November 30, 2012

sacrilegei am a big fan of Hugh Halter’s work. the book he wrote with Matt Smay, The Tangible Kingdom, is one of my all-time favourites. now i have a new one to add to that list, SACRILEGE: FINDING LIFE IN THE UNORTHODOX WAYS OF JESUS. it’s a volume in the wonderful The Shapevine Missional Series.

this book is an adventure… an adventure to really discover and reflect upon what it means to be like Jesus.

it’s extremely well written. Halter is a fabulous storyteller. he cares about the Bible deeply. he’s concerned about discipleship, theology, people’s spiritual lives, and the Church.

SACRILEGE would make a great book for a small group or reading group. there are questions and short activities for reflection… “To Do,” “To Ask.”

it’s also a book for personal reflection and the pure joy of reading. Halter is an excellent communicator. his ideas and insights come through in the book wonderfully.

SACRILEGE is a great, great book. i highly recommend it.

“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.”


Practicing Theological Interpretation

November 30, 2012

theoauthor Joel B. Green’s book, Practicing Theological Interpretation: Engaging Biblical Texts for Faith and Formation, is an absaloute delight to read.

it’s rich in Biblical and theological insight. it’s well written and noted/documented. it has a wonderful Bibliography for further reading and study.

Green is professor of New Testament interpretation and associate dean of the Center for Advanced Theological Studies at Fuller Theological Seminary. he’s a great writer, too. he’s the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Theological Interpretation and has authored or edited several other books and works.

Practicing Theological Interpretation is not a long book. that in no way is a criticism; it’s a simple observation. it doesn’t want for quality, though. this book is a wonderful addition to anyone’s reading list or library who enjoys Biblical and theological literature.

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

The Conspirator

November 27, 2012

Glorious Ruin

November 27, 2012

Tullian Tchividjian is pastor of Coral Ridge Presbyterian Church, a visiting professor at Reformed Theological Seminary, and the author of Glorious Ruin: How Suffering Sets You Free.

the book is excellent. it’s insightful and grounded firmly in the Bible.

our natural instincts tell us to avoid suffering. the world tells us to avoid suffering. a lot of popular and shallow Christianity tells us to avoid suffering.

suffering cannot truly be avoided, though. it happens. it’s a part of life.

“This book,” writes Tchividjian, “started out as a series of sermons I preached through the book of Job following a very painful season of life… But this book is not the sermons…” (pg. 13).

Tchividjian is a storyteller; a wonderful theologian; and a great writer.

Glorious Ruin is great for personal reflection and could spark some interesting conversation in small group settings and/or reading groups.

“David C Cook has provided me with a copy of Glorious Ruin for review on my blog.”

Micah 5:2

November 27, 2012

“But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.”

Micah 5:2, New International Version

The Salvation Army Christmas Kettles

November 27, 2012

Hip-Hop Redemption

November 23, 2012

Hip-Hop Redemption: Finding God in the Rhythm and the Rhyme is by Ralph Basui Watkins.

Watkins is associate professor of evangelism and church growth at Columbia Theological Seminary.

Hip-Hop Redemption is great. it’s part history lesson of the musical genre. it’s part theology and spirituality. it’s part cultural engagement.

the central question for Watkins in his book is this: “…how is hip-hop redemptive? In this question, I am not trying to redeem hip-hop. Rather, I want to argue that there is something inherently redeeming within hip-hop culture. To this end, I am claiming that there is a power in hip-hop and that it has theological resources.” (from “introduction,” pg. xi).

the journey of the book takes the reader through hip-hop music and culture and some of the most sucecesful hip-hop artists of all time.

Hip-Hop Redemption is a great read for theological reflection and a must read for Christians who are fans of hip-hop music.

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