Category Archives: Book Reviews

N. T. Wright’s “Surprised by Scripture”

N. T. Wright continues to produce an astonishing volume of excellent writing, targeted at Christian audiences at all levels of scholarship. Most recently, Wright has released Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues, a collection of essays on various issues pertinent to … Continue reading

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Eerdman’s New Testament Commentaries Collection

Shortly after my back surgery, in November of last year, the good people at Logos Bible Software asked me to review the Logos electronic version of the Eerdmans New Testament Commentaries Collection. I warned Logos that I had several books ahead … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “The Case for the Psalms” Chapter 3

We are considering and riffing a bit on N. T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. In chapter 3, Wright explains how the psalms “invite us, first, to stand at the intersection of the different layers … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “The Case for the Psalms” Chapters 1 & 2, Part C

We are considering and riffing a bit on N. T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. The Psalms and Jesus Wright points out that the Psalms formed the core of the early church’s scriptural proof for Jesus as … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “The Case for the Psalms” Chapters 1 & 2, Part B

We are considering and expanding a tad on N. T. Wright’s The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. I think it’d be helpful to also reflect back on an earlier book by Wright, Simply Christian: Why Christianity Makes Sense – … Continue reading

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N. T. Wright’s “The Case for the Psalms” Chapters 1 & 2, Part A

At about the same time Wright released his massive Paul and the Faithfulness of God, he released a much smaller, much more accessible book, The Case for the Psalms: Why They Are Essential. The Churches of Christ, priding themselves on … Continue reading

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Muscle & Shovel”: An Open Letter

[Because this is an unusually long post, I'm skipping tomorrow to allow more time for discussion.] We are considering Michael Shank’s book Muscle and a Shovel. (And I guess I did change my mind. What can I say? But this … Continue reading

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Muscle & Shovel Page

I’ve created a Page that provides a table of contents for all the Muscle & Shovel posts, to make it convenient to read, or refer friends to, this material. A link to the Page will remain available at top of … Continue reading

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Muscle & Shovel”: In Conclusion

We are considering Michael Shank’s book Muscle and a Shovel. And we are at the end (unless I change my mind). What’s Missing? Shank’s theology has several flaws. 1. It greatly de-emphasizes Jesus in order to emphasize baptism. You can’t … Continue reading

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Muscle & Shovel”: Chapters 39 – 40 (Faith in the Plan and the Bible; Wrap Up)

We are considering Michael Shank’s book Muscle and a Shovel. Faith = the Plan of Salvation? Back in chapter 35, Shank writes, The Bible definition of faith is belief, repentance, public confession of belief that Christ is God’s Son and … Continue reading

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