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)

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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

How to Interact with People Who Disagree with You (Review)

Like many (maybe most) people who use social media, I have a like/hate relationship with it ("love" would be too strong, but "hate" isn't). On the one hand, I find it useful for connecting in small ways to people I already know, and getting to know a few people I didn't know before (although I … Continue reading How to Interact with People Who Disagree with You (Review)

Pool of Bethesda and Saint Anne’s

This is the twenty-second 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 First thing in the morning on the last full day of our pilgrimage to Israel, we gathered outside our hotel and made … Continue reading Pool of Bethesda and Saint Anne’s

Shrine of the Book and Church of the Holy Sepulchre

This is the twenty-first 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 27 PM Once we got to Jerusalem, the hiking part of the trip was largely over. On this day, we had gone to the … Continue reading Shrine of the Book and Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Herodium and Self-Preservation

This is the twentieth 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 27 AM After being turned away at the Temple Mount and then visiting the Mount of Olives on the morning of our first full … Continue reading Herodium and Self-Preservation

How Do We Think about Privilege? (Review)

When The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege was published earlier this year, I wanted to read it and I didn't want to read it. I requested it from the publisher for review, because I knew it would be good, and then it sat there for most of the summer. Because as good … Continue reading How Do We Think about Privilege? (Review)