Christian publishing

The Colorization of Your Bible

On the weekend I realized that several articles we’ve done here at Thinking Out Loud and at Christian Book Shop Talk have a common theme: The progressively increasing use of color in Bibles. By this I don’t mean the addition of illustrations, such as is found in Children’s Bibles such as The Picture Bible or The Action Bible, but rather the use of color in otherwise unedited, full-text editions. There also isn’t time to talk about Biblezines, such as these…

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How to Accuse Someone of Heresy

Before you say: He’s not a Christian She doesn’t know the Lord He’s probably in hell today make sure you’ve worked your way through the normal method of drawing such conclusion. Citation You simply must quote the name of the work in question and page number. Include the quotation. If you can’t honestly bring yourself to purchase a copy of the author’s book, while I admire you for standing on your principles and not spending money on someone you don’t…

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America’s Last Significant Christian Bookstore Chain, LifeWay is Shutting Its Doors

On January 6th, 2018 the iconic James Draper Tower of the LifeWay complex in downtown Nashville was demolished. Thursday’s announcement of the closing of the retail chain sends even bigger shock waves. [Source: Tennessean – see below] Yesterday, Religion News Service reported: LifeWay Christian Resources announced Wednesday (March 20) it will close all 170 of its brick-and-mortar stores this year. That comes as LifeWay, the publishing arm of the Southern Baptist Convention, shifts its resources online. On what has been…

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When Should Christian Bookstores Pull Authors from Shelves and Online Listings?

Some of you know that when I’m not writing this blog and editing Christianity 201; when I’m not leading or assisting in weekend worship at a local church; when I’m not occasionally speaking at a church; during the rest of the time I am making decisions for our local Christian bookstore. One of the hardest decisions I made in 2018 was to remove books by Bill Hybels from our shelves. It isn’t that those books don’t contain much truth and…

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