Mere Christianity: The Beginning

by Joe Small

Suggestion for June reading: George M. Marsden, C. S. Lewis’s Mere Christianity: A Biography. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2016. George Marsden has not written a biography of a person, but the life of a book. His biography of Mere Christianity is...

Novel Insights: Theological Wisdom for Preaching and Teaching

by Joe Small

On Possessions: On these wheelchair tours of his apartment what he was feeling was stingingly apparent: What will happen to all this when I am gone? There’s nothing I can take with me into the grave. These beautiful objects which...

Grace and Gratitude: How to Respond to an Ugly Gift

by Joe Small

Peter Leithart begins his recent book Gratitude: An Intellectual History with an illustration: "Imagine that your beloved grandmother gave you a rather ugly soup tureen as a wedding gift. Seeing as you have no use for the tureen, how ought you respond?...

Take and read: Conversations with Poppi about God

by Joe Small

TAKE AND READ: CONVERSATIONS WITH POPPI ABOUT GOD REVIEWED BY JOE SMALL ~ Robert W. Jenson and Solveig Lucia Gold, Conversations with Poppi about God. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2006. Christian educator David Ng did not approve of "children’s sermons," but if...

Good books to strengthen pastoral ministry

by Joe Small

  Suggestion for December reading: Bruce Gordon, John Calvin’s Institutes of the Christian Religion: A Biography. Princeton University Press, 2016. Princeton University Press is publishing an imaginative series: "Lives of Great Religious Books." Each book in the series is a...

Theological Wisdom for Teaching and Preaching

by Joe Small

Provocative insights on religious themes from contemporary novelists… On Hell: They slept under a tree near the overpass, side by side on top of August’s plastic sheet. Kirsten slept peacefully, aware each time she woke of the emptiness of the landscape,...