Monthly Archives: February 2018

Book Write-Up: Anatomy of an Affair

Dave Carder.  Anatomy of an Affair: How Affairs, Attractions and Addictions Develop, and How to Guard Your Marriage Against Them.  Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2008, 2017.  See here to buy the book. Dave Carder is a pastor and counselor.  He has … Continue reading

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The Jesus Memoirs: The Sin Leading to Death in 1 John 5:16-17

Continuing on the theme of sin in 1 John, 5:16-17 speaks about a sin leading to death. There are different interpretative options about what this could refer to: A particular action that causes literal, physical death. A distinction between mortal … Continue reading

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Church Write-Up: God’s Love; Congregant Questions

For church last Sunday, I attended the Missouri-Synod Lutheran church, its Sunday school class on patristic interpretations of John, and the “Pen” church. Because the Lutheran service and the Pen church’s service overlapped in theme, I will consider them first … Continue reading

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The Jesus Memoirs: The Johannine Community—-Sinners or Sinless?

One of the most confusing aspects of reading through 1 John is its seemingly conflicting statements about sin. 1:8-10 reminds the audience that claiming to be sinless is to engage in an act of self-deception and to accuse God of … Continue reading

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James Sire: Some Personal Reflections — Douglas Groothuis, Ph.D.

When I took the course, “In the Twilight of Western Thought: A Christian Response,” at the University of Oregon in 1978, we read a book called The Universe Next Door: A Basic Worldview Catalogue (InterVarsity Press, 1976), by James W. … Continue reading

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Larry Hurtado: Jesus’ Mental Health—-Schweitzer’s Classic Work

I was sent recently a large manuscript giving what the author thought a novel view of Jesus: a narcissist who organized a personality cult with a strong sectarian character. I was reminded of the psychologizing portraits of Jesus from the … Continue reading

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The Billy Graham Century — Bob on Books

A Publishers Weekly story called to my attention that this is Billy Graham’s centennial year. If his health holds, he will turn 100 on November 7, 2018. The article noted that there are new or updated books that will be … Continue reading

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