Book Review: Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management

Shakespeare, Lyndon. Being the Body of Christ in the Age of Management (Veritas Book 19), 2016. Summary Lyndon Shakespeare serves as a rector in the Episcopal church. He argues that the response to decline in church participation in the West has been met with either managerial or missional impulses. He states that both responses are shaped […]

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Book Review: The Hole in Our Holiness

In The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness (Crossway, 2012), Kevin DeYoung argues that working hard to be more like God in our moral character or “pursuing Godliness” is not legalism and antithetical to the gospel but rather a necessary expression of “gospel passion.” He rightly […]

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Book Review

Rod Dreher, Live Not By Lies: A Manual for Christian Dissidents (2020) Author of the 2017 bestseller The Benedictine Option, journalist Rod Dreher sounds a similar note of alarm as he compares the current state of progressive ideology in politics and education combined with consumer capitalism to the surveillance state of Soviet communism. Drawing from compelling and sometimes […]

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Book Review: The Triumph of Christianity

Stark, Rodney. The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. Kindle edition.  In The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion, Rodney Stark seeks to revise various misconceptions about the “Jesus movement” from it’s inception in first century Rome to the current state of Christianity around the world. Writing […]

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Book Review: Disappearing Church

Sayers, Mark. Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience. Moody Publishers, 2016. In Disappearing Church: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience, Sayers seeks to show that the “Western church’s favored strategy of cultural relevance” will not hold up in the “Third Culture” of post-Christianity and must be replaced by strategies that promote resilient gospel-centered, orthodox faith (14).  In […]

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Book Review: War and Peace, “Second Epilogue…”

Tolstoy, Leo. War and Peace, “Second Epilogue: A General Discussion on the Historian’s Study of Human Life, and on the difficulty of Defining the Forces that Move Nations. The Problem of Free Will and Necessity” (Norton Critical Edition, 1867).  In the second epilogue to War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy argues that describing the “life of nations,” otherwise […]

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