November Interview and Giveaway –Steve Wilkens

I am very excited to introduce all of you to a friend of mine, Steve Wilkens. Steve is a professor at Azusa Pacific University where he teaches theology and ethics. He is here today to share a little bit about himself and I’m giving away his book, The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia.

When you reach heaven, other than Jesus, what Biblical character are you most looking forward to meeting and why?
I would be really interested to meet the John the Seer of Revelation.  Revelation is one of the most fascinating books of the Bible because of its imagery and it setting during the first major persecution of Christians.  It is also interesting because it has always been something of an enigma to Christians in the various ages of the church.
 
What would be the first question you would like to ask him?

I want to ask John about the visions and what they mean.  How were they understood by the original audience of Christians who read and heard these writings?

 

When you were a little boy what did you want to be when you grew up?

I don’t know if it was my first choice (a lot of memory fades with age), but the first I remember is wanting to be a music teacher.  I actually received a scholarship offer to go to college as a music theory and composition major.  Obviously, I ended up going a different direction.  I don’t know if the world of philosophy is better off for my choice, but I strongly suspect that the world of music benefitted from my decision to go a different direction.

 
What prompted you to write The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia: A Miscellany of Oddities, Instructional Anecdotes, Little-Known Facts and Occasional Frivolity

“Dr. Steve’s Almanac” grew out of several impulses.  The first is my own love of trivia.  Perhaps I should check myself in for a mental health examination, but odd and unusual stories really grab my attention.  I also love history, and in any institution that has been around for 2000 years, as the Church has, is going to have some fascinating stories.  Teaching is a deep love for me, and some of these stories, both the heart-warming ones as well as some of the examples of heart-breaking goofiness in our history, can function as great teachers.  Finally, most Christian books are completely devoid of any humor, which I think has to be a great disappointment to God.  We Christians have plenty of reasons to laugh at ourselves and, if we can to that, I think we become more teachable.  This book is my attempt to encourage Christians to have some fun and, at the same time, learn a bit more about the richness of the family of God.

 

I hear you are working on a new book with your good friend and colleague, Don Thorsen, are writing a book together, would you like to tell us about it?

Obviously, I must like long titles because the book we are finishing now is entitled, “Everything You Know about Evangelicals is Wrong (Well, Almost Everything).”  In this book, we attempt to confront caricatures that originate from within evangelicalism as well as outsider perceptions.  The chapters attempt to show that evangelicalism is a broad movement that should not be identified with or limited to such things as rapture theology, inerrancy, the Republican Party, middle-class America, anti-evolutionism, or Calvinism.  These views are held, and properly so, by many evangelicals (but not all), but they are not part of the essence of the family.  Other chapters address impressions that evangelicalism is racist, sexist, mean, dogmatic, stupid, and homophobic.  These perceptions are causing great damage to evangelicalism and the cause of Christ, and we note that all too often there is more than a grain of truth in the accusations.   We jump right into the middle of deeply held convictions and speak rather frankly about problems in the evangelical world today (often with a humorous touch), so we are pretty sure that every reader will find something to disagree with.  However, our goal is to encourage unity and reflection within the evangelical community so our witness to the Gospel is not diminished or damaged.

I really can’t write a review for this book, especially since I haven’t read it cover to cover.  But I will tell you it is full of fascinating information.  For example, learn the Gideons International, the organization responsible for the Bible you find in your hotel room was named after the Old Testament Gideon.  Ironically, however, since many Gideon Bibles are New Testament with Proverbs and Psalms and do not included the full Old Testament, you won’t be able to read about the namesake of the group in their own Bible. (31)

You can also learn how St. Nick went from Saint to Santa or how chapter and verses came about in our Bibles. (Because believe it or not, they weren’t in the original languages of the Bible!)

This week I’m giving away a copy of Steve’s book The Original Dr. Steve’s Almanac of Christian Trivia.

This giveaway is open to those in the US and Canada.  Your chances of winning are based on the number of entries.  I’ll choose a winner on Wednesday, November 18th at 9:00 PST.

To enter please leave a comment with your name and a way to contact you.  Also, since Steve enjoys Trivia, share your favorite Thanksgiving Trivia!!

Blessings All

 

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