The Mirror or the Mask: Liberating the Gospels from Literary Devices by Lydia Mcgrew

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Did the Gospel writers deliberately alter or invent some of the events they report? Is such a practice acceptable, and can we still trust the Gospels if their authors modified history to support their theological agendas? If you are a New Testament scholar who has bought into the increasingly popular view that the Gospels follow Greco-Roman biographies in using “fictionalizing literary devices,” the answers to those questions are yes, yes, and yes. The rest of us, however, now have an excellent resource responding to these claims: Lydia McGrew’s newest book, The Mirror or the Mask.


The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander

“We learn more by looking for the answer to a question and not finding it than we do from learning the answer itself.”

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There’s an old saying, “Classics never die.” There are some stories that resonate with you more than others. You may recognize these stories as the memory that materializes when you experience a certain feeling or stand in a certain place. When they do visit, you may experience that same longing, heartache, and joy that you felt when you immersed yourself among the people and roads the story took you through.


6 Ways You Can Do More Reading This Year

If you’re one of thousands of busy, working, tired humans then it’s no surprise you probably feel like you have no time to read. Thankfully, there is a way! There are handy tricks you can integrate into your world to find more time to read and feel normal again. To sit back and kick your feet up with a book is probably not something you ever thought you could do (and you probably won’t until you retire) but reading is definitely something you can put on your “new you, new year” list.


The Green Meadow and Life's Lost Innocence

“For you will certainly carry out God’s purpose, however you act, but it makes a difference to you whether you serve like Judas or like John.” – C.S Lewis

There was a space in my childhood that I used to play in. I called it the meadow because it was simply a circular space of clean, bright green, grass surrounded by a circle of trees. It was beautiful and magical to me as a little girl. I’ve often wondered if it would hold the same magic for me as an adult.