Summer’s a time to catch up on reading! Seminary professors read? And sharing with the public what I’m reading is a dangerous thing, I know, but I thought I would nevertheless. First, despite some biting sarcasms and shallowness of theological discernment, Stephen Tomkins’s A Short History of Christianity (Eerdmans), recently published with the designer-blurb by J. I. Packer (“Tomkins…could not write a dull sentence if he tried”), and another from Terry Jones (co-writer of Monty Python!), is a page-turner. Barely 250 pages, it sweeps through centuries and issues like an express train on steroids. Tomkins’s earlier volume on Wesley (also Eerdmans) showed some weaknesses as well as humor.