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Book Reviews

“Can You Be Gay and Christian?” by Michael Brown

Sunday, June 1st, 2014

This entry is part 2 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Book Review

Can You Be Gay and Christian?: Responding With Love and Truth to Questions About Homosexuality by Michael Brown.

The question of homosexuality keeps moving inward on Christianity. Once it was, “can you be gay and be accepted in secular society?” Later it became, “can you you be gay and be accepted in liberal churches?” Now, with the publication of books like Matthew Vines’s God …


Review: Matthew Vines’s “God and the Gay Christian”

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

This entry is part 1 of 4 in the series Bible and Homosexuality

Matthew Vines’s God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships purports to be an in-depth explanation of biblical support for homosexual relationships. It’s provoked considerable discussion. I’ve read almost none of that discussion, so for better or for worse, these comments are my own.

This and other books like it include something vitally important for every Christian: an inside look at …


Interview on True Reason with Shaun Tabatt, Carson Weitnauer and Me

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Author Talks With Shaun Tabatt – Episode 85 – Tom Gilson & Carson Weitnauer – True Reason | Bible Geek Gone Wild: “”


Nabeel Qureshi: “Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity”

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Book Review

Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus: A Devout Muslim Encounters Christianity by Nabeel Qureshi.

The second time I met Nabeel Qureshi, I had a question I knew I had to ask: “You’re a medical doctor. Why are you working as a youth pastor instead?” There’s a story there, as it turns out: a lot of story.

The first time met him had been a few months earlier, in November 2009, at the National Conference on Christian Apologetics. We discovered we were near neighbors …


Recommended: “That’s a Great Question” by Glenn Pearson

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Just a real quick notice for you about a great book. I’ll start with two disclaimers.

First Disclaimer: I received this book for free. Well, actually, that’s not much of a disclaimer after all: I got it for free several weeks ago the same way you can today (January 31, 2014): by the publisher’s offer made to everyone. It’s Free Today Only.

Second Disclaimer: Glenn and I first met a very long time ago, when we were both musicians with Campus Crusade for Christ. …


Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Book Review, Part 1

The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark.

I’m about one-third of my way through Rodney Stark’s 2012 book, The Triumph of Christianity. an historical survey of sociological causes and effects in Christian history.

Stark is an historical sociologist; and in this work he speaks with that voice, and that voice only. When he speaks of the Christian movement’s effects, that focused sociological approach works well: he’s well within his field. When he …


Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

Wednesday, October 23rd, 2013

This entry is part 11 of 14 in the series Peter Boghossian

Ebook compilation available

The atheist Twitter-sphere has been abuzz over Peter Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists, and regular readers here know that I’ve been eagerly anticipating its publication. It came out almost two weeks ahead of its announced Nov. 1 release. I’d like to say I was happy about that, but I’m not.

A Few Words of Appreciation—But Only a Few

It’s not that I’m completely …


Another Way of Being Authentic: Yarhouse’s “Homosexuality and the Christian”

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Book Review

Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends by Mark A. Yarhouse.

Is it true, as Dan Savage says, that people who agree with gay “marriage” and homosexual versions of morality can be good Christians, while we who disagree are necessarily bigots? I could see in a sense how that could be, if sexual preference and/or orientation were as basic to a person’s identity as, say, skin color. But there’s another of being authentic for same-sex …


God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

Saturday, August 24th, 2013

Book Review

God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally by Doug Pollock

“Christians, share your faith with unbelievers.”


Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Unnaturally…

Of all the topics we discuss on this blog, there’s hardly any that could evoke feelings quite like those that come from that one simple instruction.

Christians typically feel guilt, fear, inadequacy, and that squirming sense of wondering what business they have poking their noses into other people’s lives.

Unbelievers, the witnessed-to, are likely to feel the squirming …

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