The authors are good men, and they write well.
Last week Desiring God’s blog published a little piece I wrote called “Three Tips for Better Bible Reading.” They’re not the sort of tips you’d expect.
Here are some supplementary thoughts:
- In the article I advocate macro-reading. But this is not mutually exclusive with micro-reading. Both are invaluable. Both macro- and micro-reading should contribute to our hermeneutical spiral. On micro-reading, see especially Tom Schreiner’s “Tracing the Argument,” which revolutionized how I read Paul. I agree with Scott Hafemann that the best part about knowing the biblical languages is tracing the flow of the text’s argument. You can’t do that well at macro-reading speed. Continue Reading…
Andreas J. Köstenberger and Justin Taylor. The Final Days of Jesus: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 42-page PDF sample.
You may especially enjoy working through this book day by day during the Passion week (this year = April 13–20):
When I started reading this book last week, I thought that I would size it up and move on to another book within 10–20 minutes. Didn’t happen. It drew me in, and I ended up reading almost the whole thing:
Craig Detweiler. iGods: How Technology Shapes Our Spiritual and Social Lives. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2013. 52-page PDF sample.
This book explains the history of the technology that so many of us use regularly: Continue Reading…
Howard, Jeremy Royal, ed. The Gospels and Acts. The Holman Apologetics Commentary on the Bible. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2013.
This is the most comprehensive 1-volume defense of the Gospels and Acts. Continue Reading…
I’ve probably read this essay slowly about a half-dozen times:
John Piper. “Are There Two Wills in God?” Pages 107–31 in Still Sovereign: Contemporary Perspectives on Election, Foreknowledge, and Grace. Edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Bruce A. Ware. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2000.
It’s an incredibly helpful guide.
So I’m delighted that Piper has expanded the essay into a short book: Continue Reading…
This one is titled C. S. Lewis at War: The Dramatic Story Behind Mere Christianity.
It’s only 2.5-hours long, and the time goes by very quickly.
It also comes with an unabridged audiobook of Mere Christianity (~7.25 hours).