April 22, 2013

RISEN “‘Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here, but has risen.'” Luke 24:5, NRSV

“If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have died in Christ have perished. If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” 1 Corinthians 15:17-19, NRSV

Steven D. Matthewson is the senior pastor of the Evangelical Free Church of Libertyville, Illinois. he also teaches the doctor of ministry program at Denver Seminary and is an adjunct faculty member at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the Moody Bible Institute. he wrote the award winning The Art of Preaching Old Testament Narrative and his latest book is RISEN: 50 Reasons Why The Resurrection Changed Everything.

RISEN is extremely well written and firmly grounded in the Bible. each chapter/”reason” is a wonderful reflection and exploration of Scripture.

it is essential reading for Christians. it’s a wonderful resource for an Easter season sermon series; it includes a wonderful eight week Bible study guide with discussion questions for small groups; and it’s a marvelous book to read in private devotions alongside the Bible.

“Christ is risen! He is risen indeed!”

“Book has been provided courtesy BakerBooks and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available from your favourite bookseller from BakerBooks, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”


War and Christian Ethics

April 22, 2013

War and Christian Ethics edited by Arthur F. Holmes, this second edition of War and Christian Ethics: Classic and Contemporary Readings on the Morality of War is full of wonderful theological, Biblical, and philosophical insight into war.

it’s a large and difficult topic to talk about. the questions raised during such a conversation are many, and may include, but are not limited to…

should all Christians be pacifists?

how does a Christian soldier feel about killing in combat?

some people use the phrase “just war.” is there such a thing?

does God favor some nations over other nations?

with writings from Plato, Augustine, Martin Luther, Menno Simons, Rowan Williams, and many others, War and Christian Ethics covers a significant period of time and a diverse range of points of view. it’s a wonderful book for exploring philosophy and Christian thought exploring the topic of war.

“Book has been provided courtesy of BakerAcademic and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from BakerAcademic, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

NCAA Final Four 2013

April 6, 2013