Tag: theology

  • Burning Down the House of Fear with Brian Zahnd

    Burning Down the House of Fear with Brian Zahnd

    ‘Deconstruction’ is a popular term in conversations among church leaders these days. Only when deconstruction is invoked, we’re not talking French intellectual movements; it’s more to do with reassessing the received faith of our childhood and sorting out what resources are still there for life as an adult. In other words it’s what we used […]

  • #2 — No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler — 2021 Best Reads

    #2 — No Cure for Being Human by Kate Bowler — 2021 Best Reads

    To read Kate Bowler in her latest book, No Cure for Being Human (And Other Truths I Need to Hear), is like hearing from the dead. As she did in her last book, Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Told), Bowler takes a blow torch to received pieties when intense suffering comes […]

  • #6–The Making of Biblical Womanhood–2021 Best Reads

    #6–The Making of Biblical Womanhood–2021 Best Reads

    The 6th book on our Top Ten list is Beth Allison Barr’s The Making of Biblical Womanhood. Barr got a lot of buzz for this book, making her perhaps the country’s most popular medieval historian. Barr also happens to be an evangelical Christian trying to help her branch of the Christian church move out of […]

  • Rediscovering the Enchanted World

    Rediscovering the Enchanted World

    Allow me some magic. Some dark, mammalian creature moves swiftly across the field outside my window at middle distance between the treeline and me. It traces a smooth, straight line across my field of vision, just far enough away in the early dawn light to be indistinct. Could Maxwell, the neighbor cat, be that far […]

  • DAVID BENTLEY HART FINDS A WAY OUT OF HELL

    DAVID BENTLEY HART FINDS A WAY OUT OF HELL

    David Bentley Hart’s book about hell, That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation, is brief, which is appropriate since hell is not something a Christian believes in, strictly speaking. Belief, in the creeds, is reserved for real things like a God who creates from nothing, a Christ who dies for the forgiveness of […]

  • The Long Longing

    The Long Longing

    An Advent devotional I wrote for the Fleming Rutledge-oriented site Advent Begins in the Dark by the folks behind the Crackers & Grape Juice podcast… https://crackersandgrapejuice.com/the-long-longing/

  • How to Hunker Down for Advent: A Review of Fleming Rutledge’s New Book

    How to Hunker Down for Advent: A Review of Fleming Rutledge’s New Book

    It’s Advent! In liturgically-oriented churches, tables and pulpits are draped in purple. (Or perhaps a dark shade of blue, which to my mind is a nefarious invention of the liturgical-industrial complex.) Four-candled wreaths tick off the Sundays before Christmas. In homes, Advent calendars adorn walls. And yet so much is missing. “I have never seen […]

  • #1 (& a Recap) Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: The Which-Way Tree

    #1 (& a Recap) Heartlands Best Reads of 2018: The Which-Way Tree

    It’s difficult to choose the best ‘best read.’ One of my criteria, (to add once again to the list I outlined at the beginning of this countdown), is that if the book sticks with me in ways that feed my imagination and my own writing…if my world feels larger for having read the book…it has […]

  • Burning from Beginning to End with Scott Cairns

    Burning from Beginning to End with Scott Cairns

    It’s all here.  Beginnings and endings.  Heaven and hell.  Divine intentions and bodily appetites.  That’s what you get with the poet Scott Cairns.  Look for the kitchen sink.  I’m sure it’s in there, too. Recently I came back for a season to Philokalia: New & Selected Poems, Cairns’ 2002 collection.  It’s as rich and evocative […]

  • In Praise of Bad Writing: David Bentley Hart’s New Testament

    In Praise of Bad Writing: David Bentley Hart’s New Testament

    The New Testament, as translated by the influential Orthodox theologian David Bentley Hart, is bad.  But that’s what makes it such a good read for Christians who need their settled understandings tweaked. Hart’s new translation doesn’t strive for literary heights. He has an ear for beautiful language, something that comes through in all of his […]