The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family

witmerIn 2010, P&R published Timothy Witmer’s The Shepherd Leader: Achieving Effective Shepherding in Your Church.

He’s written a corresponding volume for husbands and fathers:

Timothy Z. Witmer. The Shepherd Leader at Home: Knowing, Leading, Protecting, and Providing for Your Family. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012.

Witmer shares practical advice for husbands and fathers using the shepherd-model as the governing metaphor. It’s a good reminder and motivator.

(The galley I read doesn’t include all the indexes, hence the question marks in the TOC below.) [Read more…]

How to Write a Theology Essay

jensenTheology professors may want to assign this new little book as required reading:

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! [Read more…]

Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy

whomeverIn 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:

Matthew Barrett and Thomas J. Nettles, eds. Whomever He Wills: A Surprising Display of Sovereign Mercy Cape Coral, FL: Founders, 2012. 401 pp.

Here’s the lineup: [Read more…]

A Roundtable Discussion with Michael Licona on “The Resurrection of Jesus”

liconaGood article:

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.

Some context:

  1. Michael Licona published this book last year.
  2. 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.
  3. Albert Mohler also criticized Licona’s view on inerrancy.
  4. Licona resigned his two SBC positions (North American Mission Board and Southern Evangelical Seminary).
  5. CT reported on the controversy.
  6. Michael Patton defended Licona.

This round-table discussion exemplifies how to directly address controversy in an edifying way.