Author: David Steele

God the Son Incarnate – Stephen J. Wellum

God the Son Incarnate by Stephen J. Wellum is the latest installment in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology Series. This outstanding series, edited by John Feinberg was first introduced with the publication of No One Like Him back in 2001. The author notes that “Jesus himself understood and taught that both Scripture and God’s plan of salvation are Christocentric.” J.I. Packer adds, “Christology is the true hub round which the wheel of theology revolves, and to which its separate spokes must each be correctly anchored if the wheel is not to get bent.” Thus, the stakes could not be...

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The Temple and the Tabernacle – J. Daniel Hays

A good book review will help readers determine the good, the bad, and the ugly in a given title. There is nothing bad or ugly in J. Daniel Hays’ new work, The Temple, and the Tabernacle. In fact, describing the contents of this book as “good” would be a massive understatement. Dr. Hays sets out to explore the majesty and importance of the dwelling places of God. Beginning in the Old Testament, the author works his way to the culmination of Redemptive history where we find the people of God gathered before his throne, worshipping him in the new...

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The Cosmos Alternative

Two pitfalls plague every follower of Jesus Christ. The first pitfall involves rules. In an effort to obey Scripture and avoid worldliness, we begin drawing legalistic lines that were never meant to be drawn. We begin to impose our personal convictions on people instead of allowing the Word of God to speak for itself. Some Christians, in an attempt to avoid worldliness, embrace a mindset that avoids anything which is “non-Christian.” A legalistic mindset becomes all-consuming and attracts fellow travelers down a path that fails to honor God. The second pitfall involves retreat. A person who falls into this...

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The Unfinished Reformation by Gregg Allison & Chris Cataldo

The book market is beginning to see a rise of titles that deal with the Protestant Reformation as we move closer to the 500th anniversary of Luther’s bold move at Wittenberg. Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo collaborate on a creative work that poses a critical question: “What unites and divides Catholics and Protestants after 500 years?” The authors are clear about the core of this controversy: “To whom did God give authority to define Christian faith? Did it belong to the institution of the Roman Catholic Church? Or was Scripture its own interpreter?” These questions serve as a sort...

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The Mindset of a Champion

Mature runners face reality, forget the past, and forge into the future. These benchmarks of Christian maturity occupied Paul’s thought in Philippians 3:12-16. The apostle understands, however, that we live in a fallen world. He understands that the Christian race is filled with difficulties and discouragement. Paul writes to encourage and motivate the Philippians. He writes to encourage and motivate us. In Philippians 3:17-21, we learn that a proper perspective goes a long way in the making of a champion. I remember my college buddy who used to run the Western States Race, a fifty-mile foot race through the...

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