The Church’s Seven Deadly Secrets

Meet the Author Paul H. Jones is Professor of Religion at Transylvania University in Lexington, KY.  An ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), Jones has written two books: Christ's Eucharistic Presence: A History of the Doctrine (1994) and The Church's Seven Deadly Secrets (2013), and has co-authored two additional texts: The Structure of Religion: Judaism and Christianity (2005) and 500 Illustrations: Stories from Life for Preaching and Teaching (1998). Book Read More …

Top Bible Minded Cities

According to the American Bible Society and the Barna Group, America's top Bible minded cities (based on "highest combined levels of regular Bible reading and belief in the Bible’s accuracy.") are Knoxville, TN Shreveport, LA Chattanooga, TN Birmingham, AL Jackson, MS Springfield, MO Charlotte, NC Roanoke/Lynchburg, VA Huntsville, AL Charleston, WV So What? Bible minded isn't a phrase I have ever used nor one with which I claim any prior familiarity.  Given the Read More …

Review of Red Letter Revolution

Meet the Authors Shane Claiborne is a founder of The Simple Way, a New Monastic community in inner city Philadelphia that has helped to birth and connect radical faith communities around the world.  He "writes and travels extensively speaking about peacemaking, social justice, and Jesus."  Claiborne is the co-author of several previous books, including The Irresistible Revolution (2006 with Jim Wallis), Jesus for President (2008 with Chris Haw) and Common Prayer (2010 with Jonathan Read More …

Read & Reclaim the Bible

Ronald Hendel, professor of Hebrew Bible and Jewish Studies at the University of California - Berkeley, recently blogged about why people should still be reading the Bible.  While many today opt for extreme positions - ignoring it or interpreting it in a very literal manner - he proposes an alternative: a respectful approach that emphasizes the impact of rather than the historicity of the stories contained within its pages. He writes:  . . . it is a book that lies at the heart of western Read More …

Review of Evolution of the Word

Meet the Author Marcus Borg is Canon Theologian at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.  He is also professor emeritus in the philosophy department at Oregon State University, where he was the Hundere Chair in Religion until his retirement in 2007.  Borg is among the most widely known and influential voices in progressive Christianity.  He is best known for his work as a fellow in the Jesus Seminar, his biblical scholarship, and as the author of over twenty books.  His most recent Read More …

TV Bible Game Show

The American Bible Challenge may well be the first religiously themed game show on a secular network. The show premiered this week, and airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT on GSN (formerly the Game Show Network).  Hosted by Jeff Foxworthy, this program "tests biblical knowledge in culture, history, literature and current events."  While the target audience is evangelicals, consulting producer Maura Dunbar hopes it will reach a much wider audience. If you would like to get a better feel Read More …

A Holy Bible or Kindle?

Thanks largely to the work of the Gideons International, travelers normally find a copy of the Bible in their hotel rooms.   The Hotel Indigo Newcastle, one of InterContinental Hotel Group's boutique-style Hotel Indigo locations, recently announced a new approach: Kindle.  More specifically,  "all 148 rooms at the Hotel Indigo will contain a Kindle e-reader pre-loaded with a copy of the Bible  . . . Guests are also permitted to download a copy of any other religious text – to the value of £5 or Read More …

Top 10 Most Read Books

Jared Fanning recently made an infographic that has been making its way around the web.  Fanning constructed the visual using data from a  list compiled by freelance writer James Chapman that provides the number of copies each book sold over the last 50 years.   So What? Saying that the Bible was the most sold or most read may be true, but understates its dominance.  Together the books ranked #2 through #9 would yield a #2 book that would have only half the readership of the Read More …

One Psalm – Two Radically Different Uses

David Van Biema recently wrote about how two radically different Christian causes have used Psalm 139: Starting in the 1970s anti-abortionist evangelical Protestants and Roman Catholics began using the text to suggest that God's involvement makes abortion unthinkable, and Starting in the 1990s gay and lesbian liberal Christians began using the text to suggest God's foreknowledge and acceptance. So What? While the Bible has long been used to defend both sides of an issue, I cannot think Read More …

Review of The Best of Will Willimon

Meet the Author Since 2004, William H. Willimon has served as  a Bishop in the United Methodist Church responsible for overseeing 57,000 members and 792 pastors in North Alabama.  Previously, he served for twenty years as Dean of the Chapel and Professor of Christian Ministry at Duke University.  Willimon is the author of over sixty books including two best sellers: Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins and Thank God It’s Friday: Encountering the Seven Last Words from Read More …