May 2015 Book Recommendations

This month my reading list included many volumes that challenged my thinking and expanded my knowledge. Shown below are my ratings for the new volumes (those published in 2015): (5+) Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis by Robert Putnam (Simon & Schuster) (5) How to Read the Bible by Harvey Cox (HarperOne) (4.5) The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade by Philip Jenkins (HarperOne) (4.5) Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving and Finding the Church  by Read More …

So Many Pastoral Stunts

David Gibson's recent Religion News Service article listed 12 stunts performed by pastors that received significant publicity, including  bishops pretending to be homeless, a week of congregational copulation (followed up with a bed in), living the bible as literally as possible (including Rachel Held Evans' A Year of Biblical Womanhood), eating foods that can be purchased on a "food stamp" budget, and losing weight for the Lord. So What? Each of these stunts was designed to Read More …

Review of A Year of Biblical Womanhood

Meet the Author Rachel Held Evans is a popular author and speaker.  After working for a few newspapers, she began writing on her own.  Her blog has won numerous awards and is consistently ranked among the most popular Christian blogs.  Held Evans has written two books: Evolving in Monkey Town (2010) and A Year of Biblical Womanhood (2012).  Her work has been featured on NPR, Slate, The BBC, The Washington Post, The Guardian(UK), The Times London, The Huffington Post, and Oprah.com, and she Read More …

Are You An In Between Christian?

In a recent blog post, Rachel Held Evans included a bit of self-disclosure that warrants consideration by all who seek to lead the church into the future.  After mentioning the recent article by Ross Douthat and response by Diana Butler Bass (something I have written about recently as well), she shares the disheartening reality that many with differing theological perspectives choose to attack the other's position rather than collaborate to craft a brighter future for the church. Notably, she Read More …