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Vern Sheridan Poythress. Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 271 pp.

5 endorsements: Wayne Grudem, John Frame, Jack Collins, Michael Lawrence, Erik Thoennes


  1. triMark Ward recently upgraded the Frame-Poythress website. Nice logo for tri-perspectivalism!
  2. Coming in October: Vern Sheridan Poythress, Inerrancy and the Gospels: A God-Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization (Wheaton: Crossway, 2012).
  3. I attempt to address inerrancy for a general audience and with much less detail and nuance in a book chapter:

Scripture: How the Bible Is a Book Like No Other.” Pages 59–69 in Don’t Call It a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day. Edited by Kevin DeYoung. Wheaton: Crossway, 2011.

The subject of God’s will and decision-making has fascinated me since I was in high school, so I’ve been compiling resources on it. (See the recommended reading at the bottom of the post.) I came close to writing a dissertation on it.

My favorite resource to recommend to lay people is Kevin DeYoung’s book (cf. my review).

I recently read this excellent debate-book on the issue:

Douglas S. Huffman, ed. How Then Should We Choose? Three Views on God’s Will and Decision Making. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2009. 269 pp.

I think that Friesen’s view is the best of the three. Continue Reading…

  1. Louis Markos. Literature: A Student’s Guide Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 143 pp.
  2. Leland Ryken. Realms of Gold: The Classics in Christian Perspective 1991. Repr., Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2003. 230 pp.

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  1. Jeffry C. Davis and Philip Graham Ryken, eds. Liberal Arts for the Christian Life Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 318 pp. 13-page sample PDF.
  2. Gene C. Fant Jr. The Liberal Arts: A Student’s Guide Reclaiming the Christian Intellectual Tradition. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 121 pp. 23-page sample PDF.

My favorite essay in the Davis-Ryken volume is chapter 9: Alan Jacobs, “How to Read a Book” (pp. 123–31). Jacobs unpacks this famous sentence by Francis Bacon: Continue Reading…

typologyThis book just came out:

Andrew David Naselli. From Typology to Doxology: Paul’s Use of Isaiah and Job in Romans 11:34–35. Eugene, OR: Pickwick, 2012. 201 pp.

It’s available in print (unlike the last one) and will soon be for Kindle.

From the Back Cover

At the end of Romans 11, Paul quotes both Isaiah and Job. As with other New Testament uses of Old Testament texts, this raises several questions. What is the context of these Old Testament passages? How are they used in other Jewish literature? What is Paul’s hermeneutical warrant for using them in Romans 11? What theological use does Paul make of them? How, if at all, does their use in Romans 11 contribute to the broader discussion on the use of the Old Testament in the New? In addressing these questions, this book reveals a remarkable typological connection that climaxes in the doxology of Romans 11:33–36, exalting God’s incomprehensibility, wisdom, mercy, grace, patience, independence, and sovereignty.

(Endorsements from Don Carson, Tom Schreiner, and Bob Yarbrough are listed here.) Continue Reading…

maduemeThe latest issue of Themelios includes a penetrating review of Peter Enns’s controversial The Evolution of Adam: What the Bible Does and Doesn’t Say about Human Origins.

Hans Madueme. “Some Reflections on Enns and The Evolution of Adam: A Review Essay.” Themelios 37 (2012): 275–86.

Hans and I entered the PhD program at Trinity at the same time, and I enjoyed taking some courses with him. Continue Reading…

The latest issue of Themelios includes a gem for those who care for young children: David Shaw’s “Telling the Story from the Bible? How Story Bibles Work.”

Shaw includes lots of pictures from popular story-Bible books for children to illustrate his points. This is by far the most thoughtful piece I’ve read on this.

Here’s Shaw’s outline:

1. Did God Really Say . . . ? The Relationship  between Story-bible Text and Scripture

1.1. Story Bible and the Story in the Bible

1.1.1. Omission
1.1.2. Addition
1.1.3. Reformulation
1.1.4. Transposition

1.2. Story Bibles and the Story of the Bible Continue Reading…