Category Archives: Books: Fiction and Non-Fiction Alike

Top Ten Books Ryan Read in 2012 (Because Most of Them Were Assigned by Vanhoozer)

Here are ten books I read this past year provided in no particular order, with no pontificating on the nature of lists and the subjectivity of literary experience.

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Top Ten Books Scott Read in 2012

By nature, top ten lists are as personal as they are peculiar.  One man’s “great read” is another man’s doorstop, and vice versa.  Nevertheless, these often idiosyncratic lists are fun to compile.  For in the assembling of the list, one … Continue reading

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“Humilitas”: A Saturday Afternoon Book Review

Today, I would like to introduce the “Saturday Afternoon Book Review,” a new series highlighting little-known books that offer valuable and often challenging insights into subjects that are sorely in need of genuine theological reflection.  I begin with John Dickson’s … Continue reading

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“Modern Family,” the “F-bomb,” and Rise of Language in the Evangelical Sub-Culture.

In the interest of full disclosure: I don’t watch Modern Family.  I’ve seen it twice, and honestly, I just didn’t find it to be all that funny.  And if a comedy wants my attention for 30 minutes every single week, … Continue reading

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Lisbeth Salander, Genital Piercing and the Dearth of Female Role Models in the Church

A few weeks ago, I picked up Scot McKnight’s new e-book entitled Junia is Not Alone.  Interestingly enough, the very week that I purchased his book, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly arrived in my mailbox, complete with a cover … Continue reading

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Marketing the Church into Oblivion

Earlier this morning, as I perused the usual websites I tend to haunt over my morning cup of coffee, I encountered a news item entitled: “Pastor Ed Young, Wife to Stream Time in Bed on the Internet.”  Needless to say, … Continue reading

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You Know It’s a Good Book When …

Twenty years ago, in my senior year of high school, the English honors teacher, Mr. Jeffrey Naruszewicz, ended the class period by going around the room asking each us what university we were planning to attend.  When it came to … Continue reading

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“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” (2011): A One-Minute Film Review

Literary debuts don’t get any bigger than the Millenium trilogy authored by Swedish journalist, Stieg Larrson.  With worldwide sales of over 53 million copies, it was only a matter of time before the books would inevitably be turned into American … Continue reading

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“Calvin and Hobbes” and the Joys of Snow Sculptures

Genius comes in many forms, including a six-year old boy’s awesome ability to craft truly deranged and nightmarish snow scenes!  Oh, how we miss you and your beloved tiger, little man. As for those of you who found yourself smiling … Continue reading

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No Place for Truth and Reconciliation in “The Hunger Games” Trilogy … (part 4)

SPOILER ALERT:  I’ve been told I need to add a spoiler alert to these sorts of posts.  I’ve never really understood this practice, as I’ve always assumed that if I am reading something, I am going to learn something about … Continue reading

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