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The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World

Desiring God

In anticipation of a serious dive into DeYoung and Kluck’s Why We’re not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be, I snagged a copy of The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World (editors John Piper and Justin Taylor). Chapter authors include: David Wells, Voddie Bucham Jr., John Piper, D.A. Carson, Tim Keller, and Mark Driscoll. The book exists as a direct result of the 2006 Desiring God National Conference (Minneapolis) held to explore the Supremacy of Christ in our postmodern and increasingly diverse contemporary world. The conference speeches have been complied to form this volume. Read More »

Introduction to Why We’re Not Emergent

Not Emergent

Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be is a sturdy but cordial critique of the Emergent Conversation. It is a critique that may just prove to be the final straw that breaks an increasingly unpopular and self-contradicting camel’s back. Why we’re Not Emergent is a really good read. I highly recommended it to anyone who wants to take a closer and deeper look at the emergent church movement. Read More »

The Pursuit of God by A. W. Tozer

A. W. Tozer’s The Pursuit of God is a bona fide Christian classic. This holiness title can be found shelved in the libraries of God chasers the globe over. It is a must read for the spiritually hungry and thirsty. It is a must read for those pursuing the holy life. If you long to chase and find God, then this book will aid you as you continue the journey.

The following are a few of the most resonate excerpts offered by Tozer in The Pursuit of God. Read More »

Why We’re Not Emergent by DeYoung and Kluck

I recently snagged a copy of DeYoung and Kluck’s Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be. I’ll be slowly reading it and offering chapter by chapter commentary. It looks like a good read.

Rising from the Ashes by Becky Garrison

Rising from the Ashes: Rethinking Church

Rising from the Ashes is a book (paperback) written by Becky Garrison

This book would make a great library addition for those who are thinking hard about church and change, especially if you are engaging it from a mainline perspective. The book includes more than a few priceless nuggets of wisdom (see N.T. Wright, for example), but it also includes some of what could be easily called fool’s gold too. Not everything tagged with the words “Emerging” or “Emergent” is helpful as far as long-term solutions for ecclesial health, communal evolution, and practical change are concerned. Some of the content is, in fact, just reactionary and silly. Again, the reader must decide and discern the difference between the two. This is a good book, in spite of its need for sensible discernment. I recommend it to anyone involved in church thinking and/or leadership.

My rating: 3.0 stars
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A Review of The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey

The End of Religion

The End of Religion: Encountering the Subversive Spirituality of Jesus is a book written by Bruxy Cavey

The End of Religion is a great book. It’s fantastic! It’s challenging but dedicatedly Biblical. Put this one on your shelf and read it through a few times!

My rating: 4.0 stars
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A Review of Life After Church by Brian Sanders

Life After Church

Life After Church: God’s Call to Disillusioned Christians is a book written by Brian Sanders.

We don’t need one more book screaming about all that is wrong with the church. We all already know that much. Those folk need to find some new material, and soon. Until they do figure out how to maturely assess contemporary ecclesiology and reflect this newfound maturity in their writing, check out Brian Sanders’ Life after Church. It offers readers a mature summarization of current trends - good and bad - in ecclesiology and challenges readers to decide for themselves if they should stay or leave by asking themselves which action would be better for the kingdom of God. This is a great little book.

My rating: 4.0 stars
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An Excerpt from Tony Jones’ Emergent Frontier

It took a mere thirteen pages to bump into an interesting factoid in Tony Jones’ new book The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier. The following excerpt is unarguably true and seriously sad: Read More »

March Book and Resource Reviews Coming Soon!

I have no less than eight books sitting on my desk waiting to be reviewed. These books have been sent to me by publishers and/or web marketers specifically for review on Tribe. So, expect a flurry of reviews as I work hard to read and review each of these works over the next two weeks or so. Expect serious reviews for the following titles: Life After Church, by Sanders; Consuming Jesus, by Metzger; Take This Bread, by Miles; The End of Religion, by Cavey; Rising from the Ashes, by Garrison; Surprised by Hope, by N.T. Wright; Thank God for Evolution, by Dowd; Speaking of Faith, by Tippett. Stay tuned!

Speaking of Faith by Krista Tippett

I was recently sent a great little paperback titled Speaking of Faith: Why Religion Matters - and How to Talk About It, by author and NPR talk show host Krista Tippett. I will be reviewing the book in its entirety as soon as I am finished reading it. I’m halfway through it at this point. It is a refreshingly personal, religiously smart, and spiritually enlightening read. I’m spending a bit of extra time reading it, because it is that good. So, while I complete my read, and work on a proper review, I’ll leave you with a really great excerpt in the meanwhile.

Watch for the review and an interview with the author later this week! Read More »