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  • Book Review: Ezra–Nehemiah (EPSC), Gregory Goswell

    November 15, 2022 by

    Ezra and Nehemiah have long been difficult for me to understand. Why so much text (and two books) to describe the return from exile when things seem so dismal at the end of both books? Why are they so detailed and, well, rather boring? What am I supposed to do with these books? I was… Read more

  • Book Review: Ezra–Nehemiah (NIVAC), Donna and Thomas Petter

    November 8, 2022 by

    The NIV Application Commentary series, having begun two decades ago, has been completed with the final volume on Ezra-Nehemiah by Donna and Thomas Petter. I was excited to get this volume because 1) I don’t have many commentaries on Ezra-Nehemiah, and 2) I find it difficult to know the importance of much of what happens… Read more

  • Book Review: The Paradox of Sonship (R. B. Jamieson)

    May 9, 2022 by

    In the book of Hebrews, the author refers to Jesus as “Son” in a number of places. He is the eternal Son who was incarnated as a human being (1:2). But it also appears that he received the title of “Son” at his enthronement as Messiah (1:3). But which is it? Some (Caird, Hurst) believe… Read more

  • Book Review: Exodus Old and New (ESBT), L. Michael Morales

    October 18, 2021 by

    This is the second volume in a 10-volume series called the Essential Studies in Biblical Theology (ESBT) series. Each book looks at an aspect of God’s plan of redemption in the Bible. Each volume is meant to be a primer, accessible to all people, that introduces them to a particular biblical theme while tying it… Read more

  • Book Review: Systematic Theology, 2nd ed. (Wayne Grudem)

    July 30, 2021 by

    Wayne Grudem came out with a massive systematic theology (ST) in 1995, which has, as you can see on the picture above, sold over 750,000 copies. 26 years later he has updated his ST, adding at least 250 more pages of information and clarification since a lot has happened in 26 years (like the 2016… Read more

  • Book Review: Reflect (Thaddeus Williams)

    March 22, 2021 by

    “Trust yourself.” “Follow your heart.” “Just be yourself.” “You do you.” “Be your best self.” These kinds of phrases are often given to others as an encouragement to not follow the status quo but to be original. Be who you are. Be yourself. Be your best self, in fact. But how does one become their… Read more

  • Book Review: Old Testament Theology (Paul House)

    September 18, 2020 by

    Paul House, Old Testament professor at Beeson Divinity School, has provided a clear understanding of the Old Testament’s theology (OTT) for Christians. In his first chapter, Old Testament Theology: History and Methodology, introduces the problems readers today face with reading the OT. Besides understanding the creation of the world, the creation of Israel, and God’s… Read more

  • Book Review: The Liturgy of Creation (Michael LeFebvre)

    July 27, 2020 by

    Here is a book about understanding calendars in Old Testament context (as the subtitle hints). Now I know for most that doesn’t sound riveting, and honestly, the book isn’t. The book is quite technical, especially as it considers Israel’s festivals and dates, as well as how the only dates we find in the Pentateuch are… Read more

  • Book Review: Reformed Ethics: Volume One (Herman Bavinck)

    April 4, 2020 by

    Herman Bavinck was a systematic theologian who taught at Kampen and the Free University of Amsterdam in the later 1800s. Baker Academic has already produced his four-volume Reformed Dogmatics, and this Reformed Ethics is the first of three projected volumes from a recently discovered (in 2008) 1,100-page manuscript of Bavinck’s used between 1883-1902. John Bolt, who… Read more

  • Book Review: God’s Relational Presence (Duvall/Hays)

    March 16, 2020 by

    Is there a center to biblical theology? Is there an idea that drives the Bible’s theology? A theme found from the beginning to the end? Found no matter which genre, which book, or, perhaps, which chapter you look? In God’s Relational Presence, authors J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays believe that God’s relational presence drives… Read more

  • Book Review: Matthew, Disciple and Scribe (Patrick Schreiner)

    February 19, 2020 by

    One benefit from Bible college was learning more about how each Gospel writer had their own perspective. While teaching through Mark, instead of looking at what all the Gospel authors wrote about say, Jesus’ transfiguration, it was important to see how Mark’s themes fit with his representation of the transfiguration. In Patrick Schreiner’s new book… Read more

  • Book Review: Romans, 2nd ed. (BECNT), Tom Schreiner

    November 23, 2018 by

    The Baker Exegetical Commentary series aims to be both readable while paying careful attention to important Greek exegetical matters. Each volume is written with pastors and teachers in mind so they can teach God’s uniquely inspired word. Tom Schreiner is the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of NT Interpretation and Professor of Biblical Theology (1997) and… Read more

  • The Farewell Discourse (John 13-17)

    December 4, 2017 by

    What is Jesus’ farewell discourse and why did John place it in his Gospel? The farewell discourse has a long history of interpretation, and Klink sets out to place this substantial discourse into its proper literary place in John. In his commentary on John, Edward Klink suggests that there are four substantial monologues in John’s Gospel: The… Read more

  • Images of God in Revelation

    August 10, 2016 by

    A few days ago I reviewed Matthew Emerson’s Between the Cross and the Throne. In chapter four, The Portrait of God and His People, Emerson gives us the Skeleton Key to understand some of the cryptic images John uses about God. He reveals three of the images which John uses “to describe Yahweh’s rule over… Read more

  • James: Brother of Jesus, Leader of the Church

    May 4, 2016 by

    Who are the major players in Acts? Peter takes up the first 12 chapters, and, including chapter 9, Saul/Paul fills in the rest of the chapters from Acts 13 to the end. Who led the church, the Jesus movement, this new people in Christ? In his commentary on James, William Varner suggests that James, the… Read more

  • Paul’s “Longest” Sentence (Eph 1.3-14)

    April 28, 2016 by

    Ephesians 1.3-14 has a long history of being “that long sentence” Paul wrote. But is it really as long as we think it is? How did Tychicus (Eph 6.21-22) read the letter aloud to the Ephesian church? Did Paul run too many races that all his sentences became run-ons? Steven Baugh, author of the EEC volume… Read more

  • Daniel 7 and the Cloud Rider

    January 7, 2016 by

    Cloud Riders One of the biggest threats to God’s people in the OT was another god called Baal. Israel was to be a monotheistic community, a group whose sole devotion was directed towards YHWH only. But as the pages of Scripture repeatedly tell us, Israel didn’t follow the rules. Baal was the storm and fertility god. So… Read more

  • Yahweh Divides the Nations

    December 17, 2015 by

    Last time we started to look at what Heiser, in his book The Unseen Realm, calls the Deuteronomy 32 Worldview. What we see in Genesis 11 about the tower of Babel has to do with more than dispersing the people. They were “apportioned as an inheritance according to the number of the sons of God” (113).… Read more

  • Money in the Gospel of Luke

    September 16, 2015 by

    Money. Some pastors love preaching about it. Some brag about buying “not one jet, but two!” with cash. Others who don’t want to be associated with the money-mongers, hate preaching about it. This is unfortunate because Jesus set the example for preaching about money (and while Televangelistis would tell you the same thing, they would… Read more

  • Was Samson a Good Judge?

    May 30, 2015 by

    For all of my church-going life, Samson’s had a pretty bad wrap. He had some positives: he was a judge of Israel, a lion killer who had multiple Holy Spirit fillings, and a Philistine killer. And then there were the negatives: he followed his appetite (e.g., food, women, etc), disregarded God’s law (again, food, women, etc), and fell for Delilah’s… Read more

  • What really is this “partnership in the Gospel”?

    December 5, 2013 by

    “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine making request for you all with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus… Read more

  • Book Review: Delighting in the Trinity (Michael Reeves)

    August 9, 2013 by

    Why is God love?  Because God is a Trinity. Why can we be saved?  Because God is a Trinity. How are we able to live the Christian life?  Through the Trinity. In Reeves’s book he brings us an introduction to Christianity and our daily living that is rooted in the triune God who we worship, Father,… Read more

  • Book Review: Radical (David Platt)

    August 1, 2013 by

    Overused words in Christianity: “Guard your heart”  “I don’t feel led” When plans fall through: “It was the Lord’s will”  “Hedge of protection” “Are you in tune with the Spirit?” (No, but I have DVR just in case)  “Everything happens for a reason” “God told me I’m going to marry you.” (I’ll let you know… Read more

  • Book Review: Philippians (TNTC), Jeannine Brown

    January 27, 2023 by

    The TNTC series, a flagship evangelical commentary series, began in 1956. It has been revised once before, and is undergoing a new revision. Jeannine Brown—Professor of New Testament and Director of Online Programs at Bethel Seminary—replaces Ralph Martin’s previous volume. She has written on hermeneutics, the Gospels, the Gospel of Matthew (TTC and THCNT), and… Read more

  • Book Review: Romans, 1–2 Corinthians, Hebrews (ACT), Cyril of Alexandria

    January 23, 2023 by

    The Ancient Christian Texts (ACT) series offers the full texts of ancient Christian commentaries on Scripture that have only recently been translated into English. This series covers the patristic period (AD 95-750), the time covering a group of people we today refer to as the “Church Fathers.” This was “when the exegesis of Scripture texts… Read more

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