My good friend Louis McBride of Baker Book House offers a brief review of the upcoming Buddhism: A Christian Exploration and Appraisal authored by two towering Christian intellects, Keith Yandell (University of Wisconsin, Madison) and Harold Netland (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School). Although I’ve not yet read it, I’m confident it will become a must read for anyone engaged in discussions on Buddhist beliefs and practice. A considerably more winsome read[ continue reading ]

Before leaving the great state of Colorado, for years I met each Friday morning with two dear friends and fellow brothers in Christ. Whether praying together, studying Scripture together, or just enjoying the company of each other, I looked forward to our meetings. At one point we agreed to invite one other person to join us, himself the pastor of a new church plant. Typically we would open up our[ continue reading ]

Free of Charge: Giving and Forgiving in a Culture Stripped of Grace is a book about God as Giver and God as Forgiver. Yet it is also a book about you, and me, and others. Like God we are called to give and forgive and this book spells out in detail precisely how we might be better givers and forgivers. From it you will come away with a keen sense[ continue reading ]

Once again N. T. Wright has done an eloquent job articulating a very difficult teaching that so many for so long have wrestled with intellectually, existentially, or both. This short book goes a long way toward building a framework for understanding practical ways to live in the brokenness of creation under the cross-bearing, victorious God of creation. The so-called “problem of evil” has been around at least since Augustine and,[ continue reading ]

A courageously corrective, biblically responsible, pastorally sensitive, and immensely practical gift has been given to the Church. Unpacking Forgiveness offers a long overdue look at forgiveness and Chris Brauns has provided a solid framework in which to understand this central doctrine of our Christian faith. Though not a full-blown theology of forgiveness, the author employs a keen theological understanding in applying forgiveness across the brokenness of human relationships. First, and[ continue reading ]

I confess. I’ve never seen one episode of Seinfeld or Desperate Housewives, nor have I watched a horror movie for almost 30 years. Moreover, I hardly read novels. For better or worse, I decided long ago that getting inside another’s imaginary world is, quite frankly, a waste of time when reality offers plenty of intrigue. My reading has been so academic for so long that I find it almost impossible to appreciate the world of fiction. (This is not to my credit, I have to admit.) Nevertheless, Young’s novel The Shack got my attention, as it has countless others, and I would like to say a few things about it.[ continue reading ]