What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns

BTMy first impression of this book was twofold:

  1. It has no footnotes. No, not even one.
  2. It’s short—about 110 pages not counting the front and back matter.

But don’t be deceived: it’s rich.

James M. Hamilton Jr. What Is Biblical Theology? A Guide to the Bible’s Story, Symbolism, and Patterns. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 38-page sample PDF.

Jim has a reputation for teaching the Bible with no notes, even in graduate-level classes. Some call him a Bible-Jedi. That’s what he seems like in this book. [Read more…]

True Beauty

trueSix years ago my wife recommended three books by Carolyn Mahaney and her daughters.

At the end of this month another one releases:

Carolyn Mahaney and Nicole Whitacre. True Beauty. Wheaton: Crossway, 2014. 125 pp. 22-page PDF sample.

This book is for ladies, but I read it because I love and lead my wife and three little daughters. This is going to become an increasingly big deal as my daughters get older, and I want to shepherd them well. [Read more…]

Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy

inerrancyThis debate-book released at the end of November 2013:

J. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett, eds. Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy. Counterpoints. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2013. 39-page sample PDF.

I love these debate-books because they (usually) layout distinct positions winsomely. And my favorite parts are when the contributors interact with each other after their initial essays. [Read more…]

Church Essentials (DVD) with Mark Dever

essentialsI love Mark Dever’s resources on the church, so I’m not sure why I don’t recall hearing about Church Essentials, which Lifeway published in 2012.

The Leader Kit includes two DVDs, which feature six thoughtful interviews with Mark Dever. Mark is incredibly gifted at speaking off-the-cuff clearly, directly, wisely, and winsomely.

DVD contents:

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Calvinism: Deeply Experiencing God’s Grace

5pointsIn some circles Calvinism unfortunately has a reputation for being sinfully contentious, especially when self-labeled Calvinists are arrogant and when non-Calvinists misunderstand what Calvinism really is.

This 94-page book should help:

John Piper. Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace. Fearn, Scotland: Christian Focus, 2013.

It’s available as a free PDF.

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