Theology

‘PROVIDENCE’ by John Piper

This last year has been a year of chaos, confusion, and conflict. This long season has left many Christians tired and weary. If an individual only had their ears open to the world, they would soon think that everything was out of control. However, in these constantly...

Reformed Systematic Theology Volume 2: Man and Christ by Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley

Introduction I am a huge fan of systematic theology. There is nothing that so informs my mind with God’s truth, warms my heart with God’s love, and motivates me to serve God as studying His Word set forth in systematic theology. For this reason, I am so enthusiastic...

Finding the Right Hills to Die On: The Case for Theological Triage by Gavin Ortlund

In recent years, in evangelical circles, much talk has centered around the idea of “theological triage.” The term has been credited to Dr. Albert Mohler, though the concept has been around for a long time. In a divided age, unfortunately, even many Christians fall...
Systematic Theology – Robert Letham (2019)

Systematic Theology – Robert Letham (2019)

Systematic Theology by Robert Letham is a solid work designed to fit within the framework of Reformed confessionalism. Systematic Theology is unique in that is begins with a treatment on the Triune God. Dr. Letham begins by offered the dominant arguments for God’s...

ESV Prayer Bible: Prayers From The Past- Hope For Our Present

ESV Prayer Bible: Prayers From The Past- Hope For Our Present

I had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Crossway’s new Prayer Bible. As you have probably guessed, this is another ESV Bible, but instead of commentary or extensive footnotes, this Bible is designed to show you how the Scriptures devotionally warmed the...

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Whenever Kevin DeYoung pens a book, I devour it – quickly. DeYoung writes with biblical precision. He writes with clarity. And his writing exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. His latest book, Grace Defined & Defended, is no exception. This short book is a summary and...

Scientism and Secularism – J.P. Moreland (2018)

Scientism and Secularism – J.P. Moreland (2018)

When Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, the intellectual tectonic plates shifted with a force that continues to reverberate to this day. One of the tragic consequences (among many) that the book helped spawn was the philosophical notion of...

Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture – John Feinberg

Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture – John Feinberg

Many issues have come to the forefront for Christians in recent years. However, I cannot think of an issue of greater importance than our view of the Word of God. This crucial matter is addressed by John Feinberg in his recent work, Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine...

Revelation (The Lectio Continua Series) by Joel Beeke

Revelation (The Lectio Continua Series) by Joel Beeke

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to read through Joel Beeke’s expository commentary on Revelation published by Reformation Heritage Books. It is one commentary in a growing series of expository commentaries on the New Testament. At the time of this...

Biblical Counseling Basics by Jeremy Lelek

Biblical Counseling Basics by Jeremy Lelek

Biblical counseling has been going through something of an identity crisis as of late. What exactly is “Biblical counseling,” what is its relationship to extra-biblical content, how is it best practiced?: Answering these questions requires nuance, careful...

Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life by Jason Meyer

Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life by Jason Meyer

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones could very well be the most influential preacher of the twentieth century. If there is any doubt that the Doctor carries such a weighty influence, Jason Meyer skillfully recants such a notion in his work, Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life. The...

New Calvinism: New Reformation or Theological Fad? – Josh Buice, Ed.

New Calvinism: New Reformation or Theological Fad? – Josh Buice, Ed.

“Calvinism is back,” writes David Van Biema, in a Time Magazine article, entitled ‘The New Calvinism.’ The featured article, which was written in 2009 was included in a list of “Ten Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” That’s quite a claim for a secular magazine to...

The Gospel According to God – John MacArthur (2018)

The Gospel According to God – John MacArthur (2018)

C.H. Spurgeon calls the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah “a Bible in miniature … the condensed essence of the gospel.” John MacArthur refers to Isaiah 53 as “the most remarkable chapter in the Old Testament” and takes it as the theme of his latest book, The Gospel...

The Life and Theology of Paul – Guy Prentiss Waters

The Life and Theology of Paul – Guy Prentiss Waters

It was one of the most dramatic conversion experiences in redemptive history. The Apostle Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus was miraculously transformed into a man who found his delight in God. Guy Prentiss Waters tells the story of Paul’s conversion in his latest book....

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards

He was the most important mind America ever produced, a theologian/philosopher extraordinaire. He was one of the most well-known pastors to stand behind the “preacher’s desk.” And he was a prolific author, missionary, and college president. Despite his impressive...

Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

Herman Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn needs little introduction. His book, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life was warmly received by many as he unpacked the Reformer’s life and legacy. Now the author makes his contribution...

The Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy

The Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy

Graeme Goldsworthy has become a bit of a household name, especially as one considers the field of biblical theology. The Son of God and the New Creation is another solid contribution by Goldsworthy where he focuses on the second member of the Trinity and alerts...

Reformation Theology A Systematic Summary

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...

Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Nearly five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his now famous ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Luther’s courage continues to inspire faithful followers of Jesus. His character raises the bar for anyone who strives to serve with truth-centered...

The New City Catechism Devotional

The New City Catechism Devotional

Tim Keller expounded on the gravitas of Christian catechisms for our day, saying, “Catechesis is more important than ever. We are being catechized, whether or not we know it, by culture.” In other words, catechism is happening, right at this moment. Twitter hashtags,...

Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

On May 25, 2016, one of the most important theologians of my time passed into Glory. John Webster, a British Anglican, was a theologian, preacher, lecturer, and disciple of Jesus Christ. Webster is not widely known. He does not sell books at a popular level. His...

The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders is a professor of Theology at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Fred Sanders has another book on the Trinity called The Deep Things of God. Summary In the opening of The Triune God, Fred Sanders lays out his...

The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

Let’s face it: the Trinity is without a doubt the most important, complex, and debated doctrine in all of Christian thought. For thousands of years, Christians have been attempting to define the Trinity, and nothing is new under the sun. Even today, despite all of the...

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

Today I want to share with you an incredible resource that will not only enhance your study of God’s Holy Word, but also increase retention and understanding of difficult passages, doctrines, and give you tools to utilize in teaching others the basics of the Christian...

Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

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...

Old Testament Sermons by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

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...

Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)

Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)

I was recently listening to a sermon from a noted preacher years ago, who encouraged his congregation to consider the task of “finding a home” in one or two books of the Bible. His philosophy was that most of us, with our limited amount of brainpower as humans, simply...

God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ (Stephen J. Wellum)

God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ (Stephen J. Wellum)

Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series is actually a long-standing one, with volumes dating back to twelve years ago. However, Wellum’s new addition to the series is only the sixth volume to be published. In short, the intent of this series is not a...

A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament

A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament

I thoroughly enjoy resources that enable me to dig deeper into Scripture. Of particular note is the ability to explore and understand the biblical languages. While there is certainly nothing wrong with simply reading Scripture via the numerous quality translations...

God the Son Incarnate – Stephen J. Wellum

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...

The Temple and the Tabernacle – J. Daniel Hays

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...

Christ All Sufficient

Christ All Sufficient

Out of all the Pauline Epistles, the book of Colossians can arguably be labeled as one of the most overlooked. This is in part understandable given the plethora of material within the Pauline corpus. For that matter, think of the last book from the Minor Prophets you...

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

I am a language nerd. While not a linguistic expert by any stretch of the imagination, I nevertheless fully understand the importance of knowing what words mean in context as well as the development of terms over time. It seems when studying Scripture and especially...

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics (Graeme Goldsworthy)

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics (Graeme Goldsworthy)

When I think about the importance of biblical theology and learning from its leading scholars, one of the first names that come to mind is Graeme Goldsworthy. Nearly every work Goldsworthy has completed has BT as its driving force, which is really helpful for pastors...

NIV LIFEHACKS BIBLE

NIV LIFEHACKS BIBLE

About the Editor: Joe Carter is one of the sharpest minds in Evangelicalism today. He is the current Communications Specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Senior Editor at the Actions Institute. He serves...

Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

Most books devoted to exploring the mandate to preach the Word of God focus on homiletical method. They help young preachers craft an introduction and a conclusion. They help young theologians with good exegetical skills. They discuss tone, body language, and eye...

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old and New Testament

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old and New Testament

I have owned or own numerous single volume or collected sets of introductions to the Bible. Some have been quite helpful in my studies, personal or academic, and others have been shall we say a bit lackluster and somewhat disappointing. Given the plethora of biblical...

What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? originally appeared in 1997. This updated volume has a new cover and new contemporary format. The content, however, remains the same as Dr. Sproul guides readers through the wonders of Reformed Theology. Part One: Foundations of Reformed...

Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Stephen Backhouse)

Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Stephen Backhouse)

Anyone who has spent time studying philosophy has heard that famous Danish name before Kierkegaard. The influence of Kierkegaard’s work and thought is unmissable for the student to see. But for many, the name “Søren Kierkegaard” completely flies under the radar, and...

God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (Malcolm B. Yarnell III)

God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (Malcolm B. Yarnell III)

When it comes to discussion of the Trinity, Christianity surprisingly runs quite a gamut of opinions and thoughts. While the Trinity is one of the most creedal and thus essential doctrines of Evangelicalism, some accuse the Trinity of being explicitly unknowable...

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90-150)

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90-150)

Who reading this review finds the Psalms to be among or at the top of their list of favorite books of the Bible? I am quite sure most if not all of you raised your virtual hands to that question. Why are we so passionate about reading the Psalms? In my humble opinion,...

Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson

Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson

It’s a shame that theology so regularly needs to be defended. The fact that it does just goes to support Keith Johnson’s book Theology as Discipleship. The divorce that theology and Christian living has been through over time has had massive and long-lasting...

A Review of “Addictions” by Edward T. Welch

A Review of “Addictions” by Edward T. Welch

Does the Bible actually speak to the issue of addictions? That’s one of the common questions – or perhaps it’s more accurate to say veiled accusations – that I get when working with guys in our Recovery program. After all, the word “addiction” is not found in the...

Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos

Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos

It seemed so promising. The Israelites had entered by the mighty hand of God into the Promised Land. Joshua left the people with a firm reminder of the need to be mindful of their covenant with God. This covenant had as its basis obedience to God’s commands which...

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

In my opinion, Proverbs is the one book of the Bible that people struggle to locate the most within the canon. We get a feel and a sense for where all the other books go, and why they are there. But when we come to Proverbs, oftentimes it is difficult to find its...

1-2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ’s Sufferings

1-2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ’s Sufferings

There are several books that reside near the back of the New Testament that I submit get overlooked in our zeal to push through to the book of Revelation and the renewal of all things we find at the end of that particular book. Before we get to the ultimate promise of...

The Holy Spirit (Christopher R.J. Holmes)

The Holy Spirit (Christopher R.J. Holmes)

In the wide world of theological studies, one of the many joys we have is watching a highly-anticipated series being birthed and developing over time. Avid readers of theology will be pleased to know that Zondervan Academic has released the first installment of a very...

Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament: Ruth

Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament: Ruth

Over the past year or so, I have become less of a hoarder of commentaries and commentary sets. In my Bible College and Seminary days, I used such tools extensively as they are required resources for writing research papers and other academically related tasks. With...

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible

The Bible is a collection of individual books that collectively relay a singular message, namely that of redemption and restoration through the Messiah. Each book shares this message, some more overtly than others, through the genre and the literary patterns subsumed...

A Review of “Covenant and Commandment” by Bradley Green

A Review of “Covenant and Commandment” by Bradley Green

The New Studies in Biblical Theology series from IVP is one of my favorite academic collections. Each volume does an impressive job of providing comprehensive and fresh examinations of Biblical, theological concepts. It’s for this reason that Bradley Green’s recent...

Covenant, Community, and the Spirit (Robert Sherman)

Covenant, Community, and the Spirit (Robert Sherman)

The Trinity is an essential doctrine that Christians should continue to explore, because whether we know it or not, the Trinity serves as a sort of model for many of the aspects of how we were designed to live our lives. For example, the Trinity has much to say about...

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians

Some books in the Bible are quite frankly a joy to read. Many enjoy reading the Psalms and Proverbs. Others gravitate towards Romans or perhaps the Gospel of John. If we are talking about a book that is a joy to read, one cannot forget Paul’s Epistle to the...

Urban Legends of the New Testament

Urban Legends of the New Testament

Most people likely remember the childhood game called telephone. The concept was to start with a statement which would then be repeated down a line of individuals with that statement whispered into each subsequent person’s ear. The fun part of the game was seeing how...

A Biblical History of Israel: Second Edition

A Biblical History of Israel: Second Edition

History is important. I know that many of us do not have fond memories of history class or for that matter the history teacher droning on for what seemed like an eternity about some minor point of former days. Whatever your experience with history class might have...

A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles

A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles

Typically those who utilize commentaries are attracted to volumes that engage with the more shall we say popular books in Scripture such as Romans, the Gospel of John, and perhaps Revelation. Reading a commentary on one of the historical books of the Old Testament is...

The Blessing of God – Edited by Michael D. McMullen

The Blessing of God – Edited by Michael D. McMullen

Jonathan Edwards is known as one of the most passionate preachers to ever grace the American pulpit. B.B. Warfield once called him "the one figure of real greatness in the intellectual life of colonial America." While certainly known for works such as "Religious...

The Miracles of Jesus

The Miracles of Jesus

Outside arguably the parables of Jesus, His miracles are some of the most beloved portions of the gospels. Whether it was His first recorded miracle of changing water into wine or the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two small fish, we are...

Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior (Preaching the Word)

Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior (Preaching the Word)

In recent months, I have been doing a bit of purging when it comes to my personal library. After years of accumulating books, many in relation to various classes in both Bible College and Seminary, things had gotten a bit out of hand. Furthermore, the subject matter...

Knowing Christ

Knowing Christ

There are some books that come along that can be described as instant classics. One such book is Mark Jones latest release, Knowing Christ. A noted expert in the writings of the Puritan authors, Jones examines in this book twenty-seven aspects that help us understand...

A Review of “Purity and Danger” by Mary Douglas

A Review of “Purity and Danger” by Mary Douglas

I do not usually read anthropological studies on the concept of pollution among cultures and particularly world religions. Comparative religious studies can be interesting, but such a focused topic is beyond my general interests. Purity and Danger, however, was...

A Review of “Augustine on the Christian Life” by Gerald Bray

A Review of “Augustine on the Christian Life” by Gerald Bray

There are few names as significant in Western Christianity as Augustine of Hippo. The great church father has been one of the most influential theologians and pastors in the history of the church. His writings are voluminous, having written more works (and more unique...

Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

The Old Testament often gets a bad rap, arguably due to the perceived difference between the actions of God during that period of history as compared to what transpires in the New Testament. The God of the Old Testament is at times viewed as one of malicious rage...

Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacrementalism

Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacrementalism

By definition, to be adrift means something or someone is without purpose or guidance or perhaps lost and confused. Often this term is used in reference to maritime issues for instance in the case of a boat that has come loose from its moorings on the pier. As...

God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative

God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative

Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting the biblical text. Hermeneutics is the process of understanding literary texts, specifically in reference to applying the message and overall intent of the author. When it comes to Scripture, the process of proper...

A Review of “Luther on the Christian Life” by Carl Trueman

A Review of “Luther on the Christian Life” by Carl Trueman

Martin Luther, the great German reformer, has become something of a caricature of modern Evangelical interests. What most of us know of Luther represents this idea more closely than it does the actual man of history. Carl Trueman knows this and aims to correct it in...

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

Over the years I have owned a number of devotional bibles. Some were focused on men’s issues, some on women’s issues, some on marriage, others were devoted to children, and still others addressed numerous matters of life and faith. The typical approach with a...

A Review of “1-3 John” by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

A Review of “1-3 John” by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

The best devotional literature combines solid exegesis of the text with insightful application. Both are necessary for a quality work; which explains why there is so little quality devotional literature. Perhaps that also explains why Douglas Sean O’Donnell has...

Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance

Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance

I am increasingly appreciating the theological discipline of biblical theology. The pursuit of following a principle, pattern, or term throughout Scripture, noting along the way the foundation of thought and the progression that takes place which is built on that...

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

The book of Genesis and specifically the exegesis and application of its first eleven chapters have resulted in a plethora of opinions among scholars and layman alike. Does the Genesis creation account reflect actual history or is it merely a symbolic representation...

Great Doctrines of the Bible

Great Doctrines of the Bible

There are certain theological topics that can be stated as being of foremost importance. Among those which should fall into that category are studies on the Godhead, the Church, and events that will precede and encompass the final days of humanity on earth as it...

The Bible Doctrine of Man

The Bible Doctrine of Man

What is man? For that matter, what is man supposed to be as, defined in Scripture? Furthermore, how are we supposed to understand and apply the various terms used throughout God’s Word regarding man such as soul, spirit, heart, and body? Given the original languages...

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

There are study Bibles galore on the market today. Some merely contain the name of a popular author, theologian, or pastor, while others focus on specific elements of church history or theology. Adding to those various choices is the matter of translation with many...

Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan

Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan

Today in the beginnings of the twenty-first century, there is a deep need for intellectual Christian thinkers. As the gospel message increasingly becomes accused of being hostile and insufficient, the value of Christian beliefs not only as private devotion, but as...

God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

An important element of sound Bible study is recognizing the patterns and principles and flow from Genesis to Revelation as consistent messages to the reader. One such pattern is that of God’s relationship with His people, namely what is described as a marriage...

The Son of God and the New Creation

The Son of God and the New Creation

There are a number of titles applied to Jesus throughout Scripture with all of them bringing to light an important aspect of our Savior. Exploring the underlying meaning of those titles and the context in which they are used is an important element of sound Bible...

The Flow Of The Psalms: Discovering Their Structure And Theology

The Flow Of The Psalms: Discovering Their Structure And Theology

Every year I make it a habit to read several times through the book of Psalms. I also read through select chapters of Psalms when I’m depressed or discouraged. Reading the Psalms regularly has been a practice of mine for some time. In seminary, I took a nine-week...

Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul

Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul

As Christians, we believe that the death of Jesus on the cross accomplished something, namely dealing with the sin and death problem that has faced all of humanity since Adam’s fall in the Garden. With that said, what exactly was accomplished, for whom, when, and how...

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

The motif of God as our shepherd is perhaps one of the most familiar and beloved pictures of His interaction with His people that can be found in all of Scripture. Psalm 23, an equally beloved and familiar portion of Scripture, outlines God as our shepherd, guiding...

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

The book of Revelation is admittedly a complicated book full of strange imagery and a seemingly complicated prediction of future events that has theologians and laymen arguing endlessly about how best to approach, interpret, and apply its message, themes, and...

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul

There are just some commentary series I have grown to greatly appreciate. Such series earn my respect not necessarily for diving into every nuance of Hebrew and Greek or analyzing all of the various historical issues of a particular text or for their scholarly...

He Made the Stars Also: Messianic Reflections

He Made the Stars Also: Messianic Reflections

Understanding the roots of our faith is absolutely vital. I am not speaking of movements such as the Hebrew Roots or Sacred Name movements. Rather, I am speaking of understanding Scripture based on the original author's intent, grasping matters of language, culture,...

The Meaning of the Pentateuch

The Meaning of the Pentateuch

Evangelicals are desperately in need of a deeper, richer understanding of the Old Testament as a whole and the Pentateuch in a particular. For many, the Pentateuch is either irrelevant to the Christian, or simply a series of proof texts for the coming fulfillment of...

The Presence of God

The Presence of God

“Talk of God’s presence is part of the white noise of evangelicalism,” says J. Ryan Lister (21). The language itself is common parlance in Christian churches, yet a robust theological understanding of it is rare. Lister offers a comprehensive Biblical theological...

Roman Catholic Theology & Practice

Roman Catholic Theology & Practice

Living in one of those parts of the country that is highly influenced by Catholicism I often hear comparisons. Tensions between Catholics and Baptists abound, and comparisons and contrasts are often made. Often, however, those comparisons and contrasts are not...

Romans 8-16 For You

Romans 8-16 For You

The book of Romans, specifically chapters 8-16, have been hailed by pastors, scholars, and theologians alike as the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus. Writing to non-Jewish Christians in Rome, Paul packs the letter with deeper theological truths. He hits at the heart of the...

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

The Whole Story of the Bible in 16 Verses

The Bible is a very big book with lots of people, lots of words, and lots of concepts. Thus, understanding the overall message of Scripture and how everything fits together can seem like a daunting task, especially for those who are just getting their feet wet with...

Review of Matthew Commentary In Teach the Text Commentary Series

Review of Matthew Commentary In Teach the Text Commentary Series

Quality theological study needs a variety of theological perspectives and voices. Limiting the voices that can influence your theological work limits the effectiveness and quality of your theological work. It is with this conviction in mind that I was so excited for...

Mapping Apologetics

Mapping Apologetics

“There could not be a more important question than how we are to decide what to believe,” says Brian Morley (10). Morley, professor of philosophy and apologetics at The Master’s College, sees value not simply in apologetics but in understanding the various approaches...

The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament

The World and the Word: An Introduction to the Old Testament

There are countless Old Testament survey books on the market today and quite honestly, it feels like I have most of them in my personal library. Since the purpose of an Old Testament survey is to introduce the reader to the books of the Old Testament, many times these...

Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must be Challenged

Future Israel: Why Christian Anti-Judaism Must be Challenged

There are some segments of Christianity that espouse the belief that God is done with the Jewish people. This idea is rooted in Replacement Theology, namely the affirmation that the Church has completely replaced Israel in salvation history and therefore God no longer...

Newton on the Christian Life

Newton on the Christian Life

John Newton has a massive impact on the history of the Church. His ministry influenced men like William Wilberforce who helped end slavery in England. His ministry continues to help people today through his articles and books, and especially through his hymn Amazing...

Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary: Ruth

Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary: Ruth

I am a big fan of the book of Ruth. In fact, in 2014 I did a verse by verse study of Ruth which I found to be very enlightening and well worth the effort. Over the course of that study, I utilized a number of commentaries with some of those texts being quite good and...

EP Study Commentary: Acts

EP Study Commentary: Acts

In the world of commentaries, there seems to be an endless list of choices. Every publisher and seemingly every well-known pastor or theologian is producing yet another commentary or has contributed their thoughts to a commentary set. This means that choosing a...

Behold the King of Glory

Behold the King of Glory

The life of Jesus is truly the greatest story ever told. God incarnate coming to earth through the miraculous virgin birth foretold so long ago for the purpose of being the perfect sacrifice for sin is a historical series of events unmatched in the history of the...

Questions God Asks: Unlocking the Wisdom of Eternity

Questions God Asks: Unlocking the Wisdom of Eternity

There can be no question the God of the Bible is omniscient (all-knowing). That fact is repeated like a mantra throughout Scripture. We find this truth taught in passages such as Isaiah 46:10, Psalm 33:11, and Isaiah 14:24. The plans of the Lord cannot be thwarted and...

Interpreting the Prophetic Books

Interpreting the Prophetic Books

Reading and understanding the prophetic books of the Old Testament can be a challenge for even for the most seasoned theologian. Matters of context, the unpacking of symbolism, and even whether the prophecies are only for the original hearers or how they impact us...

Christ-Centered Exposition: Matthew

Christ-Centered Exposition: Matthew

There is certainly no shortage today of commentary sets available to pastors, laymen, and students. These sets range from classic works to what seems to be a barrage of new efforts recently hitting the market. How does one decide what type of commentary set to...

Preaching the Word: Psalms 1-41

Preaching the Word: Psalms 1-41

The Psalms have long been a favorite portion of God’s Words. They form the basis for many songs we sing in worship and they are a definite source of hope, comfort, and inspiration when the good and bad situations of life come our way. The Psalms offer to the believer...

Saturate Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Saturate Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

The past ten years has seen the rise of a massive amount of conversation about the gospel in books, at conferences, in articles, and in sermons. This trend towards focusing on the gospel is a good trend in the church. For far too long, we’ve been driven by a pragmatic...

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Loving the Old Testament

Sometimes it is not the sheer volume of a book that demonstrates its usefulness or the impact of the information contained within its pages. There are times when a short book is replete with astute insight, sharing information that is often overlooked or overdone in...

What is Experiential Calvinism?

What is Experiential Calvinism?

Calvinism has sadly been reduced to only five points and characterized as a cold academic system of thought. Ian Hamilton has set out to recast it in a light that is more true to its heritage and intent. In What is Experiential Calvinism?  Hamilton describes the...

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics

I remember sitting in one of my philosophy classes back in the early 2000’s at a local community college in the Greater Seattle area thinking that one of the most neglected topics of Christian writing and thinking has to be the topic of ethics. In the past few years,...

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

Many people, including Christians downplay the importance of theology in their lives. For example, it’s not uncommon to hear a Christian say, “I don’t have a theology”, or something of similar effect. This is not only untrue it’s dangerous. Doctrine comes from the...

Slogging Along In The Paths Of Righteousness Psalm 13-24

Slogging Along In The Paths Of Righteousness Psalm 13-24

The Book of Psalms has a long history in the life of the Church. Whenever I’m super down in the dumps I turn to the Psalms to find comfort and help. I love the cries of the Psalmist for God to help him in the midst of difficulty. The Psalms are raw honest and...

EP Study Commentary on Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters

EP Study Commentary on Acts by Guy Prentiss Waters

Even though I am only a lay-leader, Bible commentaries hold a special place in my heart. I own a pretty substantial collection of commentaries in both hardback/paperback and also in digital formats (Kindle, Logos, and Olive Tree). Therefore, whenever I am given the...

Romans 8-16 For You

Romans 8-16 For You

The book of Romans, specifically chapters 8-16, have been hailed by pastors, scholars, and theologians alike as the Apostle Paul’s magnum opus. Writing to non-Jewish Christians in Rome, Paul packs the letter with deeper theological truths. He hits at the heart of the...

Heaven, How I Got Here The Story of The Thief On The Cross

Heaven, How I Got Here The Story of The Thief On The Cross

Stories captivate the mind and stir the heart. Whether it’s in movies or the biblical story found in the Word of God, stories have a shaping influence on our lives and the broader culture. Stories have the power to change lives. Ultimately every story finds it’s...

Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in 1, 2 & 3 John

Christ-Centered Exposition: Exalting Jesus in 1, 2 & 3 John

The general epistles have a long history in the Church of helping Christians understand the work of Christ and how to apply His life into all of life. In particular, the book of 1 John is helpful for Christians on a variety of fronts. First reading, studying, and...

The Whole Story Of The Bible In 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

The Whole Story Of The Bible In 16 Verses by Chris Bruno

In the past three years, we’ve seen a massive increase in books on biblical theology. This is an encouraging trend since it is encouraging people to understand how the Bible is all about Jesus Christ. As J.C. Ryle said, “The key to understanding the Bible is Jesus...

The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life: Psalm 1-12

The Way of the Righteous in the Muck of Life: Psalm 1-12

The Book of Psalms has a long and illustrious use in the history of the Church. The Book of Psalms was regularly used as the hymnal of the Church. In fact, today, some Reformed and Presbyterian churches only use the Book of Psalms for that reason. The Book of Psalms...

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth

God Dwells Among Us: Expanding Eden to the Ends of the Earth

The Bible tells the story about a garden that was lost and restored. The Garden of Eden not only bookends the entire story of Scripture but the theme of the garden is found throughout all the biblical narrative. This is the conviction of G.K Beale and Mitchell Kim in...

Enthroned on Our Praise: An Old Testament Theology of Worship

Enthroned on Our Praise: An Old Testament Theology of Worship

What is worship? Is it the raising of our voices in song during a church service or gathering of believers or is worship far more than just a once or twice a week occurrence? If worship is more than just singing songs, then what does Scripture say about what praising...

Illustrated Life of Paul

Illustrated Life of Paul

Many, many books have been written on the life, theology, and impact of Paul and his writings found in the New Testament. Given he wrote the majority of the books of the New Testament, such attention is of course founded and necessary. There are those authors who take...

Romans 8-16 For You by Timothy Keller

Romans 8-16 For You by Timothy Keller

The book of Romans is a gold mine of theology, the depths of which no one has yet to plumb to its uttermost.  As Keller says on Location 38 (Kindle), “The book of Romans is the most sustained explanation of the heart of the gospel, and the most thrilling exploration...

Jesus, The Temple and the Coming Son of Man

Jesus, The Temple and the Coming Son of Man

 Matters of eschatology are arguably some of the most difficult theological issues of Scripture. How one exegetes certain passages and the manner by which the interpreter applies the purpose of the text is of great importance in determining exactly what the author is...

Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom

Jesus the Sage: The Pilgrimage of Wisdom

There are times when I feel the urge to dig into what can easily be labeled as a “nerdy” book and there are some theological subjects that arguably deserve such an in-depth treatment. Exploring the wisdom literature of Scripture, as well as the extra-biblical writings...

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory

Exodus: Saved for God’s Glory

The Book of Exodus is full of history, personalities, action, miracles, and theological important teaching. Many people associate this book with Moses and the 10 commandments and in doing so, they are mostly correct; however, the Book of Exodus is more than an...

To The Ends Of The Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision And Legacy

To The Ends Of The Earth: Calvin’s Missional Vision And Legacy

Throughout the years the idea has been advanced that Calvinism is against evangelism and missionary efforts. This statement is not only not true it has no bearing throughout the history of Reformed thought and practice. Calvinist missionaries and evangelists have gone...

From The Mouth of God Trusting, Reading, and Applying the Bible

From The Mouth of God Trusting, Reading, and Applying the Bible

Recent times have been witness to the rise of attacks on the authority, truthfulness, and sufficiency of Scripture. During the 1970s, men and women gathered and wrote up what is now known as the Chicago Statement on Inerrancy. This is now the standard statement on the...

Fortress Press Commentary on the Bible

Fortress Press Commentary on the Bible

Let’s be honest. There are a multitude of commentaries on the market today to include multi-volume sets, one volume treatments of Scripture, and the approach of an Old and New Testament set. Thus, when a new commentary series, volume, or set comes on the market, it is...

New American Commentary: Hosea, Joel

New American Commentary: Hosea, Joel

The Old Testament prophetic books of Hosea and Joel are likely not at the top of the average believer’s reading list. That reality is quite unfortunate given both books contain valuable truths that are as important for us today as they were for the original hearers of...

The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology

The End of the Law: Mosaic Covenant in Pauline Theology

Much ink has been spilled and much debate has raged concerning the Mosaic and New Covenants. Did Jesus abrogate the former covenant or did He renew that covenant and bring its intent and purpose to full completion? What is the relationship between the covenants if...

Lukan Authorship of Hebrews

Lukan Authorship of Hebrews

Who penned the book of Hebrews has long been a source of debate among scholars and layman alike. Was it the Apostle Paul? Was it Apollos? Was Barnabas? Was it Luke? Was it even Priscilla? While Hebrews shares some commonalities with other Pauline books, there is just...

Frameworks: How to Navigate the New Testament

Frameworks: How to Navigate the New Testament

Admittedly, I am a rather visual person. When my wife tries to explain her plan for remodeling our basement by describing where this wall could go or where that room might be, my mind simply has difficulty understanding what exactly she is trying to get across....

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology

God Has Spoken: A History of Christian Theology

An important aspect of studying Scripture is understanding and studying the history of how Christian doctrine has been formulated over the years. Having a valuable resource available that traces that journey, noting the key points to include the why and how of why...

Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3

Creation and Fall: A Theological Exposition of Genesis 1-3

It goes without saying that if one does not grasp the events at the beginning of a book, what transpires from that point forward will either not make sense, will be greatly misunderstood, or a terrifying combination of both. When it comes to understanding and applying...

Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods

Galilee in the Late Second Temple and Mishnaic Periods

Galilee is the place where Jesus spent most of his life and ministry. Thus, having a well developed understanding of the culture, history, economics, and religious life of this part of the world during the time of Jesus is quite important when studying Scripture....

James the Just

James the Just

The Epistle of James has long been a beloved book in the New Testament. Speaking on issues of daily life, this book is treasured for its practical discussion on matters such as the tongue, faith, and living out the Christian walk with a mindset of holiness. With that...

The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

The parables of Jesus have long been beloved portions of Scripture. From the Parable of the Good Samaritan to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, these stories have provided believers with object lessons on the Kingdom of God and the Christian life. Unfortunately, many...

Jewish Life and Thought Among Greeks and Romans

Jewish Life and Thought Among Greeks and Romans

When we read Scripture, an important element of engaging the Word of God includes the historical context of the events recorded in its pages. This includes matters of history, geography, culture, political structures, religious beliefs, and philosophical constructs....

Deuteronomy: Loving Obedience to a Loving God

Deuteronomy: Loving Obedience to a Loving God

Deuteronomy is one of those books that many find themselves bogged down in as they work their way through their yearly Bible reading plan. All of the laws, regulations, and endless chapters of do’s and don’ts seem very far removed from 21st century Christianity....

That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John

That You May Know: Assurance of Salvation in 1 John

Assurance of salvation is quite often a hotly debated topic with some affirming on one extreme that regardless of what we do we can never lose our salvation and the other extreme stating that salvation can be lost although exactly how that can happen is often itself...

Can I Really Trust the Bible?

Can I Really Trust the Bible?

How can a book written by many different authors over 2000 years ago have anything relevant for us today? Why I should I believe the claims of this book, namely the claim it is the word of God. Who is this God and why should I care? Why should I take this book...

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

Everyone’s a Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology

The statement that everyone is a theologian may seem strange to some. After all, theologians are most often associated with those either in the academic community or a pursuit that is the domain of those who occupy the pulpit. It is unfortunate that some believe the...

How Can I Be Sure?

How Can I Be Sure?

The Bible instructs us as believers to live by faith and not by sight. This would be an easier task if we did not live in a fallen world. For this reason, many Christians wrestle with doubt and issues of assurance. Having doubt raises the question, “Is it wrong for...

What is Biblical Theology?

What is Biblical Theology?

Many times when reading the Bible it can seem disconnected and confusing. We wonder how the thirty-nine book of the Old Testament and the twenty-seven books of the New Testament fit together. For a new believer, this feeling can be magnified. However, the Bible is...

The Wonder Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles

The Wonder Working God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Miracles

The Gospels are chock full of miraculous deeds by Jesus. We see Him feeding the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish, we find Him calming the stormy Sea of Galilee, He raises a little girl from the dead, a woman suffering from an issue of blood touches...

Book Review – 1 Samuel for You

As Christians we tend to focus our study of God’s Word in the New Testament. Many times when we read the Old Testament we tend to think of it as a set of stories from an ancient time that have little bearing on our lives today. Yet, the entire Old Testament points...

Book Review – China’s Reforming Churches

The importance of missions cannot be understated. As born-again believers, our supreme desire is to glorify God in everything we say, think, and do, and when we realize there are myriads of people in this world who are currently not doing either of those things then...

Book Review – Know The Creeds and Councils

One of the more encouraging recent trends has been the increase in books looking at a variety of councils and creeds. While most of these recent books look at the Reformed confessions and that is important, those aren’t the only confessions that are important for...

Book Review – The Real Scandal of the Evangelical Mind

Mark Noll’s wrote a well-known book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, written seventeen years ago outlined the problem of anti-intellectualism in the evangelical church. Noll argued in his book that Christians were not ready to join the academic side of life and...

Book Review – The War on Christmas

Unless you’ve lived in some remote cabin or on a faraway island for the past few decades, you’ve no doubt noticed that American culture seems to be less and less open to traditional expressions of the Christmas holiday. Even though the Christmas holiday at its core is...

Book Review – A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten Your Day

The Proverbs are rightly viewed as a book full of wisdom and God-given practical counsel for daily living. What would happen if you took that counsel and applied it to Christmas? This is the purpose of Steven Estes new book A Better December: Proverbs to Brighten...

Book Review – Red Like Blood

Stories are powerful.  People read fiction to be caught up in a world they will never belong, but yet the author through the art of storytelling invites them to be become a part of that story.  In the church, people are fascinated by other’s stories or testimonies on...

Book Review – Preaching? Simple Teaching on Simply Preaching

Preaching is a high and holy task as preachers have been called to preach the whole counsel of God and to make much of Jesus. That task alone is daunting and intimidating for even the strongest of preachers. When one combines that with the task of coming up with a...

Book Review – Judges For You

For many, reading the Old Testament can be a challenging and daunting task. In my experience in the Church, people tend to just give up and then turn to the New Testament to read the Gospels. If people read the Old Testament, it is likely just Proverbs and Psalms. Yet...

Book Review– The Gospel Call and True Conversion

Over the past five years there has been a huge increase in the amount of books on all things “Gospel related”. Added into this mix on the current Gospel-centered movement is the Recovering the Gospel series by Paul Washer. His second book in this series, The Gospel...

Book Review – Prepared by Grace, For Grace

Many people may read Prepared by Grace, For Grace and wonder what is preparation of grace? As I read through this book, I quickly realized the importance of this book to the ongoing discussion about the law and the gospel. Prepared by Grace, For Grace addresses the...

Book Review – Getting Back in The Race: The Cure For Backsliding

Nearly every week, I talk to Christians throughout the world who are struggling with appropriating their identity in Christ. They tell me, “I am struggling with (insert issue).” Often in such conversations with people, I wonder if they understand the root symptoms and...

Book Review – The Deity of Christ

The Deity of Christ is part of a series of books titled Theological in Community edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. The purpose of this series is to assemble a team of scholars to explore key theological themes and apply them to contemporary...

Book Review: Sensing Jesus: Life and Ministry as a Human Being

Ministry is hard work, and requires that one be growing in an abiding relationship with Jesus, otherwise they will burn out.  In his new book Sensing Jesus Life and Ministry as a Human Being seasoned Pastor and Professor Zack Eswine writes about recovering Christians...

Book Review: Bitesize Biographies – John Newton

John Newton is well-known and well-loved in many sectors of evangelicalism, for his famous hymn “Amazing Grace.” What is not typically known about Newton is that he and his friend William Wilberforce took a bold stance against slavery, and became acquainted with the...

Book Review: Gospel’s Power and Message

In the past few years, much has been written in books and blogs on what the Gospel is and what it demands. It may seem with all this writing that nothing new can be said about the Gospel. The truth of the matter; however, is that there can never be too much written...

Book Review: Reading the Gospels Wisely

I've long enjoyed reading and studying the Gospels, because they help me gain a deeper understanding of who Jesus is, what He has done and what He demands of me as His follower. Every time I read the Gospels, I gain a fresh and deeper understanding of all Jesus has...

Book Review Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible

The Bible is the Word of God given to man that teaches man about God.  The Word of God testifies to the Son of God and the Son of Man, Jesus Christ. Having been a Christian for the vast majority of my life, I know how easy it can be to treat the Bible just as some...

Book Review: Passion Driven sermon

"Preach the Word" isn’t a suggestion but a command from God. The Bible opens with God speaking His Word and creation coming into existence. God uses the preached Word of God to bring sinners from death to life by transforming them from rebels to saints. A lot of...

Book Review: Puritan Portraits

The Puritans are rightly regarded as some of the greatest theologians the Church ever produced. With men like John Flavel, Thomas Boston, John Bunyan, Matthew Henry, Henry Scougal, John Owen and Stephen Charnock among others it would be hard to overstate the case that...

Book Review: Gospel Treason: Betraying the Gospel With Hidden Idols

Idolatry is serious in the eyes of the Lord, because in idolatry we abandon the gospel as our first love and begin to treasure and cling to something else as our reason for living. In his helpful book Gospel Treason Betraying the Gospel With Hidden Idols Pastor Brad...

Book Review Heart of the Matter

Every morning when I wake up, I open up my Bible either on my phone or crack open one of my study Bible’s or regular Bible’s and read it. After I do that I typically start reading books by publishers. It’s not often that I read a devotional in fact I think the last...

Book Review Systematic and Historical Theology

The Christian faith is organically linked to the New Testament by Christians who have lived before us. Church history is a study of the continuing influence of Christianity, so Historical Theology is a study of man’s expression of his faith by each generation in...

Book Review Date Your Wife

I remember when my wife and I got married five and a half years ago that we got many gifts from family and friends, but the one gift that meant the most to us wasn’t something we would use for cooking or furniture or anything else. Instead the gift that meant the most...

Book Review Four Views On The Spectrum Of Evangelicalism

Evangelicals take their name form the koine Greek word euangelion, translated into English as “good news” which is also known as the evangel. It is from the evangel that evangelicals derive their identity. In the past fifty or so years, cracks have appeared over what...

Book Review Licensed to Kill

Licensed to Kill: A field manual for mortifying sin is written by Brian Hedges, a Pastor, and author. In Licensed to Kill, Brian seeks to explain what mortification is and why it is important in the life of the Christian. To mortify sin is to put sin to death. The...

Review of the Deity of Christ

The Deity of Christ is part of a series of books titled Theological in Community edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. The purpose of this series is to assemble a team of scholars to explore key theological themes and apply them to contemporary...

Review of Redeeming Sociology

Redeeming Sociology A God Centered Approach is written by Vern Sheridan Poythress, Professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary. Dr. Poythress challenges believers in this book on the foundations of their relationships and shows the...

Review of Rediscovering the Church Fathers

Rediscovering the Church Fathers Who They Were and How They Shaped The Church is written by Michael A. G. Haykin Professor of church history and spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This book explores the importance of the church fathers to...

Review of O Love that will not let me go

O Love that will not let me go: Facing death with courageous confidence in God is edited by Nancy Guthrie. Nancy Guthrie is a conference speaker, bible teacher and author of many books. This book is a collection of articles, essays and sermons by a collection of...

Review of God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment

God’s glory in Salvation through Judgment: A Biblical Theology is written by Dr. James M. Hamilton Jr., Associate Professor of Biblical Theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.  The purpose of this book is to do for biblical theology what Kevin Vanhoozer...

Review of How People Change by Tim Lane and Paul David Tripp

How People Change is written by Timothy S. Lane and Paul David Tripp. Both men are experienced Pastors, counselors and Professors. Every year tons of books come on the market that seeks to help readers grow in understanding their problems and overcoming their...