Richard Mouw on Rob Bell's New Book

The following is the President of Fuller Seminary's  blog post today on Rob Bell.   See what you think. The Orthodoxy of Rob BellI told the USA TODAY reporter that Rob Bell’s newly released Love Wins is a fine book and that I basically agree with his theology. I knew that the book was being widely criticized for having crossed the theological bridge from evangelical orthodoxy into universalism. Not true, I told the reporter. Rob Bell is calling us away from a stingy orthodoxy to a gen … [Read more...]

Truro Church Sermon— Sunday March 13

“Justice!”  the man shouted.  I demand justice.  It’s a frequent cry these days in a world of all sorts of injustice, and the temptation is to take the law into our own hands.   But the Bible tells us that will come to no good end.  Indeed the Bible says that God declares “vengeance is mine. I will repay.”  In other words the justice issues should be left by Christians in God’s hands.  But when we think of justice from a Biblical point of view,  we need to always think about it in light of these … [Read more...]

Verbatim of the Tele-Press Conference on the Pope's New Jesus book

(Disclaimer:   The following verbatim of the live press conference has various typos and errors in it, nonetheless, it is of value to give a strong sense of the discussion about the Pope's new book.   So, wade through the errors of the transcriber, and see what you think).  BW3Besides reading the transcript below, you can listen to the tele-conference at this link.http://www.ignatius.com/promotions/jesus-of-nazareth/Maximus GroupModerator:    Alexis WalkensteinMarch 9, 20112:00 p.m … [Read more...]

The 'Empire' Strikes Home

Steven Saylor, Empire. The Novel of Imperial Rome, (St. Martin's Press, 2010), 589 pages  $25.99 (hardback edition).   There are a number of excellent novelist whose baileywick is the ancient Roman world,  including Lindsey Davies and Colleen  McCullough,  but for my money none are better writers, or better informed about the period than Steven Saylor.   It is a difficult thing to cover ground other writers have covered rather well, and bring something entirely fresh to the account,  but Saylor m … [Read more...]

Paul Simon's So Beautiful, or So What

Paul Simon is one of our most masterful song writers and singers, and has been for about 50 years.  His new CD, besides have a gorgeous double helix cover, is loaded with discussions about God, the Afterlife, eternal love and angels, and includes excerpts from a famous sermon.   See his comments in the video  below. … [Read more...]

The Pope's New Book— Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week

The phone rang, the email came, and a book landed on my doorstep last week.   Now this happens all the time at this household, but this book was different.  It was the proofs of the new book by Pope Benedict on the life of Jesus, entitled Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week:  From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection  (St. Ignatius Press, 2011, 362 pages, $14.67 in hardback).   What was extraordinary about the contact was that the publicist or press secretary contacting me said I would be the … [Read more...]

Civil Rivalry or Un-Civil War? Carolina and Duke

Certainly one of the major trends in my life time, is the coarsening of the culture broadly speaking.  We have TV shows that could never have made it on the air, movies that could never have made it in the theaters,  and pornography all over the internet, which would long ago have been banned from the internet, had the internet begun in say,  1951 when I was born.   Not only so but civil discourse on politics has degenerated into shock jocks and blow hards, who often know little about what they a … [Read more...]

Pearls from Itzak

One of my former Asbury Seminary students, who is a violinist, came up to me in church this morning so excited.  She had met the master  (no not that Jewish Master, another Jewish master--- musician) and gotten his autograph. She was simply bubbling over with joy.   I must admit I was as well after seeing him perform from the third row last Saturday night in Singletary auditorium in Lexington.The story of Itzak Perlman is a moving one.  Born in 1945 in Tel Aviv in what was then called Pale … [Read more...]

Christianity in the Greco-Roman World— What's in Hubbard's Cupboard?

Moyer V. Hubbard,  Christianity in the Greco-Roman World. A Narrative Introduction, (Baker, 2010), 344 pages,  $24.99.There are books which are coal mines, all you get out of them is stuff that quickly burns up--- lots of heat, not much light, and too much blown smoke.   And you end up with soot on your hands.   Then there are books that are like tin mines--- yes, they are useful, but its not the most precious metal and frankly its too fragile and malleable.  And then there are books that are l … [Read more...]