Title: Refuge Reimagined: Biblical Kinship in Global Politics Author: Mark R. Glanville, Luke Glanville Publisher: IVP Academic Publishing Date: February 16, 2021 Pages: 272 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0830853816 How far should the U.S. open its borders to the refugees streaming north from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras? Was Germany’s acceptance of more than one million refugees in 2015 warranted? What about the 700,000 …
Title: Opening to God: Lectio Divina and Life as Prayer Author: David G. Benner Publisher: IVP Books Publishing Date: September 3, 2010 Pages: 180 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-0830835508 How should Christians pray? That question is answered when Jesus gave his disciples the Lord’s prayer, an excellent example of how to pray. Christians model prayers after the Lord’s Prayer, including praise, thanks, …
Title: Klara and the Sun: A novel Author: Kazuo Ishiguro Publisher: Knopf Publishing Date: March 2, 2021 Pages: 320 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0593318171 What sets Kazuo Ishiguro’s literature apart from many other novelists—apart from the Nobel Prize that Ishiguro won in 2017—is the deep undercurrent of love and separation which moves through the narratives, in a way which refuses to …
Title: Becoming All Things: How Small Changes Lead To Lasting Connections Across Cultures Author: Michelle Reyes1 Publisher: Zondervan Publishing Date: April 27, 2021 Pages: 208 (Hardcover) ASIN: 0310108918 Most folks who have been around an evangelical church for any amount of time have heard a few verses often quoted: Jeremiah 29:11 (“…for I know the plans…”), John 3:16 (“…for …
Title: Pagans and Christians in the City: Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac Author: Steven D. Smith Publisher: Eerdmans Publishing Date: November 15, 2018 Pages: 408 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-0802876317 We live in rapidly changing and confusing times. Key ideas, concepts, and beliefs of what it means to be human and how we interact with each other in society that would not have …
Title: Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers Author: Dane Ortlund Publisher: Crossway Publishing Date: April 7, 2020 Pages: 224 (Hardcover) ISBN: 978-1433566134 When our consciences are truly pricked, we are repulsed by our sins. When we are in anguish, we often feel disconnected from others, including our God, and we naturally join the Psalmist, …
“Tov” is the Hebrew word for good. In ‘A Church Called Tov: Forming A Goodness Culture That Resists Abuses of Power and Promotes Healing’, authors Scot McKnight and Laura Barringer seek to lay out a vision for goodness culture within church congregations and in church leadership.
Last week, I attended the funeral of one of my wife’s sponsors. “Sponsor” is an entirely inappropriate identifier in this case.
Here in the center of 2021, we are emerging from—and continuing into—one of the most turbulent periods in American history.
Sometimes a joke can capture a cultural sentiment as well as any other social commentary, so I’ll begin my review of Robert Talisse’s “Overdoing Democracy” with one that demonstrates his thesis: How do you know if an unmasked adult is vaccinated or not? Just ask who they think won the last presidential election.
What are Christians to make of religious liberty? The free exercise of religion is one of the hallmarks of the American Constitution, enshrined alongside speech, assembly, petitioning the government, and freedom of the press, as a way of creating space for religion within American life—however checkered that history of equal protection might be.
It’s an interesting time in history to be reading Beth Allison Barr’s “The Making of Biblical Womanhood: How the Subjugation of Women Became Gospel Truth.”
Early in my teaching career, a mentor told me that he thought being a professor was much harder now than when he started, because he now spent several hours “doing email” each day.
Many of us remember the 90s and what has become known as “purity culture.” It was a time of promoting abstinence, purity rings, purity pledges, and purity balls.
I have learned that navigating doubt is always a matter of discernment. We must be quick to hear, slow to speak, and slow to shut down the conversation with premature pronouncements. We must learn to walk together with patience, love, and hope, trusting that there is something deeper than doubt.
God’s love, he says, is seen here, in this suffering of Christ, in this bleeding wound, a suffering which remains in the midst of violence but is not consumed by it. With this contradiction, Phil Klay opens his premiere novel Missionaries, a work about the ways in which war is exported and propagated, and ultimately transfigures the world.
According to this reading, Bavinck’s writings supposedly reveal the mind of a highly compartmentalized thinker whose reformed “Dr. Jekyll” is frequently overpowered by a modernist “Mr. Hyde” (depending on your worldview, you might wish to identify these personae the other way around).
If you’ve ever tried to kick an addiction, go on a diet, or engage in any other significant rewriting of who you are, my guess is that you can relate to Paul’s lament in Romans 7.
The central proposition of the book is that a recognition of the virtues that are shared and valued by both the scientific community and by religious communities can lead to mutual understanding and constructive dialog, even (or especially) where there may be areas of disagreement.
The book is aimed at educators, and in it, the authors tell the stories of why and how they went gradeless. While this might seem like an invitation for non-teacher readers to skip the rest of this article, I want to encourage you to skip the next paragraph, but to stick with me, because parents, mentors, and coaches play a significant role in shaping how students think about grades.
Poetry Unbound has been a delight to listen to. Engaging with the deep and wide variety of poems has been such a rich experience for me.
In Lydia Millet’s book, we enter into a stultifying scene, in which multiple families have taken their children away for the summer to vacation in an unnamed coastal town.
In their book, authors/editors Greg Goebel and Joshua Steele, provide a deeper and more vivid picture of what the season of Lent could be, and why observing it provides rich opportunities for spiritual growth in believers of all stages.
When is the last time you bought a collection of poems—not because you were required to buy it for a class, but because you wanted it?
The more I read, the more I realized that most formative authors were not the ones that simply restated the truth. They were the ones who mesmerized me with metaphors, who helped me carve out new connections—the ones who engaged my imagination.