Weekly Recap, November 16

Book Summary: GOD AND THE TRANSGENDER DEBATE: WHAT DOES THE BIBLE ACTUALLY SAY ABOUT GENDER AND IDENTITY?, by Andrew T. Walker A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya   About the Author Andrew T. Walker (Ph.D., Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is Director of Policy Studies for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern… Book Review: Andrew Ballitch’s Review of LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS: HOW THE REFORMERS REGAINED, RETOLD, AND RELIED ON THE GOSPEL OF GRACE, by Lee Gatiss A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Andrew Ballitch   Summary and Review Lee Gatiss offers snapshots of five of the most well-known and influential Protestant reformers of the sixteenth century: Ulrich Zwingli, William Tyndale, Martin Luther, John… Jonathan Ahlgren’s Review of INVITATION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW SYNTAX: AN INTERMEDIATE GRAMMAR, by Russell Fuller and Kyoungwon Choi A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Jonathan Ahlgren   For students desiring to internalize Biblical Hebrew so they can read the Biblical text with a natural proficiency, Invitation to Biblical Hebrew Syntax: An Intermediate Grammar by Russell… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’s Review of JESUS AND THE LION’S DEN, by Alison Mitchell A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   I was an immediate fan of this book from the moment I saw the title. So often we present Old Testament Bible stories as moral tales that instruct… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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Book Sale at WTS Books: A Must-Read Systematic Theology by Robert Letham

Book Sale at WTS Books This comprehensive systematic theology by a respected theologian covers the whole field of Reformed Christian doctrine from biblical, historical, and theological angles. It seeks to provide a clear and concise articulation of the Reformed faith rooted in the historic creeds while addressing current issues such as feminism, charismatic gifts, sexual ethics, environmentalism, other religions, the nature of truth, and civil liberties. Intended to be used as a textbook, this single-volume systematic theology is well-suited for our world today, interacting not only with the biblical text but also with the history of Christian doctrine, current cultural challenges to the Bible’s teaching, and the daily experiences of regular Christians. About the Author: Robert Letham (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic and historical theology at Union School of Theology. A Presbyterian minister with twenty-five years of pastoral experience, he is the author of books such as The Work of Christ; The Holy Trinity; and Union with Christ, and a range of articles published in encyclopedias and journals. Endorsements: “In this impressive systematic theology, Robert Letham sets before us the ripe fruit of a long career of devoted scholarship. He does so with clarity, confidence, and thoughtful judgment. The result is an elixir drawn from Scripture into which he has carefully stirred ingredients from Patristic orthodoxy, medieval theology, and Reformation and post-Reformation confessionalism. These are judiciously mixed by a theologian conscious that he is writing for the twenty-first century. Systematic Theology is Letham’s personal bequest to the church of Jesus Christ. A magnum opus indeed―which students, ministers, and scholars will find to be a real stimulation to their theological taste buds!”―Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries “This is a first-class volume, impressively erudite, yet eminently readable. Scrupulously biblical, but at the same time recognizing the value of… Read More

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Book Sale at WTS Books: The Mysterious Irony of the Gospel

Book Sale at WTS Books The Bible is full of ironic situations in which God overturns the world’s wisdom by doing the opposite of what is expected. In this new volume from respected New Testament scholar G. K. Beale, readers will see how God’s pattern of divine irony is exhibited in both judgment and salvation, finding its greatest expression in Jesus’s triumph over death through death on a cross. God has designed redemptive history to unfold in a way that challenges human wisdom in order to put his own wisdom and glory on display, using what is seemingly weak and foolish to show his power in the lives of his people today. About the Author: G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. In recent years he has served as president and member of the executive committee of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books and articles on biblical studies. Endorsements: “The apostle Paul said that the gospel was foolishness to the Greeks and a stumbling block to the Jews. The gospel is just as scandalous and surprising today―or to use Greg Beale’s term, ironic. To encounter that irony is to stumble into strong evidence of the gospel’s divinity. Beale does a masterful job of directing us to a powerful internal testimony the Scripture gives of its truthfulness. Furthermore, Redemptive Reversals is overflowing with anecdotal illustrations, pastoral cautions, cultural connections, and practical applications. It’s a refreshing, unique, and important book all serious Bible students should have in their library.”―J. D. Greear, President, Southern Baptist Convention; author, Not God Enough; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina “Greg Beale is one of the most perceptive and fascinating New Testament scholars of our day. He reads texts in their historical context, but he also illustrates… Read More

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Book Sale at WTS Books: One of the Best Marriage Books Turned Devotional

Book Sale at WTS Books From pastor and New York Times bestselling author Timothy Keller comes a gorgeously packaged daily devotional that takes us on year-long journey into discovering the meaning of marriage Marriage is the most profound human relationship there is. Coming to know and love your spouse is one of the most rewarding and wondrous things we can experience in life. But it is also one of the most difficult and painful. In this 365-day devotional, Timothy Keller and his wife of forty-three years Kathy Keller share powerful instructions on how to have a successful marriage. The Kellers draw from and expand upon lessons they first introduced in their book The Meaning of Marriage, offering stories, daily scriptures, and prayer prompts that will inspire anyone who wants to know God and love more deeply in this life. Think of this book as a tree supplied by three deep roots. The first is my thirty-seven-year marriage to my wife, Kathy.1 She helped me write this book, and she herself wrote chapter 6, Embracing the Other. In chapter 1, I caution readers about the way contemporary culture defines “soul mate” as “a perfectly compatible match.” Nevertheless, when we first began to spend time with each other, we each realized that the other was a rare fit for our hearts. I first met Kathy through her sister, Susan, who was a student with me at Bucknell University. Susan often spoke to Kathy about me and to me about Kathy. As a young girl, Kathy had been led toward the Christian faith by C. S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia.2 She urged Susan to recommend them to me. I read and was moved by the books and by other Lewis volumes that I subsequently studied. In 1972, we both enrolled at the same school, Gordon-Conwell Theological… Read More

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Weekly Recap, November 9, 2019

Book Summary: THE CROSS IN THE NEW TESTAMENT, by Leon Morris A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author Leon Morris was the principal of Ridley College, Melbourne, Australia. He was one of the finest NT scholars of his generation, producing numerous commentaries… Book Review: Ryan McGraw’s Review of REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: VOLUME 1: REVELATION AND GOD, by Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ryan McGraw   Systematic theology is a broad topic of study. Executed well, it should draw from biblical exegesis and biblical theology, in conversation with historical theology, in order to answer… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stile’s Review of JESUS: THE BEST STORY, by Catherine MacKenzie A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   What comes to mind when you hear the term “board book”? Most likely it conjures images of colorful pictures that are accompanied by short, simple sentences that attempt… Our Blog: Book Notice: WE ARE ALL PHILOSOPHERS: A CHRISTIAN INTRODUCTION TO SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, by John M. Frame A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   Everyone is a philosopher, and how we live reveals what we most deeply believe. If you and God were asked the same question, would you both respond in the same… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Give the Gift of the Gospel This Christmas

Book Sale at WTS Books Nothing beats the feeling of giving, or receiving, the perfect gift. The most meaningful gifts we receive make us feel known, loved and valued. And when we give a gift like that, it’s like we’re putting ourselves in our present. And at Christmas, that’s exactly what God did. This light-hearted and lively book explores how our gift-giving traditions show us a glimpse of a giving God. Evangelist Glen Scrivener helps readers to celebrate the gift of life in a world brimming with beauty, before taking us to John 3:16 to unwrap the Christmas gift that can give us what we’ve always wanted, and what we really need. [embedded content] About the Author: Glen Scrivener directs the evangelistic charity Speak Life. He is an ordained Anglican who writes, speaks, and makes media to equip the church and reach beyond it. He is married to Emma and is the author of 7 books, including 321, Long Story Short and The Gift. Endorsements: “In this crisp, clear and brightly written introduction to Christianity, Glen shows how we are made to receive gifts and why that turns out to be wonderful news when we encounter the Giver.” “Glen Scrivener has written a fascinating and compelling guide to the Gift behind our Christmas gifts. It was refreshing for me as a long-time Christian but will also be one of the first things I give to someone who might want to think about this for the very first time.” “Whatever your current beliefs, don’t miss this book! It could be just the coffee shot you need to rethink reality.” “The gospel is wrapped up in Glen’s humble and winsome words. He shows us how our give-and-take Christmas traditions can point us to the gracious Giver. This is worth sharing with family and… Read More

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Don’t forget the 2nd Advent

Book Sale at WTS Books In this Advent journey through Luke 1–2, Christopher Ash brings these familiar passages to life with fresh insight, color and depth. As you soak up the Scriptures, you’ll experience the joy of Christmas through the eyes of those who witnessed it first hand, from Mary and Elizabeth to the Shepherds and Simeon. Celebrate afresh the arrival of the long-awaited Messiah in history, and learn what it means to wait for him with joyful expectation today. Each day’s reading includes a short reflection, a prayer, a carol, and space to journal, helping you to treasure the Lord Jesus in your heart in the hectic run-up to Christmas. About the Author: Christopher Ash has been a pastor and then Director of the Cornhill Training Course. He is now an author and writer-in-residence at Tyndale House, Cambridge. Endorsements: Sam Allberry, Speaker, Ravi Zacharias International Ministries “Christopher Ash shows us the refreshing, startling realities that lie behind our Christmas festivities. Whether you’re familiar with the story of the birth of Jesus or yet to be convinced it has any real relevance to life today, this will make you sit up, think again, and give thanks for these events that happened so long ago. I’m going to enjoy using it.” Kathleen Nielson, Author; Speake “These devotionals are digestible: they will go down easily in the busy days of Advent. They are profound: they will go down deep. Most wonderfully, they are word-filled: they will feed us with the truth and beauty of the Scriptures, and of the Savior whose advent we celebrate.” David Mathis, Executive Editor, desiringGod.org “Christopher Ash is a proven scholar with pastoral sensibilities. His Advent meditations will give substance to the season for you and your kin. As the world turns its attention to Christmas, even as… Read More

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Book Notice: WE ARE ALL PHILOSOPHERS: A CHRISTIAN INTRODUCTION TO SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS, by John M. Frame

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Everyone is a philosopher, and how we live reveals what we most deeply believe. If you and God were asked the same question, would you both respond in the same way?Are Christians right to believe what we do? In We Are All Philosophers, John M. Frame takes seven major questions of philosophy and compares the Bible’s answers with common philosophical ones: What is everything made of? Do I have free will? Can I know the world? Does God exist? How shall I live? What are my rights? How can I be saved? We Are All Philosophers carries all the marks of John Frame’s books: he appeals to Scripture frequently and carefully. He writes elegantly and simply, a byproduct of having mastered the complicated philosophical topics he surveys. About the Author: Dr. John M. Frame is the retired J. D. Trimble Chair of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and is the author of many books, including Salvation Belongs to the Lord, A History of Western Philosophy and Theology and the four-volume Theology of Lordship series. Endorsements: “By answering seven fundamental questions from a thoroughly biblical worldview grounded in Scripture, John Frame wonderfully helps the average Christian engage philosophical thought according to Christ. In a short, popular, and accessible style, Frame helps Christians engage the questions of life with answers that demonstrate that the fear of the Lord is truly the beginning of wisdom and the foundation of all thought. I highly recommend this book for all Christians who want to know and proclaim the truth of the Gospel in our generation.” ―Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary “I tell my students that everyone does philosophy: the only question is whether you do it well or not!… Read More

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Weekly Recap, November 2

Book Summary: A TREATISE ON THE SPIRIT AND THE LETTER, by St. Augustine A Brief “Bonus” Summary from Books At a Glance By Todd Scacewater   You read the works, Marcellinus, that I recently wrote about the baptism of infants and the perfection of human righteousness. You were concerned that I wrote that… THE DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS PUNISHMENT, by William G. T. Shedd A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Mitch Chase   About the Author William G. T. Shedd was an American theologian in the 1800s. In addition to a stint in pastoral ministry, Shedd was a professor at… Book Review: Eric Tully’s Review of ARAMAIC EZRA AND DANIEL: A HANDBOOK ON THE ARAMAIC TEXT, by John A. Cook A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Eric Tully   It is as important as ever to read and exegete the Old Testament text in its original languages, and we have more tools than ever to assist us.… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’s Review of SOPHIE AND THE HEIDELBERG CAT, by Andrew Wilson A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   This title immediately caught my eye. What an intriguing idea to bring something as important and historic as the Heidelberg Catechism to a new, young audience. In many… Our Blog: Book Notice: REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY: A DAILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL ON LUKE 1-2, by Christopher Ash A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel   This book is a treat to read. As the subtitle indicates, it is intended for daily devotional readings during Advent season. Each chapter takes up a few… Book Notice: ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA: HIS LIFE AND IMPACT, by Peter Barnes A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   From the… Read More

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Where would the Reformation be without books?

More than 500 years ago, 16th-century Reformer John Calvin was born—a theologian whose teachings set the stage for reformation of the church around the world. The modern world is in continual need of his Christ-exalting doctrine and vision of the Christian life. In 20 essays by leading Reformed pastors and scholars, this primer explores Calvin’s life, teaching, and legacy for a new generation. This book is a clarion call to Christians everywhere to take seriously the ongoing need of theological reformation across the globe. PrefaceDerek W. H. Thomas and John W. TweeddaleAbbreviations Part One: The Life and Work of John Calvin  1. The Young CalvinMichael A. G. Haykin  2. The Call to Geneva and the Struggle for OrthodoxyStephen J. Nichols 3. Calvin the PastorDavid B. Calhoun 4. Calvin and the ConsistoryDouglas F. Kelly 5. Calvin and FriendsW. Robert Godfrey 6. The Expository Pulpit of John CalvinSteven J. Lawson 7. The Development of the Institutes from 1536 to 1559Derek W. H. Thomas Part Two: The Teaching of John Calvin 8. The Divinity and Authority of ScriptureK. Scott Oliphint 9. Creation and HumanityJ. V. Fesko 10. The Providence of GodBurk Parsons 11. The Law of GodGuy Prentiss Waters 12. The Person and Work of ChristPaul Wells 13. The Holy SpiritJoel R. Beeke 14. The Christian LifeEdward Donnelly 15. Knowing God through AdversityDerek W. H. Thomas 16. PredestinationPaul Helm 17. The Church as MotherJohn W. Tweeddale 18. The SacramentsKeith A. Mathison 19. God’s Preservation of His SaintsRobert A. Peterson 20. The Last ThingsCornelis P. Venema AfterwordR. C. Sproul Appendix: Reading Calvin and His InterpretersJohn W. TweeddaleContributorsGeneral IndexScripture Index Visit Books at a Glance

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Book Notice: ATHANASIUS OF ALEXANDRIA: HIS LIFE AND IMPACT, by Peter Barnes

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance From the foreword: Until his death in 373, Athanasius was the most formidable opponent of Arianism in the Roman Empire. Ultimately, for him, this fight was not a struggle for ecclesial power or even for the rightness of his theological position. It was a battle for the souls of men and women. Athanasius rightly knew that upon one’s view of Christ hung one’s eternal destiny. As he wrote to the bishops of Egypt in 356: “as therefore the struggle that is now set before us concerns all that we are, either to reject or to keep the faith, let us be zealous and resolve to guard what we have received, bearing in mind the confession that was written down at Nicaea.” And by God’s grace, his victory in that struggle has been of enormous blessing to the church ever since. About the Author: Peter Barnes serves as the minister of Revesby Presbyterian Church, Revesby, New South Wales, Australia and also lectures in Church History at Christ College, Sydney. Endorsements: It takes one to know one. With grace and precision, one of Australia’s ablest defenders of theological orthodoxy here expounds the salvation determining doctrines of one of the Church’s most stalwart champions of revealed truth. As well as informing the mind, Peter Barnes’s account of the times, thought and trials of Athanasius warms the affections and nerves the will. (Stuart Piggin) … an excellent introduction to the life and ministry of one of the greatest champions of truth in the history of the church, Athanasius of Alexandria. Along the way we learn of the Christ whose honour Athanasius sought to uphold above all else. It is a well informed and accessible account which will enable many to become familiar with a Christian disciple… Read More

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Think Pixar but with Gospel Comfort

Book Sale at WTS Books Going to bed and turning out the light can be a hard time for many children. Award-winning author Champ Thornton wrote this beautifully designed and illustrated book to help parents comfort their children with three truths about God. As a mother and her little daughter talk, they remember together that God made the night, he sees in the dark, and he watches over them just like a shepherd protects his sheep. Children and parents will want to start a new nighttime tradition of reading together about why we can say that the night is good. In this important, engaging children’s book, parents can bring comfort and encouragement to their children, reminding them Jesus is near. About the Author: Champ Thornton is the associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. He is host of “In the Word, On the Go,” a ten-minute podcast for families and is the author of several books, including The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children. Endorsements: “All my grandchildren, ages three to eleven, were unanimous. Why Do We Say Good Night? is a five-star good read.”Ed Welch, Author; faculty member at CCEF “Children look to their parents for protection from the things that are hiding in the dark. Champ Thornton’s beautiful book is a reminder that we don’t have to fear the dark because there is a Good Shepherd who promises to be with us, watching over us, through every moment of listening for what goes bump in the night.”Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist… Read More

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Book Notice: REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY: A DAILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL ON LUKE 1-2, by Christopher Ash

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel This book is a treat to read. As the subtitle indicates, it is intended for daily devotional readings during Advent season. Each chapter takes up a few verses of Luke 1-2 providing corresponding well-informed devotional exposition. Each chapter is just a couple of small-size pages, followed by a song, a prayer, and a page for your own journal entries. I have to say – I just loved reading through this little book. Here is the endorsement I gave the publisher: Simply superb. A genuine model of Christian devotional writing – warm, enriching, and exciting application drawn from insightful expository and theological reflection on the biblical text. Each of these brief chapters is an absolute delight to read. Joyful Christmastime reading for Christians of every age and experience. Very highly recommended. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy! Buy the books REPEAT THE SOUNDING JOY: A DAILY ADVENT DEVOTIONAL ON LUKE 1-2, by Christopher Ash The Good Book Company, 2019 | 160 pages Visit Books at a Glance

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Weekly Recap, October 27

Book Summary: A TREATISE ON THE PREDESTINATION OF THE SAINTS, by Saint Augustine A Brief “Bonus” Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Todd Scacewater   Just as Paul had to write about the same topic more than once (Phil 3:1), so I am not bothered by writing again to you, dear… THE COURAGE TO BE PROTESTANT (2ND ED.), by David F. Wells A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya   About the Author David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   Introduction Our culture has… Book Review: Fred Zaspel’s Review of AGAINST GOD AND NATURE: THE DOCTRINE OF SIN (FOUNDATIONS OF EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY), by Thomas H. McCall A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Fred G. Zaspel   It’s not every day that we see a major new book on the doctrine of sin, and as soon as I saw this book coming I was… Darryl Hart’s Review of A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW HISTORIANS: WHY AND HOW TO STUDY HISTORY, by Robert Tracy McKenzie A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Darryl Hart   If the owners of the New York Yankees and Philadelphia Flyers had read Robert Tracy McKenzie’s short book on the study of history they might have let Kate… Our Blog: Book Notices: The Puritans on Spiritual Depression The Puritans on Spiritual Depression: A Brief Bibliography from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   Many years ago I picked up the (then new) book, The Genius of Puritanism, by Peter Lewis. It was a rather early introduction… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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