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Brian D. McClaren
-- author of Naked Spirituality: A Life with God in 12 Simple Words
"Kent Sparks addresses the crucial and often painful question that I hear people asking around the world -- from seminary students to their professors, from spiritual seekers to seasoned pastors, from ex-believers to new believers: What do we do about the Bible's dark passages, the places that justify genocide or conflict with one another or can't be squared with scientific data? Sparks doesn't follow the typical all-or-nothing responses to either left or right, but offers an honest, humble, creative, faithful, and robust approach to Scripture that presents it as part of God's good-but-broken creation that is being redeemed in Christ. Highly recommended."
Dale C. Allison, Jr.
-- Pittsburgh Theological Seminary
"Incisive and honest, sophisticated yet clear, this volume will prove to be of immense value to those who wrestle with the nature of Scripture. Sparks illuminates a number of troubling and complex issues, and his readers will find their thoughts moving in new and promising directions."
-- North Park University
"The moral problems of the Old Testament, including what justice means, how peace can be gained, and how love is to be known, can be examined from a number of angles. . . . The only acceptable approaches are those that struggle with the text as Scripture, as God's Word, and seek to find in that text what God might be saying to us today. Sacred Word, Broken Word is among the angels in pursuing this type of approach. Not all will agree, but I pray that this book will ignite a conversation about how to read the Bible better."
William J. Abraham
-- Perkins Theological Seminary, Southern Methodist University
"Sparks sets a new benchmark for work on the theological and philosophical reception of Scripture. Written with elegance, this is a book of seasoned scholarship that is accessible, spiritually sensitive, constructive, and provocative. Above all it is written from a heart attuned to the depths of human suffering and misery."
Kenton L. Sparks is professor of biblical studies at Eastern University, St. Davids, Pennsylvania. His previous books include
Protestantism in general and Evangelicalism in particular is in dire straits, although many fail to recognize this (presumably because they prefer to focus on short-term and/or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Ole Jørgen Anfindsen
This book offers a really helpful perspective on Bible interpretation. I only wish the author had spent a little time giving examples of how he himself interprets the most... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kristen Rosser
A while back I read "God's Word in Human Words" by Kenton Sparks. "Sacred Word, Broken Word" was a refreshing summary and more readable popular-level book about... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Jeremy Myers - Writing at RedeemingGod
This volume takes a refreshing and honest look at the Bible. This I find very helpful even for African theologians who need a massive rethink towards building a truely honest and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Mungete Chinkumbi
This book helped me get past my fear that my frustration with the Bible made me a bad Christian, and become more open to seeing it in a new light. Read morePublished 18 months ago by H. Roach
Every chapter a light bulb went off in my mind. Needless to say this book was challenging in a great way.Published 23 months ago by Lisa B
Of course after reading the heading any new Christian is going to want to read the book. Sparks will certainly challenge one's faith in scripture but I think it will potentially... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Mathew Kramm
Finally! Someone who thoroughly muddles up the "clarity" of scripture! Respect for the bible as what it is instead of what our broken minds have made it. Biblicists beware!Published 24 months ago by cool
Kenton Spark's "Sacred Word, Broken Word" is a trenchant work of theology that should be read by Christians of all stripes, whether evangelical inerrantists or progressive... Read morePublished on October 23, 2012 by H.E. Pennypacker