Month: December 2016

books* read in 2016

In keeping with last year’s format, this year’s list includes those books, articles, and essays read for pleasure, academic, and/or church-related purposes–hence, “books” with an *. One difference from last year (and the years before) is that I’ve simplified the categories to two: “Books” and “Articles, essays, etc.” Here’s this year’s list (in order of reading, according to category):


  • Berke Breathed, The Night of the Mary-Kay Commandos (1989)
  • Berke Breathed, Tales Too Ticklish to Tell (1988)
  • P.G. Wodehouse, Pigs Have Wings (1952)
  • Steven Pressfield, The Legend of Bagger Vance (1995)
  • Douglas Adams, Life, the Universe and Everything (2002)
  • Patrick Gray, Opening Paul’s Letters (2012)
  • Tom Clancy, Red Rabbit (2003)
  • Clarence B. Bass, Backgrounds to Dispensationalism (1960)
  • Robert Ludlum & Gayle Lynds, The Hades Factor (2001)
  • Robert Ludlum & Philip Shelby, The Cassandra Compact (2002)
  • M. Robert Mullholland, Shaped by the Word: The Power of Scripture in Spiritual Formation (1985)
  • J. Budziszewski, Ask Me Anything (2004)
  • J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan and Wendy (1921)
  • Robert Ludlum & Gayle Lynds, The Paris Option (2002)
  • Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together (1954)
  • G.H. Schilling, The Book of Revelation: It’s Purpose and Structure (1895)
  • Jim West, 1-2 Thessalonians: For the Person in the Pew (2011)
  • Jim West, Genesis: For the Person in the Pew (2013)
  • William Biederwolf, Russellism Unveiled (1920)
  • Ulrich Zwingli, The Christian Education of Youth (1526)
  • Bryan Lewis, Jews and Gentile Reconciled (2016)
  • James Carmichael, The Errors of the Plymouth Brethren (1888)
  • Ben Witherington, The Gospel Code: Novel Claims about Jesus, Mary Magdalene, and Da Vinci (2004)
  • Thomas Lewin, An Essay on the Chronology of the New Testament (1854)
  • George Milligan, The Autographs of the New Testament in the Light of Recent Discovery (1910)
  • E. Earle Ellis, The World of St John: The Gospels and the Epistles (1995)
  • Edwin Woollard, Eschatology (1908)
  • Alpheus Wilson, The Life and Mind of Paul (1912)
  • Ravi Zacharias, The Lamb and the Fürher: Jesus Talks with Hitler (2005)
  • Jim Apfelbaum, ed., The Gigantic Book of Golf Quotations (2007)
  • Brant Pitre, The Case for Jesus (2016)
  • Brandon Gilvin, Solving the Da Vinci Code Mystery (2004)
  • John Feinstein, Tales from Q School (2007)
  • Lewis Grizzard, Chili Dawgs Always Bark at Night (1989)
  • Jacob Cerone, Into the Deep (2016)
  • Bill Bryson, Neither Here Nor There: Travels in Europe (1992)
  • M. Sashi Jamir, Prophetic Conflict and Yahwistic Tradition (2016)
  • Dann Spader, 4 Chair Discipling (2014)
  • Lewis Grizzard, Don’t Bend Over in the Garden, Granny. You Know Them Taters Got Eyes (1988)
  • Slavoj Zizek, Zizek’s Jokes (2014)
  • Plato, Protagoras
  • R.W. Beers, The Mormon Puzzle, and How to Solve it (1887)
  • Thom Rainer, Who Moved My Pulpit? (2016)
  • Leonard Sweet, The Three Hardest Words in the World to Get Right (2006)
  • Rowan Williams, Being Disciples: Essentials of the Christian Life (2016)
  • Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment (1959)
  • Thom Rainer & Eric Geiger, Simple Church (2011)
  • Oscar Cullmann, Baptism in the New Testament (1950)
  • Leon Wood, Daniel: A Study Guide (1975)°

Articles, essays, etc:

  • Jeffrey B. Russell, “The Myth of the Flat Earth.” (1997–found here)
  • Stanley E. Porter, “The Future of Theology and Religious Studies from a Confessional Standpoint.” MJTM 11 (2009-10): 121-38
  • Richard Coggins, “What Future for the ‘History of Israel’?” Ethel M. Wood Lectures (1994).
  • W.G. Lambert, “The Background of Jewish Apocalyptic.” Ethel M. Wood Lectures (1977).
  • Mark Jokinen, “The Four Canonical Gospels Were Never Anonymous.” MJTM 15 (2013-14): 3-16.
  • H.F.D. Sparks, “On Translations of the Bible.” Ethel M. Wood Lectures (1972).
  • Michael A.G. Haykin. “And Did the Father Die? The Perennial Threat of Modalism.” Evangel 5 (1987): 13-14.
  • Hugh Ross, “A Beginner’s–and Expert’s–Guide to the Big Bang: Separating Fact from Fiction.” JISCA 4.1 (2011): 1-27.
  • Hans Scharen, “Gehenna in the Synoptics, Part 1.” BibSac 149 (1992): 304-15.
  • Hans Scharen, “Gehenna in the Synoptics, Part 2.” BibSac 149 (1992): 454-70.
  • Richard Bauckham, “Universalism: A Historical Survey.” Themelios 4.2 (1978): 47-54.
  • Michael R. Licona, “Using the Death of Jesus to Refute Islam.” JISCA 2.1 (2009): 87-110.
  • Steven B. Cowan, “How to Make a Case for the Inspiration of Scripture in the Current Mileu.” JISCA 2.1 (2009): 65-85.
  • Ariel Sabar, “Did Jesus Have a Wife?” The Atlantic (July-August, 2016–found here)
  • Charles F. Pfeiffer, “Epic Elements in Biblical History.” Journal of Hebraic Studies 1.2 (1970): 1-15.
  • A.R. Millard, “Daniel 1-6 and History.” EvanQ 49.2 (1977): 67-73.
  • A.R. Millard, “Knowledge of Writing in Iron Age Palestine.” TynBull 46.2 (1995): 207-17.
  • Thomas D. Lea, “The Early Christian Views of Pseudepigraphic Writings.” JETS 27.1 (1984): 65-75.
  • Michael Heron, “The Naked Young Man. A Historian’s Hypothesis on Mark 14,51-52.” Biblica 79.4 (1998): 525-31.
  • J.A. Cross, “The Acts of the Apostles: 1. A Criticism of Lightfoot and Headlam.” JTS 1.1 (1899): 64-75.
  • William Lane Craig, “Middle Knowledge: A Calvinist-Arminian Rapprochement?,” in The Grace of God and the Will of Man (ed. C.H. Pinnock; Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1995), 141-64.
  • John  E. Sanders, “God as Personal,” in The Grace of God and the Will of Man (ed. C.H. Pinnock; Minneapolis: Bethany House, 1995), 165-80.
  • Bruce M. Metzger, “The Jehovah’s Witnesses and Jesus Christ: A Biblical and Theological Appraisal.” Theology Today 10.1 (1953): 65-85.
  • Andreas Köstenberger, “What Does It Mean to be Filled with the Spirit? A Biblical Investigation.” JETS 40.2 (1977): 229-40.
  • D.K. Innes, “The Meaning of She’ol in the Old Testament.” EvQ 32.4 (1960): 196-202.
  • B.B. Warfield, “The Millennium and the Apocalypse.” PTR 2 (1904): 599-617.
  • Mladen Jovanovic, “The Restoration Movement of the Churches of Christ.” Kairos 1.1 (2007): 117-29.

This refers to those items where I willingly subjected myself to mental torture.
° Since I was not sure if I would be able to finish it before the end of the year, this one was left off when I originally posted this list. However, I was able to complete it this morning; hence the update.

review of Mark A. Howell’s commentary

Well, it’s been over a year (I think) since I agreed to perform a review of a commentary in a new(ish) series. The commentary is from Mark A. Howell* entitled, Exalting Jesus in 1 & 2 Thessalonians, and the series is called: Christ-Centered Exposition (NT), from B&H Publishing. The really, really long review is available here (…it’s 35 pages). The reason for the length? The honest answer is: the commentary is saturated with problems–e.g., typographical, logical, exegetical, theological, etc–and it took some time to work through them. (In fact, I had to make a decision to stop writing the review). And by “work through them” I mean, point them out and explain why they are problematic. If you want the short version about the commentary: it’s not one that I would recommend. If you want to know why I say that, you’ll have to read the review.

* Right before posting this, I discovered an error in the review: Howell is no longer the Pastor at First Baptist (Daytona, FL); in July of this year, he became the Pastor at Hunters Glen Baptist (Plano, TX). However, I have decided to keep the details as I have them in the review, primarily because they reflect things as they were at the time of writing it.