Review: The End of White Christian America

The End of White Christian America by Robert P. Jones is a difficult book to summarize briefly. It’s essentially a history book and it has a ton of research data. I’m not much for formal reviews anymore. I did that during seminary, and I’m glad those days are over. But here are a few thoughts. This book is from 2016, and it was released before President Trump was elected. It’s a book about, well, white Christians in America. What is “White Christian America”? The author uses the term to describe the domain (think realm or even kingdom) of white Protestants in … Continue reading Review: The End of White Christian America

Another New Bible Edition from Crossway

Men, what you need most is Christ. And to get Christ, you must let his word saturate your mind and heart. To help in this endeavor, you might quickly turn to pithy devotional books that give you a sentence or two of Scripture and four paragraphs of someone’s thoughts. I get it. You are busy. Wife. Family. Job. Kids. Gym. Fantasy Football. So, five minutes of spiritual time and you’ve hit your quota. Unfortunately, squeezing in devotional time will not bring about the spiritual formation you want to see. The Bible’s words must race through your veins and be fresh water to your parched … Continue reading Another New Bible Edition from Crossway

Review: ESV Journaling Bible

I love the English Standard Version Bible. In my personal reading and study and in my preaching and other ministry, this is the primary version I use. I’m thankful to God for such a literal yet readable translation. So I was happy to receive a free copy of the ESV Journaling Bible published by Crossway to review. I’m not reviewing the text of Scripture, here, but let me offer some brief thoughts on why the ESV is a worthy translation. It’s not a perfect translation. You should consult other trusted translations (e.g. NIV, NASB, HCSB). We are spoiled with how many good translations we … Continue reading Review: ESV Journaling Bible

Review: The Message 100

Just a few years ago, I was not a fan of The Message, Eugene Peterson’s translation of the Bible. I could never put my finger on it. Perhaps I found its vocabulary a bit too colorful. Perhaps I thought one man surely couldn’t “write the Bible.” I’m not sure. I just knew I didn’t like it. But then I met Eugene Peterson. I didn’t meet him in person. I met him watching an old pastor share stories in YouTube interviews. I met him at the gym on my iPod in seminary guest lectures. I met him on vacations and on cold, dark mornings in books on pastoral … Continue reading Review: The Message 100

Review: Women of the Word

My wife Carly was kind enough to read and review a recent release from Crossway by Jen Wilkin, a Bible teacher and author from Dallas. Here are her brief thoughts on the book (and I can speak for her: she gives it five stars!). Jen Wilkin. Women of the Word: How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2014. $9.94 (Amazon). Jen Wilkin is an author and Bible teacher who attends the Dallas mega-church The Village. In this new book intended to help women in their study of Scripture, Jen reveals her own struggle with being … Continue reading Review: Women of the Word

Review: Can I Really Trust the Bible?

Barry Cooper. Can I really trust the Bible? And other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks. UK: The GoodBook Company, 2014. $7.01 (Amazon). 81 pages. Christian or not, perhaps you have even asked it yourself. “Can I really trust this old book?” The Bible is the most loved and hated and read and critiqued book in the history of the world. It makes some drastic–almost unbelievable–claims. If nothing else, it’s worth reading just to know those claims. But sooner or later, we are confronted with that nagging question. Barry Cooper, an author and speaker from London, has written a short … Continue reading Review: Can I Really Trust the Bible?