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Everett Worthington: A Just Forgiveness

Everett Worthington: A Just Forgiveness

Everett L. Worthington, Jr., A Just Forgiveness: Responsible Healing without Excusing Injustice (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009) 252 pages, ISBN 9780830337014. Since this reviewer has sat under Worthington in a seminar setting in an American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC) national meeting, it is a personal pleasure to review this book of his which seeks […]

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Ten Keys to Managing Anxiety

Ten Keys to Managing Anxiety

“Will I be laid off?” “Can my children avoid drugs, violence and promiscuity?” How will this surgery go? No matter how much we do to ensure positive outcomes, life brims with causes for worry. Anxiety arises whenever we fear possible loss or harm to our person, family, relationships or possessions. If we depend on our […]

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Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe

  Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears, Doctrine: What Christians Should Believe (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 464 pages, ISBN 9781433506253. Mark Driscoll, founding pastor of Mars Hill Church, and Gerry Breshears, professor of theology at Western Seminary, describe the foundational doctrines and therein the membership requirements of the Mars Hill Church. They divide the book into […]

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Jim Wallis: Rediscovering Values

Jim Wallis: Rediscovering Values

  Jim Wallis, Rediscovering Values On Wall Street, Main Street, and Your Street: A Moral Compass for the New Economy (New York, NY: Howard Books, 2010), ix + 255 pages, ISBN 9781439183120. Rahm Emanuel, President Obama’s former chief of staff, was quoted as saying, “You don’t ever want to let a crisis go to waste; […]

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Allegiance, Truth and Power: Three crucial dimensions for Christian living

Allegiance, Truth and Power: Three crucial dimensions for Christian living

  How do experiential truth and the bondage-breaking power of the Spirit support every believer to have a right relationship with God?   Given the fact that the Bible’s primary concern is our relationship to God, a relationship that starts with commitment or allegiance to Him, where are the contextualization studies dealing with relationship? What […]

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Everyday Theology

Everyday Theology

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Charles A. Anderson, Michael J. Sleasman, eds., Everyday Theology: How to Read Cultural Texts and Interpret Trends (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 285 pages, ISBN 9780801031670. Everyday Theology deals with the daily encounters that influence people’s thoughts, those multitudes of encounters that no theologian can afford to ignore. The book considers popular […]

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Marriage at the Crossroads

Marriage at the Crossroads

  William D. & Aida Besancon Spencer and Steven R. & Celestia G. Tracy, Marriage at the Crossroads: Couples in Conversation about Discipleship, Gender Roles, Decision-Making and Intimacy (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009), 232 pages, ISBN 9780830828906. Marriage at the Crossroads is more like a forum or panel discussion reduced to print. The subtitle […]

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James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered

James Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered

  James C. Wilhoit, Spiritual Formation as if the Church Mattered: Growing in Christ through Community (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), 233 pages, ISBN 9780801027765. Dallas Willard, in The Spirit of the Disciplines, challenges the Church to return to the primary purpose of proclaiming the gospel and making disciples (18). James Wilhoit’s spiritual theology, as […]

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Christians and a Land Called Holy

Christians and a Land Called Holy

  Charles P. Lutz and Robert O. Smith, Christians and a Land Called Holy: How We Can Foster Justice, Peace, and Hope (Minneapolis: Fortress, 2006), 146 pages, ISBN 9780800637842. Christians and a Land Called Holy is an appeal for action on the part of the wider Christian community in response to the vexing political situation […]

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Jesus Manifesto

Jesus Manifesto

A special summary of the book Jesus Manifesto by Leonard Sweet & Frank Viola. When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for the body of Christ to come to its senses and spell out the biblical bands which define it, the Spirit of God impels us to arise in the same confidence […]

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Jennifer Cisney: Healing From the Pain of Sexual Assault

Jennifer Cisney: Healing From the Pain of Sexual Assault

  Jennifer Cisney, “Healing From the Pain of Sexual Assault” Enrichment (Spring 2009), pages 108-112. Jennifer Cisney, a counselor, executive board member of the American Association of Certified Christian Sexual Addition Specialists, member of the the American Association of Christian Counselors since 1994 and survivor of sexual assault, recognizes “the progress the church has made […]

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Matthew Elliott: Faithful Feelings

Matthew Elliott: Faithful Feelings

  Matthew A. Elliott, Faithful Feelings: Rethinking Emotions in the New Testament (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2006), 301pages, ISBN 0825425455. This reviewer’s response to Matthew Elliott’s book Faithful Feelings is very positive as it focuses on a matter of personal concern: reading the New Testament as to its emotional content on the part of the writers […]

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There Are Times When We Must Declare War

There Are Times When We Must Declare War

  Jack Hayford preached a sermon at Church on the Way in 1982. He chose Ephesians 6 for his scripture from which he described the armor of God, and how we were to embrace and wear that armor to ward off attacks of the enemy of our souls. I was 51, single, lonely and living […]

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Ben Quash and Michael Ward: Heresies and How to Avoid Them

Ben Quash and Michael Ward: Heresies and How to Avoid Them

  Ben Quash and Michael Ward, eds., Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it matters what Christians believe (Peabody, Mass.: Hendrickson Publishers, 2007), 148 pages, ISBN 9781598560138. Heresy and heresy hunting are the two issues addressed in Heresies and How to Avoid Them by Ben Quash and Michael Ward. With the contributions of several […]

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