Short Outline of Blogsite Posts:

I.  Posts on the Bible itself:

The Old Testament books

The New Testament books

Other Bible posts

II.  Books discussed:


Bible commentary

Biblical biographies

Greece and Rome and other ancient history


By or about C.S. Lewis

Christian literature

Other books

III.  Other posts:

Posts related to Pascal’s Wager



I.  Posts on the Bible itself:

Before You Read the Bible:  A Preliminary Decalogue

The Old Testament books:


The four Moses books (Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy)

A thousand years of Jewish history (overview of Joshua through Esther)

Joshua and Judges





The divided kingdom








Song of Songs






The minor prophets (Hosea, Joel, Amos, Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi); also More Jonah and More Haggai.

The New Testament books:

The four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John); also Toward a Harmonious Reading of the Gospels.



I Corinthians

II Corinthians





I and II Thessalonians

I and II Timothy





I Peter

II Peter

I John

II and III John



Other Bible posts:

Fun Facts about the Bible

Random Textual Thoughts

Some Thoughts on Textual Interpretation

Another “Genre” Angle

Lawyers and the Bible

A Similarity in Old and New Testament Structure

Top Books of the Bible

A Dialogue on Scripture

Truth and Scripture

Three Overarching Thoughts on the Bible for the New Year

St. Paul and Alexander Hamilton

How Unified Is the Bible Text?

Good of the Order

What’s the Script on Scripture?

Top Ten Bible Verses

Elaboration of a Good Point by C.S. Lewis in “Miracles”

The Dozen Things We Pray in the Lord’s Prayer

The Lord’s Prayer as Chiasm

The Leadoff Triple in the Lord’s Prayer

Thoughts on the Opening and Closing of the Lord’s Prayer

Jesus’ First Two Converts

A Few Notes on Jesus’ Parables

Jesus’ Prayer Parables

Jesus’ Gentle Joke?

Some Notes on Genesis 3

A Proverbs 31 Wife for 2018

Props to Isaac

Miracle Notes

The Old Testament Books — in Fifteen Couplets

New Testament Mnemonic

Thoughts on Gethsemane

Comparing the Twenty-Third Psalm and the Lord’s Prayer

Reasons To Believe Jesus Was Divine

The Sensible Sequence of the Ten Commandments

Paul at “The Show”

The Five One-Chapter Books

Five More Five-Packs

“… But the Greatest of These Is Love”

“Put on the Full Armor of God …”

Peter’s Pentecost Preaching

Famous Last Words

Hello and Good-Bye

Just for Fun:  Two Mid-Points

Jesus First:  Some Notes

Jesus’ Theology in Matthew

Jesus’ Theology in Mark

Jesus’ Theology in Luke

Jesus’ Theology in John

What Does Jesus Want?

The “Plus” in “Law Plus”

Pharaoh’s Hard Heart

An Easter Thought

Why Did Luke Write “Acts”?

Some Notes on Acts, Mostly Questions

A Couple of Bible Thoughts To Start the Month

Two Random Notes from the Sermon on the Mount

Quoting Jesus

Keeping the Golden Rule

How Do We Love God?

Two Thoughts To Start the Month

A New Year Thought:  OT/NT Complementarity

Bible Twins

Exodus Odds and Ends

Some Thoughts on Epistle Reliability

You Could Make This Stuff Up — But Why Would You?

Did God Concede Too Much to Abraham?

Today’s News:  John 19:1-23

“In the Beginning”:  Genesis 1:1-5 and John 1:1-5

More Thoughts on Exodus

On Your Mark (and Matthew, Luke, and John) — Go!

II.  Books discussed:

Books Overview


Amir D. Aczel, “Why Science Does Not Disprove God”

Francois Bovon, “The Last Days of Jesus”

F.F. Bruce, “The New Testament Documents:  Are They Reliable?”

Francis S. Collins, “The Language of God:  A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief”

William Lane Craig, “The Son Rises:  The Historical Evidence for the Resurrection of Jesus”

William A. Dembski & Michael R. Licona, editors, “”Evidence for God:  50 Arguments for Faith from the Bible, History, Philosophy, and Science”

Dinesh D’Souza, “Life after Death:  The Evidence”

Dinesh D’Souza, “What’s So Great about Christianity”

Patrick Glynn, “God:  The Evidence”

Gary R. Habermas & Michael R. Licona, “The Case for the Resurrection of Jesus”

Daniel Hillel, “The Natural History of the Bible:  An Environmental Explanation of the Hebrew Scriptures”

Dr. Timothy Johnson, “Finding God in the Questions”

Timothy Keller, “Encounters with Jesus”

D. James Kennedy, “Skeptics Answered”

Peter Kreeft, “Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley”

Peter Kreeft, “Heaven:  The Heart’s Deepest Longing”

Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, “Handbook of Christian Apologetics”

Michael R. Licona, “Paul Meets Muhammad:  A Christian-Muslim Debate on the Resurrection”

Erwin W. Lutzer, “Seven Reasons Why You Can Trust the Bible” 

Louis Markos, “Apologetics for the Twenty-First Century”

Josh & Sean McDowell, “More Than a Carpenter”

Alister E. McGrath, “Intellectuals Don’t Need God & Other Modern Myths:  Building Bridges to Faith through Apologetics”

Eric Metaxas, “Miracles”

Frank Morrison, “Who Moved the Stone?”

Michael J. Murray, editor, “Reason for the Hope Within”

Michael Novak, “No One Sees God:  The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers”

M. Scott Peck, “Glimpses of the Devil:  A Psychiatrist’s Personal Accounts of Possession, Exorcism, and Redemption”

John Polkinghorne, “The Faith of a Physicist”

Gerald L. Schroeder, “The Science of God:  The Convergence of Scientific and Biblical Wisdom”

Jeffrey L. Sheler, “Is the Bible True?:  How Modern Debates and Discoveries Affirm the Essence of Scripture”

John R.W. Stott, “Basic Christianity”

Lee Strobel, “The Case for a Creator:  A Journalist Investigates Scientific Evidence That Points toward God”

Lee Strobel, “The Case for Heaven:  A Journalist Investigates Evidence for Life after Death”

Lee Strobel, “The Case for Miracles:  A Journalist Investigates Evidence for the Supernatural”

Lee Strobel, “The Case for the Real Jesus:  A Journalist Investigates Current Attacks on the Identity of Christ”

Michael J. Wilkins & J.P. Moreland, editors, “Jesus under Fire:  Modern Scholarship Reinvents the Historical Jesus”

Ben Witherington III, “New Testament History:  A Narrative Account”

N.T. Wright, “Simply Christian:  Why Christianity Makes Sense”

Ravi Zacharias, editor, “Beyond Opinion:  Living the Faith We Defend”

Ravi Zacharias, “Can Man Live without God?”

Ravi Zacharias, “The Grand Weaver”

Ravi Zacharias, “Jesus among Other Gods”

Bible commentary:

Randy Alcorn, “The Law of Rewards”

Robert Alter, “The Book of Psalms”

Robert Alter, “The David Story:  A Translation with Commentary of I and II Samuel”

Robert Alter, “The Wisdom Books:  Job, Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes”

Richard Bauckham, “Jesus and the Eyewitnesses: The Gospels as Eyewitness Testimony” (second edition)

Richard Bauckham, “The Theology of the Book of Revelation”

Harold Bloom, “The Shadow of a Great Rock:  A Literary Appreciation of the King James Bible”

Marcus J. Borg, “Reading the Bible Again for the First Time:  Taking the Bible Seriously but Not Literally”

Ellen F. Davis, “Getting Involved with God:  Rediscovering the Old Testament”

Terence E. Fretheim, “The Pentateuch”

Joseph F. Girzone, “Jesus:  His Life and Teachings”

Colin J. Hemer, “The Book of Acts in the Setting of Hellenistic History”

David Lyle Jeffrey, “Luke” (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)

Timothy Keller, “King’s Cross:  The Story of the World in the Life of Jesus”

Michael R. Licona, “Why Are There Differences in the Gospels?:  What We Can Learn from Ancient Biography”

Tremper Longman III & Raymond B. Dillard, “An Introduction to the Old Testament” and D.A. Carson & Douglas J. Moo, “An Introduction to the New Testament”

Malcolm Muggeridge, “Jesus:  The Man Who Lives”

Adam Nicolson, “God’s Secretaries:  The Making of the King James Bible”

Jaroslav Pelikan, “Acts” (Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible)

Jaroslav Pelikan, “Interpreting the Bible and the Constitution”

Garry Wills, “What Jesus Meant”

Garry Wills, “What Paul Meant”

Garry Wills, “What the Gospels Meant”

Ben Witherington III, “The Jesus Quest:  The Third Search for the Jew of Nazareth”

N.T. Wright, “The Lord and His Prayer”

N.T. Wright, “What Saint Paul Really Said”

N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird, “The New Testament in Its World:  An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians”

Philip Yancey, “The Bible Jesus Read”

Biblical biographies:

William Barclay, “The Master’s Men:  Character Sketches of the Disciples”

Michael Grant, “Saint Peter:  A Biography”

Malcolm Muggeridge & Alec Vidler, “Paul, Envoy Extraordinary”

Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, “Paul:  His Story” and “Paul:  A Critical Life”

Hershel Shanks & Ben Witherington III, “The Brother of Jesus:  The Dramatic Story and Meaning of the First Archaeological Link to Jesus and His Family”

Elie Wiesel, “Five Biblical Portraits”

N.T. Wright, “Paul”

Greece and Rome and other ancient history:

Leslie Adkins & Roy A. Adkins, “Handbook to Life in Ancient Rome”

Apuleius, “The Golden Ass”

Rosalie F. & Charles F. Baker III, “Ancient Romans:  Expanding the Classical Tradition”

Mary Beard & John Henderson, “Classics:  A Very Short Introduction”

Anthony Birley, “Marcus Aurelius:  A Biography”

Boethius, “The Consolation of Philosophy”

Bob Brier, “Great Pharaohs of Ancient Egypt” (audiobook lecture)

Edward Gibbon, “The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire” (abridged audiobook)


Edith Hamilton, “The Roman Way”

Roberta L. Harris, “The World of the Bible”

R.K. Harrison, editor, “Major Cities of the Biblical World”

Hesiod, “Works and Days” and “Theogony”

Erica C.D. Hunter (updated by Mike Corbishley), “First Civilizations”

Elaine Landau, “The Assyrians,” “The Sumerians,” and “The Babylonians”

Peter J. Leithart, “Heroes of the City of Man”

Louis Markos, “From Achilles to Christ:  Why Christians Should Read the Pagan Classics”

R.J. Page, “Norse Myths”

Amanda H. Podany & Marni McGee, “The Ancient Near Eastern World”

Elizabeth Powers, “Nero”

Donald P. Ryan, “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the World of the Bible”

Christopher Scarre, “Chronicle of the Roman Emperors”

Robert N. Schwartz, “The Roman Empire:  A Concise History of the First Two Centuries”

Peter Thonemann, “The Hellenistic Age”

Robert L. Wilken, “The Christians as the Romans Saw Them”

Greg Woolf, “Rome:  An Empire’s Story”

Elizabeth Vandiver, “Classical Mythology” (Teaching Company CD, part 1)


Mark Galli & James S. Bell, Jr., “The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Prayer”

Timothy Keller, “Prayer:  Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God”

Linus Mundy, “The Complete Guide to Prayer-Walking:  A Simple Path to Body-and-Soul Fitness”

Charles Stanley, “How to Listen to God”

By or about C.S. Lewis:

Devin Brown, “A Life Observed:  A Spiritual Biography of C.S. Lewis”

James Como, “Branches to Heaven:  The Geniuses of C.S. Lewis”

James Como, “C.S. Lewis:  A Very Short Introduction”

James T. Como (editor), “C.S.Lewis at the Breakfast Table and Other Reminiscences”

David C. Downing, “The Most Reluctant Convert:  C.S. Lewis’s Journey to Faith”

Douglas Gresham, “Jack’s Life”

William Griffin, “Clive Staple Lewis:  A Dramatic Life”

Walter Hooper, “C.S. Lewis Companion and Guide”

Alan Jacobs, “The Narnian:  The Life and Imagination of C.S. Lewis”

Peter Kreeft, “Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley”

Peter Kreeft, “C.S. Lewis:  A Critical Essay”

John Lawler, “C.S. Lewis:  Memories and Reflections” (with a foreword by Walter Hooper)

C.S. Lewis, “Christian Reflections”

C.S. Lewis (editor and preface’s author), “George MacDonald:  365 Readings”

C.S. Lewis, “The Great Divorce”

“Letters of C.S. Lewis”

C.S. Lewis, “Letters to an American Lady”

C.S. Lewis, “The Pilgrim’s Regress”

C.S. Lewis, “Surprised by Joy” (audiobook)

“The Timeless Writings of C.S. Lewis”

Art Lindsley, “C.S. Lewis’s Case for Christ:  Insights from Reason, Imagination and Faith”

George M. Marsden, “C.S. Lewis’s ‘Mere Christianity’: A Biography”

Alister McGrath, “C.S. Lewis — A Life:  Eccentric Genius, Reluctant Prophet”

Alister McGrath, “If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis”

Robert L. Purtill, “C.S. Lewis’s Case for the Christian Faith”

George Sayer, “Jack:  A Life of C.S. Lewis”

Stephen Schofield, editor, “In Search of C.S. Lewis”

“The Most Reluctant Convert” (film)

Christian literature:

G.K. Chesterton, “Manalive”

G.K. Chesterton, “The Annotated Innocence of Father Brown”

Sally Fitzgerald, editor, “The Habit of Being:  Letters of Flannery O’Connor”

Leo Tolstoy, “Resurrection”

Jessica Hooten Wilson, “Reading Walker Percy’s Novels”

P.G. Wodehouse, “The Mating Season”

Other books:

Geoffrey Barlow, editor, “Vintage Muggeridge:  Religion and Society”

Paul W. Barnett, “Jesus and the Logic of History”

Richard Bauckham, “Jesus:  A Very Short Introduction”

Douglas Bond, “The Mighty Weakness of John Knox”

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, “Life Together”

G.K. Chesterton, “St. Thomas Aquinas”

G.K. Chesterton, “Tremendous Trifles”

Robert E. Coleman, “The Master Plan of Evangelism”

Confucius, “The Analects”

Michael Cook, “The Koran:  A Very Short Introduction”

Paul Copan, “A Little Book for New Philosophers:  Why and How to Study Philosophy”

William Lane Craig, “The Only Wise God:  The Compatibility of Divine Foreknowledge and Human Freedom” and William Hasker, “God, Time, and Knowledge”

Hermann Diem, “Kirkegaard:  An Introduction”

Ross Douthat, “Bad Religion” (audiobook)

Joseph Epstein, “Never Say You’ve Had a Lucky Life”

Richard J. Foster & James Bryan Smith, editors, “Devotional Classics”

Hugh Hewitt, “The Happiest Life”

Thomas Howard, “Chance or the Dance?:  A Critique of Modern Secularism”

Bill Hybels, “Just Walk across the Room:  Simple Steps Pointing People to Faith”

Luke Timothy Johnson, “Early Christianity:  The Experience of the Divine” (Teaching Company CD, parts 1 & 2)

Timothy Keller, “The Prodigal God:  Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith”

Peter Kreeft, “Ha!:  A Christian Philosophy of Humor”

Steven J. Lawson, “The Daring Mission of William Tyndale” 

Steven J. Lawson, “The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield”

Steven J. Lawson, “The Heroic Boldness of Martin Luther”

Carter Lindberg, “A Brief History of Christianity”

Paul E. Little, “Know What You Believe”

Dwight Longenecker & David Gustafson (with forewords by Richard John Neuhaus & J.I. Packer), “Mary:  A Catholic-Evangelical Debate”

Debbie Macomber:  “Once upon a Time:  Discovering Our Forever After Story”

A Short Note on Eric Metaxas, “Letter to the American Church”

Evan Moffic, “What Every Christian Needs To Know about the Jewishness of Jesus: A New Way of Looking at the Most Influential Rabbi in History”

Malcolm Muggeridge, “Jesus Rediscovered”

Malcolm Muggeridge, “A Third Testament”

John M. Mulder, editor, “Finding God:  A Treasury of Conversion Stories”

David Murray, “The Happy Christian”

Richard John Neuhaus, “The Naked Public Square:  Religion and Democracy in America”

Marvin R. O’Connell, “Blaise Pascal:  Reasons of the Heart”

Adam & Monica Potkay, “The Bible as the Root of Western Literature:  Stories, Poems, and Parables”

Michael Reeves, “Theologians You Should Know” 

Don Richardson, “Peace Child”

Julia L. Roller, editor, “25 Books Every Christian Should Read:  A Guide to the Essential Spiritual Classics”

David B. Ruderman, “Between Cross and Crescent:  Jewish Civilization from Mohammed to Spinoza” (audio lectures, pars 1 & 2)

Dorothy L. Sayers, “The Mind of the Maker”

R.C. Sproul, “The Holiness of God”

Paul Strathern, “Kant in 90 Minutes”

John M. Templeton, Jr., “Thrift and Generosity:  The Joy of Giving”

Robert J. Wicks, “Everyday Simplicity:  A Practical Guide to Spiritual Growth”

David Wilkie, “Coffee with Jesus”

Rowan Williams, “Christ on Trial:  How the Gospel Unsettles Our Judgment”

Garry Wills, “Saint Augustine” (audiobook)

N.T. Wright, “The Challenge of Jesus:  Rediscovering Who Jesus Was and Is”

N.T. Wright, “Simply Jesus:  A New Vision of Who He Was, What He Did, and Why It Matters”

Philip Yancey, ‘The Jesus I Never Knew”

Ravi Zacharias, “Recapture the Wonder”

III.  Other posts:

Posts related to Pascal’s Wager:

Why I Am a Christian (and You Should Be, Too), in 600 Words

“Pasquale in the Alley”

A List of Reasons To Believe, One Sentence Each


Another Way of Using Pascal’s Wager

Random Additional Thoughts on Pascal’s Wager

The Underused Wager

Pascal’s Wager and the Old Folks

A Flipside to Pascal’s Wager?

Is “Cultivating Faith” Dishonest?

How Should You “Cultivate Faith”?

Marvin R. O’Connell, “Blaise Pascal:  Reasons of the Heart”

Some Notes on Pascal’s Wager and the Search for Truth

From 600 to 60

Some Letters to the Editor

Why Aren’t You a Christian?

Jesus and Pascal’s Wager

More Easter Thoughts

T.S. Eliot’s Introduction to Blaise Pascal’s Pensees

Four Points for Apologists


“The Graced Land”



“The Old Testament Books — in Fifteen Couplets”

T.S. Eliot’s “Journey of the Magi”


A Dozen Thoughts on Evangelism

A Dozen Tips from the Pro

Is It Hard To Be a Christian?

It Just Takes One

Faith and Works


Just a Word on the Predestination versus Free Will Problem

What’s True and What Might Be True

If I Were God, How Would I Run the Universe?

What Triggers “Adoration”?

An Obvious Difference

Three Challenges

A Note on the God-Man Relationship

What Should Be Our Attitude Toward God?

Ten Thoughts on Politics and the Bible

God and Money

Rendering Unto Caesar What Is Caesar, and Unto God What Is God’s

Why Pray?

One Way To Pray

Protestant/Catholic and Truth-Seeking

A Good Point by William Gladstone

“Fill in the Blanks” for Self-Improvement

Scripture and Theology from “First Things”

Christmas Thoughts on Jesus’ Coming

Just a Note on Owen Barfield, “Poetic Diction”

Best Bible Couple

Two Easter Sermon Take-Aways

What Would Jesus (Habitually) Do?

Paul:  Messenger and Message

Team of Non-Rivals

The R-D Split of the Seven Deadly Sins

Paul, God, and the Lesser Gods

Paul’s Special Credibility

Thoughts on Our Resurrected Psyches

Terse Trinity Thoughts

What Is God Doing, and What Is He Like?

What Are the Odds?

Terrific Evangelism Series from Fellowship for Performing Arts

How To Be a Better and Happier Person, in Just 100 Words!

First Thought of the Month

God Showing Off

Go to the Zoo

Comparative Evangelism

Symmetrical Timeline

Prayer Thought for the Month

Keeping the Top Two Commandments

Trade-Last and Christian Living

Evangelism Pep Talk for the Month

Advent Thought:  Did It Make Sense for Jesus To Come?

How Jesus Taught, How Jesus Died

“The Most Reluctant Convert” (film)

Greatest Job Interview of All Time

A Good Video on Intelligent Design

Happiness, Arthur Brooks, and the Bible

Happy Easter!:  The Perfect Miracle

Love:  A Couple of June Thoughts


How Holy Are We Supposed To Be?

Beach Thoughts

Challenge for the Month

An Awesome God

“Blast from the Past” (film)

God’s Gift to Children:  Mansplaining and Nagging

Keeping It Simple

Insight and Evangelism

“Jesus Christ Superstar” and Some Easter Thoughts

Why Would God Insist That We Love Jesus?