If you've been disillusioned by church and Christians, I've got two books that might help you. First, Jay Bakker's Fall to Grace: A Revolution of God, Self and Society. Bakker is the son of famous television evangelist James Bakker, whose large ministry fell into ruins after a scandal in the 1980s. Bakker begins this book … Continue reading Bakker and Bolz-Weber (Book Reviews)
This past Thursday at CSF we continued our discussion of the spiritual disciplines. Once again we tackled two of them - simplicity and service. Luke 12:13-33 was our primary text. Here Jesus warns against greed, telling the crowds to beware storing up things for yourself but not being rich towards God. From this we see … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines – Simplicity and Service
Shameful, Ridiculous and Cruel Why on earth do people listen to anything David Barton has to say? Not only is his history totally shoddy, but he teaches awful theology and ethics. Whether it is assuming America is some sort of Christian nation so our wars are always blessed by God, or telling soldiers with PTSD … Continue reading Recent Reads – Horrible Advice to Soldiers, Beiber and Trafficking, Marriage, Guns and More!
I came across this lecture by Neil Gaiman. You should read the whole thing. Then you should go read a book. And maybe buy a book for a child. Because reading is amazing! I was once in New York, and I listened to a talk about the building of private prisons – a huge growth … Continue reading Neil Gaiman on the Absolute Importance of Reading and Literacy
Last Thursday at CSF we continued our study of the Spiritual Disciplines, using Richard Foster's classic Celebration of Discipline as our guide (along with the Bible, of course). Here is a brief summary of what we talked about. If you read through the book of Acts quickly you may miss that those 28 chapters cover … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines – Study and Solitude
As I grew up in the church I had a lot of questions about things of faith. It wasn't until I got to university that the need to find answers to such questions became much more pressing. My discovery of "Christian apologetics" was incredibly helpful. I was overjoyed to find books like Lee Strobel's Case … Continue reading The End of Apologetics (Review)
Last Thursday at CSF we continued our look at Spiritual Disciplines, using Richard Foster's Celebration of Discipline as our guide (and the Bible, of course). We talked about two of the more well-known, thought not necessarily well-practiced, practices: prayer and fasting. Just to share a couple key points: 1. We must be taught how to … Continue reading Spiritual Disciplines – Prayer and Fasting
Today is All Saints Day, a Christian celebration of remembrance of all those who have gone before us in the faith. It tends to be a Catholic holiday, but many other Christians also see values in remembering days like this. I was perusing a few All Saints Day prayers and posted this one on Facebook: … Continue reading All Saints Day – Can the Dead Pray for the Living?