Journal of the GES – Spring 2014
To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain
To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain. By Matt Chandler. Colorado Springs, CO: David C. Cook, 2013. 224 pp. Hardback, $11.99. This book by Matt Chandler, the pastor of The Village Church in Dallas, TX, is a devotional commentary on the book of Philippians. However, it does not provide an exposition of the book.
Israel and the Church: The Origin and Effects of Replacement Theology
Israel and the Church: The Origin and Effects of Replacement Theology. By Ronald E. Diprose. Waynesboro, GA: Authentic, 2004. 265 pp. Paper, $18.00. In the Preface, Diprose says that in Christendom, “During the early centuries, Israel was thought to be a renegade nation that should be treated with contempt. However, after the Shoah [the desolation,
An Introduction to the New Covenant
An Introduction to the New Covenant. By Gary Gilley, David Gunn, Don Trest, Christopher Cone, Charlie Clough, and George Gunn. General editor Christopher Cone. Hurst, TX: Tyndale Seminary Press, 2013. 375 pp. Paper, $27.00. This is a book by Dispensationalists who espouse a particular view of the New Covenant for Dispensationalists of every stripe. The
The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples
The Gospel Commission: Recovering God’s Strategy for Making Disciples. By Michael Horton. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2011. 321 pp. Paper, $16.99. Before I read The Gospel Commission, I had only read a couple of books by Michael Horton. Overall, I was pleased with the direction of the book and was surprised to find out that
The Wonder of Heaven: A Biblical Tour of Our Eternal Home
The Wonder of Heaven: A Biblical Tour of Our Eternal Home. By Ron Rhodes. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 2009. 266 pp. Paper, $13.99. As part of a recent book which had a chapter on heaven, I read a number of books on heaven. This is one of those books. The author’s basic premise is that
By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation, 2nd Ed.
By Faith, Not by Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation, 2nd edition. Richard B. Gaffin, Jr. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2013. 141 pp. Paper, $9.99. Gaffin is the Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. Not surprisingly, he comes from a Calvinistic and Reformed perspective (p. 4). Mark
Religion on Trial
Religion on Trial. By Craig A. Parton. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2008. 97 pp. Paper, $14.00. Craig Parton’s Religion on Trial is an introductory defense of Christianity in the tradition of legal apologetics. The back cover description claims that Parton “argues that religions uniformly fail the simplest tests of admissibility for their respective claims.”
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy
Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. By R. Albert Mohler Jr., Peter Enns, Michael Bird, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, and John R. Franke. Edited by J. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. 328 pp. Paper, $19.99. Of the five authors, three have their doctorates from liberal schools (Enns, Harvard; Franke, Oxford; Vanhoozer, Cambridge).
The Bible Made Impossible
The Bible Made Impossible. By Christian Smith. Grand Rapids, MI: Brazos, 2012. 240 pp. Paper, $11.99. The subtitle of this book tells the tale: Why Biblicism Is Not a Truly Evangelical Reading of Scripture. What is Biblicism? It takes the author a page and a half (pp. 4-5) to state ten characteristics. I will try