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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

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

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

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

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

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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