Category Archives: Bible

Reading While Black | Reflections & Notes

Esau McCaulley. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. InterVarsity Press, 2020. (198 pages) REFLECTIONS In Christian publishing, there’s plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original authors

Reading While Black | Reflections & Notes

Esau McCaulley. Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope. InterVarsity Press, 2020. (198 pages) REFLECTIONS In Christian publishing, there’s plenty of theology books. The good ones help us understand what was said by the original authors

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

How the Bible Became a Book | Reflections & Notes

William M. Schniedewind. How the Bible Became a Book. Cambridge University Press, 2004. (257 pages) REFLECTIONS Humans throughout history have needed something into which they can anchor their faith. Several religions explicitly identify sacred texts as their objects of security, earning

Stewards of Eden | Reflections & Notes

Sandra Richter. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About The Environment and Why It Matters REFLECTIONS In 2019 I gave a sermon entitled “The Green New Covenant,” part 2, (after my co-pastor’s sermon, “Green New Covenant,” part 1), in which I

Stewards of Eden | Reflections & Notes

Sandra Richter. Stewards of Eden: What Scripture Says About The Environment and Why It Matters REFLECTIONS In 2019 I gave a sermon entitled “The Green New Covenant,” part 2, (after my co-pastor’s sermon, “Green New Covenant,” part 1), in which I

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Created Equal | Reflections & Notes

Joshua A. Berman. Created Equal: How the Bible Broke with Ancient Political Thought. Oxford, 2008. (249 pages) REFECTIONS ln academic circles it is a value to be very cautious and careful regarding modern ethical sensibilities overlaid to ancient texts and attitudes.

Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships | Reflections & Notes

Karen R. Keen. Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2018. (147 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredible resource. Keen has clearly articulated the debate, accurately represented the “sides,” and advanced several considerations that are sound and cannot be

Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships | Reflections & Notes

Karen R. Keen. Scripture, Ethics & The Possibility of Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2018. (147 pages) REFLECTIONS This is an incredible resource. Keen has clearly articulated the debate, accurately represented the “sides,” and advanced several considerations that are sound and cannot be

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Christ and the Powers | Reflections & Notes

Hendrik Berkhof, John Howard Yoder [translator]. Christ and the Powers. Herald Press, 1962. Originally published in 1953 under the title Christus en de Machten, by G. F. Callenbach N. V. of Nijkerk, The Netherlands. (79 pages) REFLECTIONS Christ and the Powers was

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

Paul and the Giants of Philosophy | Reflections & Notes

Joseph R. Dodson and David E. Briones, eds. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (177 pages) [Download all the tables here] REFLECTIONS In the decades of reading and studying the Bible,

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls | Reflections & Notes

John Bergsma. Jesus and the Dead Sea Scrolls: Revealing the Jewish Roots of Christianity. Image, 2019. (256 pages) REFLECTIONS The Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) are the greatest archeological find of the 20th century. (For more on the history and story of

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

The Very Good Gospel | Review & Notes

Lisa Sharon Harper. The Very Good Gospel: How Everything Wrong Can Be Made Right. Waterbrook, 2016. (224 pages) REVIEW I really, really, wanted to like this book. I can only say that I appreciate this book and its overall goal, message, and ethic.

What Do They Hear? | Review & Notes

Mark Allan Powell. What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit & Pew. Abingdon Press, 2007. (107 pages) REVIEW Leveraging critical literary theory for the homiletical task is a perspective I wish seminaries would emphasize in their curricula. The “contexts”

What Do They Hear? | Review & Notes

Mark Allan Powell. What Do They Hear?: Bridging the Gap Between Pulpit & Pew. Abingdon Press, 2007. (107 pages) REVIEW Leveraging critical literary theory for the homiletical task is a perspective I wish seminaries would emphasize in their curricula. The “contexts”

The Lost World of the Torah | Reflections & Notes

John H. Walton & J. Harvey Walton. The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (268 pages) Download Book Charts & Tables .pdf. REFLECTIONS At the very least, in Evangelical circles Walton’s

The Lost World of the Torah | Reflections & Notes

John H. Walton & J. Harvey Walton. The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context. IVP Academic, 2019. (268 pages) Download Book Charts & Tables .pdf. REFLECTIONS At the very least, in Evangelical circles Walton’s

Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? | Reflections & Notes

J. R. Daniel Kirk. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Baker Academic, 2011. (214 pages) REFLECTIONS In these later years of study, ministry, and spirituality, I have become compelled to answer the

Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul? | Reflections & Notes

J. R. Daniel Kirk. Jesus Have I Loved, but Paul?: A Narrative Approach to the Problem of Pauline Christianity. Baker Academic, 2011. (214 pages) REFLECTIONS In these later years of study, ministry, and spirituality, I have become compelled to answer the

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy]

A Community Called Atonement | Notes

Scot McKnight. A Community Called Atonement. Abingdon Press, 2007. (173 pages) Trevin Wax review for The Gospel Coalition; David Fitch review for Missio Alliance. NOTES INTRODUCTION TO LIVING THEOLOGY; Tony Jones PREFACE PROLOGUE Some atonement theories today are “one-club” [golf analogy]

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics

Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes | Critical Thoughts & Notes

E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien. Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible. InterVarsity Press, 2012. [Logos Edition.] (225 pages) CRITICAL THOUGHTS This is an excellent introduction for those unfamiliar with the basics

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus | Review & Notes

Lois Tverberg. Reading the Bible with Rabbi Jesus: How a Jewish Perspective Can Transform Your Understanding. Baker Books, 2017. (285 pages) REVIEW The third installment of Tverberg’s series (after Sitting and Walking), Reading is similar in tone and approach, and is yet again, another

God Is Disappointed In You | Notes & Highlights

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler. God is Disappointed In You. Top Shelf Productions, 2013. (223 pages) Below are some of my highlights and underlines. I did not include my notes on where Russell misreads the narrative, of which there are a

God Is Disappointed In You | Notes & Highlights

Mark Russell and Shannon Wheeler. God is Disappointed In You. Top Shelf Productions, 2013. (223 pages) Below are some of my highlights and underlines. I did not include my notes on where Russell misreads the narrative, of which there are a

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

Preston Sprinkle. People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue. Zondervan, 2015. (223 pages) Promo video; Missio Alliance review; Andrew Wilson review; Sean McDowell interview; Anne Paulk (TGC) review; CRITICAL REVIEW I picked up People To Be Loved because

People To Be Loved | Critical Review

Preston Sprinkle. People To Be Loved: Why Homosexuality Is Not Just An Issue. Zondervan, 2015. (223 pages) Promo video; Missio Alliance review; Andrew Wilson review; Sean McDowell interview; Anne Paulk (TGC) review; CRITICAL REVIEW I picked up People To Be Loved because

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 1. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in

The New Testament And The People Of God | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. The New Testament And The People of God: Christian Origins and the Question of God, vol. 1. Fortress Press, 1992. (535 pages) REFLECTIONS This read and post was most definitely one of my most engaged labors of love in

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over | Notes

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Aleph Beta Press, 2016. (286 pages) Aleph Beta page; Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council; Zev Brenner interview; Mayim Bialik review; Jewish Learning Initiative review; Preface To simply use the Bible as fodder

The Exodus You Almost Passed Over | Notes

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Exodus You Almost Passed Over. Aleph Beta Press, 2016. (286 pages) Aleph Beta page; Stu Halpern, Jewish Book Council; Zev Brenner interview; Mayim Bialik review; Jewish Learning Initiative review; Preface To simply use the Bible as fodder

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

CT published, Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn’t either, on April 6, 2017. April 10, they published Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too. Given that our church has held seders for years, (the last four of them, in a

Jesus Didn’t Eat A Seder Meal | Critical Reflections

CT published, Jesus Didn’t Eat a Seder Meal: Why Christians shouldn’t either, on April 6, 2017. April 10, they published Why Christians Can Celebrate Passover, Too. Given that our church has held seders for years, (the last four of them, in a

The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls | Notes

Hershel Shanks. The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1998. (246 pages) INTRODUCTION Between the early 1950s and 1956, archaeologists and bedouin vied with one another to find more scrolls, and eventually a library of over

The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls | Notes

Hershel Shanks. The Mystery and Meaning of the Dead Sea Scrolls. Biblical Archaeology Society, 1998. (246 pages) INTRODUCTION Between the early 1950s and 1956, archaeologists and bedouin vied with one another to find more scrolls, and eventually a library of over

The Evolution of Adam | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins. Brazos Press, 2012. (172 pages) Gospel Coalition review by John Collins; The Aquila Report by Rachel Miller; Direction review by John Brubacher; Disoriented. Reoriented

The Evolution of Adam | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say About Human Origins. Brazos Press, 2012. (172 pages) Gospel Coalition review by John Collins; The Aquila Report by Rachel Miller; Direction review by John Brubacher; Disoriented. Reoriented

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

The Sin of Certainty | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. The Sin of Certainty: Why God Desires our Trust More Than Our “Correct” Beliefs. HarperOne, 2016. (230 pages) Chapter 1 – I Don’t Know What I Believe Anymore My soul is full of troubles, and my life draws

A Letter To My Congregation | Notes & Critical Review

Ken Wilson. A Letter To My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. Read The Spirit Books, 2004. (196 pages) Dedication Foreword Preface The book you hold is

A Letter To My Congregation | Notes & Critical Review

Ken Wilson. A Letter To My Congregation: An evangelical pastor’s path to embracing people who are gay, lesbian and transgender into the company of Jesus. Read The Spirit Books, 2004. (196 pages) Dedication Foreword Preface The book you hold is

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality | Reflections & Notes

Jack Rogers. Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church. Westminster Knox Press, 2009. (228 pages) REFLECTIONS In what is still the most contentious and divisive of all topics in the Church, Rogers provides in this volume one

Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality | Reflections & Notes

Jack Rogers. Jesus, the Bible, and Homosexuality: Explode the Myths, Heal the Church. Westminster Knox Press, 2009. (228 pages) REFLECTIONS In what is still the most contentious and divisive of all topics in the Church, Rogers provides in this volume one

Hellbound? | Review

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? – Genesis 18:25 Hellbound? Kevin Miller, 2012. For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal torment for the wicked is an indisputable tenet of Christian orthodoxy. In

Hellbound? | Review

Will not the Judge of all the earth do right? – Genesis 18:25 Hellbound? Kevin Miller, 2012. For many people, belief in hell as a place of eternal torment for the wicked is an indisputable tenet of Christian orthodoxy. In

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

God And The Gay Christian | Notes & Critical Review

Matthew Vines. God and the Gay Christian: The Biblical Case in Support of Same-Sex Relationships. Convergent Books, 2014. (213 pages) Reclaiming Our Light – an Introduction My core argument in this book is not simply that some Bible passages have

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. How To Read The Bible. HarperOne, 2015. (257 pages)   HarperCollins page; Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service; Introduction I think my personal history with the Bible as unfolding in three stages THE NARRATIVE STAGE THE HISTORICAL STAGE THE

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

Harvey Cox. How To Read The Bible. HarperOne, 2015. (257 pages)   HarperCollins page; Jonathan Merritt, Religion News Service; Introduction I think my personal history with the Bible as unfolding in three stages THE NARRATIVE STAGE THE HISTORICAL STAGE THE

Bible, Gender, Sexuality | Notes, Review, & Reflections

James V. Brownson. Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2013. (300 pages) Jim Brownson’s blog. Reviews: Paul Chalpin, Englewood; Andrew Goddard, Kirby Liang Institute; Matt Rogers; An Uncommon Grace; Nate Claiborne; Robin Parry; Greg Carey,

Bible, Gender, Sexuality | Notes, Review, & Reflections

James V. Brownson. Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships. Eerdmans, 2013. (300 pages) Jim Brownson’s blog. Reviews: Paul Chalpin, Englewood; Andrew Goddard, Kirby Liang Institute; Matt Rogers; An Uncommon Grace; Nate Claiborne; Robin Parry; Greg Carey,

We Still Don’t Get It | Transcript & Highlights

Moo, Douglas. We Still Don’t Get It: Evangelicals and Bible Translation Fifty Years After James Barr. Presentation from the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting. Zondervan, 2014. By Douglas J. Moo Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies Wheaton College Chair, Committee on Bible

We Still Don’t Get It | Transcript & Highlights

Moo, Douglas. We Still Don’t Get It: Evangelicals and Bible Translation Fifty Years After James Barr. Presentation from the 2014 ETS Annual Meeting. Zondervan, 2014. By Douglas J. Moo Wessner Chair of Biblical Studies Wheaton College Chair, Committee on Bible

Simply Good News | Notes & Reflections

N.T. Wright. Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. HarperOne, 2015. (189 pages) Thank you Janelle! I’m always, forever grateful! Reviews: Andrew Wilson, Christianity Today; Michael Bird, Patheos; Dan Wilkinson, Patheos; Scot McKnight, Jesus

Simply Good News | Notes & Reflections

N.T. Wright. Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good. HarperOne, 2015. (189 pages) Thank you Janelle! I’m always, forever grateful! Reviews: Andrew Wilson, Christianity Today; Michael Bird, Patheos; Dan Wilkinson, Patheos; Scot McKnight, Jesus

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

Washed and Waiting | Notes & Review

Wesley Hill. Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2010. (160 pages)   Reasons for God review. Zondervan product page. Rachel Held Evans review. Author’s Notes Introduction This book is about what it means to do that–how,

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

The Bible Tells Me So… | Review & Notes

Peter Enns. The Bible Tells Me So…: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable To Read It. HarperOne, 2014. (267 pages) To seekers and pilgrims who need to think out loud, others who would like to, and those who value

“Ham on Nye” #CreationDebate | Notes & Critical Review

“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Point-by-point Analysis and Commentary: KEN HAM | 5 min. Opening Statement: Ham opens up with this quote from the Richard Dawkins Foundation [RDF]: “Scientists should not debate creationists.

“Ham on Nye” #CreationDebate | Notes & Critical Review

“Is creation a viable model of origins in today’s modern scientific era?” Point-by-point Analysis and Commentary: KEN HAM | 5 min. Opening Statement: Ham opens up with this quote from the Richard Dawkins Foundation [RDF]: “Scientists should not debate creationists.

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

The Last Word | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (146 pages) Preface to the American Edition Taken as a whole, the church clearly can’t live without the Bible, but

Leviticus | Notes & Review

Maurice D. Harris. Leviticus: You Have No Idea. Cascade Books, 2013. (123 pages) http://levitibook.weebly.com/ The hilariously dramatic introduction video: Forward The task of bridging these two worlds [laity and scholarship] must rest with clergy… (ix) Perhaps the greatest challenge to

Leviticus | Notes & Review

Maurice D. Harris. Leviticus: You Have No Idea. Cascade Books, 2013. (123 pages) http://levitibook.weebly.com/ The hilariously dramatic introduction video: Forward The task of bridging these two worlds [laity and scholarship] must rest with clergy… (ix) Perhaps the greatest challenge to

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

When God Spoke Greek | Notes & Review

Timothy Michael Law. When God Spoke Greek: The Septuagint and the Making of the Christian Bible. Oxford University Press, 2013. (216 pages) 1 Why This Book? Here was real, hold-in-your-hands proof that some biblical books once existed in a different

Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting | Notes & Review

Donald Kraus. Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting: Is the Bible Always Right? Seabury Books, 2008. (166 pages) VIA: Because there was more to critique in this book, I will be interacting with the content throughout my notes, a distinctly different

Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting | Notes & Review

Donald Kraus. Sex, Sacrifice, Shame, and Smiting: Is the Bible Always Right? Seabury Books, 2008. (166 pages) VIA: Because there was more to critique in this book, I will be interacting with the content throughout my notes, a distinctly different

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

The Rise and Fall of the Bible | Notes & Review

Timothy Beal. The Rise and Fall of the Bible: The Unexpected History of an Accidental Book. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2011. (244 pages) 1. The End of the Word As We Know It: A Personal Introduction My parents’ biblical faith was

Genesis Unbound | Review

John Sailhamer. Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account. Multnomah Books, 1996, 2011. (270 pages) Quick Introductory Note In this study blog, I generally post my highlights and underlines for the purpose of documenting the key phrases and

Genesis Unbound | Review

John Sailhamer. Genesis Unbound: A Provocative New Look at the Creation Account. Multnomah Books, 1996, 2011. (270 pages) Quick Introductory Note In this study blog, I generally post my highlights and underlines for the purpose of documenting the key phrases and

The Beast That Crouches at the Door | Notes & Review

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Beast That Crouches at the Door: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Beyond. HFBS Publishing, 2012; Kindle edition. (2660 locations) Thanks to Jery for the gift. It was a delightful read! PART I: SERPENTS OF

The Beast That Crouches at the Door | Notes & Review

Rabbi David Fohrman. The Beast That Crouches at the Door: Adam & Eve, Cain & Abel, and Beyond. HFBS Publishing, 2012; Kindle edition. (2660 locations) Thanks to Jery for the gift. It was a delightful read! PART I: SERPENTS OF

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

Speaking Christian | Review & Notes

Marcus Borg. Speaking Christian: Why Christian Words Have Lost Their Meaning and Power — And How They Can Be Restored. HarperOne, 2011. (248 pages) (Thank you to Janelle for our copy!) CNN Belief Blog. Patheos interview with Borg. The Hillhurst

Revelations | Notes & Review

Elaine Pagels. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation. Viking, 2012. (246 pages) The Big Reveal: Why Does the Bible End That Way? – The New Yorker Into the Apocalypse With an Unruffled Tour Guide – NY

Revelations | Notes & Review

Elaine Pagels. Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, & Politics in the Book of Revelation. Viking, 2012. (246 pages) The Big Reveal: Why Does the Bible End That Way? – The New Yorker Into the Apocalypse With an Unruffled Tour Guide – NY

Inspiration and Incarnation | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Baker Academic, 2005. (197 pages) Preface The aim of this book is not novelty but synthesis. My focus is twofold: (1) to bring together a variety of

Inspiration and Incarnation | Notes & Review

Peter Enns. Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament. Baker Academic, 2005. (197 pages) Preface The aim of this book is not novelty but synthesis. My focus is twofold: (1) to bring together a variety of

BASIC Series | Notes & Review

http://basicseries.com/ Overall, I am very blessed and thankful for Francis, his ministry, and his work. The Flannel people have created something quite beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and the message, which is most important, is both verbal and visual, the interlocking

BASIC Series | Notes & Review

http://basicseries.com/ Overall, I am very blessed and thankful for Francis, his ministry, and his work. The Flannel people have created something quite beautiful and aesthetically pleasing, and the message, which is most important, is both verbal and visual, the interlocking

From The Dust | Notes & Review

http://fromthedustmovie.org/ The question of where we come from is a mystery man has explored throughout human history. As Charles Darwin composed his theory of natural selection, he began defining for the modern generation a suitable, if altogether scientific answer for

From The Dust | Notes & Review

http://fromthedustmovie.org/ The question of where we come from is a mystery man has explored throughout human history. As Charles Darwin composed his theory of natural selection, he began defining for the modern generation a suitable, if altogether scientific answer for

The Prodigal God | Notes

Timothy Keller. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Riverhead Books, 2008. (155 pages) Introduction …one of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that

The Prodigal God | Notes

Timothy Keller. The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith. Riverhead Books, 2008. (155 pages) Introduction …one of the signs that you may not grasp the unique, radical nature of the gospel is that you are certain that

The Bible Made Impossible | Notes & Review

Christian Smith. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brazos Press, 2011 (220 pages) Other reviews: Experimental Theology blog; Rachel Held Evans blog; The Gospel Coalition; Reformation 21; Theoblogy (Tony Jones) – The

The Bible Made Impossible | Notes & Review

Christian Smith. The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. Brazos Press, 2011 (220 pages) Other reviews: Experimental Theology blog; Rachel Held Evans blog; The Gospel Coalition; Reformation 21; Theoblogy (Tony Jones) – The

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

Did Jesus Exist? | Notes & Review

Bart Ehrman. Did Jesus Exist? The Historical Argument for Jesus of Nazareth. HarperOne, 2012. (361 pages) [many thanks to Janelle for our copy!] Introduction When mythicists use the term [myth] they often seem to mean simply a story that has

Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg. Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life. Zondervan, 2012. (239 pages) I. Hearing Our Rabbi’s Words With New Ears 1. Brushing Away the Dust of the Ages In

Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus | Notes & Review

Lois Tverberg. Walking In The Dust of Rabbi Jesus: How the Jewish Words of Jesus Can Change Your Life. Zondervan, 2012. (239 pages) I. Hearing Our Rabbi’s Words With New Ears 1. Brushing Away the Dust of the Ages In

A-dventure-Z’ | Notes & Review

Ada Yardeni. A-dventure-Z’: The Story of the Alphabet. Carta, 2003. (86 pages) The tracing of the consecutive phases in this formal evolution, from the common ancient signs to their forms in the different scripts, is possible thanks to the large

A-dventure-Z’ | Notes & Review

Ada Yardeni. A-dventure-Z’: The Story of the Alphabet. Carta, 2003. (86 pages) The tracing of the consecutive phases in this formal evolution, from the common ancient signs to their forms in the different scripts, is possible thanks to the large

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

God And Sex | Notes & Review

Michael Coogan. God and Sex: What the Bible Really Says. Twelve, 2010. (237 pages) — VIA — Full disclosure: I did not actually finish “reading” the book (a term I use to communicate that I have actually digested a book’s

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The King Jesus Gospel | Notes & Review

Scot McKnight. The King Jesus Gospel: The Original Good News Revisited. Zondervan, 2011. (184 pages) FOREWORD BY N.T. WRIGHT The Christian faith is kaleidoscopic, and most of us are color-blind. (11) We ought to welcome it if a musician plays

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

The Lost World of Genesis One | Notes & Review

John Walton. The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. IVP Academic, 2009. (191 pages) Prologue It is regrettable that an account of such beauty has become such a bloodied battle-ground, but that is indeed the

The Story | Review

http://www.thestory.com/home [Disclosure: I’m preaching through this series with a church who has partnered with this campaign and had a brief cordial talk with Shelley Leith, the National Church Coach and Story Specialist, Western Region, at the NYWC, 2011. Thanks to

The Story | Review

http://www.thestory.com/home [Disclosure: I’m preaching through this series with a church who has partnered with this campaign and had a brief cordial talk with Shelley Leith, the National Church Coach and Story Specialist, Western Region, at the NYWC, 2011. Thanks to

Siri & Hermeneutics

Apple has announced it’s new voice controlled “personal assistant” for the new iPhone 4S saying,… A lot of devices can recognize the words you say. But the ability to understand what you mean, and act on it; that’s the breakthrough

Siri & Hermeneutics

Apple has announced it’s new voice controlled “personal assistant” for the new iPhone 4S saying,… A lot of devices can recognize the words you say. But the ability to understand what you mean, and act on it; that’s the breakthrough

Understanding Genesis | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Understanding Genesis: The World of the Bible in the Light of History. Schocken Books, 1966. Introduction …the very concept of a Canon of Scripture, of a fixed corpus of sacred books, implies a long process of selection and

Understanding Genesis | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Understanding Genesis: The World of the Bible in the Light of History. Schocken Books, 1966. Introduction …the very concept of a Canon of Scripture, of a fixed corpus of sacred books, implies a long process of selection and

Surprised By Hope | Notes

N.T. Wright. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. HarperOne, 2008. (332 pages) PREFACE What are we waiting for? And what are we going to do about it in the meantime? | Those two questions

Surprised By Hope | Notes

N.T. Wright. Surprised By Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. HarperOne, 2008. (332 pages) PREFACE What are we waiting for? And what are we going to do about it in the meantime? | Those two questions

Whose Bible Is It | Notes

Jaroslav Pelikan. Whose Bible Is It?: A Short History of The Scriptures. Penguin, 2005. (274 pages) INTRODUCTION. The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible? Two terms that are often used in connection with the Bible, one from

Whose Bible Is It | Notes

Jaroslav Pelikan. Whose Bible Is It?: A Short History of The Scriptures. Penguin, 2005. (274 pages) INTRODUCTION. The Bible, the Whole Bible, and Nothing but the Bible? Two terms that are often used in connection with the Bible, one from