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Michael Kruger: The Question of Canon

Michael Kruger: The Question of Canon

Michael J. Kruger, The Question of Canon: Challenging the Status Quo in the New Testament Debate (Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2013), 256 pages. Despite the fact that the contours of the Christian canon were decided by the fourth century, vibrant and vigorous discussion about the authenticity of the books has persisted into our day. Indeed, […]

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Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 2

Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 2

The second in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This session is entitled, “The Reliability of the Gospels, Part 2; Miracles, Part 1.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The […]

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Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 1

Craig Keener: Matthew, Lecture 1

The first in a series of 19 lectures on the Gospel of Matthew by Dr. Craig S. Keener of Asbury Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. This lecture is entitled, “The Reliability of the Gospels.”     For further reading: Craig S. Keener, Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary (Eerdmans, 2009). The Secret Codes in Matthew: Examining […]

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Harlyn Purdy: A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal Hermeneutic

Harlyn Purdy: A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal Hermeneutic

Harlyn Graydon Purdy, A Distinct Twenty-First Century Pentecostal Hermeneutic (Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2015). In this monograph, Harlyn Graydon Purdy, President of Pentecostal Bible College in Malawi, sets forth to contribute to the ongoing discussions about Pentecostal hermeneutics. The author expresses concerns regarding trends in Pentecostalism, such as allegorization – or what he calls […]

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Blessed and Blessing: David's First Anointing

Blessed and Blessing: David’s First Anointing

A devotional from Kirk Hunt’s book, Blessed and Blessing: Devotionals for Gospel Champions (CadreMen Press, 2015). Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel arose and went to Ramah. 1 Samuel 16:13 […]

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Walter Dickhaut: Building a Community of Interpreters

Walter Dickhaut: Building a Community of Interpreters

Walter R. Dickhaut, Building a Community of Interpreters: Readers and Hearers as Interpreters (Eugene, Oregon: Cascade Books, 2013) 125 pages, ISBN 9781610979962. Walter R. Dickhaut, in his small volume, Building a Community of Interpreters: Readers and Hearers as Interpreters, proposes that listeners and hearers of a sermon, story or biblical text function as interpreters of […]

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Craig Keener on Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost

Craig Keener on Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost

Craig S. Keener speaks about his new book, Spirit Hermeneutics: Reading Scripture in Light of Pentecost, with Eerdman’s Publishing. How do we hear the Spirit’s voice in Scripture? How do we move from exegesis to Spirit-guided application in our lives and communities? In Spirit Hermeneutics biblical scholar Craig Keener addresses these questions, carefully articulating a […]

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Jesus' Model of Discipleship

Jesus’ Model of Discipleship

A guest article from Alyssa Lillo, a student at Oral Roberts University.   Introduction Educational principles in North America reflect the ways in which young people are taught, trained, and developed to become responsible mature adults in society. Similarly, Christian discipleship is the way in which new believers are developed to become mature Christians in […]

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Scot McKnight: The Heaven Promise

Scot McKnight: The Heaven Promise

Scot McKnight, The Heaven Promise: Engaging the Bible’s Truth About Life to Come (WaterBrook, 2015), 224 pages. Scot McKnight shows in this book that the vision of Heaven the Bible gives is precisely what we need for a vision of what life should be on earth through Jesus by the gospel through the church. If […]

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Leland Ryken: A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible

Leland Ryken: A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible

Leland Ryken, A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014), 220 pages. Leland Ryken, past professor of English at Wheaton College (Illinois), has spent a significant amount of his career helping readers improve their interpretation and appreciation of the literary character of the Bible. A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms […]

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Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark D. Baker: Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross

Mark D. Baker, ed., Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross: Contemporary Images of the Atonement (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2006), 208 pages, ISBN 9780801027420. Proclaiming the Scandal of the Cross is principally a supplemental volume to an earlier book entitled Recovering the Scandal of the Cross (2000, second edition 2011), which was co-authored by […]

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N. T. Wright: Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate, reviewed by Amos Yong

N. T. Wright: Paul and His Recent Interpreters and The Paul Debate, reviewed by Amos Yong

N. T. Wright, Paul and His Recent Interpreters: Some Contemporary Debates (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015), xxiii + 379 pages. N. T. Wright, The Paul Debate: Critical Questions for Understanding the Apostle (Waco, Tex.: Baylor University Press, 2015), xi + 110 pages. I must confess that I am writing this double-review with both volumes of N. […]

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Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach: Dig Deeper

Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach: Dig Deeper

Nigel Beynon and Andrew Sach, Dig Deeper: Tools for Understanding God’s Word (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2010), 160 pages, ISBN 9781581349719. Most non-Christians think that the Bible reduces to mere interpretation. So why do not more Christians focus on hermeneutics? This is a perennial question that needs to be resolved. Postmodernity, though not fully expressed yet, […]

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J. Ryan Lister: The Presence of God

J. Ryan Lister: The Presence of God

J. Ryan Lister, The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2015) 368 pages, ISBN 9781433539152. In The Presence of God: Its Place in the Storyline of Scripture and the Story of our Lives J. Ryan Lister, seeks to trace the theme of […]

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