Open, by David Gregory

by Christopher Ray

Open, by David Gregory, Carol Stream, IL: Tyndale House, 2016, 153 pp, hardcover, ISBN: 978-1496413963

David Gregory’s Open is a delightful, quick read that shares one of the great truths of Christian living in a very accessible way. Continue reading “Open, by David Gregory”

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The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, by Alister McGrath

by Christopher Ray

The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, by Alister McGrath, Downers Grove, IVP Academic, 2010, 210 pp, hardcover, ISBN: 978-0830836758

Alister McGrath is, arguably, one of the keenest intellectuals in Western Christianity today. A former atheist, he is internationally recognized as a historian, biochemist, and theologian, and is the Chair of Theology, Ministry and Education at Kings College in London. In his 2010 book, The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, McGrath encourages his readers to appreciate the power of Christian theology to engender “a deeper appreciation of the capacity of the gospel to engage with the complexities of the natural world on one hand and the human experience on the other,” while recognizing and respecting the inherent limits to theological inquiry. (12) Continue reading “The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the Discipleship of the Mind, by Alister McGrath”

Beloved Mess, by Kimm Crandall

by Christopher Ray

Beloved Mess, by Kimm Crandall, Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2016, 160 pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-0801019005

“When we stop stuffing down and hiding our failures, we see that God really does love us just as we are. This is freedom! We are no longer enslaved to our shortcomings. We no longer have to hide in shame.”(67) Continue reading “Beloved Mess, by Kimm Crandall”