Book Review: What crucified Jesus?

I picked up this book by Jewish scholar Ellis Rivkin (who died earlier this year) for just 75 pence. I bought it for two reasons, primarily the preface by EP Sanders who said he thought, ‘the overall argument, is in my judgement, completely convincing.’ and second to that, the bargain price. I can’t resist highly recommended books on the historical Jesus for less than a quid. It’s not a long book (79 pages) and asks an interesting question, ‘what crucified Jesus?’ as opposed to the more natural, ‘who crucified Jesus?’…

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I link therefore I am (16.11.10)

The gap between rich and poor in the UK continues to get wider. Not good. Here’s a good article on dealing with the contradictions of the Bible I recently read a small booklet that introduced me to Slavoj Zizek (a Slovenian philosopher in case you were wondering) and now I find myself agreeing with him again on the issue of tolerance. Over at Breathe Jeremy wonders if we have too much stuff to live together? I’ve been meaning to read Amusing ourselves to death by Neal Postman for ages. Here…

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Bibliophilia (11.11.10)

Reviews Jeremy has gone retro and read the 1972 version of The Limits of Growth by Meadows et al. ‘It’s far more relevant than its reputation would suggest’ Bookselling Why your church should support it’s local Christian bookshop Writing Someone called Fred Sanders offers his advice on writing well. Here is a summary in the form of a top 10 list. Publishing Rachelle Gardner gives you the insight into an authors publishing contract

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The problems secularists have with Christians

A couple of days ago this post caught people’s attention in reaction to this opinion piece in the Guardian by Thomas Prosser. So other than banning Newday and the like, I thought I’d pick through the article and look for the problems that secularists like Prosser have with Christians like me. The obvious one – we believe in God. Secularism is becoming indistinguishable from atheism. It needn’t necessarily be the same but in our case it is. It’s not stated in the article but it underpins the whole thing. They…

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I link therefore I am (10.11.10)

David Fitch wonders whether the New Calvinism is the new fundamentalism Skye Jethani offers 10 commandments of Biblical interpretation Iraqi Christians remain under renewed attack. Here’s a little of their long history in that nation. A nice little reflection from Matt Hosier on community How do couples divide their money? Not always honestly seems to be the answer

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Book Review: Christians & Catastrophe

It would be hard to argue that we live in an age of crisis. Maybe not for you but for somebody. In this short essay (36 pages) Jonathan Ingelby reflects on how Christians should live in an age of imminent crisis, whether it be financial, environmental or societal. I think this was the most interesting thing for me, was thinking not simply about THE END OF THE WORLD but the end of ‘my world’, the end of a civilisation and the changing of eras. I guess for the Luddites the…

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I link therefore I am (09.11.10)

It’s worth being reminded to prayer for the Christian community in Iraq, but despite what this article says, in Christ they need not fear. Their hope is greater than the threat. Andy on how not to honour Christ This one gave me goosebumps. Mark Meynell tells of the conquest of a materialist temple. More of this sort of thing please Tim Challies has a good post on hope in a pornified world

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