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reviewed Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A .... April 15, 2011
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Jesus, Paul and the People of God: A Theological
Jesus, Paul and the People of God publishes the papers presented at the nineteenth annual Wheaton Theology Conference, hosted by Wheaton College on April 16-17, 2010. It doubles as a Festschrift of sorts for N. T. "Tom" Wright, whose books--whether academic or popular--alternatively influence and infuriate their readers, especially their evangelical readers. Its authors, though sometimes …
reviewed Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell,.... March 21, 2011
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Love Wins: A Book About Heaven, Hell, and the Fate
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love questions and those who love answers.      Question-lovers focus on the ambiguity and uncertainty of belief. Reality is bigger and more complex than our theories about it. Consequently, we must be humble in the face of mystery, knowing how much we do not know.      Answer-lovers focus on the clarity …
reviewed Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense.... February 09, 2011
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Is God a Moral Monster?: Making Sense of the Old
In The God Delusion, Richard Dawkins writes:      "The God of the Old Testament is arguably the most unpleasant character in all fiction: jealous and proud of it; a petty, unjust, unforgiving control-freak; a vindictive, bloodthirsty ethnic cleanser; a misogynistic, homophobic, racist, infanticidal, genocidal, filicidal, pestilential, megalomaniacal, sadomasochistic, capriciously …
reviewed The Legacy of the King James Bible: C.... February 07, 2011
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The Legacy of the King James Bible: Celebrating
The Committee on Bible Translation of the New International Version (NIV) recently released a revision of that bestselling Bible. In an explanation of changes made to the NIV, the committee made the following remark regarding its revised translation of 1 John 2:16:      "Has anyone really improved on the KJV [King James Version] rendering of these three expressions [i.e., …
reviewed Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving t.... November 29, 2010
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Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in
In Cross-Cultural Servanthood, Duane Elmer tells the parable of a monkey who sees a fish swimming against the current of a stream (pp. 27-28). Assuming the fish is struggling to survive, the monkey plucks the fish out of the stream and places it on dry ground. At first, the fish flops around--excited to have been saved, the monkey thinks. When the fish stops moving, the monkey feels satisfied, believing …
reviewed Insights on James, 1 & 2 Peter. November 24, 2010
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Insights on James, 1 & 2 Peter by Charles R. Swindoll
This book is an excellent Bible commentary on James, 1 Peter, and 2 Peter. The author explained the meaning of various key Greek words to help the reader understand confusing passages and to bring out the full meaning of the text. He also provided information on the cultural and historical background and quoted similar statements made elsewhere in the Bible to help the reader fully understand the …
reviewed The Passionate Intellect: Christian F.... November 23, 2010
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The Passionate Intellect: Christian Faith and the
Recently, so-called "new atheists" have been making loud noises about how stupid and wicked religion is. Richard Dawkins thinks belief in God is a "delusion" to be replaced by scientific thinking. Daniel Dennett views religion as a "spell" that needs to be broken. Sam Harris longs for "the end of faith," whose absolutism he thinks leads only to violence. And …
reviewed The Next Christians: The Good News Ab.... November 17, 2010
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The Next Christians: The Good News About the End
American Christians live in a transitional age. Christian America is dead. American society is increasingly pluralistic, postmodern, and post-Christian. How should American Christians respond to this new cultural reality?      In The Next Christians, Gabe Lyons sets out to answer this question. He depicts two broad types of Christians interacting with culture: separatist Christians …
reviewed Think: The Life of the Mind and the L.... October 19, 2010
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Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God
What is the relationship between logic and love?      For some, there is no relation. "Love Is a Fallacy" by Max Shulman tells the story of a smart college freshman who pines for Polly Espy, the girlfriend of his big-man-on-campus roommate, Petey Bellows. Petey, however, pines for a raccoon coat, which is all the rage among BMOCs. In exchange for a chance to date Polly, …
reviewed Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific .... September 15, 2010
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Homosexuality: The Use of Scientific Research in
How prevalent is homosexuality? What causes it? Is it a psychopathology? And can it be changed?      Social scientists have researched these questions for decades. Increasingly, individual Christians and Christian denominations draw on the findings of that research as they debate whether homosexual behavior is permissible, whether same-sex marriage is desirable, and whether non-celibate …
reviewed The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mis.... August 27, 2010
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The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission:
Many Christians think of evangelism as an act of proclamation. And that is certainly what it is. But because they don't feel called or able to proclaim the gospel, they feel they cannot contribute at all to the church's evangelistic task. In The Best Kept Secret of Christian Mission, John Dickson points out that Christians promote the gospel in many ways: through prayers, money, the works …
reviewed The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contempo.... August 27, 2010
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The Heresy of Orthodoxy: How Contemporary
In 1934, Walter Bauer published Rechtsgläubigkeit und Ketzerei im Ältesten Christentum, translated into English in 1971 as Orthodoxy and Heresy in Earliest Christianity. Andreas J. Köstenberger and Michael J. Krueger summarize the argument of that book, the "Bauer thesis," as follows: "close study of the major urban centers at the end of the first and early second centuries …
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