I have been studying and teaching on the Enneagram for the past three and a half years. For me, it is a unique personality typing system. It’s also extremely fashionable these days, especially in the Christian church, I understand that—which can allow for it to be disparaged by some. Of course, there are many other personal and professional typing methods available—Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, StrengthsFinder, and DiSC profile, to name a few. Still, I’ve not yet found a tool as helpful in understanding not just the what or how of one’s personality, but also the why. It gets into the nitty-gritty of the motivation behind why we live and view life the way we do.
With this in mind, I was grateful to receive a review copy of A.J. Sherrill’s new work, The Enneagram for Spiritual Formation. Sherrill is formerly pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but has now moved into Enneagram and spiritual formation coaching. I am grateful to Brazos/Baker for a review copy.
I want to put a new work on your radar, from Resource Publications, an imprint of Wipf & Stock. It’s entitled Broken, Searching, Trusted, Powerful. I was able to review the book not too long ago and offer an endorsement. The book just released a few weeks back.
Here is a brief synopsis of the book:
At first glance, it may seem as though the Bible is populated with the stories of faithful men, courageous men, or nefarious men, men who were either enemies or friends of God. Mostly stories of men.
Added to the difficulty of seeing women in the pages of Scripture is the effort it takes to “hear” their voices and understand their stories. The Bible itself was written largely from the male perspective, concentrating on male heroes and villains. (Only the books of Ruth and Esther focus on a woman, and neither one is written from an explicitly female lens.) Women most often become supporting characters. Without thinking about it, we’ve accepted this point of view, and this unspoken role for women across time.
But a second glance reveals the stories of often-unnamed women as living faithfully and courageously for God (as well as some living powerfully and villainously against God). Regardless of whose point of view is reflected in Scripture’s stories, women as much as men have contributed to the great narrative of God and humanity.
May their grit and tenacity, their dignity and tragedy embolden you and me to live out our faith to the full. Continue reading
As part of my blogging rhythm each year, today here is the 11th annual posting my top reads of the year. Continue reading
I recently received a copy of a new work by Amanda Benckhuysen, Professor of Old Testament at Calvin Seminary. It’s entitled The Gospel According to Eve: A History of Women’s Interpretation.
I’m personally interested in such works due to my adamant support for women in leadership, both theologically and socially. This book specifically piques my interest due to its shedding historical light on the theological interpretation of Scripture regarding women’s roles.
These are some of the words from the IVP press release: Continue reading
This week I began reading Scot McKnight’s new work, Reading Romans Backwards: A Gospel of Peace in the Midst of Empire.
Why might this book be a helpful voice on studies in Romans? McKnight offers a different angle on the intent behind Paul’s most well-known, most taught and preached letter in all of the New Testament. As he notes in a recent interview:
“So we read the book of Romans as if it were an evangelistic tract to get people saved. No. The people to whom Paul is writing this letter are saved. He is not sketching how to get saved. He is sketching the foundation of reconciliation…” Continue reading