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Author(s): E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99       (April 19-20)
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The apostle Paul was kind of a jerk.
He was arrogant and stubborn. He called his opponents derogatory, racist names. He legitimized slavery and silenced women. He was a moralistic, homophobic killjoy who imposed his narrow religious views on others.
Or was he?
Randolph Richards and Brandon O’Brien explore the complicated persona and teachings of the apostle Paul. Unpacking his personal history and cultural context, they show how Paul both offended Roman perspectives and scandalized Jewish sensibilities. His vision of Christian faith was deeply disturbing to those in his day and remains so in ours.
Paul behaved badly, but not just in the ways we might think. Take another look at Paul and see why this “worst of sinners” dares to say, “Follow my example, as I follow the example of Christ.”


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Kregel: Baptism: The Believer’s First Obedience by Larry E. Dyer vs. Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches by Thomas White, Jason G. Duesing, Malcolm B. Yarnell III

Intervarsity Press: Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee by Mark L. Strauss vs. Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien

New Leaf: Galapagos Islands: A Different View vs. Buried Alive by Jack Cuozzo

Good Book Company: Gospel-Centered Work: Becoming the Worker God Wants You To Be by Tim Chester vs. Gospel-Centered Family: Becoming the Parents God Wants You To Be by Tim Chester & Ed Moll

Crossway: Loving God with All Your Mind: Thinking as a Christian in the Postmodern World by Gene Edward Veith Jr. vs. Post-Christian: A Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture by Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Christian Focus: Service – How Do I Give Back? (First Steps) by Mez McConnell vs. Equipped to Serve by Richard Bewes

David C. Cook: Unquestioned Answers: Rethinking Ten Christian Clichés to Rediscover Biblical Truths by Jeff Myers vs. So the Next Generation Will Know: Preparing Young Christians for a Challenging World by Sean McDowell & J. Warner Wallace


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Kregel: Spurgeon’s Daily Treasures in the Psalms: Selections from the Classic Treasury of David by Roger Campbell vs. Encountering God in the Psalms by Michael E. Travers
Crossway: Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood vs. Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church by Michael A. G. Haykin
New Leaf: The Darwin Effect by Jerry Bergman vs. The Dark Side of Charles Darwin by Jerry Bergman
Intervarsity Press: Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee by Mark L. Strauss vs. Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
Christian Focus: Time Out!: The gift or god of Youth Sports by John Perritt vs. God’s Word and Your World: What the Bible says about Creation, Languages, Missions and other amazing stuff! by Laura Martin
Reformation Heritage: The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church? (Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology) by Ryan M. McGraw  vs. Doctrine in Development: Johannes Piscator and Debates over Christ’s Active Obedience by Herber Carlos de Campos Jr.


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Kregel: Spurgeon’s Daily Treasures in the Psalms: Selections from the Classic Treasury of David by Roger Campbell vs. Encountering God in the Psalms by Michael E. Travers
Crossway: Church History: A Crash Course for the Curious by Christopher Catherwood vs. Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church by Michael A. G. Haykin
New Leaf: The Darwin Effect by Jerry Bergman vs. The Dark Side of Charles Darwin by Jerry Bergman
Intervarsity Press: Jesus Behaving Badly: The Puzzling Paradoxes of the Man from Galilee by Mark L. Strauss vs. Paul Behaving Badly: Was the Apostle a Racist, Chauvinist Jerk? by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
Christian Focus: Time Out!: The gift or god of Youth Sports by John Perritt vs. God’s Word and Your World: What the Bible says about Creation, Languages, Missions and other amazing stuff! by Laura Martin
Reformation Heritage: The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church? (Explorations in Reformed Confessional Theology) by Ryan M. McGraw  vs. Doctrine in Development: Johannes Piscator and Debates over Christ’s Active Obedience by Herber Carlos de Campos Jr.


Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the BibleAuthor(s): E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $2.99       (Apr 18-19)
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What was clear to the original readers of Scripture is not always clear to us. Because of the cultural distance between the biblical world and our contemporary setting, we often bring modern Western biases to the text. For example:
When Western readers hear Paul exhorting women to “dress modestly,” we automatically think in terms of sexual modesty. But most women in that culture would never wear racy clothing. The context suggests that Paul is likely more concerned about economic modesty–that Christian women do not flaunt their wealth through expensive clothes, braided hair and gold jewelry.
Some readers might assume that Moses married “below himself” because his wife was a dark-skinned Cushite. Actually, Hebrews were the slave race, not the Cushites, who were highly respected. Aaron and Miriam probably thought Moses was being presumptuous by marrying “above himself.”
Western individualism leads us to assume that Mary and Joseph traveled alone to Bethlehem. What went without saying was that they were likely accompanied by a large entourage of extended family.

Biblical scholars Brandon O’Brien and Randy Richards shed light on the ways that Western readers often misunderstand the cultural dynamics of the Bible. They identify nine key areas where modern Westerners have significantly different assumptions about what might be going on in a text. Drawing on their own cross-cultural experience in global mission, O’Brien and Richards show how better self-awareness and understanding of cultural differences in language, time and social mores allow us to see the Bible in fresh and unexpected ways.

Getting beyond our own cultural assumptions is increasingly important for being Christians in our interconnected and globalized world. Learn to read Scripture as a member of the global body of Christ.


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Kregel: Like a River from Its Course by Kelli Stuart  (vs.) Lethal Harvest by William Cutrer &, Sandra Glahn
Crossway: Spurgeon on the Christian Life: Alive in Christ (Theologians on the Christian Life) by Michael Reeves  (vs.) Lewis on the Christian Life: Becoming Truly Human in the Presence of God (Theologians on the Christian Life) by Joe Rigney
New Leaf: Glass House: Shattering the Myth of Evolution by Ken Ham & Bodie Hodge vs. Creation & Evolution: Compatible or in Conflict? by Jay Seegert
Intervarsity Press: Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible by E. Randolph Richards & Brandon J. O’Brien vs. Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul
Christian Focus: If There’s a God Why Are There Atheists?: Why Atheists believe in unbelief by R. C. Sproul vs. The Dawkins Letters by David Robertson
Reformation Heritage: In Defense of the Descent: A Response to Contemporary Critics by Daniel Hyde vs. An Exposition of the Apostles’ Creed by Caspar Olevianus


Author(s): Brandon J. O’Brien
Publisher: Intervarsity Press
Price: $4.99       (Ends Oct 15)
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Publishers Weekly: “In this enjoyable history, O’Brien . . . proposes that born-again activist Isaac Backus (1724–1806) should be thanked for the development of religious freedom within the United States. . . . Those interested in the origins of America’s policy on religious regulations will enjoy this assured history of the battles Backus fought when freedom of belief was no foregone conclusion.”

Religious liberty is one of the most contentious political issues of our time. How should people of faith engage with the public square in a pluralist era? Some citizens hope to reclaim a more Christian vision of national identity, while others resist any religious presence at all.

This dispute is not new, and it goes back to the founding era of American history. As the country was being formed, some envisioned a Christian nation where laws would require worship attendance and Sabbath observance. Others advocated for a thoroughly secular society where faith would have no place in public life. But neither extreme won the day, thanks to the unsung efforts of a Connecticut pastor who forged a middle way. Historian Brandon O’Brien unveils the untold story of how religious liberty came to be. Between the Scylla and Charybdis of theocracy and secularism, Baptist pastor Isaac Backus contended for a third way. He worked to secure religious liberty and freedom of conscience for all Americans, not just for one particular denomination or religious tradition. Backus’s theological ideas had social consequences, giving us insights into how people of faith navigate political debates and work for the common good. Backus lived in an age of both religious revival and growing secularism, competing forces much like those at work today. Then and now, people fiercely argue about the role of government and the limits of liberty. The past speaks into the present as we continue to demand liberty and justice for all.Description.



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