Recently I began reading the newest release of Christopher Smith, Reading for the Common Good: How Books Help our Neighborhoods and Churches Flourish. Thanks to IVP for a review copy! Smith is also the co-author of Slow Church.
The book, and its somewhat unique thesis, flows from the practice of Smith’s own church in Indianapolis. What’s the main premise? Continue reading
At the end of 2015, a new book hit the shelves, one that touches on a very pertinent issue within western society today: same-sex relationships.
That book is Ed Shaw’s Same-Sex Attraction and the Church. Shaw is pastor of Emmanuel City Centre in Bristol, England.
His book is an important one because of 2 main reasons: Continue reading
There are many words that probably don’t roll off our lips with ease. One of those words is the R-word: repentance. Perhaps we put up a good front, chant it regularly, but despise it on the inside. That’s been me, at times.
Many might imagine the word repentance as a simple sorry. That’s not what it means.
Many might imagine the word involves self-flagellation. That’s not what it means either.
But it’s a real word. A necessary word. And, yes, even a hard word. Continue reading
In line with an annual tradition here at The Prodigal Thought, I’m listing my top reads from 2015. Due to the commitments of my doctoral studies and book, I was not able to provide my usual review of these. Nor was I able to dive into any fiction this year (until the holiday period).
The list comes in no particular order. Continue reading
For my own studies and writing, I picked up Erwin McManus’ newest book, The Artisan Soul: Crafting Your Life Into a Work of Art. I cracked it open yesterday, just to get a taste of what the book was saying. The first few pages definitely caught my attention. Continue reading