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Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God

William R. Osborne. Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 20th 2020.  160 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you have a biblical view of God’s blessing?  There are those today who get caught up with prosperity Gospel.  That’s one error.  But another error can arise that is born from over-reaction to the Prosperity Gospel in which God’s blessings are denies, downplayed or the subject is diverted.   A biblical theology of blessing is much needed and I believe this book makes a unique contribution since most works against prosperity Gospel engages the topic more in a fashion of “systematic theology” but here with this book the author uses biblical theology in his methodology in tackling the blessing of God.  This I think helps readers to see verses about blessing in its context and also in light of how God’s progressive revelation unfolded.  The author is William R. Osborne , a Professor of biblical and theological studies at College of the Ozarks and he is more than qualified to write a biblical theology of God’s blessing from Genesis to Revelation.

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Someone asked a question about thoughts of Biblical Theology versus Systematic Theology. I don’t see the two should be against one another but rather both are important, though sometimes some see one is more important than the other in such a way that one is neglected or looked down upon.

Before going further, what is systematic theology and Biblical Theology?

Systematic Theology (I shall use the acronym ST) as defined by popular Systematic Theologian Wayne Grudem is Theology that “focuses on the collection and summary of all biblical passages on a subject, and attempts to summarize the teachings of Scripture in brief, understandable, and carefully formulated statements” (Source).

Biblical Theology (I shall use the acronym BT) as defined by Biblical Theologian Geerhardus Vos “is that branch of Exegetical Theology which deals with the process of the self-revelation of God deposited in the Bible” (Geerhardus Vos, Biblical Theology (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1948), 13).

Biblical Theology is not a term to say right theology that is from the Bible (hopefully one’s Biblical Theology and Systematic Theology is based upon truths from the Bible). Rather Biblical is focus on the process and progress of how God revealed Himself and other truths while Systematic Theology often focus on the finished and completed revelation of God in the Bible and tries to organize these truths logically.

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G.K. Beale. Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 17, 2019.  208 pp.

5 out of 5

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Do you appreciate irony?  I love ironies and if there’s one literature that really got me interested in this literary device it was the Bible.  In this book New Testament scholar G. K. Beale look at the various irony found throughout the Bible from Genesis to Revelation.  This is an excellent work on Biblical Theology and certainly I want to read more of Beale’s books.

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Barry G. Webb.  Five Festal Garments.  Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, March 26th, 2001.  151 pp.

5 out of 5

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This book is on a Christian examination of five books in the Old Testament that are most neglected in the Bible: The Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes and Esther.  If you want to learn more about these five books and gain rich insights on them then this volume is worth getting.  This work is a part of the New Studies in Biblical Theology series edited by D.A. Carson.  Personally it was the second title in the series that I read which I looked forward to with much anticipation since the first book I read Adopted into God’s Family left a strong impression.  Five Festal Garments didn’t disappoint.  In fact it exceeded my expectation!

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Guy P. Waters. The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 31st 2019.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the sixth book I read from the “Short Studies in Biblical Theology” series published by Crossway.  I have immensely enjoyed the other five volumes that I read from this series and this work is no different.  This particular work explores the Lord’s Supper.

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Sidney Greidanus. From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New Creation.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31st 2018.  244 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is the fifth book I read from the “Short Studies in Biblical Theology” series published by Crossway.  This series is a wonderful introduction for the layman on biblical theology in which one see the content of God’s truth being taught according to the consideration of the flow of Scripture as it progressed in redemptive history.  I have immensely enjoyed the other four volumes.  I also enjoyed this particular volume.  This present work explores the theme of chaos to cosmos starting with the first chapter of Genesis and ending with the last chapter Revelation.  This is a theme that is literally from the first page to the last page of the Bible and yet it is not often as obvious or noted by preachers and teachers today so this book is definitely helpful.

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In another internet forum someone asked the hypothetical question of “What three Biblical books best encapsulates the message of the Bible?”

Now of course we can’t make the all the books in the Bible forced into three books; there’s a sense we can do injustice to the richness of God’s revelations in terms of each book being a masterpiece of literature, doctrinal gold, etc.  But I thought it was still good exercise since it makes me think about what three books I should eventually preach and teach through as a Pastor over the course of decades of ministry in order to best capture the main thrust of all of Scripture.

Here’s my answer which was expanded from my original comment:

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Patrick Schreiner. The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, March 31st, 2018.  160 pp.

4 out of 5

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This is the fourth book I read from the “Short Studies in Biblical Theology” series published by Crossway.  I have immensely enjoyed the other three volumes that I read from this series and since they were so good I want to eventually read all the works in this series.  This present work explores the theme of “the kingdom of God” in the Bible and is authored by Patrick Schriener.  If the last name jumps out at you that’s because he’s the son of New Testament scholar Thomas R. Schreiner.

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Desmond Alexander. The City of God and the Goal of Creation. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 31st 2018.  190 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is the third book I read from the “Short Studies in Biblical Theology” series published by Crossway.  I have immensely enjoyed the other two volumes that I read from this series (see Review: Work and Our Labor in the Lord and Review: Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel) and this work is no different.  This present work explores the theme of “the city of God” in the Bible, namely Jerusalem but it also explores the city of God in light of its antithesis: The City of Man, namely Babylon.  This is an excellent work on a biblical theology that gives us a biblical “tale of two cities” stretching from Genesis to Revelation that is at once exciting, edifying and relevant since these two cities are capitals of two groups of people in this world with one under God and the other in rebellion against God.  If you think you know the Word of God and yet you are unable to see a unifying theme from Genesis to Revelation in the Bible you would find this book very helpful.  Even for readers who have a deeper grasp of biblical theology would enjoy this work.

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Dr. Thomas Schreiner is a New Testament professor at Southern Seminary.  My favorite work by Schreiner thus far has been his “Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification.”

Earlier this month Schreiner has lectured a series of lectures surveying the books of the Bible.  The Master’s Seminary has made them available online on Youtube.  I’m halfway through them myself.  Here are the lectures below:

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Here is a limited time giveaway that will expire September 16, 2017.  Top Christian Books is giving away all forty volume of the New Studies and Biblical Studies series.  I’ve really appreciated the few works in the series that I have used mainly for its work of scholarship on the Bible.

You can enter in the chance for a giveaway by clicking HERE.

My favorite of the forty is the one titled Adopted into God’s Family by Trevor Burke.

For the list of 40 volumes check out the publisher’s page on this series here.

I know this sounds weird but I’m actually praying I get this set!

Again you can enter in the chance for a giveaway by clicking HERE.

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Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2016.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

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This is a great book on a biblical theology of marriage.  It is part of Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series.  So far in this series this is my favorite work thus far.  Don’t let the size of this book fool you; it is packed with a lot of insightful gems from Scripture in each page.  I actually spent a longer time reading this book as I was taking notes than some books on marriages that has more pages than this work.  The publisher Crossway definitely picked the right guy to write this volume since the author Raymond Ortlund has previously written an excellent chapter exegetically examining what Genesis has to teach us about marriage for the massive work Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  If you want a beautiful portrait of what a biblical view of marriage is, in its sacredness and dignity, get this book.

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Richard P. Belcher Jr.  The Messiah And The Psalms.  Ross-shire, Scotland: Mentor Imprint, September 20th, 2014. 288 pp.

4 out of 5

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This book is on the topic of a Christ and the Psalms by an Old Testament professor at Reformed Theological Seminary.  The author Richard Belcher takes a Christocentric approach towards the Psalms.  If you are interested in the Psalms, Messianic prophecies, hermeneutics and preaching Christ this book might be for you even if you don’t necessarily agree with everything the author has to say.

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We live in a time of incredible resources on the Christian faith, life and intellect.  Our fellow blogger “Andy” has been working for weeks on a new page called “999+ Audio Lectures” which he completed not too long ago.  You might notice that it’s a tab on our blog.  Have you checked it out?

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Abner Chou

Dr. Abner Chou is probably the fasting speaking preacher during this year’s Shepherd’s Conference.

I tried to write as much down for my notes from his session but missed quite a bit.

Here’s my notes.  When the audio MP3 comes out later this one is worth listening to especially in the end when he walks us through how the Old Testament anticipate Christ.

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