Book Notice: @IVPress’s 40/40 Vision: Clarifying Your Mission in Midlife

This book hit my mailbox at the right time… I am, as I write this, in the middle of going back to school to change careers and dealing with some sort of heart thing. What does it mean to change careers — rather, find a career – when I’m 40? Is it possible… is it profitable? If I live the average lifespan, say 80 years, then I am starting my second life now… but with some really great rudimentary knowledge… unlike the last time. At least this time I know better than to use a diaper…for now. At midlife,


Book Notes: @ivpress’s “Joy in the Journey”

A tabernacle not made with hands From IVP: Steve Hayner was serving as president of Columbia Seminary and was healthy and fit when he found out he had terminal pancreatic cancer. He and his wife, Sharol, embarked on a journey together with their children that soon included tens of thousands of visits from friends and acquaintances via the CaringBridge website. The overwhelming response to their posts on this website attested to the surprising and engaging way that they chose to live in the face of death. As a result they uncovered the remarkable truth that God, our good Shepherd,


Book Notes: The Pietist Vision of Christian Higher Education: Forming Whole and Holy Persons

Note, Book Notes is an abbreviated Book Review. Christian education, liberal arts, and the humanities are all considered, usually, a dead field. Indeed, the concept of a whole person, much less a holy person, does not fit into the spectrum of higher education any longer, finding a whole person replaced with a better cog. Yes, there are some higher education institutions practicing certain ideological viewpoints, such as the Reformed (as the editor and several contributors point out), but what about the Pietist view? Does the Pietist theological tradition, underpinning whole denominations and contributing significantly to many of the Wesleyan ones,

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Review of John Stott’s “Balanced Christianity”

Introduction When books on the issue used by Stott to name this book were on demand many of them were written and all proposed to bring back to balance polarized issues within Christian Evangelical thinking. The approach was often the explanation that “balance” is not in the “happy middle” but that balance was in placing two volumes of the same weight on both sides of the old fashion scale so the fulcrum would be in the center indicating balance. Unfortunately most of these books would do exactly what they said they wouldn’t do. Depending upon the theological tendencies of


Not exactly a review of @IVPress’s Read Up, vol 1

I have begged, pleaded, and stalked members of IVP staff to create study/discussion group materials for some of their books. Finally, after years of worry, and a few judicial restrangement orders, some blue thing I got from her, they have brought to substance my ethereal hope. In this volume, they have included recently published favorites (such as In Search of Deep Faith) and favorites from a few years ago (such as The Language of Science and Faith). In total, they have included over 30 books to discuss! I have lead small group discussions before and having this resource will come in handy


(Mini) Review: Open Hearts in Bethlehem: A Christmas Drama @ivpress

Some years ago, I walked into the First Presbyterian Church of Logan, West Virginia as a near-rabid fundamentalist. Everything was black and white and King James 1611. I was there to meet with the pastor to secure his help in a worker’s rights campaign. When I left, I had his signature on the petition, but in a rather unusual manner, I also had a book recommendation that has remained with me ever since. The pastor knew Kenneth Bailey and recommended to me his book on the parable of the Prodigal Son. Eventually I would get the book and my


Review of @ivpress’s In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity @jimbelcher

Jim Belcher’s, In Search of Deep Faith: A Pilgrimage into the Beauty, Goodness and Heart of Christianity, is a book richly needed in the American Church as it attempts to navigate the dangerous waters of the impending paradigm shift. Belcher does not regale us with morality plays, but introduces to a grand narrative of Christians who have met change and met God successfully. This book is one part travel guide, one part theological history, one part devotional. We are invited to travel along with the Belcher family on a whirlwind trip of some of the more theological-centric sites in Europe.