Helpful Book Reviews – 01-18-13

Dirty God by Johnnie Moore – Jesus came in a time period when Greco-Roman gods were housed in gigantic temples and portrayed with superhuman powers and with superhuman physiques. Gods were believed to be far away from people on their mountains or hemmed up in their sanctuaries.  Jesus arrived in defiance of this prevailing imagery.  Jesus didn’t come flinging lightning bolts from a mountaintop, or playing politics in Rome. He came to live in a typical Middle Eastern village called Nazareth that was home to a couple hundred typical people. He didn’t decide to brandish his power, but to spend most of his time with the powerless and disenfranchised. And when he started a religious movement that reshaped history, he did it in the most profound and anticlimatic way:  He let himself be killed, and then he busted open a tomb. – Johnnie Moore

Christ-Centered Biblical Theology: Hermeneutical Foundations and Principles by Graeme Goldsworthy – The heart of the book is Goldsworthy’s romp through Scripture looking at its structure and storyline. He is convinced that the New Testament provides a model for how to interpret the Old Testament faithfully, but he focuses on the Old Testament’s own use of earlier Old Testament themes and writings. The Old Testament creates the typological categories that the NT authors pick up.  – Bob Hayton

The King in His Beauty by  Dr. Thomas Schreiner – ndividual book commentaries will continue to be a mainstay of the pastor’s library. Yet because such commentaries are exactly that, commentaries on individual books of the Bible, the further step of integrating their distinct melody line into the chorus of redemption history is a difficult one for many to take. A new wave of evangelical, whole Bible commentaries are filling that gap and helping us make the connection between biblical texts and the bigger picture. Honestly, I find this step one of the most rewarding and thrilling aspects of biblical exposition, and I have men like Dr. Thomas Schreiner to thank for it. – Matthew Claridge

Called to the Ministry by Edmund P. Clowney – This is a book I wish I would have read 5-10 years ago.  I would definitely label this book as a must read for anybody who is considering going into full-time  pastoral work / ministry.  Edmund does a great job exploring what it means to truly have a calling.  He also asks the reader to consider some difficult questions that should be asked of anybody aspiring to the ministry. – Shaun Tabatt

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