There’s been one of those viral challenges going around Facebook asking for your 10 most influential books. Here’s mine, not counting the books of the Bible:
- Repenting of Religion by Greg Boyd
- Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland
- The Great Emergence by Phyllis Tickle
- A New Kind of Christianity by Brian McLaren
- A Nonviolent Atonement by J. Denny Weaver
- The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey
- God and Empire by John Dominic Crossan (even though there were some sections I really didn’t agree with)
- Scripture and the Authority of God by N.T. Wright
- Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister E. McGrath
- Jesus for President by Shane Claiborne and Chris Haw
The last 2 took a while and on any given day could probably be interchanged for some others like Boyd’s God of the Possible and McLaren’s Everything Must Change, but for the most part, this is what I’m looking at for my core book influences.
On Saturday night Emily and I watched a PBS documentary on the Civil Rights Freedom Riders. I had a vague knowledge of the history (Emily had quite a bit more) but not many of the details. It really is an inspiring story on many fronts.
Beyond general inspiration, though, I couldn’t help but draw a lot of parallels with the events in Ferguson.
A few days ago a hacker (or team of hackers) successfully stole nude photos of approximately 100 celebrity women. Those photos were quickly spread all over the Internet and the person(s) responsible have yet to be caught. This is a large-scale sex crime. There should be no sugarcoating of that fact. Unfortunately, as often the case with sex crimes, many are blaming the victims or in only a slight variation, blame their choice of technology. (more…)
For whatever reason, eschatology has the potential to get people the most angry about – probably after only atonement – even though it also has the least direct influence on our lives of any of the topics covered by systematic theology.
Here’s Bruxy on the topic:
I had the privilege of reading an advanced copy of Undiluted by fellow MennoNerd Benjamin Corey. The goal of the book is to help us reclaim an understanding of Jesus and Christian faith that has not been diluted by our culture. In my estimation, it does a great job of accomplishing this goal.
It is a very readable book. That much will stand out right away. I spaced my reading out simply because of a busy summer, but I’m sure doing it in a day or at least a weekend wouldn’t have been challenging. That’s an important quality for a book with this one’s goal. To be more specific, each chapter essentially begins more as a memoir and then shifts to a more general discussion of Jesus’ life and teachings on the topic. (more…)
Am I a radical for sharing on Facebook recently the call for justice in the death of Mike Brown and the similar scenarios we see over and over again of a black person being killed, simply for the crime of being black? Some definitely think so.
I haven’t blogged much this summer. One of the big reasons: I really am starting to hate being at the computer absorbing so much bad news. It really has seemed like much more than usual this summer. If case you’ve missed out, it’s all rather depressing: war with borderline genocide in Gaza, extremists killing everyone not like them in Iraq, Mark Driscoll’s latest abuses coming to light and his continued refusal to get help, the suicide of Robin Williams and the many harmful things said by some Christians in response.