Charles Williams

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 […]

Christianity and Western Thought

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, […]

Intro to Theology of Place

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 […]

Intro to a Missional Spirituality

Back in 2009 Roger Helland I began talking about the integration of mission and spirituality: that these were never meant to be two parallel tracks, but a rhythm of life in discipleship. That book came out through IVP is around 240 pages, and is aimed at college and seminary students and others doing serious theological […]

contextualization

Graham Hill in Global Church (IVP, 2016, 33) quotes Kosuke Koyama, “Contextualization of theology implies two critical movements. First, to articulate Jesus Christ in culturally appropriate, communicatively apt words; and second, to criticize, reform, dethrone, or oppose culture if it is found to be against what the name of Jesus Christ stands for.”(Water Buffalo Theology, […]

the Age of the Unthinkable

“Louis Halle, and American diplomat and strategist of the 1950’s, once observed that foreign policy is made not in reaction to the world but in reaction to an image of the world in the minds of the people making decisions. ‘In the degree that the image is false, actually and philosophically, no technician, however proficient, […]

Evangelicals Around the World

A short article on the story behind Thomas Nelson’s new text. “The book itself is a neat and tidy collection of 51 chapters by 46 contributors, including Rose Dowsett (who was a member of the Lausanne Theology Working Group), in the very relevant chapter ‘The Challenge of Evangelical Diversity’. “Dowsett writes: ‘How inclusive, and how […]

Dominion Trilogy

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. But meantime I’ve also been thinking about serializing it here. And then for a week later in the month I’ll make the KINDLE version available here. Here is the synopsis. Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research […]