Book Log: January 2014

  1. All You Want to Know About Hell – Steve Gregg. This book presents and cross-examines three “Christian” views of hell (traditional, annihilationist, and Christian universalist). Unlike the typical multiview book where a different author represents each view, this book is written by one author. I feel that the author’s biases were reflected in the book, and that a book written by multiple authors each presenting and defending one view would be better (e.g. Zondervan’s Four Views on Hell). Full review here.
  2. Faith and Creeds – Alister McGrath. First in a new series called “The Heart of the Christian Faith”, this book explores the basic themes of a simple and genuinely “mere” Christian faith, exploring the nature of faith and the history and significance of Christian creeds. The subsequent four volumes will provide snapshots of individual beliefs, expounding upon topics such as the nature of God and the significance of Jesus of Nazareth. Full review here.
  3. A Theology of Matthew – Charles Quarles. This is from P&R’s Explorations in Biblical Theology series, which seeks to alleviate the scarcity of resources that are lay-accessible yet still theologically substantial. This volume focuses on Matthew’s Christology, exploring how Christ is the new Moses (deliverer), the new David (king), the new Abraham (founder of a new chosen people), and the new Creator (God and author of new creation). Each part looks first at Matthew’s development of the theme, then the theological significance of the theme. This was my favorite book of the month, and I highly recommended it. This is a great book for lay Christians desiring to gain a deeper understanding of Matthew, and especially of the Christ of Matthew. Full review here.
  4. Loving God with Your Mind – Paul M. Gould and Richard Brian Davis, ed. This is a festschrift for J.P. Moreland. For the Moreland fan as well as for those interested in philosophy, this book is a treat. For those without some prior understanding of philosophy, at points this book may be a difficult to read. Full review here.
  5. God in the Whirlwind – David Wells. In this book, Wells approaches the issue of what has caused the Church to lose its theological character from a Christological perspective (whereas in previous five interconnected volume, he addressed it from a cultural perspective). His theme in this book is the holy-love of God, which he spends ample time explaining and developing. This is a theologically rich gospel-centered, Scripture-soaked book. Full review here.
  6. Reformed Means Missional – Samuel Logan ed. This is a great general book on missionality that builds some important theological foundations and then highlights many practical areas in which Reformed Christians are doing incredible, holistic missional work. This book sounds a missional call to the Reformed church and Reformed Christians who may be neglecting evangelism and missions. However, it doesn’t present a case for missionality from the perspective of Reformed theology/tradition. Many of the practical chapters also herald a transformationalist perspective. Full review here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received the above books for free from the publishers for review. I was not obligated to to write positive reviews, and the opinions I have expressed are honest.  I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Good amount of books! Are you currently in school right now?

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