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Mark Roberts: Can We Trust the Gospels?

Mark Roberts: Can We Trust the Gospels?

  Mark D. Roberts, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007), 202 pages., ISBN 9781581348668. There are more books in print on the subject of biblical criticism than anyone cares to read, so why look at another one? Roberts responded to my unasked […]

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Keith Warrington: Healing & Suffering

Keith Warrington: Healing & Suffering

  Keith Warrington, Healing & Suffering: Biblical and Pastoral Reflections (Carlisle, UK/Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster, 2005), 219 pages, ISBN 9781842273418. Keith Warrington, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Regents Theological College, Nantwich, has written on healing before, notably in Jesus the Healer: Paradigm or Unique Phenomenon (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2000). Some […]

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Jeffrey Niehaus: Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology

Jeffrey Niehaus: Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology

Jeffrey J. Niehaus, Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 203 pages, ISBN 9780825433603. Jeffrey J. Niehaus (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His previous publications include God at Sinai: Covenant and Theophany in the Bible and Ancient Near East (Zondervan, 1995) as well as […]

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Herbert Bateman: Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews

Herbert Bateman: Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews

  Herbert W. Bateman IV, ed., Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 480 pages, ISBN 9780825421327. Probably every Christian has read one of the warning passages in Hebrews and wondered whether they have rejected God’s grace to the point of no return. The confusion that results partly explains the […]

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Daniel Treier: Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture

Daniel Treier: Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture

  Daniel J. Treier, Introducing Theological Interpretation of Scripture: Recovering a Christian Practice (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2008), ISBN 9780801031786. Daniel J. Treier, associate professor of theology at Wheaton College, has written a timely and definitive introduction to the latest theological craze among evangelical theologians and scholars—the so-called “theological interpretation of scripture” movement. Although the […]

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Timothy Keller: The Prodigal God

Timothy Keller: The Prodigal God

Timothy Keller, The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith (Dutton Adult, 2008), 160 pages, ISBN 9780525950790. The Prodigal God is based on the passage of Scripture we typically call the Parable of the Prodigal Son that is found in chapter 15 of Luke’s gospel; this book is largely an exposition of that […]

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Using the Right Bible Translation? A professional translator’s perspective on translation choice, by Jonathan Downie

Using the Right Bible Translation? A professional translator’s perspective on translation choice, by Jonathan Downie

Introduction For church leaders, preachers and even ordinary Christians, choosing a Bible translation can be a difficult task. This is made even more difficult for those who study translation in order to make an informed decision. It is unfortunate that discussions of Bible translations tend to be centred on personal opinions (for example Taylor 2007) […]

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Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

Numbers 11 and a Pentecostal Theology of Church Leadership

In this day of specialization, it seems we have a difficult time combining thorough Bible study and relevant practical application. Too often, practitioners do not get their principles from studying the Bible, and scholars do not produce relevant principles and practical application. I would like this essay to begin a dialogue that will bring these […]

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Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Parable of the Good Samaritan

  The shocking parable of the Good Samaritan provides an example of how the church can be an agent of transformation. In this story from Luke 10, a despised minority person demonstrates God’s love and shows today’s Christians the essence of authentic social transformation.   The story of the Good Samaritan is one of the […]

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Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

Transforming: The Church as Agent of Change in the Story of Zacchaeus

  The power of personal faith in Christ changing people and society around them. A study in Luke 19:1-10 by James D. Hernando.     The story of Zacchaeus is one of the most intriguing in Luke’s gospel—a literary masterpiece filled with vivid imagery, drama, and biting irony. It is the story of the conversion […]

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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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