Talking Back to Purity Culture by Rachel Joy Welcher (book review), part 1

This post contains adult subject matter. Here in 2021, it appears that the concept of "purity culture" has imploded upon itself. Joshua Harris was sort of a punchline even before he announced his apostasy. Every Man's Battle series author Stephen Arterburn is on his third marriage. He divorced his second wife after meeting his third … Continue reading Talking Back to Purity Culture by Rachel Joy Welcher (book review), part 1

Do You Feel Called by God? by Michael Bennett (book review)

Less than two months into my time on campus at Dallas Seminary, these words of unapologetic careerism came to us from a guest speaker at chapel: If you're in your fourth year — first, second, third-year students listen up — if you're in your fourth year, and you don't have a job offer yet, you've … Continue reading Do You Feel Called by God? by Michael Bennett (book review)

On Accusations Against Voddie Baucham and Fault Lines, part 1

On July 30th, Joel McDurmon posted a blog article titled "Voddie's Fault Lines Worse Than Before: Fake Quotations AND Plagiarism." McDurmon previously posted a series of videos critiquing Voddie Baucham's book, Fault Lines, that had not captured my attention despite my having written a review. However, this particular article appeared far more serious in its magnitude. I've … Continue reading On Accusations Against Voddie Baucham and Fault Lines, part 1

Jesus and John Wayne (book review)

Kristin Kobes Du Mez (pronounced "doo may") is a professor of history and gender studies at Calvin University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. In Jesus and John Wayne: How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation, she lays out a seventy-five-year history of evangelical culture with an aim towards explaining the cultural rise of Donald … Continue reading Jesus and John Wayne (book review)

Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham (book review)

Author's note (02 August 2021): I have become aware of Joel McDurmon's credible accusations of misquotation and plagiarism in Fault Lines. My own independent investigation into the misquotation issue confirms Baucham's misquotation of CRT scholar Richard Delgado on page xvi. I furthermore find — in agreement with McDurmon — that this was not merely a matter … Continue reading Fault Lines by Voddie Baucham (book review)

Manga Messiah (children’s book review)

Manga Messiah is the first to be published in a series of manga books that covers the narrative biblical canon. Manga Messiah in particular is a harmonization of the Gospels, starting with the birth story in Luke and ending with Acts 1:8, John 20:30; 21:25. The other books in the series are Manga Mutiny, Manga Melech ("king" … Continue reading Manga Messiah (children’s book review)

The Church History ABCs (children’s book review)

The Church History ABCs is a fun way for kids to learn about great figures in Christian history. Twenty-six heroes of the faith march through the alphabet, boldly telling their stories in language children can understand. This wide range of characters—men and women from across the centuries and from all over the globe—reflects the breadth of … Continue reading The Church History ABCs (children’s book review)

NASB 2020 Review (and GIVEAWAY!), part 1 — Gender, Slaves, and Lovingkindness

I now have two copies of the recently released NASB 2020. I'll give you a short preview of the physical editions, and then we'll dig into the translation. The Lockman Foundation is selling two primary offerings: the Large Print Ultrathin edition and the Giant Print edition. I initially made the mistake of ordering the Giant … Continue reading NASB 2020 Review (and GIVEAWAY!), part 1 — Gender, Slaves, and Lovingkindness

Book Review — Creation Basics & Beyond, 1st Edition

Creation Basics & Beyond sounds like a fairly generic, nondescript title, but it's actually fitting. Sometimes it can be very basic, and other times it goes beyond my understanding to the point that I have to just leave a note on the chapter to go back to it because I simply failed to grasp what … Continue reading Book Review — Creation Basics & Beyond, 1st Edition