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Book Giveaway - Rachel Held Evans

Our latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away FIVE copies of Rachel Held Evans’ book:

A YEAR OF BIBLICAL WOMANHOOD.
Paperback:  Thomas Nelson, 2012.

 


Watch for our interview with Rachel in our Advent print issue, which will be mailed later this week!

 

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The Voice Bible TranslationStepping into the Whole Story of God.

A Brief Review of

The Voice Bible Translation.

The Ekklesia Bible Society:Chris Seay, President.

Hardback: Thomas Nelson, 2012.
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Reviewed by Chris Smith

For the first 1500 years of the Christian era, the Bible was primarily known as an oral document, read aloud, committed to memory and shared and discussed orally. Now, after roughly 500 years of print culture, we know and experience the biblical text in very different ways, some of which are beneficial and others less so.  With the prevalence of print Bibles, we often lose the sense that the biblical story is a drama in which we are engaged, as the people of God.   The new bible translation, The Voice, seeks to recover some of the benefits of the oral tradition that have been lost as print culture triumphed in the West over oral culture.  Continue Reading…

 

Discovering Lectio Divina - Wilhoit / HowardThose Who Wish To Hear God’s Word

A Review of

Discovering Lectio Divina : Bringing Scripture into Ordinary Life

James C. Wilhoit and Evan B. Howard

Paperback: IVP/Formatio, 2012.
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Reviewed by Gary Wake.

Lectio divina is not new, but it is fairly unknown to a large number of Christians. Over the past few years, this way of praying and studying the Bible has gained attention. Lectio divina is Latin for divine lesson or divine reading, but that does not tell us why the phrase is used instead of “Bible study” or “devotional time.”

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Book Giveaway: Discovering Lectio DivinaOur Latest Book Giveaway…

We’re giving away 5 copies of :

Discovering Lectio Divina: Bringing Scripture into Ordinary Life.
James Wilhoit and Evan Howard.

Paperback: IVP/ Formatio, 2012.

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Matthew Levering - Jesus and the Demise of DeathBringing Biblical Studies, Theology and the Life of the Church Together

A Review of

Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife and the Fate of the Christian

Matthew Levering

Hardback: Baylor UP, 2012
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Reviewed by Nick Jordan

Matthew Levering is the Director of the Center for Scriptural Exegesis, Philosophy, and Doctrine at the University of Dayton, and so it is no surprise that scriptural exegesis, philosophy, and doctrine are the approaches he takes to each of the enormous questions he tackles in his Jesus and the Demise of Death: Resurrection, Afterlife, and the Fate of the Christian.

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Tania Runyan - A Thousand VesselsThe Spiritual Discipline of Earnestness.

A Feature Review of

A Thousand Vessels: Poems.

Tania Runyan

Paperback: WordFarm, 2011.
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Reviewed by Emma Stencil

Tania Runyan demonstrates her abilities as an accomplished poet in a study of certain key women of the Bible. The result is A Thousand Vessels, a beautiful collection of verse. This collection is divided into sections, one for each Biblical figure that Runyan explores through intensely personal verse. With grace and perception, the poet develops the emotions of these women, breathing life into characters whose depths are only hinted at in the thin paper pages of the Bible. An obscuring veil is gently lifted and we, as readers, are privileged to glimpse the inner monologue of long-revered heroines, imagining with Runyan their triumphs and heartaches. Runyan at once honors and reinvents the singular experiences of these few women of the Bible, specially chosen as “vessels” and figured prominently in God’s plan for the world.

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Robert Asher - Evolution and BeliefTacking Religious Beliefs on to Darwin.

A Feature Review of

Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist.

Robert Asher.

Hardback: Cambridge UP, 2012.
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Reviewed by Todd Edmondson

As hot button issues go, ongoing debates about evolution, creationism, and Intelligent Design, situated at the point where religion, science, and politics collide, are among the most contentious. Thankfully, a number of Christian scholars and leaders of the church like Rowan Williams, Alister McGrath, and Peter Enns have stepped into the fray, endeavoring to work toward some measure of reconciliation between the tenets of orthodox Christianity and the findings of modern science. There is still, however, much work to be done. If Christians are ever going to be at peace with the findings of modern biology – in a way that involves neither stubborn resistance nor passive silence – a weighty theological task lies ahead. Fruitful conversation between what are often perceived to be competing orthodoxies will require humility, prayer, and rigorous scholarship. At the close of his excellent work The Evolution of Adam, Enns presents this concluding thesis: “A true rapprochement between evolution and Christianity requires a synthesis, not simply adding evolution to existing theories.” To put it another way, one cannot merely take a scientific theory and tack a religious belief onto it, without committing an injustice against both.

As one who agrees with Enns on this point, I picked up Robert Asher’s recent work Evolution and Belief: Confessions of a Religious Paleontologist hopeful that Asher would take another step toward integrating faith and science, this time from the scientific side of the perceived rift. However, as if to confirm the old adage about judging a book by its cover, the promise of this book’s title goes largely unfulfilled. I should state up front that there is much that this book does well. Asher is not only a respected paleontologist; he is also a very good writer. The prose here is excellent and highly readable, so that even the passages that tend more toward hard science are not lost on a layperson like myself. Throughout the book, Asher guides readers through a number of debates and questions surrounding the Darwin-Wallace theory of evolution. As someone thoroughly unenlightened on many significant aspects of natural selection–common descent, the fossil record, the development of animals both familiar (the platypus and elephant) and obscure (the tenrec), and molecular biology – I appreciated Asher’s exposition and analysis of these points.

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The Psalms - Two Recent BooksA Living Tradition.

A Review of
Two Recent Books on the Psalms:

150: Finding Your Story in The Psalms

Kevin Adams
Paperback: Square Inch, 2011.

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Mulled Psalms: Moving from I to We

Marjorie Gray
Paperback: Wordclay, 2011.
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Reviewed by Rachel Diem.

I feel very grateful to have read these two very different approaches to the Psalms together, dipping into Marjorie Gray’s Mulled Psalms between the chapters of Kevin Adams’s book. The books complement and challenge each other in interesting ways.

The stories in Kevin Adams’s book invite us to see the psalms through the lives of other people, and to bring the psalms into our own daily experience. Those who are already familiar with the Psalms may not find this book as engaging or useful as those new to Bible-reading, but for those who want an introduction, this friendly book might be just the guide they seek. Adams’s book offers the Psalms as a way to find a spiritual community – with the psalmists and all other pray-ers of the Psalms throughout history – a community that accepts your own personal mess and your own spiritual strengths, whatever they may be. Adams encourages readers to bring both our faith and our doubt, our praise and our grief, our fury and our outrage to the Psalms – the full range of our human experience and emotion – and assures us we will find ourselves represented there.

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Lloyd Pietersen - Reading the Bible After ChristendomA Catalyst to Reevaluate our Traditional Interpretations of Scripture

A Feature Review of

Reading the Bible After Christendom

Lloyd Pietersen

Paperback: Herald Press, 2012.
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Reviewed by Andy Johnson.

A seismic shift has shaken the Western world in recent decades, pushing Christianity and the church out of the center of society and into the margins. The era often referred to as Christendom featured the religious arm of the church and the secular arm of the state cooperating to build a Christian civilization. The collapse of this long-standing arrangement raises profound implications for the life and ministry of the church.

After Christendom is a series of books that aims to explore these implications. Lloyd Pietersen carries this discussion into the realm of how we read the Bible. He proposes that “…the alliance between church and state from the second half of the fourth century onwards has resulted in ways of reading the Bible fundamentally alien to that of the earliest church.”

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The Fire of the Word - Chris WebbA Review of

The Fire of the Word:

Meeting God on Holy Ground

Chris Webb

Paperback: IVP, 2011
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Reviewed by Alison Hodgson

Ever since an arsonist burned my house down a year and a half ago I have been thinking on the metaphors of fire. When I saw The Fire of the Word I jumped at the chance to review it. Despite enjoying the book, I found writing this review difficult, as I was afraid of inserting too much of myself. But how do you write from a distance about a book that encourages you, “…to approach the Bible as an opportunity for encounter, as the medium of the divine kiss, as a way into a presence”?

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