Category Archives: Books

Review of Ed Stetzer’s The Subversive Kingdom

Back in 2009, I read something by Eugene Peterson in his book, The Contemplative Pastor, that really changed my perspective on pastoring. He called for the pastor, and by extension, all Christians, to consider a subversive approach to their ministry as agents of God's Kingdom.  After explaining the frustration that he sometimes felt because his parishioners… Continue Reading

Steinbeck’s Rules for Writers and Creatives

I am back to studying the writing process and engaging in actually trying to be productive again in that area. Atlantic Monthly as an article out that lists Pulitzer Prize winning author John Steinbeck's 6 rules for writers: 1. Abandon the idea that you are ever going to finish. Lose track of the 400 pages… Continue Reading

Is Our Christianity Actually Christless?

I was rereading some of Michael Horton's Christless Christianity the other day and I ran across this passage where Horton talks about some of George Barna's research on the current state of the church and Christians and what they believe. It was interesting to me and the implications are pretty huge. I will reprint it… Continue Reading

Short, Incomplete Review of Rob Bell’s “Love Wins” – Do People Go To Hell?

I wanted to avoid this. Back in March, word hit that Michigan megachurch pastor, Rob Bell, was releasing a book about heaven, hell, and eternity. The blogosphere/twittersphere/facebook was filled with discussion, commentary, anger, personal assaults, snarky comments, and a good old-fashioned theological throwdown. I was actually in Guatemala with our church and read a little of it, but… Continue Reading

What Are Christians to Do to Help the Poor?

Our church is sending a team to Haiti next Spring and a lot of our youth are going. We have also been very active in India over the past few years and have also done a good deal in our own community to try and alleviate poverty and give aid to the poor. Jesus commands… Continue Reading