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Paul & the Gift

Article by   November 2015
John M.G. Barclay, Paul and the Gift. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. 672 pages. $70.00/£45.99Perhaps the most impressive feature of John Barclay's important new book, Paul & the Gift, is the elegant simplicity and integrity of its central thesis. Indeed, at... continue

Junius: The Mosaic Polity

Article by   November 2015
Franciscus Junius. The Mosaic Polity. Translated by Todd M. Rester. Edited by Andrew M. McGinnis. Sources in Early Modern Economics, Ethics, and Law. Grand Rapids: Christian's Library Press, 2015. $14.95Everybody knows that when the Protestant Reformers set out to clean... continue

Defending Substitution

Article by   October 2015
Gathercole's introduction begins by asking the question raised by the old spiritual: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" If we answer "yes," we presuppose that we somehow participated in his death, or that in his death Jesus somehow represents us: "We have died with Christ" (Rom 6:8). If we answer "no," then we were not there: Christ died alone. "He was there, taking our place in our stead" (p.13). In much biblical scholarship, the former answer is widely assumed: on the cross, Christ represents us, but it is a mistake to think that substitution occurs when Jesus dies. While not denying that the Bible can present Christ's death on the cross as an act of representation, in this slender volume Gathercole sets out to rehabilitate substitution. continue

Gospel of Glory

Article by   October 2015
Richard Bauckham. Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. xvii + 237 pp. $24.99The author dedicates this book to six great British Johannine scholars of the past. The reader should not expect, however, to find... continue

The Allure of Gentleness

Article by   October 2015
Dallas Willard, The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus. Harper One, 2015. 208 pages, hardcover.  $26.99One of the most exciting developments of the last two decades has been the rapid growth--nay, explosion--of top-notch apologists who... continue

Marie Durand

Article by   September 2015
Simonetta Carr, Marie Durand. Christian Biographies for Young Readers. Grand Rapids, Michigan. Reformation Heritage Books. 64 pp. 2015. $17.99When you do a search on Amazon for "biographies for children," you find a list of books about people who are famous... continue


Article by   September 2015
Paul Griffiths, Decreation: The Last Things of All Creatures. Texas, Baylor, 2014. 431 pp. $68.99Paul Griffiths's Decreation is systematic theology in grand, classical style. Eschewing the notion of "eschatology" because of its ambiguity and (one suspects) its modernity, Griffiths probes the... continue

Christian Reconstruction

Article by   September 2015
Michael J. McVicar, Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism. Chapel Hill, NC: The University of North Carolina Press, 2015. xiii + 309 pp.As with many others, I suspect my first exposure to Christian Reconstruction was through an... continue

Dominus Mortis

Article by   September 2015
David J. Luy.  Dominus Mortis: Martin Luther on the Incorruptibility of God in Christ.  Fortress, 2014. 266 pp. $24.99/£24.99  Professor Luy's book has a mostly polemical scope: refuting an interpretation of Luther's Christology and deploring  a strain of systematics that... continue


Article by   August 2015
Rebecca Konyndyk Deyoung. Vainglory: The Forgotten Vice. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2014. 157 pp. $9.99/£8.99In her wonderful new book Vainglory: the Forgotten Vice, Rebecca Konyndyk DeYoung, professor of philosophy at Calvin College, builds on the important work that she began in... continue

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