Category: Book Reviews

The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Post-Apostolic Age

It has been some time since I dug into a good “nerdy” theological style text. Over the past few months, I had tried to give my brain a bit of a break after another breakneck pace of reading last year. The kind folks at IVP Academic sent in my direction a book which at first glance looked like something I might really enjoy and my initial hunch was correct. The Earliest Christologies: Five Images of Christ in the Post-Apostolic Age by Dr. James Papandrea is a short yet effective journey through five popular concepts of Christology in vogue in...

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The Prophecy of Isaiah: An Introduction and Commentary (J. Alec Motyer)

Everyone who has a passion for preaching or expositing God’s Word has felt this tension, “Which kinds of commentaries should I invest in?” Some feel that buying a commentary series, made up of different authors, looks best on a shelf and stays united in their overall method and intent. While those might be true, I would argue that it’s most of the time more beneficial for us to search for commentaries book by book, looking for the cream of the crop for each individual book. While it may not look as nice, this is truly the best practice for...

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The Story of Reality: How the World Began, How It Ends, and Everything Important that Happens in Between

Reality is a subject that every person should be interested in. Reality stares us in the face each day and reminds us of the bare facts. Perhaps the most important realities to come to grips with is the Christian worldview. Gregory Koukl presents the major components of the Christian worldview in his newest work, The Story of Reality. Every worldview has four important ingredients: Creation, Fall, Redemption, and Restoration. Koukl adds, “Every worldview means to tell a story like this one, a story of reality. It means to make sense of the way the world actually is – the...

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The Book of Isaiah and God’s Kingdom: A Thematic-Theological Approach (Andrew T. Abernathy)

Isaiah is a really big book. It’s the 6th-largest book in Scripture, amassing over 25,000 words in 66 chapters. Not to mention, this is a prophetic book, one of the Major Prophets of the Old Testament. Factoring in its size and subject, anything that aids us in its study will be welcomed. Fortunately, we have such a companion, and it’s a fairly new volume in the New Studies in Biblical Theology series. Authored by Andrew Abernathy of Wheaton College, this thematic approach to reading Isaiah is a careful and thorough study that students and preachers will greatly benefit from....

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The End of Protestantism: Pursuing Unity in a Fragmented Church (Peter J. Leithart)

“I dearly hope that the Protestant tribalism of American denominationalism dies. I will do all in my power to kill it, not least in myself” (191). Hopefully, you didn’t start at the end of Peter Leithart’s book and read backwards. Reading these words at first gives one the sense that Leithart has quite a few bones to pick with Protestantism and its people, and that he’s ready to hammer the gavel and find them guilty, punishable by death. Even the title alone, The End of Protestantism, is like gunpowder just waiting to explode. Quite frankly, what is Leithart’s problem?...

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