Review: Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins

I’ve always been interested in the lives and spirituality of monks, so when Dennis Okholm’s Dangerous Passions, Deadly Sins: Learning from the Psychology of Ancient Monks (Brazos, 2014) came across my desk, I dove right in. Through exploring the works of Evagrius of Pontus, John Cassian, and Gregory I on the seven deadly sins, Okholm believes…

Review: The Church and the Crisis of Community

Theresa F. Latini, The Church and the Crisis of Community: A Practical Theology of Small-Group Ministry (Eerdmans, 2011) We live in a world fraught with loneliness, risk, and uncertainty. Neighbors no longer know neighbors. Christians can sit across the pew for years without entering one another’s lives. No matter how many friends we have on Facebook,…

Review: Christ the Meaning of History

Growing up, I was surrounded by the Left Behind series and the popular Christian assumption of dispensationalism. It was never officially taught to me, but between the books and movies that were popular in my area, it was simply assumed. Going to college and majoring in religion, I suddenly became ‘enlightened’ and cast off my…

Review: The Preacher as Liturgical Artist

Trygve David Johnson, The Preacher as Liturgical Artist: Metaphor, Identity, and the Vicarious Humanity of Christ. (Cascade Books; Eugene, OR), 2014. P.T Forsyth once claimed that “with its preaching Christianity stands or falls.” In an age where many bemoan the effectiveness of preaching and lament the fall of Christianity in the West, Trygve Johnson, Dean of…