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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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Good Knight Tales by C.S. Fritz

Although I'm past the age where most people read children's picture books, I enjoy picking one up occasionally. I find the best ones have something in them that adults need to remember. Sometimes they remind me not to be so concerned about being in control and looking dignified. Sometimes they simply present things in a …

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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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Review: Transcendental Style in Film by Paul Schrader

Can a movie really capture what it feels like to have a spiritual encounter? Plenty of movies have certainly tried (Biblical epics and so forth), but have they ever really worked? One writer who's done some seminal work on this subject is film critic and filmmaker Paul Schrader. In the 1970s, Schrader wrote Transcendental Style in …

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