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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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David Beldman on Judges (a book review, Part I)

Judges is a rather dark and gloomy narrative about how God’s people simply cannot get it right: stuck in the vicious cycle of “doing evil in the sight of Yahweh,” God sending nations to oppress the Israelites, and then God’s... Continue Reading →

John Stott in a Polarized Age

What is discipleship? What should our posture be toward Catholics? Toward Muslims? What about our call to be peaceful in an age of nuclear warfare? What is the relationship between "good news" and "good works?" These and other questions are... Continue Reading →

(How) Is the Apostle’s Creed Important?

As with Wesley Hill’s The Lord’s Prayer (in this same series), The Apostle's Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism by Ben Meyers contains stunning and captivating visuals which aid the engaging reading. Meyers here proves to be both theologically rigorous... Continue Reading →

Holy Saturday and the Descent of Jesus: Did Jesus Enter Hell?

Both the Apostles' and the Athanasian Creeds affirm the belief that Christ "descended to the dead." Throughout the centuries, Christians have yearly reflected on Christ's descent on Holy Saturday. But is such language biblical to begin with? Did Christ enter... Continue Reading →

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 →

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