Book Review: The Silent Years
"The Silent Years" is a misnomer. The majority of the pages discuss the life of Jesus within the timeline of the New Testament gospels. Green does, however, attempt to fill in some gaps around the origins of Jesus' relationships with his disciples (including the women who supported His ministry).
While Green does an adequate job of addressing the humanity of Christ, he takes it to an extreme that I believe to be theologically inaccurate. Scripture specifically states that Jesus was without sin; Green tells of Jesus repenting of sinful thoughts. Additionally, Green takes liberties with...
Book Review: Hometown Prophet
I have to admit I began the book with some skepticism about Fulmer's background with more "charismatic" churches than I attend. The skepticism was unfounded. I also began the book with a general apprehension toward Christian fiction in general. Jeff Fulmer's book was a pleasant surprise. While I would not consider it "literature" in the truest sense of the word (a la Faulkner or Steinbeck), it was a story that kept me turning pages long after I should have turned off the light and fallen asleep.
Other reviewers have called the book controversial, but (with the exception about our...
Book Review: Confessions of a Bible Thumper
Confessions of a Bible Thumper is the story of Michael Camp’s faith journey. Part memoir and part espousal of his theological “doctrines” (I seriously doubt he would call his beliefs doctrines, but for the sake of simplicity I use the word.) the book reminded me of the format Brian McLaren used in A New Kind of Christian. That being said, McLaren did a better job of telling a story seamlessly. Camp’s narrative was split between pub conversations and flashback memories, with an emphasis on the flashbacks that were so foundational to the development of his belief system.
Camp asks McLaren (or...
rescue and refuge
"The waters fall. The wind blows. The sky rumbles, lightning strikes.
But the refuge is calm. The storm surrounds but doesn't breach the
barrier. Its presence is know but it can't touch the sheltered. If You
are big enough to move mountains, You are big enough to keep me safe,
to protect, to hold, to change. I'm drowning and I need You to rescue
me. Asking for rescue seems a more accurate analogy than running to You
for shelter. I'm helpless... too weary to run to You. I need You to
run to me. I've struggled long enough on my own, and it's been nothing
but failure. ...