A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life

A Weblog Dedicated to the Discussion of the Christian Faith and 21st Century Life
I do not seek to understand that I may believe, but I believe in order to understand. For this also I believe, –that unless I believed, I should not understand.-- St. Anselm of Canterbury (1033-1109)


Books I've Written:

The word “holiness” has become somewhat unpopular, as people associate it with a holier-than-thou attitude, a judgmental approach to others, or a legalistic approach to Christian life.

But holiness is a word that is used a great deal in scripture and has a long history in Christian theology. Is it possible to talk about holiness as a positive element in living? Can people be called to be holy and in fact called holy?

Dr. Allan Bevere believes so. Working from the Wesleyan tradition, but also examining the broader record of Christian thought and the scriptural witness, he looks at what holiness is and is not. As he does so he finds it helpful and challenging rather than negative and destructive.

Who Is Jesus?: The Puzzle and the Portraits of a Divine Savior

"From a discussion of the Old Testament record piecing together the puzzle of biblical messianic prophecy through illumination of the Christological controversies of the first five centuries of Christian history, and then back to the four portraits of Jesus given to us in the canonical gospels, this book provides a clear description of how orthodox Christian scholarship can bring together the varied evidence in order to present a coherent theological picture of the Jesus of history. As Bevere contends, history and theology are not easily separated, but are two threads that create an interwoven tapestry in which events have meaning."-- Buy Now!

Colossians & Philemon: A Participatory Study Guide

"Dr. Allan Bevere has masterfully struck a perfect balance between history, theology, and modern scholarship that undergirds Paul's letters to the church in Colossi and his friend, Philemon. Allan outlines for us the clear connection between the two letters while highlighting the practical theological issues both were facing. Allan's attention to detail helps the reader draw closer to the personal issues of the early church while providing a pastoral path for individual spiritual growth and Christian maturity. This is a perfect participatory study for those seeking to deepen their faith in Christ."-- Dr. Robert C. McKibben, Retired United Methodist Pastor-- Buy Now!

The Politics of Witness: The Character of the Church in the World

"The Church has tragically returned again and again to the mistake of equating the progress of God's kingdom with the acquisition of temporal political power. Allan Bevere skillfully demonstrates that the modern religious right and left are equally attracted to this error. He calls the Church back to its mission of incarnating the alternative polis that is God's true kingdom -- a necessary corrective for all Christians in times of heated rhetoric and increasing civil strife."-- David Opderbeck, Seton Hall University-- Buy Now!

The Character of Our Discontent: Old Testament Portraits for Contemporary Times

"Allan Bevere has a remarkable way of connecting the heart of the Old Testament to the experience of modern Christians. And it offers food for the journey to all who desire to walk faithfully with the untamable, unsettling, ever-gracious God who encounters us through its pages. This book is quite a feast!"-- L. Daniel Hawk, Ashland Theological Seminary-- Buy Now!

All Is Not As It Seems: Old Testament Portraits for Contemporary Times

"Wisdom is the word I would use to describe the book. And I mean down to earth, kingdom of God in Jesus oriented wisdom. I was hit over and over again with thoughts or slants in ways of looking at things which were new to me. I finished the book knowing I was not finished with it. Food for thought to go back to later and reflect on."-- Ted Gossard, Jesus Community-- Buy Now!

Sharing in the Inheritance: Identity and the Moral Life in Colossians

"Bevere's work is an important contribution to the Colossian problem and is worth consulting. The book sheds new light on the Jewish nature of Colossians and its background. Bevere's thesis that the sharing in the inheritance of Israel is an important aspect in Colossians is convincing."-- Outi Leppa, University of Helsinki-- Buy Now!

Books I've Contributed to...

Jesus Is Lord, Caesar Is Not: Evaluating Empire in New Testament Studies

"These accessible studies are exemplary in their clarity, informed by excellent scholarship and highly insightful in their argumentation. Although it is acknowledged that 'empire criticism' has given us some valuable new insight, it is clearly shown that anti-imperial rhetoric is not a major emphasis of the NT, nor was it a key purpose of the NT authors to oppose Rome in what they wrote. These insightful essays advance our thinking on this very important topic and further our understanding of the gospel and of the relationship between God's kingdom and the powers of this world."-- Paul Trebilco, professor of New Testament studies, University of Otago, New Zealand-- Buy Now!

Jesus and Paul: Global Perspectives in Honour of James D. G. Dunn

"The most distinctive feature of [this] compilation is that all the contributors are former students of [Jimmy Dunn's] who went on to publish in the academic world and maintain either a professorship or leadership position in their respective fields, whether in Great Britain, mainland Europe, North America, or Asia. The essays they have contributed here explore New Testament pasages and topics relevant to Jesus and Paul, two persons whom Jimmy's own studies have frequented time and time again.--Editor's Preface-- Buy Now!

Five Practices: Leader Manual & Media

"Our congregation used this material and it was very helpful. It contains leader guides and dvds and a detailed plan for executing growth in various fruit of the spirit. What a great impact it had on our congregation."-- Terry A. Ball, Tulsa, OK-- Buy Now!

Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible

"A useful companion for scholars, students, and anyone seeking to learn more about the Bible, Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible presents a comprehensive critical approach to reading and studying that is detailed and easy to use. Replete with 134 illustrations, 16 color maps, and nearly 5,000 alphabetically ordered articles compiled from 600 sources, this reference offers an excellent core of up-to-date knowledge. The density of each entry is impressive; explanations of historical questions, canonical criticism, and cultural settings are rich and informative."-- Jacque Holthusen, Anglican Church-- Buy Now!