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DOES CHRISTIANITY REALLY WORK? by William Edgar

  Reviewed by Matt Crawford   Introduction   Does Christianity Really Work? is part of a 10-volume series of books being published by Christian Focus entitled The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered. The Big Ten is an intentionally easy-to-read “Christian…

TWEETABLE NIETZSCHE: HIS ESSENTIAL IDEAS REVEALED AND EXPLAINED, by C. Ivan Spencer

Reviewed by Greg Cochran   David Dockery, President of Trinity International University, describes C. Ivan Spencer’s new book as a brilliant and creative introduction to the profound thinking of Friedrich Nietzsche. In The Tweetable Nietzsche, Ivan Spencer tackles one of…

WHY THE REFORMATION STILL MATTERS, by Michael Reeves and Tim Chester

Reviewed by Ben Rogers   Introduction In less than a year, Protestants will celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the nailing of Luther’s The Ninety Five Theses to the Wittenburg church door and the birth of the Reformation. A number…

FAITH ALONE - THE DOCTRINE OF JUSTIFICATION: WHAT THE REFORMERS TAUGHT. . .AND WHY IT STILL MATTERS, by Thomas R. Schreiner

Reviewed by Nathan Sundt   Introduction No theological synthesis or formulary from the Reformation stands out quite as memorably as the “Five Solas,” and of these five Solas, no jewel of the crown shines more brightly than “faith alone,” the…

A SYNTAX GUIDE FOR READERS OF THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, by Charles Lee Irons

Reviewed by Robert Plummer In A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament, Charles Lee Irons provides brief grammatical observations in canonical order on the text of the New Testament. One might think of this book as a somewhat…

GOD THE SON INCARNATE: THE DOCTRINE OF CHRIST, by Stephen J. Wellum

Reviewed by Fred G. Zaspel   The two leading mysteries of the Christian faith – the tri-unity of God and the incarnation and two natures of Christ – present unique conceptual challenges that stretch our thinking to the limit ……

THE RICHES OF DIVINE WISDOM: THE NEW TESTAMENT USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT, by David Gooding

  Reviewed by Jason Pang      Introduction & Overview There are many complex issues revolving around the New Testament use of the Old Testament and major discussion of it can easily be relegated to the world of academia, disconnected…

FAITH THAT LASTS: RAISING KIDS THAT DON'T LEAVE THE CHURCH, by Jon Nielson

Reviewed by Micah McCormick As a church staff member who directs the youth program in my church, I have something of a love-hate relationship with literature on youth and the church. On the one hand, I love the youth in…

HEARTS, HEADS, AND HANDS: A MANUAL FOR TEACHING OTHERS TO TEACH OTHERS, by David Sills

Reviewed by Evan Burns   Missiologists have produced many great works analyzing cultural/linguistic phenomena, demographic statistics, and effective methods of cultural engagement. Yet missionary-theologians are a rare find today; and a useful manual produced for practitioners by a missionary-theologian is…

INTRODUCING BIBLICAL HERMENEUTICS: A COMPREHENSIVE FRAMEWORK FOR HEARING GOD IN SCRIPTURE, by Craig G. Bartholomew

  Reviewed by Andreas Köstenberger In this significant work, which represents the culmination of a long-standing hermeneutical project, Craig Bartholomew has produced an interesting compendium on a wide range of topics related to biblical hermeneutics. At the same time, those…

THE FORMATION AND SIGNIFICANCE OF THE CHRISTIAN BIBLICAL CANON: A STUDY IN TEXT, RITUAL, AND INTERPRETATION, by Tomas Bokedal

Reviewed by Michael J. Kruger   In recent years, scholarly interest in the subject of the biblical canon continues unabated. There seems to be a growing fascination with the origins and authority of the biblical books, both in the academy…

GOD AND THE FAITHFULNESS OF PAUL, edited by Christoph Heilig, J. Thomas Hewitt, and Michael F. Bird

Reviewed by Mark Baker N.T. Wright’s Paul and the Faithfulness of God (PFG) was released in 2013. At almost 1,700 pages, this two-volume work is of planetary size. The gravitational pull of PFG is so strong that it has already…

PAUL AND GENDER: RECLAIMING THE APOSTLE'S VISION FOR MEN AND WOMEN IN CHRIST, by Cynthia Long Westfall

Reviewed by Samuel D. Ferguson In her recent study on Paul and gender, Cynthia Long Westfall aptly concludes, “A number of issues that face Christianity and the church in contemporary society are embedded in the issue of gender” (315). She’s…

INTERPRETING THE PROPHETS: READING, UNDERSTANDING AND PREACHING FROM THE WORLDS OF THE PROPHETS, by Aaron Chalmers

  Reviewed by Johnson Pang   Introduction The Old Testament is often overlooked in the pastorate. How much more so the prophets! Their ecstatic utterances, symbolic actions, and perplexing visions can lead the frazzled duty-laden pastor toward the lower hanging…

THE INVISIBLE BESTSELLER: SEARCHING FOR THE BIBLE IN AMERICA, by Kenneth A. Briggs

  Reviewed by Andrew Spencer Kenneth Briggs has recently attempted a diagnosis of American culture in The Invisible Bestseller: Searching for the Bible in America. The book sets out to explore the growing trend of Biblical illiteracy among the American…

2016 Favorites: SUBVERTED: HOW I HELPED THE SEXUAL REVOLUTION HIJACK THE WOMAN'S MOVEMENT, by Sue Browder

Reviewed by Aimee Byrd This is one of those books that got me making noises while I read it. Like a good meal, where you are just compelled to express “mmm’s,” and comments about the flavors and combinations of food,…