Category: book reviews

Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership

Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership. By Bobby Jamieson. Nashville: B&H Academic, 2015. 243 pages. Paperback, $24.99. Bobby Jamieson’s Going Public: Why Baptism Is Required for Church Membership is one of 9Marks’s most recent contributions to the ecclesiological discussion. 9Marks is committed to the restoration of ecclesiology in theological discussion, especially among Baptist churches, and Jamieson’s volume… Read more →

The Works of John Newton

The Works of John Newton, New Edition. By John Newton. Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 2015. 3032 pages in 4 volumes. Hardcover, $150.00. John Newton (1725–1807) was reared by a devout mother who taught him the Westminster Shorter Catechism and the responses to Isaac Watts’ A Short View of the Whole of Scripture History before his sixth birthday. She was… Read more →

Newton on the Christian Life

Newton on the Christian Life: To Live is Christ. By Tony Reinke. Wheaton: Crossway, 2015. 285 pages. Paperback, $19.99. In the Theologians on the Christian Life series (edited by Stephen J. Nichols and Justin Taylor), Crossway challenges readers to look beyond the abundance of modern resources and towards the wisdom of those who have walked before them. The purpose of… Read more →

The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tokien, and their Circle

The Oxford Inklings: Lewis, Tolkien and their Circle. By Colin Duriez. Oxford, UK: Lion Books, 2015. 288 pages. Paperback, $16.95. In Colin Duriez’s latest book, he explores the inner-workings of the Inklings, especially “their lives, their writings, their ideas, and most crucially the influence they had on each other” (11). The mid-twentieth century Oxford writer’s group is not new terrain… Read more →

Blessed are the Balanced

Blessed are the Balanced: A Seminarian’s Guide to Following Jesus in the Academy. By Paul E. Pettit and R. Todd Mangum. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014. 137 pp. $13.99 In Blessed are the Balanced, Paul E. Pettit (director of placement and adjunct professor in pastoral ministries at Dallas Theological Seminary) and R. Todd Mangum (professor of theology and academic dean at… Read more →

A Commentary on Judges and Ruth

A Commentary on Judges and Ruth. By Robert B. Chisholm Jr. Kregel Exegetical library. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2013. 697 pages. Hardcover. $39.99. In the latest addition to the Kregel Exegetical Library series, Robert B. Chisholm Jr. (department chair and professor of Old Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary) sets out to answer three important questions concerning Judges and Ruth:… Read more →

Romans 1-7 for You: For Reading, For Feeding, For Leading [God’s Word for You Series]

Keller, Timothy, Romans 1-7 for You: For Reading, For Feeding, For Leading. God’s Word for You. The Good Book Company, 2014. 199 pp. $22.99. Tim Keller’s, Romans 1-7 for You is his third installment in a series written with the average Christian in mind. Keller introduces the book of Romans by writing that it “is a book that repeatedly changes… Read more →

Preaching: A Biblical Theology

Meyer, Jason C., Preaching: A Biblical Theology. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 368 pp. $22.99. In Preaching: A Biblical Theology, Jason C. Meyer—pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church and associate professor of New Testament at Bethlehem College and Seminary—provides a unique contribution to the subject of preaching. Rather than focusing on issues such as sermon development or delivery, Meyer… Read more →

Theologian Trading Cards

Theologian Trading Cards. By Norman Jeune III. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2012. 315 cards, $26.99. When taught well, the study of church history opens the door to two thousand years of doctrinal insight, political posturing, and intriguing personalities that shape the thought and theology of the modern church. In one sense, the study of church history is the study of such… Read more →