I got a lot of books for my birthday and I am looking foward to reading them (please note that my reading of these books is not an endorsement of any of these authors):
1) The Jesus of Suburiba: Have we Tamed the Son of God to Fit our Lifestyle? – Mike Erre. Mike is the pastor down at Rock Harbor in Costa Mesa. I went to their church a lot while I was down at Azusa Pacific and I really enjoyed it.
2) Jesus wants to Save Christians: A Manifesto for the Church in Exile – Rob Bell and Don Golden. This was a gift for my birthday from my friend Wes. I have never actually finished a Rob Bell book yet. I started both Velvet Elvis and Sex God, but didn’t have time finish them. Because I didn’t own them, I was never able to come back to them.
3) The Historical Jesus: The Life of a Mediterranean Jewish Peasant – J.D. Crossan. Crossan is the most liberal of my authors I am reading right now. I started reading this book at Archives earlier last semester. I really enjoyed the first two pages, and am interested to see where Crossan lands at the end of this book. Sarah was with me when I was first reading it and, as a good girlfriend, logged it in her memory and bought it for me all the way from China.
4) Surprised by Hope – N.T. Wright. I am also interested to read this gift from Sarah (two books must mean that she really loves me). I loved “The Challenge of Jesus” when I first read it.
5) The Fall of the Roman Empire: The Military Explanation – Arthur Ferrill. I was reading about the fall of Rome on wikipedia and his theory sounded very intersting, so I bought the book.
On top of all my reading for my credential classes, I don’t know when I’m going to have time to read all of these, but I look forward to some interesting interaction with these texts here on the blog…