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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

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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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James M. Hamilton Jr. Work and Our Labor in the Lord.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, January 31st, 2017.  144 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

Over the years there has been more books coming out on a biblical view of work and vocation but what I like about this particular work is that the author James M. Hamilton Jr. takes a biblical theology approach to the topic.  By biblical theology I mean a study of what Scripture has to say with the consideration of the progressive revelation of the Bible in terms of redemptive history and the canonical context of passages that is cited.  I have been enjoying more and more books taking a biblical theological approach to a subject as it helps avoid some of the claims that systematic theology is merely engaged in proof text.

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My first book review for 2017!

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Stephen J. Wellum. God the Son Incarnate.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, November 30th 2016.  480 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This book is a part of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.  I appreciated the series overall and this work on Christology is now among my top favorites in the series.  It is quite a meaty work and reading it was no small undertaking.  Reading this book makes me appreciate just how much Christian scholarship exists and how much that I still need to tap into.  I learned a lot reading this book.  In my opinion I think Stephen Wellum’s work is ideal as a seminary text book and for those who desire to seriously study the doctrines related to Christ more deeply.  In this review I am going to first summarize each parts and chapters of the book and end with some brief constructive criticisms.

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Pretty-Church

Purpose: In this series will see three analogies that God’s Word use to describe the importance of the Church with today specifically being that God sees the Church as His Building, that is, the Temple so that we too will see the importance of Church in our life.

God sees the church as the Building of God, the Temple

  1. Proof
    1. The Jews believe in the importance of the Temple in Jerusalem for their faith and piety with God. It was the center of their religious life.
    2. Yet Jesus taught that “an hour is coming when neither in this mountain nor in Jerusalem will you worship the Father” (John 4:21)
      1. Christians don’t need to go to Jerusalem and rebuild a Temple there to Worship God.
      2. But that does not take away the concept of the church is one sense a temple as we shall see below.
    3. Ephesians 2:19-22= “So then you are no longer strangers and aliens, but you are fellow citizens with the [p]saints, and are of God’s household, 20 having been built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus Himself being the corner stone, 21 in whom the whole building, being fitted together, is growing into a holy [q]temple in the Lord, 22 in whom you also are being built together into a dwelling of God in the Spirit.
      1. Church here (Jews and Gentiles) are described in verse 19 as being part of “God’s household” (19)
      2. Notice the cornerstone is Christ in verse 20.
      3. Then the foundation upon Christ is “apostles and prophets” (20)
      4. Church members are then described as part of the building (21)
      5. That building is “a holy [q]temple in the Lord” (21)
      6. That is because believers “together” experiences the “dwelling of God in the Spirit” (22)
    4. Church members are part of living stones and not dead (1 Peter 2:5)
    5. Christians are all involved with the “building up” of the Church according to 1 Corinthians 3:9-15.
      1. What is built upon it will be tested by the Lord one day (12-15)
      2. This should lead believers to be careful with how they build as 12 warns us.
  1. Picture: The Jews would fight all out in defense of their Temple from invaders. Do we see the importance of the Church like that given it’s motif as a Temple?
  2. Practice
    1. Like how the Jews saw the Temple as important in following God, do you see the importance of the Church when you follow Christ?
    2. Sometimes people struggle with being a part of something that is of significance that is greater than themselves: They join the military, etc.  If you are a Christian saved by Jesus Christ do you realize you are in an organization that is eternally significant for God and humanity?
    3. Look again at Ephesian 2:22: is the Spirit residing in your life? How about as a church?
    4. How are you building the church? Will your input last for eternity?  Or will Christ have to remove your contribution?

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