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Fortress Press has just launched a major theology 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

 

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Below you will find a few recommended deals on ebook commentaries and other titles on scripture from the sale.  Given the size of the sale, we also recommended browsing the full sale… 

 

Fortress Commentary on the Bible:
Two Volume Set In One Ebook

 

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Theology of the Old Testament: Testimony, Dispute, Advocacy

Walter Brueggemann

 

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Anatomy of the New Testament: Seventh Edition

Robert Spivey

 

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The Stories that Bind Us
 
An excerpt from

New Vision for an Old Story:
Why the Bible Might Not Be the Book You Think It Is
Anne Robertson

 
Paperback: Eerdmans, 2018.
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In all of life, stories are how we form, maintain, and define relationships. When we tell someone about our day, we don’t just recite a list of events. We use the day’s details as building blocks for a story about what our day was like and how we felt about it. That, in turn, gives us a bridge to nurture a relationship with someone else as we tell it and to find meaning for ourselves in what we do. Which is not to say that my Facebook post about last Thursday at work is going to win the Nobel Prize for literature. Sometimes it’s a dull story; often it’s a simple story; sometimes it’s the same story day after day after day, and a loved one’s hearing aid is discreetly switched to “off.” But it’s a story nonetheless, and it matters because, in the process of telling it, I’m inviting you into my life while trying to figure out my own small place and purpose in the world.
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The Radically Inclusive Gospel

A Feature Review of 

The Forgotten Creed:
Christianity’s Original Struggle against Bigotry, Slavery, and Sexism
Stephen Patterson

Hardback: Oxford UP, 2018
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Reviewed by Alden Bass
 

According to Stephen Patterson, Paul was reluctant to make the statement which we now know as Galatians 3:28: “There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.” As Patterson explains in his new book, these words were already well-known when Paul took up his pen to write to the Galatians, a bit of liturgical language which would have been familiar to any Christian who recited it at their baptism. Paul incorporated the formula into his letter in an effort to ease tensions in the nascent Galatian Christian community between Jews and Gentiles. The old social order built on race, gender, and class differences was dead, at least among those walking “in newness of life.” Paul hesitated, Patterson suggests, because these words were dynamite.

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Tomorrow (June 12) is the release date for Rachel Held Evans’s new book. ENTER NOW to win a copy of this excellent book!  

 
We’re giving away FIVE  copies of:

Inspired: Slaying Giants, Walking on Water, and Loving the Bible Again

Rachel Held Evans

Thomas Nelson, June 2018

 

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“God Does Not Leave Us Comfortless.”
 
A Feature Review of 
 

Open to the Spirit :
God in Us, God with Us, God Transforming Us
Scot McKnight

Paperback: Waterbrook, 2018
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Reviewed by Julie Sumner
 
 

            Let it come, as it will, and don’t
            be afraid. God does not leave us
            comfortless, so let evening come.

                                    -Jane Kenyon

 
In Kenyon’s poem, “Let Evening Come,” she touches on a belief deeply held by Christians from all streams of the church: that God does not leave us without comfort. In each church that I have been a part of, whether Southern Baptist, Reformed Presbyterian, Episcopal, or non-denominational, that comfort is seen as a characteristic of the third member of the Trinity, the Holy Spirit. And yet despite this belief, as widely held as it is in the church, there is a pittance of instruction given about how to engage this comfort, this power, this person, that is otherwise so deeply affirmed by so many.

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Enter to win a copy of this fascinating new book!

 
We’re giving away THREE copies of:

Paul: A Biography
N.T. Wright

Hardback: HarperOne.
Giveaway copies provided by the publisher… 
 
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Who Are You Talking To, Greg?

A Review of

The Genius of One:
God’s Answer for Our Fractured World
Greg Holder

Paperback: NavPress, 2017

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Reviewed by Fred Redekop
 
 

Greg Holder is the pastor of the Crossing, a large multi-site church in St.Louis, Missouri. He was first on the Elder team there and has now been the pastor for 20 years. He preaches in jeans and seems to be a very engaging speaker at the church. The church website says:

Greg challenges us to consider pertinent historical and linguistic details in Scripture, without missing an opportunity to weave in humor and personal stories. He brings ancient truths of Scripture to light in fresh ways, while calling those from an unlikely mix of spiritual backgrounds to love as they have been loved.

Holder has written some children’s Bible story books, a book (along with Chris Seay and Rick McKinley) on bringing simplicity back to Christmas called the Advent Conspiracy, and most recently a book titled The Genius of One: God’s Answer for Our Fractured World, which I had the pleasure of reviewing. Holder’s style is concise and readable. As the title says, the book is about bringing the church together, to work with Christ as a unified body of believers. Holder writes, “Loving those who in these uncertain times, we must — and here’s the point of the book — love one another too”(x).  So, the premise of Holder’s book is quite simple.

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A Delightful Journey
into the Scriptural Story
 
A Review of 

Scripture and Its Interpretation:
A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible

Michael Gorman, Ed.

Hardback: Baker Academic, 2017.
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Reviewed by Chuck Sackett
 
 
In the introduction, Gorman identifies the limits imposed on a volume with such a broad subtitle. He readily admits that this work will be an overview at best. But, he also indicates something of his dream for the book at the end of the introduction when he uses the analogy of a library. He acknowledges that Scripture, like a library, may raise questions, invite you into a new world, and proposes interpretative approaches you’ve not considered. He concludes, “We hope to point you in the direction of some of these interesting questions, answers, and perspectives” (xxii).
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Here are a some excellent theology* books that will be released this month:

* broadly interpreted, including ethics, church history, biblical studies, and other areas that intersect with theology

    

Church in Ordinary Time: A Wisdom Ecclesiology

Amy Plantinga Pauw

Eerdmans
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An Obsession With Gaining
and Keeping Power

A Review of 

The Beginning of Politics:
Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel.
Moshe Halbertal and Stephen Holmes.

Hardback: Princeton UP, 2017.
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Reviewed by James Honig

 

My Sunday School memories of the David stories are full of heroics. David, the cheeky adolescent who slew a giant.  David, the brilliant warrior who pillaged the pagan Philistines. David, the great King who made God’s people into a great power. David the poet who wrote so many of the psalms, giving testimony to his strong and reliable faith.

In seminary, while David was still an icon of godly leadership, his dalliance with Bathsheba was also used as a cautionary tale for would-be pastors “not to get yourselves in trouble.” I still remember the lessons from David’s life and leadership that Eugene Peterson extracted from the pages of First and Second Samuel in Leap Over a Wall. In all of it, David was lifted up as a godly man after whom one could model one’s life.

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