Book Sale: Zondervan’s Counterpoint series

For a LIMITED time (til the end of February), Zondervan has its Counterpoints in Bible and Theology series on a $3.79-$3.99 sale for Kindle users!! And…  they are all in one way or another well worth the thinking Christian’s time and money.

Here might be some of the more pertinent ones (IMO):

Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?: 4 Views (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Three Views on Creation and Evolution (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Four Views on the Historical Adam (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Four Views on the Book of Revelation (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

Four Views on Moving Beyond the Bible to Theology (Counterpoints: Bible and Theology)

I hope you get a couple and read them and learn from them!  -Blessings.

recent order

got my recent amazon father’s day order in!

They are:

The Many Gospels of Jesus.  The chapter on Gnosticism is worth the book alone.

Pentecostal Spirituality.


Exclusion & Embrace (one of the most moving books read by everyone’s beloved N.T. Wright).  Volf grew up Pentecostal in war torn Yugoslavia.

New Books

The final two books from my Amazon gift card came in the mail – well they came Saturday but I had to wait until now to get them!  It was a long rough weekend!

Rob Bowman and Ed Komoszewski. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ.  Kregel Publications, 2007. 

Abraham Heschel.  The Prophets.  Hendrickson Publishers, two volumes in one, first Hendrickson Publication, 2007

They look like they are going to be good reads!  

New Book: Perspectives on the Ending of Mark

Dave Black just accounced on his blog that Amazon has just listed his new book out (available for pre-order) that is a compilation of the presentations from the Ending of Mark Symposium held at SEBTS late last year.  

Perspectives on the Ending of Mark: Four Views (B&H Academic, 2008). 

The authors are:

Maurice Robinson (Author), 

Darrell Bock (Author), 

Keith Elliott (Author), 

Daniel Wallace (Author),

David Alan Black (Editor)




From the Product Description

Because it is conspicuously absent from more than one early Greek manuscript, the final section of the gospel of Mark (16:9-20) that details Christ’s resurrection remains a constant source of debate among serious students of the New Testament.

Perspectives on the Ending of Mark presents in counterpoint form the split opinions about this difficult passage with a goal of determining which is more likely. Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary professors Maurice Robinson and David Alan Black argue for the verses’ authenticity. Keith Elliott (University of Leeds) and Daniel Wallace (Dallas Theological Seminary) contend that they are not original to Mark’s gospel. Darrell Bock (Dallas Theological Seminary) responds to each view and summarizes the state of current research on the entire issue.

Should be interesting reading indeed!  

Gerhard von Rad

My copy of von Rad’s Old Testament Theology arrived today! And soon I shall have my copy of Herschel’s The Prophets! Then I shall think maybe I have gone to heaven! Here is a quote from the pen of von Rad.

To have to abandon an historical presentation of Israel’s credal statements has the advantage that we are able to let the material stand in those contexts in the saving history in which it was arranged by Israel. And in this way there comes more clearly into our field of vision that part of Israel’s theological activity which is probably one of is most important and interesting one’s, namely those ever new attempts to make the divine acts of salvation relevant for every new age and day-this ever new reaching out to and avowel of God acts which in the made the old credal statements grow into such enormous masses of traditions. A theology which attempts to grasp the content of the Old Testament under the heading of various doctrines (the doctrine of God, the doctrine of man, etc.) cannot do justice to these credal statements which are completely tied up with history, or to this grounding of Israel’s faith upon a few divine acts of salvation and the effort to gain an ever new understanding of them.

It’s still on sale at Christianbook dot com. Really, think about getting it!

book search

As I shared with you all the other day – I got a gift card from Amazon from my brother and his wife. Oh man what to do? I can only get a couple books, three at most. In contrast to others, it’s taken me some time to figure out what I want or would like to have – I want something different but I don’t want junk – I want something that will be helpful to me either in ministry or in my own spiritual life. So how has my search gone so far? Here is what I have so far with some alternative selections:

Definitely getting:

I. Howard Marshall. Aspects of the Atonement: Cross and Resurrection in the Reconciling of God and Humanity. Paternoster, 2008.

Abraham Heschel. The Prophets. Hendrickson, 2007.

Thinking about getting only one of the following:

George Eldon Ladd.  Gospel of the Kingdom: Scriptural Studies in the Kingdom of God. Eerdmans, 1959.

Phillip Jenkins. God’s Continent: Christianity, Islam, and Europe’s Religious Crisis. Oxford University Press, 2007.

Clark H. Pinnock and Barry L. Callen. The Scripture Principle: Reclaiming the Full Authority of the Bible. Baker Academic; 2 edition, 2006.

T. D. Alexander. From Paradise to the Promised Land,: An Introduction to the Pentateuch. Baker Academic; 2 edition, 2002.

Richard B. Hays. The Conversion of the Imagination: Paul As Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture. Eerdmans, 2005.

Moises Silva. Biblical Words and Their Meaning. Zondervan, 1995.

Robert Bowman and J. Ed Komoszewski. Putting Jesus in His Place: The Case for the Deity of Christ. Kregel, 2007.

I am open to other suggestions but this is the list so far.

Amazon Gift Card!

2 Chronicles 5:13The trumpeters and singers joined in unison, as with one voice, to give praise and thanksto the LORD. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals and other instruments, they raised their voices in praise to the LORD and sang: “He is good; his love endures forever.” Then the temple of the LORD was filled with a cloud.” (NIV)

Whoo Hoo!!  

I got one of these for my birthday yesterday!!  

Whoo hoo!!  

My mind is going crazy!!  

I guess God really is good after all!!  Ha Ha!