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David P. Gushee: The Scholar Who Should Have Been Hard To Ignore

Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

It’s hard to ignore when a top evangelical ethicist urges believers to change our minds about homosexual relationships. David P. Gushee, who co-wrote the widely used textbook Kingdom Ethics: Following Jesus in Contemporary Context (IVP Academic, 2003), has just released Changing Our Mind: A call from America’s leading evangelical ethics scholar for full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church.

It is the most thoughtful work I have seen so far in favor of gay and lesbian relationships. Gushee’s skill as a …


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Twice Disappointed

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Book Reviews

The Divine Conspiracy Continued: Fulfilling God’s Kingdom on Earth by Dallas Willard and Gary Black, Jr.

Moral Apologetics for Contemporary Christians: Pushing Back Against Cultural and Religious Critics by Mark Coppenger.

These books have but one thing in common: I had high hopes for them but I was disappointed, and I have better books to suggest instead.

The Divine Conspiracy Continued

I was sent a review copy of The Divine Conspiracy Continued, but I probably would have bought it otherwise on …


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Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach (Book Review)

Sunday, August 3rd, 2014

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For some time now I’ve been recommending Girgis, George, and Anderson’s What Is Marriage as the best available explanation for why marriage is for a man and a woman. It’s still on my list, but from this point on, for Christian readers in particular, I have another recommendation to make ahead of that one: Sean McDowell and John Stonestreet’s excellent new book Same-Sex Marriage: A Thoughtful Approach to God’s Design for Marriage. I shy away from saying this in my 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 …

 

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