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

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

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 what it’s like to be gay in the church. Say what you will, gays’ and…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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

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

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…

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Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

Review: Boghossian’s A Manual for Creating Atheists

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 dissatisfied with this book. Dr. Boghossian does three thing that I consider quite…

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

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

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…

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God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally

Book Review God Space: Where Spiritual Conversations Happen Naturally by Doug Pollock “Christians, share your faith with unbelievers.” Ouch. 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…

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Godonomics: Straight Road, With Potholes

Godonomics: Straight Road, With Potholes

Book Review Godonomics: How to Save Our Country–and Protect Your Wallet–Through Biblical Principles of Finance by Chad Hovind. Have you ever driven on smooth, straight highway, only to be jarred when your car dropped unexpectedly into a pothole? That’s what Godonomics felt like to me. It’s an excellent survey of biblical thinking on basic ethical/economic principles. Chad Hovind’s explanations are clear, his illustrations engaging. He has excellent advice. The book comes highly recommended. I’ll add my voice among those recommendations. But that’s…

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