WBC Software Super Sale: Just $9.99 for Each Word Biblical Commentary Volume

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Right now, each Word Biblical Commentary is just $9.99!

For a brief time all WBC volumes are on sale at Logos, Accordance, Olive Tree, and WORDsearch. You’ll save an average of 70% off the original price!

Just act fast, because this sale ends soon. Here are the deals:

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WBC has more #1-rated volumes than any other commentary series (source: BestCommentaries.com, view the top commentaries). These essential resources feature top-rated scholarship by Richard J. Bauckham, William D. Mounce, Gordon J. Wenham, John E. Goldingay, Richard N. Longenecker, and many others.

Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, featuring an international team of over 50 top scholars. These are the leading scholars of our day who share a commitment to Scripture as…

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10 Practical Steps for Living as an Ecclesial Theologian

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The Pastor-Theologian by Gerald Hiestand and Todd WilsonAs we begin another seminary school year and restart our church ministries post-summer, I’d like to recommend a vision of pastoral leadership and ministry that’s sorely lacking in the contemporary church:

The pastor theologian.

This vision is offered to future pastors and existing pastors alike by Gerald Hiestand and Todd Wilson in their new book The Pastor Theologian.

Their vision “represents a return to the day when pastors wrote theology that was richly theological, deeply biblical, historically informed, culturally aware, explicitly pastoral, and prophetic.” (86)

In particular, Hiestand and Wilson advocate resurrecting the pastor-theologian model exemplified by Irenaeus, Augustine, and Calvin: the ecclesial theologian.

Here is an overview of 10 practical ways you can live this calling…

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Mounce Archive 21 – Unreliable Etymologies

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

In one of his first “Mondays with Mounce” posts, Mounce explained how etymology can sometimes be helpful in determining the meaning of a word. However, just as a butterfly is not airborne oil, etymology is sometimes unreliable.

Check out the complete post here.

The etymology of a word is the meaning of its parts. In English we might talk about a “goalpost.” This is a goal that is formed by two vertical posts. In other words, in the creation of the word for where you kick the ball in soccer — excuse me, football — somebody took…

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How Scripture Reveals God – An Excerpt From I (Still) Believe

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I (Still) BelieveCan serious academic study of the Bible become threatening to one’s faith? I (Still) Believe answers this question with a resounding “Far from it!” Faith enhances study of the Bible and, reciprocally, such study enriches a person’s faith. With this in mind, this book asks prominent Bible teachers and scholars to tell their story reflecting on their own experiences at the intersection of faith and serious academic study of the Bible.

In today’s excerpt, R. W. L. (Walter) Moberly (Professor of Theology and Biblical Interpretation, Durham University) shares how his faith journey is intertwined with his work as a biblical scholar.


My professional life as a biblical scholar at Durham has been a continuing process of learning, trying to find categories and frames of reference that…

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Extrabiblical Sources as Context – An Excerpt from Reading Romans in Context

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How best should we approach extrabiblical sources when studying Scripture? That is the question asked in today’s excerpt from Reading Romans in Context. Since taking historical context into account is valuable, we cannot ignore a historical source simply because it is not in the biblical canon. Yet we want to be certain to handle it wisely.

Read on to get a glimpse into the recent release, Reading Romans in Context.


Paul’s letter to the Romans is widely celebrated as the apostle’s clearest and fullest exposition of the good news concerning Jesus Christ. As William Tyndale lauded, “[It] is the principal and most excellent part of the New Testament, and the most pure Euangelion, that is to say glad tidings and that we…

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Brueggemann, Gaventa, & McKnight Share Stories of Faith and Scholarship

Jeremy Bouma on 1 week ago. Tagged under ,,,.

I became a scholar (or teacher, or pastor) because of my professor, Professor x.

9780310515166_394_600_90I imagine it wasn’t difficult to fill in the x. Now imagine spending an extended session with them, to hear how their scholarship has affected their faith.

That’s the premise of a new collection of life stories by a diverse group of prominent Bible scholars, called I (Still) Believe.

It was the hope of editors John Byron and Joel Lohr “that more than anything the contributors present real stories, with all the complexities and struggles they may hold. And they do.” (13) The result is a deeply personal, at times surprising extended conversation with eighteen leading biblical scholars of our day.

Below are three stories of faith and scholarship, from Walter…

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Mounce Archive 20 – Incomplete Definitions

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Everyone needs a break once in a while, and Bill Mounce is taking one from his weekly column on biblical Greek until September. Meanwhile, we’ve hand-picked some classic, popular posts from the “Mondays with Mounce” archive for your summer reading and Greek-studying pleasure.

First-year Greek students memorize the gloss for εὐθύς as “immediately.” If we use that translation, according to the book of Mark, Jesus seems to be running around like crazy. Mounce reminds us to look back at a lexicon and realize words often have a wider semantic range than we use.

Consider the excerpt below or read the original post here.

One of the strange literary characteristics of the gospel of Mark is the apparently inordinate use of εὐθύς. It is an adverb I memorized as meaning “immediately.”

It occurs 59 times in the NT, 41 being…

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Is it Possible? – An Excerpt from Character Formation in Online Education

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We live in an era where education institutions are pioneering many new options. As we seek to understand if online education holds potential for the Christian institution, author Joanne J. Jung says it does. In fact, she claims online learning can offer benefits traditional classroom learning can’t. Through the pages of Character Formation in Online Education, she guides instructors on how to create online education that matters.

This excerpt finds Jung setting out her argument right out of the gate. Read on to get a taste.


Advertising for online courses is ubiquitous: TV, radio, billboards, newspapers, magazines, the Internet. But are all online courses created equal? The general consensus among students is that online classes are easy. That descriptor, however, does not generally refer…

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[Common Places] Engaging with Kate Sonderegger: Interview (Part 1)

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Sonderegger_Katherine_photo2014The release of a book within a multi-volume systematic theology project makes for a momentous occasion in the world of systematic theology. Over the last few years a number of such projects have launched, none to greater acclaim or worthy of more significant attention than Katherine Sonderegger’s Systematic Theology. In a previous post we introduced and began to explore critically the volume on the Doctrine of God. In this and another post we will make available an interview that Scott Swain and Michael Allen had with Kate Sonderegger. In this post we inquire about her book’s organization, her theological influences, her commitment to monotheism (in light of charges that such a belief leads to hegemony and violence), and how this inaugural volume will relate to her upcoming volumes in…

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5 Reasons Christians Should Talk About Prostitutes and Polygamists

Jeremy Bouma on 2 weeks ago. Tagged under ,,,.

9780310518471Let’s talk about sex. The deviant, Old Testament kind.

As in prostitution, polygamy, rape, adultery, and incest.

If you’re blushing, you’re not alone. By the looks of it most of the Bride is too, given how little we talk about sexual sins and sex in general. David Lamb wants to change this.

“The church needs to talk about sex more,” writes Lamb in his new book Prostitutes and Polygamists, “not just the ideal but also the reality.” (19)

And the reality is sex is broken. It’s not the way it’s supposed to be at many levels. Which is why the Bible talks about it so much, and why we should too:

“The Bible gives us no excuse for being reluctant to talk about sexual…

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Prepare for Fall – eBook Sale

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Pastors eBook Sale

The store shelves filled with school supplies and dorm wares are a reminder that summer is coming to an end. For professors and pastors this means preparing hearts and minds for the coming academic and ministry year.

Here are a few recommendations for encouraging reads to help you ease from the last vestiges of summer into fall. This eBook sale features recently released The Emotionally Healthy Leader, now $7.99 (65% off!). Bestselling author Peter Scazzero shows leaders how contemplative spirituality holds profound implications for surviving stress.

Check out these resources soon – the sale ends 8/22:

The Emotionally Healthy Leader | Peter Scazzero | $7.99 (65% off!) Emotionally Healthy Church, Updated and Expanded | Peter Scazzero | $3.99 (63% off) The Pastor’s Ministry

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