Anyone interested in gaining a more vivid, authentic picture of Jesus and his environment—only within which his words and deeds are properly understood—should read the work of Amy-Jill Levine. In today's post, Nathan Brasfield review her most recent work, Short Stories by Jesus.
Becoming faithful stewards of power is God’s design for human flourishing, or so claims Andy Crouch in his latest book, Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power. In today's article, read Guy William's summary and review of this important work which thoughtfully engages a critical issue for the church today.
Brian Shelton realized that gaining clarity when it comes to predestination and free will is to be found not in the synthesis of these two doctrines, but in their separation. Read about his journey into exploring the biblical foundation for prevenient grace.
When Wesleyan ideas are put to the test, the theory makes for good logic and even better practice than Calvinism. Read Brian LePort's review of Calvin vs. Wesley, a recent book which generously compares these two compelling, and in some ways, competing traditions.
Books on Jesus abound—why the need for another one? Aren’t the four Gospels and subsequent letters of the New Testament sufficient for us to understand him? Well, not necessarily so, claims N. T. Wright in his book Simply Jesus. Andrew Dragos offers a summary and takeaways in this book review.
Rev. Rob Renfroe is best known to United Methodists as president and publisher of Good News magazine. In The Trouble with Truth, he argues that the witness of the church is tethered to its ability to live out an “equal measure” of grace and truth. Guy Williams reviews his latest book here.
Brian LePort offers a book review of "Building the Old Time Religion: Women Evangelists in the Progressive Era," a work for anyone interested in gender studies as well as the development of Christianity in the United States. This is truly a “history from below” telling the story of those that would be forgotten if society’s sexist inclinations were to be embraced.
In the past couple of decades, The Ten Commandments have represented a fault-line in modern American “culture wars.” So how might pastors and congregations engage these texts in hopes of bearing spiritual fruit rather than only focusing conversation on questions of religious faith in the public sphere? Ten: Words of Life for an Addicted, Compulsive, Cynical, Divided, and Worn-Out Culture by Sean Gladding takes up this concern.
Austin Fischer narrates this journey—into and out of Calvinism—in his newly published book Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed. Fischer’s journey will engage readers of all theological persuasions, but it is his theological arguments for leaving Calvinism woven throughout his narration that will force readers to set the book down after each chapter and ponder the questions, “Who is God?” and “How do I know?”
For many churches across the United States, the move from being a multigenerational church (comprising several generations) to an intergenerational church (several generations interacting with one another) is a pipe dream. For Holly Allen and Christine Ross, this shift is totally possible.