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SPIRIT EMPOWERED MISSION: ALIGNING THE CHURCH'S MISSION WITH THE MISSION OF JESUS, by Arturo G. Azurdia III

  Reviewed by Matthew J. McMains   The mission of Jesus for his followers. It is a topic that should be of the utmost importance for all who would profess faith in Christ. What is it that my Lord and…

MEET MARTIN LUTHER: A SKETCH OF THE REFORMER'S LIFE, by Anthony T. Selvaggio

Review by Justin Pickup   “Your project must make an original contribution to the field of research.” Reading those words dramatically altered my plans during my first year of doctoral studies, and I had a moment of panic. The source…

REFORMATION 500: HOW THE GREATEST REVIVAL SINCE PENTECOST CONTINUES TO SHAPE THE WORLD TODAY, edited by Ray Van Neste and J. Michael Garrett

  Reviewed by Andrew Ballitch Celebration through ressoucement. This is the purpose of Reformation 500—to appreciate where the sixteenth-century Protestant revival still has an impact today and mine the tradition for helpful insights. In their introduction, the editors present three…

REFORMATION WOMEN: SIXTEENTH-CENTURY FIGURES WHO SHAPED CHRISTIANITY'S REBIRTH, by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

“Women are an essential element in church history” (p.ix). VanDoodewaard’s affirmation of this oft-neglected aspect of the history of Christianity provides more than adequate justification for this updated version of James I. Good’s Famous Women of the Reformed Church (1901).…

THE BAKER BOOK OF BIBLE CHARTS, MAPS, AND TIME LINES, edited by John A. Beck

  Reviewed by Anna C. Rask   John A. Beck received his Doctorate of Philosophy from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. For over twenty years, he has taught Hebrew and Old Testament courses at a variety of higher education institutions. Beck…

CHARLES DARWIN'S RELIGIOUS VIEWS: FROM CREATIONIST TO EVOLUTIONIST and CHARLES DARWIN'S RELIGIOUS JOURNEY: A WORKBOOK, by David Hebert

Reviewed by Danny McDonald Hebert opens his work by setting the religious context of Darwin’s family. Charles Darwin’s father came from a line of influential intellectuals and scientists. Robert Darwin (Charles’ father) was a medical doctor, and his grandfather (Erasmus…

BIBLICAL AUTHORITY AFTER BABEL: RETRIEVING THE SOLAS IN THE SPIRIT OF MERE PROTESTANT CHRISITIANITY, by Kevin Vanhoozer

  Reviewed by Scott A. Corbin   Can anything good come out of Protestantism? 2017 marks the 500th year anniversary of the Reformation. But is this a time to celebrate or a time to mourn? Depending on who you ask—or…

THE BOOK OF ISAIAH AND GOD'S KINGDOM: A THEMATIC THEOLOGICAL APPROACH, by Andrew T. Abernathy

  Reviewed by Daniel C. Timmer The book of Isaiah poses significant challenges to its readers. Its length is imposing, its complexity is intimidating, and its structure is often difficult to discern. This volume by Andrew T. Abernethy, Assistant Professor…

THE MIND OF THE SPIRIT: PAUL'S APPROACH TO TRANSFORMED THINKING, by Craig Keener

  Reviewed by Kent Capps In The Mind of the Spirit, Craig Keener explores Paul’s understanding of the human mind and of how cognition connects to other aspects of Paul’s theology and practice. Some Christian traditions have emphasized the role…

KNOWING GOD AND OURSELVES: READING CALVIN'S INSTITUTES DEVOTIONALLY, by David B. Calhoun

  Reviewed by Andrew Ballitch   Table of Contents Introduction to the Institutes Knowing God in Creation – ‘The Mirror of Divinity’ Knowing God in Scripture – ‘Spectacles’ God – ‘Three Persons in One Essence’ Creation – ‘A Spacious and…

MAKING SENSE OF GOD: AN INVITATION TO THE SKEPTICAL, by Timothy Keller

Reviewed by Tawa Anderson Dr. Timothy Keller (Ph.D., Westminster Theological Seminary) is the lead pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. Keller has built a church culture which actively engages sophisticated proponents and opponents of the Christian faith,…

THE LEGACY OF LUTHER, edited by R. C. Sproul and Stephen J. Nichols

  About the Editors C. Sproul is founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, pastor of Saint Andrew’s Chapel in Sanford, Florida, and chancellor of Reformation Bible College. Stephen J Nichols is president of Reformation Bible College and chief academic officer…

THE BODY OF JESUS: A SPATIAL ANALYSIS OF THE KINGDOM IN MATTHEW, by Patrick Schreiner

  Reviewed by Matthew J. McMains The nature of the kingdom of God. It’s a question that has bared the brunt of theological contemplation for thousands of years. While there has been much debate in this regard, a common consensus…

THE LORDSHIP OF CHRIST: SERVING OUR SAVIOR ALL OF THE TIME, IN ALL OF LIFE, WITH ALL OF OUR HEART, by Vern Poythress

  Reviewed by Andrew J. Spencer Over the past decades, Vern Poythress has been writing and publishing a surprising number of volumes on a variety of topics touching on bringing various areas of life under the lordship of Christ. His…

THE MESSAGE OF THE TWELVE: HEARING THE VOICE OF THE MINOR PROPHETS, by Richard Alan Fuhr Jr. and Gary E. Yates

  Reviewed by Cooper Smith Introduction The Minor Prophets can intimidate both pastors and scholars alike due to their strange metaphors, dense poetry, difficult messages, and varied contexts. Perhaps it is not surprising then that the Minor Prophets are often…

HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE OLD TESTAMENT, by Jason S. DeRouchie and HOW TO UNDERSTAND AND APPLY THE NEW TESTAMENT, by Andrew David Naselli

  Reviewed by Stephen J. Wellum Any resource that enables the church to interpret and apply Scripture better is always welcome. In fact, throughout church history there has always been a need to step back and think through how to…