Francis Chan talks about hell in preparation for a forthcoming book. Thoughts?

– W. Travis McMaken begins a series looking at baptism as it has been understood by the church in North Africa over time here and here.

– James McGrath argues that there will be no Second Coming here. If this is true I wish I could know because I’d be done with this Christianity thing. I guess I’ll have to stick with the historic church on this one.

– Ray Hollenbach talks about the challenges of “church discipline” here.

– Katie of WIT explains what the war on drugs and the war on terror have in common here.

– Rodney Thomas asks which doctrine is used to scare people into conversion more: Satan? Hell? The rapture? The Second Coming? Answer here.

– Jim West challenges the idea of praying to saints here. Michael Barber begins a series of responses here.

– James Sawyer talks about being a learner here.

– Bruce Reyes-Chow asks why you do or do not comment on blogs here.

– Derek Ouellette reviews Richard Horsley’s Jesus and Empire here.

– T.C. Robinson cracks into Tony Evans’ Oneness Embraced here.

– Amanda Mac shares some thoughts on Horton’s The Christian Faith here.

– Jim DeYoung post pt. 2 of his review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins here.

The following new reviews have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature and listed on the RBL blog (

Margaret Barker
Creation: A Biblical Vision for the Environment
Reviewed by John Painter

Allen Dwight Callahan
The Talking Book: African Americans and the Bible
Reviewed by Nyasha Junior

David J. A. Clines, ed.
The Concise Dictionary of Classical Hebrew
Reviewed by Gilbert Lozano

Jörg Frey, Jens Herzer, Martina Janßen, and Clare K. Rothschild, eds.
Pseudepigraphie und Verfasserfiktion in frühchristlichen Briefen
Reviewed by Christoph Stenschke

Mladen Popovic, ed.
Authoritative Scriptures in Ancient Judaism
Reviewed by Stefan C. Reif

Sol Scharfstein
Torah and Commentary: The Five Books of Moses: Translation, Rabbinic and Contemporary Commentary
Reviewed by David M. Maas

Konrad Schmid
Genesis and the Moses Story: Israel’s Dual Origins in the Hebrew Bible
Reviewed by Richard E. Averbeck

Ian W. Scott
Paul’s Way of Knowing: Story, Experience, and the Spirit
Reviewed by David M. Allen

Michael B. Shepherd
The Twelve Prophets in the New Testament
Reviewed by Stephen Moyise

Samuel I. Thomas
The “Mysteries” of Qumran: Mystery, Secrecy, and Esotericism in the Dead Sea Scrolls
Reviewed by Stephen Reed