Book Review: The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright (New York: Harper One, 1999. 306 pp) Marcus Borg was a New Testament scholar, theologian, and author. Borg was a fellow of the Jesus Seminar and a major figure in historical Jesus scholarship. Borg attended Concordia College as an undergraduate. He studied at Union Seminary before matriculating at Mansfield College, Oxford, earning an M.Th. and D.Phil. He retired as Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and died in 2015. N.T. Wright is a leading New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired bishop. He earned his B.A. from Exeter College and his D.D. from University of Oxford. After retiring as the Bishop of… Read More →

Book Review: The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ

The Gospel According to Jesus Christ by José Saramago; translated by Giovanni Pontiero (Orlando: Harcourt, Inc., 1991. 396 pp) José Saramago was a Nobel Prize-winning author from Portugal. He passed away at the age of 87 on June 18, 2010. Although Saramago did not receive widespread recognition until he was 60 years old, he has been highly prolific in the years since. Blindness, one of Saramago’s most highly regarded books was made into a major motion picture in 2008. He is survived by his wife Pilar Del Rio and a daughter from a previous marriage. Giovanni Pontiero was a British scholar and Portuguese translator. He studied at the University of Glasgow. He taught at Victoria University of Manchester and died… Read More →

Book Review: Surprised by Hope

Surprised by Hope by N. T. Wright

Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church by N. T. Wright (New York: HarperOne, 2008.  352 pp) N.T. Wright studied at Sedbergh School and Exeter College before being ordained as a Junior Research Fellow at Merton College. Wright taught at Cambridge, McGill, and Oxford University before becoming the Bishop of Durham. Recently, he took a position as a Chair in New Testament and Early Christianity at the University of St. Andrews. Heaven, Are You Really Waiting Outside the Door? When I was young, heaven scared me silly. If pressed, I’d certainly contend that I wanted to be there instead of the standard Christian alternatives. To put it bluntly, the thought of spending eternity in… Read More →

Film Review: Man of Steel

Man of Steel written by David S. Goyer and directed by Zack Snyder (Warner Bros., Legendary Pictures, Syncopy, PG-13, 143 minutes) Starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, and Michael Shannon. Messianic Mirroring Superman has been around for what seems like forever. Since his original incarnation in DC comics in 1938, the franchise has spawned a television show (Smallville), and five earlier films including Superman I-IV, and the less popular and more recent Superman Returns. The character of Superman has been popular for some time. Numerous adults my age have had that conversation, “who is better, Superman or Batman?” and I always got the loosing argument when I chose Superman. Probably because of his flamboyantly colored tights. That didn’t stop me, however, from wearing a superman cape every second I could as… Read More →

Book Review: How People Change

How People Change by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp (Greensboro: New Growth Press, 2006. 255 pp) Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp are counselors and faculty members at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation in Glendale, Pa. and lecturers in practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Give It 50 Pages Nancy Pearl isn’t the only one with this argument, but I heard it from her first so she’s getting credit. Statistically speaking, there are more books in the world than any one person could ever read in a lifetime. Your reading time is sacred and finite. Pearl, thus, urges her followers to avoid reading books they find unrewarding. Give a book 50 pages; if it doesn’t grip… Read More →