Review of Strobel’s Book, “The Case for Christ:” Part 2 of 2

Lee Strobel begins his mega-selling book, The Case for Christ, by relating that he was an atheist who said (p. 13), “As for Jesus, didn’t you know that he didn’t claim to be God?... that thought never occurred to him!... the divinity of Jesus was nothing more than the fanciful invention of superstitious people. Or so I thought.”Strobel thus sets forth this characterization of Jesus—whether or not he claimed to be God—as though it is to be the primary thrust of his book. Indeed, it is. His fin … [Read more...]

Review of Dale Allison’s book, Night Comes: Death, Imagination, and the Last Things

Dale C. Allison Jr. is the Richard J. Dearborn Professor of New Testament at Princeton Theological Seminary. Dale is a friend of mine. In 2003, he was our keynote speaker for the two-day Kermit Zarley Lectures at North Park University in Chicago. He spoke on good subject, "The Resurrection of Jesus." Dale also endorsed my book, The Third Day Bible Code (2006). Dr. Allison is a leading New Testament scholar in the world. I like to read his works because he is so well-read, a careful scholar, and … [Read more...]

Review of Lee Strobel’s book, “The Case for Christ:” Part 1 of 2

Lee Strobel is a 64-year old, very successful, apologist author of books on Christian faith. But it wasn't always so. He graduated from Harvard Law School and then was a journalist for 14 years at The Chicago Tribune newspaper. In Strobel's most popular book, The Case for Christ (1998, Zondervan, p 13), he relates, "For much of my life I was a skeptic. In fact, I considered myself an atheist.... As for Jesus, didn't you know that he never claimed to be God? He was a revolutionary, a sage, an … [Read more...]

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...]