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Archive for March, 2008

Is Amazon evil?

If you are a POD publisher, you might think so. It seems Amazon is tightening the screws on Print On Demand publishers. And according to some comments, Amazon is eying university presses as well. Could traditional publishers be in their sights? What about us small maverick publishers who are not POD, UP, or traditional?

See quick overview here and longer story with reader comments here.

UPDATE:  James and Halden weigh in on the matter.


Martin Marty on Wright

No not NT, but Jeremiah.

Best NT Introduction?

Since I am teaching a NT survey (Acts-Revelation) beginning in a couple of weeks, I’ve been thinking a lot about my textbook selection. I landed on Achtemeier-Green-Thompson for my students, mostly because of its readability and my allegiance to Fuller profs. I will likely use Brown for lecture prep. (Someone once told me I should find two textbooks for my courses: one to assign to students and one to use for myself.)

What do you think is the best NT introduction on the market? And, why? What makes for a good NT intro?

Gorbachev a Christian

It’s true.


peace by Jesus Christ34 Then Peter began to speak to them: “I truly understand that God shows no partiality, 35 but in every nation anyone who fears him and does what is right is acceptable to him. 36 You know the message he sent to the people of Israel, preaching peace by Jesus Christ—he is Lord of all. 37 That message spread throughout Judea, beginning in Galilee after the baptism that John announced: 38 how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power; how he went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with him. 39 We are witnesses to all that he did both in Judea and in Jerusalem. They put him to death by hanging him on a tree; 40 but God raised him on the third day and allowed him to appear, 41 not to all the people but to us who were chosen by God as witnesses, and who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead. 42 He commanded us to preach to the people and to testify that he is the one ordained by God as judge of the living and the dead. 43 All the prophets testify about him that everyone who believes in him receives forgiveness of sins through his name.” (Acts 10.34-43)

Easter Eve

5Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?these three agree6This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. 7There are three that testify: 8the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. 9If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son.

10Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. 11And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. 12Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5.5-12)

Good Friday

evil conscience16“This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the Lord: I will put my laws in their hearts, and I will write them on their minds,” 17he also adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.19Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10.16-25)