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In Search of the Common Good by Jake Meador

What does it mean to have a community? What does one do when it becomes clear that one needs community and isn't sure where to start? Jake Meador gets into those questions and related ones in his book In Search of the Common Good. It's an interesting mix of memoir about living in a small …

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Jesus the Hero by Leland Ryken

Some people are afraid of the idea of studying the Bible as literature. Admittedly, you can use the idea to view the Bible as just a human book, not divine revelation. However it's also important to understand the Bible does use literary techniques and cover various genres. Understanding those genres and their techniques allows you …

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The Mission of the Body of Christ by Russ Ramsey

I have an odd relationship with the book of Acts. I was initially exposed to Acts in a fourth-grade Sunday School class. The teacher in charge of the class liked to show a 3-hour movie made in the 80's which told the story verbatim from the NIV translation. There were a few occasions where the …

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Review: Four Portraits, One Jesus by Mark L. Strauss

If you're like me, you've probably wondered a few times why there are four separate accounts of Jesus' life in the Bible. What do they each do differently? How are they similar? Why not just create a combined Gospel that covers all the material in one place? What about the so-called later Gospels that Gnostics …

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Twice A Slave by Sammy Tippit and Randy Willis

I stated my book reviewing career in an interesting way. I received a book to review after doing a course at Taylor University in 2014. The review was supposed to be published in a Christian library magazine, which unfortunately went out of print. Two years later I was a full-time student at Taylor and the …

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