Naked and Unashamed (Review)

I've read a handful of Christian marriage books in the time that my wife and I have been married, and I find that generally marriage books tend to fall somewhere on a spectrum between practical and theoretical. The practical books give you a lot of specific advice on how to get along with another person, … Continue reading Naked and Unashamed (Review)

Christ and the Powers (Colossians 2:6–15)

About a month ago I preached a sermon on the concept of the principalities and powers, taking Colossians 2:6–15 as my text. When I'm given the opportunity to preach on whatever I want, I usually explore questions I have. The main question that led me to look at the principalities and powers is, "Why do … Continue reading Christ and the Powers (Colossians 2:6–15)

Strange Days (Review)

In my previous post, I reviewed Australian pastor and cultural critic Mark Sayers's book Disappearing Church. Just after finishing Disappearing Church, I read his next book, which came out in 2017: Strange Days: Life in the Spirit in a Time of Upheaval.  As I read the book, I kept thinking of conspiracy theories. Not that Sayers is a … Continue reading Strange Days (Review)

Disappearing Church (Review)

I had heard the name "Mark Sayers" here and there over the past few years, but I never really paid attention until Sayers, a pastor in Melbourne, Australia, got together with Portland pastor John Mark Comer and started recording a podcast, "This Cultural Moment." In brief episodes, Sayers and Comer explain culture through the lens … Continue reading Disappearing Church (Review)

Becoming Dallas Willard (Review)

The first Dallas Willard book I read was The Divine Conspiracy, which is a great title for a book. Saying there is a "divine conspiracy" afoot makes potential readers curious, like there is something about Christianity that this book will tell you even if you grew up in church. I was curious enough to pluck it off the … Continue reading Becoming Dallas Willard (Review)

All Together Different (Review)

Jesus desired that those in his church "may be one," but it is all too evident that this is often not the case. And it isn't just denominational differences; it's hard for individuals to get along in a single church. How do church leaders begin to address the problem of disunity? J. Brian Tucker and … Continue reading All Together Different (Review)

Ready Player One (Review)

I have a confession to make. Even though I review a lot of books on this blog, I don't make the time to review EVERY book I read. Especially fiction or audiobooks, which I often don't spend enough time with to develop reviewy thoughts. But a year ago I was looking for something fun to … Continue reading Ready Player One (Review)

The Pietist Option (Review)

There are an abundance of options that Christians have to help them cope with the Western world at this particular cultural moment. The "option" language all started with Rod Dreher's Benedict Option, which he wrote about in his columns at the American Conservative for years before he published a book by that name. Since then others have … Continue reading The Pietist Option (Review)

The Southern Steps and the Wailing Wall

This is the twenty-fifth and last post in a series of reflections on my trip to Israel last summer (to read them all, click here). June 28 AM After emerging from Hezekiah's Tunnel and taking vans back up toward the Temple Mount, our group made our way to the southwestern corner of the Temple Mount's retaining … Continue reading The Southern Steps and the Wailing Wall

Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam

This is the twenty-third post in a series of reflections on my trip to Israel in the summer of 2016. I’m almost done, I promise (to read them all, click here). June 28 AM Leaving the calm environs of Saint Anne’s, our group walked outside the east wall of the Old City through the Lions’ Gate. The day … Continue reading Hezekiah’s Tunnel and the Pool of Siloam