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 2000s. 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 though.

Bell even has a new book out called What We Talk About When We Talk About God. His books are controversial, and I want to know why . 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.

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Against the Gods

Against the Gods: The Polemical Theology of the Old Testament

“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” (Crossway).

Did Moses plagiarize the Flood story from surrounding cultures and put a monotheistic twist on it? Did the surrounding pagan cultures have it correct from the get-go? Moses grew up in Egypt so it would be easy to carry over a few details to create a well-crafted story about the creation of the world to the now-freed people of Israel. Or, more likely, Moses wrote from the perspective of monotheism as a polemic to put down the incorrect notions of the pagan cultures.

In his newest book, Against the Gods, John Currid talks about topics from Creation to the Flood, to Moses’ life in Egypt, to the plagues, and on Yahweh’s supremacy over Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.

I’ve listened to his three 40 minute lectures from iTunesU, and while listening to Ancient near eastern facts might not sound like fun, after I finished the three tracks I was eager for more. Currid speaks on the significance of the plagues (how each one was against either the Pharaoh or a god of Egypt), the importance of the serpent in Egyptian eyes, and what ‘hardening Pharaoh’s heart’ meant for the original readers, to name a few.

If you’ve ever wondered what’s so great about the first 15 chapters of Exodus, then be on the lookout for this book.

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Luke (BECNT) by Darrell Bock

Luke (BECNT) 2-Set Commentary by Darrell Bock

Just received this yesterday! I’ve been waiting to get this for months, and fortunately I was able to get it for my birthday. I can’t wait to go through these. These books are HUGE. The font size was larger than I expected, which is good for seeing, but it makes the book size Incredible.

The author is Darrell Bock who is an evangelical New Testament scholar/research professor of NT studies at Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS). He is well-coursed in Luke/Acts. He is a Progressive Dispensationalist. If you’re wondering what the heck that is (trust me, I understand), one of my teachers (Lindsay Kennedy) at CCBC York has interviewed Bock and will be posting the interview soon. His blog is called Mydigitalseminary.You can be sure that I will be referencing him a lot.

I’m really looking forward to studying Luke. It’s a class I’ve only seen once in my 4 semesters at Bible College, and it’s a very interesting book (all the Gospels are!) to read.

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More on Bock

Bock wrote Breaking the Da Vinci Code: Answers to the Questions Everyone’s Asking, which challenges the historicity of various extra-biblical ideas expressed in Dan Brown’s, ‘The Da Vinci Code’ (most notably the supposed marriage of Jesus to Mary Magdalene).

Bock also wrote The Missing Gospels: Unearthing the Truth Behind Alternative Christianities, which argues for the existence and legitimate office of early Christian proto-orthodoxy (the Early Christian movement which was the forerunner of Christian orthodoxy) over non-canonical gospels and beliefs.

Basically, some believe that ‘proto-Christianity’, becoming prominent by the end of the 3rd century, “stifled its opposition, … claimed that its views had always been the majority position and that its rivals were, and always had been, ‘heretics,’ who willfully ‘chose’ to reject the ‘true belief’” (Bart Ehrman).

In The Missing Gospels, Darrell Bock works to refute that idea. It’s focus and concern is on the later, alternative gospels, their un-authenticity (why we don’t read them like we do the Gospels), and the various so-called ‘Christianities’ during that time.

I haven’t read the two books, but I am interested in them seeing as though many people, upon hearing that there are ‘alternative gospels’ immediately move to discredit the Bible. But one must read what these alternative gospels say before he discredits the Bible.

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Visas

I do not enjoy the visa process. I took my picture at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office, but they never gave me the picture. The lady told me I only have to send in a stamped paper she gave me. Well, I sent it in (along with other applications), and what do I see when I open my email today? A treasure chest of information on how my Visa Application couldn’t be processed until they get my picture.

Now sure, I shouldn’t have realized this before I walked out of the USCIS door, but the picture didn’t even cross my mind. I just assumed they were going to do something with it. No, that would be too easy. Most likely I will have to go over tomorrow to talk to the people in person since they don’t seem to have a phone number/email to contact them with. The phone number they do have goes to the Bus Station.

So I’m just praying that this all gets worked out and that I do, in fact, get to go to England for another semester.

In the Beginning…

If you’re wondering what I’m doing starting a blog about Spoiled Milk, well, it won’t be about spoiled milk. Don’t worry. I don’t have too many stories about that. If you’re wondering what I’m doing starting a blog called Spoiled Milks with posts that have nothing to do with spoiled milk, then you’re in a good place.

I don’t know what I’m thinking either.

I’ve now graduated from Calvary Chapel Bible College, and, now that I’m done, I’m returning to York as an intern. In the last two years I’ve gone from graduating with a Marketing degree to going international and knowing that I want to teach the Bible.

Since then I’ve read a few books, and I want to give you the opportunity to see what some of them are. I’ll put a few ‘odds-n-ends’ posts on here, but I’ll also being posting information on new books that are coming out along with reviewing some books so you can know what good books are out there and what they are about.

Hopefully it’s more entertaining than it sounds. You know how I can be….

Potential Upcoming Reviews

3 books I’d like to review soon are:

  1. Paul, Apostle of God’s Glory in Christ: A Pauline Theology by Tom Schreiner
  2. Jesus Is… by Judah Smith
  3. Delighting in the Trinity by Michael Reeves

Right now those are the only three books I have on the brain. If there are others you would like to know about, you could ask me. I make no promises given my short allotment of time and other books I want to read. But at least it’ll give me an idea of what you like to read.

Here’s to hoping this doesn’t become like my other “spoiled milk” blogs and, well, spoil.