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[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”333″ identifier=”0190673648″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”220″]The Future of Church Planting?
A Review of

Church Planting
in Post-Christian Soil:
Theology and Practice

Christopher James

Hardcover: Oxford UP, 2017
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake
The dominant storyline says the church is decline in the global West. The “nones” are ascendant as the church loses its relevance. Then the story splits. The younger generation has no use for tradition; no, the younger generation seeks authenticity and needs a historically oriented liturgy. The church has become too inward-looking; the church has become too seeker sensitive. The church has become or not become a lot of things. It’s a bit of a mess, really.

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What is the Pietist Option?

October 18, 2017


[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”250″ identifier=”0830851941″ locale=”US” src=”” tag=”douloschristo-20″ width=”167″]Another of the best theology books released this month is: 

The Pietist Option:
Hope for the Renewal of Christianity

Christopher Gehrz / Mark Pattie III

Hardback: IVP Books, 2017
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Like Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, released earlier this year,
Gehrz and Pattie invite the church into a timely new way of being…


The four instincts that are at the heart of The Pietist Option:

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Past and Future
Elizabeth Barrett Browning

MY future will not copy fair my past
On any leaf but Heaven’s. Be fully done,
Supernal Will ! I would not fain be one

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“Economics as a Truly Social Science”

A review of

The Economics of Enough:
How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters
By Diane Coyle

Review by Matthew Kaul.

ECONOMICS OF ENOUGH - CoyleThe Economics of Enough:
How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters
Diane Coyle
Hardback: Princeton UP, 2011.
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At few points in American history has the intersection of politics and economics featured so centrally in the news, in our discussions, in the ways we live our lives day to day. Internationally, we watch as the Greek debt crisis spirals down and down, drawing Portugal, Spain, Italy along with it, and threatening the very existence of the European Union. Domestically, we listen to pundits repeat platitudes and slogans ad naseum as the divided federal government carries itself ever closer to default while the unemployment rate, when it’s not stagnating, continues to rise. Locally, we’ve been reminded of the possibility of protest and civil disobedience as political acts (a possibility much more easily forgotten in American than in most of the rest of the world), as protests engulfed a capital (Indianapolis) that some state legislators had fled. In all these events, in the continual lingering of a crisis that doesn’t seem to quit, we see just how deeply the economy is politicized, and likewise we come to recognize the economic costs of poor political decision-making.

If you’re like me, you frequently throw up your hands in despair over the mess in which we find ourselves—a global mess provoked in the first place by the egregious greed and recklessness of a few. Add to that concerns over global warming and our abuse of the environment, a population in the West that’s aging and hasn’t properly planned for the financial costs of that aging (even as the developing world’s population explodes at an equally unsustainable rate), wars that seem never to end, etc.  The sheer scope of and complex connections between these problems begs for some assuring voice of reason to simply explain to us what is going on. How can we hope to understand something as complex as contemporary political economy? If we can, how should we do so?

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An excerpt from the book:

The Economics of Enough:
How to Run the Economy as If the Future Matters
Diane Coyle
Hardback: Princeton UP, 2011.
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Read our review of this book