– Ray Hollenbach ponders why Jesus didn’t go straight to heaven after the resurrection here.

– T.C. Robinson addresses God’s sovereignty in light of natural disasters here.

– Bobby Grow lists the various strands of Calvinism here.

– Kevin DeYoung thinks theologically about Memorial Day here.

– Dan Martin says we shouldn’t display the nation’s flag in the sanctuary here. I concur!

– Roger Olson explains American Christianity here.

– Marc Cortez tells us about eleven things we shouldn’t have to learn from mega churches here.

– Chris Ritter explains the gospel of Oprah here.

– Jim DeYoung’s sixth entry on Love Wins is available here.

The following new reviews have been added to the Review of Biblical Literature and listed on the RBL blog (http://rblnewsletter.blogspot.com/):

James K. Beilby and Paul Rhodes Eddy, eds.
The Historical Jesus: Five Views
Reviewed by Pieter F. Craffert

Corrine L. Carvalho
Encountering Ancient Voices: A Guide to Reading the Old Testament
Reviewed by Achim Mueller

Jeremy Corley, ed.
New Perspectives on the Nativity
Reviewed by Mark R. C. Grundeken

Thomas B. Dozeman, ed.
Methods for Exodus
Reviewed by Brian D. Russell

Yael S. Feldman
Glory and Agony: Isaac’s Sacrifice and National Narrative
Reviewed by Lena-Sofia Tiemeyer

Norman K. Gottwald; Rebecca J. Kruger Gaudino, ed.
The Hebrew Bible: A Brief Socio-Literary Introduction
Reviewed by David M. Maas

Hans-Josef Klauck, Bernard McGinn, Paul Mendes-Flohr, Choon-Leong Seow, Hermann Spieckermann, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric Ziolkowski, eds.
Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception: Volume 1: Aaron-Aniconism
Reviewed by Christoph Stenschke

Laura Nasrallah and Elisabeth Schüssler Fiorenza, eds.
Prejudice and Christian Beginnings: Investigating Race, Gender, and Ethnicity in Early Christianity
Reviewed by Hal Taussig

Raymond F. Person
The Deuteronomic History and the Book of Chronicles: Scribal Works in an Oral World
Reviewed by Frank H. Polak

Jerome T. Walsh
Old Testament Narrative: A Guide to Interpretation
Reviewed by John E. Anderson