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Vampire Forensics

Vampire Forensics: Uncovering the Origins of an Enduring Legend by Mark Collins Jenkins (Washington D.C.: National Geographic Books, 2010) A quick glance at the movie theaters and the offerings of cable TV tell us that the subject of vampirism is a current rage. Where did the idea of a vampire arise? More to…

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What If Happiness Actually IS the Truth?

“Clap along if you think that happiness is the truth.” –Pharrell Williams in the song “Happy,” the #1 song of 2014. [1] — Let’s do a little thought experiment. Imagine you could ask the typical American what their goal in life was and you received this ubiquitous, though thoroughly honest, answer: “I just…

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There’s No Such Thing as Spiritual Formation Without the Church: A Review of Richard Valantasis’ Dazzling Bodies

When I tell my kids to do something and they ask me “why?” my response is so often: “Because I said so!” I know intuitively that what I’m asking my kids to do is good for them, even if I don’t have a systematic explanation ready to give. The same is true of…

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Book Review: The Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Paper or plastic? That’s the question we are sometimes asked in the grocery store. Today, the question I often ask myself is, people or paper? You see, organizing one’s time between spending time on “paper” (studying and lesson preparation, church administration, etc.) and “people” (the human element of ministry, discipling, etc.) is a…

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Book Review: “Zeal without Burnout” by Christopher Ash

Over the last several years, I have heard many people talking about the topic of ministerial burnout. Whether or not you are convinced this is a real phenomenon, it’s hard to deny the facts: many people leave the Christian ministry every month. For one reason or another, they are exhausted and simply cannot carry on.…

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Karl Barth for Preachers: A Bibliography

Karl Barth was arguably one of the best theologians of the twentieth century. His unique contributions to Protestant theology garnered interest from all parts of Christendom. Pope Pius XII (1876-1958) called Barth the most important theologian since Thomas Aquinas! By any measure, Karl Barth has had a profound influence on modern Christian leaders…

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Book Reviews: “The New Pastor’s Handbook” and “The Pastor’s Book”

Two new books for pastors have been published in the last month and both are excellent resources for those tasked with leading and shepherding the church. The first is primarily directed at newer pastors and is appropriately titled The New Pastor’s Handbook: Help and Encouragement for the First Years of Ministry (Baker Books,…

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