Bioethics and the Christian Life – Dying as a Way of Life

Is death an enemy or friend? What is the Christian attitude toward death? How do we best prepare for death? To answer these (and other) questions, Van Drunen helps his readers to consider how to give careful thought to issues such as financial responsibility, wills, and organ donation in light of preparing for death.

Bioethics and the Christian Life – The Christian Confronts Bioethics

The discipline of bioethics is relatively new. New medical technology in the past generation has confronted Christians with issues of life and death never before seen in human history. This Introduction explains that the book considers how Christians are to engage with the matter of bioethics.

To the Ends of the Earth – "For God So Loved the World": John Calvin's Missional Exegesis

In this chapter Haykin reveals John Calvin's approach to Scripture and theology that was clearly pro-missions and pro-evangelism. While Calvin was concerned more directly with purifying the church than initiating a worldwide missions movement, his interpretation of the Bible was consistent with a free proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of the lost.

Liberating Black Theology – Setting the Stage: Defining Terms and Theological Distinctions

This book explores black liberation theology. In the portion of Chapter 1 presented here, the author first identifies what Black Theology is. Next, he explores the relationship between Black Theology and victimology. Victimology is the adoption of victimhood as the core of one’s identity as human being. Bradley then inquires about the major differences between orthodox Christianity and the tradition of Black Liberation Theology.

Disciplines of a Godly Family – Discipline of Establishing a Heritage

The Hughes are convinced that a vital element for building a family is instilling a healthy sense of heritage. By that they mean an appreciation of family roots, both earthly and spiritual. It has become increasingly common in our world for children to have no such sense of continuity or regard for family history. The authors see it as one of the disciplines of a godly family.

Against the Gods – The Birth of the Deliverer

Did the Old Testament make use of the religious ideas of the neighbours of Israel in the ancient Near East? Currid wants to demonstrate that numerous stories from the Old Testament reflect motifs and plots from Israel’s neighbours. In Chapter 6 he considers the possibility that one of these plots about a birth story is borrowed in Exodus 2:1-10.

God's Glory in Salvation through Judgment – Can the Centre Hold?

Hamilton argues that the centre in Biblical Theology is God, who is both merciful and just. The central theme of Scripture, according to Hamilton, is the glory of God in salvation through judgment. In Chapter 1 he first considers whether there is a centre in Scripture that holds everything in Scripture together.

Heaven – Heaven in Paul's Letters

The focus in chapter 4 is Paul’s view of heaven. The author reflects upon the eschatological aspects of heaven, notably the final state of believers. He first notes the Old Testament background to Paul’s understanding of heaven, then the basic structure of Paul's thought, and finally a focus on the believer’s final, future state prior to and after the return of Christ.

The Bible Story Handbook – Why Do We Teach Bible Stories?

This Introduction provides a guide for reading the narrative sections of the Old Testament. It directs readers to the main reasons for telling these stories. Further, it considers the question whether there is a right or wrong way to read and use Bible stories. Finally, it reflects on how to read the narratives within the bigger picture of the Bible.

Delighting in the Law of the Lord – The Source of Law: Humanity or God?

In this chapter the author considers two views on the source of the law. One view is confident that humanity is the only source of law and of the knowledge of good and evil. The other view finds a fountain for the good life for ourselves and society if we turn back to God himself. Law is seen as an expression of the character of God. Questions for personal reflection and group discussion follow at the end of the chapter.

Delighting in the Law of the Lord – The Good Life: Found in Christianity or Postmodernism?

In Chapter 2 Barrs first considers how the past century witnessed a loss of biblical content to people’s views of God, truth, and moral convictions. Two views are considered: a Christian (traditional) view (morality and law are fixed and eternal) and a postmodern view (morality and law are constantly open to change). Questions for personal reflection and group discussion are at the end of the chapter.

Delighting in the Law of the Lord – The Good Life: Do We Need God's Law Today?

Chapter 1 considers issues like the following: What do you think about the law of God? Do you think that you don’t need laws written thousands of years ago to direct your life? The culture in which we live today claims it knows better about how we should live than people from distant times and different cultures. Our scientific knowledge has advanced so much that it is no longer necessary for us to obey a moral code written in a time of comparative ignorance about human life.

Family Worship – As for Me and My House We Will Serve the Lord: Family Worship in the Bible

God is worthy of the daily worship of families. There is no direct, explicit commandment in Scripture about family worship, but the Bible certainly implies that God is to be worshipped in our homes. The author discusses this view with a number of scriptural examples and exhortations.

The Psalter Reclaimed – What Are We Doing Singing the Psalms

In this chapter Wenham first gives a brief overview of the history of the use of the Psalms in congregational worship. He also discusses the specific impact of setting the words of the Psalms to music. Wenham further notes a secondary use of the Psalms, as a resource for private meditation and devotion. He suggests that the book of Psalms is a deliberately organized anthology designed for memorization.

Churches Partnering Together – Catching the Vision: Understanding Kingdom Partnership

The purpose of this book is to show that churches can do more together than they can do apart. What would encourage churches stretched thin by their own ministry needs and financial pressures, to engage in kingdom partnership? Bruno looks at what drove Paul and the Gentile churches to join together for a collection for the Jerusalem church. He notes three motivations that propelled this partnership: fellowship and unity, compassion, and mission.

Understanding the Times – Lifting Up the Son of Man and God's Love for the World: John 3:16 in Its Historical, Literary, and Theological Context

Köstenberger exegetes John 3:16 within its original historical setting, its place within John’s narrative, and its theological context.

Knowing the Bible (Romans) – God's Righteousness in His Wrath Against Sinners (Romans 1:18-3:20)

The Week 3-study provides an exploration of Romans 1:18 to Romans 3:20. The passage’s place in the letter is explained. This is followed by a short commentary on the text and reflection on its implications for the reader’s personal life.

Expositional Preaching – Contextualization

Preaching must be directed at a specific context. Preachers should be able to connect with their congregation and listeners. Helm emphasizes that contextualization in preaching is something different than trying to be “relevant.” This chapter address the problems that emerge when contextualization of the latter sort takes over the preacher when he is preparing his message.

Christian Apologetics Past and Present – Martin Luther

The purpose of this volume is to provide primary sources from important authors with an apologetic concern. Chapter 1 provides an excerpt from Martin Luther, Concerning Christian Liberty (or On Christian Freedom), written in 1520. This work extols one of Luther’s central theological themes: justification by grace through faith. The excerpt is preceded by an introduction to the historical and theological context in which the work of Luther appeared.

The Shepherd Leader at Home – An Introduction to Knowing Your Family

In Chapter 1 the author argues that the health and wholeness of our human relationships find their source in the wholeness of our relationship with God through Jesus Christ. His work enables husbands and fathers to grow in our relationship not only with God, but also with others, especially their wives and family.

The Theology of the Westminster Standards – The Historical and Theological Context

The historical context of the origin of the Westminster Standards is vital to our having a fuller understanding of them. Chapter 2 surveys the historical and theological context that led to the formation of the Westminster Assembly and the creation of the Westminster Standards.

Theologians You Should Know – Only Let Me Reach Jesus Christ: The Apostolic Fathers

Chapter 1 introduces the apostolic fathers. Their writings are the most important for understanding the first generations after the apostles. Chapter 1 introduces a number of authors who wrote from around the end of the first century to the middle of the second.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament – Genesis

Chapter 1 reads Genesis from a biblical-theological perspective demonstrating what it means to read the Bible to ascertain the main themes and theology of each book while also demonstrating that the Old Testament has a covenantal framework, a kingdom perspective, and Christ at its centre. The author notes the literary structure of Genesis and the importance of the covenants, and conducts a literary analysis to determine the leading theme or motif of Genesis.

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old Testament – Introduction

The Bible is not a self-help guide, a religious encyclopaedia, a history textbook, a story, a legal code, a collection of ancient letters, or a religious handbook. Rather, the Bible is the testimony of God’s good news in Jesus Christ. The Introduction explores what it means to read the Bible to ascertain the main themes and theology of each book while also demonstrating that the Old Testament has a covenantal framework, a kingdom perspective, and Christ at its centre.

Kingdom through Covenant – Covenants in Biblical-Theological Systems: Dispensational and Covenant Theology

Both dispensational and covenant theology are ways in which believers “put together” their Bible. These systems serve as interpretive grid to understand the storyline of Scripture. Chapter 2 compares and contrasts dispensationalism and covenant theology to see how they relate different covenants and to better understand both approaches. Different varieties of dispensationalism and covenant theology are discussed.

Kingdom through Covenant – The Importance of Covenants in Biblical and Systematic Theology

The idea of covenant is fundamental to the message of the Bible. The purpose of Chapter 1 is to demonstrate just how central the covenants are. Correctly relating the different covenants is central to doing good theology. The authors deliberately distance themselves from classic Reformed covenantal theology. For them “kingdom through covenant” is the central message of the story of the Bible.

The Scriptures Testify about Me – Studying the Scriptures and Finding Jesus (John 5:31-47)

Chapter 1 is a consideration of the theme of preaching Jesus and the gospel from the Old Testament. The author develops his theme by reflecting on John 5:31-47. In this text the importance of Scripture as a witness to the mission of Jesus Christ is unfolded. John refers also to other witnesses: John the Baptist, Jesus’ own works, and the Father. The author continues with a defence of the Old Testament as part of the Christian canon.

Understanding the Big Picture of the Bible – An Overview of the Bible's Storyline

How is the Bible a unity? The Scriptures makes it clear that God has a unified plan for all of history. God’s ultimate purpose realized in the fullness of time is to unite all things in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). The Old Testament contains God’s promises and covenants. All of these were shadows, prefigurements, and types.

Engaging with the Holy Spirit – What Is Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?

Many Christians wrestle with the question of whether they have blasphemed against the Holy Spirit. It is understood to be the unpardonable sin (see Matthew 12:32; Mark 3:29; Luke 12:10; Hebrews 6:4–5; Hebrews 10:26). The author proceeds to look at what has been said about this sin in past times and also in the present.

Redemption - Introduction

This Introduction is about redemption. It explores the broad spectrum of meanings attached to redemption in the Bible. The author demonstrates how the Bible’s story about God actually answers our life’s questions. The pattern of creation, fall, and redemption is followed in a brief survey of God’s story with man. In a later section on redemption as renewal, the author indicates how God’s story culminates in a new creation.

Overcoming Sin and Temptation – Life in the Midst of Battle: John Owen's Approach to Sin, Temptation, and The Christian Life

This chapter is an introduction to John Owen and his most important works on sanctification. Sanctification meant for Owen that Christians are called to learn the art of battle. To fight the battle of faith Owen wants his readers to understand the nature of sin, the complexity of the human heart, and the goodness and provision of God.

Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God – Foundations for Interpretation

Chapter 1 is part of a volume that has as stated purpose to help people grow in skill in interpreting the Bible. The process of interpretation is illustrated by considering the stages through which an interpreter may travel in studying Scripture. The author places the study of God’s Word in the context of man’s faithful response in loving God.

Collected Writings on Scripture – Approaching the Bible

Chapter 1 articulates a short doctrine of Scripture. The author believes that it is doubtful whether a coherent understanding of the nature of Scripture can be sustained where there is not at the same time a grasp of the message of the Bible. It is important to know the God who stands behind the Bible. In the second part of the essay Carson explores the changing face of hermeneutics, and how to interpret the Bible.

Inerrancy and Worldview – How Can Only One Religion Be Right?

Are all religions at heart the same? Can there be only one true religion? The author reflects upon these questions in Chapter 1. Part of this reflection explains the relevance of people’s assumptions about truth. People’s basic assumptions about the nature of the world fit together to form a worldview.

Do Historical Matters Matter to Faith? – Religious Epistemology, Theological Interpretation of Scripture, and Critical Biblical Scholarship

In Chapter 1 the author first offers his readers a sketch of some important recent work in religious epistemology (theory of knowledge). Next he relates that recent work to some relevant issues in critical biblical scholarship. In the third place the author engages with the work of some representative proponents of critical biblical scholarship.

The Erosion of Inerrancy in Evangelicalism – Introduction

In this Introduction the author gives a small peek into a broader discussion about the authority of Scripture in evangelical circles of biblical and theological scholars. Beale reacts to what he sees as a reassessment of the traditional evangelical view of the Bible’s inspiration formulated especially in the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy (1978).

Ancient Word, Changing Worlds – Sacred Word in the Modern World: The Inspiration of Scripture

The subject reflected upon in this chapter is the inspiration of Scripture. The authors consider Scripture’s unique claim on its readers and its unique authorship and how this is challenged in the modern age. Particular attention is paid to the school of Princeton and in particular the views of B. B. Warfield on verbal inspiration (plenary inspiration).

The Future of Justification – Introduction

In this volume the author confronts the teaching of N. T. Wright on justification by faith. In the Introduction Piper portrays the view of Wright as “difficult to recognize as biblically faithful.” One of the major concerns is that Wright does not see justification as “how you become a Christian.” Piper formulates eight points in Wright’s reading of Paul that lead to a loss of the historic understanding of justification by faith.

Pieced for Our Transgressions – Introduction

What is penal substitution? It is the doctrine that God gave himself in his Son, Jesus Christ, to suffer in man’s place the curse as the penalty for sin. This stands at the heart of the Christian gospel. The Introduction acquaints readers with more recent objections against this confession of God’s grace.

Acting the Miracle – Incentives for Acting the Miracle: Fear, Rewards, and Multiplicity of Biblical Motivations

This chapter wants to correct a too-narrow focus on motivations for sanctification. DeYoung believes that preachers and counsellors are too limited in the tools available to encourage biblical holiness. He feels that commands, gratitude, and duties are unhelpful on their own. Believers are motivated in different ways. He illustrates from Colossians 3 that there is a wide array of motivations for holiness.

Acting the Miracle – Prelude to Acting the Miracle: Putting Sanctification in Its Place

In the first part of Chapter 1, Piper defines sanctification. In the next part he gives it a place in the order of salvation. He explains that sanctification has to do with being and becoming holy and this is nothing less than a sharing in the holiness of God.

Acting the Miracle – The Search for Sanctification's Holy Grail

What is a biblical understanding of sanctification? The author explains that Scripture talks about sanctification in two different ways, definitive sanctification and progressive sanctification. He further warns against cheap slogans that communicate unhelpful and even misleading understandings of sanctification. He continues with a discussion of the centrality of union with Christ in believers’ sanctification.

Salvation Accomplished by the Son – Christ's Incarnation

The subject of this chapter is how God became a man, i.e., the incarnation of the Son of God. Man’s salvation is not possible without it, for it is an essential prerequisite for Jesus’ death and resurrection. Peterson investigates the Old Testament, the Synoptic Gospels, the Gospel of John, and the Epistles, noting their witness to Christ’s birth.

The Glory of Heaven – Heaven Is Real; Hallucinations Are Not

Chapter 2 addresses man’s ill-motivated interest in heaven, angels, and the afterlife. Much of this interest flows from gullible superstition, Gnosticism, occultism, or New Age philosophies. The author examines popular claims to near-death experiences, including Todd Burpo’s claims to being a visitor to heaven.

God Has Spoken – Christianity and Judaism

Christianity and Judaism are different religions. Why is that? After all, Jesus and the apostles were all Jews. What was the nature of the Judaism that prevailed in the 1st century AD? What was the view of God? How was Jesus Christ related to the Jewish God? How should biblical monotheism be interpreted in the light of Jesus’ claim to be the Son of God send from heaven?

The Kingdom of God – Introduction

This introduction indicates the great importance of a good grasp of the kingdom of God—it is indispensable for a proper understanding of Jesus Christ and the redemption he accomplished. A good understanding of the kingdom illuminates many other aspects of theology. The introduction also reflects on divergent views of the kingdom.

Sound Doctrine – Sound Doctrine Is for Reading and Teaching the Bible

This chapter wants to make clear how sound doctrine helps us to read and teach the Bible wisely. Sound doctrine keeps us from inferring things from Scripture that are untrue. The Bible should be read as a single story; understanding the unity of that story is not always so simple. The chapter thus presents general rules for the reading and interpretation of Scripture.

Life's Biggest Questions – What Does It Mean to Know and Love God?

A meaningful relationship with God is dependent on knowing God. Love for and knowledge of God go hand-in-hand. The emphasis of this chapter is that loving God means loving truth. It further explains a theological method and process that have as goal to explain how the Christian faith is relevant to different aspects of the Christian life.

What Is the Mission of the Church – What in the World Does Jesus Send Us into the World to Do?

Chapter 2 wants to answer the question, “What is the church’s mission in the world?” The authors think it best to start with the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19. First, they examine a few other passages that are sometimes understood as offering a fuller mission identity for the church: Genesis 12:1-3, Exodus 19:5–6, Luke 4:16–21.

What Is the Mission of the Church – A Common Word in Need of a Careful Definition

The following words of Stephen Neill are used to introduce chapter 1: “If everything is mission, nothing is mission.” The chapter wants to introduce the concerns of questions like, What is the mission of the church? Is the mission of the church the same as the mission of God? Should we distinguish between the mission of the church and the responsibilities of individual Christians? Is Jesus’ mission continued by the church?

Why We Belong – Toward a Theology of the Unity of the Church

This is a book about the unity of the church of Christ, and chapter 1 is a short theology of the unity of the church. This unity is a demonstration of God’s purpose of cosmic unity (Colossians 1:15-20). The church further displays the unity and uniqueness of God; the unity of the church reflects the glory of God.