January 13, 2022

Studying the Historical Jesus: A Guide to Sources and Methods by Darrell Bock is an excellent primer on the critical aspects of Jesus studies. Bock (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is executive director for cultural engagement at the Hendricks Center at Dallas Theological Seminary in Dallas, Texas, where he also serves as senior research professor of New Testament studies. He is the author or editor of many books, including Jesus the God-Man, Jesus according to Scripture, Studying the Historical Jesus, and major commentaries on... Read more

January 10, 2022

The NRSV Personal-Size Large-Print Bible Premier Collection, Comfort Print is an amazing Bible! It contains the Apocrypha (which I believe is historical not inspired), and it comes in premium Goatskin leather. The color is purple, which I happen to really like. This is an elegant product, for sure. And the Goatskin leather cover is far superior to Calfskin leather covers. This a description from the publisher. The NRSV Personal-Size Large-Print Bible with Apocrypha brings the NRSV translation into the elegance of... Read more

January 9, 2022

So I’ve really been getting into goatskin Bibles. Recently, Crossway sent me the ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition. This is a beautiful Bible. The cover is amazing to the touch. Goatskin leather beats calfskin any day. This particular cover smells like cowboy boots. Awesome! It’s also the only Bible I’ve ever seen that has four ribbons. The ESV Heirloom Bible, Omega Edition combines elegance with readability. Manufactured with the finest materials, this Bible is printed and bound with unparalleled craftsmanship by Royal... Read more

January 7, 2022

Recently, a friend of mine told me about premium Bibles. He said that if I ever have a goatskin leather Bible, I’ll never recover. Well, he was right. Goatskin trumps calfskin leather, hands down, walking out. My friend recommended the NKJV Shepherd Bible in Sahara Blue published by Humble Lamb. I’ve got to say, this is the most amazing Bible I’ve ever had the pleasure of handling – and owning – in my life. Stunning. Elegant. Beautiful. Breathtaking. This Bible... Read more

January 4, 2022

For years, the Thomas Chain Reference Bible has been my favorite go-to Bible. That was true until I discovered The NKJV Study Bible Premium Calfskin Leather, Brown, Full-Color, Comfort Print edition. This is a remarkable Bible! For a study Bible, the notes are not only elegant, but they are solid in content. They don’t skimp. They are better than most other study Bibles I own. In fact, I like this Bible so much I’ve been using it regularly. This beautiful... Read more

January 3, 2022

The Standard: Discovering Jesus as The Standard for Masculinity is a new book by Josh Khachadourian. I caught up with Josh recently to discuss his book. Enjoy! What is the premise of The Standard? I wrote this book to present Jesus as the Standard for true masculinity. Discovering Jesus as the standard for masculinity is generally unknown. The identity of men is under attack. Countless men are choosing a life of comfort and convenience. While others are striving, driven by... Read more

January 3, 2022

The NASB Heritage Bible – Passagio Setting from Zondervan is a remarkable Bible. I truly enjoyed handling this unique Bible. There are two aspects to this beautiful Bible that I want to focus on. As you can see from the photo, it comes in a beautiful, protective, sturdy brown clamshell box. But the Bible itself is the real treasure. The Cover The cover is an arresting teal water buffalo leather. It is extremely eye-catching. The feel of this Bible in... Read more

December 12, 2021

If there’s anything I’ve learned since I’ve been a Christian, it is this: Any solution, cure, or remedy that doesn’t have Jesus Christ as its center is doomed to fail. Here’s what I wrote recently on the Beyond Evangelical blog. Welcome to another Thursday UNFILTERED blog post, the only blog that pretends to like your new haircut. First, thanks for all the insightful comments to last Thursday’s article What Was Jesus’ Central Message on the blog. Since the holidays are... Read more

November 30, 2021

Kenneth Bailey has written another book on the Bible from a Mediterranean perspective. (See my review of his treatment of Jesus through Middle Eastern eyes.) This one is called Paul Through Mediterranean Eyes: Cultural Studies in 1 Corinthians. 1 Corinthians is one of my favorite letters by Paul of Tarsus. Bailey’s book adds insights and textures from the surrounding culture of the time to the document. He treats most of the controversial passages in the letter and analyzes them in... Read more

November 30, 2021

Frederick Dale Bruner has just released a new book. It’s called The Letter to the Romans: A Short Commentary. I’m not familiar with Bruner, but I found his commentary interesting. Namely, because it’s an extremely concise interpretation of Romans, which is rare for scholars. He also interacts with other interpreters of Romans from different centuries. Scholars and non-scholars alike. If you teach Romans, you’ll want to add this to your library along with other commentaries on Paul’s masterpiece. You won’t... Read more


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