Je Bent Jong & Je Wilt God

Raymond Hausoul and I edited a book, Je bent jong en je wilt God ("You're Young and You're Desiring God") in which several authors tried to address hot contemporary topics for youth and youth leaders. It was published in 2010 by Medema. Writing Next to editing, I also wrote two chapters: A chapter on multiculturalism [...]

Do Good Despite Suffering (1 Peter 3,13-22)

One of the most challenging human experiences is suffering. Every human faces it (although not to the same degree), and most of us struggle to channel it. In his first letter, Peter encourages his readers to take an example in Christ and endure in doing good despite of this suffering, in the realisation that it [...]

E.T. Alii, “Godsdienstpedagogiek: Dimensies en spanningen”

A group of Dutch scholars focusing on religious pedagogy compiled this work, showing the current state of affairs in their field and pointing towards the future. The book had a lot of promise but it didn’t deliver entirely. This review was published in the Nederlands Dagblad on Oct 13, 2009.

N.T. Wright, “Surprised by Hope”

N.T. Wright is know for his “new perspective” on Paul but also is playing a major role in challenging contemporary thinking about the eschaton (the end of times). He points towards the new earth (and not heaven) as the end point and focuses a lot on the practical implications of taking care of this world [...]

Jan Masschelein (ed.), “De lichtheid van het opvoeden”

More and more the field of education is flooded by instrumental approaches: a lot of talk on how to educate, but not on what to educate and by whom. Masschelein wants to challenge readers to understand the need for an inner drive for teaching and the importance about thinking about content. For this fresh and [...]

Jan Krans, “Beyond What Is Written” (unpublished)

For a seminar in Historical Theology we had to choose a scholarly book. I choose to look at Jan Krans’ PhD dissertation on the different approaches Beza and Erasmus, two contemporaries, had towards conjectures in the New Testament; alternative readings of the Greek text that have no backing in original manuscripts, but that make more [...]

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