Pope Francis Publishes First Book

Pope Francis lays out his case for emphasizing the merciful face of the Catholic Church in his first book as pontiff, saying God never tires of forgiving and actually prefers the sinners who repent over self-righteous moralizers who don’t.

CHR Comment: Based on reviews, Pope Francis is clear that he believes God is merciful and that Christians should also be merciful. However, the book is not clear on another point of doctrine that is essential to that emphasis. It does not provide clear answers about sin, or at least about certain controversial topics. If the doctrine of sin remains unclear, then the doctrine of repentance and forgiveness remains unclear. If forgiveness is unclear, people may be left in self-righteousness or uncertainty and the result is not mercy but malaise. More to come on all this, to be sure.

The second review posted below includes some direct quotations of the book. His comments on the issues of corruption are most interesting.

Source: Francis lays out case for mercy in 1st book as pope – The Washington Post

USA Today Review with Quotations

Ian Howard Marshall, Courageous and Winsome Bible Scholar

A tribute to the New Testament expert who kept the flame of evangelical scholarship from burning out.

CHR Comment: I. Howard Marshall (1934-2015) was a well established New Testament scholar who supported and advanced academic study and publishing among Evangelicals. The article provides anecdotes from other scholars who valued his service and influence.

Source: Died: Ian Howard Marshall, Courageous and Winsome Bible Scholar | Christianity Today