Category: practical theology

COVID-19, Anti-intellectualism, and Faith

At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.” (Matthew 11:25-26) The… Continue Reading “COVID-19, Anti-intellectualism, and Faith”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Ever Ancient, Ever New

Winfield Bevins. Ever Ancient, Ever New: The Allure of Liturgy for a New Generation. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019. I was incredibly excited about this one. Sometimes when you look at a book you think “this was written just for me”. That’s basically where my mind… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Ever Ancient, Ever New”

Why I Am (Still) a Baptist

We believe… in one holy, catholic, and apostolic church. (The Nicene-Constantinopolitan Creed, 381 AD) In my undergrad I took a course on the intellectual history of Europe in the Post French Revolution era. Our major assignment was a biographical paper on an influential thinker… Continue Reading “Why I Am (Still) a Baptist”

Book Review: Towards Baptist Catholicity

Steven R. Harmon. Towards Baptist Catholicity: Essays on Tradition and the Baptist Vision (Studies in Baptist History and Thought Volume 27). Eugene: Wipf & Stock, 2006. There are objectively good books (well researched, beautifully written, well structured, etc), and there are books that truly… Continue Reading “Book Review: Towards Baptist Catholicity”

Book Review: Paul and Gender

Cynthia Long Westfall. Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle’s Vision for Men and Women in Christ. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2016. “Of making many books there is no end” (Eccl. 12:12). Sometimes this is how it feels with the debates surrounding gender and the… Continue Reading “Book Review: Paul and Gender”

Book Review: Compassion and the Mission of God

Rupen Das. Compassion and the Mission of God: Revealing the Invisible Kingdom. Carlisle: Langham, 2016. Objectively reviewing books written by acquaintances, colleagues, and friends is always difficult to do. This is eased considerably when the work they’ve produced is undeniably really, really good. Such… Continue Reading “Book Review: Compassion and the Mission of God”

Book Review: Excellent Preaching

Craig Bartholomew. Excellent Preaching: Proclaiming the Gospel in its Context & Ours. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2015.* Preaching well is a goal of every Pastor. But what does excellent preaching look like, what does it do, and how do we do it? That’s the topic… Continue Reading “Book Review: Excellent Preaching”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Mending a Fractured Church

Michael Bird & Brian Rosner (eds.). Mending a Fractured Church: How to Seek Unity with Integrity. Bellingham: Lexham Press, 2015.* It’s no secret that Christians disagree- sometimes with considerable harshness. It’s also no secret that the New Testament issues strong calls for the unity… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Mending a Fractured Church”

A (Sort of) Book Review: Partners in Christ

John G. Stackhouse Jr. Partners in Christ: A Conservative Case for Egalitarianism. Downer’s Grove: IVP Academic, 2015. I have openly and unashamedly argued in favour of an egalitarian understanding of gender on many occassions and in many different forms of discussion. I have no… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: Partners in Christ”

A (Sort of) Book Review: The Prophetic Imagination

Walter Brueggemann. The Prophetic Imagination (Second Edition). Minneapolis: Fortress, 2001. Few Old Testament scholars have been able to capture the liveliness of the Hebrew Scriptures the way Walter Brueggemann does. When it comes to literary artistry and spirituality of the Old Testament, Brueggemann is… Continue Reading “A (Sort of) Book Review: The Prophetic Imagination”