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Book Log: September 2014

  1. The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything – Fred Sanders. In this book, a sytematic theologian specializing in Trinitarian theology brings his excellent scholarship to the masses in a popular-level introduction to Trinitarianism. Sanders shows how the Trinity is the Gospel and how Christ-centeredness and Trinity-centeredness go hand-in-hand, even though evangelicals tend to emphasize the former and neglect the latter. Through it all, and with specific chapters devoted to Bible study and prayer, Sanders demonstrates how the Trinity changes everything for the Christian. Full review here.
  2. From Messiah to Preexistent Son – Aquila Lee. This is a more affordable republishing by Wipf & Stock of a WUNT II monograph from Mohr Siebeck. From Messiah to Preexistent Son is a revised version of Aquila Lee’s doctoral dissertation at the University of Aberdeen under I. Howard Marshall. With a conviction of strict Jewish monotheism and timing that’s basically in agreement with the “Early High Christology Club,” Lee’s thesis in this study is that “at the root of the pre-existent Son Christology lies the early Christian exegesis of Ps 110:1 and Ps 2:7 (the catalyst) in the light of Jesus’ self-consciousness of divine sonship and divine mission (the foundation)” (34). This is a must-read for any with interest in the origin and development of Christology, especially those who identify with the EHCC. Full review here.
  3. Making Sense of the Bible: Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today – Adam Hamilton. Adam Hamilton, founding pastor of the largest United Methodist Church in the U.S., has written Making Sense of the Bible – Rediscovering the Power of Scripture Today to help the average person in the pew make sense of the Bible. However, I would not at all recommend this book to the target audience. Troubling assertions about the nature of the Bible abound (such as its inspiration being no different than how a pastor today might be inspired in the writing of a sermon), all leading up to the practical issues in the second part (such as a case for homosexual “marriage).” For those familiar with mainline thought, this book presents nothing new. For those unaware, this book is confusing at best and dangerous at worst. Full review at Grace for Sinners.
  4. What’s Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done – Matt Perman.  This is a productivity book that every Christian needs to read, whether one is unconcerned about maximizing productivity or one has read tons of productivity books. That is because there is very little Christian teaching on productivity, and all the productivity books are from a secular perspective. Perman does offer a GTD system in part 2, drawing from the best of the world’s teaching, research, and methodology, but grounded in a robust theology with gospel at the center, to which the first part is devoted. Full review here.
  5. A Theology for the Church – Daniel Akin, ed. The distinguishing feature of this introductory theology is that it’s integrative. One-volume introductions to systematic theology abound, and publication is not stopping; but integrative theologies are rare, especially ones that are lay-accessible and geared toward the church. Such is this theology – written by some of the finest Baptist theologians of our day, all with passion for God and passion for the Church, examining the core doctrines of the Christian faith from biblical, historical, systematic, and practical perspectives. A must-have introductory theology text for pastors and laymen alike. Full-review here.

Many thanks to Crossway, Wipf&Stock, HarperOne, Zondervan, and B&H Academic for these review books!

 

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  1. So many good stuff!

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