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The Wingfeather Saga: A Review

There is a feeling I get when I finish a truly special book. It is the sense that I’ve been granted a rare glimpse of something beautiful and good, a sense of gratitude and satisfaction, like when you come to the end of a great vacation. I don’t imagine I’m the only one. And this is exactly how I felt as I closed the back cover of book 4 in the Wingfeather Saga. I soaked in that quiet moment even as my shirt soaked up the tears that the final pages had elicited. What is the Wingfeather Saga? It is...

On Anselm’s Pursuit of Joy

Unknown author / Public domain Gavin Ortlund is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Ojai, California. He is also the author of an academic commentary on Anselm of Canterbury’s (1033–1109 AD) Proslogion. He has also authored a number of other works such as Finding the Right Hills to Die On and Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals.  In short, Ortlund models something that Christians have done since the very beginning: a pastoral pursuit of theological thinking for the sake of the church. Not every pastor has the capacity or opportunity to pursue scholarly writing such as is the case with Anselm’s...

Timely Words for a People in a Peculiar Time (a Review of Help My Unbelief)

In the wake of our new pandemic reality, there has been no shortage of articles, videos, or memes to help guide us from a place of struggle to a meditation on hope. It is important to remember that these calls for hope in a time a trial are not uniquely the work of the church. It appears that the world at large is being quieted and called to consider life, death, and meaning. Gone are the days where societal fragility was assumed to be something we have evolved beyond. These are trying times and trying times are times of opportunity....

“Origen’s Last Preserved Exegetical Work”: The Gospel according to Matthew

Ronald E. Heine has skillfully translated Origen’s Commentary on Matthew into English. In his translation, he has refrained from over-filling the work with footnotes—economically citing clarifications or cross references when he deems it necessary. His introduction only takes 31 pages, which leaves over 700 pages of Origen’s words to fill up the pages of this two-volume edition.  That may not sound entirely unique, yet often translations or editions of ancient works have introductions along with notes that threaten to overwhelm the ancient author’s words. This does not happen here. It is Origen’s Commentary on Matthew—not Heine’s academic treatise about Origen. ...

A Review of Christian Worldview by Herman Bavinck

We live in an era of shifting paradigms. Truths that have seemed self-evident are now crumbling. And we encounter a confusing world of both dogmatism and post-truthism. Since the church has not remained neutral, it often comes under attack for its stances. How then shall we respond? Do we bend to changing ideologies? Do we double down on what we have always held as true even if that would make us appear antiquated and irrelevant? Or is there some new way of packaging old thoughts that might make our worldview more palatable? Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck lived in a tumultuous...

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