Penal Substitution: 2 Years Later and We Still Cant Get No Satisfaction

It was October 7th, 2004 and we were sitting on highly-elevated pews in a London church, waiting to hear Steve Chalke explain and defend his issues with the theory of penal substitution that he outlined in his book “The Lost Message of Jesus” [co-written with Alan Mann]- a book that actually never mentions the term…

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EC Conversation Pieces

– Scot McKnight (who has retaken first place on technorati EC blogs for the second time) discusses Spencer Burkes new book. – Out of Ur has a good article on Monasteries for Spiritual Formation – Paco Rosic from Sarajevo is painting the Sistine Chapel in Iowa and he is choosing the grafitti aesthetic. HT: Chad…

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Reinventing Jesus: About the Book

A book came in the mail for me to review. Reinventing Jesus: What the Da Vinci Code and Other Novel Speculations Don’t Tell You, by J. Ed Komoszewski, M. James Sawyer, Daniel B. Wallace I suppose reviewing books on the blogosphere is still in fashion . . even though we should probably be reviewing .PDF…

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The 50 Books on My Emerging Church Bookshelf

[click to enlarge] This is my emerging church bookshelf at home in UK where 50+ emerging church books sit happily together, one shelf above my missiology books which undergird them both spatially and philosophically. I am missing a number of excellent books that i have given away (like “Mission-Shaped Church”) or are still in my…

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How (Not) to Speak of God

Pete Rollins, who was with me last week in Switzerland, has released his first book – the most challenging emerging church book I have read for a long time. “How (Not) To Speak of God” is a thoughtful and original book, delivering some heavy-duty thinking from Marion and Derrida in a manner that is accessible…

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Challies New Site

Discerning Reader is a new web site for Tim Challies, web master for the conservative crowd. Its got book reviews, DVD reviews and some more book reviews. Its his best design yet [love that KIWI green] and will no doubt be a well-frequented site, since Tim is famous for his book reviews. Did i mention…

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Rushkoff’s Testament

” . . . the Bible isn’t so important because it happened at some moment in history. The Bible is a big deal because it’s happening now. In every moment.’ Every day, I am Cain, discouraged by the way someone else—some Abel—gets credit and attention for doing the same thing I did.” Douglas Rushkoff, who…

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2 House Church Books

2 Books and 1 Conference call 1. The Global House Church Movement arrived a few days ago. Canadian Rad Zhero has done a good job is writing a well-rounded full-bodied yet compact little book on house church. He covers history, theology, practice, and almost everything you need to know. I feel the title of the…

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Viola on Five Fold Ministry

"What is needed, then, is the restoration of the experience of the Body of Christ." Frank Viola just sent me his latest article which tackles the idea of "Five Fold Ministry" – something that has cropped up a number of times in the comments section.  Frank is great. He has some kickbutt books – "Who…

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Blogging Church

BloggingChurch.com is a book, a web site, and a series of podcasts that are worth listening to . . . especially if you are a Rex Miller fan. Technorati Tags: blog, church, emerging church

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Best Book on the Emerging Church

The book is finally out in USA. Brits need to wait until Feb 06. Its called "Emerging Churches: Creating Christian Communities in Postmodern Cultures" by Ryan Bolger and Eddie Gibbs. I read the manuscript 6 months ago and spent quite a long time on the phone with Ryan. I am really excited about this book…

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My Cuzz’s Bible

I have a great new bible that my Cuzz and his friends put together. This will be the version I quote from and use in my studies. Its called The Net Bible and there is an online version also at bible.org [Bible.org? How are we supposed to remember that?] I have been searching for a…

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Richard Mouw on Mere Calvinism

“If there’s one thing that Calvinists are especially not good at, it’s explaining themselves in a way in which non-Calvinists could possibly understand them.” A-Team blog, who have a great review of “Calvinsim in The Las Vegas Airport” by Fuller Seminary’s Richard Mouw. Technorati Tags: books

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Themepunks: Cory’s Novel Starts Today

“You’re going to help Americans who lost their jobs in your factories buy goats and cellphones?” “We’re going to give them loans and coordination to start businesses that use information, materials science, commodified software and hardware designs, and creativity to wring a profit from the air around us.” Themepunks, Cory Doctorow Starting today, Salon will…

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Mission Shaped Church Online

Long have I waited for a resource of this calibre to be uploaded and freely available. Long has been my wait, because nothing short of a miracle can persuade the Church of England to release something freely without seeing the immediate benefit. But now that time has reached its fulness and the Men In Black…

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George Barna’s Revolution: A Review

Right – George Barna’s book “Revolution” arrived a few days ago – advance copy – thanks David Robinson – and I have read it a few times. Its not a large book at all – light, short, to the point, and unfortunately lacking in references to other books or researchers. More cul-de-sac than connection-hub. But…

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Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

We waited at Borders Books in Inverness until 12:01am on Friday night so that Samuel could buy the latest installment – Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince”. Haven’t done anything that silly since we waited for Star Wars (1999) outside a Chicago movie theatre in our Winnebago until it opened just after midnight. Sometimes you…

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The Desert Books: Jesus Creed and Perimeters of Light

Two books arrived this week and I kid you not . . they look like twins, despite coming from different book publishers. Both have deserts on the cover. One book (The Jesus Creed) goes for the old-skool-Lawrence-of-Arabia desert aesthetic and the other (Perimeters of Light) draws a glassy cyber-desert. Do these companies spy on each…

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MealTime Habits of the Messiah

“Jesus was killed because of the way he ate” If you like that statement (from Robert Karris) then you will love this book. If you have heard the way I preach in a church from the story of Jesus and then weave in the other stories and issues, and if you liked it, then you…

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The Book by Dr. D.A. Carson

Dr DA Carson’s eagerly awaited book has just came out. Its called "Being Conversant with the Emerging Church: Understanding a Movement and Its Implications". The book is based on a tape series (Tape 1 and 2) which many of us have been considering and discussing over a 5 month period.  Its no secret that many,…

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