Receiving the Gift of Friendship – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the theologians that I have been reading in my research into disability theology is Hans Reinders. He is one of the most respect theologians working in this area. One of his books is […]

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Victory at Vimy – Review

Second World War

Part of my gaining of a better understanding of the Second World War is learning about the First World War. As a Canadian, I’m naturally drawn to Vimy Ridge. There are certain events that are […]

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Night – Review

Second World War

The Second World War is not just battles between Allied and Axis armies. It is also the story of the Holocaust. It is not subject that we enjoy learning about and yet this knowledge is […]

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The Patrol – Review

Second World War

This book is not about the Second World War but it is about the life of a soldier. I am a chaplain in the Canadian Armed Forces and it is important for me to understand […]

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The New Guide to Crisis and Trauma Counseling – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I regularly encounter people experiencing emotional difficulties and who are victims of trauma both in role as a pastor and a chaplain. I’m always looking for good resources. I recently came across The New Guide […]

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Jean Vanier: Essential Writings – Review

Disability and Faith

Essential Writings is a collection of writings by Jean Vanier that was edited by Carolyn Whitney-Brown. Vanier is best known as the founder of L’Arche. I really enjoyed this book as it gives a great […]

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Fragile Bones – Review

Disability and Faith

My daughter brought home a number of books from her school library and I was pleased to see one was Fragile Bones: Harrison and Anna by Lorna Schultz Nicholson. This book revolved around two high school […]

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The Bible and Disability: A Commentary – Review

Disability and Faith

I’m currently doing research into what the Bible says about disabilities. This led me naturally to The Bible and Disability: A Commentary edited by Sarah J. Melcher, Mikeal C. Parsons and Amos Yong. The Bible […]

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Monty and Rommel – Review

Second World War

Two of the most known and respect generals of the Second World War are Bernard Montgomery and Erwin Rommel. They may have been on opposite sides of the war but they had a fair bit […]

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Disability in the Hebrew Bible – Review

Disability and Faith

Two of the biggest interests for me are the Bible and disabilities. When those two things come together, II am happy. That’s why I enjoyed Disability in the Hebrew Bible. Things can get complicated when […]

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Becoming Friends of Time – Review

Disability and Faith

Advocating for people with disabilities is very important to me. However, I have caught myself getting impatient with people with disabilities, whether physical or developmental. While I am aware things can take longer, I have […]

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The Church of Us vs Them – Review

Leadership and Ministry

One of the problems with the church, whether the global church, within a denomination or even within a local church, is the conflict that has resulted in an us vs them mentality. The issues change […]

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Miracles – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the books that I had been looking forward to reading was Miracles by Craig Keener. My hesitance was that it was a two volume hardback and thought it would take a long time […]

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Growing Young – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Most churches feel like they are growing old. But what if we could grow young? That is the topic of Growing Young by Kara Powell, Jake Mulder and Brad Griffin. They are all involved in […]

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The Family – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have been doing some research on Family Ministry and came across The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home by Jack and Judith Balswick. This book covers so many topics concerning families, including […]

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Restless Faith – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I continue to hold onto the label ‘evangelical’ even though I know there is a lot of baggage that is accompanied with that. I consider myself to be a moderate, which can be lonely. I’m […]

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A Theology of the New Testament – Review

Apologetics and Theology

I recently read George Eldon Ladd’s A Theology of the New Testament. This book has been on my shelf for quite a while but I was looking forward to reading it. I was not disappointed. […]

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5 Ministry Killers and How to Defeat Them – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Pastoral ministry is one of the most rewarding careers and yet it has its share of difficulties. As long as we allow people in churches, pastoral ministry will be messy. However, if we are not […]

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Including People With Disabilities in Faith Communities – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important issues for me is to make sure that people with disabilities are welcomed into our churches. One person who has done a lot of work in this area is Erik […]

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Perspectives on Family Ministry – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I began my pastoral career as a youth pastor. The model we worked with was that you had specific ministries for children, youth, young adults, young families, men, women and seniors. Dividing up according to […]

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Mere Discipleship – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the topics that I’m most interested in is discipleship and one of my favourite contemporary authors is Alister McGrath. So I was pretty happy when I received Alister McGrath’s Mere Discipleship. What did […]

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Christ on the Psych Ward – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the most important conversations needed in the church is that of mental illness. There are different ways we can do this. It can be by describing the facts of mental illness or telling […]

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Crusade in Europe – Review

Crusade in Europe

I find reading accounts of the participants of the Second World War to be very helpful. A while back I read Churchill’s Second World War  and now I have read Dwight Eisenhower’s Crusade in Europe. […]

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Uniquely Human – Review

Disability and Faith

I have read many books on autism but Uniquely Human is one of the best. As I read it, my initial reaction was, “I wish I had read this book when my children were diagnosed!” […]

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When Helping Hurts – Review

When Helping Hurts

I have always been convinced that the church’s role is to help people in need, especially the poor. But what does that look like? Is it as simple as throwing money at a need? That […]

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The Paradox of Disability – Review

Disability and Faith

One of the first times that I heard about the intersection of faith and disability was a discussion about the L’Arche communities. L’Arche was founded by Jean Vanier and Vanier has done much to raise […]

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Introduction to Biblical Interpretation – Review

Introduction to Biblical Interpretation

Many years ago, a couple of Roman Catholic ladies came to my parents’ door. They asked me if I knew the reason for most of the problems in the world. Their answer? “Too many people […]

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The Peacemaking Church – Review

Peacemaking Church

Unfortunately, one of the realities of church ministry is interpersonal conflict. As long as we allow people in churches, we will have conflict. That is why I was happy to read Curtis Heffelfinger’s The Peacemaking […]

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The REACTION Dashboard – Review

Leadership and Ministry

When I was sent the REACTION Dashboard, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I thought it might be a guide to help leaders react properly to difficult situations. That is not it at all. Rather […]

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Disabling Mission, Enabling Witness – Review

Disabling Mission Enabling Witness

I recently read Enabling Mission, Enabling Witness by Benjamin T. Conner and I absolutely loved it. I am currently doing some research into disability and theology and this book just got me more excited about […]

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How Hitler Could Have Won World War II – Review

Hitler

Most people are happy that Adolf Hitler did not win the Second World War. But it could have easily ended differently. One of the best books on military history that I have read recently was How […]

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Transcending Vision – Review

Transcending Vision

I have gotten to know Don McIntosh over the last couple of years and even wrote the foreword to his previous book. I was quite happy when he offered to send me his newest book, […]

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The Hospitable Leader – Review

Hospitable Leader

What kind of leader do you want to serve with? An authoritarian leader that simply lays down the law? There is another way and that is the Hospital Leader. Terry Smith writes in his book […]

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Winston Churchill’s Second World War – Review

Second World War

A number of years ago, I picked up a copy of the second volume of Winston Churchill’s Second World War, entitled Their Finest Hour. I almost gave up on it after reading the first chapter […]

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That I May Know God – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have been interested in the topic of spiritual formation and have been picking up books related to it. If you are unfamiliar with spiritual formation, it seeks to go beyond just imparting Bible knowledge […]

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The High Definition Leader – Review

High-Definition Leader

The High-Definition Leader has been on my radar for some time. I held off because I misunderstood the title, By “High-Definition,” I assumed it was another leadership book making the reader guilty for not being […]

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C.S. Lewis: Letters to Children

C.S. Lewis and Friends

C.S. Lewis is by far one of my favourite authors and thinkers. His writings were instrumental in my early development as a Christian and they continue to impact me. When people think of C.S Lewis, […]

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Becoming a Welcoming Church – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have spent the past year focusing on how to make our church more of a welcoming church. For that reason, I was happy to discover Thom Rainer had written Becoming a Welcoming Church. This […]

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Nietzsche: Philosopher, Psychologist, Antichrist – Review

Nietzsche

One of the most influential philosophers of the 19th century (although not during his lifetime) was Friedrich Nietzsche. I have read a number of his books, and while he has an interesting style, I struggled […]

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The King James Bible – Review

Apologetics and Theology

This is not a review of the actual King James Bible but of the book, The King James Bible: Do You Know the King James Version? by Edward D. Andrews. I should note that I […]

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Two Stories of Everything – Review

Apologetics and Theology

There is no lack of books comparing Christianity and Islam. While those books are useful, they tend to compare them as competing religions. It is true that both Christianity and Islam are religions, but they […]

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Saving Truth – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Based on my own research, as well as conversations with others, I have seen the nature of truth as being one of the most pressing issues of our day. We live in a “post-truth” world […]

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Resurrecting Religion – Review

Resurrecting Religion

“Christianity is not a religion, it is a relationship.” How many times have you seen this statement? You may have said it yourself. The problem is that when we look at traditional definitions of religions, […]

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50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Review

Theology

As a pastor and Bible teacher, I see one of the most important needs as being greater knowledge of basic Christian theology. We have a small minority who devour theology books and a great majority […]

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The Trust Protocol – Review

Trust Protocol

In over twenty years of pastoral ministry, I have discovered that the most important currency in leadership is trust. If you don’t have the people’s trust, you can not do anything. To make things more […]

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Seven Shades of Sin – Review

Seven Shades of Sin

Sin. Who wants to hear about sin? Whether we want to hear about it or not, followers of Jesus should take it seriously. Sin is talked about throughout the Old and New Testaments and is […]

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Evidence That Demands a Verdict – Review

Apologetics and Theology

One of the first books on apologetics that I ever read was the original Evidence That Demands a Verdict. That book totally blew me away. I had come out of a number of years as […]

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Gospel Fluency Handbook – Review

Gospel Fluency Handbook

The gospel should be central to the life of every follower of Jesus. But I find that even evangelicals (that label comes from the Greek for gospel) have trouble explaining what the gospel is. They […]

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Love Thy Body – Review

Love Thy Body

What are the most controversial issues facing society today? In addition to long-time debates about abortion and casual sex, there is an increase in discussions about euthanasia, as well as an almost total reversal in […]

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Unimaginable – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Would our world be better off without Christianity? John Lennon, in his song Imagine, asks us to consider a world without religion and the peace and prosperity that would result. The New Atheism, in much […]

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Introducing Practical Theology – Review

Introducing Practical Theology

I consider myself to be relatively well-read when it comes to theology. I at least am aware of the major theologians and have sampled from their teachings. I am also fairly well-read when it comes […]

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Fusion – Review

Leadership and Ministry

One of the most exciting things for a pastor is seeing new visitors at a worship service. The hope is that they will connect and return. But does this just come down to hope? Or […]

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What’s So Confusing About Grace? – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Randal Rauser is one of the most intriguing Christian authors that I have read. I have read a number of his books. I will admit that generally my reactions to Rauser’s ideas move back and […]

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Thoughts on the Last Battle

Last Battle

I recently finished rereading The Chronicles of Narnia with the final battle being The Last Battle. A good book (or series of books) is only as good as its conclusion and The Last Battle is […]

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Preaching With Cultural Intelligence – Review

Preaching With Cultural Intelligence

As a pastor of a local church who preaches weekly, I’m always looking to improve my craft. This includes reading books on preaching. But how many ways can someone tell you to find the meaning […]

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Thoughts on the Silver Chair

C.S. Lewis and Friends

Like any series of books, C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia vary in quality. Although they are all good, some are better than others. One of my favourites is The Silver Chair. This story features Eustace […]

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People to Be Loved – Review

People to Be Loved

I don’t think that there has been any view within our culture that has changed as much in recent decades as that toward homosexuality. When I think back to my youth, homosexuality was not accepted […]

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Good Arguments – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Is it good to argue? That depends on how you define an argument. If you consider arguing a venting of emotion that just leaves everyone angry, that might not be very helpful. But there is […]

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When God Goes to Starbucks – Review

Apologetics and Theology

Apologetics is so much more than philosophical debates with atheist professors. While I appreciate the work that apologists such as William Lane Craig do, most of us will not be involved in such activities. What […]

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God’s Crime Scene for Kids – Review

God's Crime Scene

Two of the most important hats that I wear are those of a pastor interested in apologetics and of a father of young children. As each year passes, I’m becoming more and more convinced of […]

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Beren and Luthien – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

It is amazing that so many decades after J.R.R. Tolkien’s death that he still has “new” books being released. Thankfully, his son Christopher Tolkien has gone through manuscripts and has released material. Christopher expects Beren […]

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2 Books on Theistic Evolution

Theistic Evolution

I have been doing some research on the intersection of faith and science. This has led me to read on human origins. I would like to talk about two books that I recently read on […]

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Strength to Love – Review

Strength to Love

I don’t normally review old books but I’m making an exception in this case. The book I’m going to talk about was published (as a second printing) in 1968. I can say that is old […]

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One Dominion – Review

One Dominion

This is an exciting time for Canadians as we celebrate our 150th anniversary. Different organizations are celebrating in different ways. Bible League Canada is celebrating by publishing a book called One Dominion: Celebrating Canada – […]

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The Tech-Wise Family – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I remember showing up for a job interview just after I completed my undergraduate degree. The job was related to something I had never heard of before, something called the internet. I had no idea […]

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A Fellowship of Differents – Review

A Fellowship of Differents

It is common to hear people, both Christian and non-Christian, being critical of the church. The fastest growing religious group are the nones, many of whom reject organized religion because of bad experiences  with churches. […]

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C.S. Lewis: Christian Reflections – Review

C.S. Lewis and Friends

I’m always looking for some more C.S. Lewis to read. So I was quite happy to read a collection of his essays in the book Christian Reflections. Many of the chapters in this book were originally […]

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God in My Everything – Review

God in My Everything

In an interview with Jeff Keady and Jonny Craig of the 200Churches podcast, I asked them what books they recommend. One of those books was God in My Everything by Ken Shigematsu. Therefore, I was […]

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A Place of Healing – Review

Disability and Faith

Perhaps one of the first Christian “celebrities” that I ever heard of was Joni Eareckson Tada. She has an amazing story and has accomplished much more than many people without a disability. However, early in […]

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Revitalize – Review

Revitalize

I received a copy of Revitalize by Andrew M. Davis. I was looking forward to reading this book as I’m very interested in revitalization. I pastor an established church that is just celebrating our 184th […]

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Forensic Faith – Review

Apologetics and Theology

When I was offered an advance review copy of Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace, I didn’t have to think twice about my decision. I have read his first two books: Cold-Case Christianity and God’s […]

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Thoughts on The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Dawn Treader

I have been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my daughter. We have now read five of the seven books having just completed The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Strangely, I have not seen the […]

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God Among Sages – Review

God Among Sages

I have been enjoying Ken Samples blog and I frequently link to it. He consistently provides good content that is theologically sound. So I was very happy when I was offered a review copy of […]

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Grace is Greater – Review

Grace is Greater

I need to confess that Grace is Greater is not the kind of book that I’m normally drawn to. I prefer a more theological or exegetical study. Still, Kyle Idleman is a respected name and […]

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Meet Generation Z – Review

Leadership and Ministry

I have been doing research on the Millennial generation, which is generally understood as those born 1980-2000. There has been much written about the Millennials, but the time is here for us to begin to […]

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Marriage and Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger's Syndrome

What do you think of when you think of autism? Nonverbal children rocking back and forth, perhaps banging their head? Autism includes that but also is so much more. What if I told you that […]

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Teaching the Next Generations – Review

Leadership and Ministry

Teaching is an integral part of Christian ministry. It takes place in congregations, Bible colleges, seminaries, Christian schools and many other contexts. It would be nice if all one had to do was to present […]

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Missional God, Missional Church – Review

Leadership and Ministry

“Missional” is one of the most common buzz words when it comes to contemporary ministry. Most Christians would agree that the church needs to be missional. But what does that even mean? Ross Hastings, in […]

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The Gathering Storm – Review

Second World War

A number of years ago, I picked up Their Finest Hour, which was the second volume of Winston Churchill’s series on the Second World War. I read it and enjoyed it. More recently, I found […]

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A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War – Review

Joseph Laconte

If you were to look at my interests, J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis and military history would be near the top of my list. Therefore, I was quite pleased to come across A Hobbit, a Wardrobe […]

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The Millennials – Review

Millennials

As part of my research for my Doctor of Ministry thesis, I’m doing lots of reading on the Millennials. Who are the Millennials? They are those born approximately between 1980 and 2000 and they are […]

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God Enters Stage Left – Review

God Enters Stage Left

About a year ago, I was given a copy of Tim Day’s God Enters Stage Left. I finally got an opportunity to read it. The basic idea of the book is that we need an […]

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The Mission of the Church – Review

Mission of the Church

I think that most Christians would agree that the church should be missional. But what does that even mean? Is it about evangelism or social justice or both? Does missional activity happen in the church […]

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New Testament Development of Old Testament Themes – Review

Apologetics and Theology

In the second century, there was a religious teacher named Marcion who tried to put together a New Testament devoid of any references to the Old Testament. Ultimately, it was a futile attempt as the New […]

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Examined Lives: From Socrates to Nietzsche – Review

Examined Lives

Part of my personal research is about deepening my understanding of philosophy. I do this by reading books on philosophy in general, books by some of the most prominent philosophers and books that tell the […]

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Transcending Proof – Review

Transcending Proof

The first foreword I have ever written for a book was for DonMcIntoh’s Transcending Proof. While it is an honour to be asked, I am not attention-seeking enough to let my name go on anything. […]

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Watching TV Religiously – Review

Watching TV Religiously

Sometimes when people ask me if I have seen a certain show, I reply “I don’t watch TV because I’m a Christian.” I’m being completely sarcastic, as there have been many shows that I have […]

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Exploring J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit – Review

Hobbit

One of my favourite books is J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit. Too many people see The Hobbit as simply the prequel to The Lord of the Rings, a source for some interesting background information. We need […]

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IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament – Review

Apologetics and Theology

There are tons of good biblical resources out there, but only a few that I would recommend for everyone. One of those would be The IVP Bible Background Commentary: New Testament by Craig Keener. Keener […]

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Thoughts on The Horse and His Boy

Horse and His Boy

I have been reading the Chronicles of Narnia to my youngest daughter. I have decided to read them in chronological order rather than publication. So we read the Horse and His Boy third, even though […]

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Unapologetic – Review

Unapologetic

Despite what Francis Spufford claims, Unapologetic is an apologetic work. The subtitle gives it away: “Why, Despite Everything, Christianity Can Still Make Surprising Emotional Sense.” It is simply an apologetic on the emotional level rather than […]

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stickyfaith

stickyfaith

One of the fears of many Christian parents is that their children, who they raise in the church, will end up walking away from the faith. Statistics show that many of the teens who are […]

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Leading Change – Review

Leading Change

One of the most important and yet difficult aspects of leadership is guiding an organization through change. I sometimes joke with my church, “We don’t mind change as long as it’s the same kind of […]

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Reviewing Leadership

Reviewing Leadership

I have read quite a few books on leadership and will continue to invest in this area of knowledge. However, Reviewing Leadership by Bernice M. Ledbetter, Robert J. Banks and David C. Greenhalgh fills in […]

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The Universe Next Door

One of the most important topics that we can study is that of worldviews. We all have a worldview, the question is how well do we understand our own and that of others? An excellent […]

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Kingdom Conspiracy – Review

The kingdom of God is arguably the most important topic in the Gospels. It definitely was the core of Jesus’ preaching. But what is the kingdom of God? Scot McKnight tackles this important topic in […]

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Pauline Christology

Apologetics and Theology

Was Jesus divine? Was the divinity of Jesus a later invention of the church? What did Paul, our earliest Christian writer, say about Jesus? I can think of no better resource to answer these questions […]

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A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

As a part of my research for my DMin thesis, I recently read James Sire’s A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics. I really didn’t have any expectations going into it but I ended up loving […]

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God is Great, God is Good

God is Great God is Good

One of the major challenges to the Church in recent years has been the New Atheism. The New Atheists do not have new arguments, but they do have a new aggressiveness and a new level […]

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Who Moved My Pulpit?

One of my favourite podcasts is Rainer on Leadership and Thom Rainer’s blog posts that I share seem to get a lot of engagement. So I was looking forward to finally reading one of his […]

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