Playing God & Power

James K.A. Smith has a fascinating review of Playing God by Andy Crouch over at Cardus. A snippet: In Playing God, Andy Crouch argues that our allergy to power is a sign that we haven’t read the Bible very closely. For at the beginning of the biblical narrative is the commissioning of humanity to exercise power. Our image-bearing responsibility, given to us in a good creation, is to “have dominion” over creation, to fill the earth by “subduing” it. Our mission as...

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A Call to Doubt and Faith: Christian Wiman on Remembering God

The poet Christian Wiman is giving voice to the hunger for faith — and the challenges of faith — for people living now. After a Texas upbringing soaked in a history of violence and a charismatic Christian culture, he was agnostic until he became actively religious again in his late 30s. Then he was diagnosed with a rare form of incurable blood cancer. He's bearing witness to something new happening in himself and in the world.

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The Real Mary by Scot McKnight

So to be fair, if you are interested in seeing how the life of Mary can be a fruitful area of discussion and study for protestants this is a good place to start. It brings out the story in interesting and challenging ways and outlines some problematic areas with respect and grace.

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Why be a Christian (If No One Goes to Hell)? by Daniel Meeter

Those of you not living in a cave, or to be fair not tuned into to either publishing or evangelicalism, are probably aware of the whole phenomenon surrounding Love Wins by Rob Bell. I never posted a review here because it was such a complex and constantly moving debate that I never managed to spend the time and focus I felt necessary to give it justice. Nevertheless, I read the book several times and even spoke at my church about it (you can read my initial take at Goodreads).  I also read...

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Why be a Christian (If No One Goes to Hell)? by Daniel Meeter

Those of you not living in a cave, or to be fair not tuned into to either publishing or evangelicalism, are probably aware of the whole phenomenon surrounding Love Wins by Rob Bell. I never posted a review here because it was such a complex and constantly moving debate that I never managed to spend the time and focus I felt necessary to give it justice. Nevertheless, I read the book several times and even spoke at my church about it (you can read my initial take at Goodreads).  I also read...

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The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon

As regular readers of this blog know, I am fascinated by fiction that has a religious or supernatural aspect; particularly creative or unconventional ones.  It is likely for this reason that MacAdam Cage sent me The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon (and good for them for sending me a book I am likely to read). Well, obviously the marketing did one thing successfully. It got me to read the book.  And I enjoyed it.  It was an intriguing story with some strong characters.  But in the end...

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The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon

As regular readers of this blog know, I am fascinated by fiction that has a religious or supernatural aspect; particularly creative or unconventional ones.  It is likely for this reason that MacAdam Cage sent me The Book of Neil by Frank Turner Hollon (and good for them for sending me a book I am likely to read). Well, obviously the marketing did one thing successfully. It got me to read the book.  And I enjoyed it.  It was an intriguing story with some strong characters.  But in the end...

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