May 2012


Have you ever been in a position in your career when things were going just great and you wouldn’t change a thing? Your job as CEO is going well or your church where you pastor is growing in all the right ways as a result of God working through your faithfulness to His Word. What would you do or say if God told you to quit your plush job at your fortune 500 company for an entry level management position at a no name company because He wanted you to turn it around and be a witness to the other employees there? What would you do or say to God is He told you to resign from your senior pastorate position at a large growing church to start a church in the Arizona desert in a small no name town?

This is the kind of situation we find Jonah in. In his most recent book, Jonah: Navigating a God-Centered Life, Colin S. Smith takes us through the book of Jonah as we see how Jonah responded to God’s call in his life to leave his successful ministry among Israel in his hometown of Gath Hepher for a less than desirable ministry of evangelism in Ninevah among Israel’s most feared enemies. As Smith observes, Jonah “was living his dream until, one day, God interrupted his life” (p. 16).

It is this divine interruption that reveals the heart of Jonah towards God and others. Jonah was not pleased with God’s will for his life, and so much so, that he tried to run the other way from God. As the book of Jonah unfolds, we see a successful prophet of God acting like the very pagans God has sent him to minister to and call to repentance. As it turns out, Jonah had some repenting of his own that he needed to do. As God wanted to pursue the Ninevites through Jonah, God pursued Jonah as well.

Jonah, though a short commentary on a short book, is packed with exegetical, historical, practical and pastoral insight. Though it is easy to look at Jonah and say how could he act in such a way to God, careful and honest readers will quickly see that none of us are much different when put into the same situations in our own lives. The response of Jonah to God is a mirror into the depths of our own hearts and what it reveals is often not pretty

Jonah is an excellent book for personal or group devotions and will serve all Christians alike.

NOTE: I received this book from Christian Focus Publications and was under no obligation to provide a favorable review. The words expressed in this review are my own.

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HELP!: If you see anything that you think would fit into one of these categories then email it to me @ churst555@gmail.com and I will add it to next weeks list and cite you as the referral if I didn’t see it first!

REVIEWS:

Date Your Wife by Justin Buzzard is reviewed by Jeff Panko.

Gospel-Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson is reviewed by Greg Dietrich.

God’s Will: Finding Guidance for Everyday Decisions by J.I. Packer is reviewed by Dave Jenkins.

A Faith That Endures: Meditations on Hebrews 11 by Brian Croft is reviewed by Kimberly Davidson.

Depression: Looking Up From A Stubborn Darkness by Ed Welch is reviewed by Jonathan Matias.

The Intolerance of Tolerance by D.A. Carson is reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.

4 Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism is reviewed by Dave Jenkins.

INTERVIEWS:

Revelations T.V. interviews Alistair McGrath about his life, science and his Christian faith.

Ben Witherington interviews Dr. Jim Charlesworth about Talpiot Tomb B.

Derek Thomas interview Michael Kruger about his new book Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books.

Trevin Wax and Philip Nation interview George Guthrie on the story of the Bible from his recent book Read the Bible for Life: Your Guide to Understanding and Living God’s Word.

Justin Taylor interviews Peter Williams & Simon Gathercole about the intersection between scholarship and church.

BOOKS & RESOURCES TO NOTE:

Eerdword gives some good news about the possibility of D.A. Carson’s book The Intolerance of Tolerance being translated and sold in China.

Mapping Out Curriculum in Your Church: Catography for Christian Pilgrims Ed. by Estep & Estep and White from B&H is now released.

Counseling the Hard Cases: True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture Ed. by Scott & Lambert from B&H is now released.

Transformation Discipleship: How People Really Grow by Geiger, Kelly & Nation from B&H will release June 1.

Eerword Blog lists Six Great Books for Integrating Faith & Work.

Louis McBride overviews the arguments for getting rid of the phrase “eternally begotten of the Father” from the creeds as discussed in Kevin Giles new book The Eternal Generation of the Son: Maintaining Orthodoxy in Trinitarian Theology.

Bob Hayton discusses The Old Testament Own Typology from Graeme Goldsworthy’s new book Christ-Centered Biblical Theology.

…….And Just Because it Interests Me:

Mark Dever interviews Al Mohler on We Are All Sexually Broken.

Marc Cortez asks Is Learning Greek & Hebrew Really Worth It?

Trevin Wax discusses A Critical Mind vs. A Critical Spirit.

Michael Patton discusses 7 Marks of a Good Theologian.

Dave Jenkins of 5 Reasons to be the Member of a Local Church.

5 Reasons Not to Buy Logos and A Defense of Logos.

If you wanted to learn more about a person how would you go about doing it? Depending on the person in question you might look their name up in a search engine like Google, or in a book if they would be listed and even search the popular social media sites for information. You also might try and talk to people who knew or know them personally. This would include friends, co-workers, family and even enemies.

When it comes to studying people from the distant past we are left with very few avenues in which to interview people who knew the person we are trying to obtain information about. Often times our study is relegated to reading literary material of various sorts and trying to piece together a coherent picture of the person. So if we were to study a person, say, like Jesus, then would we study him any differently?

Chris Keith and Larry Hurtado would say no. In their newly co-edited book, Jesus Among Friends and Enemies: A Historical and Literary Introduction to Jesus in the Gospels, the contributors believe that we can learn a lot about Jesus by studying how he interacted with the people of his day – both friends and enemies alike.

Since Baker has made three short videos interviewing Christ Keith about the book I will use them in this review and add additional comments having read the book.

Structure & Utility

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As the Keith states, the book is broken into two sections: Jesus’ friends are discussed first and then His enemies. The two part outline of the book and the uniformity of the chapters gives the book a fluid read. While detailed, each chapter serves to introduce the reader to the character of each chapter providing material for further study.

In the introduction, Keith introduces the reader to Jesus Himself in the same fashion as the rest of the character of the book are discussed. Much attention is given to the apocryphal gospels, namely the Gospel of Thomas. Keith discusses the differences between these gospels the four Gospels of the New Testament. One of the unique differences between the Gospel of Thomas and the four Gospels of the NT is how they present Jesus. Keith explains:

The Christians responsible for the Gospel of Thomas present their image of Jesus in the form of a catalogue of His sayings. In contrast to the Gospel of Thomas, the canonical Gospels have narrators who tell the story of Jesus, characters who enliven the story of Jesus, settings that situate the story of Jesus, plots that direct the story of Jesus, and conflict that drives the story of Jesus to its resolution. (p. 17)

How the Gospel Narratives Portray Jesus

Following a brief introduction to each person(s) is a discussion of the relevant extra-biblical literature. For instance, in the chapter on John the Baptist, Michael Bird looks into the works of Josephus and the possible connections to the Qumran community. For the chapter on Judas Iscariot, Holly Carey examines the Gospel of Judas and the various legends that formed years after his death. Then the Gospels themselves are examined in order to draw out from them what they tell us about Jesus as he interacts with various people. Since the bulk of the material we have abut Jesus is the Gospels themselves, the bulk of each chapter deals with them. The narrative of each Gospel is traced and each contributor notes the points of similarity and dissimilarity in how each Gospel writer presents Jesus. Also apparent is the value in learning about Jesus from how He was misunderstood at so many points, even by His followers (note Peter).

The Historical Jesus

Here, the text of the Gospels is given a priority of voice in the quest for the historical Jesus. After all they are an eyewitness testimony. Keith & Hurtado interact with the two ideas of multiple attestation and dissimilarity in the discovery of the authenticity of the words and works of Jesus. The criteria of multiple attestation states that “the likelihood of a particular saying or action of Jesus being authentic increases if it appears in multiple, ideally independent, sources.” (p. 273 ) The criteria of dissimilarity states that “the likelihood of a particular saying or action of Jesus increases if it differs from Jesus’ first-century Jewish context on the one hand and from the early church on the other hand.” (p. 273) Keith & Hurtado discuss the rationale for each criteria and ultimately show why they are wanting.

Jesus Among Friends and Enemies is a great introduction to Jesus through the various people He interacts with through His life and ministry. There were several bits of insightful observations of both the Gospel texts and the extra biblical literature. There is a heavy emphasis on the reliability of the Gospels to provide us with accurate and trustworthy information about Jesus. Readers will walk away with a greater appreciation for what one can learn about Jesus from all four Gospels and the characters within them. This book will serve students, pastors and teachers as a serious intro to the various people studied and ultimately Jesus Himself.

NOTE: I received this book for free from Baker in exchange or a review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review and the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

HELP!: If you see anything that you think would fit into one of these categories then email it to me @ churst555@gmail.com and I will add it to next weeks list and cite you as the referral if I didn’t see it first!

REVIEWS:

Trevin Wax reviews Jonathan Merritt’s new book A Faith of Our Own: Following Jesus Beyond the Culture Wars.

G.A. Dietrich reviews Dave Harvey’s recent book Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry.

Michael Bird reviews Journeys of Faith.

Think Christianly by Jonathan Morrow is reviewed by Leslie Kinney.

A Shot of Faith by Mitch Stokes is reviewed by Doug Wilson.

What is the Mission of the Church by Greg Gilbert & Kevin DeYoung is reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.

Real Marriage by Grace & Mark Driscoll is reviewed by Jeff Fisher at Covenant Eyes blog.

The Kingdom New Testament: A Contemporary Translation by N.T. Wright is reviewed by Robert Gundry.

A Commentary on the Psalms: Vol. 1 (1-41) by Allen P. Ross is reviewed by Bob Hayton.

Warfield on the Christian Life by Fred Zaspel is reviewed by Dave Jenkins.

Arminiam theology: Myths & Realities by Roger Olson is reviewed by Sten at Christians in Context.

The Road to Missional: Journey to the Center of the Church by Michael Frost is reviewed by Ricky Kirk at Servants of Grace.

Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry by Dave Harvey is reviewed by Dave Jenkins.

INTERVIEWS:

Ed Stetzer has a ONE and TWO part interview with Jonathan Dodson about his new book Gospel-Centered Discipleship.

Brian Najapfour, at Reformation Heritage Books, interviews Williwm VanDoodeward about his book The Marrow Controversy and the Seceder Controversy.

Christian Focus Book Notes interviews Melissa Kruger about her first book The Envy of Eve: Finding Contentment in a Covetous World.

CredoMag posts part 1 of a series of interview with Ardel Caneday on The New Testament Use of the Old Testament.

Justin Taylor interviews Dave Harvey about his new book Am I Called?: The Summons to Pastoral Ministry.

AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS:

Jonathan Leehman discusses church membership from his recent book Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus.

Andy Naselli lists Eckhard Schnabel’s Recommended Ten Books to Read on Eschatology.

Jessica Thompson, co-author of Give Them Grace, discusses A Mother’s Identity.

James Hamilton, author of the Revelation commentary for the Preach The Word Series, discusses How Rev. 19:20 Supports Historic Premillennialism.

Joe Thorn, author of Note To Self, highlights some introductory books to read on Covenant Theology.

Carl Trueman suggests some books to read on church history and historical theology.

Jonathan Pennington discusses his new book Reading the Gospels Wisely: A Narrative and Theological Introduction.

BOOKS & RESOURCES TO NOTE:

Robert Culver’s Systematic Theology: Biblical and Historical is on sale for 50% off at Monergism for a limited time.

Kregel makes Question Three available for viewing  from 40 Questions About Christians and Biblical Law by Thomas Schreiner.

Paul Tatuges lists 5 must read books for Family and Parental Counseling.

Brian Croft recommends pastors to read Charles Simeon: An Ordinary Pastor with Extraordinary Influence.

At the IVP blog Brannon Ellis discusses the Reformation Commentary on Scripture Series.

At the HCSB blog Devin Maddox gives 7 Reasons I Love the Mission of God Study Bible.

At CregoMag Matthew Barrett recommends some good books to read this summer.

Andy Naselli discusses Deconstruct the Dream Driving Your Marriage from Justin Buzzards new book Date Your Wife.

Aaron Armstrong discusses 4 Reasons to Preach Through Whole Books of the Bible from Dever & Gilbert’s new book Preach: Theology Meets Practice.

…….And Just Because it Interests Me:

Jen Wilkin discusses Why Bible Study Doesn’t Transform Us.

Major Archaeological Find Provides First Physical Evidence of Cult Formation Before the Reign of King David.

Why PhD Students Should Consider the Pastorate as the Context for Their Theological Scholarship.

A Disturbing Trend in Publishing.

Some Seminars on Homosexuality, Change and the Gospel.

Don’t Blame the Bible for Your Bad Views on Homosexuality. (NOTE: I do not endorse this position. Though articulate and passionate, this presentation is wrong and does not faithfully represent Scripture on this issue.)

Interpretation of Scripture, followed by right application, is the primary way that we are to be like God. This is not an issue of education. It’s an issue of imitation. (p. 23)

It has been the concern of many that the church has abandoned the task of serious Bible interpretation to the “ivory towers” of the academy and the PhD’s that dwell therein. This has resulted in an unhealthy and shallow church as well as a look of suspicion of the church upon the academy. For too long the church has relegated the task of interpreting Scripture to those with formal education while the church goes along reading their Bible’s simply at “face value”.

This is the current model of thinking for many Christians. But according to Curtis Allen, this should not be the case. To combat this wrongheaded thinking he has written Education or Imitation?: Bible Interpretation for Dummies Like You and Me. This is a challenging and thought provoking book that will shed new light on what it means for Christians to faithfully and fully imitate Jesus.

Allen’s central thesis is simple: the primary way in which Christians imitate Christ is by being faithful interpreters of Scripture. Initially, to many who read that statement, it will come across very odd, out of place and, well, seemingly down right wrong. After all, aren’t the churches two main responsibilities to evangelize and disciple the nations to the glory of God (Matt. 28:19-20)? For Allen, those two commands may be the beginning and end of the mission of the church but there is the middle to consider as well. Allen asks, “What are the means that produced the end?” (p. 19). The answer – “Interpretation of the Word of God, spoken and applied, is the primary means that Jesus used.” (p. 19)

If interpretation of God’s Words is the primary means of imitating Christ then there is a lot of bad imitation because there is a lot of bad interpretation going on within the world and the church. “Bad interpretation of one kind or another can be seen in all acts of disobedience to the Word of God. And like anything else in creation, bad interpretation had a beginning.” (p. 25) Starting with Adam and Eve, mankind has been an interpreter of God’s Word. In the garden, Adam and Eve had to interpret God’s instructions to them regarding the fruit on the various trees and the consequences for eating the fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. As we know from Genesis 3, Satan challenged both God’s Word and their interpretation of it. In the end, Adam & Eve accepted Satan’s misinterpretation of God’s word and correction of their interpretation resulting in their sin.

But Adam and Eve were just the beginning of a long line of bad interpreters of God’s Word. Some notable examples that Allen points out are Saul and Satan. In 1 Samuel 10-15 Saul misinterprets Samuel’s words to him concerning how God would mediate His blessing on Saul as king. Later, Satan enters the scene to tempt the 2nd Adam, Christ, while He is in the desert and misinterprets Scripture three times (Matt. 4). But not only does Christ have to correct the misinterpretation of Scripture by Saul and Satan, he has to with the Pharisees as well – the religious leaders of the day! Most of Christ’s interaction with these kinds of religious leaders was correcting their bad interpretations of Scripture.

Thankfully there is hope for bad interpreters like all of us. Jesus. Yes, Jesus is the answer to our bad interpretations of Scripture. Jesus is “the primary interpreter of Scripture because He is the primary object of Scripture.” (p. 43) So often we focus so much imitating Jesus in word and deed that we miss out on an equally important way in which Jesus lived out His ministry among people on earth – as the perfect interpreter of Scripture. Allen points out that “some of the most amazing things recorded in Scripture are not actually miracles but the instances when God explains His own Word to people and then shows them how to apply it….Interpretation and application of God’s Word is of the highest importance to Jesus.” (p. 43-44) Time and time again, Jesus was challenging the bad interpretations of the religious leaders of the day. Then moving from correcting their bad interpretations He corrects their bad applications stemming from their bad interpretations. This is what Jesus wants to do for us. He corrects our bad interpretations and applications so that we can better live for Him.

By following the example of the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if the words of the apostles were true (Acts 17:11), Christians are to be actively involved in interpreting Scripture for themselves and not just leaving it up to those educated in biblical studies. Allen is not saying we cannot learn from others. After all, God speaks through His Word to all believers. However, we are not to entirely depend on the interpretations of others (p. 69). Allen’s words are bold, “All believers should be able to interpret the Bible with little to no theological education.” (p. 72) Again, Allen is no discouraging formal theological education. In fact he encourages it for those who are able and gifted to do so. Rather, he is encouraging all Christians to realize that intentional, active and faithful interpretation on Scripture is a necessary part of imitating Christ. Therefore, all Christians need to take it seriously.

Allen’s proposal is right on the money and he should be applauded for his work here. There is only one thing I felt was missing from the book. Besides a few passing references to the Holy Spirit, there was no extended discussion of the role of the Holy Spirit as the believers helper in imitating Jesus as an interpreter of Scripture. In John 14, as Jesus tells the disciples that He will be leaving them soon, He encourages them with the coming of the Holy Spirit. In 14:26 He tells them that the Holy Spirit will “teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.” It seems that the Holy Spirit would be the primary way in which believer can imitate Jesus as a Spirit led interpreter of Scripture.

Nevertheless, Education or Imitation? is definitely a challenge to much of the contemporary churches thinking on education as a requirement for interpretation and the, quite frankly, lackadaisical attitude that too many believers have towards interpreting Scripture for themselves. This is the kind of book I would want to put into the hands of everyone in my church and would pray that every Christian reads it. Allen’s book is spot on and his words need a wide hearing.

To be honest, I am often times skeptical about books on prayer. Whether right or wrong, this is how I approach these kinds of books. Too often their desire to offer anecdotal wisdom on prayer, specifically methodology, is rooted in the writers subjective experiences and is uncomfortably disjointed from Scripture itself. At times when it is related to Scripture I feel the connection is unduly stretched. I realize that because prayer is a very personal practice, it is likely that no two people will describe the experience the same. All the same though, we need more books on prayer that move from the text of Scripture, and the prayers it contains, to the prayer life of the believer.

This is why, after having read the books, I am glad to have received David M. M’Intyre’s two classic works on prayer The Hidden Life of Prayer and The Prayer-Life of Our Lord. These two books have been combined into one volume by Granted Ministries.

While every chapter has something worth sharing I thought I would share one observation that stood out to me, that, had I read the two books separately with time between them I might not have noticed. In the first book, The Hidden Life of Prayer, M’Intyre discusses the role of confession of sin in prayer in chapter five. In the third section he answers the question, “Why deadness of heart?” He states:

That which impresses us as deadness of heart may be the operation of the Holy Spirit, convincing us of sins hitherto unnoticed. As one looks at some star-galaxy, and sees it only as a wreath of dimming mist, so one becomes conscious of innumerable unregarded sins, merely by the shadow which they fling upon the face of the heavens. But when one observes through a telescope the nebulous drift, it resolves itself into a cluster of stars, almost infinite in number. And when one examines in the secret place of communion the cloud which darkens the face of God, it is seen to scatter and break into a multitude of sins. It, then, in the hour of prayer we have no living communion with God, let us plead with the Psalmist, ‘Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my thoughts; and see of there be any wickedness in me, and lead me in the way everlasting (Ps. 139:23-24).’ …..He will bring up from the unexplored depths of our nature all that is contrary to the mind of Christ and reduce every thought and imagination to the obedience of His will. (p. 49)

These words just penetrated my heart and mind when I first read them and as I write them here they do it again. Though the sin of the believer in Christ does not change our position in Christ it does hinder and effect our prayers in Christ to the Father. But through our prayers the Holy Spirit works in us to expose our hidden sin in order to bring it to the light so we are drawn to confession and further into our communion with God in Christ.

But there is more to be said here. If we are hones with ourselves and God, the mere thought of our sin while we are praying can make it unbearable to even pray let alone allow the Holy Spirit to use that time to draw us to confession of it. Here, M’Intyre closes the chapter with some gospel encouragement:

But, on the other hand, the love of Christ at times so fills the heart that, though the remembrance of sin continues, the sense of sin is lost – swallowed up in a measureless ocean of peace and grace. Such high moments of visitation from the living God are surely a prelude to the joy of heaven. For the song of the redeemed in glory is unlike the praises of earth in this, that while it also celebrates the death of the Lamb of God there is in it no mention of sin. All the poisonous fruits of our iniquity have been killed; all the bitter consequences of our evil deeds have been blotted out. And the only relics of sin which are found in heaven are the scared feet and hands and side of the Redeemer. So, when the saved from earth recall their former transgressions, they look to Christ; and the remembrance of sin dies in the love of Him who wore the thorny-crown and endured the cross. (p. 51)

What I might have missed had I not read these books back to back is a comment made concerning Christ and sin in His prayers. In The Prayer-Life of Our Lord M’Intyre so insight-fully states:

In one Important particular, the prayers of the Lord were unlike those of other men. He who knew no sin, but always did the things that pleased the Father (2 Cor. 5:21; Jn. 8:29), had no confession of unworthiness to offer to God. His was ‘the only conscience without a scar.’ There could, therefore, be no bar to communion with the Holy One, no distance required to be surmounted, no way of access had to be devised and secured. At the close of His earthly life, He lifted up to the Father for acceptance the full tale of His sinless years, saying, ‘I glorified Thee on earth, having accomplished the work which Thou hast given Me to do. And now, O Father, glorify Thou Me with Thine own self’ (Jn. 17:4-5). (p. 82)

Did you catch the connection and difference there? Though because we are justified in Christ before God and have access into His presence, we still come to God in prayer with sin in our lives. However, Christ never prayed to our Father with sin in His life. He never made confession of sin. If He had, there would be no gospel. The gospel requires that Christ be sinless. Can you imagine prayer, communion with God, that is untainted by sin in our lives. Christ experienced it on earth and we will one day experience it with God in eternity when sin is finally removed!

Simply put, The Hidden Life of Prayer and The Prayer-Life of Our Lord are two books that I would highly recommend on prayer. They move from text to application as they are centered on Scripture and the gospels application to our experience of prayer. These books are must reads on prayer for all Christians.

NOTE: I received this book for free from Granted Ministries in exchange for a review. I was under no obligation to provide a favorable review and the words and opinions expressed in it are mine.

HELP!: If you see anything that you think would fit into one of these categories then email it to me @ churst555@gmail.com and I will add it to next weeks list and cite you as the referral if I didn’t see it first!

REVIEWS:

Dallas and the Spitfire by Ted Kluck & Jahncke is reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.

The Future of the Global Church by Patrick Johnstone is reviewed by Paul at The Art of Unpacking.

Subversive Kingdom: Living as Agents of Gospel Transformation by Ed Stetzer is reviewed by John Starke.

Living into the Life of Jesus: The Formation of Christian Character by Klaus Issler is reviewed by Ryan Bradley.

The Freedom of Self-Forgetfulness is reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.

Work Matters by Tom Nelson is reviewed by Dave Jenkins.

Gospel Centered Discipleship by Jonathan Dodson is reviewed by Ricky Kirk.

Those Who Must Give an Account: A Study of Church Membership and Church Discipline Ed. by John Hammett and Benjamin Merkel is reviewed by Jeremy Kimble.

Wherever I Wind Up: My Quest For Truth, Authenticity and the Perfect Knuckleball by R.A. Dickey is reviewed by Tim Ellsworth.

Evangellyfish by Doug Wilson is reviewed by Aaron Armstrong.

Think Christianly: Looking at the Intersection of Faith & Culture by Jonathan Morrow is reviewed by several bloggers at Engaging Church Blog.

Mind Your Faith: A student’s Guide to Thinking & Living Well by David Horner is reviewed by Jared at Christians in Context.

Ecclesiastes: The Philippians of the Old Testament by William Barrick is reviewed by Bob McCabe.

INTERVIEWS:

Trevin Wax interviews J.D. Greear about The Gospel Project and teaching kids the gospel.

Doug Wilson and Joe Rigney have a 7 part series on the life, theology and impact of Jonathan Edwards.

Tim Challies interviews Russell Moore on Fiction & Literature.

Matt Semthurst interviews Jonathan Leehman about submitting to Jesus and the Church from his book Church Membership: How the World Knows Who Represents Jesus.

AUTHOR HIGHLIGHTS:

Tony Reinke lists 20 Quotes from Matt Chandlers book The Explicit Gospel.

Three of the four contributors to Journeys of Faith give a talk about their contribution to the book. (HT:JT)

James Hamilton sums up his book God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment: A Biblical Theology in 500 words.

James K.A. Smith has a ONE, TWO, THREE, FOUR part discussion about the 2nd edition of his book The Fall of Interpretation: Philosophical Foundations for a Creational Hermeneutic.

Justin Taylor posts an excerpt and video from Scotty Smith’s book Everyday Prayers.

Russell Moore, Joshua Harris, Carl Trueman, J.D. Greear, Matt Pinson and Jefferson Bethke have a Dialogue on Evangelical Issues at Southern Seminary.

BOOKS & RESOURCES TO NOTE:

Justin Taylor highlights four Historical Fiction books on the New Testament world written by scholars.

Andy Naselli lists some diagnostic questions for hopeful pastors from Am I Called?: The Summons of Pastoral Ministry by Dave Harvey.

Six Key Theses About Luke’s Theology from A Theology of Luke & Acts: God’s Promised Program, Realized for All Nations by Darrell Bock.

Aaron Armstrong discusses Sin, Circumstance and Corrective Discipline from Church Discipline: How the Church Protects the Name of Jesus by Jonathan Leehman.

Justin Taylor posts a brief overview and series of short videos by Kelly Kapic about Mapping Modern Theology: A thematic and Historical Introduction.

David Platt’s foreword to the 2nd edition of When Helping Hurts by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert.

Jared Oliphint begins a series on apologetics and starts by interacting with Anthony Bradley’s book Liberating Black Theology.

…….And Just Because it Interests Me

The Profit of Employing the Biblical Languages: Scriptural and Historical Reflections.

R.C. Sproul on a Reformed Approach to Science and Scripture.

Michael Patton discusses Three Types of Christian Scholarship.

Bradley Green on How Classical Education Shapes us As God Intended.

One Minute Apologist asks Greg Koukl the question, “Aren’t You Being Intolerant?

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