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The God Who Smokes by Timothy J. Stoner
December 9, 2009, 4:13 am
Filed under: Navpress Review, Non-Fiction Review

The God Who Smokes: Scandalous Meditations on FaithNavpress has always been one of my top publishing houses, I can always rely on them for producing some excellent books, both fiction and Non-Fiction. They’ve published some of my very favorite books.
The God who Smokes has only reaffirmed that statement. Stoner is one of the few middle ground speakers on the topic the Emergent Church.  He addresses the more debatable things Rob Bell (pastor of  Mars Hill Church in Grand Rapids, NOOMA dvds) brings up in his sermons, videos and books. I enjoy a lot of what Bell says, but other things he believes and states, I can’t help but question. Stoner confronts those issues without attacking any person in particular or many of the good, sound theology to come from emergent pastors.
He discusses some of the hard issues in church today. He’s not some Authoritative figure turning his nose up at these problems. He shares some very personal experiences, which are sincere and sometimes heartbreaking. He shares his thoughts on justice and righteousness, not just for the “pretty people” but for the ones who are hard to love, both for us as the individual, and us as the Church. It’s written in a friendly, very accessible manner that allowed me to read it in days, never wanting to put it down. And that says a lot considering it’s the holidays!


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