A reader wrote in to express her disappointment about racially insensitive themes in a recent Home Forum essay.

By Melinda Bouma One of the coolest parts about working in Bible publishing is getting first-hand experience in reading new insights about the Bible, and learning at the feet (well, minds and hands!) of incredible Bible scholars and teachers. A popular Bible in the past few years—that is so popular it’s now available in three Bible translations—has been the Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible (Zondervan, 2017). The Zondervan Bible editor who worked on the project, Mike Vander Klipp, has worked on Bibles for over 20 years. Working on this Bible was invigorating for him, so I sat down to ask him…

Although Lewis was not always comfortable in the role of an evangelist, he was true to this task and regarded it as a necessary one. C. S. Lewis denied he was a theologian but he did declare “I am a rhetor.”[1] Since all rhetoric is persuasive—whether it be a request for someone to pass the salt or a shouted warning to flee a burning building—it is safe to say that through the spoken word as well as the written word Lewis sought to persuade. However, his methods were not manipulative. He was committed to objective value, seeking to follow the…