March 27, 2017

Why I Left, Why I Stayed by Tony Campolo & Bart Campolo (Book Review)

Why I Left, Why I Stayed by Tony Campolo & Bart Campolo (Book Review)

Tony Campolo is one of the most gracious and well-spoken voices that I know of within Evangelicalism. For years, he has focussed his ministry on living out the “red letters” of Jesus. And for years, his son, Bart Campolo, took part in this ministry with him. But that all changed when Bart realized he no longer believed in God.

In Why I Left, Why I Stayed, Tony and Bart discuss their diverging journeys, their now-differing beliefs, and their still-shared convictions. I can hardly imagine two people better qualified to have this conversation in a way that is mutually dignifying, while still probing into the difficult questions that must be asked. And their book does not disappoint.

March 12, 2017

Why Evolution May Be More Important to the Church Than I Once Believed

Why Evolution May Be More Important to the Church Than I Once Believed

My background is steeped in Young Earth Creationism (YEC). I heard it taught as gospel truth by my parents, my high school, my college, and every church I attended for a long time. I was trained to believe that churches which didn’t teach YEC were “liberal” or “apostate” or at least “compromisers.” And I personally spent five years working for Answers in Genesis (the ministry of Ken Ham), where I vigorously defended the YEC message myself.

According to YEC, Darwinian evolution is a lie, and it’s a dangerous lie at that. YEC teaches (and I used to agree) that even allowing for the possibility of evolution would result in all manner of evils in society. The church has to get this right, I believed, or everything else would all go downhill.

March 6, 2017

Mirror Bible by Francois du Toit (Book Review)

Mirror Bible by Francois du Toit (Book Review)

I’m a total geek for English translations of the Bible. And if I’m honest, my favorite versions are almost always those translated by a single woman or man. They carry so much personality in them. I love seeing the theological viewpoints that come through, and discovering how the translator perceives a given passage. Few things make me more excited than discovering a new translation I didn’t know existed.

So I was quite excited indeed, while reading C. Baxter Kruger’s Patmos, to find a reference to something called the Mirror Bible by Francois du Toit. I did a little more digging and found it endorsed by an impressive array of theologians, including Desmond Tutu, Steve McVey, Andre Rabe, and John Crowder, among others. I contacted Francois, and he graciously agreed to send me a copy to review.