PIERCED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS: REDISCOVERING THE GLORY OF PENAL SUBSTITUTION, by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach – Excerpt

From chapter 2 What is penal substitution? If we are to determine whether penal substitution has a place within Christian theology, we must first sketch its basic contours. We began chapter 1 with the following definition: The doctrine of penal…

THE ENDURING AUTHORITY OF THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES, edited by D.A. Carson – Part 2

The definitive evangelical reference work on the nature and authority of the Bible. In this volume thirty-seven first-rate scholars present a thorough study of biblical authority and a full range of issues connected to it. Recognizing that Scripture and its…

Weekly Recap March 26, 2016

In honor of Jerry Bridges’ life and ministry, we posted summaries of two of his books this week. We also posted part one of our interview with the authors of Unchanging Witness, a book arguing that the church always and everywhere…

GOING PUBLIC: WHY BAPTISM IS REQUIRED FOR CHURCH MEMBERSHIP, by Bobby Jamieson

Bobby Jamieson has given us two new books on baptism. One brief, one book-length; both popular level. Understanding Baptism, as the title says, introduces the doctrine and practice of baptism in brief overview. Going Public covers some of the same…

Two Summaries of Jerry Bridges Books in His Honor

Jerry Bridges was well known, not only for writing The Pursuit of Holiness among other popular books, but also for his lifelong personal pursuit of holiness. He served with the Navigators for 60 years discipling others. On Sunday March 6, he died and…

PIERCED FOR OUR TRANSGRESSIONS: REDISCOVERING THE GLORY OF PENAL SUBSTITUTION, by Steve Jeffery, Michael Ovey, and Andrew Sach

In this wonderful book the authors seek to present the case for the substitutionary nature of Christ’s death with a focus on the biblical teaching but also on its subsequent historical expression throughout the history of the church and also…

Weekly Recap, March 19, 2016

UNDERSTANDING BAPTISM, by Bobby Jamieson

In this latest book in B&H’s Church Basics series (Jonathan Leeman, ed.) Bobby Jamieson presents the biblical teaching about baptism in brief, crisp overview.   Chapter 1 What Is Baptism? Baptism is a church’s act of affirming and portraying a…

Weekly Recap March 12, 2016

This week’s summary was Grudem’s Business for the Glory of God, a crucial topic for everyone in the marketplace. We reviewed an important book on Catholic doctrine of Scripture, interviewed Kostenberger on his Women in the Church, and much more. Check…

PSALMS BY THE DAY: A NEW DEVOTIONAL TRANSLATION, by Alec Motyer

This wonderful new book from renowned Old Testament scholar – preacher Alec Motyer is sure to become your first “go-to” book on the Psalms!   Foreword By Mark Dever One of the first – and still perhaps the best –…

Weekly Recap March 5, 2016

This week we summarized Daniel Strange’s Their Rock is Not Like Our Rock, which focuses on the variety of religions in the world from an OT perspective. It is truly an important book for thinking through the similarities between Israel’s religion…

IN MY PLACE CONDEMNED HE STOOD: CELEBRATING THE GLORY OF THE ATONEMENT, by J. I. Packer and Mark Dever

The following is taken from the Introduction by J.I. Packer, “Penal Substitution Revisited.” As Galatians 2:20 declares, his life of responsive faith was wholly formed and driven by the knowledge that his Savior had revealed divine love to him by…

THE ENDURING AUTHORITY OF THE CHRISTIAN SCRIPTURES, edited by D. A. Carson

Check out this new standard work on the authority of Scripture from D.A. Carson & Co.! Table of Contents INTRODUCTION The Many Facets of the Current Discussion D. A. Carson HISTORICAL TOPICS “The Truth Above All Demonstration”: Scripture in the…

FOR A CONTINUING CHURCH: THE ROOTS OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN AMERICA, by Sean Lucas

The Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) wields an influence that is disproportionate to its age (formed December, 1973), and its story of rising Southern conservative concerns deserves telling. Its story is an important chapter in the history of American evangelicalism,…

Two Classic Works on Soteriology from Richard Gaffin

I have just again read through these two Gaffin classics and was reminded how valuable and important they are. Resurrection and Redemption is the reprint of Gaffin’s 1978 The Centrality of the Resurrection (Baker) which, if I understand correctly, was…

UNCHANGING WITNESS: THE CONSISTENT CHRISTIAN TEACHING ON HOMOSEXUALITY IN SCRIPTURE AND TRADITION, by S. Donald Fortson III and Rollin G. Grams

Among the many new books on the Bible and homosexuality this new volume makes a distinct contribution: it demonstrates in detail that the from the Old Testament to the first-century Jews to the New Testament to the early centuries of…

PREPOSITIONS AND THEOLOGY IN THE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, by Murray Harris

All Greek students remember that prepositions can be a bit slippery, used as they are with varying nuances. And they have been cautioned against “theology by preposition.” Yet with all this duly noted, an understanding of prepositions remains very important…

BUILDING ON THE FOUNDATIONS OF EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY: ESSAYS IN HONOR OF JOHN S. FEINBERG, edited by Gregg R. Allison and Stephen J. Wellum

It’s a joy to make mention of this new festschrift in honor of the well-deserving John Feinberg, whose notable career – with its years of teaching and scores of publications along the way – has been marked by faithful theological…