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All reviews from July 2007

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The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ: An Assessment of the Reformation and New Perspective on Paul
Cornelis P. Venema

Do you understand the new perspective on Paul? This is a common question these days. Perhaps, however, a more important question is, do you understand the old perspective on Paul? Debate abounds today in Protestant circles over the doctrines of…

Moving Out With the Christian Faith: The challenge of Acts for today’s church
Peter Jeffery

Peter Jeffery has produced a challenging book based on the first twelve chapters of the book of Acts. It is not a commentary in the technical sense, but rather a pithy exposition with serious application to the contemporary evangelical scene.…

The Expository Genius of John Calvin
Steve J. Lawson

In a day when many are questioning the viability of preaching as a mode of communicating the gospel, Steven Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, has given us what amounts to a vindication of it as…

Faith in the Furnace: Understanding God’s purposes in the trials of life
Ian Rees

The subtitle of this very helpful book is 'Understanding God's purpose in the trials of life'. It is encouraging, realistic, full of insight, readable, and based thoroughly on Scripture. Each chapter has a Bible passage to read before you start,…

Homosexuality: Christian Truth and Love
Paul E. Brown

This excellent volume is a substantially revised edition of a book first published in 1998 under the title Homosexuality: The Straight Agenda. This new edition begins with an excellent introduction that paints the landscape facing us on this issue in…

The Expansion of Evangelicalism
John Wolffe

This is the second in a series of five volumes tracing the history of evangelicalism from the 1730s to the 1990s. This volume covers the 1790s to the 1840s - the exciting period between the Great Awakening and the beginning…

Ancient Near Eastern Thought and the Old Testament: Introducing the Conceptual World of the Hebrew Bible
John H. Walton

Despite its title, little in this book has any relevance to the study of the Old Testament. Indeed, it gives no answers even to obvious questions. Who, for example, were the 'baals' (in the plural) and why was Jezebel's 'baal'…

The Rise of Paganism: The Re-Emergence of An Old Ideology
Jonathan Skinner

If western Christians are asked what challenges the church faces today, the likely answers are secularism, materialism, atheism, and possibly Islam. Here is a book to wake us up to the rising challenge of paganism! The old lie has received…

The Beauty of Holiness: The book Leviticus simply explained (Welwyn Commentary Series)
Philip Eveson

Many Christians setting out to read through the Bible get stuck in Leviticus. I was once asked by a lecturer just starting to teach in Bible college if I could recommend a way to teach Leviticus. The enquirer wanted to…