Category: Theology

Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

When the term apocalyptic literature is used, most are likely drawn to thinking about books in Scripture such as Revelation or perhaps the ending chapters of Matthew where Jesus described the time of the end. While both are indeed apocalyptic, what is often forgotten is the plethora and rich literature of this genre found in the Old Testament. Dr. Richard Taylor in his book Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature: An Exegetical Handbook takes a helpful look through Daniel, the OT Prophets, and extra-biblical texts, exploring the overall genre and providing the reader how to read, understand, and most importantly, apply these...

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Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth by John F. MacArthur and Richard Mayhue

A theological tour de force. A magnum opus. A breath-taking panorama that leaves the reader in awe. These are only a few descriptions of Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue. The book is arranged as one might expect, according to the various branches of systematic theology: Prolegomena God’s Word: Bibliology God the Father: Theology Proper God the Son: Christology God the Holy Spirit: Pneumatology Man and Sin: Anthropology and Hamartiology Salvation: Soteriology Angels: Angelology The Church: Ecclesiology The Future: Eschatology A comprehensive glossary is included which helps beginning students with cumbersome...

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Old Testament Sermons by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Last summer I had the opportunity to pick up a few sets of great books. Included in that purchase was a title by someone whose works for which I was only minimally familiar, namely Robert Murray M’Cheyne. If you are not familiar with this individual, M’Cheyne ministered in the early to mid-portion of the 1800’s as the pastor of St. Peter’s Church in Dundee Scotland. Interestingly, at the beginning of the last century, a man named James Macdonald purchased a box of what was later discovered to be the notebooks and sermons of M’Cheyne. Banner of Truth has thankfully...

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A Peculiar Glory: How The Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Truthfulness (John Piper)

“It is a stupendous claim that any book written by human hands is the infallible word of God” (39). The Bible without a doubt is the most polarizing, the most significant, the most widely-read, and the most important book in all of human history. On that, we can all agree, Christian or not. But there’s much gray area we find in churches getting into when it comes to which qualities Scripture does have. Lately, Evangelicals have felt a lot of the pressure to state their claims unashamedly on what the Bible is, and thankfully, we’ve witnessed a host of...

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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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