Book Review: The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts

Every now and then I come across a book that hooks me with the title. Sometimes after turning the cover and reading the first couple pages I find the old adage to be true that I should not judge a book by its cover or, as in this case, the title. This was not one… Continue reading Book Review: The Kingdom according to Luke and Acts

Book Review: Permission Granted

Title: Permission Granted Author: Jennifer Grace Bird Publisher: Westminster John Knox Press Year: 2015 Pages: 176 "To the Church, then, has been given the charge of proclaiming the Word of God. This revelatory Word is not a concatenation of human opinions and ideas but rather is God's own proclamation, the very means by which he… Continue reading Book Review: Permission Granted

Into the Word,Into the Heart, Lenten Reflection #9

I waited all day. All day it was cloudy, foggy, rainy and just plain miserable. I waited and waited–hoping against hope that the sun would come out and burn away the dreariness of the day. And at last, it happened. The sun came out, the mist faded away, and the day became clear. It was… Continue reading Into the Word,Into the Heart, Lenten Reflection #9

Jesus, the Psalms, the Cross, Lenten Reflection #8

I wish I could do this for a living–blogging or writing or spending all my time thinking about Scripture and helping others discover kernels of delight and morsels of joy. There's so much to take in on every page and it sincerely makes me happy to share it with others. My Psalm reading is still… Continue reading Jesus, the Psalms, the Cross, Lenten Reflection #8

Reading the Psalms as a Man, Lenten Reflection #6

Along with other reading I am doing in the Bible, for example, just today I finished reading the book we call Isaiah, I am reading the Psalms and the Proverbs. I'm not sure I remember exactly where I picked up on the idea, but when I read the Psalms and the Proverbs I do so… Continue reading Reading the Psalms as a Man, Lenten Reflection #6

Renewing the Mind, Lenten Reflections #4

Another of my theme verses during this Lenten season is Romans 12:1-2. Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and please to God–this is true worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing… Continue reading Renewing the Mind, Lenten Reflections #4

Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

In a little book I have called Answering God, author Eugene Peterson writes, "But the first requirement of language is not to make us nice but accurate. Prayer is not particularly 'nice.' There is a recognition in prayer of the fiercer aspects of God…Psalm language is not careful about offending our sensibilities; its genius is… Continue reading Learning to Talk, Lenten Reflections #3

Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

One of the last acts I performed as a member of Facebook was to follow a link to a blog post and read the blog post. It had something to do with Daniel 11 so I thought this would be a good thing–given that I am currently neck deep in a study of Daniel in… Continue reading Reflections on a World Afire, Lenten Reflections #1

Book Review: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts

Title: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts Author: Kevin Johnson Publisher: Bethany House Publishers Year: 2014 Pages: 128 [Disclaimer: I was provided an electronic preview copy of this book through NetGalley. I was not compensated in any way nor am I required to positively review the book. Thanks for reading.] A few years ago I… Continue reading Book Review: Pray the Scriptures When Life Hurts

Book Review: Surprised by Scripture

Title: Surprised by Scripture Author: NT Wright Publisher: HarperOne Year: 2014 Pages: 223 Anyone who has read any of my book reviews knows that NT Wright typically gets rave reviews from me–both as a lover of literature and as a Christian who loves Wright's theological perspective. Fact is, I can scarcely ever find anything in… Continue reading Book Review: Surprised by Scripture

Book Review: A Godward Heart

Title: A Godward Heart Author: John Piper Publisher: Multnomah Books Year: 2014 Pages: 226 Additional Resources: Desiring God [Disclaimer: I was provided with a preview copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased review of this book. I am not required to give a positive review, but an honest one. I promise… Continue reading Book Review: A Godward Heart

Book Review: Plain Faith

Title: Plain Faith Author(s): Irene & Ora Jay Eash with Tricia Goyer Publisher: Zondervan Year: 2014 Pages: 208 Cripple Creek Horse Ranch Tricia Goyer [Disclaimer: I was provided with a free copy of Plain Faith by Zondervan in exchange for my faith and unbiased review. I hope that helps clear up any confusion.] I'm going… Continue reading Book Review: Plain Faith

Book Review: Four Views on the Historical Adam

Title: Four Views on the Historical Adam Authors: Denis O. Lamoureux John H. Walton  |  BioLogos Forum C. John Collins    |  Did Adam and Eve Really Exist? William D. Barrick | The Masters Seminary Greg A. Boyd   | ReKnew Philip G. Ryken |  Sermon Audio Publisher: Zondervan Year: 2013 Pages: 289 (e-book) Additional Information: Counterpoints:… Continue reading Book Review: Four Views on the Historical Adam

Book Review: Scripture and the Authority of God

Title: Scripture and the Authority of God Author: N.T. Wright Publisher: HarperCollins Year: 2011 Pages: 210 N.T. Wright other works: N.T. Wright Page [Disclaimer: I paid for this book with a gift card I received at Christmas 2013. It was a very happy time in my life when I could freely spend at amazon.com. It… Continue reading Book Review: Scripture and the Authority of God

Book Review: Psalms for Everyone

Title: Psalms for Everyone, pt 2, Psalms 73-150 Author: John Goldingay Publisher:Westminster John Knox Press Year: 2014 Pages: 228 [I am required by the FCC to inform you that Westminster John Knox Press provided me with a free e-book preview copy of this book for review purposes. Truth is, I'm afraid not to tell you… Continue reading Book Review: Psalms for Everyone