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Book Notice: “Lit!” by Tony Reinke

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Here’s the way I see it. Here in the USA, we are at a fork in the road: on the left are books and serious thinking, and on the right is Twitter, Facebook, and whole lot of ignorant. Don’t get me wrong. I am not against social media per se. … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Randall Silvis on “Why I Read”

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I’m never upset to discover that the article I’m about to read is brief, witty, and thought-provoking. That is why I liked Randall Silvis’s recent article, “Why I Read.”[1] In the article, Silvis describes the ways in which he tries to dupe his students into reading, so that eventually they … Read More »

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Briefly Noted: Mikita Brottman’s “Tackling Texts Alone”

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In a recent article, “Tackling Texts Alone,” Mikita Brottman bemoans the inordinate emphasis that many college educators place on forging links with the local community (e.g. taking field trips).[1] She argues that, for certain courses, such community interaction is an imposition rather than an enhancement. In certain courses, the students … Read More »

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Sending Santa to Amazon: Top Sixteen Books to Buy as Christmas Gifts

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There are three types of people in our country. There are, first of all, those who are able to read but do not read books. An AP-Ipsos poll recently revealed that 25% of Americans do not read books, while other polls have put the number higher, at around 50%. It … Read More »

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Q&A 17: What does it take for a pastor to be intellectually vibrant and well-read in the pastorate?

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Question: What does it take for a pastor to be intellectually vibrant and well-read in the pastorate? Reply: I believe nothing is more valuable in achieving this goal than that one would commit himself to be an expository preacher. That approach to preaching will keep one in the word week … Read More »

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On Disciplined Reading (4): Why Should I Read? Other Advantages of Reading

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In the first installment of this series, I gave a theological reason that one might want to read: God himself gave humans the unique ability to read and write, and to use our rational and imaginative capacities for his glory is one way that we reflect his image. In this … Read More »

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On Disciplined Reading (3): How Should I Read? Tips on Getting the Most from Your Reading

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If you would like to become a disciplined reader, you probably need to make a plan. That’s right. Make a list of books that you would like to read in each of your various categories of interest. If you have difficulty finding the right books to read in each category, … Read More »

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On Disciplined Reading (2): What Should I Read? Choosing from a Vast Array of Options

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Determining what to read is more than a little important. Of the many books in any given library or bookstore, most can be left unread without any fear of intellectual or moral deprivation. Even (and sometimes especially) the bestsellers are not necessarily worth reading. So what should a seminary student … Read More »

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On Disciplined Reading (1): Three Types of People

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“Of making many books there is no end.” (Ecc 12:12) ____________________ There are three types of people in our country. There are, first of all, those who do not read. An AP-Ipsos poll recently revealed that 25% of Americans do not read books, while other polls have put the number … Read More »

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Why Johnny Can’t Preach

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Last week our Lifeway Campus store asked me for a list of five favorite books that they could display in their store as recommended reading. They are asking various professors from our faculty to do this throughout the year. I wanted an ancient work, which was easy to choose – … Read More »

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