Reformation Study Bible (2015 edition, ESV)

Let me begin with the written content in the Reformation Study Bible (2015 edition, ESV).  The essence and flavor that arises out of this study bible are not only reflective of the Reformation era, but it is also clearly Reformed in theology and doctrine.  The study notes (or apparatus on the bottom), the introductions for …

Love Wins: Rob Bell may be an inclusivist but he’s not a universalist

Author: Rob Bell. "Love Wins: a book about heaven, hell, and the fate of every person who ever lived" (HarperOne, 2011). I liked Rob Bell's Nooma series and have used it, but this book has stirred so much controversy that the evangelical and protestant world is still reeling from the aftershocks.  There was a lot …

Homosexuality and the Christian

Homosexuality and the Christian: A Guide for Parents, Pastors, and Friends Author: Dr. Mark Yarhouse Published by: Minneapolis: Bethany House Publishers, 2010. ISBN: 9780764207310 Before I cracked open the book, I came with the preconceived idea that this might be another one of those knee-jerk reactionary books that Christians write against homosexuality; but after reading …

Can small churches be strategically small?

Is your church too big?  Maybe think about downsizing. What?!  Why would you want to get smaller when churches are thinking of ways of how to grow?  Author Brandon J. O’Brien in his new book, The Strategically Small Church (Bloomington, MN: Bethany House, 2010) thinks that small churches have advantages that large churches do not …

HCSB Study Bible by Holman

I wish to thank the precious people at LifeWay for sending me a copy of the HCSB Study Bible to review. Broadman & Holman has entered the study bible market with the new HCSB Study Bible in 2010.  This is a very good study bible.  As a perused through the HCSB Study Bible, I was …

Your Church is Too Small

Your Church is Too Small: Why Unity in Christ’s Mission is Vital to the Future of the Church Author: John H. Armstrong Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2010 ISBN: 9780310321149 First, I wish to thank the good people at Zondervan for sending me this book to review.  This book is likely the challenging book I’ve …

Original Sinners by John R. Coats

Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis Author: John R. Coats Publisher: New York, NY: Free Press, 2009. ISBN: 9781439102091 Are we any different from the biblical characters of Cain, Noah or Jacob? I would say “no.” We’re no different from them. We are all equal offenders just the same. The purpose of this book …

Commentary on James (BECNT) by Dan G. McCartney

James (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) Author: Dan G. McCartney Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2009. ISBN: 9780901026768 I wish to thank the good folks at Baker Academic (Div. of Baker Publishing Group) for sending me this copy to review. Professor Dr. Dan G. McCartney has authored this great new commentary on …

Do we need a simple spirituality?

I've just finished reading Simple Spirituality: Learning to See God in a Broken World (IVP, 2008), written by Christopher L. Heuertz.  I heard Heuertz speak last month at the MissionsFest 2010 Conference in Edmonton, Canada.  After listening to him speak, I was impressed by his spirituality and found myself wanting to learn more from him …

WJK’s New Testament Library: Philippians and Philemon by Charles B. Cousar

Philippians and Philemon: A Commentary.  The New Testament Library. Author: Charles B. Cousar Publisher:  Westminster John Knox Press, Louisville, KY, 2009 ISBN-13: 9780664221225 First, I would like to thank for fine people at Presbyterian Publishing Corp for sending me this commentary to review. When I first saw this commentary, the first thing I noticed was …

Review – Kairos Preaching: Speaking the Gospel to the Situation

Kairos Preaching: Speaking Gospel to the Situation Co-authors: David Schnasa Jacobsen and Robert Allen Kelly Publisher: Augsburg Fortress, 2009 ISBN: 9780800662509 I wish to thank my friends at Augsburg Fortress for sending me a copy of this book to review. The heart of this book are chapters three to seven which speak about preaching gospel …

Christless Christianity by Michael Horton. Has the church been taken captive?

Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church Author: Michael Horton Publisher: Baker Books (272 pages) ISBN-10: 0801013186 ISBN-13: 978-0801013188 I wish to thank the fine people at Baker Books for sending me this review copy. Has mainstream evangelicalism gone Pelagian and taken captive to consumerism, pragmatism, self-sufficiency, individualism, positive thinking, personal prosperity, and …

Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament: Mark by Robert H. Stein

MARK Series: Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament Author: Robert H. Stein Publisher: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2008. ISBN: 0-8010-2682-2 ISBN13: 978-0-8010-2682-9 I would like to thank the fine people at Baker Publishing for sending me a review copy of Mark from the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament.   The author, Professor …

Review: BibleWorks8

I wish to thank the fine people at BibleWorks for sending me this review copy of BibleWorks8. BibleWorks8 is a software for exegesis and research.  It comes in very good use when doing research. I have found myself using this more often to pull up my favorite bible translations when I do exegesis.  I think …

Review of Holy Bible: Mosaic (NLT) by Tyndale

Laura Bartlett from  Tyndale asked me to participate in the 10-week Holy Bible: Mosaic Blog Tour participated by 50 blogs. Be sure to enter the New Epistles Contest here to win a free copy of this brand new bible.  I will be sending out to the winner an authorized certificate for a free copy redeemable …