Category Archives: Books

Inferno Readings

Dan Brown’s fictional thriller Inferno uses Dante’s Inferno from the Divine Comedy as the basis for the main puzzle in the book. If you have read any of Brown’s books in the Robert Langdon series (Angels & Demons, the infamous … Continue reading

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Lately – April 2013

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I thought I might provide a quick note about some of my studies lately. Sermons I am continuing to preach on a regular basis. When it comes to sermon topic selection, my normal practice lately has been to preach on … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games

Tis the political season. What better time for a political and societal critique? I just finished my second viewing of The Hunger Games. The first time I saw it in the theater, and this time I watched it at home. … Continue reading

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Summary of Illusions of Innocence

I just finished Illusions of Innocence: Protestant Primitivism in America, 1630-1875, by Richard T. Hughes and C. Leonard Allen. The book has been an interesting and challenging read, taking me into the world of the primitive impulse in the early … Continue reading

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Brueggemann’s OT Theology

As I have neared the end of my graduate program, my particular interests have begun to take shape, and this has provided me with a little more specific direction for my future studies. My interests are probably still broad and … Continue reading

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Get Out There and Vote!

It’s that time. You will not be heard unless you vote. The options are clearly establish, and the stakes are high. That’s right, you have an opportunity to help me win the Book Spine Poetry contest by voting for The … Continue reading

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Book Spine Poetry

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The Eerdmans blog at EerdWord is having a poetry contest. The goal is to create a poem out of the spines of books. Since I have a few books, the project looked like fun, so I put a couple of … Continue reading

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Review of Crazy Love

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A month or two ago, Amazon offered free Kindle versions of some Francis Chan books. I’ve heard about Chan and some of his teachings, but I had not read anything of his on my own. I downloaded the books and … Continue reading

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Screwtape Theatre

In my previous post, I offered some comments on The Screwtape Letters, a book by C.S. Lewis that I recently reread before attending a theater performance of the work (Screwtape Theatre). This post will present some thoughts on the theater … Continue reading

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The Screwtape Letters

When I heard that The Screwtape Letters was a theater production playing in Nashville this last weekend, I bought tickets and reread the book in anticipation of the play. I have read the book previously, but it has been many … Continue reading

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Kindle Touch Bible

My wife gave me a Kindle Touch for Christmas, and it has been a fun gift. My reading list for class has kept me tied up with physical books, so I think that she has used it more than I … Continue reading

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Nickel and Dimed

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I read the first chapter of the book Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich for my class at school. The book was intriguing so I went ahead and finished it. The basic idea is … Continue reading

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From Bible Belt to Sunbelt

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One of the books on my reading list for my Theology of Ministry class at Lipscomb is From Bible Belt to Sunbelt: Plain-Folk Religion, Grassroots Politics, and the Rise of Evangelical Conservatism, by Darren Dochuk. I had high expectations for the book, … Continue reading

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Theology of Ministry

I finished my practicum up this summer, and that only leaves two classes and a thesis before I finish my M.Div. degree at Lipscomb. This Fall I am taking Theology of Ministry with Dr. David Fleer, and this coming Spring … Continue reading

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Book Review: Shepherds, Wake Up!

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For my practicum, I have to read 1000 pages of books related to ministry and provide a 2 page book review. Here’s a book review I did on  J.J. Turner’s book on Shepherd-Elders. Review of Shepherds, Wake Up! Ancient Training … Continue reading

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