The new issue is now posted -- here's a rundown of the contents.
The Musicians' Gambits -- Profiles of popular Christian music groups. This time: Stryper. I never understood a word these guys were singing, but I had a certain sympathy for them as artists -- trying to carve a niche to reach a certain group, while being condemned by the closed-minded (in this case, Jimmy Swaggart especially) who didn't "get it". How well I sympathize.
Beating Boring Bible Study -- A short, practical survey recommending a course of Bible study. Readers ask me now and then if I can recommend a course of Bible study, and I always say that something that is more to the point is better than something that strains to make books like Haggai wholly relevant to today.
A Ride in the Reconstruction Zone, Part 4 -- Last in the series on H. J. Rushdoony. I still didn't find hard evidence of Rushdoony's supposedly most offensive teachings, and he seems to have been victimized by some bogus quotes.
Grace Like Rain -- A "native informant" piece on life in a collectivist village. This guest piece by "A. J." is an excellent peek into the sort of social setting that existed in Bible times.
The ICBI Survey -- Statistical results of a survey of the qualifications of ICBI members to comment on Mike Licona's take on Matthew 27. There were over 300 members of ICBI, and by my reckoning no more than 30 were/are (some are deceased) qualified to assess the Licona-Geisler controversy. Geisler's appeal to this group needs serious qualification.
Source Criteria Soundoff-- Some comments on Sources of the Jesus Tradition, a book produced by the Jesus Project, and its criterion for deciding what Jesus said and did. This is an initial step into what I hope to someday make into a broader project on criterion for evaluating sources.