Today is the birthday of the poet e.e. cummings, born 1894.
These three poems can be found in the collection:
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Willard, who grew up on a farm in Missouri, undoubtedly had his theology of work shaped by those early experiences.
This particular video caught my interest because work is one of the key virtues of the Slow Church project that John Pattison and I are working on…
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Paperback: Baker Academic, 2012.
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Reviewed by Chris Sicks
When I was an atheist, I thought the reason God was unknowable was because he didn’t exist. Today I not only believe he exists—I preach, teach, and write about him. Still, much about God remains mysterious, even unknowable.
Why does God, who truly wants to be known, seem so incomprehensible?
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A Feature Review of
Paperback: Brazos, 2013
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Reviewed by Adam P. Newton.
Before we get into the meat of this review, I must confess to you that I love a good video game. Granted, I would never call myself a “gamer,” mostly because I like a specific subset of video games (Japanese-style fantasy role-playing games), and I’ve never voraciously engaged the wider community of gamers (mostly because I’m acutely aware that my “appreciator” status makes me an outsider). Nevertheless, I’ve received my fair share of odd looks and occasional rebuffs from church leaders and pastors whenever I mentioned that I play video games, especially the older I’ve become. Thus, it’s important that I’m upfront with my intrinsic bias towards the idea that the playing of video games is quite the OK practice for a Christian.
Kevin Schut makes this same confession in order to provide context and clarity to the discussion in which he engages throughout Of Games and God (though he’s a much more diverse and experienced gamer than I could claim to be). The book serves as an excellent examination of the intersection of gamer culture and Christianity, especially since a book of this nature hasn’t been attempted in the past. Schut confesses to his frustrations regarding the substance of the Church’s traditional critiques of video games – namely, they’re either a waste of time or they’re filled with content antithetical to the Christianity.
[easyazon-image align=”none” asin=”1594631298″ locale=”us” height=”333″ src=”http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41YVo2Uft5L.jpg” width=”188″ alt=”Anne Lamott”]Disentangled from our Selfish, Controlling, Damaged Selves
A Feature Review of
Hardback: Riverhead, 2012.
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Reviewed by Ellen Painter Dollar.
Anne Lamott opens her newest book, Help. Thanks. Wow.: The Three Essential Prayers (Riverhead 2012) with these words: “I do not know much about God and prayer, but I have come to believe, over the past twenty-five years, that there’s something to be said about keeping prayer simple.” Reading that, I silently uttered one of the three prayers that Lamott presents as essential: “Thanks.” The notion that life-changing prayer can be simple was a message I needed to hear.
This talk would later be compiled as part of the classic book:
A Feature Review of
Reviewed by Adam P. Newton
Depending upon where under the vast umbrella of American evangelicalism you might reside, the very idea of this book is probably going to rankle you a bit. I can even hear some of you thinking, “How do beer, conversation, and God even fit together? Shouldn’t it be beer, conversation, or God? I’m not sure that we should be drinking alcohol while talking about God, and we certainly shouldn’t be hanging out in places where you can buy booze.” Bryan Berghoef would be the first to admit that he remembers having that sort of thinking himself in the past, and more importantly, he’d be the first to tell you that he does not advocate that you plunk yourself down on a stool at your local watering hole and proceed to rant about the Gospel while getting drunk.
The purpose of Pub Theology is to present the framework for a concept embodied in the book’s title – pub theology is the creation of a safe space for a diverse group of people with a diverse set of beliefs to sit down and talk about deep stuff. Yes, these talks would optimally be about theology, but it could be about anything, as Berghoef intentionally hopes that these groups develop into meetings where adults feel comfortable talking about religion and politics in an open, civil fashion, free of polemics and stereotypes.
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Reviewed by Tom Farr.
If Christianity is primarily about a restored relationship with God, then it would only make sense for that relationship to be characterized by one of the most foundational aspects of relationships that we know—conversation. For example, my relationship with my wife is built upon and cultivated by the back-and-forth conversations that we have. But people don’t typically think of a relationship with God that way. Though we read story after story in the Bible of people experiencing an audible voice of God, we somehow understand that if God speaks to anyone audibly at all, it’s very rare. We understand that we’re supposed to pray, but we likely don’t expect to hear anything in return other than what we read in the Bible.
But what if God wants to have that kind of a conversational relationship with us? What if God wants to give us guidance in the specifics of lives? Dallas Willard, a respected voice in the area of spiritual formation, tackles the questions of a conversational relationship with God in his book Hearing God, which was recently released in an updated and expanded edition from InterVarsity Press.