Saturday, December 31, 2022

2022 Reading Report

Below is a list of the books I read (or at least read a good part of as research for a seminar talk I gave) during 2022. The count of 19 is down a bit from 2021 (23 books), but I still managed to read more than a book a month.

 Angels: What the Bible Really Says About God's Heavenly Host by Michael S. Heiser

Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternative to Colorblindness and Antiracism by George Yancey

Hostile Environment: Understanding and Responding to Anti-Christian Bias by George Yancey

Calvinism: A Biblical and Theological Critique edited by David L. Allen and Steve W. Lemke

The State of the Evangelical Mind edited by Todd C. Ream, Jerry Pattengale, and Christopher J. Devers

When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community From Emotional and Spiritual Abuse by Chuck DeGroat

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Book review -- Truth At All Costs

One of my Facebook friends, W. Logan Dixon, who is a Cumberland Presbyterian pastor about an hour up I-40 from me in Russellville, Arkansas, preached a series of sermons on the epistle of Jude in the fall of 2021. Recently, he decided to edit his sermon notes and publish them as a book called Truth at All Costs: Sermon Notes on Jude from a Concerned Cumberland Presbyterian Candidate. He posted about it on Facebook about the same time in November 2022 that my own pastors were starting a 3-week series on the epistle, so I was interested in seeing how Rev. Dixon approached the text. Here is my review of the material.

Friday, December 2, 2022

Why Aren't My Prayers Answered?

 I recently saw a post on social media that said the following:

If my prayers go unanswered, I ask myself 3 questions:

1) Whom have I granted access to my life that doesn't belong there? (Wrong people can be doors of entry to demonic forces.)

2) Am I trusting wrong voices? (Faith cometh by hearing)

3) Did I allow anger to "mature" into bitterness?