Category: 52 Books

No. 5: Simply Christian 0

No. 5: Simply Christian

A couple of years ago at Garnett Wade did a series about heaven, using N.T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope. At the time Wright was getting blasted by my then favorite theologian, Mark Driscoll, for the New Perspective on Paul and his view of justification. As a result I was instantly...

Almost Book 5 (I gave it my best shot) 1

Almost Book 5 (I gave it my best shot)

Late last year, Douglas Estes, New Testament professor at Western Seminary, posted at a few well-known blogs some thoughts from his upcoming book about virtual or online churches—SimChurch. His arguments there weren’t well developed or supported, but he attributed that to the blog format, which is a plausible defense. At...

No. 4: And I will Praise Him 1

No. 4: And I will Praise Him

The primary goal of this book, by Dallas Theological Seminary professor Ronald Allen, is to open up the Psalms as a guide to worship. The preface opens with a list of focuses that evangelical churches have pursued over the years: evangelism, bible teaching, compassion. We “merely assumed worship would happen,”...

No. 3: Knowing God 3

No. 3: Knowing God

J.I. Packer is a theological giant in Reformed circles. Because I’ve only just become aware of reformed theology over the last three years or so, through the preaching of Mark Driscoll and Matt Chandler, I hadn’t read any of his work. Last weekend I read Knowing God, and I wish...

No. 2: The Lightning Thief 0

No. 2: The Lightning Thief

I’ve loved Greek mythology since I first read the stories of Icarus and Narcissus. At some point in childhood I’d memorized the pantheon, the associated Roman names, and the slight differences between the Greek and Roman versions. Even Kevin Sorbo couldn’t ruin these stories for me. So when my brother-in-law...

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative? 0

No. 1: What Color is a Conservative?

I found it ironic that on the same day that political leaders are dealing with the insightful idiocy that was Harry Reid’s “Negro dialect” comments recorded in Mark Halperin’s new book Game Change,I finished reading the memoir of a dark-skinned black Republican who grew up with bellbottoms and an afro;...