Monthly Archives: May 2008

John Stott on ecumenism between Protestant evangelicals and Roman Catholics

‘I find myself hoping and praying that evangelicals worldwide will take more initiatives to develop friendly conversations with Roman Catholics based on common Bible study.  It would be tragic indeed if God’s purpose of reformation were frustrated by our evangelical … Continue reading

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J. I. Packer on biblical exegesis and the literal sense of the text

‘Exegesis means bringing out of the text all that it contains of the thoughts, attitudes, assumptions, and so forth — in short, the whole expressed mind of the human writer.  This is the ‘literal’ sense, in the name of which … Continue reading

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What is salvation for?

‘At the very center of the Christian faith is Jesus . . . Unfortunately, Western Christianity has been so conditioned . . . It has concentrated on the salvation of the individual soul but has frequently disregarded God’s purpose to … Continue reading

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Walter Wink on Frank Peretti’s ‘This Present Darkness’

‘While I appreciate his treatments of the interconnection of heavenly and earthly reality, the role of human freedom, the centrality of prayer, the angels of the cities and nations, and the subtle coincidence of demonic promptings and people’s words or … Continue reading

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Richard Dawkins’ god

‘The ‘god’ in whom Richard Dawkins disbelieves is a ‘god’ in whom the major world religions, Christianity, Judaism and Islam, do not believe either.’ ~ Michael Poole

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Jaroslav Pelikan on the Bible

‘To comprehend the written Bible it is essential to understand that most of the words which are now written down in it had been spoken first and, therefore, they had been heard long before they could ever have been read.’ … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright on how Dispensationalism never allows ‘the texts to speak for themselves’

‘Dispensationalism has adopted, in advance, a particular eschatalogical formula which is then brought to the biblical material.  Let it be noted that I am not dismissing this move as a false one: I am actually endorsing it.  My point is … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest’ by Rudy Wiebe

‘Of This Earth: A Mennonite Boyhood in the Boreal Forest’ by Rudy Wiebe Rudy Wiebe, the great Canadian Christian novelist, has here provided us with his youthful autobiography.  His parents, devout Mennonite Brethren, fled Russian Communism in the late 1920’s for farmland … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘How to Read the Bible’ by Steven L. McKenzie

‘How to Read the Bible’ by Steven L. McKenzie This book underlines the importance of understanding genre when reading the Bible, particularly the Old Testament.  For example, was the book of Jonah written as (and therefore meant to be understood as) … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘There is a God’ by Antony Flew

‘There is a God’ by Antony Flew This is an intriguing book.  In intellectual circles Flew was for many years “the world’s best known atheist” and, as a leading philosopher, was a fearsome opponent of Christianity.  I well remember reading … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘What’s So Great About Christianity’ by Dinesh D’Souza

‘What’s So Great About Christianity’ by Dinesh D’Souza This is an excellent, comprehensive and very readable response to the “New Atheism” of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others.  The author’s format is to take a different topic in each chapter … Continue reading

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DVD Review: ‘Resurrection’ & ‘Evil’ by N. T. Wright

‘Resurrection’ & ‘Evil’ by N. T. Wright Both these DVDs (50 minutes each) are excellent, as one would expect from N.T. (Tom) Wright.  Filmed in Israel, England, Greece and South Africa, they are visually interesting — though the weather in Israel … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism’ by Timothy Keller

‘The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism’ by Timothy Keller This recently published book has created quite a “buzz” and has received glowing commendations.  Rev. Tim Keller is a Presbyterian minister who started a new church in Manhattan, … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘Surprised by Hope’ by N. T. Wright

‘Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church’ by N. T. Wright The prolific Tom Wright’s latest book (though he will have several newer ones out by the time you read this!) pulls together several … Continue reading

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Book Review: ‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline

‘From Eden to Exile: Unraveling the Mysteries of the Bible’ by Eric H. Cline Nowadays “Indiana Jones” and “Lara Croft” style fictional archaeology permeates our popular culture.  In the media, sensational “discoveries” of Noah’s Ark and the Ark of the … Continue reading

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