Recommended Reading: September 12-18

If you read one article this week, engage the Conciliar Post Round Table: What Is Christianity? For those of you with additional reading time this weekend, check out the following selections, gathered from the four corners of the internet. As always, if you think there’s something else I should be reading, let me know inContinue reading “Recommended Reading: September 12-18”

Recommended Reading: September 5-11

If you read one article this week, engage 55 Theses on Pastors and Public Theologians by Kevin Vanhoozer. For those of you with more reading time this weekend, check out the following selections from around the internet. As always, if you think I should be reading something else, let me know in the comments sectionContinue reading “Recommended Reading: September 5-11”

Remembering 9/11

Fourteen years ago today, my dad and I were late leaving for school. It was a day like any other. I had even neglected some morning chore, so dad was already sitting in his truck listening to “J.T. in the Morning”, the local morning talk show in South Bend, IN. As I climbed into theContinue reading “Remembering 9/11”

Spirituality in American: Signs of the Times

In “Spirituality in American: Signs of the Times,” Bill Leonard outlines the recent rise in American spirituality, especially the rise in eclectic forms of spiritual practice. Tracing the development of American religious pluralism and re-formation of the American religious terrain, Leonard details the postmodern practice of employing multiple forms of spiritual tradition within an individual’sContinue reading “Spirituality in American: Signs of the Times”

Questions about Getting Saved in America

In “Getting Saved in America: Conversion Event in a Pluralistic Culture,” Bill Leonard outlines the history of the salvation conversion experience in the American context, more specifically the history of the eastern “evangelical protestant”[1] conversion experience. Tracing the event from its Puritan beginnings in the New World to its current usage among American church people,Continue reading “Questions about Getting Saved in America”

Converts, Clones, and Disciples

In “Converts, Clones and Disciples”, Bill Leonard outlines and describes the basic history of Christian conversion in the American evangelical context. Tracing the history of the conversion experience from its American origins in New England Puritans through the Great Awakenings and Nineteenth Century transformation, Leonard outlines five modern approaches to conversion that are employed inContinue reading “Converts, Clones, and Disciples”

Book Review: How We Got the New Testament (Porter)

The question “How did we get the New Testament?” continues to underlie many contemporary theological issues, for rarely do we discuss the social concerns of our day without recourse to the words of Jesus, the Biblical narrative, or history of Christianity. Understanding the history of the New Testament, then, may not only demonstrate the integrityContinue reading “Book Review: How We Got the New Testament (Porter)”

Recommended Reading: August 29-September 4

Looking for just one thing to read this weekend? Check out Homoousias and the Dignity of Children by John Ehrett. For those of you with additional reading time on your hands, check out the following suggestions, gleaned from around the internet. Think I missed something important? Let me know in the comments section below.