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August 2009: Books Read

1. Rich Christians in an Age of Hunger: Moving From Affluence to Generosity by Ronald J. Sider. This book came out in 1977, and is regarded by many as a “classic.” The version I read was the fifth edition, updated in (I think) 2004. The book comes in four parts: the first part depicts the […]

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Church Culture Theology

Truth Project 8: Unio Mystica (Am I Alone?)

In the eighth tour of the Truth Project, Del (the presenter) looks at the mystical union between God and humans. He begins by talking about mysteries, saying how much he loved Hardy Boys books when he was a kid, and referring to Ephesians 5:31-32, which says that the mystery of marriage “is profound, and I […]

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Bible Church Theology

Truth Project 4: Theology (Who is God?)

In this fourth Truth Project tour, Del shares that this is his favorite, and that he wishes he could do it first. The reason for doing it fourth is that in our culture, we need to take care of other things first. The only way that we can begin to answer the question, “Who is […]

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Theology

Archiving Bonhoeffer

I read this brief but interesting article on FaithWorld today, about how the German government wants to put archived materials relating to theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer online: Germany is launching an appeal to save thousands of valuable letters and manuscripts which had belonged to Protestant theologian and Nazi resistance fighter Dietrich Bonhoeffer by digitalising them. The […]

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Theology

1509-2009

John Calvin, the famous French theologian and Genevan reformer, was born on July 10, 1509, which makes 2009 the 500th anniversary of his birth year. Princeton Seminary is celebrating this anniversary by, among other things, encouraging people to read his monumental work The Institutes of the Christian Religion throughout this year. I’ve only read sections […]

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Bible Education Politics Theology

Laing Lectures 2008: Walter Brueggemann (1 of 3)

Old Testament scholar Walter Brueggemann came to Regent College to give the Laing Lectures on October 8 and 9. I graduated from Regent in the spring, but currently I don’t live too far away, so I decided to hoof it up to Vancouver to see friends and listen to some good lectures. The lecture series […]

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Book Reviews Books Theology

Book Review: The Yiddish Policeman’s Union

Last week I finished reading a novel by Michael Chabon called The Yiddish Policeman’s Union. I’d never read anything by him before, but I remember my old roommate Neal recommending his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay when I lived in Hungary. I first was drawn to this book last year […]

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Books Ethics Theology

Reinhold Niebuhr. Again.

When I started this blog back in September, I didn’t think that I would write two posts on Reinhold Niebuhr in the first five months. I have never even read an entire book by him (though I have read articles). And yet, here is number two (Here is number one): Over the break, one of […]

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Theology

Bad Theology is Bad for Your Health

“Man Sees ‘Mark of the Beast’; Cuts off, Microwaves Hand” This might be funny if it weren’t so sad.  (I should note that there wasn’t just bad theology involved; probably mental health was a big factor)

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Church Theology

Christian Science Monitor on Pentecostalism

The Christian Science Monitor published a three-part series on Pentecostalism in Central and South America earlier this month. I read the first in the series, on “Health and Wealth” theology in Guatemala. Unsurprisingly, it causes the same controversy there that it causes in the United States. Some criticize Health and Wealth churches for being manipulative […]