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Scot McKnight on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Scot McKnight on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Scot McKnight responds to the review essays by Kevin Williams and Tony Richie that appeared in the Summer 2011 issue of The Pneuma Review regarding his article, “Jesus vs. Paul” that appeared in the December 2010 issue of Christianity Today.   I want to thank The Pneuma Review for its response to the piece I […]

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Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Tony Richie on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Must Re-centralizing Jesus Mean Displacing the Spirit? A Review Essay of Scot McKnight’s “Jesus vs. Paul” In this review essay, Tony Richie responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost […]

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Kevin Williams on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

Kevin Williams on Kingdom of Heaven and Justification

  Kingdom of Heaven, Justification:  Is There a Conflict? Something Missing? In this review essay, Kevin Williams responds to Scot McKnight’s article that introduces a conversation among theologians. Scot McKnight, “Jesus vs. Paul” Christianity Today (December, 2010), pages 24-29. The December 2010 cover encapsulates the discussion: Jesus preached almost exclusively about the kingdom of heaven. […]

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One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions

  Adam Sparks, One of a Kind: The Relationship between Old and New Covenants as the Hermeneutical Key for Christian Theology of Religions (Eugene, Oregon: Pickwick, 2010), 325 pages, ISBN 9781606083451. In this book Reformed theologian Adam Sparks attempts to contribute to the theology of religions conversation by offering a critique of some of the […]

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Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey: Desperately Wicked

Patrick Downey, Desperately Wicked: Philosophy, Christianity and the Human Heart (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2009), 181 pages, ISBN 9780830828944. Desperately Wicked is a philosophical exploration of who we are. As the subtitle suggests, Downey seeks to uncover the magnitude of the wickedness in the human heart. His analysis is sobering, exposing that what is […]

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Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

Walter Brueggemann: Journey to the Common Good

  Walter Brueggemann, Journey to the Common Good (Louisville: Westminster John Knox Press, 2010), 125 pages, ISBN 9780664235161. This excellent little book presents three addresses given by the author. This, together with the narrative theology represented, makes this work eminently readable and engaging. Brueggemann, a pre-eminent Old Testament scholar, is deliberately provocative whilst thoroughly rooted […]

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Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

Walter Kaiser: Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament

  Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., Preaching and Teaching from the Old Testament: A Guide for the Church (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2003), 222 pages, ISBN 9780801026102. How do you preach a lament? A proverb? A law? Walter C. Kaiser, Jr., former president of Gordon Conwell Theological Seminary, answers these questions and more in this book. […]

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James Dunn: The Living Word

James Dunn: The Living Word

   James D.G. Dunn, The Living Word, second edition (Minneapolis, MN: Fortress, 2009), 224 pages, ISBN 9780800663551. James Dunn, professor of Divinity at the University of Durham and noteworthy New Testament scholar, advances the conversation between fundamental and liberal viewpoints on the authority, infallibility, and the inspiration of the Bible. As a second edition, Dunn […]

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Michael Bird: Introducing Paul

Michael Bird: Introducing Paul

  Michael F. Bird, Introducing Paul: The Man, His Mission and His Message (Dowers Grove: IVP Academic, 2008), 192 pages, ISBN 9780830828975. Periodically, Biblical scholars emerge on the Christian scene who can communicate profound truths to the busy pastor in a way that he can understand. One of a new generation of such is the […]

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Judging the Judges: Searching for Value in these Problematic Characters

Judging the Judges: Searching for Value in these Problematic Characters

  The biblical judges are well known for their less than exemplary behavior. In the past, these judges have been appreciated largely as examples of how a charismatic leader should NOT behave. In spite of the judges’ questionable morals, the writer of the book of Hebrews commends four of them (Barak, Gideon, Jephthah, and Samson) […]

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Mark Roberts: Can We Trust the Gospels?

Mark Roberts: Can We Trust the Gospels?

  Mark D. Roberts, Can We Trust the Gospels? Investigating the Reliability of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007), 202 pages., ISBN 9781581348668. There are more books in print on the subject of biblical criticism than anyone cares to read, so why look at another one? Roberts responded to my unasked […]

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Keith Warrington: Healing & Suffering

Keith Warrington: Healing & Suffering

  Keith Warrington, Healing & Suffering: Biblical and Pastoral Reflections (Carlisle, UK/Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster, 2005), 219 pages, ISBN 9781842273418. Keith Warrington, Director of Postgraduate Studies and Senior Lecturer in New Testament at Regents Theological College, Nantwich, has written on healing before, notably in Jesus the Healer: Paradigm or Unique Phenomenon (Carlisle, UK: Paternoster, 2000). Some […]

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Jeffrey Niehaus: Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology

Jeffrey Niehaus: Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology

Jeffrey J. Niehaus, Ancient Near Eastern Themes in Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2008), 203 pages, ISBN 9780825433603. Jeffrey J. Niehaus (PhD, Harvard University) is professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. His previous publications include God at Sinai: Covenant and Theophany in the Bible and Ancient Near East (Zondervan, 1995) as well as […]

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Herbert Bateman: Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews

Herbert Bateman: Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews

  Herbert W. Bateman IV, ed., Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews (Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2007), 480 pages, ISBN 9780825421327. Probably every Christian has read one of the warning passages in Hebrews and wondered whether they have rejected God’s grace to the point of no return. The confusion that results partly explains the […]

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