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Pilgrim Theology, By Michael Horton

Posted in Theology by Jim on December 18, 2012

The nice folk at Zondervan sent along, several weeks back, the galley proofs of Horton’s soon to be published (Feb 2013) book titled “Pilgrim Theology“.

According to the publisher-

9780310330646This concise tour of Christian doctrine is an ideal resource for Sunday School, reading groups, church-wide studies, and college courses examining the Christian faith and the Reformed tradition. Based, in part, on Michael Horton’s award-winning The Christian Faith, this new study—Pilgrim Theology—presents the church’s teachings in an accessible manner, while engaging other Christian traditions and contemporary theological issues.

My review is here.

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Tune In Now and Hear About Various Books

Posted in Conferences by Jim on November 15, 2012

To the Zondervan livestream of course- at this moment it’s Bock discussing his work on Luke and Acts.

Richard Bauckham is up soon.  Thanks again for doing this, ETS and Zondervan.  It really is something SBL and other biblical studies conferences ought to consider.

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Livestreamed Lectures From ETS

Posted in ETS, Modern Culture by Jim on November 14, 2012

Rather enjoying ‘being there’ via Zondervan’s ‘live streaming’.  Especially interesting is the presently ongoing presentation by Calvin Beisner on ‘Godly Stewardship’ of the planet and comparing it to ‘environmentalism’ or most specifically how ‘Christian environmentalism’ is in danger of being the ‘new Galatian-ism’.

The whole list is available here.  Especially interesting is the fact that Bauckham is coming up tomorrow!

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Bad Theology, Zondervan

Posted in Bible, pseudo-theology by Jim on July 6, 2012

Ever since Murdoch bought Zondervan it has declined in my estimation both for the quality of some of the things it publishes and even more so in its marketing of the products that it sells.

For instance, I received this flyer in an email-  see if you can spot the poor theology:

Did you spot it?  In case you didn’t, I’ll point it out:  hope isn’t found in a book- in any book- not even the Bible.  Hope is found in Christ.  The notion that hope is found outside of Christ is neither theologically accurate nor biblically correct.

True enough, the Bible is exceedingly important but again, it is not our source of hope.  To suggest that it is is really nothing less than idolatry.  Or better, bibliolatry.

Furthermore, teens won’t find traction in a slippery world IN the NIV, they’ll find it in Christ.

The lack of theocentricity in Zondervan’s advertising is distressing.  Very distressing.  Because it’s just bad theology.  Instead of consulting marketing consultants when coming up with sales pitches they should consult a theologian or two.

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