The New World Order: Church

Bob Roberts Jr. is the founding pastor of NorthWood Church in Keller, Texas (near Dallas). The statement of faith for this non-denominational charismatic church appears doctrinally sound. I cannot say the same for Roberts, his church, or his new book Lessons from the East (2016).[1] One of Roberts’ many lessons is “family connections,” which he…

The Imagination of C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis (1898-1963) is famous for his imaginative literature – the Chronicles of Narnia (1950-56), his science fiction trilogy (1938, 1943, 1945), and the satirical works The Screwtape Letters (1942) and The Great Divorce (1945). Less well known is Lewis’s use of the imagination in his autobiography, religious writing, literary criticism, and poetry. Jerry Root…

The ISIS Crisis

In The ISIS Crisis: What You Really Need to Know (2015), Charles Dyer and Mark Tobey try to unravel the current geo-political situation in the Middle East. This short Moody paperback gives a historical overview of Middle Eastern religion and politics, then discusses biblical prophecy and a godly response to ISIS. I enjoyed reading this…

Wheatley and Race: Blind Spots

In The Trials of Phillis Wheatley (2003), Henry Louis Gates Jr. discusses the various cultural trials that Phillis Wheatley (c.1754-1784) endured as a slave poet in order to “audition for the humanity of the entire African people” (27).[1] The first trial took place in 1772, before an eighteen-member panel of Boston’s civic and moral leaders.…

Easter Stories: A New Anthology

Easter Sunday will be celebrated on April 5 this year. Plough Publishing has released a new anthology for Holy Week, called Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season (2015). It contains nearly thirty poems and stories. Some authors are familiar – Anton Chekhov, Maxim Gorky, Brothers Grimm, Selma Lagerlof, C. S. Lewis, John Masefield, Alan…

Evening Prayers

Lutheran pastor Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt (1842-1919) helped found Christian Socialism in Germany. He also influenced theologians like Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) and Karl Barth (1886-1968). Blumhardt’s devotions were published posthumously in German. Plough Publishing’s English edition includes a short introduction by Eugen Jackh, his friend and editor. I was disappointed by Evening Prayers, For Every Day of the…

Home for Christmas

Home for Christmas: Stories for Young and Old (2002), from Plough Publishing, is a collection of twenty European and American Christmas tales with woodcut illustrations. Five stories came from Plough’s Behold that Star: A Christmas Anthology (1966). Some authors were familiar to me: Pearl Buck, Selma Lagerlof, Madeleine L’Engle, Katherine Paterson, and Henry van Dyke.…