Let’s rethink faith and politics in this divided age

How the Nations Rage: Rethinking Faith and Politics in a Divided Age by Jonathan Leeman My rating: 5 of 5 stars Leeman’s book will help any person interested in politics (Christian or not) rethink the foundations of the public square. How the Nations Rage will also help the Christian disenchanted with politics to rethink their … Continue reading Let’s rethink faith and politics in this divided age

Confessing With Augustine, Part II

This is part of a series; you can find the other parts here. The hosts of a great podcast, Mere Fidelity, are discussing Augustine’s Confessions (Henry Chadwick’s translation). Here I’ll submit some thoughts on each "book" of Confessions after reading and listening to the most recent discussion. No promises on writing pace. Now let’s talk … Continue reading Confessing With Augustine, Part II

“How does God create a people?”

Conversion: How God Creates a People by Michael Lawrence My rating: 5 of 5 stars Conversion is often misunderstood, assumed, or ignored. Yet it is the one and only means by which God makes a people for himself, by which Christ builds his church. Not grasping a biblical understanding of conversion can lead churches to … Continue reading “How does God create a people?”

Confessing With Augustine, Part I

This is part of a series; you can find the other parts here. I found an excuse to read through a Christian literary classic this fall. The hosts of a great podcast, Mere Fidelity, are discussing Augustine’s Confessions (Henry Chadwick’s translation) more or less each week. Here I’ll submit some thoughts on each “book” of … Continue reading Confessing With Augustine, Part I

Constantine, Controversies, and Councils

Recently I was given the chance to teach some church history to our church's college students.  Not being even close to a church history expert, I relied heavily on Capitol Hill Baptist Church's free resources on the topic and Dr. Bruce Shelley's Church History in Plain Language.  Then, taking CHBC's prepared lesson I attempted to apply … Continue reading Constantine, Controversies, and Councils

A Map and a Field Guide

Understanding the spiritual brokenness of their external culture alone makes a church bitter. Understanding the spiritual brokenness of their internal culture alone makes a church self-loathing. Understanding both makes a church submissive to Jesus as their only hope of reconciliation. (And understanding neither makes no church at all). Two books written by pastors in the … Continue reading A Map and a Field Guide