Category Archives: Books

Christ in the Old Testament

“To many Christians and even pastors and preachers, the Old Testament is a foreign book. They do things differently there. And they certainly do: arks and animals in a menagerie afloat, dead animals and hewn bullocks, rams in thickets, slavery … Continue reading

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“The Rise of Christianity” by Rodney Stark

Last year I read the book The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries by Rodney Stark, published by HarperSanFrancisco in 1997. I was intrigued … Continue reading

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New from Running Press . . .

I was just at the MIT Coop and saw this on display: Dancing with Jesus by Sam Stall—a small novelty book full of dance moves inspired by Jesus, including the Water Walk, the Temple Slam, the Temptation Tango, the Cheek … Continue reading

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Does Jesus bind himself to Christianity?

Last week I posted the trailer for the new book Selling Water by the River by Shane Hipps, former teaching pastor at Mars Hill Bible Church in Michigan. In the video (view it here), Hipps provocatively states that Jesus does … Continue reading

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How to read a book of meditations

“The purpose of a book of meditations is to teach you how to think and not to do your thinking for you. Consequently if you pick up such a book and simply read it through, you are wasting your time. … Continue reading

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Roundup: Being Christlike in political discourse; polygamy in the OT; Indian depictions of Christ; how to be a good neighbor

“7 Things Christians Need to Remember About Politics” by Bryan Roberts: “Political discourse is the Las Vegas of Christianity—the environment in which our sin is excused. Hate is winked at, fear is perpetuated and strife is applauded. Go wild, Christ-follower. … Continue reading

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Book Review: On a Friday Noon

(Book reviews are typically the most useful if they’re published the month the book comes out. Unfortunately, I’m thirty-three years late on this one, and the book has since moved out of print. However, if you’re interested in buying a … Continue reading

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Upcoming Book Discussions

I read a lot of books.  With an hour-long bus ride to and from work every day, there’s plenty of time for reading.  And having a husband at MIT gives me access to books from university libraries all over the … Continue reading

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Imaginary Jesus

My latest read is Imaginary Jesus by Matt Mikalatos. Here’s the book description from Amazon: Imaginary Jesus is an hilarious, fast-paced, not-quite-fictional story that’s unlike anything you’ve ever read before. When Matt Mikalatos realizes that his longtime buddy in the … Continue reading

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WWJD, Part 2: Excerpt from “In His Steps,” on True Discipleship

There’s not much else I can add to these two well-stated calls to authentic discipleship.  I’ll only emphasize the importance of personal touch in Jesus’ ministry, something that many Christians tend to avoid.  We like our ease and our comfort … Continue reading

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