100 Word Book Reviews: September-October 2020

J. Todd Billings, The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2020. 240 pages. A+: Each of us will die. Pretending otherwise is bad for body and soul. Weaving together real-life narratives with poignant theological insight, Billings offers sober, christ-centered hope for mortal creatures…

Sermon: Humility

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to Philippians, chapter 2. Philippians is in the New Testament – Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians. Philippians 2 beginning in verse 1. This fall we have been making our way through Paul’s letter to the church in Philippi, which is a letter filled with joy and thanksgiving,…

Review: The End of the Christian Life

J. Todd Billings, The End of the Christian Life: How Embracing Our Mortality Frees Us to Truly Live. Grand Rapids: Brazos Press, 2020.  “He won’t live to see his daughter graduate high school.” This was my first, aching thought when I heard the prognosis of J. Todd Billings’ cancer diagnosis as his student in seminary.…

100 Word Book Reviews: August 2020

Sanderson, Brandon. Alcatraz Versus the Knights of Crystallia. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. 320 pages. B+: In this third installment of the Alcatraz series, the boy with the talent for breaking things finally leaves the Librarian-controlled Hushlands for the Free Kingdoms. However, so have the librarians. Caught between a plotting mother and indifferent father, Alcatraz…