What Does it Mean to Live as a Follower of Jesus?

What does it mean to live as a follower of Jesus?  The profoundly simple yet incredibly challenging answer is found in this creative two minute video. So What? Director, animator and compositor Dan Stevers created this video for Journey Community Church to help publicize an upcoming event featuring Scot McKnight.  If you don't know anything about Scot McKnight beyond what you just watched, I encourage you take the time to learn more.  You can read his award winning blog, friend him on 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 One.Life

Scot McKnight.  One.Life: Jesus Calls, We Follow.  Zondervan, 2010.  ISBN: 9780310277668. Meet the Author Scot McKnight is professor of religious studies at Northpark University.  He is a leading authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus.  McKnight has written over 20 books including The Jesus Creed: Loving God, Loving Others (read how this book has influenced me), Fasting (read my review), The Real Mary: Why Evangelicals Can Embrace the Mother of Jesus Read More …

The Top 3 Books on Leadership

Slant33.com, a website designed to "help challenge, inspire and equip youth workers through thoughtful dialogue and varied expression from youth ministry’s leading thinkers and doers," recently asked three of its contributors to answer an important question about leadership: "What three books do you recommend on leadership development?" Danny Qwon, a youth minister for almost twenty years and a current Ph.D. student in organizational leadership, recommended one book designed with youth Read More …

Reading the Whole Bible

Who Reads the Bible? Considerable research has been done regarding Bible reading.  Most research focuses on the percentages of people who read it and how often they engage in that behavior.  In What Americans Really Believe, Rodney Stark reports that 28% of Americans (24% of women and 32% of men) read the Bible at least once a week (p.64). Very little research has been done regarding those who have read the entire Bible.  Earlier this week, New Testament scholar Scot McKnight wrote that he Read More …

I Quit! – Sermon for September 12

I Quit!  (Text: I Corinthians 1:10-17)  Let us pray. Holy One, you are still speaking God – enable us to be a still listening people.  May my words and the conversations they produce draw us closer to Jesus and to all who seek to follow him.  Amen. Church fights happen more often than we like to admit and can do more harm than a damage assessment report might suggest.  Arguments can begin with something as routine as choosing new carpet for the fellowship hall or as theological as what Read More …