Monthly Archives: April 2017

Book Write-Up: Confucius’ Analects

I recently read Confucius’ Analects.  Specifically, I read the Penguin Classics version, for which D.C. Lau was the translator.  Lau also provided an informative introduction. Here are some of my thoughts: A.  I will quote a paragraph from the back … Continue reading

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Authors -and- readers: links, ideas, and preventing a good book from drowning in the deluge.

Originally posted on Enough Light:
Why Even A Bad Review Can Help Sell A Book. From NPR. Take heart dear author, why even bad reviews can help you! Speaking personally, and in particular with new or self-published authors, I am…

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The Benedict Option considered again

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
I have been thinking about what is called the Benedict Option for a while. It is Rod Dreher’s proposal for Christians to strategically withdraw from the political culture wars.  Last August in the midst of America’s train-wreck…

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Review: A Brief History of The English Reformation

Originally posted on Bob on Books:
A Brief History of The English Reformation, Derek Wilson. London: Robinson, 2012. Summary: A history of the house of Tudor, and how their rule transformed England both religiously and politically, and the influence of the…

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Book Write-Up: Christ among Other Gods, by Erwin Lutzer

Erwin Lutzer.  Christ among Other Gods: A Defense of Christ in an Age of Tolerance.  Moody: 1994, 2016.  See here to buy the book. Erwin Lutzer is senior pastor as Chicago’s Moody Church and a graduate of Dallas Theological Seminary … Continue reading

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N.T. Wright lectures on the seven mutations caused by resurrection of Jesus

Originally posted on WINTERY KNIGHT:
Sherlock Holmes and John Watson: let’s take a look at the facts Here’s a lecture from N.T. Wright, whose multi-volume case for the historicity of the bodily resurrection of Jesus seems to be getting a…

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Psalm 78 and the plagues of Egypt

Originally posted on theoutwardquest:
The Passover/Exodus story in Exodus 7-11 tells of ten plagues that befell Egypt.  But there are shorter, poetic accounts of the plagues in Psalm 78:41 ff. and Psalm 105:27 ff.  Actually, since the word plague has…

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Church Write-Up: Christ as Driver, Christ as Lifeguard

Last Sunday was Palm Sunday.  The pastor preached about Luke 19:28-44.  The theme was making Jesus the Lord of one’s life. In Luke 19:28-44, Jesus rides into Jerusalem on a colt, and a multitude of Jesus’ disciples acclaim his entrance, … Continue reading

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Review: The Heir Apparent

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The Heir Apparent, Jane Ridley. New York: Random House, 2013. Summary: An award-winning biography of Edward VII, often criticized for his faults of character as heir to the throne under Victoria, whose reign ushered in…

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What is the Roman Imperial Cult?

Reading Acts I have posted on this topic before,  usually in the context of the book of Revelation. For example in this post I argued Revelation is a form of resistance literature offering an alternative way of looking at the power of … Continue reading

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