Top 10 Books of 2015

Welcome to the sixth annual edition of my top books of the year. To qualify for the list, the book must be published in 2015, I must have read the book, and the content of the book resonated with and significantly enriched me and/or my understanding of the subject. Diana Butler Bass Grounded: Finding God in the World - A Spiritual Revolution Ron Clark Move Your Bus: An Extraordinary New Approach to Accelerating Success in Work and Life John Dominic Crossan How to Read More …

Back to Our Jesus-Roots

John Dominic Crossan is among those who have shaped and continue to shape my understanding of who Jesus was and why that matters for me as one who seeks to earnestly follow the Way of Jesus.  His two most recent books have each made my top books of the year in the year they were published: The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus (2012 Top Books List) and The Greatest Prayer Ever: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord’s Prayer (2010 Top Books List).  I Read More …

Top 10 Books of 2012

Over the course of the past year, I have reviewed nearly 50 books written in 2012.  Today, I share my top ten: Bass, Diana Butler Christianity After Religion: The End of the Church and the Birth of a New Spiritual Awakening Borg, Marcus J. Evolution of the Word: The New Testament in the Order the Books Were Written Crossan, John Dominic The Power of Parable: How Fiction by Jesus Became Fiction About Jesus Gyatso, Tenzin (the 14th Dalai Lama) Beyond Religion: Ethics for Read More …

Review of Living the Questions

Meet the Authors David M. Felten (pictured at right in a black shirt) and Jeff Procter-Murphy (pictured at right holding a tablet) are United Methodist pastors who serve theologically progressive congregations.  Together they created a video resource that brought together some of the "most provocative and authoritative voices" (p.xiii).  Known as Living the Questions, this resource seeks to "help people wrestle with the questions they hear asked in their congregations - questions for which Read More …

Review of the Power of Parable

Meet the Author John Dominic Crossan "is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world."  He has been a professor of religious studies at DePaul University since 1969 and currently serves that institution as professor emeritus. Over the last forty years Crossan has written over twenty-five books on the historical Jesus, earliest Christianity, and the historical Paul.  Some of his best-sellers include God and Empire: Jesus Against Rome, Then and Now; The Historical Read More …

Favorite Authors of Progressive Pastors

Earlier this summer, the United Church Observer posted an article revealing the most highly recommended theological or philosophical authors according to a select group of United Church of Canada clergy.  The top five: Marcus J. Borg is an American theologian and a prominent voice among contemporary Jesus scholars. He is the author of 19 books. Douglas John Hall is a United Church minister and emeritus professor of theology at McGill University in Montreal, where he served on the faculty Read More …

Reflections on 75 Recently Published Books

Over the last year and a half (roughly 75 weeks), I have posted my reflections on 75 recently published books.  I encourage you to browse the list as you think of your reading list for 2011.  Each title is linked to my review. Author Title Year Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Men and Women 2006 Allison, Jay and Gediman, Dan, eds. This I Believe II: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable American Read More …

Top 10 Books Published in 2010

There have been many insightful books published this year.  Today, I offer my list of the "Top 10 Books Published in 2010" Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Prophet, Spy – A Righteous Gentile Vs. The Third Reich Eric Metaxas Christians are Hate-Filled Hypocrites . . . and Other Lies You’ve Been Told: A Sociologist Shatters Myths From the Secular and Christian Media Bradley R. E. Wright God is Not One: The Eight Rival Religions That Run the World – and Why Their Differences Matter Read More …

Review of The Greatest Prayer

Crossan, John Dominic.  The Greatest Prayer Ever: Rediscovering the Revolutionary Message of the Lord's Prayer.  Harper One, 2010. ISBN: 97800618575670. Meet the Author According to Harper Collins, John Dominic Crossan "is generally regarded as the leading historical Jesus scholar in the world."  He has been a professor of religious studies at DePaul University since 1969 and currently serves that institution as professor emeritus. Over the last forty years Crossan has written twenty-five Read More …