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Exploring Calvinism’s Appeal

Saving Calvinism: Expanding the Reformed Tradition SAVING CALVINISM: EXPANDING THE REFORMED TRADITION OLIVER D. CRISP IVP ACADEMIC, 2016 $18 (PAPERBACK) 165 PAGES My initial response to the title of this book was, “Does Calvinism need saving?” Oliver Crisp, professor of systematic theology at Fuller Theological Seminary, thinks it does. His…
April 30, 2018
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Making Technology a Servant

The Tech-Wise Family: Everyday Steps for Putting Technology in its Proper Place THE TECH-WISE FAMILY: EVERYDAY STEPS FOR PUTTING TECHNOLOGY IN ITS PROPER PLACE| ANDY CROUCH BAKER BOOKS, 2017 $13.99 224 PAGES Has your family tried the Dolmio Pepper Hacker? With a twist of the pepper mill, your home TVs,…
April 30, 2018
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Our Burning Streets

Race & Place RACE & PLACE: HOW URBAN GEOGRAPHY SHAPES THE JOURNEY TO RECONCILIATION DAVID P. LEONG INTERVARSITY PRESS, 2017 $16 (PAPERBACK) 208 PAGES The day I finished reading this book was the day 15-year-old unarmed Jordan Edwards was shot and killed by a policeman’s rifle. This death, like the long string…
February 28, 2018
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A Feast of Church Music

The Reason Why We Sing THE REASON WHY WE SING HEATHER JOSSELYN-CRANSON ORDER OF SAINT LUKE, 2016 $20 (PAPERBACK) 210 PAGES I choose and play worship songs for a living. Every year I listen to hundreds of new songs – weighing and sifting those that I hope and pray will…
February 28, 2018
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Justice: It’s God’s Thing

The Justice Calling THE JUSTICE CALLING: WHERE PASSION MEETS PERSEVERANCE BETHANY HANKE HOANG, KRISTEN DEEDE JOHNSON BRAZOS PRESS, 2017 $18.99 (PAPERBACK) 240 PAGES Two thousand years after the greatest act of injustice, when the only truly innocent man was crucified, modern day Christians are still debating the call to do…
December 30, 2017
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Sport at the Deep End

Well Played: A Christian theology of sport and the ethics of doping WELL PLAYED: A CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY OF SPORT AND THE ETHICS OF DOPING MICHAEL SHAFER PICKWICK PUBLICATIONS, 2015 $25.60 (PAPERBACK) 244 PAGES Although authors have since biblical times alluded to sport while writing about Christian faith, scholarly treatises on…
December 30, 2017
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Remembering Jesus, Not Ourselves

Accompany Them with Singing: The Christian Funeral ACCOMPANY THEM WITH SINGING: THE CHRISTIAN FUNERAL THOMAS G. LONG WESTMINSTER JOHN KNOX PRESS, 2013 242 PAGES (PAPERBACK) $15 In many contexts today, funerals have become a show to feature the distinctive loves and interests of the deceased. Pastors and laypeople tailor funerals…
October 31, 2017
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Probing America’s Premiere Youth Ministry

Making Jesus Attractive: The Ministry and Message of Young Life MAKING JESUS ATTRACTIVE: THE MINISTRY AND MESSAGE OF YOUNG LIFE GRETCHEN SCHOON TANIS PICKWICK PUBLICATIONS, 2016 178 PAGES $23 A friend who is a senior ministry leader with Young Life tells the story of the reaction he received at a…
June 30, 2017