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A Very Good Book.

A Feature Review of 

The Good Book: Writers Reflect on their Favorite Bible Passages
Andrew Blauner, Editor

Hardback: Simon and Schuster, 2015
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Reviewed by Jennifer Burns Lewis
It’s really a very good book, this anthology of reflections about the Bible. In some ways, it’s like having an amazing chat with friends about biblical texts about which they are passionate, except that these authors are far more eloquent and eclectic than my thirty-two closest friends. The Good Book: Writers Reflect on Favorite Bible Passages is a wonderfully rich assortment of essays by an array of thoughtful, reflective, sometimes witty, often reverent writers. Representing a variety of faith perspectives or none at all, these essays offer the reader delicious morsels of goodness that invite the reader to question, ponder and consider the limitless ways in which readers encounter the Bible.

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Biblicism After Blomberg

A Feature Review of

Can We Still Believe the Bible?
An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions
Craig L. Blomberg.

Paperback: Brazos Press, 2014
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Reviewed by Michael Kallenberg


The questions Blomberg addresses in Can We Still Believe the Bible? arise from six areas of study that are frequently fraught with misconceptions and distortions from a cacophony of both liberal and conservative voices. To this grating mix, he offers a gracious response. The book consists of candid examinations of the following controversial issues that surround the reliability of the Bible: the results of textual criticism, the selection of books for the canon, the recent proliferation of English translations, the definition and application of inerrancy, the recognition of literary genres that are not straightforward history, and the centrality of miraculous accounts.

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Comforting the Afflicted and Afflicting the Comfortable?
A Review of

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant

Hardback: Jericho Books, 2014
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Reviewed by Jonathan Schindler
What happens when a group of contrarians and misfits writes a book of essays about the Bible? You get Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels, which editors Jennifer Grant and Cathleen Falsani hail as “not your mama’s Our Daily Bread”—a “devotional” that strives to wrestle with the bits of the Bible that don’t often make their way into mission statements or adorn decorative wall hangings.

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This delightful book hit bookstores last week…
You should definitely check it out!

Disquiet Time: Rants and Reflections on the Good Book by the Skeptical, the Faithful, and a Few Scoundrels

Cathleen Falsani and Jennifer Grant, Eds.

Hardback: Jericho Books, 2014
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The Moral Portrait of Jesus’ Own People

A Feature Review of

The Sermon on the Mount
The Story of God Bible Commentary

Scot McKnight

Hardback: Zondervan, 2013
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Reviewed by Alex Dye.

Under normal circumstances, I would not voluntarily choose to review a Biblical commentary, not because I do not enjoy them or find them valuable but because that would then mean that I would need to read it cover to cover rather than simply use it as a reference source, which is my usual modus operandi.  However, I could not pass up an opportunity to review Scot McKnight’s take on one of the most challenging, inspiring, and ignored passages of Scripture in the New Testament:  The Sermon on the Mount.  I use the term “ignored” not to suggest that we do not currently preach or teach on this subject, but rather to say that we tend to treat this Sermon as quaint, antique, and maybe even unreachable for the average disciple.  And yet, not only is this the longest section of direct teachings that we have by Jesus in the New Testament, but in this sermon we are privy to his core character as well as His intentions for Christian discipleship.

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A Fresh Encounter With Jesus

A Review of

Reading the Bible with Martin Luther

Timothy Wengert

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2013
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Reviewed by Douglas Connelly


If you are a Lutheran, you will find a lot of encouragement in Timothy Wengert’s book on Martin Luther’s view and approach to Scripture.  The book will challenge you to undertake the interpretation and proclamation of the gospel with the same passion and care as the original Lutheran.


If you are not a Lutheran, Wengert’s explanation of Luther’s view on Scripture will force you to re-think some of the things you thought you knew about Luther.  Most of us outside the Lutheran camp know only two things about Luther and the Bible: first, he called the New Testament book of James a “real strawy epistle,” and second, Luther championed the position of sola Scriptura, the appeal to Scripture alone to define Christian belief and practice.

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In All Their Twisted Glory

A Review of

The Twible

Jana Riess

Paperback: 2013
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
In the fall of 2009, Jana Riess was stuck with a brilliant idea. She would tweet her way through the Bible, a chapter each day, humorously trying to capture the spirit of each chapter in 140 characters. Her first tweet, on Genesis 1 of course:

“After 6 days of creation, G’s totally wiped. Day off tomorrow!  Key point: human beings very good. M and F in G’s image.”

Christening this project The Twible (rhymes with Bible, or like “tribal” with a lisp), Riess inched her way through the biblical text for almost 4 years. 1189 tweets later, she posted her tweet on Revelation 22:

“Bible ends with G opening a fruit-of-the-month club and restoring Eden.  All has come full circle. (Warning: Do not add to story. Amen.)”

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Way More Than is Promised

A Feature Review of

Consider the Birds: A Provocative Guide to Birds of the Bible

Debbie Blue

Paperback: Abingdon, 2013
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Reviewed by Helen Lee


Four years ago, our family hung its first bird feeder, which wasn’t even a real feeder at all. It actually was an empty two-liter soda bottle filled with seeds, onto which I’d attached the simple $5 accessories needed to transform it into a feeder. And I tried to imagine what, if any, actual birds would be drawn to this clunky contraption. But as it’s been said, “if you feed them, they will come.” And did they ever.


Black-capped chickadees, to start, but then all manner of sparrows, songbirds, and finches followed, an overflowing of unexpected feathered friends who transformed our drab backyard into an constant source of delight and discovery. And it all began with a humble recycled soda bottle.

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Desmond Tutu

Today marks the 82nd birthday of Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Tutu is author of many books, including:

No Future Without Forgiveness
Desmond Tutu

Paperback: Doubleday, 1999.
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*** Other Books by Desmond Tutu
The following is a video clip from Tutu’s recent visit to Indianapolis.  (The audio isn’t the greatest, so a rough transcript is included below the video.)


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Re-examining our assumptions about Sexuality

A Feature Review of

Bible, Gender, Sexuality: Reframing the Church’s Debate on Same-Sex Relationships
James Brownson

Paperback: Eerdmans, 2013
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Reviewed by Paul Chaplin.


“The church needs this book,” begins the foreword by former general secretary of the RCA, Wesley Granberg-Michaelson. It’s hard to disagree. Debate around same-sex relationships, both within and across denominations, is commonly characterised by marked hostility and frequent attacks on participants’ respect for received scripture. For far too many this question marks a “line in the sand” for authentic or inauthentic Christian faith. In this very challenging climate, James Brownson (who, in addition to being Professor of NT at WTS holds the interesting title – unique to the RCA – of “General Synod Professor of Theology”) makes a timely and valuable contribution.

Brownson’s goal in the book is to press the rewind and then slow-motion buttons on debate regarding same-sex relationships, asking us to take a long, hard, honest look at the assumptions we carry in to our arguments. So much evangelical discourse on this issue takes certain basic premises as given and essentially irrefutable. Brownson asks us to take a step back, re-examine these assumptions, and see if we find ourselves in the same place afterwards.

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