Tuesday, January 13, 2009

What I'm Reading

I have been trying for a few months to read Scaer's Law and Gospel and the Means of Grace but I forgot it at my in-law's at Thanksgiving and just have not got back into reading it. So, that will be next I think.

I just finished reading The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity by Leon J. Podles yesterday (Monday mornings I stay home and study/read - the congregation encouraged me in this several years ago when I presented the idea to them - praise God!). It is an interesting look at the issue of the relative proportion of men active in the Church. In most congregations the proportion of women is significantly higher than men. He investigates why this may be. I found the book at times to be too psychological and rather light on giving any ideas as to how to remedy the situation. However, it was a good book and it raised some interesting issues to consider.

I am now starting Why Men Hate Going to Church by David Murrow. It is along similar lines. I thought I would read it right after Podles' book to compare the two.


Tim Kuehn said...

I liked Murrow's analysis of the problem, but his proposed solutions are rather suspect.

Mike Keith said...

Well, I am just a ways into it so far. It is written in a far less scholarly manner than Podles' book - but that is not necessarily a bad thing.