Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Featured Authors: Holtzen and Sirvent

By Faith and Reason: The Essential Keith Ward, edited by Wm Curtis Holtzen and Roberto Sirvent (London: Darton, Todd, & Longman; Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2012.)
Includes new material by Keith Ward written specifically for this collection.

Philosopher and theologian Keith Ward is one of the most prolific scholars alive. This reader offers a distillation of Ward’s most incisive pieces collected together for the first time. It will be an invaluable resource for students of philosophy of religion, apologetics, contemporary theology, religion and science and philosophy of science, and for any general reader interested in comparative theology and the interplay between science and faith.

Sections include:
  • The Concept of God
  • Faith and Science
  • The Bible and its Interpretation
  • In Defence of Religion
  • Inter-Faith Dialogue and Disagreement
Keith Ward has authored nearly 30 books and has contributed to over 50 books and journals. He is a Fellow of the British Academy and (since 1972) an ordained priest in the Church of England. He has held posts at several prominent universities including Cambridge and Oxford and was a Canon of Christ Church, Oxford until 2003. In 1993-94 he gave the prestigious Gifford Lectures and has appeared as a key expert on various television shows and programs. Ward has become one of the top names in theology and has influenced a number of key theologians and philosophers working in the areas of faith, science, religion, and the doctrine of God. (From Darton, Todd & Longman.)

Available for check out at the Darling Library.

Available for sale at in paperback and Kindle editions.

Curtis Holtzen, D.Th.
Professor of
Philosophy and Theology
Roberto Sirvent, Ph.D.,J.D.
Associate Professor of
Political and Social Ethics

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Poetry Jam: Call for Poets

Go to submission form.
The Darling Library and the English Department of Hope International University have partnered together to sponsor the first ever HIU Poetry Jam.
Students, staff, and faculty of Hope are invited to submit original or interpreted poetry for consideration using this online submission form.

The deadline for submission is Monday, February 29, 2016.
  • Multiple poems may be submitted but only one will be selected. 
  • Multiple short poems (haikus, etc.) may be considered as one submission.
  • You will be notified by March 7 if your poem is selected.
For questions about the event, contact Amanda Boyd ( or Katy Lines (

Save this date:
The first ever HIU Poetry Jam will be held
in the Darling Library
on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 6:30 PM.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Featured Author: Vince Antonucci

Speaking in chapel this week is Vince Antonucci, Lead Pastor of Verve on the Las Vegas Strip -- "A church for people who don't like church."

Books by Vince Antonucci:

2008. I Became a Christian and All I Got Was This Lousy T-Shirt: Replacing Souvenir Religion with Authentic Spiritual Passion. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

2010. Guerrilla Lovers: Changing the World with Revolutionary Compassion. Grand Rapids, Mich.: Baker Books.

2013. Renegade: Your Faith Isn't Meant to Be Safe. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Books.

2015. God for the Rest of Us: Experience Unbelievable Love, Unlimited Hope, and Uncommon Grace. Carol Stream, Illinois: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc..

See his Amazon Author page for more information.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Faculty Publication Highlight: David L. Matson

Dr. David Matson, Professor of Biblical Studies, has recently been published in Baylor University's Perspectives in Religious Studies. Established in 1972, Perspectives in Religious Studies (PRSt) is a publication produced for the National Association of Baptist Professors of Religion. This journal is now published quarterly and began with the first issue appearing in 1974.

“Eating and Drinking Whatever They Provide” (Luke 10:5–7): Luke’s Household Mission of the Seventy(-Two) in Light of the Philip Esler/E. P. Sanders Debate.

Scholars have long noted the prominence of table fellowship in the writings of Luke. But as the Christian mission gradually expands to include Gentiles, exactly what kind of table fellowship does Luke envision taking place? In mixed eucharistic settings, do Jews eat separately from Gentiles, bring their own food, or share in common provisions with Gentiles? Against the backdrop of an intense debate in New Testament scholarship, particularly between Philip F. Esler and E. P. Sanders, this article develops a distinctively Lukan model based on the indiscriminate household mission of the Seventy(-two) that supports Esler’s definition of table fellowship as personalized eating rather than the parallel eating model assumed by Sanders. That Luke uses food to symbolize the breaking down of barriers between people groups, however, is not without its problems in this postcolonial age. (Perspectives in Religious Studies Index)

Matson, David Lertis. "'Eating and Drinking Whatever They Provide' (Luke 10:5–7): Luke’s Household Mission of the Seventy(-Two) in Light of the Philip Esler/E. P. Sanders Debate." Perspectives In Religious Studies 42, no. 4 (Winter 2015): 371–389.

This is not the first time he has been published in this peer-reviewed journal. Co-authored with Warren S. Brown, "Tuning the faith: the Cornelius story in resonance perspective," was published in the Winter 2006 issue.

You can find this journal in print on the first floor of the Darling Library or online through the EBSCO ATLA Religion Database.

Congratulations, Dr. Matson!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Regular Hours Begin

With the start of the Spring 2016 semester, the library begins operating regular hours:

Regular Hours:
Sunday, 2:00pm to 11:00pm
Monday-Thursday, 7:45am to 11:00pm*
Friday, 7:45am to 5:00pm
Saturday, Closed

*Closed 9:30am to 10:30am for Barnabas Groups on Tuesdays and Chapel on Thursdays.

For a complete calendar of library hours and exceptions go to

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

The Darling Library will be closed in honor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on Monday, January 18th.
Library Hours for the week of January 18, 2016:
Monday, Closed
Tuesday-Wednesday, 12:00pm to 6:00pm
Thursday, 7:45am to 11:00pm
Friday, 7:45am to 5:00pm
Saturday, Closed
Sunday, 2:00pm to 11:00pm

Friday, January 15, 2016

Faculty Publication Highlight: Greg Jenks

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Jenks, R. Gregory. Paul and His Mortality: Imitating Christ in the Face of Death. Bulletin of Biblical Research Supplement Series, edited by Craig Blomberg and Richard S. Hess, vol. 12. Winona Lake, IN: Eisenbrauns, 2015.

While many books are written on Jesus' death, a gap exists in writings about the theological significance of a believer's death, particularly in imitation of Jesus'. Paul, as a first apostolic witness who talked frequently about his own death, serves as a foundational model for how believers perceive their own death. While many have commented about Paul's stance on topics such as forensic righteousness and substitutionary atonement, less is written about Paul's personal experience and anticipation of his own death and the merit he assigned to it.

Paul and His Mortality: Imitating Christ in the Face of Death explores how Paul faced his death in light of a ministry philosophy of imitation: as he sought to imitate Christ in his life, so he would imitate Christ as he faced his death. In his writings, Paul acknowledged his vulnerability to passive death as a mortal, that at any moment he might die or come near death. He gave us some of the most mournful and vitriolic words about how death is God's and our enemy. But he also spoke openly about choosing death: "My aim is to know him . . . to be like him in his death." This study seeks to show that Paul embraced death as a follower and imitator of Christ because the benefits of a good death supersede attempts at self-preservation. For him, embracing death is gain because it is honorable, because it reflects ultimate obedience to God, and because it is the reasonable response for those who understand that only Jesus' death provides atonement.

Studying mortality is paradoxically a study of life. Peering at the prospect of life's end energizes life in the present. This urgency focuses on living with mission in step with God, the Creator and Sustainer of life, who is rightly referred to as Life itself. By focusing on mortality, we focus on Paul's theology of life in its practical aspects, in particular, living life qualitatively, aware of God's kingdom and mission and our limited quantity of days.

Dr. Greg Jenks is an adjunct faculty member in the Pacific Christian College of Ministry and Biblical Studies of Hope International University.


Paul and His Mortality
Imitating Christ in the Face of Death
Bulletin for Biblical Research Supplement - BBRSup 12
by R. Gregory Jenks
Eisenbrauns, 2015
Pp. xv + 288, English
Cloth, 6 x 9 inches
ISBN: 9781575068336
List Price: $47.50
Your Price: $42.75