Author Archives: Paul Dubuc

The Return of the Prodigal Son, by Henri Nouwen

This book must be among the best of Henri Nouwen’s writing. In it he gives some very deep and penetrating insight o the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32) and its illustration in Rembrandt’s painting of the Return of … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Christianity, Spirituality | Leave a comment

Living Before God, by Ben Campbell Johnson

I’ve read many helpful books on spiritual formation in my seminary work, for other classes I have taken, and on my own. I have many more lined up to read. Few that I have read have been more helpful to … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Christianity, Spirituality | 1 Comment

Can We Be Good Without God? (Will We Be Good With Him?)

I’ve had this one in the queue for too long. It’s time to just push it out there. Can we be good without God? I’ve recently had a very long discussion along these lines with a friend and former colleague … Continue reading

Posted in Personal, Religion | 1 Comment

Advent 2009

Bethel Church is putting together another Advent devotional calendar this year and again I was asked to contribute. This is my contribution. I’m looking forward to reading what others have written this year.

Posted in Christianity, Spirituality | 1 Comment

A Grace Disguised, by Jerry (Gerald) Sittser

I wrote this review on the first edition of this book back in 2001 and posted it on Amazon.com. I want to put it here also because I think it’s one of the most important books I’ve ever read. Read … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Christianity | 1 Comment

“How did it go?”

I ended September and began October with a three day retreat at The Convent, the venue for a retreat and spiritual direction ministry called “Sustainable Faith” run by David and Jody Nixon. The building is a renovated convent on the … Continue reading

Posted in Personal, Spirituality | 1 Comment

Still Amusing Ourselves to Death

I recently read an essay in the current issue of The Atlantic by Christopher Hitchens entitled “Cheap Laughs: The smug satire of liberal humorists debases our comedy—and our national conversation.” Hitchens’ complaint with liberal humorists like Al Franken and Jon … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Politics, Religion | 1 Comment

Spiritual and Emotional Health

This is a very helpful book. Peter Scazzero draws from many different sources and presents their content in easily digestible form. The issues he deals with are very important ones for any Christian who wants to grow spiritually into the … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Spirituality | 1 Comment

The Sponge Was Full

I’ll bet some of you thought this blog was dead. I thought so too, but maybe it won’t be much longer. This summer has seemed like a pivotal time for me. After four years of seminary and one year in … Continue reading

Posted in Personal | 1 Comment

Lenten Reading

Looking for something to read for Lent? I found this one, Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter, in 2003 and I’m using it again this year. “For Breadth of scope and depth of insight nothing rivals this collection”, … Continue reading

Posted in Books, Christianity, Prayer, Spirituality | Leave a comment