Review of Murray Harris’ Book, The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross

Author: Murray J. HarrisTitle: The Seven Sayings of Jesus on the Cross: Their Circumstances and MeaningDate of Publication: 2016Publisher: Wipf and StockPages: xvi and 108.Murray Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament (NT) exegesis and theology at the seminary Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois. For a time, he was warden of Tyndale House at Cambridge University. His published works include four NT commentaries: one on a gospel and the other … [Read more...]

Review of Chapter 1 in Josh McDowell’s, More than a Carpenter

Josh McDowell is an evangelical Christian, a public evangelist, and an apologist. For decades, he was a traveling speaker for the para-church organization Campus Crusade for Christ, that ministers mostly to college students. I was involved in CCC during my college years.Josh McDowell has now authored over a hundred books. Early in his ministry, he wrote a little book about Jesus entitled More than a Carpenter. Tyndale House published it in 1977. The book size is only 4” x 7,” and it consists … [Read more...]

Review of J. Richard Middleton’s book “A New Heaven and a New Earth”

Dr. J. Richard Middleton is professor of Biblical Worldview and Exegesis at Northeastern Seminary in Rochester, New York. He is the author of A New Heaven and a New Earth: Reclaiming Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2014, pp. 332). It has received critical acclaim and has stellar endorsements, including from Walter Brueggemann and Donald A. Hagner. One of them says, “this sorely needed volume is the best book of its kind.” In 2014, it received the Word Guild Award as the best b … [Read more...]

Review of Dr. Harvey Cox’s book, “The Future of Faith”

Harvey Cox was a professor of the history of religion and philosophy at Harvard University for forty-four years, from 1965 to his retirement in 2009. I attended his speech at Arizona State University on January 28, 2016, and afterwards met and talked with him. See my post about it the next day, on January 29, 2016, entitled “Dr. Harvey Cox: Leader of Liberal Christianity.” He spoke on “The Five Changes Happening in Religion and the World Now.” Some of it was taken from his most recent book, The F … [Read more...]

Review of Ben Witherington’s Book, “The Problem with Evangelical Theology”

(All scriptures references are taken from the New Revised Standard Version.)Ben Witherington III is a New Testament professor at Asbury Theological Seminary. It is an Evangelical, Wesleyan school located in Wilmore, Kentucky, near Lexington. Ben is a leading New Testament scholar and a prolific author, with many theological books to his credit.I know the friendly Dr. Witherington, who likes to play golf. Last November, I was rooming with my close friend Professor Scot McKnight at the … [Read more...]

Dr. Tuggy Interviews Me About My New Book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle

My friend Dr. Dale Tuggy is a Christian philosophy professor at State University of New York in Fredonia. He has now interviewed me four times on four different subjects, at 45 minutes each, and published them on his podcast blog at trinities.org. The most recent, fourth, interview is about my unique new book, Solving the Samaritan Riddle: Peter's Kingdom Keys Explain Early Spirit Baptism. Here is the URL for listening to this … [Read more...]

Review of Andy Angel’s Book Entitled “Angels”

Author: Andy AngelTitle: Angels: Ancient Whisper of Another WorldPublisher: Cascade Books, an Imprint of Wipf and Stock PublishersDate of Publication: 2012Page Count: xiv, 197 That figures! A guy with the last name "Angel" had to write a book about angels. When I first saw the title of this book and the author’s name, my jaw dropped and I did a double take.Andy Angel is Director of Extension Studies at St. John’s College in Nottingham, England. He is also a pro … [Read more...]

Review of Geza Vermes’ book, “The Resurrection: History and Myth”

Geza Vermes (1924-2013) was a British, Jewish scholar born in Hungary who lost his parents in the Holocaust. Reared Roman Catholic, he attended a Catholic seminary and became a Catholic priest. He became a leading authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls as well as the historical Jesus. This Oxford professor received many honors, including being a Fellow of the British Academy. In his career, Geza Vermes understandably vascillated between being a Catholic Christian and being a Jew.Due to his … [Read more...]