Important book on one of the biggest challenges to understanding the Bible…

Cross Vision:
How the Crucifixion of Jesus
Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence

Gregory Boyd


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“If you love the Bible but are torn by its violence, use this book as your therapy. Turn its pages and allow Boyd to unwind the majesty of the way God works.”
– David Fitch

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Discerning Wisdom
Beyond the Good Life

A Feature Review of

A Life that is Good:
The Message of Proverbs in a World Wanting Wisdom
Glenn Pemberton

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018
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Reviewed by Bob Cornwall

*** This review originally appeared 
on the reviewer’s website.
It is reprinted here with permission.
Browse his website for other excellent reviews!


In his first letter to the Corinthian church, Paul told his readers the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. It is easy to mistake Paul as an advocate of Christian anti-intellectualism, but that would not be true. He values wisdom, just not the kind that devalues the power of the cross. His comments about wisdom, however, do raise questions of the purpose and value of wisdom, especially words of wisdom that are found in Scripture. It’s interesting that the Letter of James, which is often contrasted with the words of Paul, is understood by many to be a book of wisdom. No biblical book is linked to wisdom than the Book of Proverbs. If you’ve spent time with this biblical wisdom book, you will know that it can give you pause. There are sayings found within its pages that seem harsh and judgmental. There are words that connect wealth and goodness that also seem out of place in the real world. Then there are the words directed at women, which are often unflattering (to put it mildly). The question for us then is whether it offers a word of wisdom for today.

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Here are 5 essential ebooks on sale now that are worth checking out:
( NT Wright, John Perkins, Shane Claiborne, Grace Ji-Sun Kim, MORE )

Each week, we carefully curate a handful of books for church leaders that orient us toward the health and the flourishing of our congregations.


Ebook / Audiobook Deals

from Amazon’s monthly sale!!! 
(February 2019)

Paul and the Faithfulness of God: Two Book Set

N.T. Wright

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N.T. Wright’s masterpiece at $80+ off
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Superb theological reflection on one of the least examined practices of the Christian faith…
We’re giving away FIVE copies
of this excellent new book:

A Glad Obedience:
Why and What We Sing

Walter Brueggemann

Paperback: WJK Books, 2019.
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Fortress Press has just launched a major ebook sale.

Most of their ebook catalog (800+ titles) is on sale for $4.99 or less! Featuring books by  Brueggemann, N.T. Wright, and MORE




Below you will find a few recommended deals from the sale.  Given the size of the sale, we also recommended browsing the full sale… 


The Crucifixion of the Warrior God:
Volumes 1 & 2

Gregory Boyd
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The Land:
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Walter Brueggemann
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N.T. Wright
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Toward A Deeper Life of Dialogue
A Brief Review of

Finding Jesus Among Muslims:
How Loving Islam Makes Me A Better Catholic
Jordan Denari Duffner

Paperback: Liturgical Press, 2018.
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
In an age when hostility toward those of the Muslim faith is all too common, Jordan Denari Duffner in her recent book Finding Jesus Among the Muslims: How Loving Islam Makes Me A Better Catholic, points us in a different – and more Christ-like – direction. Duffner’s approach is grounded, as she notes in her introduction, in the virtues of dialogue. “We are called to dialogue,” she observes, “because God dialogues. As Christians, we believe in one God who is also Trinity: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Saint Augustine understood this three-in-one God as a communication – or dialogue – of love, in which the Father and Son give and receive love, and the Holy Spirit is the love between them. God also dialogues with humanity” (4).

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Timothy Larsen

When our Lord Jesus Christ
returned to Earth, one of the
first things he did
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February 23 is the Feast Day of St. Polycarp of Smyrna, a martyr of the second century. In remembrance, we offer the story of his martyrdom…

The Encyclical Epistle
of the Church at Smyrna
Concerning the Martyrdom
of the Holy Polycarp

Modern paraphrase of a 19th century translation,
excerpted from Water, Faith and Wood:
Stories of the Early Church’s Witness for Today

C. Christopher Smith. Doulos Christou Press, 2003.

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The following text tells the story of Polycarp’s martyrdom. Polycarp
was born in approximately 70 A.D. to a wealthy family. He
eventually was discipled by the Apostle John and later became the
bishop of Smyrna. His martyrdom took place in either 155 or 156,
and this text was recorded at some point after that date in the second

The Church of God which sojourns at Smyrna, to the Church of God
sojourning in Philomelium, and to all the congregations of the Holy and
Catholic Church in every place: Mercy, peace, and love from God the
Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, be multiplied.

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This is a great and relevant book on prayer…

Becoming the Answer
to Our Prayers:

Prayer for Ordinary Radicals

Shane Claiborne /
Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove


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Readers will never see prayer or community in quite the same way again.
-Publisher’s Weekly

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Get a taste of this month’s best nonfiction books, by reading the following excerpts:

    Digital Minimalism:
Choosing a Focused Life
in a Noisy World


Cal Newport

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