Review of Larry Siedentop, Inventing the Individual: The Origins of Western Liberalism (Milton Keynes; UK: Penguin Random House, 2015)
First published in 2014 this is a must read for anyone committed to addressing Newbigin’s question about a missionary engagement with the late, modern West, especially its North Atlantic form. True confession - this book reads like a good thriller...
Book Review: The Vanishing Neighbor – The Transformation of American Community Culture by Marc J. Dunkelman
Wherever I speak, or people ask about my writing,  about the call of churches to join with the God who is out ahead of us in our neighborhoods and communities the same basic question is inevitably asked: Why bother with neighborhoods these...Read more
When it comes to church life, the most profound innovation is not necessarily to create something new, but to revisit the essence of what it is to be church and dream about how to express that for a new day....Read more
Terry Eagleton’s Culture and the Death of God is a dense tour-de-force that launches one through the ways modernity, in its multiple forms, has sought to frame all of life without reference to God. More than a decade ago the...Read more
The church tribe I belong to, the Baptist Union of Victoria in Australia, will be exploring in 2014 how we can be ‘Better Together’. Like many churches in the Western world, we desperately want to re-orientate ourselves around mission. We...Read more
Book Review: The New Parish: How Neighborhood Churches are Transforming Mission, Discipleship and Community by Paul Sparks, Tim Soerens and Dwight J Friesen
As a pastor I’ve served Auburn for a little over 4 years. It still feels like early days but this is the longest I have been in ministry in one place, and the longest time since leaving school I have...Read more
Book review: The Abundant Community, Awakening the Power of Families and Neighborhoods, by John McKnight and Peter Block.
If loving our neighbor is as related to loving our neighborhood as many in the church today believe it to be, then the 2010 book ‘The Abundant Community’ is a very important study. While you won’t find this book in...Read more
Eating Heaven prompted me to think about where I most appreciate food and the tables that help me live life to the fullest. I love eggs and coffee as a treat to start the day. Carrot, celery, apple and ginger juice...Read more
I was recently attending a meeting sponsored by TMN (The Missional Network) listening to a lecture about the nature of incarnational life and Christian mission. The speaker was pointing out that the God we confess in the Trinity is One...Read more
One of the accusations constantly made against Rowan Williams is that his communication often sacrifices clarity for depth and exactitude. That accusation cannot be laid against his latest book. The press seemed to suggest that we were going to receive...Read more