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Think Christian

07/22/2014

Tired of browsing social media and failing to find something that actually engages and enriches your mind? 

Think Christian stands…

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The Christian Declaration of Dependence

07/04/2014

A timely excerpt from John Howard Yoder:

“All men are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights,” according to…

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Genesis - A Missionary Manifesto?

07/01/2014

I've begun writing a commentary on Genesis for a new series: Polis Bible Commentary. This series pairs a Bible scholar with an urban…

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Our Gift to Everyone

06/30/2014

Those of you who have kept up on my writing projects know that I've been working on a three volume series of easy to read material written…

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Review of Slow Church

06/02/2014

This is a book review I wrote about Chris Smith and John Pattison's Slow Church (IVP 2014). I liked the book a lot because it provides…

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Recent Writings

Time for another Purge?

07/22/2014  Think Christian

In this brief article I bring the theme of sacrifice as portrayed in the horror film, The Purge, in conversation with the Bible story, the work of Christ, and the Christian walk.

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Review of Slow Church

05/30/2014  Book Reviews

This is a book review I wrote about Chris Smith and John Pattison's Slow Church (IVP 2014). I liked the book a lot because it provides a refreshing alternative to church growth books that push quick growth through strategic programming in business world fashion. This book is more faithful to God's strategy for forming and growing communities that bear witness to his kingdom. It's not a quick read and it does not offer a quick fix, but we need a lot more books like this because it is, above all, truthful.

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Andy Crouch's Playing God

10/05/2013  Book Reviews

The Englewood Review of Books just posted a review I wrote a while back on Andy Crouch's new book "Playing God." Andy is a good writer and sharp thinker who seeks to pave a biblically-based middle ground between avoiding "worldly" power because of the damage it causes and embracing such power as if was a completely neutral tool that can be used for good or ill. Though embracing his approach might mean positive movement forward for some, I attempt to show why his middle ground is not biblical enough. And here I am not simply nit-picking at a thing or two that he could have included but didn't. I am claiming that Crouch's overall framework fundamentally misses the mark of what God is doing in this world through God's people and how that impacts our approach to power.

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