Category: Book Reviews

“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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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Courtney Reissig)

I understand very little about what it means to be a homemaker, and even less about what it means to be female. One might perceive that a book such as this one, with its floral cover print and cursive title font, is not the kind of downtime read I would spend time wading through. But, while it’s perhaps not my natural impulse, I recognize just how valuable it is for me to read a book like this one. In Glory in the Ordinary, Reissig, a self-described “wife, mother, and writer,” invites the reader (male and female) into a world...

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Scripture As Real Presence: Sacramental Exegesis in the Early Church (Hans Boersma)

As our society develops and moves along the line of historical time, we have voices pop up along the way that remind us not to forget where we came from and the ones who came before us. We see this in politics all of the time. America has had its share of political sympathizers who urge our nation’s leaders to consider the example of our Founding Fathers to inform their current decision-making. We also see this impulse from some prophetic voices in the world of theology. Hans Boersma is one of those voices, inviting us all in our quest...

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