Rejoicing in Christ (Book Blurbs)

With Thanksgiving only a day away, I thought today might be a good day to share Reeves’s book as a reminder of why and in whom we rejoice and give thanks. In Rejoicing in Christ, Reeves does a masterful job of putting Christ as the focal point of the gospel. The gospel is not that Jesus helps us get to heaven and then disappears, but that … Continue reading Rejoicing in Christ (Book Blurbs)

Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology (Book Blurbs)

This is one of the better books I have read in the Counterpoints series. Each of the four main contributors present their cases well and give substantive feedback and criticism to each other in their responses. Additionally, the inclusion of reflections by Strauss, Wolters, and Wright are an excellent addition to provide further reflection from various perspectives that are not “defending their own view”. The … Continue reading Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology (Book Blurbs)

Christians and Culture (Book Blurbs)

Below are brief recommendations for several excellent books on Christian engagement with culture and social issues of our day. Volf provides an excellent primer on Christianity and its role in the public arena. He lays out his argument for Christianity as a prophetic religion that works towards human flourishing while not being coercive. Along the way he critiques several flawed approaches in a helpful and … Continue reading Christians and Culture (Book Blurbs)

On the Shoulders of Hobbits (Book Blurbs)

Louis Markos is an excellent writer (perhaps an even better speaker if you get the chance to hear him) and has fantastic insight into both Tolkien and Lewis. The structure of the book is easy to follow and is centered around the four cardinal and three theological virtues. For each virtue, Markos demonstrates with examples from Tolkien and Lewis’s stories how each writer develops these … Continue reading On the Shoulders of Hobbits (Book Blurbs)

Eugene Peterson (Book Blurbs)

This is an insightful book on the goals and practice of reading Scripture. Using the vision of John’s revelation where he eats the scroll, Peterson argues that spiritual reading (lectio divina) must lead to not only reading but also living the text. Although some practices are less clearly outlined from a practical approach, Peterson’s overall framework and exhortation to practice spiritual reading are helpful and … Continue reading Eugene Peterson (Book Blurbs)

The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy (Book Blurbs)

After years of wanting to read the “and Philosophy” series I was not disappointed. Although some articles are less intriguing or convincing, the majority of the essays are thought-provoking, well-written, and genuinely insightful. Reading this book gives not only deeper insight into the brilliance of Rowling’s series, but it also provides a much needed refresher in philosophy and led to many occasions of thoughtful reflection … Continue reading The Ultimate Harry Potter and Philosophy (Book Blurbs)

Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson (Book Blurbs)

Keith Johnson’s Theology as Discipleship is a helpful work that explores the link between theology and everyday Christian life. Johnson recognizes that many Christians are opposed to the task of theology because it takes away time from discipleship, yet Johnson makes a strong case that theology done rightly is in fact integral to faithful discipleship. Johnson emphasizes the centrality of a God revealed in the … Continue reading Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson (Book Blurbs)