Books

len on November 11th, 2016

Leeman, Jonathan. Political Church: The Local Assembly as Embassy of Christ’s Rule. Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2016. 403 pp. “What is the local church? What exactly is going on when a seemingly unimpressive group of people gather week by week to worship the risen Christ through prayer, song, preaching, and the ordinances of baptism and […]

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len on November 10th, 2016

This book project is feeling more relevant than ever today. Here are the first few pages of chapter one. *** *** We don’t need the Pew Survey or the Barna Group latest report to tell us that we have a problem. Christian leaders are well aware of the exodus from church. Studies like that of […]

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len on October 12th, 2016

I’ve been into this title by Michael J. Gorman – a really excellent, lucid treatment of the book of Revelation. I’ll be spending four Sundays attempting to make Revelation relevant. The challenge when working through this book, one that Luther thought should not have been included in the Canon, is that it has such a […]

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len on October 11th, 2016

In the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus “the whole created order is taken up into the fate of this particular representative man at this particular moment of history, on whose one fate turns the redemption of all” (RMO 15). The resurrection is “[t]he sign that God has stood by his created order” (15). So there […]

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len on October 7th, 2016

It’s survival in the city When you live from day to day City streets don’t have much pity When you’re down, that’s where you’ll stay… The Eagles The classic Eagles song tells one side of the story. William Cronon notes that for many of us cities have “represented all that [is] most unnatural about human […]

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len on October 6th, 2016

Stephen Garner and Heidi Campbell have published this book, released by Baker in September. As connective technologies and new media are now ubiquitous, we have need to reflect on the way we use these tools, and the way they shape us. It’s that double edged knife so common to technologies, that there is this dialogical […]

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len on September 30th, 2016

The single book I brought with me to England I read mostly on the long flights – but it was worth the read! Published by Eerdmans in 2001. The Scope of Our Art: The Vocation of the Theological Teacher. Something for everyone in here, with application much wider than only academics. Anyone who teaches from […]

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len on June 23rd, 2016

Sometimes called “the oddest inkling,” mentor and friend of CS Lewis. I discovered this introduction to his poetic work, “Taliessen Through Logres.” “Read Taliessin through Logres straight through from beginning to end, as Charles Williams designed it. Lewis, surprisingly, missed the poetry, narrative, logical, and spiritual structure of this book in his commentary in Arthurian […]

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len on April 5th, 2016

IVP has released volume 1 and 2 in this series, volume 1 edited by Colin Brown, and volume 2 by Steve Wilkens and Alan Padgett. I spent a couple of hours perusing volume 1 on Sunday evening. From Socrates and the Sophists to Kant, from Augustine to Aquinas and the Reformers, Brown traces the turbulent, […]

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len on March 15th, 2016

Who had heard of “missional” church prior to 1998 (the publication by the GOCN)? Now “missional” is everywhere, and while some of it is just buzz, many have found fresh engagement. Sometimes we need new language in order to see. Similarly, the language of “place” recovers a lost imagination, one obscured in the legacy of […]

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