J. Mark Bertrand

J. Mark Bertrand is the author of three novels—Back on Murder, Pattern of Wounds, and Nothing to Hide—Bertrand has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Houston. His non-fiction book Rethinking Worldview is used in several university and seminary courses, and his work has appeared in print or online at ByFaith, Comment, Books & Culture, and First Things. He writes about the design and production of Bibles at the popular blog


Are Bible Apps Destined to Purify the Printed Word?

The fulfillment of the hypertext dream has cleared the way for printed Bibles to pursue other ends, like being read.


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