WITH THE CLOUDS OF THE HEAVENS: THE BOOK OF DANIEL IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGY, by James M. Hamilton, Jr.

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Having recently preached through the prophecies of Daniel I had occasion to read Hamilton’s excellent NSBT volume more carefully, and I found his approach refreshingly helpful. His goal is to examine Daniel’s place in Scripture’s redemptive-historical storyline and demonstrate both its own contribution and its rich connections to previous and later biblical revelation. Strong links to Deuteronomy and Revelation are especially explored plainly and persuasively, along with connections to the Prophets and elsewhere. His unpacking of prominent themes such as Daniel’s “fourth kingdom,” the “Little Horn,” tribulation, and the future kingdom of God are consistently rooted in solid exegesis and, thus, happily illumine Daniel and related biblical passages.

This side of the parousia no writer on eschatology will find universal agreement with all the details, and I found myself at a few places wishing he had taken a different turn. Still, I found this book a most helpful read, and I am certain all other students of Daniel will also. Highly and enthusiastically recommended.

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JUSTIFICATION: VOLUME 1, by Michael Horton

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance By Mark Baker   About the Author Michael Horton (PhD, University of Coventry and Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) is J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Seminary California.…

CIVIL RIGHTS: RHETORIC OR REALITY?, by Thomas Sowell

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New Testament Backgrounds

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred Zaspel   Someone recently inquired about resources for first-century backgrounds and customs relevant to New Testament studies. I’m not the final authority on the question by any stretch, so if…

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A LITTLE BOOK FOR NEW BIBLE SCHOLARS, by Randolph E. Richards and Joseph R. Dodson

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BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: CULTURAL, SOCIAL, AND HISTORICAL CONTEXTS, by Jonathan S. Greer, John W. Hilber, and John H. Walton, eds.

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LOSING OUR VIRTUE: WHY THE CHURCH MUST RECOVER ITS MORAL VISION, by David F. Wells

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   About the Author David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   Introduction Despite all the technological…

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Interview with Sharon Drickx, author of AM I JUST MY BRAIN?

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   Have you ever thought about thinking? Why do we think? How do we think? Just what is thinking? Is it just so much chemical activity in our brain, so many firing…

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PSALMS, VOLUME 2 (THE NIV APPLICATION COMMENTARY), by W. Dennis Tucker Jr. & Jamie A. Grant

A Book Review from Books at a Glance by Wade W. Weeldreyer.   In 2002, Gerald H. Wilson published Psalms, Volume 1 for the NIV Application Commentary series. He was expected to complete its counterpart; however, his untimely death in…

THE CHARACTER GAP: HOW GOOD ARE WE?, by Christian B. Miller

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Book Notice: J-CURVE: DYING AND RISING WITH JESUS IN EVERYDAY LIFE, by Paul E. Miller

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Do we have the wrong map for the Christian life? The apostle Paul traces out a pattern of dying and rising with Jesus–what Paul Miller calls the “J-Curve”–as the normal Christian life. Life’s inconveniences, disappointments, and trials can leave us confused, cynical, and eventually bitter. But the J-Curve plots the ups and downs of our lives onto the story of Jesus. It grounds our journeys not in some abstract idea but in union with Christ and his work of love. Understanding our life in light of the J-Curve roots our hope, centers our love, and tethers our faith to Christ.

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Paul E. Miller (MDiv, Biblical Seminary) is the executive director of seeJesus as well as the best-selling author of A Praying Life and several other books. With the help of his ministry staff, Miller creates and conducts interactive discipleship seminars throughout the world. He and his wife, Jill, live in the Philadelphia area and have six children as well as a growing number of grandchildren.

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Dan Doriani, Professor of Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary:

This wise and readable book shows how the beloved doctrines of justification and union with Christ shape the thoughts, words, emotions, and actions of believers. I highly recommend this book for everyone who pursues gospel-driven discipleship.

J. D. Greear, President, Southern Baptist Convention; author, Not God Enough; Pastor, The Summit Church, Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina:

Paul Miller’s earlier book on prayer, A Praying Life, had a profound impact on how I understood prayer and reshaped how I taught it. To date I consider it the most important book written in our generation on the subject! I am delighted to see him turn his attention to another misunderstood and forgotten subject―the power of new life that comes from reckoning ourselves dead to sin and alive to God in Christ. Paul has a way of taking profound truths and making them accessible, and in this book you’ll see why―because he lives them. This is not a book of theological posturing, it is simply a guide written by someone who has walked the path and wants to show you how you can also.

John M. Frame, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary:

I enjoyed this book on many levels. The apostle Paul tells us that believers have died and been raised with Jesus. Paul Miller helps us discover what this looks like in everyday life. His teaching rings true and will be helpful to many.

David Powlison, Executive Director, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation:

Paul Miller has carefully observed Jesus. He has carefully observed how the work of grace unfolds in the apostle Paul’s life and in his own life. Take time with this book. You will become a deeper, wiser, truer person. You will become more humble, more joyous, more purposeful. And you will walk more steadily in the light.

Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends:

Take up your cross and follow me.’ What was Jesus asking us to do―or be? How does it play out in everyday life? These questions are intensely practical from the moment I wake up in the morning. And that’s why I love Paul Miller’s new book, J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life. Never have I read a more practical work on how a Christian can flourish through deep affliction. This book will revolutionize the way you look at your sufferings and your relationship to Christ. If you’re craving a life with your Savior that utterly transforms, this book is your best hands-on guide.

Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary:

The footnotes and shrewdness of this book point to an author who has read widely and pondered deeply. The stories and real-life focus of this book reveal an author who has paid a high price―the laceration of his ego―to begin to learn not only the power of Christ’s resurrection but the fellowship of his sufferings. And a healing, fruitful, even joyful fellowship it is! In just three dozen brief and engrossing chapters, Paul Miller helps the reader see what’s missing in many of our Christian lives―namely, they are sub-Christian! This book demonstrates how faith in Christ can more nearly attain its God-intended goal of a 24/7 immersion in Christ and expression of Christ-like love. Integrating the cross with the resurrection in an unusually graphic and encouraging fashion, this book is sure to not only challenge but also change many lives.

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Crossway, 2019 | 327 pages

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THE DOCTRINE OF HUMANITY (CONTOURS OF CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY), by Charles Sherlock

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance   About the Author Charles Sherlock is an Australian theologian who teaches at Ridley College in Melbourne, Australia.   Introduction The Doctrine of Humanity is part of the Contours of Christian…

DISCRIMINATION AND DISPARITIES, by Thomas Sowell

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HUMBLE CALVINISM, by J.A. Medders

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Book Notice: AGAINST GOD AND NATURE: THE DOCTRINE OF SIN (FOUNDATIONS OF EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY), by Thomas H. McCall

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Without a proper understanding of sin, there can never be a proper understanding of the gospel. Sin is opposed both to God’s will and to nature, leaving us in need of God’s grace and redemption. This comprehensive exploration of the doctrine of sin looks at what the Bible teaches about sin’s origin, nature, and consequences, engaging with historical and contemporary movements. Dealing with difficult issues such as original sin, angelic sin, corporate sin, greater and lesser sins, and more, this book ends with a discussion on divine grace, which is the only hope for the problem of sin.

About the Author

Thomas H. McCall(PhD, Calvin Theological Seminary) is professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and the director of the Carl F. H. Henry Center for Theological Understanding. He is also professorial fellow in analytic and exegetical theology at the University of St. Andrews. He is the author or coauthor of several books, including many on the Trinity.

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C. John Collins, Professor of Old Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary:

Thomas McCall proves himself a knowledgeable, reliable, and congenial guide to the sad subject of human sin. Here you will find a vigorous and invigorating loyalty to, and defense of, the orthodox Christian tradition. McCall’s argument is firmly rooted in the biblical storyline, well conversant with the history of discussion, and philosophically careful. He shows respect to the various branches of Christianity, offering advice on how they can refine and improve their positions on issues where they differ from one another, and he strengthens their confidence in the large swaths of agreement between them. You can tell as well that McCall, the serious scholar, also loves God and his people, and wants us to aspire to holiness.

Marc Cortez, Professor of Theology, Wheaton College Graduate School:

This book is a gift. Dealing with one of the more contentious issues in theology today, McCall offers a discussion that is judicious, clear, and thought-provoking from beginning to end. It comprehensively surveys the biblical material and historical discussions, deals fairly with a broad range of theological perspectives, and constructively addresses the most difficult questions raised by this much-maligned doctrine. And yet somehow it does all of this while remaining thoroughly readable throughout. I have long hoped to find a comprehensive and up-to-date survey of the doctrine of sin and its significance for theology today, and I think this is it.

David S. Dockery, President, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

In Against God and Nature, Thomas McCall invites us to join him as he thoughtfully guides us through a thorough, careful, and insightful exploration of the doctrine of sin from biblical, historical, philosophical, theological, pastoral, and practical perspectives. Wide-ranging in his interaction with the biblical text and with other thinkers through the centuries, this first-rate theologian wrestles with the personal, societal, private, and public aspects of this oft-neglected area of theology. Offering careful exegesis of the central biblical texts on this subject, our author serves as a judicious and astute guide through the issues of original sin, guilt, corruption, and the multiple dimensions of sin. In doing so, he avoids the trap of popular psychobabble while, with pastoral sensitivity, leading readers to a deeper and more thoroughly biblical understanding of the awfulness of sin, idolatry, transgression, and depravity. He helps us all to gain a more theologically informed grasp of the important issues of humanity and our desperate need for rescue, redemption, forgiveness, and salvation. Against God and Nature is an extremely valuable work that I am delighted to recommend.

Thomas A. Noble, Professor of Theology, Nazarene Theological Seminary; Senior Research Fellow, Nazarene Theological College, Manchester, United Kingdom:

No area of Christian theology is more obscure, complex, confused, and convoluted than the doctrine of sin. It is therefore splendid to have such a clear, thorough, erudite, and comprehensive examination of the doctrine by Thomas McCall. Beginning with Scripture, McCall takes into account the varying approaches within the great central tradition of the church, not only on sin as action but also the knotty problems of original sin and fallenness, and helps us to wrestle with the issues in the light of the gospel. This is a tour de force.

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Weekly Recap, June 22

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ETHICS AND MORAL REASONING: A STUDENT’S GUIDE, by C. Ben Mitchell

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance   By Greg Cochran   Table of Contents Chapter One: The Challenges of a Relativist World Chapter Two: The History of Moral Reasoning, Part 1 Chapter Three: The History of Moral…

CONQUESTS AND CULTURES: AN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY, by Thomas Sowell

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Editor’s Note: With this “Bonus” Book Summary we continue our series on culture-related issues that are of interest.   About the Author Thomas Sowell has taught economics…

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Interview with Claire Smith, author of GOD’S GOOD DESIGN: WHAT THE BIBLE REALLY SAYS ABOUT MEN AND WOMEN

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   It is an especially sensitive subject in our culture, but Christians still must come to grips with the biblical teaching regarding the roles of men and women in the church and…

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CREATION CARE: A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF THE NATURAL WORLD, by Douglas J. Moo and Jonathan A. Moo

A Book Review from Books At a Glance   Anyone familiar with New Testament studies will recognize the contribution that Doug Moo has made to evangelical scholarship. Not everyone, however, is equally aware that Doug’s son Jonathan is also a…

HERMENEUTICS AS APPRENTICESHIP: HOW THE BIBLE SHAPES OUR INTERPRETIVE HABITS AND PRACTICES, by David I. Starling

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Jonathan Atkinson   In Hermeneutics as Apprenticeship, David Starling argues that the interpretive methods of the Christian ought to be shaped fundamentally by the interpretive practices of the biblical authors themselves.…

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Book Notice: SAINT PETER’S PRINCIPLES: LEADERSHIP FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY KNOW THEIR INCOMPETENCE, by Peter A. Lillback

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Book Notice: SAINT PETER’S PRINCIPLES: LEADERSHIP FOR THOSE WHO ALREADY KNOW THEIR INCOMPETENCE, by Peter A. Lillback

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In The Peter Principle, Dr. Laurence J. Peter argued that competent employees are promoted until they reach positions where they are incompetent. Any wise leader, then, can learn from Saint Peter, a man who knew his own incompetence, trusted in Christ, and met his deficiencies through the insights of God’s Word.

In this comprehensive handbook, Peter Lillback, president of Westminster Theological Seminary, uses the apostle Peter’s life and writings to guide men and women through the details and daily challenges of leadership in any arena. Readers will think through their relationships, productivity, management style, communication, decision-making, conflict resolution, integrity, and more. Practical spiritual exercises help to put the lessons of each short chapter into action.

All thoughtful leaders can admit experiences of ongoing incompetence—dilemmas & decisions that make them question how they became leaders in the 1st place.
When we look at St. Peter, however, we see a great leader who engaged with his weaknesses and knew his shortcomings. By following his example, we become better leaders in any arena.

Lillback’s profound treatment of more than 100 principles drawn from St. Peter helps you to think through your:

  • management style
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Practical spiritual exercises put the lessons of each short chapter into action—bringing joy to our hearts, guidance to our lives, and help to our service.

About the Author

Peter A. Lillback is president and professor of historical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. He has served in pastoral ministry for over thirty years as well as authored books and numerous articles in the fields of the Reformation and the post-Reformation era.

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Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Bainbridge, Ohio

This is a rich, wonderfully instructive and helpful compendium of wisdom on all aspects of leadership.

D. A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School:

I have never read a book on leadership quite like this one. . . . A treasure-house of wisdom to be digested slowly.

Wayne Grudem, Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary:

This is a remarkable book, filled with practical, biblical wisdom. . . . Highly recommended.

Rosemary Jensen, Founder and President, Rafiki Foundation:

Dr. Lillback’s knowledge of Scripture . . . is nothing but amazing.

Herman J. Selderhuis, President, Theological University, Apeldoorn:

This is the book that I have long been looking for! Dr. Lillback presents us with a clear, biblical view of leadership and combines this with a multitude of wonderfully practical advice and insights.

Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention:

Many Christians in leadership are paralyzed from time to time by ‘impostor syndrome,’ the feeling that they are, unbeknownst to those around them, really incompetent. In this book, Peter Lillback shows us that the true ‘impostors’ are the ones who think they are, in fact, competent for the task before them. Lillback is known for his mentorship and equipping of the next generation. This book will enable you to participate in such wise guidance.

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Book Notice: MY SUNFLOWER GIRL, by Dyfan Williams

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Here is a father’s compelling narrative describing the unexpected death of his ten-year-old daughter Megan. The book is well written, factual and honest. Readers may soon find tears in their eyes as they read of the overwhelming grief and pain felt by parents and family in losing their precious daughter. Probing questions are asked in a prayerful and struggling submission to the sovereign providence of God yet in the context of the glory awaiting believers like Megan who trust in Christ.

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Sinclair B Ferguson:

To read My Sunflower Girl is to overhear the soliloquy of Dyfan Williams, husband, father, and pastor, as he walks through the dark valley where shadows fall around him from the death of his beloved daughter Megan. As in King David’s great psalm there is a confession of deep faith (‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want’). But at times these pages also become conversations between a bruised but trusting soul and the Lord whose presence holds him fast in the dark (‘you are with me, your rod and staff they comfort me’). Personal loss is profoundly individual. Yet here, in the poetic soul of Dyfan Williams, you will find an honesty combined with faith, an understanding nourished by experience, and a compassionate and gentle pastoral wisdom. My Sunflower Girl is a profoundly moving testimony to God’s presence with his people in their darkest hours.

Elinor Magowan:

To lose your daughter at the age of ten would leave one reeling with grief and crying out in anguish to God. The loss of Megan and the impact on Dyfan, his wife Caroline and their children Lloyd and Siân is deep, distressing and lasting but you will see God’s presence and faithfulness evident through the darkest of days. … To have such a book written by a father provides an important perspective. Dyfan’s thoughtful reflections on Scripture and sensitive use of poetry ensure the pain of death and the parting that results are not minimised and yet he shows how strength, comfort and help were provided. … I would encourage you to read this book and be helped. You will not forget Megan, her loss and the Williams family, but it will also strengthen your hold on the one who is always with us; never leaves us or forsakes us and never lets us go. As your feet remain here on earth the eyes of your heart will be lifted towards heaven.

About the Author

Dyfan Williams is currently pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leftwich, Cheshire. He married Caroline in 1991 and they have three children: Megan (1993-2003), Lloyd (1995) and Sian (1998).

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My Sunflower Girl

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Book Notice: THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS, by Jeffery Smith

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The plain truth about life after death

Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Honestly, which would you rather be, a Christian beggar or a non- Christian billionaire? How you answer shows a lot about what you really believe. Jeff Smith opens up one of Christ’s most revealing teachings about life after death, and not only shows us the right answer, but gives us reasons to embrace it (and Christ) with all our hearts.

Jeremy Walker, pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley:

We are told that Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” He wanted a pressing sense of heaven and hell—an ‘eschatological edge’ to his thinking, feeling, willing, preaching, and living. Jeff Smith’s excellent little book will bring heaven and hell before your soul and stamp eternity on your eyeballs. With profound compassion, scriptural insight, and unflinching honesty, the author speaks directly to the reader through these pages to convince, rebuke, and exhort. In an age that too often assumes heaven and denies hell, this book provides a powerful and heartfelt corrective.

Paul David Washer, Heartcry:

We should avail ourselves of any book, sermon, or conversation that sets the realities of eternity before us and pleads with us to respond. This brief work does just that. The book is not only doctrinal, but also pastoral and evangelistic. Although the author writes much of hell, it is clearly a means to an end—he longs for his hearers to flee from the wrath to come and embrace Christ by faith. Although this book sets forth the doctrine of hell clearly and emphatically, it is primarily a book about the gospel and the sufficiency of the Scriptures! It will convict and motivate pastors to think and preach on eternity. It will encourage believers to live their lives in the light of Christ’s work and the world’s need. It will warn the unconverted about the dangers of hell and instruct them in the free offer of grace. Finally, this book will be a most beneficial read for those brought up in a Christian home who demonstrate little reality of Christ.

Pastor Rob Ventura, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, RI, co-author of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual:

Jeffery Smith is a gifted preacher and writer. In his new work, The Rich Man and Lazarus, he faithfully opens up a well-known text of Scripture and makes us to feel the realities of it in a practical and pastoral way. Here is a book to give to your unsaved friends. It is also one to read yourself. For in it, you will be edified and motivated to reach out to the lost around you. This compact volume will sit next to my all-time favorite book, An Alarm to the Unconverted, and will continually remind me to “do the work of an evangelist.” I highly recommend it.

About the Author

Jeffery Smith has been a full time pastor since 1990, including planting a church in upstate South Carolina in 1994, where he served as a pastor for over 15 years. In 2009 he accepted a call to serve as a pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coconut Creek, Fl., where he still serves. In addition to his regular pastoral responsibilities, Jeff speaks occasionally at various conferences and serves on the governing board and faculty of Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has been involved in ministerial and theological training in the U.S., Dominican Republic, the Far East, and Colombia.

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The Rich Man and Lazarus

EP Books, 2019 | 112 pages

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Weekly Recap, June 8

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MELTDOWN: MAKING SENSE OF A CULTURE IN CRISIS, by Marcus Honeysett

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author Marcus Honeysett worked with university ministries in the UK. He studied English, Theatre, and Postmodern culture and theory.   Introduction This book examines five…

SIDE BY SIDE: WALKING WITH OTHERS IN LOVE AND WISDOM, by Edward T. Welch

A “Bonus” Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Clay Werner   God uses ordinary lives, ordinary conversations, and extraordinary love to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. Extraordinary love that helps others first recognizes its…

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Interview with Joel Beeke, co-author of REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, VOLUME 1: REVELATION AND GOD

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CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE AND THE OLD TESTAMENT: THEOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF EXEGESIS, by Gary A. Anderson

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By David Luy   Christian Doctrine and the Old Testament by Gary Anderson presents a fascinating collection of essays exploring the relationship between biblical exegesis and Christian doctrine. Gary A. Anderson (PhD, Harvard…

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Book Notice: THE VOCABULARY GUIDE TO BIBLICAL HEBREW AND ARAMAIC: SECOND EDITION, by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt is intended to accompany Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar. For the beginning student it is…

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The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt is intended to accompany Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar. For the beginning student it is an essential resource companion to aid in vocabulary memorization and acquisition. Updates in this second edition include the addition of a complete Aramaic word list and refinement of definitions.

Features include:

  • Hebrew words occurring ten times or more in the Old Testament arranged by frequency
  • Hebrew words arranged by common root
  • All Aramaic words occurring in the Old Testament arranged by frequency
  • Helpful appendices including lists of Hebrew homonyms, nominals, and verbs.

About the Authors

Gary D. Pratico (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew language at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for more than thirty years and is coauthor with Miles V. Van Pelt of Basics of Basics of Biblical Hebrew (grammar and workbook) and The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew.

Miles Van Pelt (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also serves as the Director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages and Academic Dean. Miles has been studying and teaching biblical languages for over 20 years and he currently lives in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife Laurie and their four children.

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Weekly Recap, June 1

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THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, by Paul Helm

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author Paul Helm is a teaching fellow at Regent College, and the author of numerous works of philosophical theology.   Introduction This contribution to the…

ECONOMIC FACTS AND FALLACIES, by Thomas Sowell

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Editor’s Note: With this “Bonus” Book Summary we continue our series on culture-related issues.   About the Author Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges…

“WAS PAUL A COVENANTAL NOMIST?” in JUSTIFICATION AND VARIEGATED NOMISM: VOLUME 2–THE PARADOXES OF PAUL by Peter O’Brien

A “Bonus” Chapter Summary from Books At a Glance By Nathan Sundt   About the Author Peter O’Brien is Senior Research Fellow in New Testament, Moore Theological College.   Overview Peter O’Brien begins his chapter by rehearsing conceptually Sanders’s Covenantal…

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50 WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY, by Earl Blackburn

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Bennett W. Rogers   Occasionally I am asked to recommend a popular introductory survey of church history by an interested church member or student, but as fans of the discipline know,…

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Book Notice: FEARING OTHERS: PUTTING GOD FIRST (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by Zach Schlegel

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Fishing for compliments, overcommitting (or never committing), keeping people at a distance . . . when we fear other people more than we fear God, we become anxious slaves to…

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