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Brauns’ Bound Together: Bound To Be A Positive Influence

Brauns, Chris. Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 208 pages. Paperback. ISBN 978-0-310-49511-6.On balance, this is an excellent book: well organized, theologically Reformed (in Baptist mode), engaging. Since I … Continue reading

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Connecting Church 2.0: Merits (Cautious, Critical) Reading

Frazee, Randy. The Connecting Church 2.0: Beyond Small Groups to Authentic Community. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 978-0-310-49435-5. Cover price $16.99. Something is wrong with the contemporary church in America. But what? Where did the church go wrong and how can … Continue reading

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Packer’s Puritan Portraits: Solid Reading, Not Entirely New

J. I. Packer. Puritan Portraits: J. I. Packer on Selected Classic Pastors and Pastoral Classics . Ross-shire, Scotland, U.K.: Christian Focus Publications, 2012. Kindle (Mobi) Format. ISBN 978-1-78191-076-4. (Location numbers in the review are sometimes approximate.)For some years, an introduction … Continue reading

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What Would The Lone Ranger Do? Wrong Question.

John Crotts. Loving the Church: God’s People Flourishing in God’s Family. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2010. ISBN 978-0-9824387-4-9. No price on cover. In Loving the Church, John Crotts, a pastor-teacher (Faith Bible Church, Sharpsburg, GA), university and seminary graduate (Liberty … Continue reading

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Concerning Scorgie: Billy Graham Exploited or Christian Right Maligned?

Image: 2009 Christian participant in anti-Obama “March on Washington” calls for “Less Government More Jesus,” quoting 2 Chronicles 7:14. Courtesy Will Kuhns (Creative Commons license).One of my former seminary professors, Glen Scorgie, recently posted an article accusing politically conservative Christians … Continue reading

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Religion Is Not A Four Letter Word

Though I’m generally a fan of LifeWay and its publications, I’m disappointed to find its new Gospel Project curriculum* indulging in the weary and misguided “religion is bad / Christianity is something other than religion” rhetoric (Ed Stetzer, General Editor, … Continue reading

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Whimpering Radishes, Leftward Routes

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“Stay Hungry” For Better Piety

Though his text should carry a warning for much of its content (page 68’s error of calling unborn children “potential life” is especially grievous, and scripturally-suspect psychobabble abounds), John White does, in this late-seventies text, provide some information of possible … Continue reading

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Looking Inward Is Not The Path To Piety

Richard Ganz condemns the growing popularity in Christian circles of such self-exploratory therapies as “healing of memories,” which Pious Eye would note (from his own observation and experience) seem very popular in seminary “spiritual formation” courses. (Politically correct lamenting over, … Continue reading

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Shrinks A Sign of Shrinking Piety?

Martin and Deidre Bobgan assert that the prudent course for the pious is to choose biblical counseling over either secular psychotherapy or the many biblical-secular/pious-impious hybridizations offered as “Christian” psychotherapy. Do you (like Pious Eye) think they’re right? Or do … Continue reading

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Who Needs Red Bull? Piety Gives You Wings

Arthur T. Pierson describes how the duties of Christian piety, though at first burdensome, in the end bring delight, as wings empower flight. We are reminded once more of the…myth about the “wingless birds,” who first took up their wings … Continue reading

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Christianity: Religion or Relationship?

The world is full of popular, clever-sounding sayings that are simply not true. This brief post concerns one such pseudo-aphorism. This popular saying, which I heard recently from a pulpit (and have heard from pulpits and other Christians for as … Continue reading

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