Finished reading: Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News by Brian Zahnd ๐Ÿ“š

The title is intended to be a direct counter to Jonathan Edwardโ€™s sermon, Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God. For me the best chapters of this book are the ones that put Revelation in proper context as revealing a loving God. Bookshelves Issue

Update: The issue below has been resolved.

Today I tried to move a book listed in bookshelves that I was currently reading to finished, but when I clicked โ€œMove To Finishedโ€ the book was removed from the currently reading list and not added to finished. I do notice that the book title still appears in the rendered version of the reading list on my blog. I then tried to manually add the book to Finished and it doesnโ€™t appear. I also tried re-adding to Current Reading and it is not adding their either. Something appears to fundamentally not be working for the moment. Reported to

Finished reading: In the Shelter: Finding a Home in the World by Pรกdraig ร“ Tuama ๐Ÿ“š

I really enjoyed this book because it contains so much wisdom scavenged during life lived. Chapter 8, Hello To Change, is particularly good with the following standing out:

“For many, the possibility of being wrong is a threat to the foundations of thought, morality, or empire. And without a doubt, those who advocate scientific thought are as prone as other schools of thought to being superior. But written into the heart of science is the embrace of the gift of being wrong.” page 197 (I would add, due to my current political mindset, that in a similar way written into the heart of democracy is the embrace of the possibility of losing an election. I see a common denominator between the emergent anti-science and anti-democracy ideaologies.)

“The Greek word translated into English as โ€œrepentanceโ€ is metanoia. The prefix meta means โ€œbeyond,โ€ hence metaphysics being the study ofโ€”or speculation aboutโ€”what is beyond the natural. The word noia means โ€œthoughtโ€ or โ€œmind.โ€ Together, however, metanoia means to change your thoughts, to change your mind, to turn in a new direction, to reverse a direction and go a different way” page 198

Technically, then, this should mean that the Christian faith is a faith that is adapted to change, a faith that is not undone by realizing that its precepts or propositions are incorrect.” page 198, empahsis mine.

Currently reading: The Myth of a Christian Religion: Losing Your Religion for the Beauty of a Revolution by Gregory A. Boyd ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: A Rhythm of Prayer: A Collection of Meditations for Renewal by Sarah Bessey, Amena Brown, Barbara Brown Taylor, Lisa Sharon Harper ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Genesis for Normal People: A Guide to the Most Controversial, Misunderstood, and Abused Book of the Bible by Peter Enns, Jared Byas ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Fast Carbs, Slow Carbs: The Simple Truth About Food, Weight, and Disease by David Kessler ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: The Homebrewed Christianity Guide to Church History: Flaming Heretics and Heavy Drinkers by Bill Leonard, Tripp Fuller ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: Radical Dharma: Talking Race, Love, and Liberation ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: That All Shall Be Saved: Heaven, Hell, and Universal Salvation by David Bentley Hart ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: So You Want To Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: The Idolatry of God: Breaking Our Addiction to Certainty and Satisfaction by Peter Rollins ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: The Heart of Christianity: Rediscovering a Life of Faith by Marcus Borg ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: So You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Joy Unspeakable: Contemplative Practices of the Black Church by Barbara A. Holmes ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Defiant: What the Women of Exodus Teach Us about Freedom by Kelley Nikondeha ๐Ÿ“š

Currently reading: These Truths: A History of the United States by Jill Lepore ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: Dear Church: A Love Letter from a Black Preacher to the Whitest Denomination in the US by Lenny Duncan ๐Ÿ“š

Finished reading: The Universal Christ: How A Forgotten Reality Can Change Everything We See, Hope For, and Believe by Richard Rohr ๐Ÿ“š

You will find my favorite quotes from this book at The Narthex.

Finished reading: Dynamics of Faith by Paul Tillich ๐Ÿ“š You will find my favorite quotes from this book at The Narthex.