Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation by James K.A. Smith (Eerdmans, 2009).

Book Response: Desiring the Kingdom, by James K. A. Smith

Smith’s “core claim . . . is that liturgies—whether ‘sacred’ or ‘secular’—shape and constitute our identities by forming our most fundamental desires and our most basic attunement to the world. . . . [i.e.,] liturgies make us certain kinds of people, and what defines us is what we love” (25)Read more…

When Athens Met Jerusalem. John Mark Reynolds (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009).

Book Review: When Athens Met Jerusalem, by John Mark Reynolds

Summary: The Christian message advanced in a Greco-Roman World prepared in many ways by both the failure of the Homeric gods and the classic philosophers. This book explores the intellectual antecedents to the gospel in pre-Socratic, Socratic, Platonic and Aristotelian thought, culminating when Jerusalem meets Athens when Paul preaches on Mars Hill.Read more…

Cover of To Change the World

Book Response: To Change the World, by James Davison Hunter

To Change the World has been hailed as “a seminal book on cultural formation and change, particularly insightful on how Christians (primarily evangelical) have understood and misunderstood culture change over the past 40 years or so” (Micheal Hickerson. Changing the World with James Davison Hunter. Emerging Scholars Network Blog, 8/2/2010). Read more…

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Scholar’s Compass: Stories for Life

Earlier today, I wrote a letter to my major professor from my Ph.D. program thanking him for all the time and work he put into training me. I told him that any accomplishment that I or my students might achieve could be accredited to him because of his dedication to excellence. Knowing him, this statement might mean as much to him as his winning of the Nobel Peace prize in 2007.Read more…