My MHA Presentation and Reconciling Science with Scripture

First, Zondervan has a Kindle sale on their Counterpoints series, where (mostly conservative) Evangelicals write different perspectives on a topic. In this series, I've only read Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither, which is quite good. (I think Sparks makes the most persuasive argument and avoids special pleading.) The Historical Adam volume has some respectable authors, as does the Three Views on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament. Here is a copy of my MHA presentation text, " … [Read more...]

10 Things for Understanding the Old Testament

My semester has ended, and now I enter into a busy summer of reading, writing, travel, research, and some public speaking. I do hope to be writing posts a little more often than I have in the last few months; at least, I have some posts on the back burner I've worked on sporadically, to finish off and post.If you're settling down for a serious study of the Old Testament, what ten topics do you need to know? I was part of a group discussing this recently, and this was my quick list. Long-time … [Read more...]

May 4th is Not Just Star Wars Day…

Few Mormons, I think, know that May 4 is a significant day in LDS liturgical history. (This is reposted from last year.) … [Read more...]

Announcement: Online Mormon Reading Group of Luke T. Johnson’s Introduction to the New Testament

It's paper-writing season for me, not a ton of time to blog anything substantial.  However, if you're on Facebook, over the next year the Mormons Talk: NT Bible Scholarship group will read/post/discuss its way through Luke Timothy Johnson's The Writings of the New Testament .  Currently available for $4.99, this volume is part of the Kindle sale I posted about last week which runs through the end of April. It's the kind of book that might be used in a college Intro to the New Testament course. … [Read more...]

Carpe Diem: Two Book Sales

First, Fortress Press is having a massive ebook/Kindle sale through the end of April. There's no link to the sale itself at Amazon, rather the 1500 (!) books on sale are listed in a pdf here. My suggestions- … [Read more...]

Free Book! and It’s a Good One!

I've often had Misreading Scripture Through Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible on this or that list of books I recommend. It's April's Free Book of the Month at Logos (link). If you've read my previous posts about Logos (link #1, #2), you know that entry-level Logos is free and like a supercharged Kindle, runs on Mac, PC, ios, and Android. It's what Infobases or Gospelink could have been. … [Read more...]

A Bit of News

I've got some public speaking coming up, and I'm excited. … [Read more...]

Transitional Mormonism, Part 2: An Earlier Transition

What do I mean by "transitional Mormonism"? (Part 1 is here if you missed it.) I take the idea from the title of Thomas Alexander's award-winning book Mormonism in Transition: A History of the Latter-day Saints, 1890-1930, now in a 3rd edition. Alexander was a BYU professor, and wrote this as part of a commissioned 16-volume history of the Church that did not come to fruition. This time period was a particularly tumultuous one both for the LDS Church and America, with major intellectual, social, … [Read more...]