Bonhoeffer On the Christian Life: A Review

I recently found out about (and read) Stephen Nichols’ book on Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s life and theology called Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life: From the Cross, for the World (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013).  At just over 200 pages, it is quite a bit shorter and more accessible than Metaxas’ similar book.  In fact, there is a lot… Continue reading Bonhoeffer On the Christian Life: A Review

You Are What You Sing

 Note: This is a slightly edited repost from September, 2010. If you’ve been to an average American church, no doubt you know what a cheesy Christian song is all about.  From “Shine Jesus Shine” to "From The Inside Out" to “I Can Only Imagine,” solid theology is out and emotions and feelings are in.   I… Continue reading You Are What You Sing

The Jesus of American Consumerism (or: The Commodified Jesus)

 Here's a great piece from Stephen Nichols' wonderful book, Jesus: Made in America.  Nichols asks the question: "What happens to Christ in this culture of consumerism?  This question becomes all the more urgent when the negative influence of the commercialization and marketing of Christ gets noticed by a watching and increasingly more cynical public." "Such… Continue reading The Jesus of American Consumerism (or: The Commodified Jesus)

New Book: Reading the Bible as the Story of Redemption

  Here's a new book that has to do with reading God's Word rightly and for profit: Welcome to the Story by Stephen Nichols.  In just over 150 pages, Nichols introduces the main storyline of the Bible, how our lives fit into that story, and how to read the Bible (story).  This is a helpful "big… Continue reading New Book: Reading the Bible as the Story of Redemption

Pious and Secular America

Back in 1958 Reinhold Niebuhr published a collection of essays which he titled, Pious and Secular America (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1958).  The first essay has the same title of the book, and I found it to be quite thought-provoking and penetrating.  Notice the depth of these quotes. "...Here we are in the 20th… Continue reading Pious and Secular America