Murrow Invites Churches to be Man-friendly

David Murrow. 2011.  Why Men Hate Going to Church.  Nashville:  Thomas Nelson. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra What are the signs of a healthy church? One of the big advantages that I experienced growing up in the church arose as I got older.  In college when life was forever confusing, I had a rough idea […]

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Nouwen Ministers Out of Pain

Henri J.M. Nouwen.  2010.  Wounded Healer:  Ministry in Contemporary Society (Orig pub 1972). New York:  Image Doubleday. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Many call stories recited by pastors started at the foot of a hospital bed. Mine did. Others have suffered chronic illness of a sibling or child.  Been there.  Awareness of our own pain […]

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Cross and Guyer ID Behavioral Traps

John G. Cross and Melvin J. Guyer. 1980. Social Traps.  Ann Arbor:  University of Michigan Press. Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra What is morality?  Why engage in conversation about moral behavior?  Why are some people unable to cope with the normal challenges of life while others avoid self-destructive behavior?  In their book, Social Traps, John […]

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Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 3

Kevin J. Vanhoozer. 1998. Is There a Meaning in This Text:  The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan. (Go to: Part 1  or  Part 2) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra What does it mean to be a faithful follower of Jesus in the postmodern context? Ironically, the problem of finding meaning […]

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Jesus: Death Means Resurrection

“When Jesus saw her weeping, and the Jews who had come with her also weeping, he was deeply moved in his spirit and greatly troubled. And he said, Where have you laid him? … When he had said these things, he cried out with a loud voice, Lazarus, come out.”  (John 11:33-43 ESV) By Stephen […]

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Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 2

Kevin J. Vanhoozer. 1998. Is There a Meaning in This Text:  The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan. (Go to: Part 1 or Part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Each of Vanhoozer’s three aspects of interpretation—author, text, and reader—have been subject to postmodern “undoing”, leaving interpretations to seem arbitrary […]

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Vanhoozer: How Do We Understand the Bible? Part 1

Kevin J. Vanhoozer. 1998. Is There a Meaning in This Text:  The Bible, The Reader, and the Morality of Literary Knowledge.  Grand Rapids:  Zondervan. (Go to:  Part 2 or Part 3) Review by Stephen W. Hiemstra Biblical interpretation has become a contact sport. The Bible has been the center of the Christian faith since the […]

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