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Fellow blogger Richard Beck has a  new book out with Cascade Books entitled, Unclean: Meditations on Purity, Hospitality, and Mortality. This book does a great job of exploring the relationship(s) between notions of purity, mission, theology, and psychology. I had the pleasure to work on the book in its editorial process and am very happy […]

Most Overrated Theological Books?

In a rare, in-person meeting of the minds this weekend in Nashville, Nate Kerr, R.O. Flyer, and myself solved a great many of the world’s theological problems. One, however, we still need your help on. At some point we took it upon ourselves to try to figure out the most overrated theological book of the […]

Beckwith’s Rome

Jamie Smith has a review of Francis Beckwith’s book, Return to Rome up at The Other Journal. It certainly takes Beckwith to task for, among other things, making Rome in his own evangelical image. Definitely worth a read. Here’s an excerpt: Beckwith has returned to the Rome of his evangelical dreams: a pure, pristine defender […]

Amazon revisited

Some of you may remember a couple years ago when I posted a tirade about Amazon and their attempt to strong arm print on demand publishers into using their own printing service. Well, I did some checking to see whatever happened with that and it turns out that an anti-trust suit was filed by rightfully […]

Best Theological Book of The Decade

The other day on Facebook, a discussion arose on the basis of a claim about what the best theological book of the last decade was. As I thought on the question I found it exceedingly difficult to answer, so I thought I’d pose the question here. What do you think the best theological book of […]

How to dedicate a book

Terry Eagleton doesn’t seem to be losing his flare. In fact, he’s just revolutionized the genre of book dedications. From his forthcoming book, On Evil we read the following on the dedication page: To Henry Kissinger. H/T: dotCommonweal

Powers and Practices §2: Philip Stolzfus

The second chapter of Powers and Practices is a far cry, in terms of quality, from the first, and hopefully all the following essays. It is entitled “Nonviolent Jesus, Nonviolent God?” and it attempts to critique Yoder for allegedly not going far enough in purging his “concept of God” of violent images, such as those […]

Powers and Practices §1: Chris Huebner

One of my new aims this year is to blog more consistently about what I’m reading. One way I’m going to do that is by doing more chapter by chapter reviews/notes on books. I’m hoping to do one of these most weekdays. To kick it off, I’m starting with Powers and Practices: Engaging the Work […]

One of those deserted island kind of things

What is the one novel for you? The one that you would take up, forsaking all others if you had to choose. And why? Tell us.

Where to keep the books?

This is my dilemma. I have an office with ample shelf space where I could easily house the large part of my library, thus having it with me every day during the work week. This would also have the advantage of having my books on-hand while doing editorial work. However, I have this deep-seated fear […]

Augustine Translations

Even though Augustine Week only produced a handful of posts, I’m still furiously reading all things Augustine. So far I’ve been quite impressed with the New City Press editions of Augustine’s works. Sadly they haven’t done The City of God yet, but the Cambridge University Press edition seems pretty good to me. But, as a […]

Why the Kindle Shouldn’t be Trusted

Turns out that the only way to really own a book is to . . . well, actually own a book. Farhad Manjoo has a good article in Slate about the recent debacle regarding Kindle users who had purchased 1984 and then subsequently had their book deleted when it came out that it was in […]

Evangelicals and Empire

For those who are interested, I’ve just had my review of Bruce Benson and Peter Heltzel’s new book, Evangelicals and Empire published in The Other Journal. The book is a fascinating engagement with the empire theory of Hardt and Negri from the standpoint of evangelicalism. The book looks both at how Hardt and Negri’s theory […]

Mere Yoder

John Howard Yoder continues to become more and more of an influence on me, both materially and methodologically in regard to both theology and ethics. Of course, many, many folks have never read or even heard of Yoder. This is to be expected, given his Mennonite context. If you’re not a Mennonite or lack much […]

Summer Reading

Since everyone else in the friggin blogosphere is posting lists of things they’re hoping to read this summer, here’s mine. I tried not to get too carried away. If I can do this, I will have done plenty: Karl Barth, Church Dogmatics—Keep/get back on track with my reading plan (I’m about three weeks behind right […]

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