Kevin Bauder, who wrote the vast majority of the essays within this volume, is Research Professor of Systematic Theology at Central Baptist Theological Seminary of Minneapolis. Joining him are two other professors at the seminary, Jonathan Pratt and Dan Brown. Together they write on a number of important subjects which are valuable in themselves but which also give the reader a good understanding of the theological stance and philosophy of the seminary.
Solid and balanced studies of doctrines dealing with Scripture, election and foreknowledge, the person of Christ, freewill and sovereignty, salvation, baptism and the Lord’s Supper are included. More “practical” matters such as church membership, views on Sabbath keeping, the draw and deception of sin, prayer, and the finding of God’s will are also addressed. A few chapters were expositions of specific biblical texts. I found the articles on John 6 (Jesus’ bread of life discourse) and an article on John 15:1-8 (what it means to abide in Christ) particularly helpful (pp. 69-82; 95-98). Sprinkled throughout were original poems and prayers that added a devotional dimension to the book.
Heart, Soul, and Might is not developing a central theme but it offers substantial study on a variety of useful themes and exposes the reader to the theological views and direction of Central Baptist Theological Seminary. I was edified and encouraged as I read it.
Heart, Soul Might, Meditations on Knowing and Loving God edited by Kevin T. Bauder (Minneapolis: Central Seminary Press, 2012), 205 pp. plus iv, paper $9.99
Reviewed by Gary E. Gilley, Pastor-teacher, Southern View Chapel.