Biblical Theology, Book Review, New Testament Studies

“Jesus, the Word, According to John the Sectarian” by Robert Gundry – A Book Review

Gundry, Robert H. Jesus the Word according to John the Sectarian: A Paleofundamentalist Manifesto for Contemporary Evangelicalism, especially Its Elites, in North America. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2002. xvii + 137 pp. In Jesus the Word According to John the Sectarian, Gundry argues that North Americans must return to the fundamentalism based on John’s sectarian portrayal… Continue reading “Jesus, the Word, According to John the Sectarian” by Robert Gundry – A Book Review

Book Review, Pastoral Theology

“Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus” by Mark Dever – A Book Review

Dever, Mark. Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016. 122 pp. In Discipling, Dever describes biblical discipling and shows how it is practiced in and through the local church. To be a Christian means being a disciple of Jesus and discipling others, which means doing deliberate spiritual good to help others… Continue reading “Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus” by Mark Dever – A Book Review

Book Review, Hermeneutics

“The Hermeneutical Spiral” by Grant Osborne: A Book Review

In The Hermeneutical Spiral, Osborne argues that biblical interpretation entails a “spiral” from text to context, from original meaning to significance for today’s church (p. 22). As one wrestles with biblical interpretation, he is spiraling nearer and nearer to the text’s intended meaning for contemporary significance. For Osborne, the hermeneutical enterprise has three levels: 1)… Continue reading “The Hermeneutical Spiral” by Grant Osborne: A Book Review

Book Review, Ecclesiology

“The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

In The Church, Dever’s premise is that “wrong ecclesial teaching and practices obscure the gospel while right ecclesial teaching and practices clarify it” (Loc 103). Furthermore, Dever argues that the Bible is sufficient for life and doctrine, including practical ecclesiology through clear commands or reasoning from biblical principles (Loc 191). For example, the practices of… Continue reading “The Church: The Gospel Made Visible” by Mark Dever

Book Review, Hermeneutics

Book Review: “Validity of Interpretation” by E.D. Hirsch

E.D. Hirsch, Jr. Validity in Interpretation. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1967. xiv + 287 pp. E.D. Hirsch is the founder and chairman of the Core Knowledge Foundation and professor emeritus of humanities and education at the University of Virginia. As an American educator and academic literary critic, Hirsch has influenced education both in the… Continue reading Book Review: “Validity of Interpretation” by E.D. Hirsch

Book Review, Systematic Theology

Book Review: “Five Views on Sanctification” edited by Stanley Gundry

The Counterpoints Series’ Five Views on Sanctification examines five perspectives within evangelicalism on sanctification: 1) the Wesleyan perspective represented by Melvin Dieter, 2) the Reformed perspective represented by Anthony Hoekema, 3) the Pentecostal perspective represented by Stanley Horton, 4) the Keswick perspective represented by J. Robertson McQuilkin, and 5) the Augustinian-Dispensational perspective represented by John… Continue reading Book Review: “Five Views on Sanctification” edited by Stanley Gundry

Biblical Theology, Book Review

Book Review: “God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible” by Vaughan Roberts

The Bible, though a diverse collection of writings, is one book. It is not a collection of individual books placed together; it is one book with one story. Vaughan Roberts in God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible attempts to trace that unified storyline of the Bible. Roberts presents the concept of “The Kingdom… Continue reading Book Review: “God’s Big Picture: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible” by Vaughan Roberts