September 28, 2012


Jesus: A Theography

September 12, 2012

Jesus: A Theography is the new book from Leonard Sweet and Frank Viola. Sweet and Viola are the Starsky and Hutch of theological literature. when they write a book together, or on their own for that matter, it’s a must read.

books written about Jesus usually do one of two things: 1. investigate the historical Jesus/ignore Scripture, or 2. focus on Scripture and give little attention to the historical piece. Jesus: A Theography does both. it’s a Biblically based, theological biography.

this book gets at the big picture, the grand narrative, of Scripture. Jesus’ story doesn’t simply begin at Christmas. Jesus’ story is told from Genesis to Revelation; and Sweet and Viola tell and comment on this story beautifully.

“The Scriptures point to me!” Jesus says in John 5. this book is formed by and built around this idea… that the Scriptures, not just the New Testament, points to Jesus and tells Jesus’ story.

Jesus is a new classic for the Church. it’s well written, insightful, and a delight to read. it would make for great reading/conversation for small groups or in conjunction with Bible study. going through it as a sermon series with the Biblical texts would be interesting. it’s also a marvelous book for reading and reflection.

Jesus: A Theography is a must read for those who care about Jesus.

*Full Disclosure: I received this book for free from Thomas Nelson through “Book Sneeze.” They give free books to bloggers for honest reviews.*

The Rescuers Down Under

September 12, 2012

i love this movie.

i remember loving it when i was a kid, and now i’m watching it with my kids.

scary… it was released in 1990. that’s 22 years ago. i was 7.

wow… i’m getting old.

NFL Kickoff 2012

September 5, 2012

the NFL regular season kicks off tonight. twelve hours from now it’ll be about halftime of the first game of the year. i’m pretty excited. the NFL is the league/sport i follow/pay attention to the most. does that make me a bad Canadian?

here’s a few thoughts heading into the season, and my Super Bowl pick…

the Colts – Andrew Luck looks great, but so did Manning as a rookie and they still lost over ten games. it’ll be a struggle for Colts fans.

the Jets – is this a sinking ship? i hope not. i like Rex Ryan. i like Tebow. i like Sanchez. i like this team. it might get worse, though.

the Lions – restore the roar! i really hope the Madden curse does not hit this year.

the Saints – how will they respond to all the drama?

da Bears – i hope they do well. the NFL is always better when the Bears matter.

the Texans – a lot of people expect good things from the Texans; they’re even a sexy Super Bowl pick. i don’t see it. i think they’ll win the AFC South because it’s a weak division. they’ll lose in the playoffs.

the Cowboys – Zzzz.

the REFS – the NFL has got to get these guys back. it’s embarassing. these replacement refs have got to go. i think it’s simply over a couple million dollars now. show them the money. this is the best game in the world, we need the best refs in the world officiating.

Super Bowl pick – Steelers over 49ers.

“you play to win the game.”

Emergence Christianity

September 4, 2012

Emergence Christianity: What It Is, Where It Is Going, and Why It Matters is the new book from Phyllis Tickle. it’s a great read from a wonderful writer/historian of the Christian faith.

this book is part Church history; part theology; part reporting on current trends and movements in the Church.

Emergence Christianity may be looked at in the future as the first, or at least one of the best, texts documenting emerging/emergent/emergence movements among the Body of Christ.

i loved it. i couldn’t put it down. there’s a great annotated bibliography and a photographic report as well.

Emergence Christianity is an important book for the Church. regardless of how you feel about the emerging/emergent/emergence movement and new developments of church in the world, you should read this book.

“The old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, NIV)

“Book has been provided courtesy of BakerBooks and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

Are you ready for some football?

September 4, 2012