The Lost World of Genesis One (Walton)

I’m behind on my reading this week, so I’m posting a book sketch my friend, Chris Woodrow, wrote for me. Given the difficulties Christians face in reconciling the Bible with the wealth of scientific information I think this book seems like a good starting-point for conversations. Disclaimer: Chris did me a huge favor in writing…

Slow Church (Smith & Pattison)

Christopher Smith & John Pattison, Slow Church: Cultivating Community in the Patient Way of Jesus Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 2014. “How many kids are in your church/youth group?” An innocent enough question, but the most common, and often the only question I get asked. Apparently we have as a culture developed a significant and…

The Monks of Mt. Athos (M. Basil Pennington)

Yet the final and most beautiful theme of this book is something of an antidote to the poison of exclusivity. Pennington gives us glimpses into so many Orthodox scholars, priests, and monastics who see Christ within each person regardless of tradition. Pennington’s interactions and relationships with these saints is so encouraging. Here are conversations and interactions marked by love, respect, and true discipleship.

Healthy Congregations (Steinke)

I selected this as my first book because I am beginning a preaching ministry in a new church and I wanted to get a grasp on the general features of healthy congregations. I also, and arguably primarily, chose it because it was short.  ——————- Peter L. Steinke, Healthy Congregations: A Systems Approach Herndon, VA: The…