A Paying Customer’s Review of the ESV Reader’s Set

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esv1I recently splurged. I shelled out the $300 dollars for Crossways new deluxe six volume leather-bound reader’s edition of the ESV. I actually pre-ordered it and while I was waiting for it, I read numerous rave reviews of it that really whet my appetite. And somewhere along the way it occurred to me that none of those reviews came from anyone who plunked down their own hard earned money for the set, and I thought it might be worthwhile to add something that is missing from the conversation, a paying customer’s review of the ESV Reader’s Edition Set.

Now before we get started, we need to say a little something about the “paying” part of paying customer. … Continue reading

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I Hate Christianbook.com

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cbdEvery morning I start the day the same way, I take my dog, Buster, for a walk, and on the way in, I pick up the previous day’s mail. Most days I carry a ton of junk mail right to the garbage can. I find it puzzling that so many businesses/ministries/non-profits/politicians invest in mailings that in most homes go directly in the round file, but I don’t really care much about it. At worst junk mail is mostly innocuous, if somewhat annoying. But there is one thing that shows up with great regularity that I find truly offensive.  It is a catalogue, it is a catalogue that promotes sin, it is a catalogue that attacks the very foundation of the Christian life, and it is a catalogue, that as a shepherd of God’s people, quite frankly makes my blood boil.… Continue reading

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They Come From France

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coneheadsThey come from France. That was the explanation that the conehead family would offer (in the classic SNL sketch and the much less classic movie) when someone noticed that they were clearly aliens from outer space. The response they typically got was a puzzled shrug, that seemed to say “you seem like you are from outer space, but I guess you could be French.” Along with their consuming of “mass quantities,” their deflection “we come from France,” and its reception formed the satirical underpinnings of the sketch.

In this strangest of political seasons, we, as American Christians, couldGospel-and-Citizen-cover-for-web use an alien perspective. … Continue reading

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Reading Recommendations

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One blessing about pastoral ministry is the need to read. We asked each regular contributor two questions: “What are you currently reading?” and “What is the best book you’ve read so far in 2016?” Please feel free to pass on what you’re reading and make recommendations to us.

Dr. Dennis M. Swanson

I recently finished what I think will be a standard work on the subject of the Bible for many years. The Enduring Authority of the Christian Scriptures (Eerdmans 2016) edited by D. A. Carson is one of those “once in a decade” works. A comprehensive examination of Scripture from evangelical scholars, a project about 10 years in the making.… Continue reading

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Charles Bridges & Christian Ministry

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Not too long ago a friend asked me if I had ever read Charles Bridges work The Christian Ministry; with An Inquiry into the Causes of its Inefficiency as he and some Bridges bookother men in his local church are going to be reading through it together. I have indeed read this tome, and wrote an overview/review of it while at student at The Master’s Seminary. What follows is a very broad overview of Bridges’ work along with the observations I made upon its first reading and I thought that not only my friend but our readers here at Parking Space 23 might find it useful.… Continue reading

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