Author Interview with Dan Barber

This week’s author inter­view is with Dan Bar­ber, co-author with Robert A. Peter­son of the book, Life Ever­last­ing: The Unfold­ing Story of Heaven. This book is part of our Explo­rations in Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy series.

  • Ques­tion # 1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self: where you’re from, fam­ily, job, per­sonal inter­ests, unique hob­bies, what do you do in your spare time, etc.

My day job is as a Solu­tions Archi­tect for com­mer­cial data cen­ters. Per­haps of most inter­est to read­ers, I am a Rul­ing Elder in the Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Amer­ica (PCA).

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Yes, but I really needed the stud­ied hand of Robert Peter­son to guide me and develop me. But yes, I have always loved it, and always wanted to write a book.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — What inspired you to write this book, about this topic?

My sis­ter died when she was four days old; I was two and a half at the time. Ever since then I have had ques­tions about her and about heaven; I start­ing read­ing Rev­e­la­tion and Ezekiel and books like this very young. I was incred­i­bly intrigued with the imagery.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Do you have a spe­cific spot that you enjoy writ­ing most?

I have to write at my desk. I need my ref­er­ence books.

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — What book are you read­ing now?

Lead­ing with Ques­tions, by Michael Marquardtt

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

I really like Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis. They both chal­lenge me in many ways. In terms of fic­tion, J.K. Rowl­ing is a phe­nom­e­nal writer.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Do you have a favorite movie?

I have many, but one of my all-time favorites is We Were Soldiers.

 

  • Ques­tion #8 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

Out­lin­ing is key to good content. Perseverance is the key to actu­ally get­ting pub­lished. I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was just too hard and too long a process.

 

  • Ques­tion #9 — Do you have an inter­est­ing writ­ing quirk?

I still pre­fer proofing/editing on paper with a red pen.

 

  • Ques­tion #10 — At what time of day do you write most?

I write most in the evenings; I am much sharper at night, not very much a morn­ing person.

 

  • Ques­tion #11 — Favorite sport to watch? Why? Favorite sport’s team?

I root for the Car­di­nals in base­ball, Bron­cos in foot­ball, UGA Bull­dogs in col­lege, Phil Mick­el­son in golf, and Rafael Nadal in tennis—they are my faves, I think.

 

  • Ques­tion #12 — Favorite food?

Spaghetti

 

  • Ques­tion #13 — Favorite fla­vor of ice cream?

But­terfin­ger

 

  • Ques­tion #14 — Favorite ani­mal? Why?

Dogs, because you can play with them so much.

 

  • Ques­tion #15 — Lord of the Rings or The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia? Why?

LOTR by far. So immer­sive. I iden­tify with the char­ac­ters much more.

 

  • Ques­tion #16 — What famous per­son (liv­ing or dead) would you like to meet and why?

Jesus—not a cliché, I really just want to see him face-to-face! Oth­er­wise, Luke; he is a detail-oriented guy like me, and I think I would like him a lot.

 

  • Ques­tion #17 — If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?

My favorite book is Rev­e­la­tion, just because it is so encour­ag­ing and so hope­ful that all wrongs will be righted and made new!

 

 

Paul Tripp’s Books Now Available as eBooks!

The fol­low­ing 3 books writ­ten by Paul David Tripp are now avail­able on iTunes and Kin­dle. Each eBook is $9.99.

  

1. Instru­ments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Help­ing Peo­ple in Need of Change

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2. Age of Opportunity: A Bib­li­cal Guide to Par­ent­ing Teens

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3. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Struggles

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NEW RELEASE — What Is Resurrection? by Joel R. Beeke

What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? by Joel R. Beeke

32 Pages | $4.99 | Book­let | Series: Basics of the Faith

Sum­mary: Do you long for heaven? Bib­li­cal Chris­tian­ity is not fueled by a vague belief in the after­life. Just as Christ rose from the dead, all who are united to him in faith will be raised bod­ily to enjoy eter­nal reward. But what does this mean? How will the dead be raised? When will this take place? Joel Beeke unpacks these ques­tions to reveal the multi-faceted hope of our final res­ur­rec­tion, a hope that trans­forms the way we live and allows us to face death with con­fi­dence. See afresh the sig­nif­i­cance of Christ’s ris­ing from the dead, and renew your joy in his coming.

About the Series: 

Basics of the Faith book­lets intro­duce read­ers to basic Reformed doc­trine and prac­tice. On issues of church gov­ern­ment and prac­tice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suit­able for all church situations.

About the Author:

 

JOEL R. BEEKE is pres­i­dent and pro­fes­sor of sys­tem­atic the­ol­ogy and homilet­ics at Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Seminary.

 

 

What Others Are Saying About This Booklet:

A ter­rific resource for the church. Bib­li­cally clear, the­o­log­i­cally pen­e­trat­ing, and apolo­get­i­cally sharp, this book­let will ben­e­fit pas­tors and laypeo­ple alike. Armed with Beeke’s trade­mark pas­toral insight, What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? is sure to bring spir­i­tual bless­ing to those who enjoy this engag­ing read.” - Richard D. Phillips, Senior Min­is­ter, Sec­ond Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Greenville, South Carolina

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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NEW RELEASE — An Invitation to Academic Studies by Jay D. Green

An Invi­ta­tion to Aca­d­e­mic Stud­ies by Jay D. Green

Pages: 40 | $4.99 | Book­let | Series: Faith­ful Learning

Sum­mary:

We were not wrong to learn the alpha­bet just because they say that the god Mer­cury was its patron, nor should we avoid jus­tice and virtue just because they ded­i­cated tem­ples to jus­tice and virtue. . . . A per­son who is a good and a true Chris­t­ian should real­ize that truth belongs to his Lord, wher­ever it is found.” ST. AUGUSTINE, On Chris­t­ian Doctrine

 

Chris­tians agree that our faith should inform and shape our learn­ing. But have we ever con­sid­ered the ways that aca­d­e­mic study could cul­ti­vate and nour­ish our faith? When Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion ele­vates the­ol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy at the expense of other dis­ci­plines, we miss vital oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore how those dis­ci­plines can help us under­stand God’s kingdom.

Jay Green believes aca­d­e­mic study is some­thing to be not just endured, but embraced for its poten­tial in study­ing God’s world. He explores the church’s rela­tion­ship with the acad­emy, and dif­fer­ent approaches Chris­tians have pro­posed to it, before propos­ing an approach of his own to help us not ignore or flee from schol­arly study, but use it for God.

About the Series:

The Faith­ful Learn­ing series invites Chris­t­ian stu­dents to dive deeper into a mod­ern aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­pline. The authors, schol­ars in their fields, believe that aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines are good gifts from God that, when under­stood rightly, will give stu­dents the poten­tial to cul­ti­vate a deeper love for God and neighbor.

About the Author:

JAY D. GREEN (MA, Trin­ity Evan­gel­i­cal Divin­ity School; PhD, Kent State Uni­ver­sity) has been pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Covenant Col­lege in Look­out Moun­tain, Geor­gia, since 1998.

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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NEW RELEASE — The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture by Peter Jones

The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture by Peter Jones

48 Pages | $4.99 | Book­let | Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Questions

 

Sum­mary: Although the three “Isms” of post­mod­ernism, poly­the­ism, and the ancient heresy of Gnos­ti­cism seem unre­lated, this book­let shows that all three are part of the ancient reli­gious world­view of Creator-denying “Oneism”—that seeks to impose sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of a pagan civ­i­liza­tion on our once “Chris­t­ian” West­ern cul­ture. Peter Jones, a com­men­ta­tor on pagan influ­ences in our cul­ture, shows us what these three “-Isms” are, how they have mor­phed into new forms in mod­ern cul­ture, and what effects they are hav­ing. With a clearer under­stand­ing of the coher­ence of this oppos­ing spir­i­tual sys­tem, which comes in many forms, Chris­tians will be empow­ered to make a clear and fear­less dec­la­ra­tion of the supe­ri­or­ity of bib­li­cal “Twoism”—that God is utterly sep­a­rate from his creation—and pro­mote the gospel of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the per­sonal Cre­ator through the aton­ing blood of the only medi­a­tor, Jesus.

About the Series:

Writ­ten to equip and strengthen laypeo­ple in their defense of the faith, Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Ques­tions chal­lenges con­tem­po­rary oppo­si­tion to Chris­tian­ity with con­cise, prac­ti­cal answers.

About the Author: 

PETER JONES (B.A., Uni­ver­sity of Wales; B.D., Gor­don Divin­ity School; Th.M., Har­vard Divin­ity School; Ph.D., Prince­ton The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary) is Scholar-in-residence at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary in Cal­i­for­nia and Direc­tor of truthXchange.

What Others Are Saying About This Booklet:

The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture mer­its the atten­tion of every min­is­ter, teacher, par­ent, and stu­dent.” —Sin­clair B. Fer­gu­son, Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy, Redeemer Sem­i­nary, Dallas

Bit by bit, the details come into focus, and the reader per­ceives the true threat of these move­ments and the urgency of faith in the true gospel of Jesus Christ.” —John M. Frame, Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy and Phi­los­o­phy, Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Orlando

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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