Book Reviews

Recommended Books (Fall 2017)

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Recommended Books (Fall 2017)

“Words are the progeny of the soul,” states Clement of Alexandria (A.D. 150-215).[1] As our bodies produce children for posterity, so do our souls. Just as we all wish to produce good children to build up the coming generation, Clement argues we should be careful to leave only the best words to those who come after us. In this way of thinking, “wisdom is a communicative and philanthropic thing.”[2] For this reason, Clement cautions us to test ourselves to see if we are qualified to “leave behind . . . written records” or to read them.[3] To...

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Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

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Book Review: Remodeling Youth Ministry

by Ben Campbell “For too long, YFM (Youth and Family Ministry) has suffered from pragmatic solutions to eternal problems,” concludes Talbot.[1] For the past forty years, the goal of youth ministry has been to gain students through entertainment. The time has come for a reformation and a remodeling of youth ministry. In Remodeling Youth Ministry, Christopher Talbot does an exceptional job of communicating the need to return to a Biblical model for youth ministry. About the Author Talbot teaches Youth and Family Ministry and serves as campus...

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Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis

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Book Review: Old Testament Exegesis

Douglas Stuart, Old Testament Exegesis: A Handbook for Students and Pastors (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2009). Within the Christian academic community, there are many resources for the aspiring Bible student. A cursory glance at the resource section of a Christian bookstore will show myriad concordances, Bible handbooks, commentaries, Bible translations, and more. Even with these resources, bridging Bible reading and Biblical interpretation can be difficult for all involved. For this reason, some of the most beneficial resources...

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

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Book Review: Sexuality, Gender, and the Church

by Zach Vickery “We’re living and ministering in an era of swift and unprecedented change, especially regarding the definition of sexuality, gender, and marriage,” writes J. Matthew Pinson in Sexuality, Gender, and the Church.[1] Though these issues are not unique to our day, many changes concerning sexuality and gender have arisen in recent years that have forced the church to reaffirm and strengthen its historical positions. While numerous books are being written on this very subject, few are as comprehensive as Sexuality, Gender, and the...

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Recommended Books (Summer 2017)

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Recommended Books (Summer 2017)

Reading is a sacred act of creation and memory. Our ability to use words to call worlds historic and fantastical into existence is a part of God’s image in us. When we write, we create new worlds on the page that are fully realized only when our words are incarnated in the mind of a reader. Sometimes those worlds are florid products of our imaginations that are only tangentially tethered to the real world. These creations recall and echo the creation of Genesis 1. We are mimicking our Father as only a small child can. Yet reading also allows...

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What’s All the Fuss About “The Benedict Option”?

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What’s All the Fuss About “The Benedict Option”?

by Christa Hill with Matthew Steven Bracey For several years now, Rod Dreher, prominent conservative thinker and journalist, has been talking about the Benedict Option. For nearly as long, several of Dreher’s critics and allies have not had a clear understanding of what exactly he is proposing. Finally, Dreher published The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation in 2017. In this 262-page volume, Dreher outlines what he believes to be the best way for Christians to preserve the faith in the midst of an...

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ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review

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ANYONE CAN BE SAVED: Book Review

by Richard E. Clark From General/Arminian to Particular/Calvinist, Baptists have struggled to locate themselves along the theological spectrum. Some have unsuccessfully tried to avoid the debate, labeling themselves Calminians.[1] Others, however, have attempted to escape the paradigm altogether and articulate a unique theological identity for themselves. Anyone Can Be Saved (Wipf & Stock, 2016) is a collection of essays expounding upon what is being referred to as “Traditional Southern Baptist soteriology.”[2] This book...

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Recommended Books (Spring 2017)

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Recommended Books (Spring 2017)

When the sweet showers of April have pierced The drought of March, and pierced it to the root, And every vein is bathed in that moisture Whose quickening force will engender the flower; And when the west wind too with its sweet breath Has given life in every wood and field To tender shoots, and when the stripling sun Has run his half-course in Aries, the Ram, And when small birds are making melodies, That sleep all the night long with open eyes, (Nature so prompts them, and encourages); Then people long to go on pilgrimages.[1] So begins one...

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The Lost World of Genesis One: A Review

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The Lost World of Genesis One: A Review

In 2009, IVP Academic published John H. Walton’s The Lost World of Genesis One: Ancient Cosmology and the Origins Debate. Walton is a professor at Wheaton College, teaching courses in Old Testament (OT), Hebrew, and archeology. He’s involved in numerous professional societies and has published extensively. Walton’s The Lost World—also the title of that second, less-than-stellar Jurassic Park film—has nothing to do with dinosaurs but concerns the ancient world of human origins. Overview The Lost World is divided into eighteen chapters, or...

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Preaching: A Review

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Preaching: A Review

Mark Dever rightly notes, “Right preaching of God’s word is central to the church’s worship, forming its basis and core.”[1] It is the main role and responsibility of an elder of the local church to study and preach God’s Word. Paul tells young Timothy to “preach the word” (2 Tim. 4:2) and to “do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” (2 Tim. 2:15). The responsibility of preaching God’s truth from His Word is at the very heart of what it means to be a...

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