Books

Review: Help Me Be: Praying in Poems

June 27, 2013

Help Me Be: Praying in Poems by Dale Fredrickson is a thoughtful collection of modern psalms. Fredrickson takes inspiration from Walter Brueggemann’s Praying the Psalms, dividing this collection into three parts: Orientation (Or, Life is Good), Disorientation (Or, Life is Not Good) and New Orientation (or Life is Good Again). The poems function as prayers […]

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Review: The Great Gatsby

May 12, 2013

The old adage when it comes to art is “show, don’t tell.” The idea is that, by demonstrating rather than dictating, the audience is drawn in as participants instead of being kept at a distance by heavy-handed explication. But this advice can be taken too far: you can tell and show too much, forcing rather […]

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Review: God’s Gay Agenda by Sandra Turnbull

May 10, 2013

God’s Gay Agenda by Sandra Turnbull is well-written, thoughtful and hopeful examination of, in the words of the subtitle, “Gays and Lesbians in the Bible, Church and Marriage.” Turnbull’s passion for not only full inclusion of LGBT individuals in the church, but also her view of the crucial role they have to play within the […]

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Review: Cross Examined by Bob Seidensticker

April 24, 2013

Cross Examined: An Unconventional Spiritual Journey by Bob Seidensticker is an easy book to sum up: it’s a novel about apologetics. Such an undertaking has intriguing possibilities, but unfortunately Seidensticker can’t quite pull off this combination. Apologetics is mostly about telling; good fiction is about showing — and in this novel the two make for […]

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Whither Have I Been?

March 26, 2013

I’ve been away from this little corner of the internet for a few weeks, and while it’s tempting to say something pious like “I gave up blogging for Lent,” the truth of the matter is that I’ve just been busy with other projects and what-not. So my apologies to you, dear faithful reader. But you […]

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Review: Journeys of Faith edited by Robert Plummer

January 21, 2013

Journeys of Faith is both an exciting and a frustrating book. Exciting, because it furthers robust ecumenical dialogue; frustrating, because it still only explored limited perspectives. The book is a series of personal essays that recount each author’s move from one particular stream of Christianity to another: Wilbur Ellsworth tells of his migration from Baptist […]

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Review: Evolution’s Purpose by Steve McIntosh

January 15, 2013

Evolution’s Purpose: An Integral Interpretation of the Scientific Story of Our Origins by Steve McIntosh is a heady brew of science and philosophy. This isn’t a quick-and-easy guide for practical spiritual growth. Rather, it’s a dense and thorough explication of an integrative understanding of evolution. For McIntosh, evolution is not a strictly scientific, materialistic subject; […]

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Review: The Enoch Factor by Steve McSwain

January 13, 2013

Steve McSwain’s book, The Enoch Factor, is about knowing and walking with God, not in the sense of gaining theological knowledge about God, but rather about knowing him in terms of true “intimacy and inspiration.” This isn’t the “personal relationship” of evangelicalism, it’s the spiritual experience of progressive Christian spirituality. It’s about discovering a connection […]

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Review: Rants to Revelations by Ogun R. Holder

January 12, 2013

Rants to Revelations: Unabashedly Honest Reflections on Life, Spirituality and the Meaning of God by Ogun Holder is true to its title. Holden’s book adds to the already crowded blog-to-book genre by collecting and expanding upon his online writing — exploring spiritual insights, struggles of faith, the trials of parenting and the challenges of relationships. […]

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Follow-Up: Can you be a Christian and still believe … ?

December 29, 2012

My post Can you be a Christian and still believe … ? caused quite a bit of furor on the interwebs, so I’d like to take a moment to offer a few explanatory notes as well as provide some resources for further exploration of these topics. First, the point of the post wasn’t to provide a […]

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