists of books I have not yet finished, but ones I am currently reading or have dipped into over the past months.

Where possible, I’ll leave links to my reviews so you can get a better glimpse of the books if desired. Continue reading