Category Archives: Books

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 7 – Crucified

“Do not pray for an easy life, pray for the strength to endure a difficult one” – Bruce Lee That pretty much sums up chapter 7. In this chapter of “Letters to the Church” Francis is normalizing suffering. He said he did a sermon series on suffering and talked about all the books of theContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 5 – Servants

Chapter five of Francis Chan’s “Letters to the Church” is on converting our idea of why we participate in church life from consumer to producer. It is a shift from passively consuming to actively participating in the mission. This is such an important shift for our churches. We need to raise expectations of people. ThisContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 3 – The Order

If church is something designed to glorify God in all the things we do together, it becomes something it was not intended to be once we make it about something it was never intended to be about. Chapter 3 in “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan is about God’s order for church, the congregatingContinue Reading

Review of “Letters to the Church” Chapter 2 – Sacred

We are now in chapter two of “Letters to the Church” by Francis Chan and I want to start with this quote and get your feedback, “The stories in scripture are meant to show us that there exists something of greater value than our existence and rights. There are things that belong to God. SacredContinue Reading

Book Review: “Letters to the Church” By Francis Chan (Chapter 1)

I have had a lot of people tell me that I need to read Francis Chan’s book, “Letters to the Church.” I began reading it a few weeks ago and am going to share some thoughts here. I also want to involve you in this conversation for any of you who want to read throughContinue Reading

Book Review: “A Different Kind of Poison – How Legalism Destroys Grace” by Kevin Pendergrass

This book is a journey from legalism to grace through the life of Kevin Pendergrass. I was unaware of Kevin’s story and his transformation until I read his book and I would like to make you aware of this resource. Kevin group up as many of us did – contending for the faith (which meantContinue Reading

Book Review: Jesus’ Economy by John Barry

John Barry was a chief editor at Logos/Faithlife Bible software. He ended his stint with Faithlife in order to work with the poor all over the world and create sustainable business models to help get people out of poverty. He started a non-profit called Jesus’ Economy and has now combined his ministry with his writingContinue Reading

Book Review – Paul: A Biography By N.T. Wright

430 pages of text. Less than ten citations of contemporary secondary sources. Roughly a dozen extra-biblical ancient source citations. Another dozen intertestamental/apocryphal citations. Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds of scripture citations. All of that to say Wright’s book, “Paul: A biography” is scholarly but not written in direct conversation with various theories of what isContinue Reading

“Poured Out” By Leonard Allen

I just reviewed Leonard Allen’s recent book on the Holy Spirit called, “Poured Out: The Spirit of God Empowering the Mission of God” over at Wineskins. This is a book that everyone in Churches of Christ and beyond needs to read. The review is thorough. See if it interests you – http://wineskins.org/2018/11/13/book-review-poured-out-by-leonard-allen/

Book Review: “Paul – An Apostle’s Journey” By Douglas A. Campbell

A few weeks ago a friend recommended I read Douglas Campbell’s work on Paul. Since that time I have worked my way through his book “Paul – An Apostle’s Journey” and want to share some insights on the book, Campbell’s views, and the positives and negatives of the book as a whole. The first thingContinue Reading

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