Recommended Readings: February 21-27

bodleianmanuscriptIf you read one article this week, make it Biblical Manuscripts and Their Commentaries by Daniel Wallace.

If you have more time to read, consider engaging the suggestions below. As always, feel free to suggest any additional places I should be reading on a regular basis. Continue reading

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Recommended Reading: August 30 – September 5

RingsIf you read only one article this week, read Marriage and Mating Rites by Karen Swallow Prior.

If you’ve got time for a bit more reading, check out the suggested reading links below, which I found to be informative, insightful, and challenging while perusing the internet this week.

Theology and Religion

Round Table: Christian Warfare by Conciliar Post

Evangelical Identity and the Clarity of Scripture by Barney Aspray

Evangelical Superstars and Why They Fall by Roger Olson

Prison, Purgatory, and Heaven by Stephen Webb

Hard Questions We Are Not Asking Francis by John L. Allen Jr.

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Does Mark Balance Out Matthew? A Canonical Consideration by Nijay Gupta

Thoughts from Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God… by Jeremy Cushman

Did Jesus Christ Actually Exist? by Ben Cabe

Why so many Christians won’t back down on gay marriage by Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry

The Genre of the Gospels by Phillip Long

Worldviews and Culture

The Conservative Humanist by Bradley J. Birzer

Irresponsible Choices by Thomas Sowell

Jeremiah and the Enlightened Racist by David Mills

Stupid is the New Smart by Daniel Flynn

The Prince Bride Syndrome by Ryan Shinkel

Recommended Reading: August 2-8

New College CloistersBelow are this week’s suggested readings from around the internet. If you think there’s a blog I need to be reading, please let me know in the comments section below. As always, I hope you find these suggestions thought-provoking. Cheers, JP

If You Only Read One Article, Read Advice to Young Scholars by Robert P. George

Theology and Religion

The Idol of Truth by George Aldhizer

Understanding Christian Eschatology by Chris Smith

Being Imago Dei by Jody Byrkett

Tradition and the Individual Theologian by Peter Leithart

Round Table: Christian Unity by Conciliar Post

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Why Church History Matters by Mike Skinner

How Many Books Does the Bible Contain? by Wesley Hill

The Loss of Pastoral Accountability in the Age of the Internet by Alastair Roberts

Textual Variants and Ancient Readers by Larry Hurtado

Worldviews and Culture

When Tragedy Trumps Comedy by Stephen Sutherland

Is Thinking Obsolete? by Thomas Sowell

Whom Would Jesus Shoot? by Mark Tooley

Christians and the Death Penalty by John Turner

Recommended Reading: July 19-25

NunBelow are this week’s recommended blog posts from across the internet. If you think there’s a blog I need to be reading, please let me know in the comments section. As always, I hope you find these suggestions thought-provoking. Cheers, JP

If You Only Read One Article, Read A Line Crossed in the Middle East by Mark Movsesian

Theology and Religion

Apologetics and the Role of Plausibility Structures by Joe Carter

Third Schism by Peter Leithart

What We’re Really Saying by Bart Gingerich

Six Things Not to Say at  Funeral by Chad Bird

Religious Liberty: Special Interest or Constitutional Right? by Bart Gingerich

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

‘Honour the Image of God’: The Incarnation and Early Christian Philanthropy by Gary Ferngren

The Bible’s General Trend and Hell by Scot McKnight

“Kyriocentric” Visions and the Origins of Jesus-Devotion by Larry Hurtado

How Jesus Became God (At a Glance) by Nick Norelli

Saintless Christianity by Fr. Stephen Freeman

Worldviews and Culture

Hard Truths About Class in America by Bruce Frohnen

Millennials, the Church, Society, and the World by Ryan Hunter

Bordering on Madness by Thomas Sowell

The Twilight of Conservatism? by Aaron Taylor

The Many Fabricated Enemies of Feminists by Daniel Payne

Recommended Reading: July 5 – 11

Marriage, RCCBelow are this week’s suggested blog posts from across the internet. As always, I hope you find them interesting and enlightening. Cheers, JP

If You Only Read One Article, Read A Bit of Religion Can Be Bad for Marriage by Charles Stokes, Amber Lapp, and David Lapp

Theology and Religion

The Future of Christians in Post-Christian America by Rod Dreher

The Struggle to be Read by Father Stephen

How Sex is Derailing Lutheran-Orthodox Dialogue by Mathew Block

On Shaping the World with Words by Marina Olson

Atheists: The Origin of Species by Michael Robbins

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Were the Early Christians Communists? by Mike Skinner

The “Evangelicals” Who Are Not Evangelicals by Thomas Kidd

Responses to Adam and Eve as Special Creation by RJS

Exegesis and Hermeneutics: The Bible Interpreter’s Two Main Tasks by Jeremy Bouma

The History of the New Testament (Podcast) by Fr. Chris Metropulos and Eugenia Constantinou

Worldviews and Culture

Our Faith and Our Nation by Mark Tooley

The Right to Be Wrong by Ryan T. Anderson

Round Table: Same-Sex Marriage by Conciliar Post

Is Same-Sex Parenting Better for Kids? The New Australian Study Can’t Tell Us by Mark Regnerus

Media Ignorance is Becoming a Serious Problem by Mollie Hemingway

On Approaching Difficult Bible Passages

Bible DifficultiesNothing can be more frustrating (or worrisome) as reading something in the Bible and a) not understanding what is going on or b) finding some sort of apparent contradiction in the text. Below are some suggestions on how to best to approach and make sense of these difficult passages.

1. Context is key. Before trying to make sense of a passage, it is imperative that you understand its context. This means never reading a single, solitary Bible verse, but always at least a paragraph. Reading in context also means that you should try to understand passages wider literary, theological, and historical contexts as well. Understanding why Paul wrote to the church at Corinth, the everyday situation of Christians living in first century Corinth, and what ancient Corinth looked like can go a long way in making sense of First Corinthians. Continue reading