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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…

A BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL INTRODUCTION TO THE OLD TESTAMENT: THE GOSPEL PROMISED, edited by Miles Van Pelt

Reviewed by Ty Kieser Introduction Crossway’s Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament: The Gospel Promised employs an analogy: “The Bible is like a large picture puzzle. Each individual book is a piece with its own unique shape, yet when we…

CHURCH HISTORY FOR MODERN MINISTRY: WHY OUR PAST MATTERS FOR EVERYTHING WE DO, by Dayton Hartman (Review 2 of 2)

Reviewed by Kirk Wellum One of my educational regrets is that in my younger days I did not appreciate church history as much as I should, and, therefore, I did not study it as enthusiastically as I could. But with…

CHURCH HISTORY FOR MODERN MINISTRY: WHY OUR PAST MATTERS FOR EVERYTHING WE DO, by Dayton Hartman (Review 1 of 2)

  Reviewed by Andrew Ballitch About the Author Dayton Hartman is pastor of Redeemer Church in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. He holds a PhD in church and dogma history from North-West University (South Africa).   Table of Contents Chapter 1…

THE LIFE AND THOUGHT OF ANDREW FULLER (1754-1815), by Peter Morden

  Reviewed by Paul Sanchez Peter J. Morden is Vice Principal of Spurgeon’s College in London, England, where he also teaches church history and spirituality. The Life and Thought of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) is Morden’s second major work on Andrew…

A TIME FOR CONFIDENCE: TRUSTING GOD IN A POST-CHRISTIAN SOCIETY, by Stephen J. Nichols

Reviewed by Michael A.G. Haykin This new work by historian Stephen Nichols, president of Reformation Bible College in Florida, is a fine study of the nature of Christian confidence. Nichols skilfully intertwines short expositions of biblical passages with lessons from…

A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT by Trevor J. Burke and Keith Warrington

  Reviewed by Andreas Köstenberger In my work on a forthcoming monograph on the Holy Spirit, few volumes have proved as helpful as Trevor Burke’s and Keith Warrington’s edited volume Biblical Theology of the Holy Spirit. The volume is well…

CHRISTIANS IN THE CROSSHAIRS: PERSECUTION IN THE BIBLE AND AROUND THE WORLD TODAY, by Gregory C. Cochran

Reviewed by Jeff Mooney   Introduction What do social justice advocates from professing Christian circles, fundamentalists, conservative evangelical political pundits, and local church pastors (both mega and mini) have in common? They all, with few exceptions, routinely overlook the persecuted…

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…