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Tolle Lege! Fall 2014 Reading List

October 21, 2014

Howdy Friends!

A lot of you have asked about the books I mention in my sermons or blog posts. Specifically, you’ve asked if I would provide a list of what I’m reading. I’ve compiled my Fall 2014 Reading List – hope you find these helpful.


Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter are at the Heart of Spiritual Life– James Martin

Simple: Conquering the Crisis of Complexity – Alan Seigel & Irene Etzkorn

I Beg to Differ: Navigating Difficult Conversations with Truth and Love –Tim Muehloff

Mud, Sweat, and Tears – Bear Gyrlls

A Time to Embrace: Same-Gender Relationships in Religion, Law, and Politics – William Stacy Johnson

Preaching in an Age of Distraction – J. Ellsworth Kallas

The Thinking Life: How to Thrive in an Age of Distraction – P.M. Forni

How to Get People to Do Stuff: Master the art and science of persuasion and motivation – Susan Weinschenk

Surprised by Scripture – N.T. Wright

And Finally … Hand Over Fist: An Invitation to Christ-Centered Civility – Kevin D. Glenn – get your copy here!

Tolle Lege!


  1. I see that you are reading “A Time to Embrace: Same Gender Relationships in Religion, Politics and Law,” by Johnson. Please share your view of his premise that homosexuality is permissible and even misunderstood. That is not what the Bible says.

    Thanks, Kevin. Awaiting your reply.


    • Thanks for writing, Sherry!

      Let me say first that my reading encompasses a very wide spectrum of subject matter and perspective. I read topics that interest me and force myself to read on topics that nay not be of interest to me, but are important for me to be acquainted with. In addition, I read authors representing perspectives with which I agree and ones with perspectives with which I disagree.

      I think it is important to carefully read and process perspectives we do not agree with. It helps to better understand and represent the opposing viewpoint when in conversation. It can also help us by pointing out the weaknesses of our own view and allow us to address those weaknesses honestly and effectively. At times, the opposing viewpoint might just compel us to change our mind.

      All that to say – never assume that a book on my reading list reflects my beliefs.

      Regarding Johnson’s book specifically, it would fall under the category of “authors with whom I disagree.” Johnson’s book attempts to build a case in favor of the redefiniton of marriage to include same-sex relationships, and calls churches to recognize such unions.

      I do not agree with Johnson that homosexual practice is permitted within scripture. The book is informative, but I disagree with its premise, find support for its premise to be lacking in substance, and find its conclusion unsustainable in light of scientific data and Biblical scholarship.

      To read a book that conveys my perspectives on this issue, check out “The Bible and Homosexual Practice” by Robert Gagnon.

      Thanks again, Sherry!

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