May 2009: Books Read

1. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. I had never heard of John Irving until I lived in Eastern Europe and saw his books in all the English language bookstores I visited. His overseas publishers are apparently amazing. I picked this particular one up just before my trip to Boston, because i thought … Continue reading May 2009: Books Read

April 2009: Books Read

1. Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs by Ken Jennings. Lately I've had a greater than average interest in the game show Jeopardy! - largely because I took an online contestant test back in January. So just in case, by some miracle, I end up getting on the show, I … Continue reading April 2009: Books Read

March 2009: Books Read

Once again, it's the list that proves to you that I'm really doing something when I'm sitting around. 1. Total Truth: Liberating Christianity From Its Cultural Captivity by Nancy Pearcey. I've heard about this book over the past few years, and since my church is going through the Truth Project (a DVD curriculum that trains … Continue reading March 2009: Books Read

February 2009: Books Read

1. A Primer on Postmodernism by Stanley Grenz. This book was published 13 years ago, but it is still exactly what is needed to get people (especially Christians) up to speed on the philosophical developments that have been taking place in our culture over the last half century or so. For some in the church, … Continue reading February 2009: Books Read

January 2009: Books Read

1. Between Two Worlds: The Art of Preaching in the Twentieth Century by John Stott. This book has been re-issued recently with the more up-to-date subtitle "The Challenge of Preaching Today," but the version I read was the older one. I've long admired John Stott, and when I read this book, I found that he … Continue reading January 2009: Books Read

December 2008: Books Read

1. Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile, by Rob Bell and Don Golden. Reviewed earlier here. 2. The American Church in Crisis: Groundbreaking Research Based On a National Database of over 200,000 Churches by David T. Olson. My pastor lent me this book, and I found it to be … Continue reading December 2008: Books Read

Book Review: Jesus Wants to Save Christians

Jesus Wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile by Rob Bell and Don Golden. This is the third book published by Rob Bell, the first one with a co-author (Golden was lead pastor of Bell's church, Mars Hill, 2005-2008), and the second one I have read. In it, Bell and Golden … Continue reading Book Review: Jesus Wants to Save Christians

November 2008: Books Read

There were not a lot of books that I finished in November, but this was not for lack of reading. A lot of the reading that I did this past month was in preparation for the sermon that I gave yesterday, and so much of the reading I did was in commentaries and such. I … Continue reading November 2008: Books Read

October 2008: Books Read

1. Craig Allert, A High View of Scripture? I had heard good things about this book (after all, one of the blurbs on the back is from a professor at Regent, Hans Boersma), and I saw it on sale in a seminary bookstore, so I picked it up. Allert, who teaches at Trinity Western University … Continue reading October 2008: Books Read

September 2008: Books Read

I'm a little behind again this month, but here they are: the books I read in September. 1. Elaine Pagels, The Gnostic Gospels. This book, published in 1979, has been discussed rather a lot for its argument about early Christianity, and so when I saw it being given away by a retiring pastor, I grabbed … Continue reading September 2008: Books Read