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Today marks the anniversary of the death of French poet Paul Verlaine (d. 1896)…

In honor of the occasion, we offer this poem:
 

FREE EBOOK- Poems of Paul Verlaine

via Project Gutenberg

 
 

“SON, THOU MUST LOVE ME!
SEE–” MY SAVIOUR SAID

Paul Verlaine

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Marci-BDSK

Our poem of the day,
from the brand new collection…

Basic Disaster Supplies Kit: Poems
Marci Rae Johnson

Paperback: Steel Toe Books, Jan. 2016
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Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Marci Rae Johnson

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JesusInTheNameOfTheGunI’ve been traveling a lot over the last few weeks, so am still processing the entries in our Worst Christian Book Covers of 2015 contest.  I hope to post this list next week.

But in the meantime, I discovered this (comic book) cover this week that should have been a contender in last year’s competition…

For a taste of these comics, watch the video below…
(WARNING: Not for the faint of heart or the easily offended!)

Seems to me that these comics strike some deeper and uncomfortable truths about who Americans think (or hope) Jesus is…

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Opening Doors for Conversation
 
A Review of
 

A Second Shot of Coffee With Jesus
David Wilkie

Paperback: IVP Books, 2015.
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Reviewed by Kevin Wildman.

 

In college I became acquainted with the writings of Henri Nouwen, who quickly became one of my favorite authors. The thing about Nouwen is the simplicity with which he writes. Much of Nouwen’s writings are quick to read, and easy to comprehend, yet at the same time he communicates deep truths that will keep one thinking for days.
 
Like Nouwen, Wilkie is gifted at causing me to think for days, even weeks with a few sort sentences. One can easily pick up A Second Shot of Coffee With Jesus and read through it rather quickly, and unlike more complicated works, reading through this quickly does not hinder comprehension and retention.

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Deeper into the the Way of Jesus

A Feature Review of

The Story of King Jesus

Ben Irwin
Hardback: David C. Cook, 2014
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*** Kindle ebook Only $1.99!
(through July 7, 2015)

 

A Wolf At the Gate

Mark Van Steenwyk
Paperback: Mennonite Worker Press, 2014
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Our Latest Book Giveaway…

 
We will pick five winners who will each get a copy of:

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
by Pope Francis

 

( Check out:
Two Excerpts from the book…)

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A new book of Pope Francis’s writings came out this spring:
 

Walking With Jesus: A Way Forward for the Church
Pope Francis

Paperback: Loyola Press, 2015
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Watch for our review in
our summer print issue

 
 

Two excerpts from the book:

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I’ve heard a good deal of complaining recently about how they aren’t many good kids books related to the Christian holiday of Easter.  Not about spring, and cute bunnies and ducklings, but about the Easter story.

So, I set out to compile a top 10 list…

And along the way, I stumbled upon the wonderful blog, Aslan’s library, that features “beautiful and true theological books for kids.” (I highly recommend connecting with them!) Aslan’s Library confirmed a number of titles I already had on my list, and added a few more. If they have reviewed a book on the list below, I will link to their review…

 

10) Peter’s First Easter

by Walter Wangerin, Jr.

I love Wangerin’s writing, but the artwork in this book is not my favorite…
Read a review from Aslan’s Library.

 

9) Easter

by Fiona French

Read a review from Aslan’s Library.
 
 
 

8) Easter

by Jan Pienkowski

 
 
 
 
 
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Global Revealer, Global Messiah

A Review of

Jesus without Borders: Christology in the Majority World
(Majority World Theology Series)
Gene Green, Stephen Pardue, K.K. Yeo, Eds.
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2014
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Reviewed by James Stambaugh
 

The church of the global south, where the vast majority of Christians are, is usually not the first place we Western Christians consult about our theological questions.  We necessarily employ a variety of sources, pre-understandings, and experiences for theological reflection, but rarely among them is what our sisters and brothers in Africa, or Latin American, or Asia think.
 

There is an historical reason for this: colonialism, the premise that it is our job to tell them what to believe and practice about God, not the other way around.

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Entering into Life.

A Feature Review of

The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus
Dallas Willard

Hardback: HarperOne, 2015
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Reviewed by Elane O’Rourke

 
As Dallas Willard’s daughter, Rebecca Willard Heatley, write in the Preface to The Allure of Gentleness, “Gentle was a word frequently used to describe my father.” That gentleness permeates Dallas Willard’s latest posthumously published book. Allure is based on the transcription of a set of 1990 talks on apologetics in which Willard displayed his characteristic ease and thoughtfulness. Those who miss Willard’s presence and teaching will likely take pleasure in Allure’s prose: reading it is a nearly aural experience.

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