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Overthinking Christian

Our scope here is to rattle evangelical norms that threaten Biblical norms (as well as pretend we are smarter and more "spiritual" than we actually are).

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A Good Children’s Bible

I was excited to receive a copy of The Promises of God (2019, B & H Kids) mainly to see how my five-year-old son would like it. Illustrated by Thanos Tsilis and authored by Jennifer Lyell, I find that this... Continue Reading →

Reflections on ‘Paul & the Language of Faith’ (Part II)

In Part I of this reflection, I focused more on the gist of Paul and the Language of Faith¬†and the general disconnect between how "faith" is used in the Bible vs. how it is used in much of evangelicalism and... Continue Reading →

Dana Harris on Hebrews

This is now the second commentary I own in this series and I must say that I am far from disappointed. At the end of given sections the author provides homiletical suggestions which, in my opinion, are golden in and... Continue Reading →

Reflections on ‘Paul and the Language of Faith’ (Part I)

The language of faith or belief dominates evangelical language, culture, and the evangelical psyche itself. But have we misunderstood faith? Watered it down? Are we guilty of oversimplifying this layered concept? Respected Pauline scholar Nijay Gupta thinks so, making the... Continue Reading →

David Lyle Jeffrey on Luke’s Gospel

Luke may be my second-favorite Gospel writer, following closely after Mark. I was therefore excited to receive my copy of the latest from Brazos Press by one David Lyle Jeffrey. Marked by simplicity and carefully written, it is packed with... Continue Reading →

Douglas Harink’s Brazos Theological Commentary

Author and theologian Douglas Harink (professor of theology, The King's University College) has produced a simple yet concise commentary on 1 and 2 Peter. A few hundred pages in length, what I most appreciate about this new release (2019) is... Continue Reading →

Scot McKnight, The Modern State of Pastoring, and The Apostle Paul

What makes a pastor a pastor? What is the New Testament vision for the pastorate vis-√†-vis modern conceptions? New Testament scholar and prolific author Scot McKnight attempts to answer such questions and more in his latest release, Pastor Paul: Cultivating... Continue Reading →

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