We all know how difficult it is to stay in the loop with everything that goes on. Each week more worthwhile articles, podcasts, videos, books, and more resources, are produced than are possible for us to keep up with. So, in light of this, here’s a roundup of things you may have missed recently.

Articles

200-Word Church History Biographies
Cripplegate blog is currently in the midst releasing 8 mini, 200-word biographies on key Reformers. They’re short, snappy, and great 1-minute introductions. Here’s the one on William Tyndale (1494-1536).

I Feel Sorry For Hugh Hefner. Here’s Why.
Apologists Sean McDowell responds to Playboy Founder Hugh Hefner’s death.

7 Tips for Understanding Revelation
A longer article but worth the read. Maybe if more people read this there would be fewer “prophecies” about Jesus’ return…

Videos

Why Racism Is an Imago Dei Issue
Pastor Matt Chandler on why every person being made in the image of God is the foundation for equality.

Søren Kierkegaard: Session One (Stephen Backhouse)
I first came across Stephen Backhouse by listening to an episode of Unbelievable during which he discussed the Danish Philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. He was such an engaging speaker, and so enthusiastic about the topic of Kierkegaard, that I decided to read his book on the same subject (which, by the way, is a delightful introduction to the enigmatic Dane.) Zondervan has certainly pushed their video lecture series to another level in the past 12 months and this new addition is welcome, given Backhouse’s ability as a speaker and not just a writer. Here’s the first session for free! (Alternatively, you can watch a shorter video by Backhouse about Kierkegaard here.)

Does A Word Have A “Literal” Meaning?
Greek scholar, Bible translator, and author of the popular “Basics of Biblical Greek” textbook, Bill Mounce gives his thoughts on this important question. A helpful video, especially given how common it is to hear someone say about a particular word in the Bible: “well, in the Greek, this literally means…”.

Suffering and Evil: The Logical Problem
Christian Philosopher William Lane Craig has created two animated videos looking at the problem of suffering and evil. Here’s part one.

Podcasts

Exploring My Strange Bible
Tim Mackie from the Bible Project has created this new podcast re-releasing many of his sermons & lectures from over the years. I haven’t had a chance to check it out too much yet but the first episode of his series ‘Heaven & Hell” is interesting and worth a listen.

eBook Deals

Desiring God – Free Books
If you weren’t already aware, Desiring God has many of the books from their contributors free to download as PDFs.

The Story of Christianity: Volume 1 (Justo Gonzalez) – $1.99
I don’t know for how long but Justo Gonzalez’s first of two volumes on Church History is only $1.99 on kindle store at the moment. If you have a kindle, get yourself a copy, I have! Otherwise, it’s $30 paperback.

Logos Free Book of the Month: Romans Anchor Yale Commentary
A new month means a new free book from Logos Bible Software!

My Book Shelf

  • Started: H3 Leadership (Brad Lomenick) – mostly great, some points I strongly disagree with, but then I am rather skeptical of the fixation with business-style leadership in the church at the moment.
  • Finished: The Sixty-Minute Father (Rob Parsons) – packed with golden nuggets of wisdom. Not explicitly biblical, but clearly based on scriptural principles (and knowing Parsons, he’s a top lad).
  • Finished: Know the Creeds and Councils (Justin Holcomb) – fantastic little introduction to the major creeds & councils. Succinct, readable, and insightful.
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