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Abraham Kuyper and the Immigration Debate

Christian Hospitality and Muslim Immigration in an Age of Fear, by Matthew Kaemingk CHRISTIAN HOSPITALITY AND MUSLIM IMMIGRATION IN AN AGE OF FEAR MATTHEW KAEMINGK WM.B EERDMANS PUBLISHING CO., 2018 $28 (PAPERBACK) 352 PAGES On January 27, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending the U.S. Refugee Admission program and banning admission to immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries. President Trump’s actions reveal a growing tension among many European aend North American nations between the desire to…
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War’s Insanity in Verse

No Turning Back, by R.L. Barth NO TURNING BACK: THE BATTLE OF DIEN BIEN PHU R.L. BARTH SCIENTER PRESS, 2016 26 PAGES $12.50 In his brief introduction to No Turning Back: The Battle of Dien Bien Phu, R.L. Barth tells us that, after writing poems about his experience as a Marine in the American war, he “wanted to establish for the historical background of own tour” and thus took a deep look at the final battle of the French war…
June 30, 2018
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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 solution is to provide alternatives to what he considers unduly narrow or dogmatic positions taken in traditional Calvinism – for example, double predestination, total depravity and the bondage of the…
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, wi-fi and mobile devices shut down and family members engage with each other instead of their devices. Yes, it’s too good to be true, but the YouTube video creators behind…
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 of deaths of young black men (and women) that came before Edwards’, the current U.S. presidential administration’s executive orders regarding immi-gration as well as other policies focused on race and…
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 be both a blessing and faith forming for my congregation – the community of Hope College. Most of this is a joy – achieving and arranging being two of my…
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 justice in the local and catholic church. To say that The Justice Calling is a timely gift to the contemporary church is a profound understatement. Why? The Justice Calling lifts…
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 this relationship have arisen mostly in the past 40 years. Theologians Jurgen Moltmann (Theology of Play, 1972) and Robert Johnston (The Christian at Play, 1983), for instance, wrote about the…
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 to the exact specifications and desires of the deceased or their grieving loved ones. According to Thomas Long, this move has “ended up allowing them to become more individualistic and…
October 31, 2017