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Valiant for Truth - Old Testament Studies

Book Review: Prophecy and Hermeneutic by Christopher R. Seitz

Typically when one sees the word ‘introduction’ in the title of a book they expect to have a quick one time read with an overly generalized presentation of a field of study. Christopher Seitz, in Prophecy and Hermeneutics: Toward a New Introduction to the Prophets, offers the reader a thoroughly researched and digestible book that will be referenced often. 

Book Review: God, Justice, and Society by Jonathan Burnside
David M. VanDrunen

The giving and interpreting of the law of God occupies an enormous part of the Bible. Students of Scripture cannot help but wrestle with the law’s meaning and purpose, but the task is often daunting and provokes more than its share of theological controversies. This work by Jonathan Burnside, a law professor at the University of Bristol in England, is the best book on God’s law that I have read for a while; in fact, it is the best book of any sort that I have read for a while.

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Some of my favorite books
S. M. Baugh

Some of my favorite theological books include . . .

Building the Minister’s Library: Commentaries on the Psalms
John G. Bales

John Calvin, in his commentary on Psalm 20 said, “But the design of the Holy Spirit, in my judgment, was to deliver to the Church a common form of prayer, which, as we may gather from the words, was to be used whenever she was threatened with any danger.” 

The Kingdom of Christ in 1 Samuel
David M. VanDrunen

Whether you're serving as a pastor or working full time in a secular field, one thing that I hope we have in common is devotion to the church of Jesus Christ. Preaching recently from 1 Samuel 24 was a helpful reminder to me of the nature of Christ's kingdom as we now experience it in the church. Perhaps a few reflections on this chapter of Scripture may be of encouragement to you as you labor for the church in various ways.