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Velvet Elvis

Velvet Elvis was written in 2005 and is Bell’s first book. This book  is as clear a statement on the theology and theological method of Bell as there is. It also includes a clear discussion regarding his views of heaven, hell, and salvation (see chapter 6) which appear in Love Wins. I am a little […]

Does Love Win?

Recently, there has been an explosion of attention focused on Rob Bell and his new book, Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate of Every Person Who Ever Lived, which was released in March 2011 by HarperOne. The buzz surrounding this book began when Bell posted an introductory video to his book […]


I noticed this book in the footnotes of a number of books I was reading and decided to pick it up and read it.  This is a classic discussion by an influential American university professor (Toulmin, 1922-2009) about the failures of modernism and a way forward.  Toulmin’s development of modernism is captivating and easy to […]

The Lord from Heaven

This is a companion volume to the above work, both printed as Kregel Classics in 1980 with the same binding.  This is one of the finest treatments on the deity of Christ, especially the meaning of “Son of Man” and “Son of God.”  Anderson writes much against the German Rationalism that was rampant in his […]


This complete paper appeared in the Spring 1999 edition of The Journal of Ministry & Theology, Baptist Bible Seminary, Clarks Summit, PA.   When Charles Dickens wrote The Tale of Two Cities depicting the French Revolution, he began with the words, “It was the best of times; it was the worst of times.” Now at […]

How Relevant is Relevancy?

For a generation now the church has been concerned about whether or not the world is listening to our message.  Books and articles continue to bemoan our plight of a decreasing effectiveness in evangelism and church attendance.  This has caused many to make drastic changes to the methodology and polity of the church.  But even […]

Faith Undone

My first read of Roger Oakland’s writings was a surprisingly good one.  The subtitle of the book is:  “The emerging church…a new reformation or an end-time deception.”  Oakland pulls no punches in identifying the Emerging Church movement as a threat to the true church of Christ.  It is well documented and full of current material […]

Emerging Worship

The sub-title is:  Creating Worship Gatherings for New Generations.  This book is a defense of emerging worship and also a guide book for those wishing to start such a service.  Kimball does the typical and predictable things which all emerging church writers do.  He speaks kindly toward “seeker” people and very unkindly toward conservatives.  He […]