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The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition

The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition

Paul Rhodes Eddy and Gregory A. Boyd, The Jesus Legend: A Case for the Historical Reliability of the Synoptic Tradition (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2007), 479 pages, ISBN 9780801031144. Paul Rhodes Eddy (Ph.D. Marquette University) is professor of biblical and theological studies at Bethel University, and Gregory A. Boyd (Ph.D. Princeton Theological Seminary) is the […]

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The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

The Problem of Suffering: A Response from 1 Peter

  Rebecca Skaggs with Thomas Doyle lead us into a biblical and thoughtful look at the reality of suffering.   The Issue Why is there suffering in the world? Further, why does it appear that often “good” people suffer when the “wicked” often thrive? Where is God when people suffer individually and collectively? For centuries, […]

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The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country

The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country

  Loren Cunningham with Janice Rogers, The Book That Transforms Nations: The Power Of The Bible To Change Any Country (Seattle: YWAM Publishing, 2007), 252 pages, ISBN 1576583813. Loren Cunningham is a man with a passion and a man with a mission to reach the nations; he is the founder of Youth With A Mission […]

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The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South

The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South

Philip Jenkins, The New Faces of Christianity: Reading the Bible in the Global South (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006). x + 252 pages, ISBN 0195300653. Philip Jenkins, God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2007). ix + 340 pages, ISBN 0195313956. The two books under review are part of what […]

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Gordon Fee and Mark Strauss: How To Choose a Translation for All Its Worth

Gordon Fee and Mark Strauss: How To Choose a Translation for All Its Worth

  Gordon D. Fee and Mark L. Strauss, How To Choose a Translation for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding and Using Bible Versions (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2007), 170 pages, ISBN 0310278767. This is the third “how to” book that Gordon Fee has written. The first two books were How To Read the Bible […]

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Will the Real Paul Please Stand Up?

Will the Real Paul Please Stand Up?

A review essay by pastor, scholar Tony Richie about the new perspective on Paul. Simon Gathercole, “What Did Paul Really Mean?: ‘New perspective’ scholars argue that we need, well, a new perspective on justification by faith” Christianity Today (August 2007), pages 22-28. Simon Gathercole is a NT scholar and former Senior Lecturer in New Testament […]

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Keith Warrington: Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

Keith Warrington: Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament

  Keith Warrington, Discovering the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2005), 230 pages, ISBN 9781565638716. Every pastor should have in their library this reference on the work of Holy Spirit in the New Testament. It is a scholarly and a practical book; it is not for the casual reading, although […]

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The Holy Spirit's Amazing Work of Art

The Holy Spirit’s Amazing Work of Art

A fresh reminder from Chas Carrin about how amazing the Bible is and how the Spirit speaks through it today. Pentecost exploded onto the ancient world with such power that it forever altered the work of scribes and the production of books. The overwhelming demand for the written account of Jesus had no precedent in […]

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Gordon Fee: Pauline Christology

Gordon Fee: Pauline Christology

  Gordon D. Fee, Pauline Christology: An Exegetical-Theological Study (Peabody, MA: Hendrickson, 2007), 707 pages, ISBN 9781598560350. Gordon D. Fee, Professor Emeritus of New Testament Studies at Regent College in Vancouver, and noted Pauline scholar, offers exhaustive coverage of Pauline Christology in this book. Readers of the Pneuma Review need to be aware that Fee […]

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N. T. Wright: Evil and the Justice of God

N. T. Wright: Evil and the Justice of God

N. T. Wright, Evil and the Justice of God (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2006), 176 pages, ISBN 9780830833986. Though he admits he is not an expert on evil (17), N. T. Wright writes Evil and the Justice of God in light of a new concentration on evil in postmodern Western society. His work is particularly […]

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Knowledge with Zeal: Biblical Examples of Using God-Anointed Intellect in His Service

Knowledge with Zeal: Biblical Examples of Using God-Anointed Intellect in His Service

  Introduction In Matthew 22:37 Jesus commanded all believers to love God with all of their heart, strength, and mind, and to love their neighbor as themselves, stating that the Law and the Prophets were predicated on these two commandments. Loving God will all of one’s mind can mean seeking to develop one’s intellectual capacities.1 […]

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N.T. Wright: Judas and the Gospel of Jesus

N.T. Wright: Judas and the Gospel of Jesus

  Nicholas Thomas Wright, Judas and the Gospel of Jesus: Have We Missed the Truth About Christianity? (Baker, 2006), 156 pages. Wright is a lucid writer, with the gift of being able to express himself at both a popular and academic level. This book adopts the popular genre. Wright does not dismiss the Gospel of […]

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In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Review, reviewed by Amos Yong

In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Review, reviewed by Amos Yong

Don Garlington, In Defense of the New Perspective on Paul: Essays and Reviews (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock, 2005), viii + 245 pages. Garlington earned his MDiv and ThM degrees from Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), and his PhD in New Testament at the University of Durham under James D. G. Dunn. He taught from 1987-2002 […]

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Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: An interview with Craig S. Keener

Correctly Handling the Word of Truth: An interview with Craig S. Keener

  An interview with Craig S. Keener by John P. Lathrop.   I noticed that of the eleven books that you have had published that you have written three about the Holy Spirit. Is the Holy Spirit a subject of particular interest to you? When I was a 15-year-old atheist, I argued with those who […]

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