Faith and Reason by Henri Blocher

“At only a little over 100 pages, I imagine this is just right for what many people may want to ponder the dilemma that divides faith and reason. I think everyone would be helped by interacting with what is said here, so I recommend this volume warmly.”

Jimmy Reagan’s review of Faith and Reason is worth the read. Check it out below.

The Reagan Review

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Henri Blocher is a respected theologian who delivers here what he calls “a primer on apologetics”. Though I would disagree with him on a few points, he gives much wonderful fodder for the tension between faith and reason. His style reminds me in some degree of C. S. Lewis. He has a knack for making some deep concepts understandable. This is my first encounter with Mr. Blocher, but rank him as a voice worth considering in the area of practical apologetics.

Chapter 1 is something of a historical survey that describes where we’ve come from and where we are today. He makes clear how reason has become in conflict with Scripture. He even explains that many of us feel fatigue because we are required to use reason every day. In chapter 2 he exposes rationalism to the light of Scripture. That entails explaining what rationalism is and how its use…

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Review: Keep up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day (Hendrickson)

“They’re hardback with a sort of squishy, leatherish cover that feels nice to hold, and allows a firm grip so you can use them while skydiving, etc.”

Glad to read that William Ross is exploring all the potential in our Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language books. Read his review in its entirety below.

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I have not done a book review on the blog for a while. But a great opportunity came along for a great resource, so here we are.

Just about a month ago Hendrickson Publishers released a new series of volumes produced by Jonathan Kline entitled Keep Up Your Biblical Languages in Two Minutes a Day. You are probably familiar with this publisher even if it’s not a name you immediately recognize. They are perhaps best known for their primary texts, which they produce in cooperation with Deutsche Bibelgesellschaft. For example, they recently produced two high-quality reader’s editions for the OT and NT. They’ve also just printed a very nicely-bound The Complete Hebrew-Greek Bible, which pairs Leningrad with Westcott-Hort for OT and NT texts.

But now, for the books of interest for this post.

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Review: Creation and New Creation

“I realized afresh that as one human with a very puny brain, I am in the presence of things too wonderful for me, and yet to wrestle with such things, to listen to the conversation of others, is to think great thoughts of God, to stand in wonder afresh of God’s creative work, and to marvel that such a God would set his love and include in his purposes the likes of me! That is the value of reading good works of theology. That is what I found here.”

Check out this review of Creation and New Creation!

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Creation and New Creation, Sean M. McDonough. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.

Summary: A work on the doctrine of creation with particular attention to the connection between the creation and the new creation in Christ, but also focusing on other aspects of creation including issues of time, space, Platonic ideas and their influence on the doctrine, in each case tracing relevant scripture, and the theological contributions of theologians from the fathers to the present day.

“Creation” over the past couple centuries has been treated more as a point of contention than as one of the significant doctrines of the church, explored for what it may reveal about God and God’s relation to his world, and humanity, our relationship to the rest of creation and why it, and we, exist. Yet, in recent years, theologians have been writing more and more about the connections between creation and the new creation…

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The Reason to Smile at Christmas—Musings on Luther, Barth, Foyle, and Longfellow

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father,) full of grace and truth. By “flesh” we understand the whole man, body and soul, according to the Scriptures, which call man “flesh,” as above, when it … Continue reading The Reason to Smile at Christmas—Musings on Luther, Barth, Foyle, and Longfellow


The Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language Series: A Bridge between Learning Vocabulary and Reading the Bible

by Tirzah Frank, Assistant Editor Losing My Biblical Greek I started taking Biblical Greek in high school, so by the time I graduated from college, I was pretty good at it. Even when I wasn’t taking Greek classes, my former Greek tutor and I met every few weeks to have tea and sight read the … Continue reading The Two Minutes a Day Biblical Language Series: A Bridge between Learning Vocabulary and Reading the Bible


Review: Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day by Luther

As Advent is just around the corner, check out this review of Martin Luther’s Sermons for Advent and Christmas Day!

The Reagan Review

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We’ve all heard so much about Martin Luther. I’ve even read his biography entitled “Here I Stand” by Bainton, also published by Hendrickson Publishers, and enjoyed it. What I had not done, however, is read any of his sermons. I’m glad to possess this book so I can get a feel of Luther for myself. Plus sermons for the Christmas season are always a blessing for sermon ideas or devotional reading.

The book begins with a fine preface that gives a biographic overview of Luther. It’s extremely serviceable if you need to brush up on Luther before you get started reading the sermons. From there the sermons are designed to correspond with the first, second, third, and fourth Sunday of Advent followed by two sermons specifically for Christmas Day.

In the first sermon Luther takes us to Matthew 21:1-9 and the Triumphal Entry of Christ. The goal, I…

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Review: The World’s Oldest Alphabet

Read John Kight’s review of Carta Jerusalem’s book The World’s Oldest Alphabet!

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34154998Douglas Petrovich has a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, with a major in Syro-Palestinian archaeology, and minors in both ancient Egyptian language and ancient Near Eastern religions. Petrovich is the former academic dean and professor at Novosibirsk Biblical-Theological Seminary and currently teaches Ancient Egypt at Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the author of numerous academic, peer-reviewed articles and the groundbreaking new book The World’s Oldest Alphabet: Hebrew as the Language of the Proto-consonantal Script (Carta Jerusalem, 2016).

The World’s Oldest Alphabet is divided into four sections: (1) background matters to the proto-consonantal inscriptions, (2) the inscriptions of the period of Egypt’s Middle Kingdom, (3) the inscriptions of the period of Egypt’s New Kingdom, and (4) concluding thoughts. Most readers will do well to spend time in the initial section of the book. Petrovich does a phenomenal job introducing the issues and methodology of the book, including the placement of…

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Review: Reinhold Niebuhr (Makers of the Modern Theological Mind)

Bob Trube’s review of Reinhold Niebuhr, one of the final books in the Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series!

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Reinhold Niebuhr (Makers of the Modern Theological Mind)Bob E. Patterson. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017 (originally published in 1977).

Summary: An introduction to the life and theological contribution of this mid-twentieth century theologian, known for re-introducing a conversation about sin into liberal theological circles.

Reinhold Niebuhr was one of a group of “neo-orthodox” and more liberal theologians who dominated the theological landscape of the mid-twentieth century, along with Karl Barth, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Paul Tillich, and Rudolf Bultmann. Niebuhr’s distinction was that he was the one American in the group (Tillich emigrated to the U.S. during World War II). He may have been the most influential American-born theologian since Jonathan Edwards. His “Christian realism” informed the thinking of architect of Cold War era policy George Kennan and civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., and he was a favorite theologian of both Jimmy Carter and Barack Obama.

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Review: The Twice-Told Tale

John Kight on one of Carta Jerusalem’s newest releases: The Twice-Told Tale!

The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bible by Abba Bendavid is an excellent and trustworthy resource.”

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34640459The Twice-Told Tale: Parallels in the Bibleis an English rendition of Abba Bendavid’s infamous work Parallels in the Bible—a collation of parallel accounts from the Hebrew Bible. Bendavid is an accomplished Hebraist and respected linguist, and author of Biblical Hebrew and Mishnaic Hebrew (Tel Aviv, 1967).

The Twice-Told Tale begins with an introduction by Mordechai Cogan. Cogan is professor emeritus of Biblical History at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem and author of numerous books, including The Raging Torrent: Historical Inscriptions from Assyria and Babylonia Relating to Ancient Israel (2nd edition; Carta, 2016). Cogan is also the editor to the present volume, and the introduction, though brief, provides a rationale for the choices therein.

There is much to be celebrated about this volume. For starters, it is both comprehensible and exhaustive. The reader is able to easily find the desired text and analyze the various parallels which mark the…

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There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting

That’s right, folks! Today is the day you can get your hands on a copy of Michele Howe’s newest release There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting! Save 33% here on our website.

Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children Without Losing Your Mind

Releasing tomorrow, November 1st, just as we begin to usher in the most wonderful time of the year, I’m so pleased to announce the official release of, There’s a Reason They Call It Grandparenting! My number-one favorite subject to discuss.

Please join me in welcoming this inspirational and highly practical resource to your reading library.

Thank you!!!

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