October Book Recommendations

After years of writing hundreds of book reviews, I shifted to monthly book recommendation lists some time ago when my life responsibilities made the work of full length book reviews difficult.  In response to a more recent life shift, I present this month's list as the final edition in this format. (5+) Grounded: Finding God in the World-A Spiritual Revolution by Diana Butler Bass (HarperOne, 2015) (5.0) Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome: A Memoir of Humor and Healing by Reba Riley (Howard Read More …

Marginalization as Blessing

I cannot even begin to count the number of experts I have heard or read complain about the losses experienced by liberal/progressive (Mainline, Oldline, Sideline) Christianity over the last several decades.  I am thankful those voices are beginning to fade as new voices emerge suggesting what this new role means and how God can and is working in and through it. Amy Butler, senior minister of Riverside Church, recently stated that the continued trend toward marginalization "is one of the most Read More …

The Gospel in 7 Words

The September 5, 2012, edition of the Christian Century includes an article entitled "The Gospel in Seven Words."  A few of the many submissions follow: We are the church of infinite chances -- Mary Karr God through Jesus Christ, welcomes you anyhow -- Martin E. Marty We are who God says we are -- Nadia Bolz-Weber (p. 20-25) So What? Articulating one's faith or significant components of such briefly is challenging, but important work.  The contributor's to the article were given Read More …