For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

Most Christians are quite familiar with Paul's great words in Philippians 1:21: "For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain" (NIV). Or as the Geneva Bible has it, "For Christ is to me bothe in life, and in death advantage." Thomas Watson (d. 1686) wrote a nice brief explanation of this… Continue reading For Me, To Live is Christ (Watson)

Avoiding False Spirituality/Spiritualities

There are many popular quasi- and pseudo-Christian spiritualities in existence today.  The “Christian” bestsellers typically include books about spirituality without a clear explanation of or belief in the gospel.  Some popular “Christian” authors deny key aspects of the historic faith and others talk about being spiritual without much dependence on Scripture.  You can find bestselling… Continue reading Avoiding False Spirituality/Spiritualities

Christ Plays In 10K Places

  I need to read books like this one, even if it is long, delightful, unsettling, funny,  valuable, and odd all at the same time.  I've read Peterson's A Long Obedience and his The Contemplative Pastor, and since then I made a "book-berith" (book-covenant) with myself to read or re-read at least one of his… Continue reading Christ Plays In 10K Places

Our Way, Right Away: Finding God

 In David Wells' great book, The Courage to be Protestant, he discusses the inherent neo-paganism in American religion.  "The assumption that we all have a natural access to the sacred is as old as the oldest forms of paganism."  This, writes Wells, is the assumption of many Americans, that we can get to God our… Continue reading Our Way, Right Away: Finding God

Deepak’s jesus

  Deepak Chopra, in many ways a picture of American religion right next to Oprah and Osteen, has his own Jesus - or so he claims in a recent book of his, The Third Jesus: The Christ We Cannot Ignore (New York: Harmony Books, 2008).  He says the first Jesus is the historical one, "and we… Continue reading Deepak’s jesus