Christian Research Journal Vol. 36:6 – Feb. 2014

08    Does the Bible Require Christians to Attend Church?
By Kevin DeYoung and Jason Helopoulos

[Is churchless Christianity a viable option or is the need for an article like this merely a sign of the times?]

12    The Gun Control Debate: Two Christian Perspectives
By Michael W. Austin and Ron Gleason

[In this debate, two thoughtful Christians offer differing perspectives on what Scripture, the Second Amendment, and the statistics have to say.]

24    Alexander Solzhenitsyn Confronts the Grand Inquisitor
By Stephen Mitchel

[Dostoevsky’s Grand Inquisitor (GI) challenges the foundational Christian belief that humans are created in God’s image by denying that they are strong enough to bear the burden of free will. Alexander
Solzhenitsyn’s Ivan Denisovich and others like him prove the GI wrong.]

30    God and the “Unreasonable Effectiveness of Mathematics”
By William Lane Craig

[Mathematics is the language of nature. But how is this to be explained?]

 

36   God is Love, but is Love God? Answering the Esoteric Interpretation of 1 John 4
By Elliot Miller

[Followers of metaphysical, New Age, and Eastern teachings argue that if “God is love,” then He would never punish sinners or require the sacrificial death of His Son to save them. By quoting from the Bible,
however, they have opened the door to a discussion of what the Bible meant by that phrase in the first place.]

44    The New Nothingness: A look at Lawrence Krauss’s, A Universe from Nothing
By Dean C.Halverson

[Theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss, the director of Arizona State University’s Origins Project, will stop at nothing to find a naturalistic explanation for the origin of the universe at the time of the Big Bang. This includes defining the “nothing” from which the universe emerged
as something physical and assigning to it several attributes traditionally reserved for God.]

54    The Myth of Persecution: A Provocative Title, an Overdone Thesis
By Paul L. Maier

[In The Myth of Persecution Notre Dame scholar Candida Moss argues that the tradition of long, bloody persecutions of Christians by a hostile Roman Empire and the heroic martyrdoms of the faithful have been invented by the church and
its historians. There is only one problem with this thesis: the historical evidence.]

Departments

4 From the Editor:

6 Effective Evangelism

[What Cops Can Teach Christians about the Critical Use of Language]

58 Reviews:

Justin L. Barrett’s Born Believers
Director Gavin Hood’s Ender’s Game

62 Ask Hank

Bulletin for Biblical Research Vol. 23, No. 4 – Winter 2013

ARTICLES

Current Trends in Old Testament Textual Criticism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 461
Paul D. Wegner

The Missio Dei as an Integrative Motif in the Book of Jeremiah……….. 481
Jerry Hwang

From Slaves of Sin to Slaves of God:
Reconsidering the Origin of Paul’s Slavery Metaphor in Romans 6 ….. 509
John K. Goodrich

Meals in Pagan Temples and Apostolic Finances:
How Effective Is Paul’s Argument in 1 Corinthians 9:1-23
in the Context of 1 Corinthians 8-10?…………………………………………. 531
Joel R. White

Authority and Motivation in the Apocalypse of John. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  547
Alexander E. Stewart

BOOK REVIEWS

Rainer Albertz and Rudiger Schmitt, Family and Household Religion in
Ancient Israel and the Levant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .565
Richard S. Hess

Peter Pfalzner, Herbert Niehr, Ernst Pernicka, and Anne Wissing, eds.,
(Re-)Constructing Funerary Rituals in the Ancient Near East: Proceedings of the
First International Symposium of the TUbingen Post-graduate School
“Symbols of the Dead” in May 2009 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 568
Gerald A. Klingbeil

Rolf Grundlach and Kate Spence, eds., 5. Symposium on Egyptian Royal Ideology;: Palace and Temple. Architecture-Decoration-Ritual,
Cambridge, July, 16th-17th, 2007 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . 572
Bryan C. Babcock

Dominik Elkowicz, Tempel und Kultplaze der Philister und der Volker des Ostjordanlandes:………………………………………………………………………574
Eine Untersuchung zur Bau- und zur Kultgeschichte wahrend der Eisenzeit I-II
David B. Schreiner

Michael Williams, Basics of Ancient Ugaritic:
A Concise Grammar, Workbook, and Lexicon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 575
Matthew McAffee

Adam Zertal, ed., El-Ahwat: A Fortified Site from the Early Iron Age
Near Nahal ‘Iron, Israel. Excavations 1993-2000 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .578
Ralph K. Hawkins

Craig A. Evans, Joel N. Lohr, and David L. Petersen, eds., The Book of Genesis:
Composition, Reception, and Interpretation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 580
John H. Walton

Sun Myung Lyu, Righteousness in the Book of Proverbs . . . . . . . . . . 584
Lael Caesar

R. Reed Lessing, Isaiah 40-55 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .586
Gary V. Smith

Jacob Milgram and Daniel I Block, Ezekiel’s Hope: A Commentary on Ezekiel 38-48
Elmer A. Martens……………………………………………………………………. 588

Reinhard Achenbach, Rainer Albertz, and Jakob Wohrle, eds., The Foreigner and
the Law: Perspectives from the Hebrew Bible and the Ancient Near East……… Larisa Levicheva…………………………………………………….. 589

David S. Hasselbrook, Studies in New Testament Lexicography:
Advancing toward a Full Diachronic Approach with the Greek Language
Roy E. Ciampa ………………………………………………………………………. 591

Academiae Scientiarum Gottingensis, ed., Septuaginta: Vet us Testamentum Graecum ………………………………………………………………………………. 593
Roy E. Ciampa

Bart D. Ehrman and Michael W. Holmes, eds., The Text of the New Testament in
Contemporary Research: Essays on the Status Quaestionis . . . . . . 595
Eckhard f. Schnabel

Donald Senior, ed., The Gospel of Matthew at the Crossroads of Early Christianity
Osvaldo Padilla……………………………………………………………………… 596

Craig S. Keener, Acts: An Exegetical Commentary, vol. 1: Introduction and 1:1-2:47…………………………………………………………………………………….. 599
Joshua W. Jipp

J. Paul Sampley and Peter Lampe, eds., Paul and Rhetoric . . . . . . . .601
Don Garlington

Matthew V. Johnson, James A. Noel, and Demetrius K. Williams, eds.,
Onesimus Our Brother: Reading Religion, Race, and Culture in Philemon
Dillon T. Thornton …………………………………………………………………. 602

Peter T. O’Brien, The Letter to the Hebrews . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .604
Joshua W. Jipp

Thomas Witulski, Apk 11 und der Bar Kokhba-Aufstand . . . . . . . . . ..605
Peter H. Davids

John J. Pilch, A Cultural Handbook to the Bible . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. .607
Elaine Phillips

Dale C. Allison Jr., et al., eds., Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception, vol. 6:
Dabbesheth-Dreams and Dream Interpretation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 608
Robert W. Yarbrough

Correction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .611

BOOKS RECEIVED ………………………………………………………………….. 613

The Expository Times Vol. 12.5, No. 5 – Feb. 2014

209   Volker Rabens, Ethics and the Spirit in Paul (1): Religious-Ethical Empowerment through Infusion-Transformation?

220   Miles Hollingworth, Closer to Augustine: Speculating on the recent past, and future, of Augustine scholarship

230   John J. Vincent, Theology from the City
Book of the Month: by Tom Greggs

232   The Architecture of Theology: Structure, System, & Ratio by A.N. Williams

Worship Resources:

Sermons for the Christian Year

235 Alan Le Grys, 2nd March: The Transfiguration
237 Marilyn McCord Adams: 9th March: 1st in Lent
240 Alison Phipps, 16th March: 2nd in Lent
241 Jenny Gaffin, 23rd March: 3rd in Lent
243 Russell Barr, 30th March: 4th in Lent
246 Eric McKimmon, Prayers for March

248    BooK Reviews

259    Index of Books Reviewed

260    And Finally …. Conjectures of a Mostly Innocent Bystander by Lawrence J. Hergott

International Journal of Frontier Missiology Vol. 30.2 – Feb. 2014

47 From the Editor’s Desk by Brad Gill
Getting Behind Our Labels

Articles

49 The Old Testament and Insider Movements by Harley Talman
You may find the Old Testament’s attitude toward other religions surprising.

59 Bridging the “Socio-Religious” Divide: A conversation between two Missiologists
Gene Daniels and L. D. Waterman
There may be more to “religion” than meets the eye.

67 Two Church Planting Paradigms by Ted Esler
Do newer models simply reprioritize older values?

75 Why Can’t Evangelicals Agree? Clarrfying Evangelical Responses to Insider Movements and Familial Language Translations by Larry W. Caldwell
What makes us more ‘ conservative” or “progressive” in our missiology?

Book Reviews

88 My Mother’s Sons: Managing Sexuality in Islamic and Christian Communities

89 Religion,Science and Empire:
Classifying Hinduism and Islam in British India

90 Why Religions Spread: The Expansion of Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam with Implications for Missions

The Christian Century Vol. 131, No. 3 – Feb. 2014

6 Letters Necessary songs

7 Safety net successes The Editors: Victories in the War on Poverty

8 Century Marks
Science in the deep freeze, etc.

10 Bedbug epiphany
Heidi Neumark: A Three Kings pageant

20 Witness to the dark
Sara Miles: Ashes in the streets

25 Affirmation of being Christopher P. Momany: In defense of atonement theology

28 Which global church? Wesley Granberg-Michaelson: The Pentecostal World
Fellowship and the WCC

News

12 Treatment of brain-dead patients criticized;
Breast-feeding, on the rise, remains an issue in pews; Barbour fostered dialogue between religion and science; Snake-handling pastor excused by grand jury

In Review

32 Books

William Willimon: Five Days at Memorial, by Sheri Fink
Alain Epp Weaver: The New Middle East, by Paul Danahar
Charles Scriven: Playing God, by Andy Crouch

36 Media
Jason Byassee: More orcs

39 Art
Heidi J.Hornik and Mikeal C. Parsons: The Transfiguration,
by Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio)

Columns

3 Editor’s Desk
John M. Buchanan: Post-Christmas blues

18     Living by the Word
Fairfax F. Fair

19    Faith Matters
M. Craig Barnes:Truth in beautiful spaces
Notes from the Global Church
Philip Jenkins: Secular South Africa?

Poetry

10 Brian Doyle: Poem for a dear friend

11 Kathleen O’Toole:Terce: February

22 Leland Seese: As I fall
Samuel Smith: Come again?