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This week our summary covered Did God Really Say?, which defends the orthodox doctrine of Scripture from recent challenges. Check out anything else you missed as well, from the state of the church in China to a concise biblical theology of the covenants. There are also lots more book deals to check out here.

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Did God Really Say? David B. Garner

Summary of DID GOD REALLY SAY? AFFIRMING THE TRUTHFULNESS AND TRUSTWORTHINESS OF SCRIPTURE, edited by David Garner

Did God Really Say? Affirming the Truthfulness and Trustworthiness of Scripture David B. Garner (ed.) P&R, 2012 208 pages (Paperback) (Kindle) Members click here for Audio

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Simply God

SIMPLY GOD: RECOVERING THE CLASSICAL TRINITY, by Peter Sanlon

Who is God and how do we speak of Him? Peter Sanlon has written what is essentially an introduction to classical Christian theism. He notes that his goal in the book is “to interpret classical Augustinian Christianity afresh” (p. 18). It is a great read: a contemporary Augustinian account of classical Christian theism. Cha [… ] Continue Reading

God's Kingdom Through God's Covenants

GOD’S KINGDOM THROUGH GOD’S COVENANTS: A CONCISE BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, by Peter J. Gentry and Stephen J. Wellum

The thesis that biblical revelation hinges on a succession of historical covenants is not new, but just how that successive revelation is to be understood and how those covenants relate to each other, of course, remains a point of debate that results in our differing hermeneutical and theological systems. SBTS professors Peter Gent [… ] Continue Reading

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Peter Liethart

Interview with Peter Leithart, author of TRACES OF THE TRINITY: SIGNS OF GOD IN CREATION AND HUMAN EXPERIENCE

Peter Leithart’s Traces of the Trinity is an unusual book – probably unlike any you’ve read. Can you explain the doctrine of “perichoresis”? Have you even heard of it? Do you think you can see reflections of it in the created order? That is what Lethart’s unusual book is all a [… ] Continue Reading

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China's Reforming Churches

CHINA’S REFORMING CHURCHES: MISSION, POLITY, AND MINISTRY IN THE NEXT GENERATION, ed. Bruce Baugus

China’s Reforming Churches: Mission, Polity, and Ministry in the Next Christendom Bruce P. Baugus (ed.) Reformation Heritage Books, 2014 320 pages (Paperback) (Kindle) [… ] Continue Reading

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Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading – Ed Trefzger

Must Reads

Ed Trefzger

Ed Trefzger

I am hard pressed to name one individual theologian who has benefited me the most, so I put together a list of “must read” books and their authors, some with comments. Many are not what we would call New Covenant Theology, but I would commend them above many which are. I’ve split it into essentials, additional reference, and some secondary works. I’m sure I’ve forgotten some and I’m sure you have more.

ESSENTIALS:

1) Abraham’s Four Seeds — John Reisinger

The magnum opus.

2) The Law of Christ — Charles Leiter

He gets it right. The writing is sweet, biblical, and concise.

3) The End of the Law — Jason C. Meyer

Explains Paul brilliantly.

4) God’s Indwelling Presence — James Hamilton

How the ministry of the Holy Spirit is unique to the NC.

5) New Covenant Theology — Wells and Zaspel

Foundational. I don’t agree with all (as some BT in recent years has moved things forward), but it lays out the case well.

6) Gospel Centered Hermeneutics — Graeme Goldsworthy

Brilliant in learning Christ as the hermeneutic (helping avoid systematic error)

7) Paul and the Law — Brian S. Rosner

OT as wisdom and prophetic witness; brilliant.

8) Transformed by God — David G. Peterson

9) Possessed by God — David G. Peterson

Sanctification and living in these two volumes.

10) New Covenant Morality in Paul — T. J. Deidun

He gets the exegesis right; need to sift out the RC stuff.

11) All Things New — Carl B. Hoch, Jr.

12) Christian Personal Ethics — Carl F. H. Henry

13) Studies in the Sermon on the Mount — D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Brilliant and beautiful

14) Forgotten God — Francis Chan

Title says it; too many within NCT are afraid of the Holy Spirit and it shows.

15) The Work of the Holy Spirit — Abraham Kuyper

A classic.

16) Desiring God — John Piper

Ditto.

17) Showing the Spirit: A Theological Exposition of 1 Corinthians, 12-14 — D. A. Carson

Carson explains this the best of anyone; a good guard against diminishing our view of the Holy Spirit

18) Counsel from the Cross — Fitzpatrick and Johnson

Counseling based on the Gospel and from a fairly NCT direction

19) 40 Questions for Christians About Biblical Law — Thomas Schreiner

20) Theological Foundations for New Covenant Ethics — A. Blake White

Moving things forward. A great, short read.

ADDITIONAL REFERENCES:

1) Kingdom Through Covenant — Gentry and Wellum

Heavy lifting, but excellent. The biblical theology that NCT has needed. Perhaps “Progressive Covenantalism” will supplant the tarnished “NCT”.

2) New Testament Theology — Thomas Schreiner

3) The Meaning of the Pentateuch — John Sailhamer

“Not books of the law, but books about the law.” Abraham’s faith, not the Mosaic law, is the essential story.

4) Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament — Carson and Beale

How the OT is used in the new; especially helpful when we miss the allusions. Worth every penny.

5) The Temple and the Church’s Mission — Gregory Beale

Some CT that I disagree with, but huge in seeing typology, especially on Ezekiel 40-48.

6) Perspectives Old and New on Paul — Stephen Westerholm

Before Rosner, this was the best.

7) New Testament Theology — Frank Thielman

8) An Introduction to the New Testament — Carson and Moo

9) Galatians Commentary — Schreiner

10) Romans Commentary — Moo

11) Jesus as Torah in John 1-12 — Dan Lioy

Foundational to understanding Word made flesh in light of OT

12) The Book of Isaiah (3 Volumes) — Edward C. Young

Isaiah 42:6 and 49:8: Christ is the covenant

13) Christ-Centered Biblical Theology — Goldsworthy

Defending the rationale of Gospel Centred Hermeneutics

14) According to Plan — Goldsworthy

An introductory biblical theology; maybe a good place to start before other BTs

15) Exegetical Fallacies — D. A. Carson

Read it and weep.

16) The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God — Carson

Free download. Tackles a tough topic, but not an easy read in parts.

17) God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment — Hamilton

A good, mostly NCT-oriented BT

SECONDARY READING:

1) In Defense of Jesus the New Lawgiver — Reisinger

A little too much polemic, and a little too defensive, but a good read.

2) Tablets of Stone — Reisinger

Later Reisinger refines the message, but still worthwhile

3) Goldsworthy Trilogy — Goldsworthy

Especially The Gospel in Revelation

4) Christ of the Covenants — O. Palmer Robertson

Seeing Christ in all of Scripture.

5) The Unfolding Mystery — Edmund P. Clowney

A presbyterian perspective of Christ in all of Scripture, but very good.

 

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