BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 31, 2014

Cover ArtScot McKnight, at Jesus Creed, continues his reflections on Andrew Root’s Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker.

“It may well be that the youth do have the right to protest against their elders. If that be the case, however, the authenticity of such protest will be demonstrated by youth’s willingness to maintain solidarity with the guilt of the church-community and to bear that burden in love, abiding in penitence before God’s word.”

At The Gospel Coalition, Grant Gaines reviewed For the Glory of God by Daniel Block.

The Drama of Scripture, by Craig Bartholomew and Michael Goheen, was reviewed by Miguel Echevarria at Books at a Glance, and recommended by Ed Stetzer in a Christianity Today article about Biblical literacy.

Eric McKiddie, at Pastoralized, recommended A New Testament Biblical Theology by G.K. Beale.

At Words on the Word, Abram K-J recommended Rodney Decker’s Reading Koine Greek.

John Morehead reflected on the Handbook of Religion, edited by Terry Muck, Harold Netland and Gerald McDermott.

Bryan Litfin, author of Early Christian Martyr Stories, and Mark Noll, author of From Every Tribe and Nation, were each interviewed on The Janet Mefferd Show. You can listen to Litfin’s interview here, and Noll’s here.

Bonhoeffer T-shirt Giveaway!

Bonhoeffer tshirt

Luther Seminary and Baker Academic are offering you a chance to get a free awesome t-shirt. This is a must for all Bonhoeffer lovers!

Here is how to get one of the 11 free shirts: Tweet a picture of you with Andrew Root’s new book Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker (if you have the Kindle version, you’ll need to get creative) with the hashtag #BonhoefferasYW (also add @LutherSeminary or @BakerAcademic) and for bonus points insert the a URL of Root’s book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble,, or another retailer.

The five people with the most retweets between October 29 and November 12 will receive a shirt. (We will even send it out via international mail, so come on, New Zealand!).

If you don’t have Twitter we have a Facebook option: Simply post your picture with Root’s book, including the hashtag #BonhoefferasYW, and the four people with the most likes will get a shirt.

The other two shirts will be given to those with the two funniest pictures with Root’s book (keep it clean!).

These pictures will be judge by a star-studded committee of:

Nancy Lee Gauche (Luther Seminary)
Trinity McFadden (Baker Academic)
Joan Rivers (eternal memory)
Louis C.K. (our dreams)

So start posting!

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 24, 2014

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BA Books & Authors on the Web – October 17, 2014

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Bonhoeffer’s First Theses on Youth Work – an Excerpt from Bonhoeffer as Youth Worker

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