Top Posts of 2015 (Jan-Jun)

In a few days the second half of the year will begin.  The most popular posts here on So What Faith so far this year (based on total number of views of posts published in 2015) are Effective Leaders Ask for Feedback, World Religions in 2050, Toward Church Renewal, From Mainline to Sideline to Oldline, and Top 10 Faith Enriching Books. Statistical Curiosities The list includes two posts from January, two from February, and one from April.   Each post was tagged with a primary Read More …

My 2014 Resolutions

I rarely participate in the annual ritual of crafting resolutions for the coming year.  I did commit to one in 2012.  This time, for 2014, I have settled upon three: Participate in worship in at least 10 different communities of faith Write at least 200 blog posts and be more actively engaged on Twitter Read at least 100 books and write reviews for at least 50 So What? New years bring new possibilities.  While I expect a fair degree of the unexpected in the months ahead, I also Read More …

175+ Book Reviews

While this blog has undergone several significant changes since I launched it in 2009, book reviews have remained a vital component throughout its history.  I have posted over 175 reviews of books published between 2007-2012.  You can access these in several ways: Choose "Book Reviews" from the category menu to browse the reviews in reverse chronological order of their post dates Use the site search (top right on any page) to locate a specific author, title or subject Download an Excel Read More …

Book Reviews – Helpful or ?

I have now posted well over 125 book reviews on this site.  This diverse list focuses on books published in recent years that have been helpful to me on my journey of faith.  Many of the books I have reviewed are "religious," but others have no overtly religious or spiritual content. I find that the discipline of writing the reviews to fit my normal format (meet the author, book basics, and so what) forces me to capture the basics of who wrote, what they said, and why it matters.  And, I Read More …

The Story of So What Faith

Sowhatfaith.com launched in June 2009 as a means of sharing my thoughts with those beyond my parish.  From the beginning, the blog has focused on contemporary issues and reviews of recently published books by providing a blend of information and questions.  Written some time ago, the following words about the purpose of this website remain on the contact/about page: Individually and as faith communities, true growth is often the result of struggling with the so what questions of faith.  This Read More …