Book Review: Know the Heretics

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Know the Heretics by  Justin S. Holcomb Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2014. 176 pgs.   Who was Pelagius and why should the members of my church bother to find out? Why should we be interested in Arius’s ideas about Jesus Christ, ideas that were condemned as unorthodox hundreds of years ago? Let’s face it, when it…
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Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity


Delighting in the Trinity: An Introduction to the Christian Faith by Michael Reeves Downers Grove: IVP, 2012. 135 pp.     Does the mere mention of the doctrine of the Trinity cause you to grasp your forehead in pain? Is the doctrine of the Trinity something you whole-heartedly embrace, but see little relevance to your…
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The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus – Book Review

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The Christian Art of Dying: Learning from Jesus by Allen Verhey Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2011 423 pp. $22.50.     The most recent statistics reveal that apart from Enoch and Elijah, the death rate among human beings is 100 percent. People are dying. My mother died three years ago. My best friend died…
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Book Review: For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity

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For the Sake of Heaven and Earth: The New Encounter between Judaism and Christianity. By Irving Greenberg Philadelphia: The Jewish Publication Society, 2014. 274 pp. $18.00     A conversation with an Orthodox Jewish friend led me to purchase and read Irving Greenberg’s collection of essays on the relationship between Judaism and Christianity. She said…
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Reflecting On Peterson (Part One)

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Sometime in the late eighties, when I was slogging my way through my first senior pastorate, I was introduced to Eugene Peterson. I don’t remember how I got on to his books, but I read Working the Angles, and I was hooked. His opening words stopped me in my tracks—“American pastors are abandoning their posts,…
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