The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns

The Bible Tells Me So by Peter Enns

by Christopher Ray

The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns, New York: Harper One, 2014, 267 pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-0062272034.

What do you do when the Bible doesn’t behave? Well, if you follow the lead of Peter Enns, you decide that the Canaanite genocide never happened, that the creation narratives were designed by post-exilic writers to justify and support Israel’s national identity, and that stories of Jesus’ birth in the Gospels were embellished in order to underscore the broader implications of Jesus’ life and work. Continue reading “The Bible Tells Me So, by Peter Enns”

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Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, by Christopher A. Hall

by Christopher Ray

Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, by Christopher A. Hall, Downers Grove, Ill: IVP Academic, 2002, 308 pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-0830826865

A pastor once said to me, “If you want information about God, books written in the last five years are great. But, if you want intimacy with God read books written at least 500 years ago.” Continue reading “Learning Theology with the Church Fathers, by Christopher A. Hall”

Genesis in Space and Time, by Francis Schaeffer

Genesis In Space and Time by Francis Schaeffer

by Christopher Ray

Genesis in Space and Time, by Francis Schaeffer, Downers Grove, IL; InterVarsity Press, 1972, 167pp, paperback, ISBN: 978-0877846369

What is the solution to the dilemmas man finds himself faced with? Everywhere one looks, one can observe man at odds with God, with himself, with other men, and with nature. Francis Schaeffer, in his book Genesis in Space and Time, contends that the answer is to be found in the origins of man, and of the universe itself. Continue reading “Genesis in Space and Time, by Francis Schaeffer”

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”