wts books ordered

from the wts bookstore (all of which were on sale!!):

Hays, Richard B.  Conversion of the Imagination: Paul as Interpreter of Israel’s Scripture (Eerdmans, 2005, paperback).

Futato, Mark, D.  Interpreting the Psalms: An Exegetical Handbook (Kregal, 2007, Paperback).

Silva, Moises.  Biblical Words and Their Meaning: An Introduction to Lexical Semantics (Zondervan, 1983, Paperback).

Keener, Craig, S.   The Historical Jesus of the Gospels: Jesus in Historical Context (Eerdmans, 2009).


I think this is not a bad selection!!  Thank you to all my loyal yolkfellows who so kindly and graciously click on the wts banner and or links provided.  It’s greatly appreciated!

New Books: USPS edition

I got a couple books today

exodusOne was the one I won on Matt’s site Broadcast Depth (I think it was a random drawing, nothing special, you just signed up and hoped to win).   It is a Bible study book on the book of Exodus in the Interpretation Bible Studies series put out by WJK Press.  James Newsome is the author of this Exodus Study.  This is an interesting series as it does not go through every aspect of the book but rather (according to the back cover) each volume in the series focuses on ten key passages from a book of the Bible that helps readers capture the larger picture of the whole biblical book.  It also follows in the tradition of the Interpretation commentary series in that in many ways it can stand alone in aiding the pastor or teacher in their preparation for teaching or preaching on a biblical book. 

The other book is a review book for Bethany House Publishers called Sacred Waiting: Waiting on God in a World that Waits for Nothing (2009).  It looks to be a really interesting book and I look forward to getting into it.  Here is a blurb (from Amazon):

Sacred WaitingIn a culture that waits for nothing, Sacred Waiting helps readers learn to wait on God.  David Timms challenges believers to be attentive to God as were the faithful from Noah to David, from Paul to John–and all the saints in between.  He demonstrates their best moments arose from God’s timing, not their own. In the process he reveals deep, transforming truths for those who want to go deeper into their relationship with God. Grounded in the stories of Scripture and everyday illustrations, Sacred Waiting explores a vital yet often neglected or misunderstood spiritual discipline. 


So on to the reading…..

more new books: USPS edition

joy once again filled my heart as I commenced upon my mailbox at the post office and the package I was wating for had arrived – the package from IVP that is!  what were it’s contents you ask?  two books! 

John Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origens Debate (IVP Academic, 2009)!  

Genesis OneHere is the publisher blurb – (you can see some excerpts from the book at the IVP website):

In this astute mix of cultural critique and biblical studies, John H. Walton presents and defends twenty propositions supporting a literary and theological understanding of Genesis 1 within the context of the ancient Near Eastern world and unpacks its implications for our modern scientific understanding of origins.

Ideal for students, professors, pastors and lay readers with an interest in the intelligent design controversy and creation-evolution debates, Walton’s thoughtful analysis unpacks seldom appreciated aspects of the biblical text and sets Bible-believing scientists free to investigate the question of origins.

This will most likely be reviewed sooner rather than later! 

Ivan Satyavrata’s The Holy Spirit: Lord and Life Giver (IVP Academic, 2009)!   Dr. Satyavrata is presently the J. Philip Hogan professor of World Mission at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary, which is a one year appointment (2009-2010) that involves teaching and overseeing the doctoral programs in missions.  Part of the appointment too is to write a monograph on some aspect of missions.  

Here is a publisher’s blurb (you can see excerpts from the book at the IVP Website):

The Holy SpiritThe past two centuries have seen a slow but definite turning away from enlightenment dismissal of the spiritual realm, and a new openness to spiritual realities, including the work of God the Holy Spirit, has emerged.

Theologian Ivan Satyavrata believes that while there is much to celebrate in this focus on the Spirit and his workings after several centuries of relative neglect, there is a pressing need to relate our present experience of the Spirit to the teaching of God’s Word.  In a context of growing cultural and religious plurality, how can we recognize where and how the Holy Spirit is present and at work today?  This is a task to which this book is devoted.

As a theologian and leader of the church in India, Ivan Satyavrata brings a unique perspective to our understanding of the work of the Holy Spirit throughout the world.  His voice makes a strong contribution to the Christian Doctrine in Global Perspective series, which is edited by David Smith with consulting editor John Stott and provides intercultural exposition of key tenets of Christian belief by leading international evangelical thinkers.

This too will probably be read and reviewed sooner rather than later! 

New Book: The Bible Among the Myths

Courtesy of Jesse Hillman at Zondervan I got a copy of John N. Oswalt’s The Bible Among the Myths: Unique Revelation or Just Ancient Literature?  (Zondervan, 2009).   It just came out this month!  It came yesterday but I’ve been too busy to really look it over but I am really looking forward to it.  It’s only 208 pages too so it’s not overwhleming reading!  It’ll help me on my need to have a better grasp on Hebrew Bible/Old Testament issues.   He does address the life of Jesus and Bultmann too so that should be interesting since Bultmann is really taking some hits lately around the biblioblogsphere!  And I know he has a solid pastoral approach to things so I know it will help me as well in that respect. 


From the Zondervan Website:

OswaltThe Bible Among the Myths is a sometimes controversial, always engaging corrective to a growing rejection in Western society of the revelation found within the Old Testament regarding a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

Sixty years ago, most biblical scholars maintained that Israel’s religion was unique—that it stood in marked contrast to the faiths of its ancient Near Eastern neighbors.  Nowadays, it is widely argued that Israel’s religion mirrors that of other West Semitic societies.  What accounts for this radical change, and what are its implications for our understanding of the Old Testament?  Dr. John N. Oswalt says the root of this new attitude lies in Western society’s hostility to the idea of revelation, which presupposes a reality that transcends the world of the senses, asserting the existence of a realm humans cannot control. While not advocating a “the Bible says it, and I believe it, and that settles it” point of view, Oswalt asserts convincingly that while other ancient literatures all see reality in essentially the same terms, the Bible differs radically on all the main points.  The Bible Among the Myths supplies a necessary corrective to those who reject the Old Testament’s testimony about a transcendent God who breaks into time and space and reveals himself in and through human activity.

Looks pretty interesting!  Review forthcoming! 

ps. I know too I want to get his commentaries on Isaiah too.

Barnes and Noble (used) book purchase

I shared a while ago that I received a gift certificate to Barnes and Noble (used) Bookstore.  Well, yesterday I had a Dr. appointment for my shoulder (I fell on the ice a few months ago and sprained it pretty bad) – on the way home I stopped in at B&N!  ps. I use “used” here lightly since in essence few of the books at B7N are actually “new” since anyone and everyone can finger through them as they please.   Here were my diverse choices:

The IdiotFyodor Dostoevsky’s  The Idiot (Barnes & Noble Classics), January 2005 edition.   Okay, so I took a leap here, but I was influenced by Eugene Peterson to consider the purchase.  He wrote about how he read through all of Dostoevesky’s novels at a critical juncture in his ministry and that in many ways gave him new hope of understanding people and the ministry.  So I when I saw it (B&N has a whole section of the Classics in the Store) I decided to give one of the books a chance.  If it goes well, perhaps I read more.   Not bad for the price too, all the classics are $7.95 despite page length and The Idiot is 576 pages. So not too bad for the price.

The basic idea is that the main character, Myshkin, “dramatizes Dostoevsky’s image of ‘a perfectly beautiful man,’ a being who comes as close as humanly possible to the Christian Ideal; but for Dostoevsky there was only ‘ one positively beautiful figure in the world – Christ,’ and the appearance of Christ had been ‘and infinite miracle.’  There  could only be one God-man; and while He remained an eternal aspiration for humanity, such aspiration could never obvioulsy receive its complete fulfillment”  (from the back cover).

Dallas WillardDallas Willard’s Knowing Christ Today: Why We Can Trust Spiritual Knowledge (HarperOne, 2009).   This one just came out in May and I find out about it through a comment somewhere on one of the blogs (I can’t remember where at the moment).  This is a book that addresses the serious problem of the separation of faith and knowledge – many in today’s world are being told these two things to not belong together, that in fact, faith falls short of knowledge.  Yet, too often those of faith find themselves in conflict with the supposed “knowledge” as portrayed in various educational and professional circles.  In essense, the claim is that anyone with a reasonable amount of knowelge about life and the world will obviously see Christianity and the story of Jesus as simple silliness and superstition.  The reality is, nothing could be further from the truth.

So, Willard asks the question: Is the Gospel True?  The answer is yes and  and he argues that Christian beliefs and teachings are more than simply personal opinions or personal preferences – they are a reliable source of knowledge on par with if not over and above the knoweldge of other disciplines.  He warns this is not easy reading and will require some considerable mental effort to understnand.  I look forward to it.

wilberforceWilliam Wilberforce’s Real Christianity: A Practical View of the Prevailing Religous System of Professed Christians in the Higher and Middle Class in this Country, contrasted with Real Christianty (Regal, 2006).  This was book first published in 1797.  This edition is a revised and updated by Bob Beltz (no idea who he is).  I had this book or one like it a while ago, and lost it.  So I was glad to find it again.  Reading it makes it hard to believe it was for the mid-to late 1700’s!   Wilberforce was the single most influential leader of the abolition movement in the England of his day.

that was quick

one of the books i ordered from my amazon gift card i got for my birthday just arrived!  i ordered it sunday – from a used book dealer!  my amazon order hasn’t even shipped yet!  good service!  and the book is in fine condition – i have no problems with it!

update: I just got an email that my amazon order has been shipped.  It will contain the following:

Ajith Fernando’s commentary on Acts in the NIVAC series.

Charles Kraft’s Christianity with Power.

F.F. Bosworth’s Christ the Healer.

what i chose for the giveaway

So many tough choices, really!  So in the end I decided to go with:

Klyne Snodgrass’ Stories with Intent: A Comprehensive Guide to the Parables of Jesus ($31.00)

Kenton Sparks’ God Words in Human Words: An Evangelical Approriation of Biblical Scholarship ($17.27)

It was tough to go between Sparks and Letham’s book on the Trinity.  Real tough.  But in the end I think I chose to go with Sparks because he covers such a broad spcetrum of the Bible and issues I would like to read up on, though I really want to check out Letham too.

The Next Evanglicalism

This came in the mail today from IVP.  I learned of it on Greg Boyd’s blog.  It looks really interesting to me mainly because if its focus on the shift from an American Christianity to a more global focus.   So what’s it about?   Here is an excerpt:

next-evangelicalismThe future is now.

Philip Jenkins has chronicled how the next Christendom has shifted away from the Western church toward the global South and East. Likewise, changing demographics mean that North American society will accelerate its diversity in terms of race, ethnicity and culture. But evangelicalism has long been held captive by its predominantly white cultural identity and history.

In this book professor and pastor Soong-Chan Rah calls the North American church to escape its captivity to Western cultural trappings and to embrace a new evangelicalism that is diverse and multiethnic. Rah brings keen analysis to the limitations of American Christianity and shows how captivity to Western individualism and materialism has played itself out in megachurches and emergent churches alike. Many white churches are in crisis and ill-equipped to minister to new cultural realities, but immigrant, ethnic and multiethnic churches are succeeding and flourishing.

This prophetic report casts a vision for a dynamic evangelicalism that fully embodies the cultural realities of the twenty-first century. Spiritual renewal is happening within the North American church, from corners and margins not always noticed by those in the center. Come, discover the vitality of the next evangelicalism.

I am really looking forward to it.

In the Mail: UPS/Doorstep Edition – WJK books!

Yup – I am just as bad as other people – I get too many books!  This afternoon the UPS guy dropped off a set of books for me I requested from WJK Publishers:

hebrew-bibleSandra L. Gravett, Karla G. Bohmbach, F. V. Greifenhagen, and Donald C. Polaski’s An Introduction to the Hebrew Bible: A Thematic Approach (WJK, 2008).   This book begins with the most basic questions: from where and when did the Hebrew Bible originate, how was it written, and how did people read it?  And in focusing on the fundamental question of the canon – who are we? – it first gives much attention to the issue of identity.  Then it explores how the ancient Israelites organized themselves in terms of power and state, and finally, delinates the larger questions of God and ideology within the canon.  The resulting study is in line with other examinations of ancient culture but gives more attention to the religious finction of the Hebrew Bible.   It’s especially designed for teachers.

reconstructingAndrew Purves’ Resonstructing Pastoral Theology: A Christological Approach (WJK, 2004).   In this book, Purves argues that pastoral theology and care have long ignored Scripture and Christian doctrine and become secularized in both method and goal [i can attest to this having been through a CPE course], Andrew Purves presents a Christological basis for ministry and pastoral theology. Purves reconstructs the discipline of pastoral theology by identifying two primary theological categories for pastoral work: Christology, in which Jesus is both the Word and act of God addressing us and the word and act of humankind addressing God and Calvin’s doctrine of our union with Christ, which informs us that by the work of the Holy Spirit we are joined to Christ’s mission from God to share in his ministry. In the second half of the book, Purves examines pastoral care in terms of our union with Christ and his ministry. He discusses the nature and authority of preaching, forgiveness of sins as the ministry of grace, the nature of God’s presence as comfort, and the relationship between hope and social action.

pastoral-counselingDavid W. Augsburger’s Pastoral Counseling across Cultures (WJK, 1986).  This is a timeless classic in regards to pastoral counseling that I leanred about in my CPE course (I took the introductory chaplaincy unit in a hospital setting here in AZ).  Most interesting is that Ausburger combines theology, missiology and counsling practice to promote a really interesting approach to pastoral counseling.  Contrary to the preference of many Evangelicals, Ausburger looks at how counseling can and should be done cross-culturally which above all else, respects the person’s culture, while also helping them through the issues that are important to them.   It’s the counselee that matters not the counselors agenda.  This is something that challenges many evangelicals in chaplaincy.  So, anyways, I look forward to reading it. 

New Book Giveaway! (now closed)

Go here for the winner

Bitsy Griffin over at Jack of all trades,  is giving away a copy of Ravi Zacharias’ The Grand Weaver: How God Shapes Us Through the Events of Our Lives

 Here are the giveaway rules:

  • Reply to [her] post letting [her] know you want to be entered.
  • This is just a plain old drawing – names in a hat. One will be drawn.
  • Your name can be added a second time by posting this info on your blog.
  • All entering must have a USA mailing address, and the book will be mailed by USPS Media Mail.
  • Contest begins immediately and will continue through midnight on Sunday March 22nd (EST).
  • [She’ll] draw Monday when [she] get[s] home from school.

Looks great for sermon material.  It’s a key area of discipleship – helping people understand how God shapes usand forms us into the image of his Son Jesus Christ!   Count me in!