Roger Williams & the Creation of the American Soul

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I have just finished reading John Barry’s remarkable book about Roger Williams, the American Soul, and religious liberty. It was difficult to put it down. My esteem for Williams, already huge, is now immense. The attached review by a Rhode Island church historian is positive but less so than the …

Stricken by God

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“I wish that every defender of the penal substitution view of the atonement would read this book. Stricken by God? is as fine a collection of scholarly essays on the atonement as one can find in print. This book offers insightful, compelling and refreshing alternatives to penal substitution and is …

The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day

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Hot off the press, Dr. Sigve Tonstad’s latest book, “The Lost Meaning of the Seventh Day” provides a refreshing look at the Sabbath. Some might be surprised at the title. Does the Sabbath have a meaning? Isn’t the Sabbath merely an arbitrary test of obedience to God’s command? Dr. Tonstad …

Finding the Father

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Herb Montgomery has just released a new book on God’s character entitled, “Finding the Father.” We have really appreciated the opportunity to listen to Herb preach at two of the Good News Tours conferences. His message about God’s character is powerful and convicting. Here is a description of the new …

A New Kind of Christianity

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Our friend Nick Loyd has had a great series of articles about the latest book by Brian McLaren, A New Kind of Christianity. He has had a number of articles and video clips about the book: A New Kind of Christianity McLaren Q1: The Narrative Question McLaren Q2: The Authority …

After You Believe

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It is often implied that as Christians we are just “hanging out on this earth, waiting to get to heaven.” The latest book by N.T. Wright, After You Believe, highlights the importance of living out the life of Christ on earth – here and now – and to “join the …

No Longer Naked and Ashamed

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This book describes the problem of sin and salvation in terms that relate to real life. Using the metaphor of abuse and recovery from abuse, the book outlines what sin as abuse is and the steps to recovery from it so as to make it clear that God is not …

Saving God’s Reputation

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In his book Saving God’s Reputation: The Theological Function of Pistis Iesou in the Cosmic Narratives of Revelation, Dr. Sigve Tonstad pursues the conviction that the cosmic conflict imagery is the primary and controlling element in Revelation’s narrative. Such a reading puts the war-in-heaven theme in the foreground, calling on interpreters to …

Justification

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“For some time now, I have watched in puzzlement as some critics, imagining themselves as defenders of Paul’s gospel, have derided Tom Wright as a dangerous betrayer of the Christian faith. In fact, Paul’s gospel of God’s reconciling, world-transforming grace has no more ardent and eloquent exponent in our time …

The Myth of a Christian Nation

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Jesus came to establish a kingdom that is “not of this world.” Kingdoms of the world seek to acquire and exercise power over others, whereas Jesus incarnated and demonstrated a kingdom that advances by exercising power under people. Author Gregory Boyd makes a compelling case that whenever the church gets …