Books I’m Reading Now

My nightstand is always full of books. I feel that if I'm not reading, I'm not growing and if I'm not growing, I'm moving backward. I'm not very coordinated, so I figure moving backward is not a good choice for me. So, I read. Here are the books I'm enjoying right now: Mentor Leader by Tony Dungy. - One of the best books on team leadership that I have ever read. Dungy is a man I want to learn all I can from. City of Man by Michael Gerson and Pete Wehner - Great new read on the role of believers in society/politics. Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey - Nancy is a foremost Christian apologist. Can't wait to crack this highly acclaimed book. Rooms by Jim Rubart - My friend Jim has written a well-received first novel. Haven't opened the first page yet, but I'm excited about this escape....

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Friday Five Interview: Jennifer Kennedy Dean

When my first book was published, I remember attending my very first ICRS (then it was call CBA Convention). It was in Indianapolis and I had a radio interview scheduled. I was as nervous as a cat. I had just driven 5 hours from Chicago area, got a speeding ticket, and was a bit overwhelmed by all the publishers and books and agents and media. I was met at CBA by a fellow New Hope author named, Jennifer Kennedy Dean. We waited together outside the recording room where the interview was to be held. She leaned over and said, "Hey, you'll do just fine. Just relax, take a deep breath, and talk about your book." I never forgot that. I'm thinking the interview was less than memorable, but that experience gave me insight into Jennifer's life and ministry. Since then, she's become a great friend. Jennifer Kennedy Dean is a multi-published author,...

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My Surprising Experience with Glenn Beck

Finally Hearing Beck

So, believe it or not, I went and heard Glen Beck speak live this past Saturday night. If you know anything about me, you’ll know that over the last couple of years, I’ve become less focused on politics and more focused on ministry. I’ve also grown disinterested in the shouting, debates, and theatre that makes up much of political theatre.

My news consumption consists of reading sites like Politico, checking a few blogs like National Review, reading Matt Lewis, reading World Magazine, and watching what I think is the most balanced and informative show on TV, Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough. Oh, and yes I do glance at the Drudge Report from time to time because you just can’t help it. Old habits die hard.

But I try to catch a large cross-section of opinion on the center-right spectrum, with my bias being toward guys like Russell Moore, Chuck Colson, and folks who view the world through a broad, biblical lens. I also read David Brooks and Michael Gerson and Peggy Noonan fairly regularly.

But I didn’t watch much of Beck. I had a perception of him based on the snapshots I’ve heard of him, the caricature fed by the media narrative of him. Since I assumed he was just another Rush/Hannity/Coulter megaphone, I didn’t find the time to invest. In fact, I have heavily criticized him, lumping him in with the rest of the conservative media narrative.

But it’s interesting how your opinion changes of a person when you see and actually hear them live. And I must admit, that while I don’t agree with everything Beck says or does, I came away with a more nuanced picture of what he contributes to the culture.

Friday Five Interview – Trevin Wax

Today I'm honored to chat with Trevin Wax, a popular blogger,  associate Pastor at First Baptist Church in Shelbyville, TN, and author of the new book, Holy Subversion. Trevin is a frequently contributer to publications, such as Christianity Today. He is currently working on a second book,Counterfeit Gospels: Rediscovering the Good News in a World of False Hopes. Trevin received my bachelor’s degree in Pastoral Theology from Emanuel University of Oradea in the country of Romania, where he was involved in mission work in several village churches from 2000-05. He received a Masters of Divinity at Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY. 1) You're recent book is titled, Holy Subversion, can you explain what you mean by this term? 1. Yes, the title is meant to catch your eye. The words “holy” and “subversion” do not typically go together. There are two ways to understand the word “subvert” or “subversion.” The first definition refers to “overthrowing” or plotting...

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