Monthly Archives: July 2013

Thomas Schreiner, Biblical Theologies

Paul, Apostle

In a few weeks I’ll put up a review of Thomas Schreiner’sPaul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology.

Schreiner is a pastor/scholar who’s purpose in this book is to look at the center of Paul’s theology. What is the center of Paul’s letters? What is His sole purpose in writing to believers about the difficult situations they experience? It isn’t to teach them the details about justification, or righteousness, evangelism, or even the gospel. It’s to point to God’s glory. The goal of all history is to see the King in His beauty.

Now I agree: hearing about a book on Pauline Theology doesn’t really get one’s adrenaline pumping. Reading about righteousness, justification, sin, suffering, the church……been there, heard that. Could anything be more boring?

Well, surprisingly, this book isn’t as boring as it might sound. In fact, I really enjoy it. Schreiner knows his stuff. Schreiner shows what is most important in Paul’s thinking by looking at the connections in the themes of Paul’s epistles. The passion of Paul’s life, the foundation of his vision, and the animating motive of his mission was the supremacy of God in and through the Lord Jesus Christ. He weaves Paul’s themes through his scriptures so well, it’s a (very small) wonder I haven’t seen the connections before. He makes it look easy. I’ll review this book soon.

TKIHB

In the meantime, Schreiner’s newest book title is based on Isaiah 33:17, “Your eyes will see the King in His beauty; they will see the land that is very far off.”  The King in His Beauty traces the storyline of the scriptures from the standpoint of biblical theology. Schreiner examines the overarching, metanarrative that is found throughout the Bible.

Three themes are emphasized in the biblical narrative:

  1. God as Lord.
  2. Human beings as those who are made in God’s image.
  3. The land in which God’s rule is exercised.

The goal of God’s kingdom is to see the King in His beauty and to be enraptured in his glory.

In the links you can find the Table of Contents and a PDF sample. At 736 pages, this whole Bible theology isn’t even a drop in the bucket, but it sure does help to see the themes and connections interwoven in the 66 books.

Lagniappe

2 Articles on TKiHB

Book Links

Publishers

Amazon

3 Comments

Filed under Preview

The World of the New Testament

world-of-the-new-testament

There’s a new book coming out by Baker Academic called the World of the New Testament: The Cultural, Social, and Historical Contexts. It’s written to introduce the Jewish + Hellenistic + Roman backgrounds necessary for understanding the New Testament + the early church. Contributors include scholars such as Lynn H. Cohick, David A. deSilva*, James D. G. Dunn, and Ben Witherington III*.

Features

  • Historically accurate photographs and maps
  • Tables and charts
  • Introduction to Jewish, Hellenistic, and Roman history
  • A ton of pages, chapters, and loads of information to help make the text clearer. 

Excerpt

An excerpt I found from Baker Book House Church Connection’s blog on an essay by Lynn Cohick called “Women, Children, and Families in the Greco-Roman World”:
Paragraph 1: Details about the ease of illness in families, mothers, and especially children
Paragraph 2: Why it’s important to us

  • “Parents in the ancient world eagerly anticipated and were greatly anxious about the birth of their child. . . . The birth itself was fraught with danger for the mother and infant. . . . About 30-35 percent of all newborns did not survive their first month, and 50 percent of children died by the age of ten. . . . Young children’s diets were often lacking in nutrition, especially protein and vitamins A and D, contributing to the high death rate among children less than five years of age. (184-85)

    Why is this important to know? Here’s part of her conclusion:

    “Elizabeth (John the Baptist’s mother) and Mary the mother of Jesus likely faced their pregnancy and labor with some trepidation, knowing the dangers involved. . . . Statistics show that life was precarious, and Jesus’ healing of Jairus’s son (Luke 7:11-17) links his story to that fact. Notice that the parents welcome with great joy their restored children.” (186)

So the point of this book is for us to see why studying the context of the NT culture is be important. Just in the example of families and children, when Jesus taught outside and in homes, children would be present. Why was Jesus always healing children? Because children were always sick, and, if nothing else, the family found great joy in their children.

Context shows us what various practices meant back then (ex: baptism). 
Context shows us why letters were written (ex: to whom and why was the Gospel of John written?).
Context shows us how a topic  fits into the letter (ex: How does Romans 9-11 fit with the rest of the book?). 

I very much look forward to reading this book (if I ever get the chance). It like it will be a very good read.

Lagniappe

  • Hardcover: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic (August 15, 2013)
  • Authors: Joel B. Green and Lee Marin McDonald
  • Amazon: The World of the New Testament

*DeSilva has also written an excellent books on the NT called Honor, Patronage, Kinship, & Purity and An Introduction to the New Testament (which I have read a good portion of at CCBCY). He’s very good at knowing and successfully explaining the historical context of the NT and it’s letters.

*Ben Witherington III has quite a few Socio-Rhetorical Commentaries of the NT letters. It’s roughly the same idea as DeSilva, just in his own unique way. Why does the letter say what it says? What is the current situation? Does the dating of a letter really matter to us today?

I’ve added the Table of Contents if you’re curious to know what’s in this book.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. New Testament Chronology

Part 1: Setting the Context: Exile and the Jewish Heritage

  • 3. Exile
  • 4. The Hasmoneans and the Hasmonean Era
  • 5. The Herodian Dynasty
  • 6. Monotheism
  • 7. The Scriptures and Scriptural Interpretation

Part 2: Setting the Context: Roman Hellenism

  • 8. Greek Religion
  • 9. The Imperial Cult
  • 10. Greco-Roman Philosophical Schools
  • 11. Civic and Voluntary Associations in the Greco-Roman World
  • 12. Economics, Taxes, and Tithes
  • 13. Slaves and Slavery in the Roman World
  • 14. Women, Children, and Families in the Roman World
  • 15. Education in the Greco-Roman World

Part 3: The Jewish People in the Context of Roman Hellenism

  • 16. Temple and Priesthood
  • 17. Jews and Samaritans
  • 18. Pharisees, Sadducees, and Essenes
  • 19. The Dead Sea Scrolls
  • 20. Prophetic Movements and Zealots
  • 21. Apocalypticism
  • 22. Synagogue and Sanhedrin
  • 23. Jews in the Diaspora
  • 24. Noncanonical Jewish Writings
  • 25. Jewish Identity, Beliefs, and Practices
  • 26. Jewish Education
  • 27. Healing and Health Care

Part 4: The Literary Context of Early Christianity

  • 28. Reading, Writing, and Manuscripts
  • 29. Pseudonymous Writings and the New Testament
  • 30. Literary Forms in the New Testament
  • 31. Homer and the New Testament
  • 32. Josephus and the New Testament
  • 33. Philo and the New Testament
  • 34. Rabbinic Literature and the New Testament
  • 35. Other Early Christian Writings

Part 5: The Geographical Context of the New Testament

  • 36. Jesus Research and Archeology
  • 37. Egypt
  • 38. Palestine
  • 39. Syria, Cilicia, and Cyprus
  • 40. The Province and Cities of Asia
  • 41. Galatia
  • 42. Macedonia
  • 43. Achaia
  • 44. Rome and Its Provinces

Additional Resources

  • Money in the New Testament Era
  • Measurements in the New Testament Era
  • Indexes

If you’ve read this far. Bless your heart. This book is big.

Leave a comment

Filed under Preview

Review: Jesus is ____?

Jesus Is ____

You’re probably not going to like me for saying this, but I didn’t want to like this book. I didn’t think I would and I didn’t want to. Why? I’ve only heard one sermon by Judah Smith (from the last Passion conference), and I didn’t like it. I thought it was shallow and boring. He was clever and had some jokes, but that’s all there was too it. And I know I shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover, but every time I see him I think he just looks goofy.

Now you can probably see why you wouldn’t like me.

However, despite all of that, I liked this book more than I thought I would. Really. I’m not real big on books like this one (Christian Atheist, a la Craig Groeschel – which I did read halfway through because it too, wasn’t as bad as I thought…for a while). But eventually both Christian Atheist and this one started to get a little dry. Perhaps it’s because I read this one so quickly (about 3 different days spread over a week and a half).

The idea of the book is discovering out who Jesus is. It’s not an in-depth, scholarly study of the real Jesus. This is not a continuation of the third quest for the historical Jesus. The question asked in this book is Jesus is ______? How would you finish that sentence?”

There are 6 major sections (answers to the main question) in the book:

  • Jesus Is Your Friend
  • Jesus is Grace
  • Jesus is The Point
  • Jesus is Happy
  • Jesus is Here
  • Jesus is Alive

It is written totally in Judah Smith style. Judah intends to point us to a Jesus who is in love with us and wants to be with us just like He was with men and women in the Scriptures. He attempts to help give us the opportunity to drown out the lies that we’ve heard and get down to the basics of who Jesus really is and what He did for us.

So how well does this come across?
Well, it’s iffy.

The Chocolate Milk

  • Judah has a pretty engaging style, and I’m sure that’s why most people like him. He’s clever, he’s funny, and he makes some interactions i the text that aren’t the most obvious to see (he puts us in the shoes of the prodigal son quite nicely). I don’t want you to think that just because I went to Bible college I think I know a lot, but admittedly I was surprised to learn anything in this book. I know it sounds arrogant, (because it is), but like I said, I normally don’t read these kinds of books. I thought it would be all application (which, yes, it pretty much was). Yet, it was still good.
  • I really liked that this book wasn’t too long. The chapters are short. There’s 6 main sections to the book, and in them are 15 chapters, an Intro, and a Conclusion. The book is 200 pages = roughly 13 pages a chapter, and they go pretty quick for the most part.
  • Judah believes the Bible is inspired by God. It is written to all people to show us how God loves all of humanity. The Bible is down-to-earth. It’s for real people facing real issues. I’m just glad to know that he takes the Bible for what it says it is: inspired by the Holy Spirit. Yes, that includes I Chronicles 1-9, 23-29, and even Leviticus (of all books).
  • Judah is real in this book. He tells us of his struggles, his faults, things he wishes he could do but can’t, to things that he wishes he could do more of but isn’t able to. He expresses hurts, pride, and how he’s inadequate for the grace that God gives him.
  • I was actually impressed with how he took the parable of the prodigal son in Chapter 4: Embrace Grace. I haven’t “studied” that parable myself (aside from hearing it in sermons and reading it myself), so things he said (that were right there i the text) just opened my eyes to the difference it had on the people Jesus was talking to. It was simple, but I enjoyed it.
  • He makes a good analogy of how we put ourselves under legalism to try to get better. So we think about our sin all day and how we aren’t going to do it. However, instead, it’s just like looking at a donut and hoping to lose weight. It ain’t gonna happen. If you think about the sin all day, you’re going to eventually give in. But the more you focus on Jesus, the less you will focus on your sin and the more you will want to please Him.
  • He makes a joke about the Smurfs (55) and how in the 80s parents wouldn’t let their kids watch it because it had magic, and wizards, and apparently the Smurfs were little blue demons. Now he doesn’t knock he parents who put those rules on their kids (and neither do I), but I found it funny because I remember growing up hearing that some people thought that. It reminds me of the anti-Pokemon craze some parents had. Not mine. In fact, I may even have Pokemon cards lying around somewhere, and I watched Ren & Stimpy as a kid. I guess “PK’s” are the worst. He uses that to lead into talking about rules and grace with kids which I won’t go into, but I liked what he had to say.
  • Some things he says is almost (if not more so) convicting. He tells a story of a pastor friend asking him if he knew any crackheads, prostitutes, or drug dealers. Smith said, “No.” His friend said the same thing, and that might be just the problem. Some of us don’t know the worst people, while Jesus went to the worst.
    While we don’t need to spend every day in the slums of life, but it should lead us to stop and think about how we treat other people who we see as ‘dirty and dingy.’ They’re still people and God still loves them too. Every one of us are dead in our sins without Jesus Christ (Eph 2). Every one.

The Spoiled Milk

  • Smith uses scripture to support his message, but the pop culture references were a bit much. In fact, the way Judah writes is a bit much. I like jokes and I’m all for humor. I probably joke too much myself. But there were more references, jokes, anecdotes, and stories than even Samson could shake a jawbone at. Smith writes a lot of stories about himself, his family, church, and friends (especially in the second half of the book) to help give a visual picture of his biblical points. But at times I felt he was just getting wordy.
  • “[Jesus] came down to their level because they could never rise to his. He wasn’t out to prove how good he was or how bad they were. He just wanted to offer them hope” (22).

    When reading the whole book you can see Judah talk about the gospel, but then there are time when he just says things like this, and I have to think,
    “Why? Why are you saying this?” Jesus was out to prove how good He was and how bad others were. He’s perfect. No one would follow the Messiah if He wasn’t perfect, or if they thought they could get to God themselves. Everyone needed to see how perfect Jesus was, how filthy they were, and how much He loved them.
    It’s pivotal for the gospel to show us how horrible we are. Because that’s the good news: We’re filthy, yet God still loves us and took the initiative to make a way for us (Eph 2:10). And Jesus wanted to offer us more than just hope. He wanted to offer us abundant life with and in Him. To have a relationship with Him that would one day be perfect and unbroken by sin. I look forward to all of that in my hope. 
  • Chapter 6 (Leaving Worthy World) is only 17 pages, but it seemed to go on and on and on and…off. Smith has a knack for being wordy. I part of the reason is that he spends 4 pages talking about how much he loved getting his yearbook signed, and how there were a lot of people who said he was an inspiration to them. If he would have known that, he would not have been as self-conscious and would have acted differently.He then quotes Luke 3:22 and 1 John 4:17 and tells us that God is just as pleased with us as He is His Son.Yet, through all of that encouragement, still remains the fact that he spent 4 pages talking about getting his yearbook signed. It’s only 4 (or even 3 ½) pages, but just picture most of the book being like this.
  • In running with that idea, Smith writes like he talks. His way of writing is interesting, but it gets old fast fast. To write like you talk (i.e. hipster-ese) makes you sound less mature than what you might be. His style can be engaging, but it can also be so off-and-on that you can’t make a marriage with it. There were times that I didn’t know what was going on, or I didn’t understand an analogy so I had to reread some section to figure out what the point was.
  • In fact, sometimes his analogies are pretty good (sin and the donut mentioned above), but other times they don’t quite make sense:

He contrasts and parallels Disneyland (a cool place)
….. with Worthy World (a money-sucker – nonbeliever’s life)
….. which he then contrasts with Grace Land (God’s grace).
Yet people don’t want to go to Grace Land because of pride.
(P.S. We don’t have to pay anything nor do we deserve it to be free because of what Jesus did for us).

    Now, the analogy works, but it’s hard. There’s just enough going on that it makes sense while at the same time not making sense. Makes sense?
  • While there were times I felt his analogies didn’t make much sense, there were other times where they just didn’t make any sense. In Chapter 11 (The One You Love), Judah starts off with a 3 page story on Love Languages, Freudian Slips, and putting his foot in his mouth to show what was really in his heart in a certain instance with his wife. He connects it with Martha showing what was in her heart when she was talking with Jesus after Lazarus had died. I can see the connection, but I had to read the Martha-Jesus discourse a few times to figure out where/what the connection even was. Even now I still think, “Couldn’t he have used a better story?”
  • In Chapter 14 (where I started to wonder why the rest of the book was even here, except for Ch. 16), Smith says some of us need to “discover a sense of humor” because I guess he knows not every one will enjoy his Zombie Jesus humor.
    Quote one: Jesus is “…the ultimate zombie. He was killed, then he came back from the dead, and now he’s coming for you.”
    Quote two: “‘Really?’ Jesus must have thought. ‘I come back from the dead and my friends don’t even recognize me. Lame.'”

    Maybe some will think it’s cool insight, but it’s annoying in the midst of the zombie “hype” that many people seem to be into. Even worse, it’s annoying when you try to tell Sunday School kids about Jesus’ resurrection and they immediately jump on the “Zombie” bandwagon and start talking about “Zombie Jesus.” Jesus isn’t walking around in a rotting body trying to eat people, and He knew His disciples would flee at his death. I doubt Jesus walked around saying, “Lame.”

Recommended?

Yes, actually.

For the most part, aside from the way he wrote, I liked this book. I read a few Amazon reviews, but reading in context, their negative comments didn’t make much sense. Some thought Judah was too high on God’s grace and not enough on works (to show your faith). While I agree to a point, he never tells us to live how we want. He tells us to live in a way that pleases God.

Who is this book for?

  1. This is a book for anyone dealing with legalism or earning their salvation.
    • The main emphasis is on God’s grace. Judah emphasizes God’s grace and ultimately resting in Jesus. While he didn’t fully answer his main question “Who is Jesus?”, it makes sense. How could anyone fully answer that question (especially in a 200 page book)?
  2. New Christians.
  3. Long-time(-ish) Christians.
  4. Youth group/high school age.

Who is this not for?

  1. Scholars (what is good enough for them?)
  2. Those who want more on what a text says over applicational anecdotes.
  3. Older Christians.

I approve. I wouldn’t pay much for it, but I approve.

Buy:

Lagniappe

3 Comments

Filed under Review

Chandler and Currid

I just received Matt Chandler’s new book To Live Is Christ along with John Currid’s Against the Gods on Kindle from Netgalley. Both are for review one month before their release date so expect their reviews in a few weeks on here.

Check out what is said about Chandler’s To Live Is Christ:

  • “Using Paul’s radical letter to the Philippians as his road map, Matt Chandler forsakes the trendy to invite readers into authentic Christian maturity. The short book of Philippians is one of the most quoted in the Bible, yet Paul wrote it not for the popular sound bites, but to paint a picture of a mature Christian faith. While many give their lives to Jesus, few then go on to live a life of truly vibrant faith.”
  • “In this disruptively inspiring book, Chandler offers tangible ways to develop a faith of pursuing, chasing, knowing, and loving Jesus. Because if we clean up our lives but don’t get Jesus, we’ve lost! So let the goal be Him. To live is Christ, to die is gain—this is the message of the letter. Therefore, our lives should be lived to Him, through Him, for Him, with Him, about Him—everything should be about Jesus.”

And Currid’s Against the Gods:

  • Did the Old Testament writers borrow ideas from their pagan neighbors? And if they did, was it done uncritically? A respected Old Testament scholar and archaeologist engages with this controversial question by carefully comparing the biblical text to other ancient Near Eastern documents. Well-researched and thoughtfully nuanced, Currid aims to outline the precise relationship between the biblical worldview and that of Israel’s neighbors.

Read more about Against the Gods in my previous post here: Delicious

  • I’ve been looking forward to Currid’s book because it wasn’t until I was in college that I had ever heard of multiple Flood stories. My history teacher proposed the idea that Moses had stolen the idea from other cultures and put it into the Bible, therefore disproving the authenticity and truthfulness of the Bible. I didn’t believe him, but I was interested that there were other stories (i.e. the Epic of Gilgamesh with the flood hero Utnapishtim).

In the mean time, also be looking for my review of Judah Smith’s book Jesus Is ____. It should be up within a few days.

Lagniappe

Leave a comment

Filed under Preview

Review: A Commentary on Commentaries?

Commentary on Commentaries

We have so many commentaries on the Bible, books of the Bible, and sections and themes of the Bible. Do we really need another commentary?

Yes.

The more theologians study a book, it’s cultural background, and the information in relation to other books of the Bible and ancient sources, the more commentaries will abound.

So why this book?
Because there are a ton of commentaries! One can’t buy every single one. We don’t have the money nor the time to do so.

Instead, John F. Evans has done it for us in A Guide to Biblical Commentaries & Reference Works. For the past 20+ years (since I was born in 1989), he’s been compiling information on other commentaries for this Reference Guide. This isn’t the first edition he’s written. There have actually been 9 editions so far, and it is written with the student, the pastor, and the scholar in mind.

The Chocolate Milk

He starts off the book by giving the reader “Two Warnings for Orientation” and about how commentaries are not to be used as a crutch. No matter how many commentaries you do read, nor how many you want to read, they do not replace your own personal Bible study efforts. All commentators have their own background of ideas and beliefs (conservative, liberal, and all in between). None of them will be 100% right, even if you combined them all. You need to use and be able to use your own mind in studying the Bible.

Then he gives a few pages for “Book Format,” “Evaluating Commentaries,” “Background Reading,” etc. After the short intro Evans gets into the good stuff.

He goes book by book giving a list of his top commentaries and why they are good. After his highlights, he gives a successive list of other commentaries on what’s good, decent, or is just a plain waste. And it’s amazing the vast amounts of detail he gives overall. Where someone finds this kind of time for a quality reference book like this is beyond me.
He gives information about:

  1. All 66 books,
  2. 9 different topical studies (The Minor Prophets, Apocalyptic Literature, Jesus and His Parables, etc) 
  3. Bargains for a Bare-Bones Library
  4. Ideal Basic Library for the Pastor
  5. The Ultimate Reference Library

There’s a link to a PDF on the bottom of the page to view a sample of the book.

Evans doesn’t simply give information. Practically speaking, he often includes whether a commentary is more useful for the student, the pastor, or the scholar. He notes if a commentary is so large and dense that the average pastor may find little value for weekly his preparation, but a student or scholar will find the book of great value. This is also a wonderful help because no commentary is the same. Some have much more applicational value (NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]) while others are much more detailed (New International Greek Testament Commentary [NIGTC]).

This man has both pastoral and academic interests, and is very considerate of his audience.

The Spoiled Milk

This is a superbly, up-to-date reference book. But sometimes Evans talks more about the commentator than about the commentary itself. Though often when he does speak on the commentator, one can see the commentator’s perspective and know if they would find the commentary useful of not.

Recommended?

If you are a pastor or a student who is of the kind which uses commentaries, this book will save you time and money. Although since you’ll know which commentaries are the ‘good’ ones, you may end up spending more money buying them all. Regardless, this ought to be added to your library.

There are two single Testament commentaries out now. One is authored by Tremper Longman (Old Testament Commentary Survey), the other by D. A. Carson (New Testament Commentary Survey), but Evans gives more detail in his whole Bible guide.

Lagniappe

  • Paperback: 394 pages
  • Publisher: Doulos Resources; 9th edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Amazon
  • PDF: Includes Introduction, Index, and three samples (the Pentateuch, Genesis, and Matthew). This will give you a good taste of the book as a whole.
  • An additional website that is very helpful in finding good commentaries: Best Commentaries

Leave a comment

Filed under Review

Four Views

4 Views; Works at Final Judgment

ZondervanPublishers has a great series of books called Four Views (ranging from three to five views about a certain topic in the Bible). Each Four Views book includes four different theologians who state their claim on what they believe the Bible says about the topic at hand. Zondervan just came out with a new book titled Four Views on the Role of Works at the Final Judgment, which is a look at the doctrine of how works comes into play with salvation. Are we saved merely by faith alone? Are we saved by our works too? What about eternal rewards? Is works just a sign of God’s work in our lives as new creations?

The Four Views and their Respected Authors are:
Robert N. Wilkin
:
Works will determine rewards but not salvation:
At the Judgment Seat of Christ each believer will be judged by Christ who will determine the one’s eternal rewards, but he remains eternally secure even if the judgment reveals he failed to persevere in good works (or in faith).

Thomas R. Schreiner:
Works will provide evidence that one actually has been saved:
At the final judgment works provide the necessary condition, though not the ground for final salvation, in that they provide evidence as to whether one has actually trusted in Jesus Christ.

James D. G. Dunn:
Works will provide the criterion by which Christ will determine eternal destiny of his people:
Since Paul, Jesus, and the New Testament writers hold together ‘justification by faith and not by works’ with ‘judgment according to works’, we should not fall into the trap of playing one off against the other or blend them in a way that diminishes the force of each.

Michael P. Barber:
Works will merit eternal life:
At the final judgment, good works will be rewarded with eternal salvation. However, these good works will be meritorious not apart from Christ but precisely because of the union of the believer with him.

————————————————————————————————————————–
I agree with Wilkin and Schreiner, though at this present moment I’m wanting to look into the idea of eternal rewards. It’s not that I don’t believe it, It’s just something I want to study more of. And given that I’d like to teach 2 Corinthians one day, and the idea of eternal rewards [possibly] crops up in the letter, it looks as if I’ll be studying it pretty soon.

I read part of the Hell book for my theology class. I read the Conditional [Annihilational] view and wrote a paper against it. The books are a good way to grasp other beliefs about for and against the doctrines we hold. You will become more familiar with the other sides of the argument so that at least you won’t be surprised when you hear someone bring it up. Reading the Conditional view (and writing a paper against it) helped me to formulate what I thought about the doctrine of hell.

Check out the Amazon reviews too. These books can be pretty cheap!

2 Views on Amazon:

3 Views on Amazon:

4 Views on Amazon:

5 Views on Amazon

6 Views on Amazon

Leave a comment

Filed under Preview

Spoiled Milk Blog

If you’re thinking this is the Spoiled Milk Blog, you’re correct.
Only now it’s not Spoiled Milk Blog.
It’s Spoiledmilks.
I did this because I like the name better, it’s a little simpler, and I doubt there have been enough people on this page to be disappointed with the name change.

Now with the rest of the summer is ahead of me, I plan to be on here more.

Rob Bell

As of late I’d like to review some of Rob Bell’s books. You might originally know him from his NOOMA films which were from the early 2000s (2001-2009). Or you might know him from many of his some-what controversial books like Velvet Elvis and Sex God to his much-what controversial turnover Love Wins. I’ve seen an Amazon reviewer liken Love Wins to C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce (interesting connection, I must say). I have yet to read the book, but I’m interested.

Bell even has a new book out called What We Talk About When We Talk About God. The reason why I’m interested is not only founded on his books being controversial, but because I want to know why they are controversial. What do I think about it? I can read all the reviews about it that I want, but I won’t know what it says until I read the real thing.

If anyone has any of these books I would love to read them.
Maybe they’ll even show up on here.

Leave a comment

Filed under Personal