Category: Reviews (Books)

The Hollowness of the Mainline, Now and Then

Douglas J. Brouwer Chasing After Wind: A Pastor’s Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022. 238 pp. $22.00 It’s no secret that Western Christianity is in decline. And this is nowhere more evident than in the once venerable churches of the mainline....

/ November 29, 2022

Book Interview: The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith by Trevin Wax

Trevin Wax is vice president of research and resource development at the North American Mission Board. He is also a visiting professor at Cedarville University. The following interview revolves around his recently released book, The Thrill of Orthodoxy. The Thrill...

/ November 28, 2022

Why We Never Move Past the Gospel of John

David Ford is Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Selwyn College. The following interview revolves around Ford’s latest book, The Gospel of John: A Theological Commentary. The Gospel of John: A Theological...

/ October 26, 2022

When the Therapeutic Replaces Sin

Chuck DeGroat. When Narcissicism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2020. 200 pp, $24. (originally published in Digital Liturgies) Imagine the following scenario. You are approached by two people in your church,...

/ October 12, 2022

How to Cultivate Epistemic Virtue

Bonnie Kristian. Untrustworthy: The Knowledge Crisis Breaking our Brains, Polluting our Politics, and Corrupting Christian Community. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos Press, 2022. 225pp, $24.99. Over the last decade, many of us have found ourselves increasingly unable to relate to the...

/ October 11, 2022

Flawed Myths

Lyz Lenz. Belabored: A Vindication of the Rights of Pregnant Women. New York: Bold Type Books, 2020. 240pp, $26. At church, I was taught that if a woman denied sex to her husband, he would find sex elsewhere. At church,...

/ September 23, 2022

The Great Unmooring

Richard Sennett. The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism. New York: WW Norton, 2000. 176pp, $15.99. Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel. Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from...

/ September 22, 2022

The Something More of Sex

In a strikingly vulnerable 2018 New York Times article, author Courtney Sender casts a light on today’s impoverished sexual norms by describing her own disappointing experience. Her date, a connection through Tinder, requested Sender’s consent for nearly everything. Kissing. Undressing....

/ September 8, 2022

The Danger of Enchanted Enclosures

The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Novel by Tom Noyes, Slant Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon: April 26, 2021, 270 pp., $25 Experiences of committed Christian community can transform lives for the better. Robust, mature,...

/ August 25, 2022

Tradition as a Way of Life: Yoram Hazony’s Winsome Defense

Professed conservatives have long been at a disadvantage relative to their liberal and social democratic opponents and seem continually to lose ground to these ideologies claiming the progressive label. This is because the principles of liberalism and socialism are straightforward...

/ August 22, 2022