A Year of Biblical Womanhood – Review

A-year-of-biblical-womanhood-bookJust over a year ago, popular blogger and speaker, Rachel Held Evans, released her second book to date, A Year of Biblical Womanhood.  Here blog can be found at www.rachelheldevans.com.

I know I’m a little late to the game with both reading and reviewing the book. This was mainly due to the fact that I’m already well convinced that God’s kingdom rule functions from the perspective of mutuality between men and women (what most call egalitarianism). However, I did read many of the early book reviews and comments (from both “sides” of the fence), and I just recently found a good time to purchase the book, as it was available for $2.99 in the Kindle format a few weeks back.

Thus, I’ll share some reflections after reading the book. Continue reading

The Grace Outpouring – Book Review

41Cibnde4PLTucked away in southwest Wales, in the United Kingdom, there you’ll find a house of prayer and retreat centre known as Ffald-y-Brenin (pronounced Fal (as in pal) duh brennin). This centre is led by Roy and Daphne Godwin.

There is a unique book that tells the story of Ffald-y-Brenin, co-authored by Roy Godwin and Dave Roberts. That book is entitled The Grace Outpouring. It’s a unique story of how Roy and Daphne came to lead the centre, as well as sharing stirring and powerful encounters they and others have had with the Holy Spirit while at Ffald-y-Brenin. Continue reading

Mere Churchianity – A Review

mere_churchianity1-1Many connected to the blogosphere will know of the Internet Monk, Michael Spencer. His first and, to date, only published book is Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality. The unfortunate thing is that, right before Mere Churchianity was released in June 2010, Spencer passed away due to cancer. He never was able to hold a copy in his own hand.

Yet his legacy continues through his book and through the Internet Monk blogging community. Still, as I mentioned recently here on my blog, I am teaming with Michael Bell, from the Internet Monk community, to produce a second book from Michael Spencer. It involves a collection of about 1000 pages of Spencer’s work on the Gospel of Mark (his life-long project), editing this down and producing a kind of layman’s commentary on Mark.

Thus, I felt it important to engage with Spencer’s first book, Mere Churchianity. Continue reading

Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes (4) – Individualism & Collectivism

Misreading Scripture with Western EyesAfter a two-month hiatus, including a month of holiday in the U.S., it’s time to get back on track as I walk through Randolph Richards’ and Brandon O’Brien’s, Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes. The text is basically an introduction to the art of hermeneutics, or how to interpret Scripture.

Here’s a brief recap of my first 4 posts:

  • Preview of the book
  • Chapter 1 – Issues above the surface: mores (the fundamental moral values of a group that go without saying)
  • Chapter 2 – Issues above the surface: race & ethnicity
  • Chapter 3 – Issues above the surface: language

Knowing the first part of the book dealt with issues above the surface (using the illustration of an iceberg), the second part of the book, chs.4-6, shall involve aspects of understanding Scripture that go just below the surface.

The first aspect is one that is of great interest to me: individualism and collectivism. Continue reading

Misreading Scripture With Western Eyes (3)

Misreading Scripture with Western EyesIt’s been a few weeks since my last post, but I want to continue walking through Randolph Richards’ and Brandon O’Brien’s book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes. So far, I’ve posted these 3 articles:

  • Preview of the book
  • Chapter 1 – Mores (the fundamental moral values of a group that go without saying)
  • Chapter 2 – Race & Ethnicity

Now it’s time to move on to chapter 3, which looks at the subject of language. Continue reading