Kenda Creasy Dean on Teen Faith

There’s a recent interview with Princeton Seminary professor Kendra Creasy Dean about her new book, Almost Christian: What the Faith of Our Teenagers is Telling the American Church. The book is written towards mainline churches as a result of the National Study on Youth and Religion (which is outlined in the books Soul Searching and […]

Where Was God When…?

I have been asked to participate in a blog tour for a new book by Mike Calhoun: Where Was God When? I have not read the book or know much about Mike, so this isn’t necessarily an endorsement, but their idea of the blog tour was so interesting that I decided to participate. If you […]

Best Youth Ministry Books: Youth Ministry 3.0 by Mark Ostreicher

Yesterday I finally read Youth Ministry 3.0 by Mark Ostreicher, and since I’m one of the latecomers to the conversation I won’t summarize the book too much. Marko has linked to tons of reviews on his blog if you are interested in more in-depth summaries. If you are fairly in-tune with a lot of the […]

Bookshelf Anomalies #6: The Purpose Driven Life & Messy Spirituality

Bookshelf Anomalies #1 Bookshelf Anomalies #2 Bookshelf Anomalies #3 Bookshelf Anomalies #4 Bookshelf Anomalies #5 Two approaches to mature Christian spirituality are highlighted in these two books, one of which has sold millions of copies, the other one hasn’t. I’ll let you figure out which is which. Rick Warren’s approach in The Purpose Driven Life […]

Bookshelf Anomalies #5: Don't Waste Your Life & The Sacred Way

Bookshelf Anomalies #1 Bookshelf Anomalies #2 Bookshelf Anomalies #3 Bookshelf Anomalies #4 The anomaly of these two books lie in the authors: John Piper and Tony Jones. If you don’t know about the history of these two gentlemen (it’s not adversarial, but they do disagree with one another and have even met for lunch to […]

Bookshelf Anomalies #4: The Soul of Ministry & The Purpose Driven Church

Bookshelf Anomalies #1 Bookshelf Anomalies #2 Bookshelf Anomalies #3 Two more books that take different approaches to a similar topic sitting next to one another on my bookshelf: The Soul of Ministry by Ray S. Anderson. Anderson is a former pastor who is currently a theologian at Fuller Theological Seminary. He reminds me of a […]