How Unified Is the Bible Text?

How unified is the Bible text? At one extreme, you could argue that, since the whole text is inspired by God and since He knew from the beginning what text He would inspire and how it would and should be arranged, then the whole Bible — including every book, Old and New Testament alike — … [Read more…]

Lucid Brevity

This short post makes a slight variant of a point that has been made famously elsewhere (see, for example, here), but since I do a lot of speaking and writing — and am around people who have spoken and written a lot more than I have and been greatly honored, often for how prolific they’ve … [Read more…]

Best Bible Couple

The worst Bible couple, of course, was Jezebel and Ahab.  But which was the best?  It’s an interesting question to consider even if, at the end of the day, the answer turns out to have been pretty obvious. I’m looking for two things.  First, both husband and wife should have strong and good character; a … [Read more…]

Michael Reeves, “Theologians You Should Know”

The secondary title is, “An Introduction:  From the Apostolic Fathers to the 21st Century,” and the author is president and professor of theology at Union School of Theology in Oxford (and, to his credit, he quotes Oxfordian C.S. Lewis a lot).  It’s a very useful and engaging book. The chapters are: the apostolic fathers, Justin … [Read more…]

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

This book was originally titled, Jack:  C.S. Lewis and His Times, and the author, who headed the English department at Malvern College in Worcestershire, was a friend of Lewis’s and occasional attendee of meetings of the Inklings.  He met Lewis in 1934 when the latter became the former’s tutor at Oxford, and remained apparently close … [Read more…]

David Murray, “The Happy Christian”

The author is a transplanted Scot, now a seminary professor and pastor in Grand Rapids, and the book’s secondary title is, “Ten Ways To Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World.”  The book’s ten chapters address  how to achieve greater happiness as a Christian in different contexts, namely:  facts, media, salvation, church, future, world, … [Read more…]