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“I once heard an Italian winemaker say that to produce good wine the grapes must struggle, they must suffer. The taste of good wine is the taste of struggle and suffering mellowed into beauty. There’s a deep truth there that applies to far more than winemaking—it also applies to the formation of the soul. All the great biographies of the Bible involve suffering. The great souls grown in the Lord’s vineyard all know what it is to suffer. American Christianity, on the other hand, is conditioned to avoid suffering at all cost. But what a cost it is! Grape juice Christianity is what is produced by the purveyors of the motivational-seminar, you-can-have-it-all, success-in-life, pop-psychology Christianity. It’s a children’s drink. It comes with a straw and is served in a little cardboard box. I don’t want to drink that anymore. I don’t want to serve that anymore. I want the vintage wine. The kind of faith marked by mystery, grace, and authenticity. The kind of Christianity that has the capacity to endlessly fascinate is not produced apart from struggle and suffering. It’s the pain of struggle and suffering that confers character and complexity to our faith.”

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A Farewell to Mars (Free Book)

A Farewell to Mars (Free Book)

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Brian Zahnd. A Farewell to Mars. Kindle Edition. June 2014. https://www.amazon.com/Farewell-Mars-Evangelical-Pastors-Biblical-ebook/dp/B00I65455C?ie=UTF8&tag=christianbooksfree-20

Hey all! Yet another book for free from Brian Zahnd for Kindle.
The topic of this one hitting home, as a Christian living in America. It is without a shadow of a doubt that this countries rulers, and people as a whole, are fixated on violence; and the people of God are sucked into the culture’s perception of justified violence.  War is taught as necessary, and violent actions as natural to humanity and just.

If I am to be honest, I too, feel inclined to identify as falling into the group that is too easily persuaded that violence is necessary at times. But is that consistent theology? Is violence on any level what we are called to do?

Join me in the quest to find the answer to this question. Download this book for FREE, and let it be just the beginning of a journey to discovering a biblical stance on the matter.

Go download it, read it, and let’s talk about it together!

Water to Wine

Water to Wine

Brian Zahnd, Water to Wine: Some of My Story. Kindle Edition (Spello Press,  January 11, 2016).

https://www.amazon.com/Water-Wine-Some-My-Story-ebook/dp/B01AIOZL7O?ie=UTF8&btkr=1&redirect=true&ref_=dp-kindle-redirect
From time to time I come across books that seem real interesting to read, and sometimes they are a sweet deal. A few months ago I came across “Water to Wine: Some of My Story” by Brian Zahnd, but had a lot on my plate, so I put it on my list of books to buy in the future; and today I ran into this amazing deal! On Amazon it is currently free for Kindle only, for a limited amount of time.

I have yet to read it, and will be writing a review once I have finished it. Go download it, read it, and let’s talk about it together!

The book has a 5-star rating, as of now, with 98% of its reviews grading at 5 stars and 2% at 4-stars.

Here is the summary/description provided by Amazon:

Why would the pastor of a large and successful church risk everything in a quest to find a richer, deeper, fuller Christianity? In Water To Wine Brian Zahnd tells his story of disenchantment with pop Christianity and his search for a more substantive faith.

“I was halfway to ninety—midway through life—and I had reached a full-blown crisis. Call it garden variety mid-life crisis if you want, but it was something more. You might say it was a theological crisis, though that makes it sound too cerebral. The unease I felt came from a deeper place than a mental file labeled “theology.” I was wrestling with the uneasy feeling that the faith I had built my life around was somehow deficient. Not wrong, but lacking. It seemed watery, weak. In my most honest moments I couldn’t help but notice that the faith I knew seemed to lack the kind of robust authenticity that made Jesus so fascinating. And I had always been utterly fascinated by Jesus. What I knew was that the Jesus I believed in warranted a better Christianity than what I was familiar with. I was in Cana and the wine had run out. I needed Jesus to perform a miracle.” –Water To Wine

 

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A History of Christian Thought: In One Volume (Review)

A History of Christian Thought: In One Volume (Review)

 

Gonzalez, Justo L. A History of Christian Thought in One Volume. (Nashville: Abingdon Press,2014), Kindle edition.

This book, written by prolific author and great theologian, Justo L. Gonzalez, who has added tons of wealth to theology both in academia and practical church realms, lives up to the expectation. In an abridged version of his three-volume work, Gonzalez, provides a more than sufficient and detailed overview of the development of Christian thought; as opposed to a mere overview of Church History.
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“Paul: in Fresh Perspective”

“Paul: in Fresh Perspective”

Review of Paul: in Fresh Perspective by N.T. Wright

     N.T. Wright has had the privilege of holding multiple lectures in well-known university settings throughout his life time; one of the many schools which he has had the privilege in attending is Cambridge University, and it is upon one of those visits, during  a lecture he held, that this particular book is based upon.  Continue reading ““Paul: in Fresh Perspective””