Sunday Readings for March 21, 2010

Lent 5 – Passion Sunday – Year C Isaiah 43:16-21 Philippians 3:4b – 14 John 12:1-8 There could be no more effective sign of the power of almighty God than to demonstrate his authority over the forces of nature, by comparison with which all our human efforts are less than puny. Even in our highly […]

Why Believe

Why Believe

John Cottingham Continuum, hb, £14.99 Getting the tone right in apologetics is not easy. Many apologists are too concerned to score debating points at the expense of the likes of Richard Dawkins (admittedly a tempting target). Others claim too much for their argument and come across as overconfident and lacking in subtlety. It is not […]

God’s Big Picture

God’s Big Picture

Vaughan Roberts IVP, pb, £5.99 Roberts, the vicar of St Ebbe’s in Oxford, has produced a book that will fill in the blanks for those who struggle with Bible reading. The concept behind the book is that the Bible is really a library of 66 books, with 40 authors and written in many different genres. […]

Joyful Christianity

Joyful Christianity

Cally Hammond SPCK, pb, £8.99 A useful book at this time of year, Cally Hammond has written a devotional work focusing on the annunciation, the visitation and the nativity of Jesus before going on to the presentation in the temple and the finding in the temple. Hammond, the Dean of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, […]

1 & 2 Samuel

David G Firth Apollos, hb, £24.99 While the Apollos series on the New Testament (see above) bases itself on the Greek text, the Old Testament series takes a slightly different approach. Each part of the biblical text is translated from the Hebrew, and this is followed on notes on the text, for example, where a […]

The Acts of the Apostles

The Acts of the Apostles

David G Peterson Apollos, hb, £44.99 A massive work, that has taken 15 years of research and study, this new study gets to the heart of the book of the Bible that depicts the birth of the Christian church. The author, until recently the principal of Oak Hill theological college in London, is however referred […]

The Final Days of Jesus

The Final Days of Jesus

Shimon Gibson Lion, pb, £12.99 This new book comes from an archaeologist who works in Jerusalem with the WF Albright Institute of Archaeological Research. Drawing on 20 years of research, he has put together a book outlining the archaeological evidence for the events in the final weeks of the earthly life of Christ. A fascinating […]

The Lion Handbook to the Bible

The Lion Handbook to the Bible

Eds: Pat and David Alexander Lion, flexiback, £20.00 The old favourite has been updated and is now in its fourth edition. The original version of this Handbook broke the moulds when it first came out. The concise articles were accompanied by stunning full-colour photographs making it a sort of a cross between a coffee-table book […]