Trinitarian Letters by Paul Kurts (Book Review)

Trinitarian Letters

I actually feel bad about publishing this review. I know that what I have to say will come across as very harsh. Should the author read this review, I apologize. I mean no personal disrespect. However, I promised to provide an honest review upon receiving a free copy of Trinitarian Letters. What follows is my honest opinion.

The first thing that struck me about this book was the formatting. I don’t usually comment on such things, preferring to focus on the content of books. However, this book was nearly impossible to read past the ALL CAPS SHOUTING. I don’t think there is a page in the book without shouting. In some places, the author even applied bold formatting to his all caps text. I also found an instance of no fewer than 35 exclamation points in a row.

Trinitarian Letters was published by West Bow Press, which is the self-publishing division of Thomas Nelson. The fact that it is self-published is quite evident. In addition to the problem with shouting, there are hardly any pages that do not suffer from atrocious spelling and grammar mistakes.

The Name of Jesus or Yeshua?

Jesus

I had a great conversation on Facebook the other day, regarding the name of Jesus. Amado and I were talking about Messianic Judaism and specifically how many refer to Jesus as Yeshua.

They do have a point. Jesus isn’t really his name (and Christ certainly isn’t his last name, but that’s perhaps another post).

Jesus is actually an Anglicization (English version) of the Greek name Iesous. And Iesous is a Hellenization (Greek version) of the Hebrew name Yeshua.

Quick Reminder to Love Kermit Gosnell

Kermit Gosnell

As I write this, my Facebook feed is filled with links to and comments on the conviction of Kermit Gosnell. There is much rejoicing among fellow believers.

I too rejoice at seeing justice prevail. I rejoice at the fact that this man will no longer have the ability to murder children. And I rejoice at the precedents this conviction will set.

At the same time, I am saddened—not by the conviction, but by some of the reactions I’m seeing. Many of the comments in my feed (though certainly not all of them) reveal a hatred for Dr. Gosnell.

Brothers, he is not the real enemy. And besides, we are commanded to love even our enemies.

God’s Favorite Place on Earth by Frank Viola (Book Review)

God’s Favorite Place on Earth

God’s Favorite Place on Earth—the title is quite a bold claim. How could Frank Viola know where God’s favorite place is found?

Well, if you’re expecting a theological treatise on the question, look elsewhere. That’s not really the point of the book. “God’s favorite place” simply refers to Bethany, the town where Jesus always received his warmest welcomes during his earthly ministry.

The book focuses on the events recorded in the four Gospels that took place in this town.

Bethany is where Jesus’ friends Mary, Martha, Lazarus, and Simon lived. Bethany is where Jesus healed Simon of his leprosy and where Jesus raised Lazarus back to life. Bethany is where Mary sat at Jesus’ feet and where Mary later anointed Jesus with her costly oil. Bethany is where Martha professed to Jesus, “I believe that you are the Messiah, the Son of God, the one coming into the world” (John 11:27, CJB).