Traducción del libro Skills for Effective Counseling: A Faith-Based Integration

828601Creo que ya puedo hacer oficial el proyecto de traducción del libro Skills for Effective Counseling: A Faith-Based Integration que yo personalmente traduciré para la editorial española CLIE.

Este libro acaba de salir al mercado en inglés, el 14 de octubre para ser exactos, publicado por Intervarsity Press como parte de la colección Christian Association for Psychological Studies (Asociación Cristiana de Estudios Psicológicos).

Los autores Elisabeth A. Nesbit Sbanotto, Heather Davediuk Gingrich andFred C. Gingrich son profesores en el Denver Seminary, curiosamente cerca donde yo vivo, y son personas con una extensa experiencia en el área educativa y profesional de la consejería clínica.

El libro se enfoca en el uso de micro herramientas y habilidades en consejería, dando un enfoque muy práctico de lo que sucede dentro de las sesiones de consejería. Los lectores a quienes va dirigido este libro son consejeros cristianos (incluso seculares) y pastores ejerciendo labores de consejeros, no limitándose a esta audiencia.

El libro se compone de 486 páginas, por lo que la traducción va a ser algo laboriosa. Por eso agradezco las oraciones que puedan hacer por mí y por la futura difusión de este libro.

La fecha de lanzamiendo al mercado de la edición en español es incierta todavía, si bien una posible fecha podría ser el año 2018.

Agradezco a editorial CLIE que haya tenido a bien secundar mi idea de traducir este libro y haber mostrado su total respaldo y cooperación desde el principio.

Que el Señor bendiga Su obra,

Rubén de Rus.

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Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application (A. Chadwick Thornhill, 2016)

9780801018916-1New Testament Greek study has become a required are of study in almost every seminary. However, discrepancies regarding the most effective approach are still common among scholars.  Because of that and for other reasons, novice students may feel intimidated by Greek studies. At this point, a helpful and efficient introduction to New Testament Greek is crucial.

Greek for Everyone: Introductory Greek for Bible Study and Application (A. Chadwick Thornhill, 2016) is a recently released Greek resource for beginners published by Baker. As it is common and necessary among introductory Greek books, it begins with an introduction to Koine and a table containing the Greek alphabet. Thornhill provides an introduction to the study of grammar, including phrases, clauses, and conjunctions. The first three chapters are devoted to that.

The author graciously inserts a chapter (4) where he comments resources for navigating the Greek New Testament. That is of great help considering this is a book for beginners who do not know where to start. Interlineal Bibles, lexicons, analytical lexicons/parsing aids, concordances, and grammar resources are included in this chapter. Thornhill adapts his work to new generations by providing online resources for the study of the Koine Geek. Something I personally miss is the inclusion of software and computer programs available today that have become of great help for students of the New Testament Greek. The resources the author includes are free, while most of the programs require payment (BibleWorks, Logos, etc.)

Then the author moves to grammar issues, and chapter 5 is an introduction to Greek Verbs and Nominals. He states verbs “are the movers and shakers od languages” (Thornhill, 2016, p. 35). He includes person, number, voice, tense, time, and every pertinent aspect that must be addressed in the study of Greek verbs. From here to chapter 13, the book focuses on grammatical issues at an introductory level. Chapters 14 through 18 are complementary chapters that help readers to apply what can be learned from this book. Chapter 15 is a comparison of some English translations, while Chapter 17 is a call to avoid the study of words as if this approach will constitute a solid contribution to the understanding of the New Testament Greek. Thornhill alerts readers about the dangers of using this approach. Chapter 19 is of great help as it addresses the grammar of theology. In this chapter, the author comments on hermeneutical issues and how Geek grammar fits into it, including historical context. The appendixes included at the end of the book are also of great help for those initiating in the study of the New Testament Greek.

Summarizing, this book is called to become an outstanding book for those who want to initiate their studies of the New Testament Greek by themselves or in seminary. The author made a great effort in providing a clear introduction to the study of Greek. The only objection that can be made is the non-inclusion of electronic resources (pronunciation of words, for example) directly linked to this book, though the author refers to online external resources that include that. I anticipate this book will be a primary resource for decades to serve those initiating in the study of Greek.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Review: Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity: I-N

Sojourner Theology

9781619707276oThe landscape of specialized biblical and theological dictionaries produces continual growth year-by-year. These dictionaries generally boast a more focused intention on content and tend to provide a more unique product as an end goal. The level of usefulness of these dictionaries can vary greatly depending on the academic or personal interest of the individual. However, because of the unique quality of such works the price-point is generally out of reach for the average consumer—especially for a multi-volume work like that being reviewed here. The intersection of such usefulness and availability is tellingly rare in this distinctive reference genre, and thus when it is clearly observed attention should be widely merited.

The Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical and Post-Biblical Antiquity (DDL) edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson is a recent multi-volume dictionary series that is certain to offer itself as a benefit to many. At present, three…

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Review: The Emmaus Code: How Jesus Reveals Himself Through the Scriptures

The Domain for Truth


David Limbaugh. The Emmaus Code: How Jesus Reveals Himself Through the Scriptures.  Washington D.C: Regnery Publishing, November 9th, 2015.  256 pp.

The subject of this book is on the Messianic prophecies found in the Jewish Scriptures and how it was fulfilled by Jesus Christ.  This book truly surprised me.  The author is a conservative political commentator, author and the younger brother of talk radio host Rush Limbaugh.  Maybe it is because I became somewhat skeptical of talk show hosts writing books on Jesus after my experience of reading Bill O’reilly’ book on “Killing Jesus” (it left a bitter taste in my mouth with how poor the theology was) but when I first picked this book up my expectation was really low.  Again this book surprised me in the sense that it was really well researched and written.  At first I didn’t know what to make of the book’s…

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4 Reasons Spurgeon Died Poor

I was not able to avoid comparing this interesting facts about Spurgeon and prosperity preachers we have today.

NKJV Study Bible, Second Edition

_225_350_book-2012-coverIn recent decades, outstanding Study Bibles have been released by Christian publishing houses, which is always beneficial for those who like to study the Bible. Some of these bibles have become classic resources due to their seriousness and helpfulness in behalf of readers, and have been in the market for years. That is the case of the NKJV Study Bible second edition. Thomas Nelson has released this classic with a new design, new features, and more resources.

From the outside to the inside

The Bible I received for the purpose of this review is eye-catching at first. The two tones rich turquoise/rich midnight Blue imitation leather cover feels strong, durable, and flexible at the same time. Its embroidery with white thread constitutes an elegant touch for this Bible. The classic “Holy Bible” inscription is not imprinted on the front the cover but in the spine. Its design resembles a diary. The age of the pages looks silver gray and match with the blue tone cover.

What Readers Will Find Inside

Readers will feel content with this Bible in terms of resources and information. This Bible has plenty of study notes: more than 15,000. The notes are very thorough and written with the cooperation of prominent scholars. It also contains 150 Bible times and culture notes, 114 articles on key Bible doctrines, 350 word studies with Strong’s numbers, “Christ in the Scriptures” feature, topical index, concordance, charts, in-text maps, and full-color maps.

Every book is preceded by a convenient introduction including an outline and a timeline pertaining to the historical context of the book. The introduction also contains the theme “Christ in the Scripture”, which has the purpose of presenting Christ in every book of the Bible.

The page layout is the classic two-column distribution. I personally like the cross-references placed between the two columns. The margin is extremely reduced and does not allow for personal notes.

The sheets are made of ultrathin paper, for the sake of weight (3 lbs). It would be heavier with a less thin paper.

Additional resources

The NKJV Study Bible offers lifetime warrantee. According to Thomas Nelson, “If the Bible you purchased fails because of manufacturing defects, you may return it for a free replacement. If the same Bible is no longer available, it will be replaced with a Bible of the same or greater value. This guarantee does not apply to normal wear and tear.” That is simply amazing.


The NKJV Study Bible second edition is called to continue being an exceptional and durable resource for pastors and Bible students in general. The seriousness of the notes and the convenient study resources make of this Bible one of a kind.

Take a look inside of it


I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255

Los Atributos de Dios en la Consejería Bíblica: Justicia

El Evangelio Segun Jesucristo

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Los Atributos de Dios en la Consejería Bíblica: Justicia

Por Dave Dunham

El mundo es un desastre, y en todas partes que veamos puede parecer que los hombres malos están prosperando. En las palabras del profeta: ¿Por qué el camino de los malvados prosperan? (Jer. 12:1). Es tentador mirar nuestras vidas y preguntar, ¿dónde está Dios? ¿Cómo podía permitir que esto suceda? ¿No se preocupa? Es tentador, también pensar: “Tengo que hacer algo acerca de esto.” Nos vemos tentados a buscar venganza, hacer justicia por nuestras propias manos, y castigar a los que nos han hecho mal – Y cuando no podemos castigarlos directamente castigamos a los demás. Nos preguntamos, a veces en voz alta, “¿habrá alguna justicia?” La Biblia nos dice que hay justicia, y se encuentra en la persona de Dios mismo. La justicia de Dios se convierte en un estímulo a la esperanza y la corrección a…

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5 Insights From LifeWay Research’s 2016 State of American Theology Research

LifeWay Research and Ligonier Ministries recently partnered for the 2016 State of Theology research project. The results are fascinating.

Origen: 5 Insights From LifeWay Research’s 2016 State of American Theology Research

Review: Ephesians (NTL)

Sojourner Theology

13746539Stephen E. Fowl is Professor and Chair of Theology in the Department of Theology at Loyola University, Maryland. Fowl received his MA from Wheaton Graduate School and PhD from the University of Sheffield, where he completed his dissertation on the Christ-Hymn material in the Pauline corpus. Fowl is the author of numerous books and articles, including a commentary on Philippians in the Two Horizons New Testament Commentary series. Most recently, Fowl joined the ranks of the top contributors in the New Testament Library series with his excellent volume on Paul’s letter to the Ephesians.

Ephesians: A Commentaryis confidently positioned as one of the most useful volumes to arise out of the New Testament Library (NTL) series in recent years. The commentary begins with a quick introduction that tackles all of the expected introductory matters with precision. Fowl is fairly conservative in his approach, but he hesitates to take a…

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Holman HCSB Notetaking Bible Review – Rating: 8.3

The Christian Reviewer

HCSB Notetaking BibleI know that right now notetaking Bibles and especially the process of “journaling” is kind of the new rage in reading through and studying your Bible.  With that said, as of right now, journaling (doing decorative art and text in the margins and over the top of Scripture) is not really my thing personally.  If people do it with the correct motive – not doing it just for making impressive art, but rather to help them study and learn the Word of God – then I am all for it.  I have been known to write

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Review: I & II Timothy and Titus (NTL)

Sojourner Theology

14876101Raymond F. Collins is a Catholic priest of the Diocese of Providence and Professor Emeritus of New Testament at the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. Collins has authored numerous books, including several New Testament commentaries, such as First Corinthians in the Sacra Pagina series (2007) and Second Corinthians in the Paideia Commentaries on the New Testament series (2013). Collins has written broadly in the field of New Testament and Pauline Studies, and thus the present commentary on the Pastoral Epistles is situated firmly within his academic wheelhouse.

As part of the highly acclaimed New Testament Library series, indeed the inaugural volume of the series, I & II Timothy and Titus: A Commentaryis exemplar in almost every respect. Collins opens with a brief introduction to the Pastoral Epistles before treating each epistle individually. Unsurprisingly, Collins assumes the so-called “scholarly consensus” concerning the authorship of the epistles as occurring…

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Review: Apostolic Church Planting

Skip Holman reviews Apostolic Church Planting by J.D. Payne.

Origen: Review: Apostolic Church Planting

Review: Intermediate Greek Grammar

Sojourner Theology

27066901David L. Mathewson (Ph.D., University of Aberdeen) is Associate Professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary. Mathewson has written two important volumes on the Book of Revelation, including Verbal Aspect in the Book of Revelation (Brill, 2010) and Revelation: A Handbook on the Greek Text (Baylor University Press, 2016) in the highly acclaimed Baylor Handbook on the Greek New Testament series. Elodie Ballantine Emig (MA, Denver Seminary) is an instructor of New Testament Greek at Denver Seminary and has been teaching New Testament Greek for over three decades. Together Mathewson and Emig have delivered an intermediate Greek textbook that students will enjoy as a first-stop resource for building a transitional foundation from basic to advanced Greek.

A number of helpful intermediate Greek grammars have been released this year. The most recent of which is the multi-authored Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax…

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The Abuse of Authority in Prosperity Gospel Churches

Truth2Freedom's Blog

“In my assessment, there are three convictions in the hearts of abusive leaders that, in their minds, justify their abusive actions. These convictions are an over-realized eschatology, an improper interpretation and application of Scripture, and a prideful heart that desires self-worship.”

Throughout the duration of my service in the pastorate, I’ve regularly encountered believers bearing scars from wounds caused by church leaders. On a few occasions, these grievances occurred because the person ran to escape accountability for their sinful actions. But most of the time, these injuries happened because of their former leaders’ abuse of authority.

In almost every story, I saw a common thread: this abuse of authority took place in prosperity gospel churches.

A few years ago, I wrote an article called “Nine Marks of a Prosperity Gospel Church.” My comments on the last mark, biblical church leadership, struck a chord with more than a few…

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Review: On Pastoring

The Furnace

Following up his last book On Preaching, which I have reviewed here, H.B. Charles Jr. has written On Pastoringwhich would has proven to be a wonderful resource for pastors. What H.B. Charles Jr. recounts of his entrance into the pastorate makes him a voice worthy of listening to. He began preaching under the tutelage of his father, and became the man who succeeded his father at the age of 17 as pastor following his father’s death. Any man who can pastor well, earn the respect of the people, and stay for a significant period of time in the church his father pastored for over forty years should be heard.

H.B. Charles Jr. walks the reader through crucial issues of pastoral ministry for today. Where God would have us serve, how to discern whether to stay or go. He reminds the reader that we’re players and that God…

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The Gospel of Matthew and Judaic Traditions: A Relevance-based Commentary, by Novel by Herbert Basser and Marsha B. Cohen

descargaChristians sometimes tend to assume our Bible, especially the New Testament, was written exclusively from a Christian background. We tend to forget all of the writers, with the exception of Luke, were Jewish people subject to their own culture and its idiosyncrasies. Because of that, it is important we study our Bible taking into account the authors’ times and customs.

The Gospel of Matthew has always been object of study as a part of the Synoptic Gospels. In recent decades, the authorship of this Gospel has been the focus of many studies and discussions. In this volume (published by Brill), Basser focuses the attention on oral tradition and storytellers after the resurrection of Jesus. He states, his thesis in this volume is, “that immediately after the death of Jesus, storytellers began to relate and circulate stories of the miracles of Jesus and his core teachings” (2015, p. 1). No discussion on date, audience, or authorship is included in this volume. The only statement the author makes regarding one of these aspects is in reference to the authorship of the book. Basser states that in is work, Matthew is “a proper noun [Basser uses] to collectively denote the various authors responsible for the Gospel bearing that name” (2015, p. 1). That clearly states Basser does not advocate for Matthew as the author, or at least the only author, of the Gospel.

This commentary is unique in the sense that the main sources the author uses are from Jewish writings and tradition, some of them classic of the Jewish collection of writings. The author does not limit his work to modern and recent studies, and it can even be said that these are the exception.

In this commentary, Readers will find a commentary verse by verse, but without the author deeply focusing on grammatical and lexical issues, though Basser addresses them when necessary. That is because, as it was stated before, the focus of this commentary is on Judaic traditions and writings. The author goes chapter by chapter highlighting major themes and aspect on every chapter, preceded by an introduction and an overview of the chapter. That does not compromise the thoroughness of the commentary. On the contrary, the result is 721 pages containing just Basser’s words without the Biblical text inserted in the text.

This volume can be described as “different” taking into account the focus and purpose of this commentary compare to exegetical or theological commentaries. Basser does not align with any trend of interpretation on the Gospel of Matthew. On the contrary, he sometimes seems to go against the stream. His arguments on conflictive passages are always well-supported and his arguments are accompanied with thoroughness. Readers may agree or disagree with the author and the interpretation he does on the Gospel of Matthew, but no one can question the quality of this volume and the scholarship the author shows form the beginning to the end of this masterpiece.

The main inconvenient potential buyers of this volume may find is its price: $301  from Brill (same price through Amazon). Why is this volume so expensive? Well, if you want a top 5 car, or a top 5 TV, then you need to pay the price. Despite its price, this book is worth of consideration for serious students of the Gospel of Matthew due to the perspective the author offers in this volume.

I received a copy of this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.


What Lies Beneath the Surface: Lessons from Faithwalking

BUA Faculty Blog

By Mario A. Ramos

La versión en español está disponible al final de este documento.

About two years ago, my wonderful wife, Linda, asked me to fix her NordicTrack ski machine. She had worn it out. There were a number of parts that needed to be replaced. I thought it would be easier just to buy a new one. But they don’t make them anymore. You have to order the parts and they don’t come with instructions. You have to call a guy and ask for guidance, and he is not very good at giving instructions. 
So after spending $130 on parts and working hours and hours on the machine, I finally came close to finishing this very frustrating project. I put the parts together and took them apart and back together more times than I can remember. All I know is that on the final day I was eager…

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12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching book review – rating 8.9

The Christian Reviewer

12 Essential Skills for Great PreachingI was very curious to get my hands on a copy of the “12 Essential Skills for Great Preaching – Second Edition” book by B&H Academic to do a review on it.  This book is a good read if you are someone who is interested in the mechanics of writing an expository sermon that you are going to be speaking to a group of people.  It is full of great

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La conversión del Dr. Francisco Lacueva narrada por él mismo

The Complete Jewish Study Bible

Biblias y sus diseños

It is not an easy task reviewing a Jewish oriented Bible, as our Western culture has influenced our view of Jewish culture. But we never must forget the Bible was shaped, written and composed in a Jewish background. For this reason, the main purpose of The Complete Jewish Bible is “Illuminating the Jewishness of God’s Word”, following the principle that the Bible was a Jewish book, primarily about Jews and for Jews and Gentiles.

Hendrickson Bibles and Messianic Jewish Publishers and Resources bring a Bible focused in Jewish aspects that “will open [our] eyes to the Bible as never before”.


It is that kind of Bible you will enjoy for many reasons:

Its outer design

Three presentations: hardcover, imitation leather dark blue, original calfskin. You can read the detailed review for the hardcover one at As you can see in the pictures, the imitation leather one brings a double golden…

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