Pastor’s Bookshelf: 1-2 Thessalonians

This week’s version of Pastor’s Bookshelf is commentaries on 1 and 2 Thessalonians. Because it’s my old stand-by, I turn first to F.F. Bruce, 1 & 2 Thessalonians (Word Biblical Commentary) (Vol. 45) but there are two recent commentaries that shake things up: Charles Wanamaker, The Epistles to the Thessalonians: A Commentary on the Greek [Read More...]

Never Alone 2

My heart, for instance, jumped when I recently re-read Dante Alighieri’s (whom a Texan friend refers to as “Danny, Ally, and Gerry”) The Divine Comedy, which title takes some brushing up against some intelligent folks to comprehend. I liked Dante, but he led me to read Virgil (whom the urbane spell as Vergil), who wrote [Read More...]

A Brother’s Wisdom 88

We come to the end: James 5:19-20:  My brothers and sisters, if one of you should wander from the truth and someone should bring them back, remember this: Whoever turns a sinner from the way of error will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins. The book ends on an unexpected [Read More...]

Evolution, the Bible, and the Book of Nature (RJS)

The July/August issue of Books and Culture contains an interview by Karl Giberson with Francis Collins on his views of science and faith – now available on line: Evolution, the Bible and the Book of Nature. Here is a brief taste of the article – read the whole – better yet subscribe! (pictures from wikipedia) [Read More...]

Beginning with God 2

Long ago an English writer announced that our God was too small — and he then listed the ways that Christians generally have bad ideas about God. James Bryan Smith, in The Good and Beautiful God: Falling in Love With the God Jesus Knows (The Apprentice Series) is arguing something like this when he suggests [Read More...]


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