Jonathan K. Dodson

Author | Christ is All | Pastor

5 Standout Books on the Incarnation

December 5, 2015

Although I didn’t grow up observing Advent, we instituted the tradition at City Life when we planted the church in 2008. Year after year, I marvel at depth, promise, wonder, complexity of the notion that God would become a baby. It is, as Kierkegaard said, “an absurd idea, the strangest of all happenings.” Over the years I’ve tried to look at this strangest of all happenings from various perspectives: biblical, theological, philosophical, skeptical, and literary. My wonder grows year by

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My Best Books of the Summer (2015)

August 22, 2015

Here are some of my best books from the summer: MOST ENTERTAINING FICTION Ready Player One, Ernest Cline BEST LITERATURE Notre-Dame de Paris, Victor Hugo BEST SHORT STORIES Men Without Women, Ernest Hemingway MOST UNUSUAL SCI-FI A tie between: Clockwork Orange, Anthony Burgess & Station Eleven, Emily St. John Mandel MOST PROFOUND Faith Beyond Reason: A Kierkegaardian Account, C. Stephen Evans & Philosophical Fragments, Soren Kierkegaard BEST CHARACTER FORMATION The Road to Character, David Brooks MOST SPIRITUALLY FORMATIVE Sermons on the Mount,

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Reading as Resistance

July 21, 2015

I couldn’t have done it without him. A lot was going on at the time, difficulty in work, rumors circulating, and personal trial, but he helped me through it. Under his influence, I slowed down in a demanding season. One particular afternoon is dyed into my memory. I drove to my local coffeeshop and got the usual, cappuccino. The expresso is rich and smooth. Some coffeeshops use too much milk and water down the espresso but not here. It takes time to make

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Is it Inauthentic to Read the Bible & Pray When We Don’t Feel Like It?

June 23, 2015

Is reading the Bible or praying when you don’t feel like it kind of fake? Shouldn’t we wait till we have true feelings to be close to God? Shouldn’t it be authentic? Values Trump Feelings Consider what would happen if we applied the same logic to everything else in life. If I only stayed true to my wife when I felt like it, I would have blown our marriage by now. In fact, we often do things we don’t feel like doing: going to work, disciplining

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