Results tagged “Book Review” from Reformation21

The Foundation of the New Perspective

Article by   August 2017
Admittedly the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) isn't so new anymore. As a significant scholarly hermeneutical movement, it goes back at least as far as the late 1970s with the groundbreaking work of E. P. Sanders. It goes back even further if we take into consideration the endeavors of a Montefiore and a Moore. The NPP is old enough now to have had a plethora of erudite nuanced critical responses. One of the most recent, and I would suggest, best interactions with the NPP is Robert Cara's Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul. continue

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Article by   June 2017
Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels is sure to set a new standard for the study of the Old Testament in the Gospels, and deservedly so. For those who are seeking both clarity in how to read the OT along with the authors of the Gospels, and insight into the particular ways in which the Evangelists handled dozens of text of OT Scripture, ESG will not disappoint. continue

Two Tales of a Doctrine: Reviewing Definite Atonement

Article by   January 2014
This week we offer something slightly new. Tom McCall (Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) and Aaron Denlinger (Reformation Bible College) each provide their own review of the new edited work by David and Jonathan Gibson. Tom and Aaron hold differing views on the issue but what they offer us is the opportunity to see how they each analyze the concerns and theological commitments that attend the history of definite atonement's development as well as the pastoral sensitivities that are bound up with the doctrine. continue

God's Presence

Article by   January 2014
Frances Young, God's Presence: A contemporary recapitulation of early Christianity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013, xiv + 474 pp., pb $29.99/£16.99 In 2011 Frances Young delivered a series of eight Bampton Lectures in the University of Oxford which, by all... continue

Systematic Theology: An Introduction

Article by   January 2014
John Frame. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief. Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2013. $49.99/£39.99John Frame has managed to write a systematic theology (1280 pages). This is an extraordinary achievement when one considers that he has already written several significant volumes... continue

Justification Reconsidered

Article by   January 2014
Stephen Westerholm. Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. pp. viii + 104. $15.00, paperback.Stephen Westerholm, professor at McMaster University, has long been known in critical scholarship for upholding the "Lutheran" Paul (his term) against all modern... continue

Paul and the Law

Article by   December 2013
Brian S. Rosner, Paul and the Law: Keeping the Commandments of God. NSBT 31; Downers Grove, Ill.: InterVarsity, 2013, 249 pp. $24.00./£15.00The apostle Peter famously said that "in all [Paul's] letters ... there are some things ... that are hard... continue

Presbyterians and American Culture

Article by   December 2013
Bradley, J. Longfield, Presbyterians and American Culture: A History. Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2013. xiii + 262 pp. $30.00In the introduction of the republication of Charles Hodge's What is Darwinism? co-editors Mark Noll and David Livingstone contend that Hodge's... continue

Self, World, and Time

Article by   November 2013
Oliver O'Donovan. Self, World, and Time: Ethics as Theology, volume 1, An Induction. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2013. xiii + 138 pp. Oliver O'Donovan, the now-retired doyen of Christian ethics and political theology, has always posed a unique challenge to the would-be-reviewer.... continue

Desiring the Kingdom

Article by   November 2013
James K. A. Smith, Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation. Cultural Liturgies, vol. 1. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2009, 240pp. $22.99/£12.99In Desiring the Kingdom, James K. A. Smith sets forth a vision of Christian formation that seeks to... continue

Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood

Article by   October 2013
David P. Setran and Chris A. Kiesling, Spiritual Formation in Emerging Adulthood: A Practical Theology for College and Young Adult Ministry. Grand Rapids, Baker Academic, 2013. v + 280pp. Paperback $21.99.According to Setran and Kiesling, the years between 18 and... continue

Recovering Classic Evangelicalism

Article by   October 2013
Recovering What Exactly? A Review of Gregory Thornbury's Recovering Classic Evangelicalism: Applying the Wisdom and Vision of Carl F. H. HenryHe was the founder of Christianity Today, he wrote The Uneasy Conscience of American Fundamentalism (1947), and whenever you see... continue

Mind and Cosmos

Article by   September 2013
Thomas Nagel. Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature is Almost Certainly False. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. 130 pp.  Hardcover: $24.95.There are basically three types of modern atheists: soft atheists, hard atheists, and conflicted atheists. Soft... continue

Covenantal Apologetics

Article by   September 2013
K. Scott Oliphint, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013, 277pp. $19.99In his latest work, Covenantal Apologetics, K. Scott Oliphint seeks to recast Cornelius Van Til's presuppositional apologetics as "covenantal apologetics" - a... continue

An Introduction to German Pietism

Article by   September 2013
Douglas H. Shantz, An Introduction to German Pietism: Protestant Renewal at the Dawn of Modern Europe. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2013, 520 pp. $32.00"The ideologies and institutions of modernity are...the tangled continuation, development, and extension of late medieval... continue

Migrations of the Holy

Article by   August 2013
William T. Cavanaugh. Migrations of the Holy: God, State, and the Political Meaning of the Church. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011, 208 pp. $18.00. Few political theologians over the past fifteen years have been as consistently stimulating or provocative as William T.... continue

The Lion's World

Article by   August 2013
Rowan Williams, The Lion's World: A Journey into the Heart of Narnia. Oxford :Oxford University Press, 2012, 168 pp. $16.95/£11.00 (hardcover)When the film version of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe first hit screens in December of 2005, a... continue

Night of the Confessor

Article by   July 2013
Tomás Halík, Night of the Confessor: Christian Faith in an Age of Uncertainty (New York: Image, 2012), 223pp. £7.00/$13.00Indisputably, no theologian in the Czech Republic or Slovakia today is anywhere near as influential as Tomás Halík, Catholic priest and psychotherapist,... continue

Engaging with Keller

Article by   July 2013
Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer, eds., Engaging with Keller: Thinking Through the Theology of an Influential Evangelical (Darlington: Evangelical Press, 2013), 240pp.  paperback, £9.99/ $15.99This fascinating volume is something of an in-house discussion into which, because of the... continue

How the West Really Lost God

Article by   July 2013
Mary Eberstadt. How the West Really Lost God (West Conshohocken, Pa.: Templeton Press, 2013), x + 257 pp. $24.95 (cloth).Conservative Protestants are suspicious of fake Christianity. Liberal Protestants or Roman Catholics may set the bar lower for church membership, but... continue

iPod, YouTube, Wii Play

Article by   July 2013
D. Brent Layham, iPod, YouTube, Wii Play: Theological Engagements with Entertainment (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012), x + 220 pp., $24.00 D. Brent Laytham, a professor of theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University in Baltimore, has written a very... continue

What is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense

Article by   July 2013
Sherif Girgis, Ryan T. Anderson, and Robert P. George, What Is Marriage? Man and Woman: A Defense (New York: Encounter, 2012), 168 pp., $ 15.99This book is an expansion of a controversial article in the Harvard Journal of Law &... continue

The Myth of Persecution

Article by   June 2013
This is an entertaining, at times thought-provoking, but deeply flawed book. For all of its underlying scholarship, it is reminiscent of those Christmas Specials on the History Channel where some learned scholar announces to the camera that the Bible never specified that there were three wise men. Cue portentous pause, the assumption apparently being that somewhere in the ensuing silence one can hear two thousand years of Christian theology (rather than a mere century of kitsch festive season artwork) collapsing into a heap of rubble. continue

God So Loved, He Gave

Article by   June 2013
Kelly M. Kapic with Justin Borger, God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Moment of Divine Generosity. (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010), 280 pp., $19.99Kelly Kapic's God So Loved, He Gave is a compelling presentation of the Christian Gospel with a... continue

A Faith Worth Teaching

Article by   June 2013
Jon D. Payne and Sebastian Heck, eds., A Faith Worth Teaching: The Heidelberg Catechism's Enduring Heritage (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2013), 360ppIf you can keep a secret, I will share it with you: I am falling in love with the Heidelberg... continue

Between Babel and Beast

Article by   May 2013
Peter J. Leithart, Between Babel and Beast (Eugene, OR: Cascade Books, 2012) 200 pp. $24.00. ISBN 978-1-60899-817-3 (pbk.).Peter J. Leithart has established himself as a leading evangelical and Reformed voice on a dizzying array of subjects: just within the past... continue

Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God

Article by   May 2013
Ralph C. Wood, Chesterton: The Nightmare Goodness of God (Baylor University Press, 2011)$34.95, hardcover, 325 pagesIn Book eight, Chapter twelve of his Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle asserts a seemingly common-sense truth that has been progressively forgotten, ignored, or repressed over the course... continue

Logic

Article by   May 2013
Vern Sheridan Poythress, Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought (Wheaton: Crossway, 2013), 730pp., $45.00I would like to express my sincere gratitude to Crossway for their gracious provision of a review copy of this book.The term "polymath"... continue

What We Talk About When We Talk About God

Article by   May 2013
Rob Bell, What We Talk About When We Talk About God (New York: HarperOne, 2013), 240 pp., $16.00"Detheologizing" ChristianityFor those who have read Rob Bell's other books (such as Love Wins and Velvet Elvis), the tone, disposition, and content of... continue

A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism

Article by   April 2013
Robert Letham, A Christian's Pocket Guide to Baptism: The Water that Unites. Fearn: Christian Focus, 2012. Paper. $7.99.Baptism is one of the more regularly practiced rites in the church, but is likely one of the least understood. Though churches use... continue

The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Stories

Article by   April 2013
The Devil and Pierre Gernet: Storiesby David Bentley HartEerdmans, 2012$25.00, paper, 176 pages My Dinner with D. B. Hart Though much has been written, and continues to be written, on the dramatic monologues of Robert Browning, far too few critics have celebrated, or even noticed,... continue

Lady Jane Grey

Article by   December 2012
Simonetta Carr, Lady Jane Grey (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2012), $18.00, hardcover.One of the most encouraging trends in Christian children's literature is the publication of more stories that our kids will not like. If our children like all their... continue

Kingdom Through Covenant

Article by   October 2012
Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum, Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants (Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012) 848pp.The new volume by Gentry and Wellum, Kingdom Through Covenant (KtC), has gained high praise among many Reformed Baptists. This... continue

Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life

Article by   October 2012
Sam Allberry, Lifted: Experiencing the Resurrection Life (Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2012). 142 pages. First published in the UK by Inter-Varsity Press in 2010. IntroductionMany people recite the Apostle's Creed each Lord's Day and profess the resurrected Christ, but the power of... continue

The Best of The Reformed Journal

Article by   June 2012
James D. Bratt and Ronald A. Wells, eds., The Best of the Reformed Journal (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2011), 343 pages.A Spirited DiscussionOn the surface, this volume is an oddly delightful anthology of pithy readings culled from the four-decade run of... continue

A Little Primer on Humble Apologetics

Article by   January 2007
In the forward to Dr. Richard Pratt's first book, Every Thought Captive, John Frame asserts that Reformed people are often strong in setting forth Biblical theories for apologetics but are "generally weak in training one another to do apologetics." Frame... continue

Wisdom & Eloquence: A Christian Paradigm for Classical Learning

Article by   January 2007
C.S. Lewis once wrote that "it is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between." This quote from Lewis is no off-handed ditty that... continue

Dictionary For Theological Interpretation of the Bible

Article by   January 2007
It might sound strange to suggest that we need a dictionary devoted to the theological interpretation of the Bible, but Kevin J. Vanhoozer wagers that we do with the publication of Dictionary for Theological Interpretation of the Bible (DTIB). A... continue

Truth With Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer

Article by   January 2007
I cannot begin to express how many sympathetic back pats, mildly shaken heads and ever so slightly rolled eyes I have gotten at the news that I was reviewing a book on the apologetics of Francis Schaeffer. I must say... continue

Sermons on the Beatitudes

Article by   December 2006
Calvin's sermons were delivered extempore, taken down by the remarkable Denis Raguenier, published by the diaconate of Geneva, and the proceeds used to support refugees. Initially, Calvin was not keen on them being published, but when he saw the level... continue

Assured by God

Article by   December 2006
"Come beloved, listen for a moment to this!" preached Charles Spurgeon. "You have the milk of faith, but God wills that you should have this cream of assurance! He would increase your faith."[1] The proven pastors and teachers who have... continue

Overcoming Sin & Temptation

Article by   December 2006
J. I. Packer's endorsement of John Owen's treatment of sin in an introduction to the 1983, Multnomah Press edition of Owen's writings on sin, Sin and Temptation, contained the following effusive words: He told me how to understand myself as... continue

Reformed Dogmatics (Volume 1-3)

Article by   November 2006
The theological world has been blessed by being the recipients of the translation of the first three volumes of Herman Bavinck's magnum opus the Gereformeerde Dogmatiek in English. As one who has read the entire 4-volume Dutch work from cover... continue

Heaven on Earth: Capturing Jonathan Edward's Vision of Living in Between

Article by   November 2006
"You know, ol' Bob is so heavenly minded that he is no earthly good." Perhaps, you have heard someone, in an effort to sound practical, say something like this. I suppose it is possible to be so focused on the... continue

Questionable Creatures: A Bestiary

Article by   November 2006
Bestiaries are fascinating things--part fact and observation; part fiction and superstition. From Herodotus, Pliny, and Aristotle through the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, these descriptions of animals, birds, serpents, and fanciful beasts provide a rich tapestry to understand the mind... continue

The Shadow of the Antichrist: Nietzsche's Critique of Christianity

Article by   November 2006
Cards on the table: Stephen N. Williams is a fellow Welshman whom I have known for over thirty-five years. I am still pondering a question he asked me on a visit he made to my home in 1977 when I... continue

A Mind For God

Article by   October 2006
When I stop to reflect on the beloved doctrines of the reformed and evangelical faith, I always find the doctrine of the Lordship of Christ among the most precious. Why? Simply put, it is the source of our salvation and the... continue

The Way That Leads There: Augustinian Reflections on the Christian Life

Article by   October 2006
When Gilbert Meilaender writes a book, I press "pre-order" at Amazon. Not because I agree with everything he writes, but because he, as an astute theologian and ethicist, is consistently insightful about the nature of what he calls "the perennial... continue

Damsels In Distress: Biblical Solutions to Problems Women Face

Article by   October 2006
In a world saturated with psychological approaches to problems, women are often encouraged toward a distorted view of themselves and their struggles. The self-help aisle of the local bookstore is an aisle filled with man-centered approaches to a myriad of... continue

Missionary Triumph over Slavery: William Kibb, and Jamaican Emancipation

Article by   September 2006
William Knibb (1803-1845) is rightly remembered as one of the great heroes of Baptist history for the key role that he played in the emancipation of the slaves in the British Empire in the 1820s and 1830s. In fact, so... continue

Rallying the Really Human Things

Article by   September 2006
A friend of mine, some five years ago now, introduced me to Vigen Guroian when he suggested I read Inheriting Paradise (Eerdmans, 1999), a short but immensely satisfying meditation on the relationship of theology to gardening. Earlier this year, I... continue

Praying: Finding our Way through Duty to Delight

Article by   September 2006
Another, much anticipated book by J. I. Packer (and a second co-authored by Carolyn Nystrom). This one, as the title makes abundantly clear, on prayer - or, as the action-word suggests, praying. A century and a half ago the Scottish... continue

Getting the Gospel Right

Article by   July 2006
The Banner of Truth Trust has performed an invaluable service for the Christian community by publishing Cornel Venema's little work Getting the Gospel Right. He had previously submitted several well written posts to www.monergism.com on the so-called "New Perspectives on... continue

Sex, Marriage, and Family in John Calvin's Geneva, Volume 1: Courtship, Engagement, and Marriage

Article by   July 2006
'Calvin had no taste or stomach for things outside his particular calling. For him social pleasures were nonexistent. He never mentions domestic joys or woes in his letters. The beauties of nature left him cold. Art, poetry and music... continue

Art For God's Sake

Article by   May 2006
I have quite a collection of books on the arts from a Christian perspective, but I was so eager for Dr. Ryken's new book, that I have had it on backorder since last December. The subtitle of the book... continue

John Calvin's Ideas

Article by   April 2006
This book is not a study of Calvin per se, neither is it a study of Calvin's theology. Specifically, it is a study of Calvin's ideas by a Calvinistic philosopher; "...it is concerned with Calvin as a receiver, user, and... continue

Acts: Brazos Theological Commentary of the Bible

Article by   April 2006
"This is not your father's commentary, uh, Oldsmobile." Pelikan's Acts is the first available in the new series, Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible. This series is projected to have 40 volumes and has been highly promoted at various scholarly... continue

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Article by   April 2006
There has been a long-standing discussion in the world of textual criticism concerning the degree to which scribes intentionally altered passages of the New Testament to better conform to their own theological preferences. Ever since the well-known statement from Westcott... continue

Three Books on the Bible: A Critical Review

Article by   April 2006
The last few years have witnessed the publication of several books on the Bible, most of which are in some measure innovative. In addition to the three I shall review in this essay, one cannot overlook Peter Jensen's The Revelation... continue

Inspiration and Incarnation: Evangelicals and the Problem of the Old Testament

Article by   April 2006
A book about the identity and purpose of the Bible must be of interest to any serious Christian. But at first glance Inspiration and Incarnation seems daunting. Peter Enns, a Professor of Old Testament at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia,... continue

Total Truth

Article by   April 2006
I do not have the space in this brief review to give a summary of the content of the whole of this remarkable book; rather I will mention just a couple of highlights. Last year I had the students in... continue

New Town

Article by   February 2006
Though some will try and deny it, everyone loves a good story. Being fashioned in the likeness of the God who scripted the story of life, we by consequence find both identity and delight in stories. We have, after all,... continue

Is the Reformation Over?

Article by   February 2006
Having recently taught a course in contemporary Roman Catholic theology at both my former school, Western Seminary (Portland, OR), and my current institution, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (Louisville, KY), my interest was piqued when Is The Reformation Over? An... continue

On Being A Pastor: Understanding Our Work and Calling

Article by   February 2006
Frequently as a young pastor I wished there was someone who would provide advice and guidance on the numerous new matters I confronted. After graduating from seminary, I seemed to confront only new things. In fact, it led to a... continue

Total Truth

Article by   February 2006
This is a very difficult review to write. The difficulty first became apparent to me several months ago when I realized that I was enormously behind my intended deadline of October, 2005. Due to a variety of circumstances, I have... continue

The Westminster Confession of Faith Study Book: A Study Guide for Churches

Article by   January 2006
"Brief summaries of Christian doctrine are of great use to young beginners. The principles of the oracles of God brought into a little compass in creeds and catechisms have, like the beams of the sun contracted in a burning glass,... continue

Velvet Elvis: Repainting the Christian Faith

Article by   January 2006
By all accounts, Rob Bell, the founding pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan, is a very "hip" guy. As Andy Crouch, a writer for Christianity Today remarked, "You could say he puts the 'hip' in discipleship."[1] Bell's... continue

Does Christianity Squash Women? A Woman Looks at Womanhood

Article by   January 2006
It seems that Christian women living in a post-Christian era are often an enigma to society. There is far too little ammunition to combat the increasing mentality that Biblical womanhood is outdated and irrelevant. Rebecca Jones' provocative book provides readers... continue

New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel

Article by   January 2006
Since his 1970 publication of Luke: Historian and Theologian, I. Howard Marshall has been a significant player in academic New Testament scholarship. His recent 765 page New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel may be his magnum opus. This 35-year... continue

Above All Earthly Pow'rs

Article by   December 2005
Over a decade ago, David F. Wells, began a project to "explore the places of intersection between different aspects of the Christian confession and our (post)modern world" (Above All Earthly Pow'rs, hereafter AAEP, 12). The project began with his stellar... continue

Contending For The Faith: Lines in the Sand that Strengthen the Church

Article by   December 2005
Contending for the Faith: Lines in the Sand that Strengthen the Church offers a well-argued response to many of the contemporary issues facing the church in an increasingly pluralistic and postmodern environment. The book is comprised of twenty-five articles, chosen... continue

Robert Lewis Dabney: A Southern Presbyterian Life

Article by   December 2005
In 1902, while Rev. Samuel Mills Tenney browsed a second-hand bookshop in Houston, Texas-as many Presbyterian pastors are wont to do-a stack of papers in one corner drew his attention. Upon inquiry, he learned that these manuscripts were destined for... continue

Revolution

Article by   December 2005
In his new book Revolution, George Barna makes the staggering claim that faith in America is in the midst of an "unprecedented reengineering." This revolution is so important Barna unashamedly wants to convince his readers to join in. I believe... continue

Art and the Christian Mind: The Life and Work of H.R. Rookmaaker

Article by   December 2005
He taught me how to see. Quite literally. Once our dear friend Hans Rookmaaker was visiting us in Connecticut, and as we drove around in our car he would tell us to pause in front of a certain building. "This... continue

The Gospel According to Harry Potter

Article by   November 2005
Harry Potter is the literary phenomenon for children so far in the twenty first century. On the use of the imagination in literature, C.S. Lewis has commented, "You and I who still enjoy fairy tales have less reason to wish... continue

The Soul of the Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Article by   November 2005
"Fairy tales, romance and adventure appeal to us, not just because they are different from our ordinary experience but because they present in easily assimilable form an essential element of that experience, the shrouding mystery of life and the tremulous... continue

Is The Reformation Over?

Article by   November 2005
Mark Noll is well-known both within and without evangelicalism as an outstanding scholar, a gracious and thoughtful commentator on religion and America, and one of the most significant public religious intellectuals of the last decade. Indeed, disagreeing with him is... continue

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

Article by   November 2005
Toothless Vampires and the Holy GrailIt is often suggested that John Milton's Paradise Lost is a better read than his Paradise Regained. It is easier to describe evil than goodness, easier to record the terrors of Hell than the beauty... continue

Reclaiming the Center: Confronting Evangelical Accommodation in Postmodern Times

Article by   November 2005
"Deciding whether postconservatism is a 'movement' or simply a 'mood' is rather unimportant for our purposes. What is important - and what is by and large no longer questioned - is that a significant shift is taking place in some... continue

Great Commission Publications Sunday School Curriculum

Article by   October 2005
Great Commission Publications continues to expand and improve its materials for use in Sunday School. This fall they unveiled a new format for their children's Sunday School material-a more closely graded elementary series. That means that instead of grouping grades... continue

The Richness of Augustine: His Contextual and Pastoral Theology

Article by   October 2005
Books about Augustine and his theology seem to multiply without end, and the first task of anyone writing about him must be to define why a new work is required. Mark Ellingsen rises to this challenge, explaining that his main... continue

Scripture Alone: The Evangelical Doctrine

Article by   October 2005
This book contains a collection of essays on the doctrine of Scripture (covering almost a quarter century of material from 1974 to1996) all of which add light and justification to the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy of 1978 made by... continue

The Character of Theology

Article by   October 2005
John Franke, who teaches theology at Biblical Theological Seminary, has written this introduction to Christian theology. Its chapters are on "Doing Theology Today", "The Subject of Theology," "The Nature of Theology", "The Task of Theology", and "The Purpose of Theology".... continue

Basics of the Reformed Faith Series: What Is the Lord's Supper and What Is Conversion

Article by   September 2005
Reformed Christians are notorious for recommending books, myself included. Over the years, I have had dozens of conversations about the Reformed faith, which, in many cases, have ended with a book suggestion. I have, on select occasions, even gone as... continue

A God Entranced Vision of All Things: The Legacy of Jonathan Edwards

Article by   September 2005
The tercentenary celebration of the birth of Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) was the occasion for a perfusion of literary endeavors, the most exciting being George Marsden's monumental biography; numerous articles; and a plethora of conferences. The fruit of one such gathering,... continue

The Purpose Driven Life

Article by   August 2005
This review originally appeared in the January 2005 9Marks newsletter. We are grateful for their permission to republish it hereI)  Introduction Books on living the Christian life are a dime a dozen. The shelves of Christian bookstores bow under the... continue

Gilead

Article by   August 2005
 Carrying biblical overtones and set in the rural Iowa town of Gilead, Marilynne Robinson's second novel is the winner of the 2005 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction--and with good reason. In a spare prose that rings with psychological realism and... continue

Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church

Article by   August 2005
The Emergent (or Emerging) Church is hardly a dozen years old and already it is has reached a level of considerable importance. Indeed, it is argued that the term is out of date; it has already emerged! Its hydra-like nature... continue

The Rise of Evangelicalism: The Age of Edwards, Whitfield, and the Wesleys

Article by   August 2005
One of the binding chapters of the Directory for Worship for my denomination instructs the minister presiding at the Lord's Table to "invite all those who profess the true religion, and are communicants in good standing in any evangelical church."... continue

The Lost Message of Jesus

Article by   July 2005
The most fascinating thing about this book is that it is deadly boring.  It took me two months to read its 197 pages, mainly because I kept putting it aside since, for sheer excitement, it couldn't compete with Bavinck's Prolegomena... continue

Results tagged “Book Review” from Reformation21 Blog

The Foundation of the New Perspective

Article by   August 2017
Admittedly the New Perspective on Paul (NPP) isn't so new anymore. As a significant scholarly hermeneutical movement, it goes back at least as far as the late 1970s with the groundbreaking work of E. P. Sanders. It goes back... continue

Echoes of Scripture in the Gospels

Article by   June 2017
One does not have to preach, teach, or even read the New Testament for long in order to discover how steeped its authors are in the Old Testament. The OT surfaces on virtually every page of the NT. It... continue

Faith Without Fanaticism by Dr. John Seel

Article by   June 2011
FAITH WITHOUT FANATICISM A Review of Robert D. Putnam and David Campbell's American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us   "King Solomon, however, loved many foreign women besides Pharaoh's daughter.... As Solomon grew old, his wives turned his heart... continue
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