Book Reviews

The Next Evangelicalism

I have listened to Prof. Soong Chan Rah of North Park College and Seminary for about two years.  He has spoken most often on the topic of this new book, published by IVP.  The first time I got a recording from my young staff, it created a sensation of sorts. He had asserted that “If…

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When Helping Hurts

Of the few books I’ve read recently, one of the most important ones is “When Helping Hurts, How to alleviate poverty without hurting the poor . . . and yourself” by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert. Corbett and Fikkert are scholars based at the Chalmers Insitute at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, GA. These guys…

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To Live in Peace

by Mark R. Gornik Why this book matters Rev. Gornik takes the Jeremiah 29:7 message into application in the inner-city. Finding hope for our urban centers in the gospel and in discipleship, he roots the discussion in serious theological and sociological observation and reflection. Far from an ivory tower discussion, Gornik gives us very specific…

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Practical Justice

 by Kevin Blue Why This Book Matters Kevin Blue has written a very approachable book on the topic of justice, within his overall concern that we understand that the world is rapidly urbanizing and poverty itself, within the global trend, is becoming more urban. He makes clear basic connections between faith in Christ and the…

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Theirs is the Kingdom

by Robert D. Lupton Why This Book Matters Bob Lupton, perhaps better than anyone else, helps us to see how we have blinders on when it comes to seeing God at work in the inner-city. He unpacks our prejudice and our unwitting ineffectiveness not by being preachy but by sharing his own stories from his…

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Divided by Faith

by Michael O. Emerson and Christian Smith Why this book matters Divided by faith is the most important book written to date on the subject of racial divide in the evangelical/conservative church in America. The authors use reliable survey data and careful sociological analysis to examine what the church says it believes about race and…

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Grace Matters

by Chris P. Rice Why this book matters It is rare to find someone willing to tell their own story of struggling to overcome the complexities of racism in real time (events just passed) and open honesty. This compelling portrayal of blacks and whites living together and working to overcome the American racial divide shows…

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