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Posted in Culture, Jesus, Ministry, Reviews on Dec 15th, 2009

This will be our final reflection on Ben F. Meyer’s The Aims of Jesus, covering chapters VIII and IX. Again, I admit that this is a challenging book to comprehend, but well worth the effort. In these chapters I see the influence of Ben Meyer on N.T. Wright.
I heard New Testament scholar Dr. Scot McKnight […]

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Posted in Friends, Reviews on Oct 6th, 2009

I finished Donald Miller’s newest book A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: What I Learned While Editing My Life. Julie read it before I did and it has sparked vigorous conversations among us. Of course, we were treated to Donald Miller’s humor, transparency and provocative ideas. This book is chocked full of stories that […]

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Posted in Culture, Jesus, Reviews on Jun 23rd, 2009

“Ay,” he said aloud. There is no translation for this word and perhaps it is a noise such as a man might make, involuntarily, feeling the nail go through his hands and into the wood.”
I still am not convinced that Ernest Hemngway meant no intended allusions to Jesus Christ in the character of “the […]

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Posted in Reviews, Theology on Jun 19th, 2009

We come to the third and final post on Scot McKnight’s book titled Fasting. We will comment on Part 2- “Wisdom and Fasting.”
First, I want to emphasize again that while I had read a lot of books on fasting and thought it would be hard to read anything new, Scot offered a fresh, creative and […]

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Posted in Reviews, Theology on Jun 18th, 2009

Imagine a circle of pure spirit beings, ethereal and pure, contemplating God in rapture and extreme holiness, lost in divine wonder. Suddenly another spirit being shows up tardy dragging in a corpse, a human body, into the middle of this very spiritual circle. We imagine gasps, screams and shrieks. “Yuck! What *is* that?! Get it […]

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Posted in Reviews, Theology on Jun 15th, 2009

We begin a series of posts on Scot McKnight’s book titled Fasting (Thomas Nelson: 2009) with Foreword by Phyllis Tickle in “The Ancient Practices Series.”
Frankly, I was a little skeptical about another book on fasting. As part of the renewal of the church (spearheaded by the so-called ‘third wave’ in the 1980s), I had read […]

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