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In the November–December issue, subscribers can look forward to:

An interview with Texas pastor JR Vassar

Vassar talks with us about his recent book, Glory Hunger, which addresses our culture’s obsession with fame and personal platform. The hunger for glory, he says, “is an innate desire in all of us. We’re made in the image of God, who created Adam and Eve and spoke a resounding verdict over their lives—‘very good.’ Those words, spoken by the ultimate person in the universe, grant unbelievable dignity, honor, and value.”

Of course, that’s not how the story ends. Genesis 3 tells how the influence of sin altered Adam and Eve’s relationship with their Creator. “Instead of commendation, they were now under God’s condemnation,” Vassar says. “What Adam lost for us in the garden, we’ve been trying to get back on our own. For them and for us today, we want a positive verdict spoken over our lives. But that ache is only going to be satisfied in the gospel. Only that can free us from obsession over everyone else’s ‘yes.’ ”

An interview with Colombian scholar Daniel Salinas on the history of theology in Latin America

“Evangelicals in Latin America have often been told that they have no tradition—that evangelicalism is a faith for missionaries and outsiders. … As far as I know, the history of Latin American theology is taught only by one seminary in Chile—not anywhere else in Latin America,” Salinas says. “Until our pastors are trained in this area, the evangelical church in Latin America will continue to function like a church without roots.”

A special section tackling common stumbling blocks to interpretation

In “Literary Genre: Missing Clues in the Text,” Wheaton professor emerita Karen H. Jobes writes on the importance of understanding the literary genre of a biblical book:

“Imagine you’re sitting down to read, perhaps with a child next to you. The book in your hands begins, “Once upon a time.” You immediately recognize the phrase and what it signifies. You’re about to read a story—maybe a fairy tale with talking animals and strange creatures. Now imagine you’re a student taking a physics course. If your textbook began, “Once upon a time,” you’d no doubt be confused by the phrase and wonder how you should understand it in a scientific context.”

And in “The World of the Bible: Neglecting the Cultural Divide,” theologian Michael F. Bird writes on the danger of discounting the cultural context of the Bible:

“British novelist L. P. Hartley famously wrote, “The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.” This certainly is true with respect to the Bible. The world of the first century, whether Jerusalem, Corinth, or Rome, is vastly different from the world we inhabit. If we want to understand the Bible correctly, then we must “mind the gap,” as the trains in London say—the cultural gap between ourselves and the ancient world of the biblical authors and their audiences.”

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