Recovering from Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, How the Church Needs to Rediscover Her Purpose by Aimee Byrd

Aime Byrd is known as the housewife theologian. She is popular conference speaker, a prolific author with several books to her credit and, until the publication of this book, co-host of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals podcast Mortification of Spin.  Her earlier work, No Little Women, made some valuable contributions concerning women and their ministries, but even there I registered some concerns in my review (http://tottministries.org/?s=little+women). Byrd takes several steps forward, or backward, depending on your perspective, in her understanding of women’s “role” (a word she detested and claims is unbiblical) in the church and within ministry. As a member of an Orthodox Presbyterian church, she still maintains that ordination and preaching within the local church is reserved for males (p. 121), but views virtually all other ministries, both within the church and through parachurch organizations, are accessible to qualified Christian women. As a matter of fact, Byrd’s primary focus…

Sanctification by Michael Allen

Sanctification is one of the volumes in the “New Studies in Dogmatics” series edited by Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain.  Two other volumes have been published so far:   The Triune God and The Holy Spirit.  The series is a serious, scholarly interaction with Scripture, doctrine, and key theologians past and present.  In this book Allen engages principally with John Calvin, John Owen, Edward Fisher, G. C. Berkouwer, Oliver O’Donovan, John Webster, Thomas Aquinas, Karth Barth, Augustine and a host of others.  Allen is deeply invested in federal, or covenantal, theology (p. 34) and discusses the Covenant of Works (pp. 100-113) and the Covenant of Grace (pp. 124-143) at great lengths and uses redemptive-historical hermeneutics (pp. 97, 127).   Allen offers some helpful discussions concerning the image of God (pp. 78-85) and union with Christ (pp. 143-168).  And he engages several times with Radical Lutheranism, which sees law and grace at…