A Lenten Call to Action

Lent is here. For many this is a season of increased emphasis on the religious life. Giving Up For most of my life, I participated in Mainline Protestant faith communities that asked participants to give something up for Lent. The list didn't change from year to year. It included food (chocolate and/or all sweets seemed to be a top choice), and drink (usually a word substitute for alcohol although soda was a viable option for children). In more recent years, the items on the list Read More …

Review of Not a Fan

Meet the Author Kyle Idleman is the teaching pastor at Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, KY, which is the fifth largest church in America.  After attending Ozark Christian College, he did an internship at Southeast Christian, planted Real Life Church in Southern California, and then returned to Southeast Christian in 2002.  Idleman is the author and presenter of the award winning video curriculum H2O: A Journey of Faith and The Easter Experience. His first book,  Not a Fan: Becoming a Read More …

Review of The Good and Beautiful God

James Bryan Smith.  The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love with the God Jesus Knows.  InterVarsity Press, 2009.  ISBN: 9780830835317. Meet the Author James Bryan Smith is an ordained United Methodist minister who specializes in spiritual formation.  He has been associated with Friends University for over twenty years and currently serves as the Director of the  APRENTIS Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation and as Assistant Professor of Religion.  Smith is a founding member of Read More …