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JUSTIFICATION BY GRACE THROUGH FAITH: Finding Freedom from Legalism, Pride, and Despair

About the Author Brian Vickers (Ph.D., The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Associate Professor of New Testament Interpretation at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky.   Introduction The doctrine of justification by grace through faith is essential. Although…

INERRANCY AND WORLDVIEW: ANSWERING MODERN CHALLENGES TO THE BIBLE, by Vern Sheridan Poythress

About the Author Vern Sheridan Poythress is professor of New Testament interpretation at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has six earned degrees, including a PhD from Harvard University and a ThD from the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Poythress…

THE BLOOMSBURY COMPANION TO NEW RELIGIOUS MOVEMENTS, by George Chryssides and Benjamin Zeller

Reviewed by Michael John Plato   Where have the cultists gone? And why? Religious historian Philip Jenkins recently mused on what he saw as the disappearance of cults and cultists. It was not so long ago that groups such as…

EVANGELICAL FEMINISM AND BIBLICAL TRUTH: An Analysis of More than 100 Disputed Questions

About the Author Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge) is research professor of theology and biblical studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is the former president of the Evangelical Theological Society, a cofounder and past president of Council on Biblical Manhood…

HOW GOD BECAME JESUS: THE REAL ORIGINS OF BELIEF IN JESUS' DIVINE NATURE -- A RESPONSE TO BART EHRMAN, Michael Bird, ed.

About the Editor Michael F. Bird is lecturer in theology at Ridley Melbourne College of Mission and Ministry in Melbourne, Australia. Other Contributors Craig A. Evans is Payzant Distinguished Professor of New Testament at Acadia Divinity College, Acadia University, in…

THE MAN CHRIST JESUS: Theological Reflections on the Humanity of Christ, by Bruce Ware

About the Author Bruce A. Ware (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of Christian theology at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and a past president of the Evangelical Theological Society. Introduction In The Man Christ Jesus, Bruce Ware seeks to…

GOD IN THE WHIRLWIND: How the Holy Love of God Reorients Our World, by David Wells

About the Author David F. Wells (PhD, University of Manchester) is distinguished senior research professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and the author of numerous books and articles. Overview This book explores the theme of Christ and culture, with a focus…

HE IS NOT SILENT: PREACHING IN A POSTMODERN WORLD, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

A “bonus” summary for members of Books At a Glance! In case you haven’t noticed it yet, preaching faces certain challenges in a postmodern world that it did not face (at least in the same measure) in Christendom. It is…

ENCOUNTERING GOD TOGETHER: Leading Worship Services that Honor God, Minister to His People, and Build His Church, by David G. Peterson

About the Author David G. Peterson is an emeritus faculty member of Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, where he teaches a course on worship. He served as principal of Oak Hill College in London from 1996 to 2007 and…

JESUS CALLING: ENJOYING PEACE IN HIS PRESENCE, by Sarah Young

Philosohical & Theological Context The philosopher Immanuel Kant once famously remarked: “Two things fill the mind with ever-increasing wonder and awe, the more often and the more intensely the mind of thought is drawn to them: the starry heavens above…

CAN WE STILL BELIEVE THE BIBLE? AN EVANGELICAL ENGAGEMENT WITH CONTEMPORARY QUESTIONS

About the Author Craig L. Blomberg (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is distinguished professor of New Testament at Denver Seminary and the author or editor of numerous books, including A Handbook of New Testament Exegesis, Jesus and the Gospels, and The…

GOD AND THE GAY CHRISTIAN: A RESPONSE TO MATTHEW VINES, Albert Mohler, ed.

     This is a Bonus Summary for Members at Books At a Glance Chapter 1 God, the Gospel, and the Gay Challenge: A Response to Matthew Vines (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.) The issue of homosexuality is pressuring the church to…

FROM HEAVEN HE CAME AND SOUGHT HER: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, Part 2

Summary: Note:  Because of the extended length and scope of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her, this is part two of two summaries covering the book. If you missed the first installment covering chapters 1-11, you can read it here.…

FROM HEAVEN HE CAME AND SOUGHT HER: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective, David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson, Part 1

About the Editors David Gibson (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is minister of Trinity Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. Previously he served as a staff worker for the Religious and Theological Studies Fellowship (part of UCCF) and as an assistant minister at…

ONE SIMPLE IDEA: HOW POSITIVE THINKING RESHAPED MODERN LIFE, by Mitch Horowitz

Happiness: An American Obsession? The historian Jackson Lears once observed that there was nothing more depressing than reading books about how to be happy. In part, he noted, “this is because one can’t help imagining the sad souls who buy…

WHAT EVERY CHRISTIAN SHOULD KNOW ABOUT THE QUR'AN, James R. White

About the Author James R. White is the director of Alpha and Omega Ministries and the author of many books. He is an accomplished debater of Muslim apologists and an elder in the Phoenix Reformed Baptist Church. He and his…