somethings got to give (?)
Two blogs I enjoy and read regularly have posted reviews of a popular book, 'Blue Like Jazz: Nonreligious Thoughts on Christian Spirituality', by Donald Miller.
Last July I read BLJ through once, and though I enjoyed the read, still do not know exactly where I stand on it, and more importantly, how it will affect my ministry. I liked BLJ because it was steeped in a sort of trench reality, and it seemed like Donald Miller really stuck his neck out to show people the love of Christ. Yet, BLJ also 'seemed' to condone behavior that was un-Christian or irreverent while doing so.
I often think and struggle with, and between, an understanding of these two different sides. So, I share these two different reviews not to pit them against each other to see which side wins, but to show some examples and begin to explore if one side truly is the one to follow, or maybe hopefully, there is some bridge in between the two to learn from and travel.
If you have read BLJ, or have thoughts to share about this subject or these reviews, I would really like to hear them.
BTW I have been alongside both Denny and Chris in ministry and it is my witness that both of these men are very well educated and experienced in their theology and both love Jesus and deeply committed to God and His purposes. I highly respect them and their ministries.
Denny Burk: A blog on Biblical studies, theology, and politics.
Denny Burk BLJ review"
Chris McGregor: Although I am privileged to be an employee of Fellowship Church and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary, the following views are my own and are not necessarily shared by either of these two organizations.
Chris McGregor BLJ review
Grace and peace,