The Thrill of Orthodoxy, Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith

The Thrill of Orthodoxy received Christianity Today’s 2022 award of merit for Book of the Year in the theological category, and it was deserved. Trevin Wax, who wears many hats, is concerned that, in a world filled with information and disinformation, it has never been more important to reach back to old, foundational truths tested […]

Renewing the Evangelical Mission

In the early 1990s, David Wells, Mark Noll and Cornelius Plantinga Jr. received “a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts to write a trio of books on the decline of evangelical theology and on ways it might rebound” (p. 189). Noll wrote The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind, Plantinga wrote Not the Way It’s Supposed […]

The Ology, Ancient Truths Ever New

This book is designed to teach children basic theology. Written in simple language, illustrated beautifully by Andy McGurie, The Ology is an extremely valuable resource, even for many adults who have minimal understanding of biblical truth. This is an excellent tool for use in family devotions as scriptural texts are added throughout that older children […]

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

This work was one of Christianity Today’s “Books of the Year” and, as its title suggests, is centered on the resurrection of Jesus, which the author believes is the “core of the core” of the gospel. The author’s stated purpose is found on the first page: “This book is about the theological significance and ongoing […]

Five Things Biblical Scholars Wish Theologians Knew

Scot McKnight’s companion book with Five Things Theologians Wished Biblical Scholars Knew is almost as disturbing as the first. Hans Boersma, the author of the volume mentioned above, comes fully equipped with Anglo-Catholic, mystical, and liberal credentials, but McKnight is a card-carrying evangelical. This renders the work under review even more disappointing than the latter […]

Five Things Theologians Wish Biblical Scholars Knew

I purchased this volume and its companion, Five Things Biblical Scholars Wish Theologians Knew, looking for a lively interaction between biblical scholars and theologians, which would expose holes in each approach leading to a better comprehension of God’s truth. Unfortunately, such was not the case. The publishers chose not an evangelical theologian to represent theologians […]

Things That Differ, the Fundamentals of Dispensationalism

The Berean Bible Society and Cornelius Stam represent a wing of dispensationalism often called hyperdispensationalism although this handle is rejected by those in the Grace Movement. While maintaining most of the major tenets of more traditional forms (e.g., moderate and progressive) such as a separation between the church and Israel and a consistent application of […]

Simply Trinity, the Unmanipulated Father, Son, and Spirit

Simply Trinity is the best book I have read in support of Classical Theism, what Matthew Barrett (Associate Professor of Christian Theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) terms “The Great Tradition,” and the rule of faith (p. 35). The Great Tradition is grounded in the Nicene Creed (p. 37) and reinforced by the pro-Nicene Church […]

The Last Hour, An Israeli Insider Looks at the End Times

Amir Tsarfati, a Jewish believer living in Israel and president of Behold Israel, writes this book to communicate God’s truth with “a desire to wake up the church, warn unbelievers and to speak of the blessed hope that believers have” (p. 28). He agrees with Ed Hindson who wrote “Bible prophecy is not written to […]

Reprobation and God’s Sovereignty, Recovering a Biblical Doctrine

Peter Sammons is the managing editor of The Master’s Seminary Journal and director of Academic Publications at The Master’s Seminary. In this volume he tackles the heavy theological, often avoided and frequently misunderstood topic of reprobation, which he defines as “the eternal, unconditional decree of God for the non-elect” (p. 47) and “that eternal decree […]