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I have to admit – I was a bit nervous about picking up a children’s book by Matthew Paul Turner.  I associate MPT with deep cynicism and, at times, unkind words.  But I was pleasantly surprised with this children’s book.  With clever rhymes and an uplifting message, this book is […]

Review: When God Made Y ou


If you are in ministry, you probably have at least a casual familiarity with the Logos Bible company, which was recently rebranded as Faithlife.  As a long-time Logos user, I was intrigued by the development and release of the Faithlife Study Bible. If you’ve used Logos, you’ll probably find some familiar […]

Review: NIV Faithlife Study Bible


Brennan Manning is a bit of a controversial author.  A former Catholic priest, Manning’s alcoholism ultimately led to his death.  He was a well-studied man with a deeply rooted understanding of the love and grace of God, but also a man who was plagued by (and never fully delivered from) […]

Review: Ragamuffin Gospel



It’s difficult to describe the overall feeling I have about this book.  I was extremely excited to see a new book from an author who I have really enjoyed.  McKnight’s “King Jesus Gospel” was inspired, compelling, and wonderful.  I have found McKnight to be reliable and insightful at every turn […]

The Hum of Angels: A Review






In recent weeks, I have felt a desire to change my Bible study habits to include personal reflections.  One of the challenges of reading scripture for a pastor is that we’re constantly thinking about how the passage will preach, as well as things like historical and cultural context, theological perspectives, […]

Review: NIV Journal the Word Bible


I have written reviews of devotionals in the past – and one of my frequent criticisms is that they often take one or two verses, often out of context, and write a lengthy, often fluffy devotional rather than actually wrestling with the message and story of scripture.  The Story Devotional, while […]

Review: The Story Devotional