Results tagged “book reviews” from Reformation21

Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them

Article by   February 2019
Lois Lowry tells a story about how a utopian state required that all of the community's memories going back through the generations be committed to a single person, a receiver. The elders engineered a society where no one but the receiver had to feel or remember. Life was safe and comfortable. The citizens were spared the pain of knowing, of emoting. And they could always call on the receiver when faced with a decision that exceeded their self-imposed limited experience. continue

The New Abolition

Article by   September 2016
If you have anything like a rose-colored perspective of the history of Christ's church in the United States during the latter part of the nineteenth century and the early part of the twentieth, this book will be as difficult as it is important for you to read. continue

Same-Sex Attraction and the Church

Article by   July 2016
Christians, including young evangelicals, are increasingly being persuaded that it is unreasonable to ask those who experience exclusively same-sex attraction to live celibate lives. Sexuality is considered to be central to human identity, and sexual experience is thought to be an essential part of any decent life. To expect a person to be celibate - for his or her entire life - is to ask that person to deny his or her very own self. It is to reject any and all possibility of happiness. continue

Theology for International Law

Article by   August 2014
Esther D. Reed, Theology for International Law. London and New York: Bloomsbury T&T Clark, 2013. 350pp. $26.99/£19.99The big issue which this book addresses is: what does theology have to say to those who argue that international relations are nothing more... continue

The German Roots of Nineteenth Century American Theology

Article by   July 2014
Annette G. Aubert. The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology. New York: Oxford University Press, 2013, 402 pp. $74.00.  In this volume, a revision of her doctoral dissertation at Westminster Theological Seminary (Philadelphia), Annette Aubert aims to recover the central... continue

Paul and the Faithfulness of God: A Review

Article by   July 2014
Let me begin by stating the fact that most obviously strikes the recipient of a copy of Paul and the Faithfulness of God (henceforth, PFG): it is 1658 pages long. At one point, probably about a third of the way or half-way through, I had a feeling which - unprompted - interpreted itself in words similar to those of John Newton's Amazing Grace: 'When we've been there ten thousand years, bright shining as the sun | We've no less days to sing God's praise, as when we first begun'. I felt at this stage at the book that, having read hundreds and hundreds of pages, I still had as many to go as I did when I first begun. One of the chapters is over 250 pages. But I did make it all the way through to what I assume was the George Herbert allusion at the end. continue

Holy Communion

Article by   July 2014
Hughes Oliphant Old, Holy Communion: In the Piety of the Reformed Church. Powder Springs: Tolle Lege Press, 2013. Hardback. 919 pp. $39.95Introduction When I was in seminary I was introduced to what is perhaps the standard taxonomy of the different views... continue

The Rise of Liberal Religion

Article by   June 2014
Matthew S. Hedstrom. The Rise of Liberal Religion: Book Culture and American Spirituality in the Twentieth Century. Oxford, 2013.288  pp. $39.99/£29.99Reformed Christians pride themselves in being well informed of major eras in the development of Christian theology. They can articulate... continue

One with Christ

Article by   June 2014
Marcus Peter Johnson, One with Christ: An Evangelical Theology of Salvation. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 256 pp. $19.99/£12.99Though I am not a Calvin scholar, there are few theologians who have influenced me as much, and consistently help me more than the... continue

Politics and the Order of Love

Article by   June 2014
Eric S. Gregory. Politics and the Order of Love: An Augustinian Ethic of Democratic Citizenship. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2008. 417 pp. $28.99/£20.99This is not a book to be undertaken lightly by the unsuspecting reader, lured in by the... continue

Divine Providence and Human Agency

Article by   June 2014
Alexander S. Jensen, Divine Providence and Human Agency: Trinity, Creation and Freedom. Farnham, Surrey, Ashgate, 2014. 215 pp. $104.99/£57.99How would you go about developing the theme that is the title of this book? The typical reader of Reformation 21 would... continue

Who's Afraid of Relativism?

Article by   June 2014
James K. A. Smith. Who's Afraid of Relativism? Community, Contingency, and Creaturehood. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic. 2014. 192 pp.  Softcover: $19.99/£11.99James K. A. Smith's latest book is the follow-up to Who's Afraid of Postmodernism? (2006) and continues his longstanding... continue

God in the Whirlwind

Article by   May 2014
David F. Wells, God in the Whirlwind: How the Holy-love of God Reorients Our World. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 266 pp. $19.99/£14.99Over the last twenty years, David Wells has established himself as the insider chronicler-in-chief of how the self-centered trivialization of... continue

Living By Revealed Truth

Article by   May 2014
Tom Nettles, Living By Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. Christian Focus, 2013, 700pp, £29.99/$38.00It would be going over the top to declare an interest, but perhaps an admission of sorts would be in order:... continue

How Jesus Became God: A Review

Article by   May 2014
Over the years, I have had the opportunity to review a number of Bart Ehrman's books, including, most recently, his volume Forged: Writing in the Name of God--Why the Bible's Authors are Not Who We Think They Are (HarperOne, 2011). At the end of that review, I concluded with these words: [Ehrman] regularly goes beyond what the evidence can sustain. For this reason the book, like many of his others, comes across as more autobiographical than academic; more polemical than historical. Ehrman still seems to be chasing the ghosts of his evangelical past. One wonders how many more books he will need to write before they go away. continue

If I Had Lunch with C.S. Lewis

Article by   May 2014
Alister McGrath, If I Had Lunch with C. S. Lewis: Exploring the Ideas of C. S. Lewis on the Meaning of Life. Tyndale, 2014. 256 pages. Hardcover. $17.99Back in 2010, C. S. Lewis scholar Michael Ward pulled off a publishing... continue

Going Dutch in the Modern Age

Article by   April 2014
John Halsey Wood, Jr. Going Dutch in the Modern Age: Abraham Kuyper's Struggle for a Free Church in the Nineteenth-Century Netherlands. New York/Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013, x + 235pp. $74.00 In 1848, the Dutch constitution separated the church... continue

Logos at its Best

Article by   April 2014
Logos At Its Best: The Reformation At Your FingertipsAs one whose Th.M. thesis was typed on a "state of the art" IBM Selectric typewriter, I continue to marvel at some of the technological advances that have been made over the... continue

Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment

Article by   April 2014
Four Views on The Role of Works at the Final Judgment. Counterpoints: Bible and Theology. Edited by Alan P. Stanley. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 234 pp. $17.99. This book, edited by Alan Stanley, addresses four major views on the role of... continue

The Experience of God

Article by   March 2014
David Bentley Hart, The Experience of God: Being, Consciousness, Bliss. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 2013, 365pp. + ix. $25.00/£18.99There is much to provoke, encourage, and worry about in David Bentley Hart's newest book. As it seems petty... continue

Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace

Article by   March 2014
Keith D. Stanglin and Thomas H. McCall, Jacob Arminius, Theologian of Grace, Oxford (Oxford University Press), 2012, 240pp. $24.99/£18.99Keith Stanglin and Thomas McCall are well-trained scholars in historical theology, both receiving Ph.D. degrees from Calvin Theological Seminary after studying there with... continue

The Twilight of the American Enlightenment

Article by   March 2014
George Marsden, The Twilight of the American Enlightenment: The 1950s and the Crisis of Liberal Belief. New York: Basic Books, 2014, pp. 264. $19.99/£14.99After World War II, a consensus about truth gave way to a consensus about the importance of... continue

Reconsidering Calvin

Article by   March 2014
Randall C. Zachman, Reconsidering John Calvin. Current Issues in Theology. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012, viii + 212pp. $29.99/£18.99This elegant little book formed the content of the Warfield Lectures given at Princeton Theological Seminary in October 2009 in honour of... continue

Housewife Theologian and Extravagant Grace

Article by   February 2014
Aimee Byrd. Housewife Theologian: How the Gospel Interrupts the Ordinary (P&R, 2013), $12.99.Barbara Duguid. Extravagant Grace: God's Glory Displayed in Our Weakness (P&R, 2013), $12.99.As a pastor I am always keen to commend good books written by women. Two recent... continue

Young, Restless, No Longer Reformed?

Article by   February 2014
Austin Fischer, the 28 year-old Teaching Pastor at Vista Community Church in Temple, Texas, has written an honest, intelligent, accessible book about why he is no longer Reformed. Lauded by the brightest stars in the Arminian firmament--Scot McKnight, Roger Olson, Greg Boyd, Rachel Held Evans--Fischer is to be commended for writing on such a difficult topic with disarming prose and without biting rancor. I can understand why Christians on the other side of this issue may feel like this is the Book They've Been Waiting For. Of course, given my position as an ordained Reformed pastor it will come as no surprise that I found his arguments ultimately unpersuasive and, in several instances, full of significant weaknesses. continue

Godly Republicanism

Article by   February 2014
Michael P. Winship. Godly Republicanism: Puritans, Pilgrims, and a City on a Hill. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2013, 339 pp. $45.00/£32.00Michael Winship's Godly Republicanism offers an engaging, meticulously-researched tale of the religious zealots whose conscientious scruples helped give birth... continue

Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest?

Article by   February 2014
"You Just Might Be an Antinomian" A review of Mark Jones' Antinomianism: Reformed Theology's Unwelcome Guest? Phillipsburg: P&R Publishing, 2013, 176pp, $15.00/£11.00 It's refreshing to read a book whose author has done his homework. Antinomianism is such a book, characterized both by... continue

The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential

Article by   February 2014
N. T. Wright, The Case for the Psalms: Why They are Essential. New York: HarperOne, 2013, 208 ppThere was a bit of hesitation when I was asked to write a review of N. T. Wright's book on the Psalms. People... continue
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