Shelf Life

Shelf Life

Over the last few years, movies about Christianity have begun to trickle into the theaters with more frequency. We've had Old Testament stories like Noah (2014) and Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014). We've had contemporary family dramas like Courageous (2011) and War Room (2015). We've even had...
Sammy Rhodes
Meet the New American Dream, Same as the Old American Dream: Thoughts after seeing Joy Movies are more than entertainment, date night venues, or after (during) work escapes. At their best, they are something closer to lay theology or therapy even. A place to take in entire worldviews, sifting their...
Timothy Gombis
Mark D. Nanos and Magnus Zetterholm (eds.), Paul Within Judaism: Restoring the First-Century Context to the Apostle . Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015 It is nearly forty years since the publication of E. P. Sanders's Paul and Palestinian Judaism (1977) initiated a revolution in Pauline studies...
Daniel M. Bell, Jr.
Nigel Biggar, In Defence of War . Oxford University Press, 2013. 361 pp. HB $55.00. PB $30.00 In this book, Nigel Biggar, Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology and Director of the McDonald Centre for Theology, Ethics, and Public Life at Oxford University, offers a collection of essays...
Brad Litttlejohn
Marcus Johnson and John Clark. The Incarnation of God: The Mystery of the Gospel as the Foundation of Evangelical Theology . Crossway, 2015. 256 pp. Marcus Johnson and John Clark's The Incarnation of God is a much-needed and well-conceived treatment of the central mystery of the Christian faith...
Anthony Esolen. Life Under Compulsion: Ten Ways to Destroy the Humanity of Your Child . Delaware: ISI Books, 2015. 224 pages. $27.95 Ever since Edison recorded sound, each new generation of parents has voiced the same complaint: why do my kids listen to that junk! I sympathize strongly with such...
John M.G. Barclay, Paul and the Gift . Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2015. 672 pages. $70.00/£45.99 Perhaps 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 first blush this simplicity may...
D. A. Carson
Simon Gathercole, Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul . Acadia Studies in Bible and Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker, 2015. pp. 128. $14.99/£10.99 Gathercole's introduction begins by asking the question raised by the old spiritual: "Were you there when they crucified my Lord?" If we...
Robert Yarbrough
Richard Bauckham. Gospel of Glory: Major Themes in Johannine Theology. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2015. xvii + 237 pp. $24.99 The author dedicates this book to six great British Johannine scholars of the past. The reader should not expect, however, to find direct traces of all their views in...
Ian Clary
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 interest in presuppositional...