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making-sense-of-the-bible Adam Hamilton, Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today, 2014

N. T. Wright, Surprised by Scripture: Engaging Contemporary Issues, 2014

Adam Hamilton is the pastor of the United Methodist Church of the Resurrection in Kansas City. He states in his Introduction “I love the Bible … and I wrestle with it. There are portions, if I’m honest, that I have questions about. There are statements on its pages that I don’t believe capture the character and will of God. I’m guessing, if you’re honest, you have questions too.”

surprised by scriptureHe writes for the layperson who finds the Bible difficult to understand and is troubled by some of the passages. This book results from the questions raised over the years by his congregation. It is easy to read and understand and takes on some of the most difficult issues of our contemporary society.

N. T. Wright is one of the most prolific Christian writers of our time. He is the former bishop of Durham in the Church of England and currently Chair of New Testament and Early Christianity at the School of Divinity at the University of St. Andrews. He known world-wide as the foremost scholar on the apostle Paul and has recently published a 2 volume tome Paul and the Faithfulness of God. (recently added to our library collection)

Wright writes about a series of topics including Healing the Divide between Science and Religion; The Biblical Case for Ordaining Women; 9/11, Tsunamis, and the New Problem of Evil; and Becoming People of Hope. This is worth reading and easily accessible to the average reader, but more scholarly than Adam Hamilton.

Both of these books are recent additions to our library. Take a few minutes and explore our library’s treasurers.

—Richard R. Kuns

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