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Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2014

Here’s my Top 11 Countdown (Yeah, I know, top 11 sounds funny. I had a clean list of 10, but after writing the reviews, I remembered one and HAD to add it to the list. So Top 11 it is.) 11. Sabbath: Finding Rest, Renewal, and Delight in Our Busy Lives, by Wayne Muller – In order to be the […]

Canon Revisited (Book Review)

Introduction Michael J. Kruger, professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, has produced a volume entitled Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books. The book divides into two parts. In part number one Kruger spends the first two chapters interacting with the prevailing models of Canonicity in the Christian […]

The Bible Made Impossible (Book Review)

Introduction Christian Smith, professor of Sociology at the University of Norte Dame, has written a book entitled The Bible Made Impossible: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. The book divides into two parts. In part number one, Smith defines his use of the term Biblicism and explains why its goals and […]

Misquoting Jesus (Book Review)

Bart Ehrman, chairman of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, has authored this book as both an introduction to the field of New Testament Textual Criticism and a critique of ancient scribal practices. In this book, Ehrman has provided the reader with a brief and handy overview of the history of textual transmission […]

My Name is Asher Lev (Book Review)

This is the second book I’ve read by Chaim Potok. He is quite the author. His books read so realistically that you actually feel like you know the people he’s writing about and are seeing their lives play out in real time. Truly an amazing gift. And his stories are profound. They are both intellectually […]

Getting People With The Program

One of my favorite and most challenging books is The Pastor: A Memoir by Eugene Peterson. In his book Peterson juxtaposes what he sees as two prevailing notions of the pastorate: the competitive pastor and the contemplative pastor. In the following quote he talks about his paradigm shift from one to the other. I was addicted to […]

Chesterton on Humility and Conviction

G.K. Chesterton. That gritty old Brit always puts a smile on my face. Talk about razor sharp wit. And then the force of his thought is like an upper cut to the abdomen. Puts you right on the canvass in a deep ruminative state. And the brilliant humor… man! Gotta love the guy! Well, in his […]

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