The Great Emergence: How Christianity Is Changing And Why, by Phyllis Tickle

“While no observer is willing to say emphatically just how many North American Christians are definitely emergent at the moment, it is not unreasonable to assume that by the time the Great Emergence has reached maturity, about 60 percent of practising American Christians will be emergent or some clear variant thereof.” Phyllis Tickle, manuscript for…

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The Shack

The Shack, by William-P-Young. Its an Amazon best seller and someone in your church has probably already read it. I hardly ever read books that are hugely popular, especially when they are hugely popular among the Christian population. But The Shack caught my interest. A few months ago in California I saw my friend Elbert…

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Michel Serres

Simon Critchley: “Coming from a background in phenomenology, I’d like to ask you about your relationship with modernity.” Michel Serres: “Maturnity! Why do you ask me about that?” (link) Michel Serres is my favourite French thinker and author and yet only a few of his works are in English. Notably, The Troubadour of Knowledge (some…

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Tangible Kingdom

The Tangible Kingdom: Creating Incarnational Community, by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay Excellent book from two guys who understand grassroots, missional movements. I really enjoyed reading through it. Made my blood boil in a good way. My recommendation is on the back cover which is the ultimate sign of QUALITY ASSURANCE. ‚ÄúPlunging deeper and deeper…

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Why They Don’t Say Emergent

“Why We’re Not Emergent: By Two Guys Who Should Be”. Absolutely hilarious! I only read the sampler PDF, cheap and stingy as I am, but what I read was really funny and actually quite clever. Heres a couple of guys practicing, as far as I can see, emerging-missional ministry in a fabulously Reformed way and…

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Charles Colson Talks About The Faith

Chuck Colson, as a part of his blog tour for his new book "The Faith", honors my humble little blog today. TSK: Congratulations on your ambitious yet comprehensive book. Well done!!!!! I know its risky but I admire your efforts to join with the other streams of the holy apostolic catholic church in gaining a…

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Thank God for Evolution interview today with Michael Dowd

Today at 4pm eastern time on Shapevine. [actually, it just got rescheduled until March. Sorry] My friend Mike Morrell will be hosting a 45 minute interview with Michael Dowd, author of Thank God for Evolution: How the Marriage of Science and Religion Will Transform Your Life and Our World. Thank God for Evolution is a…

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D.H. Williams: Evangelicals and Tradition (book)

I am just finishing off the book Evangelicals and Tradition: The Formative Influences of the Early Church(2005) by Baptist theologian D.H. Williams. Really good book and highly recommended for those wishing to revisit the early church and explore the relationship between the Scriptures and tradition. Williams argues that, according to the early fathers of the…

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Tony Jones: The New Christians

The New Christians: Dispatches from the Emergent Frontier by Tony Jones is a new book that gets released this week to an eager audience. Tony is the National Coordinator for Emergent Village in USA and has been a friend for a decade. I found his book to be a meatier step forward from his earlier…

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Pagan Christianity? (book)

Its a great read and my copy has already been STOLEN by my neighbor who is probably just as fascinated in its contents as I was. Its called Pagan Christianity? by house church guru Frank Viola (not the baseball player) and researcher/author George Barna who have teamed up to give us the most thorough treatment…

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Becky Garrison, Rising From The Ashes (book)

I just finished Becky Garrison’s new book, Rising From the Ashes: Rethinking Church. Its a delightful romp through Becky’s interaction with about 30 worship leaders, most of whom are deeply embedded in the mainline church scene in UK, USA and Australia, and most of whom are my friends. The back cover says “While UK worship…

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Tim Challies Appearance

As I promised yesterday, the world famous, credentially challenged [not an insult . . . honestly!] theoblogian Tim Challies lands here on TSK as part of his blog tour for his new book, The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment (forward by John Macarthur) TSK: Why all this controversy about having only trained, credentialed professions writing books…

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Tim Challies : Here on TallSkinnyKiwi tomorrow.

UPDATE: Tim Challies appeared here. ORIGINAL: Go to Google and type in “world’s most famous christian blogger” and you will be looking at the blog of Tim Challies. Tim will be here on my blog tomorrow (Tuesday) to talk about his new book The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment, to answer some of my thoughtful penetrating…

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Our New Media Book Wins a Prize!

First of all, I am now allowed to tell you that our new media book won a coveted award a few days ago from the Society for New Communications Research. My chapter is on the dark side of blogging, a haunting confessional piece called “The Ugly Blogger”. The other chapters, although not nearly as metaphysically…

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The Blogging Church, by Brian Bailey

Book Review – The Blogging Church: Sharing the Story of Your Church Through Blogs, by Brian Bailey with Terry Storch Its a book for big church pastors to encourage them to blog. Leadership Network was behind it and the voices of Andy Stanley, Mark Driscoll and others are the prominent ones encouraging pastors to increase…

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Simple Church, by Rainer and Geiger

Book Review – Simple Church: Returning to God’s Process for Making Disciples, by Thom Rainer and Eric Geiger Its a simple book about simple church written in a really simple way. I guess thats the idea of the book and it will probably appeal to people who do not need to know the historical evolution…

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Soul Graffiti, by Mark Scandrette

Book Review – Soul Graffit: Making a Life in the Way of Jesus, by Mark Scandrette Excellent book! This the way these books need to be written, especially when the authors are highly creative. Some story, some poetry, some deep thinking (but dont be expecting a theological treatise), some Jesus story, some mindless dribble [not…

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Shane Hipps: The Power of Electronic Culture

Book Review: The Hidden Power of Electronic Culture: How Media shapes faith, the Gospel, and Church, by Shane Hipps I read this book a while ago and, initially, i was not impressed – thus my delay in talking about it. I guess i was expecting more insights on new media. I had already used McLuhan’s…

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Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation, by Hugh Hewitt

Book Review – Blog: Understanding the Information Reformation thats Changing Your World, by Hugh Hewitt. Subheading is “Why you must know how the BLOGOSPHERE is smashing the OLD MEDIA MONOPOLY and giving individuals power in the marketplace of ideas. I bought this book last year and was a little disappointed with it so i have…

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Bob Whitesel: Inside the Organic Church

Book Review: Inside the Organic Church: Learning from 12 Emerging Congregations, by Bob Whitesel This book chronicles Bob’s pilgrimage to a number of well-known, somewhat larger emerging and seeker type churches including Solomons Porch, Vintage Church, St Thoms in England and Mars Hill in Michigan. None of these churches have radically reshaped the form of…

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