Is It Wrong to Accommodate the Gospel?: A Sneak Peek into the Book Words and Witnesses

By Jocelyn Lee, Editorial/Marketing Intern When attending a church service, it’s natural for me to want to gravitate toward those targeted at a younger audience. Modern sermon illustrations, exciting presentation, upbeat worship music, and a relatable preacher all make the message more appealing for people my age (I’m about to go into my freshman year … Continue reading Is It Wrong to Accommodate the Gospel?: A Sneak Peek into the Book Words and Witnesses

How Do Stories Increase Your Empathy for Others?

“With careful research and considerable grace, Child from the Sea is a masterful tale woven around a life that was shrouded in mystery.”

Thanks to Michele for an excellent review of The Child from the Sea and a lovely overview of Elizabeth Goudge’s legendary talent for writing.

Living Our Days

Time has a way of eroding the sharp edges of a story. Details become foggy and the setting becomes indistinct. Fully alive, three-dimensional characters may lose their identity in stereotype, becoming mere placeholders in their own story.

This was the case for Lucy Walter, the heroine in Elizabeth Goudge’s Child from the Sea. Born in 17th century Wales, Lucy met the young prince Charles, heir to the British throne, and young love blossomed. History has cast Lucy in the role of Charles II’s mistress, but Goudge dove into the historical record and reached a different conclusion:

What if the lore that Lucy and Charles had been secretly married is true?

In a context in which the dalliances of royalty were accepted as a matter of course and the marriage of a royal to a commoner was so unthinkable that Lucy would have been without recourse if the young king…

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Review: BAM Global Movement

BAM_1“I hope this will serve as a wider introduction to the Business as Mission movement for pastors, denominational and mission leaders that might inspire them to a larger vision of all of the people of God engaged in the mission of God.”

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BAM Global Movement

BAM Global MovementGea Gort & Mats Tunehag, Foreword by Albert M. Erisman. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2018.

Summary: A compendium of short chapters on the theology and theory of the Business as Mission movement combined with thirty stories of practitioners.

BAM is an acronym for Business as Mission, sometimes called “transformational business” or “kingdom companies” or “Great Commission companies.” The idea is the formation of businesses run on biblical principles to advance God’s purposes in the world. Mat’s Tunehag summarizes this as follows:

“The first global think tank on BAM (2003-4) and the Lausanne paper on BAM (2004) helped catalyze a common global understanding of the concept. It sought to address how businesses can:

  • serve people
  • align with God’s purposes
  • be good stewards of the planet and
  • make a profit

This is often referred to as the quadruple bottom line. We aim at a positive impact economically, socially…

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Expand Your Teen’s Understanding of Biblical History with Carta Jerusalem’s Teacher’s Guides

By Sarah Welch, Editorial Assistant In the days of my own homeschooling, early August was when my family and I sat down in earnest to decide what exactly we wanted to be part of my curriculum that year. While I’ve now completed my undergrad with a degree in English, I still feel the pull to … Continue reading Expand Your Teen’s Understanding of Biblical History with Carta Jerusalem’s Teacher’s Guides

Review: Understanding the Twelve Tribes–A New Carta Resource!

The Reagan Review

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This volume is another of the outstanding, profusely illustrated resources published by Carta. At this point, they have several of these large paged (9 X 12”) in a similar design that will provide the opportunity for much pleasurable study for Bible students. This new volume by Menashe Har-El is a fascinating treatment that will open up your thinking to all kinds of new things you didn’t know. The author is a biblical geography expert who has taught and written widely. This work illustrates several biblical passages that only gets a cursory look in other volumes. The word “fascinating” is not an exaggerated description.

The subtitle “Boundaries and Surrounding Nations” articulates the value of this book. After a broad introduction, the geographical division of the land among the tribes at the time of Joshua is explained. Some boundaries were natural landmarks while others were erected with piles of stones or fences. There’s…

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BOOK REVIEW: Faith Across the Multiverse by Andy Walsh

Cogent Christianity

Andy Walsh is hands-down the best and most fascinating polymath I’ve read since Aristotle. Yes, that is a huge compliment to give anybody, but once you’ve read Faith Across the Multiverse (published by Hendrickson Publishers), you will understand why I say that.

Author Thomas Jay Oord describes the book as a ‘category breaker’, and I think there is no better way to describe it. Combining insights from mathematics, physics, biology, and computer science with illustrations from pop culture (including films, TV shows, comic books, and novels), Dr. Walsh presents deep theological truths in a manner that is both intellectually stimulating yet comprehensible for the layperson. He writes with wit and humour, yet displaying an incredible amount of reverence and understanding towards the heavy topics that he attempts to engage with. The result is a well-written and informative book that leaves you in awe of the amount of knowledge and wisdom that…

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How Science and Faith Coexist: A Review of Faith across the Multiverse

By Maggie Swofford, Marketing & Editorial Assistant As someone whose interests have tended toward the arts and humanities for most of her life, I admit I was somewhat skeptical of the technical nature of the scientific concepts discussed in Andy Walsh’s book Faith across the Multiverse: Parables from Modern Science. What I was surprised to … Continue reading How Science and Faith Coexist: A Review of Faith across the Multiverse

Review: Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

“It is a consistent challenge to bring fresh insights to the study of the biblical text without drifting away from orthodoxy. I thought these articles a good example of scholarship that flourished within that tension.”

Read the rest of Bob Trube’s review of Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline here:

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Essential Writings of Meredith G Kline

Essential Writings of Meredith G. KlineMeredith D. Kline (Foreword, Tremper Longman II; Biography, Meredith M. Kline; Introduction, Jonathan G. Kline). Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.

Summary: A collection of articles by Meredith Kline spanning Genesis to Revelation, and the author’s academic career characterized by biblical insight and theological integrity within a Reformed perspective. 

Meredith G. Kline (1922-2007) was a professor of Old Testament perhaps best known for one of his early works, Treaty of the Great King (1963). Drawing on discoveries in Hittite treaty forms, he contended that the structure of Deuteronomy reflects the structure of treaty covenants of the Second Millennium BC, lending support for traditional dating as opposed to a late date at the time of Josiah’s kingship.  He was also author of The Structure of Biblical Authority (1975), an important contribution to the discussion of the doctrine of scripture.

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Book Review: Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day

Finding Rest in the Haven

Kline, Jonathan G., Keep Up Your Biblical Aramaic in Two Minutes a Day. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017. 384 pp.; Hb. $39.95. Link to Hendrickson

Talk to anyone who studied Biblical languages during their education and I guarantee they will attest to the difficulty of retention post-schooling. Whether at Bible College or Seminary, past or present, it is nigh-impossible to maintain the fundamentals and vocabulary without daily engagement. This becomes more difficult as time grows in scarcity, feeling like you have to relearn the language all over again. What is even more difficult is when one is just getting their bearings with a new language entirely. This is where I’m at with Biblical Aramaic. In all the volumes of the Two Minutes a Day series from Hendrickson, Kline clearly emphasizes that this is not meant to replace a grammar, but supplement it. Because I am not taking Aramaic until the…

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Review: The Bible and Archaeology by Richelle

The Reagan Review

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Here’s the perfect book for either pastors or Bible students to get a clear overview of the connection between Bible and archaeology. This book succeeds because it strikes the perfect balance between archaeological detail and basic understanding. In other words, you will not drown in the minutia of archaeology, but you will have an informed grasp of both the value and limitations of archaeology in your Bible studies.

Matthieu Richelle, a respected professor of Old Testament, has a nice list of credentials to be able to produce this work on archaeology. I appreciated his respect of the Bible, his academic integrity, and his civility toward other archaeologists with whom he might disagree. In the same vein, while I might disagree with him on a few points myself, I respect greatly what he has produced here. To take something as complex as archaeological methodology and make it accessible to a popular…

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