Michael P. Jensen. How to Write a Theology Essay. London: Latimer Trust, 2012. 78 pp.
Each of the twenty chapters (titles in bold below) ends with a bullet-point summary:
1. How not to lose heart before you start
- The topics of theology really matter
- The knowledge of God is not the preserve of the very clever
- Starting to write theology is a challenge that can be fun! Continue Reading…
In 2010, B&H published Whosoever Will: A Biblical-Theological Critique of Five-Point Calvinism (ed. David L. Allen and Steve W. Lemke). It arose from the 2008 “John 3:16 Conference.”
This book is much better:
Here’s the lineup: Continue Reading…
Kevin Bauder. Baptist Distinctives and New Testament Church Order. Schaumburg, IL: Regular Baptist, 2012.
As usual, Kevin is clear, logical, and (usually) compelling.
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Daniel L. Akin, Craig L. Blomberg, Paul Copan, Michael J. Kruger, Michael R. Licona, and Charles L. Quarles. “A Roundtable Discussion with Michael Licona on The Resurrection of Jesus: A New Historiographical Approach.” Southeastern Theological Review 3 (2012): 71–98.
- Michael Licona published this book last year.
- Norman Geisler vocally criticized Licona’s view on inerrancy because Licona proposed interpreting Matt 27:52–53 as an apocalyptic genre rather than as recounting literal historical events.
- Albert Mohler also criticized Licona’s view on inerrancy.
- Licona resigned his two SBC positions (North American Mission Board and Southern Evangelical Seminary).
- CT reported on the controversy.
- Michael Patton defended Licona.
This round-table discussion exemplifies how to directly address controversy in an edifying way.
(The 24-page sample PDF includes half the booklet.)
Why do people do the bad things they do?
- The traditional answer is that people do bad things because they have too high a view of themselves. That is, they are proud and need a lower view of themselves.
- The contemporary answer is that people do bad things because they have too low a view of themselves. That is, they lack self-esteem and need a higher view of themselves.
Keller argues that Paul’s “approach to self-regard” utterly differs from both the traditional and contemporary answers (p. 12). Continue Reading…
Michael J. Kruger. Canon Revisited: Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 368 pp.