Category: Book Reviews

Covenant and God’s Purpose for the World – Thomas Schreiner (2017)

Biblical theology is the discipline that reveals the storyline of Scripture. It looks at the big picture, which begins at creation and culminates with the new earth, where God makes all things new. “The purpose of biblical theology,” according to James Hamilton “is to sharpen our understanding of the theology contained in the Bible itself through an inductive, salvation-historical examination of the Bible’s themes and the relationships between those themes in their canonical context and literary form.”1 Thomas Schreiner makes a significant contribution to the field of biblical theology with his latest work, Covenant and God’s Purposes For the...

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Reformation Theology A Systematic Summary

Does the Reformation still matter? A better question is, “Does Reformed Theology still matter?” We should also ask ourselves, “Does Reformed Theology still have a place in the Twenty First Century’s theological landscape?” Many Christians are not familiar with names such as Luther, Calvin, Zwingli, or Tyndale. Even more, they are not familiar with the theological truths they championed and how these truths apply to their lives. As we approach the 500th Anniversary of the unofficial beginning of the Reformation, it is crucial that we champion once again these theological truths and remind the Church why they matter. This...

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“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

Much has been said about who the church is, what the church does, and how the church does it over the past two thousand years. We live in an age where there is no shortage of ecclesiology books that address such topics. I have found that many of these books live in one of two worlds: they are either extremely dense and narrowed in their intended audience, or they shirk on depth altogether, providing a fairly uninformative read. Joe Thorn’s “Of The Church” series attempts (and succeeds) avoiding both of these worlds by offering a 3-volume set of short,...

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Two Views on Homosexuality, The Bible, and the Church (editors Preston Sprinkle and Stanley N. Gundry)

The Counterpoints series by Zondervan is a long-standing examination of various Christian views and issues that allow different perspectives to be shared together in one volume, with the hopes that it allows us all a better understanding of each other’s position, and help us land where we may. When it comes to this particular volume, though, tensions rise from the moment the book is opened. All of us are on edge when it comes to the topic, the issue, the people living within the tension of conversations about homosexuality. It is in-depth, complex, and deeply affects many people’s identity...

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Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

John Newton once wrote, “I have often wished we had more female pens employed in the service of the sanctuary. . . . In the article of essay writing, I think many are qualified to succeed better than most men, having a peculiar easiness of style, which few of us can imitate.” I agree with Newton. I am thankful for female pens within the church. The words “easiness of style” are especially poignant as I reflect on Gloria Furman’s latest book, Alive in Him. This short but bountiful book is a study of Ephesians, and Furman leads the reader...

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