Category Archives: Theology

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

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

God and the Pandemic | Reflections & Notes

N.T. Wright. God and the Pandemic: A Christian Reflection on the Coronavirus and its Aftermath. Zondervan Reflective, 2020. (75 pages) REFLECTIONS This little book is true to its title. It is a decidedly Christian reflection for those interested in how their

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

The Age of AI | Critical Review & Notes

Jason Thacker. The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Zondervan, 2020. (192 pages) CRITICAL REVIEW It is hard to describe just how disappointing this book is. I was hoping to read something far more robust and insightful.

The Age of AI | Critical Review & Notes

Jason Thacker. The Age of AI: Artificial Intelligence and the Future of Humanity. Zondervan, 2020. (192 pages) CRITICAL REVIEW It is hard to describe just how disappointing this book is. I was hoping to read something far more robust and insightful.

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

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

Living In A Gray World | Reflections, Notes, and Critique

Preston Sprinkle. Living In A Gray World: A Christian Teen’s Guide to Understanding Homosexuality. Zondervan, 2015. (155 pages) Read the First Chapter. REFLECTIONS I won’t say much here, as I’ve already provided a critical review on Preston’s previous book, People To Be

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

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Review & Notes

Brian Zahnd. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News. WaterBrook, 2017. (209 pages) Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, post. REVIEW I have great appreciation for what Zahnd has produced,

Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God | Review & Notes

Brian Zahnd. Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God: The Scandalous Truth of the Very Good News. WaterBrook, 2017. (209 pages) Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, post. REVIEW I have great appreciation for what Zahnd has produced,

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

Rocks of Ages | Reflections & Notes

Stephen Jay Gould. Rocks of Ages: Science and Religion in the Fullness of Life. The Ballantine Publishing Group, 1999. (241 pages) Reflections I have been perplexed at the disdain that many have towards Gould’s construction of NOMA. As such, I may

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

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

What’s Wrong With Religion? | Notes & Critical Review

Skye Jethani. What’s Wrong With Religion? 9 Things No One Told You About Faith. Skypilot Media, 2017. (119 pages) NOTES Intro: Religion Is A Game Chapter 1 Everyone Is Religious The idea that all spiritual paths lead to the same destination

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

The Folly Of God | Reflections & Notes

John D. Caputo. The Folly Of God: A Theology of the Unconditional. Polebridge Press, 2016. Richard M. Allen of Religious Theory review; CRI article by Hank Hanegraaff; Currents in Catholic Thought review; Derek Rishmawy review. Reflections I have considered–through personal contemplation

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

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

Honest To God | Notes

John Arthur Thomas (A.T.) Robinson. Honest To God. Westminster, SCM Press, 1963. (143 pages) NTWright Page’s Doubts About Doubt; Not Nearly Radical Enough: The Irony of John Robinson’s ‘Honest to God’ by Geoff Thompson; BBC News: When did people stop thinking God lives on

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

The Divine Magician | Notes & Critical Reflections

Peter Rollins. The Divine Magician: The Disappearance of Religion and The Discovery of Faith. Howard Books, 2015. (189 pages) Gladys Ganiel review; Jeremy Jernigan review; The Divine Magician introduction videos on YouTube; The Sanctuary was empty and the Holy of Holies

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Michelle Higgins: Seeing Past the Color Line in the Bay Area | Notes

The following are a few notes from a talk that Michelle gave at the University of AME Zion church in Palo Alto, November 12, 2016 hosted by TBC. You can see her talk here, read her CT article here, and

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

Jesus Feminist | Notes & Review

Sarah Bessey. Jesus Feminist: An Invitation to Revisit the Bible’s View of Women / Exploring God’s Radical Notion That Women Are People Too. Howard Books, 2013. (235 pages) Sarah’s website. CT article: ‘I’m a Feminist Because I Love Jesus So

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

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

Reconcile | Notes & Reflections

John Paul Lederach. Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians. Herald Press, 2014. (191 pages) Christian Piatt interview, Patheos; Christian Piatt YouTube interview; The Heart of Reconciliation, a Conversation, Baylor. Preface Deep conflicts are stressful and painful. At worst, they are

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World | Notes

Martti Nissinen. Homoeroticism In The Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Augsburg Fortress, 1998. (208 pages) Preface Whether the texts I studied were biblical or Jewish, Assyrian, Greek, or Roman, the term “homosexuality” was absent from them and the concept alien.

Homoeroticism In The Biblical World | Notes

Martti Nissinen. Homoeroticism In The Biblical World: A Historical Perspective. Augsburg Fortress, 1998. (208 pages) Preface Whether the texts I studied were biblical or Jewish, Assyrian, Greek, or Roman, the term “homosexuality” was absent from them and the concept alien.

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

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert | Notes & Review

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012. (2775 Locations, Kindle edition) Foreword From our early acquaintance, I recognized that our new friend feared no topic,

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert | Notes & Review

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield. The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert: An English Professor’s Journey into Christian Faith. Crown & Covenant Publications, 2012. (2775 Locations, Kindle edition) Foreword From our early acquaintance, I recognized that our new friend feared no topic,

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,

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

Author of Life | Notes & Review

I had the privilege of meeting Josh and Diane last year at the National Youth Worker’s Convention (2013). Their project The Author of Life has now completed 7 videos designed for educational and small group environments. Their contribution to the

Evil and the Justice of God | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. InterVarsity Press, 2006. (174 pages) Preface …our primary task is not so much to give answers to impossible philosophical questions as to bring signs of God’s new world to birth on the basis

Evil and the Justice of God | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. Evil and the Justice of God. InterVarsity Press, 2006. (174 pages) Preface …our primary task is not so much to give answers to impossible philosophical questions as to bring signs of God’s new world to birth on the basis

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

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 Son Rises | Notes & Review

William Lane Craig. The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. Wipf and Stock, 1981. (156 pages) Preface The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection. It is not based on the evidence for

The Son Rises | Notes & Review

William Lane Craig. The Son Rises: The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus. Wipf and Stock, 1981. (156 pages) Preface The Christian faith is based on the event of the resurrection. It is not based on the evidence for

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

Love Free or Die | Review

watch: http://video.pbs.org/video/2294044250/ (only through November 19, 2012) descriptions: LOVE FREE OR DIE (Special Jury Prize winner Sundance 2012) is about a man whose two defining passions the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark.  It

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

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

Saving Darwin | Notes & Review

Karl W. Giberson. Saving Darwin: How to Be a Christian and Believe in Evolution. HarperOne, 2008. (248 pages) Foreword Giberson’s carefully documented history provides a sobering response to the claims of those who think that the current controversy can be

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

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 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

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

The Hunger Games & The Gospel | Notes & Review

Julie Clawson. The Hunger Games and the Gospel:Bread, Circuses, and the Kingdom of God. Patheos Press, 2012. (149 pages; 3930 Kindle locations) One Hand Clapping – Julie Clawson’s website Introduction: Let the Games Begin Although not explicitly “Christian” books, the

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

Open Letter to New Testament Students

J. R. Daniel Kirk has written an open letter to students of the New Testament. I thought it well done and important, and in some ways, according to the comments, enlightening to the kinds of assumptions and attitudes that people

Open Letter to New Testament Students

J. R. Daniel Kirk has written an open letter to students of the New Testament. I thought it well done and important, and in some ways, according to the comments, enlightening to the kinds of assumptions and attitudes that people

Junia | Notes & Review

Eldon Jay Epp. Junia: The First Woman Apostle. Fortress, 2005. (138 pages) FOREWORD: To begin with, most scholars now agree that Romans, in common with other early Christian texts, was written in a specific context and to address a specific

Junia | Notes & Review

Eldon Jay Epp. Junia: The First Woman Apostle. Fortress, 2005. (138 pages) FOREWORD: To begin with, most scholars now agree that Romans, in common with other early Christian texts, was written in a specific context and to address a specific

Man and Woman, One in Christ | Notes & Review

Philip B. Payne. Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. Zondervan, 2009. (511 pages) Let’s begin with the end: To the degree my thirty-six years of research on this topic has led me

Man and Woman, One in Christ | Notes & Review

Philip B. Payne. Man and Woman, One in Christ: An Exegetical and Theological Study of Paul’s Letters. Zondervan, 2009. (511 pages) Let’s begin with the end: To the degree my thirty-six years of research on this topic has led me

The Epic of Eden | Notes & Review

Sandra L. Richter. The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. IVP Academic, 2008. (263 pages) St. Pete’s Blog: Book Review Q&A on Ben Witherington’s Blog Introduction: The Dysfunctional Closet Syndrome The Bible, in all its parts,

The Epic of Eden | Notes & Review

Sandra L. Richter. The Epic of Eden: A Christian Entry into the Old Testament. IVP Academic, 2008. (263 pages) St. Pete’s Blog: Book Review Q&A on Ben Witherington’s Blog Introduction: The Dysfunctional Closet Syndrome The Bible, in all its parts,

The Sabbath | Notes & Review

Abraham Joshua Heschel. The Sabbath: its meaning for modern man. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1951, 1979. (118 pages) [VIA: This is one one of the few books in my library where every page is worth quoting. Below is a small

The Sabbath | Notes & Review

Abraham Joshua Heschel. The Sabbath: its meaning for modern man. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1951, 1979. (118 pages) [VIA: This is one one of the few books in my library where every page is worth quoting. Below is a small

Conversations on Being a Heretic | Notes & Review

http://qideas.org/video/conversations-on-being-a-heretic.aspx by Scot McKnight and Brian McLaren [NOTE: My notes below is not an exact transcript.] If the gospel isn’t embodied as good news to the poor, it isn’t the same gospel that Jesus talked about. MCKNIGHT: It is common

Conversations on Being a Heretic | Notes & Review

http://qideas.org/video/conversations-on-being-a-heretic.aspx by Scot McKnight and Brian McLaren [NOTE: My notes below is not an exact transcript.] If the gospel isn’t embodied as good news to the poor, it isn’t the same gospel that Jesus talked about. MCKNIGHT: It is common

שמע – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Perhaps the most important word in the Bible is “Sh’ma.” I am deeply thankful for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ comments. Below are just a few of the snippets that I want to take away: The Greeks were the supreme masters of

שמע – Rabbi Jonathan Sacks

Perhaps the most important word in the Bible is “Sh’ma.” I am deeply thankful for Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ comments. Below are just a few of the snippets that I want to take away: The Greeks were the supreme masters of

JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים | Notes & Review

Jeffrey Tigay. JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים. The Jewish Publication Society, 1996. (548 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO DEUTERONOMY INTRODUCTION The Title | notes… The Text | notes… The Character and Structure of the Book | notes… The Main Themes of

JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים | Notes & Review

Jeffrey Tigay. JPS Torah Commentary: Deuteronomy דברים. The Jewish Publication Society, 1996. (548 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO DEUTERONOMY INTRODUCTION The Title | notes… The Text | notes… The Character and Structure of the Book | notes… The Main Themes of

JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר | Notes & Review

Jacob Milgrom. JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר. The Jewish Publication Society, 1990. (520 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO NUMBERS INTRODUCTION Preliminaries: The Title | Latin Numeri… THE GENERATION OF THE EXODUS (3) THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WILDERNESS CAMP (3) Census in

JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר | Notes & Review

Jacob Milgrom. JPS Torah Commentary: Numbers במדבר. The Jewish Publication Society, 1990. (520 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO NUMBERS INTRODUCTION Preliminaries: The Title | Latin Numeri… THE GENERATION OF THE EXODUS (3) THE ORGANIZATION OF THE WILDERNESS CAMP (3) Census in

JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus ויקרא | Notes & Review

Baruch A. Levine. The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus ויקרא. The Jewish Publication Society, 1989. (284 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO LEVITICUS INTRODUCTION Notes… The Principal Types of Sacrifice (3) The expiatory Sacrifices (18) The Disposition of Sacrifices (34) The Initiation of

JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus ויקרא | Notes & Review

Baruch A. Levine. The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus ויקרא. The Jewish Publication Society, 1989. (284 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO LEVITICUS INTRODUCTION Notes… The Principal Types of Sacrifice (3) The expiatory Sacrifices (18) The Disposition of Sacrifices (34) The Initiation of

JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus שמות | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna, gen. ed. The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus שמות. Jewish Publication Society, 1991. (278 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO EXODUS INTRODUCTION The Title | notes… Reversal of Fortune (3) The Birth and Youth of Moses (8) The Commissioning of Moses

JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus שמות | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna, gen. ed. The JPS Torah Commentary: Exodus שמות. Jewish Publication Society, 1991. (278 pages) THE COMMENTARY TO EXODUS INTRODUCTION The Title | notes… Reversal of Fortune (3) The Birth and Youth of Moses (8) The Commissioning of Moses

JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis בראשית | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna, gen. ed. The JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis, בראשית. Jewish Publication Society, 1989. (414 pages) I’ve been wanting to write my notes and reviews on the JPS Commentaries for a while. But I’ll be honest, that is a daunting

JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis בראשית | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna, gen. ed. The JPS Torah Commentary: Genesis, בראשית. Jewish Publication Society, 1989. (414 pages) I’ve been wanting to write my notes and reviews on the JPS Commentaries for a while. But I’ll be honest, that is a daunting

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

James Kugel. How To Read The Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now. Free Press, 2007. (819 pages) This afternoon, my wife and I attended “Bible By The Bay” by Lehrhaus Judaica held at the local JCC. For the

How To Read The Bible | Notes & Review

James Kugel. How To Read The Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now. Free Press, 2007. (819 pages) This afternoon, my wife and I attended “Bible By The Bay” by Lehrhaus Judaica held at the local JCC. For the

Why Learn The Biblical Languages – Professor Elizabeth Groves of Westminster Seminary

Your translations are “trustworthy.” But… Often, there is much richness in the original languages that forces a “choice” in the receptor language. With that choice comes a loss of meaning; we are missing something in the translation. Often there are

Why Learn The Biblical Languages – Professor Elizabeth Groves of Westminster Seminary

Your translations are “trustworthy.” But… Often, there is much richness in the original languages that forces a “choice” in the receptor language. With that choice comes a loss of meaning; we are missing something in the translation. Often there are

Exploring Exodus | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books, 1986, 1996. (277 pages). FOREWARD “It is a truism that knowledge usually lags far behind learning; it is also a fact that where knowledge fails, speculation often fills the

Exploring Exodus | Notes & Review

Nahum Sarna. Exploring Exodus: The Origins of Biblical Israel. Schocken Books, 1986, 1996. (277 pages). FOREWARD “It is a truism that knowledge usually lags far behind learning; it is also a fact that where knowledge fails, speculation often fills the

To Heal A Fractured World | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. Schocken Books, 2005. (279 pages) Part 1: THE CALL TO RESPONSIBILITY Chapter 1: The Ethics of Responsibility Being human means being conscious and being responsible. – Viktor Frankl

To Heal A Fractured World | Notes & Review

Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. To Heal A Fractured World: The Ethics of Responsibility. Schocken Books, 2005. (279 pages) Part 1: THE CALL TO RESPONSIBILITY Chapter 1: The Ethics of Responsibility Being human means being conscious and being responsible. – Viktor Frankl

The Bible Illuminated

http://bibleilluminated.com/, and http://illuminatedworld.com/ Amazon.com: Old Testament, New Testament (with author video) A Critical analysis by Chuck Colson. (BTW, Dag Soderberg will be on Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 4, 2009) From the website: This modern illuminated bible is an oversized (8

The Bible Illuminated

http://bibleilluminated.com/, and http://illuminatedworld.com/ Amazon.com: Old Testament, New Testament (with author video) A Critical analysis by Chuck Colson. (BTW, Dag Soderberg will be on Stephen Colbert Thursday, June 4, 2009) From the website: This modern illuminated bible is an oversized (8

The View From The Mastaba – Gary Burge’s View is Skewed

Books and Culture recently published “The View From The Mastaba: Jesus From a Middle Eastern Perspective,” March 6, 2009, written by Gary Burge, professor at Wheaton. There are some things to applaud, yet there are some things that must be

The View From The Mastaba – Gary Burge’s View is Skewed

Books and Culture recently published “The View From The Mastaba: Jesus From a Middle Eastern Perspective,” March 6, 2009, written by Gary Burge, professor at Wheaton. There are some things to applaud, yet there are some things that must be

The Challenge of Jesus | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. (202 pages). “Just as integrity demands that we think clearly and rigorously about Jesus himself, so it also demands that we think

The Challenge of Jesus | Notes & Review

N.T. Wright. The Challenge of Jesus: Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is. Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity Press, 1999. (202 pages). “Just as integrity demands that we think clearly and rigorously about Jesus himself, so it also demands that we think

The End of Reason | Notes & Review

I got this for Christmas. Thanks Ian! Here are my notes and reflections. Ravi Zacharias. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists. Zondervan, 2008. (143 pages) In line with the many books published recently by the “new

The End of Reason | Notes & Review

I got this for Christmas. Thanks Ian! Here are my notes and reflections. Ravi Zacharias. The End of Reason: A Response to the New Atheists. Zondervan, 2008. (143 pages) In line with the many books published recently by the “new

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

The Religious Case For/Against Gay Marriage | Saying A Lot About So Little

While reading the current Newsweek cover article (“The Religious Case for Gay Marriage” by Lisa Miller), it struck me how much we say about how little the Bible mentions. The summation of the Newsweek article is found, really, in one

Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century

Carole J. Lambert, ed. Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century (American University Studies VII: Theology and Religion). Peter Lang Publishing: November, 2008. Though this book is yet to be made readily available, I’m doing my

Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century

Carole J. Lambert, ed. Doing Good, Departing from Evil: Research Findings in the Twenty-First Century (American University Studies VII: Theology and Religion). Peter Lang Publishing: November, 2008. Though this book is yet to be made readily available, I’m doing my

The Blue Parakeet | A Review & Critique

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, (Zondervan, 2008). [This review is of the Advance Reader Copy. All page numbers refer to that edition]. (Out of Ur review 1, and 2) There are several reviews out

The Blue Parakeet | A Review & Critique

Scot McKnight, The Blue Parakeet: Rethinking How You Read the Bible, (Zondervan, 2008). [This review is of the Advance Reader Copy. All page numbers refer to that edition]. (Out of Ur review 1, and 2) There are several reviews out

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

The Mission Of God – Notes & Review

This Out Of Ur blog post by Scot McKnight inspired this post of my review. Wright, Christopher J. The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative. IVP: 2006. (581 pages). Simply well done and very thorough.  Addressing the need

Proving God’s Existence?…100%?…Without Faith?…With Kirk Cameron?

ABC News and Nightline hosted a “face-off” between Christians and Atheists to debate the existence of God. The ABC News page is here, and the YouTube videos begin with pt.1. CBN.com’s page. Richard Dawkins.net blog post. Ray Comfort’s site, The

Proving God’s Existence?…100%?…Without Faith?…With Kirk Cameron?

ABC News and Nightline hosted a “face-off” between Christians and Atheists to debate the existence of God. The ABC News page is here, and the YouTube videos begin with pt.1. CBN.com’s page. Richard Dawkins.net blog post. Ray Comfort’s site, The

The Soul of Christianity – Huston Smith

Smith, Huston. The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (176 pages) I found writing this book exhilarating, for it enabled me to see more clearly than before the intellectual and spiritual gold of Christianity, its intellectual expanse,

The Soul of Christianity – Huston Smith

Smith, Huston. The Soul of Christianity: Restoring the Great Tradition. HarperSanFrancisco, 2005. (176 pages) I found writing this book exhilarating, for it enabled me to see more clearly than before the intellectual and spiritual gold of Christianity, its intellectual expanse,

A Third Way – Jesus and Nonviolence

Wink, Walter. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Fortress, 2003. (119 pages). What does it mean to champion non-violence, and to live against the “Myth of Redemptive Violence?” The beginning chapters of this short book illuminate the passage in Matthew

A Third Way – Jesus and Nonviolence

Wink, Walter. Jesus and Nonviolence: A Third Way. Fortress, 2003. (119 pages). What does it mean to champion non-violence, and to live against the “Myth of Redemptive Violence?” The beginning chapters of this short book illuminate the passage in Matthew

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

The Great Omission | Notes & Review

Dallas Willard. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. HarperSanFrancisco, 2006. (237 pages) Introduction If […the walk with Christ] doesn’t work at all, or only in fits and starts, that is because we do not give ourselves to

The Great Omission | Notes & Review

Dallas Willard. The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus’s Essential Teachings on Discipleship. HarperSanFrancisco, 2006. (237 pages) Introduction If […the walk with Christ] doesn’t work at all, or only in fits and starts, that is because we do not give ourselves to