Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The ESV Study Bible - Info is available

The ESV Study Bible is due to arrive on Wednesday, October 15, 2008. You can pre-order a copy in the store today, or call 616.957.3110 with questions. The list prices are as follows:

Hardcover with jacket: $49.99

TruTone editions: $74.99

Bonded leather editions: $74.99

Genuine leather editions: $94.99

And a Premium Calfskin edition: $239.99

BBH also offers a 20% discount to Pastors, Churches and students in the store. (Prices on the website may vary.)

"The ESV is a dream come true for me. The rightful heir to a great line of historic translations, it provides the continuity and modern accuracy I longed for. Now the scope and theological faithfulness of the ESV Study Bible study notes is breathtaking. Oh how precious is the written Word of God." - John Piper, Bethlehem Baptist Church

Beverly Van Kampen joins "Shack" panel!

Author and speaker, Beverly Van Kampen will be participating in the BBH book discussion on The Shack. Mrs. Van Kampen will be joined by other panelists (check back for details) and William P. Young via phone.

Beverly Van Kampen is the author of The GodSense Devotional and The Bible Study Teacher's Guide. To learn more about Mrs. Van Kampen and her ministry visit
The Shack book discussion will be:
Thursday August 21, 2008
Due to limited space, tickets are required.
Call 616.957.3110 for FREE tickets.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Brian McLaren comes to BBH!

Author and activist, Brian McLaren, will be speaking and signing books at BBH on Saturday, August 16, from 6pm to 8pm. Entry is free, but space is limited so arrive early!

Brian's most recent releases are Finding Our Way Again and Everything Must Change.

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Author of "The Shack" shares his thoughts!

William P. Young, author of "The Shack," will be participating in the BBH book discussion via phone! At a recent Christian retail conference he offered to participate after hearing about the event. Thanks William!

The book discussion will take place on Thursday, Aug. 21 at 7pm in our Kentwood location. It is a free event, but seating is limited so we ask that you pick up tickets at our customer service desk.

email Andrew with questions:
or call the store: 616-957-3110

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

The Shack - Discussing the Trinity Part 1: Papa

Everyone seems to be talking about William Young's, "The Shack" right now, so I thought it would be fun to join the conversation. There are a handful of topics presented in the book that Theologs are discussing. For the sake of time and space, I'll just stick to one issue: The Trinity. Specifically, what are the strengths and weaknesses of Young's portrayal of the Trinity throughout the book, and what are the positive and negative effects this may have on the church?

I'd love to hear feedback from every point of view, but please, let's keep it clean.

With this first post we'll examine "Papa." For the remainder of the discussion I will refer to "Papa" interchangibly with "God" meaning the figure of the Trinity traditionally called "God the Father."

How is he/she portrayed and what are the implications of this portrayal? I'll list a few observations, you can post your responses.

1) God is a woman named "Papa": See p.86 and 91. The average Christian thinks of God as a man, even the Lord's prayer refers to "Our Father," but a number of scholar's conclude that God is genderless. What are your thoughts?

2) God has scars from the cross: On p.95-96 Papa reveals her scarred wrists to Mack. "We were there (on the cross) together." (p.96) Mack asks about Matt.27:46 - "My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?" (NIV) Papa responds with "you didn't understand the mystery." So was God crucified with Christ, or was Christ forsaken, or both? One step further, was the Holy Spirit crucified too? ("We were there...")

3) God became human with Christ: See p. 99: "When we three spoke ourself into human existence as the Son of god, we became fully human. We also chose to embrace all the limitations that this entailed. Even though we have always been present in this created universe, we now became flesh and blood." Despite the pronoun and tense confusion in this paragraph, what does this say of the incarnation? Were all three human? Or was only Christ human with the other two present in him? Can this question really be answered definitvely?

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

"Jesus Mean and Wild" - Mark Galli

Mark Galli is one of those writers who couldn’t be boring if he tried. In Jesus Mean and Wild Galli presents those aspects of Jesus from the Gospels that tend to make the reader a bit uncomfortable. The book walks through selected passages from the Gospel of Mark and is illustrated with figures from Church History. This combination provides the reader with a depth not commonly found in popular treatments of Jesus.

Galli’s book is a helpful and balanced antidote to the all too common picture of Jesus as someone who was perennially nice and just walked about spouting gems of wisdom to passers by. The Jesus of the Gospels is far removed from this image. Galli observes how Jesus “sternly charged” people and was sometimes angry. He cursed the fig tree and destroyed a herd of swine. The reactions to Jesus’ actions are described as “amazed,” “utterly astounded,” “terrified,” “fear and trembling,” and “terror and amazement.”

A particular strength of the book is Galli’s pastoral experience and keen eye for avoiding extremes. Galli is a former pastor and a senior managing editor of Christianity Today. No where does this experience show better than when he carefully nuances his presentation. For example, chapter 16 begins with “Just when we need him most, God forsakes us.” (p.165) Galli acknowledges that “this is a disturbing thought . . . but it is a truth of human experience. We would do well to acknowledge it up front.” In a chapter that is brimming with the potential for pessimism Galli faces a truth of the Christian life and shows the silver lining.

This is a book that is forged in the realities of the Christian life. In the end we find Jesus—undomesticated, mean and wild but “pulsating with unnerving and irresistible love.”

By Louis