Monthly Mini-Reviews: books by Joel Osteen, Will Durant, Miles Unger, and CS Lewis

52 books this year - that’s my goal. If you’ve been following on Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook, you know that I check in with a photo each time I complete a book.  It’s turning out to be an interesting little community project - I delight in the commentary that follows each book selection.   Over … Continue reading Monthly Mini-Reviews: books by Joel Osteen, Will Durant, Miles Unger, and CS Lewis

These 4 Books Helped Me Discover New Depths Of Prayer

I’ll confess it; prayer is difficult. After hearing the carefully crafted prayers of professional religionists, I used to despair, thinking “I’ll never be able to talk like that.”  Then, I became one of those professional religionists, and that didn’t make it better.  I felt like people expected neo-Shakespearian prose from me when I prayed. I … Continue reading These 4 Books Helped Me Discover New Depths Of Prayer

Author Interview: Steve McCutchan, author of A Star and a Tear

Watch out for those pastors who become authors. Not just me.  There are more of us out there.  Let me tell you about Steve McCutchan.  I knew of Steve while I lived in Winston-Salem; I had heard of his work with the Presbyterian Interracial Dialogue; I knew of his leadership in the Presbytery.  When Tammy … Continue reading Author Interview: Steve McCutchan, author of A Star and a Tear

Reading Recommendation for Spiritual Wellbeing: The God of the Mundane

I liked Matt Redmond's slim little volume, "The God of the Mundane." After a second read, I liked it a lot. Redmond, a former pastor who now works in banking, offers a healthful counterpoint to the breathless vision-casting Christian-living hype that is served up by the shining-teeth rock stars of contemporary evangelicalism.   He writes for … Continue reading Reading Recommendation for Spiritual Wellbeing: The God of the Mundane

Summer Reading for 2012 – Try a little Dickens

Originally printed in the Covenant Courier June 2012 Issue “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” His writing shook the world.  His vivid depictions of urban squalor gave fuel to reforms in labor laws and in the management of charitable institutions.   He crafted prose rich in sensory detail, and he … Continue reading Summer Reading for 2012 – Try a little Dickens