Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God – William R. Osborne

William R. Osborne, Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 159 pp. The notion of “blessing” is familiar to most people. It has a broad range of meaning that ranges from the theological to the pragmatic. Yet, if we are honest, most have failed to probeContinue reading “Divine Blessing and the Fullness of Life in the Presence of God – William R. Osborne”

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer – Andy Naselli

Andrew David Naselli, The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer (Wheaton: Crossway, 2020), 157 pp. The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer is the most recent offering in Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Andy Naselli takes readers on a short and illuminating tour of Scripture and reveals the main features of God’s plan in redemptiveContinue reading “The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer – Andy Naselli”

Redemptive Reversals – G.K. Beale (2019)

G.K. Beale, Redemptive Reversals (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 189 pp. Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom by G.K. Beale is the latest installment in the Crossway series, Short Studies in Biblical Theology. Thus far, the books in this series stand on their own merits and make a unique contribution to the field ofContinue reading “Redemptive Reversals – G.K. Beale (2019)”

Emblems of the Infinite King – J. Ryan Lister (2019)

J. Ryan Lister, Emblems of the Infinite King: Enter the Knowledge of the Living God (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 181 pp. From time to time, I enjoy a good children’s book. There’s something about taking a break from my usual theologically robust reading schedule and immersing myself into a book designed to inspire and educate kids.Continue reading “Emblems of the Infinite King – J. Ryan Lister (2019)”

Not Home Yet – Ian K. Smith

Ian K. Smith, Not Home Yet (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 167 pp. One of the recent encouraging developments in the church is an interest in biblical theology. 2 Peter 3:13 says, “According to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” This grand promise is the theme ofContinue reading “Not Home Yet – Ian K. Smith”

The Story of His Glory – Brian Hedges (2019)

Brian Hedges, The Story of His Glory (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 54 pp. We live in an age of confusion and uncertainty. As a result, our culture is untethered from truth and disconnected from reality. Christian readers are renewed and refreshed, then, when an author courageously asserts what God has plainly revealed in a winsome andContinue reading “The Story of His Glory – Brian Hedges (2019)”

Story of Redemption Bible

Since introduces the ESV, its popularity has been unparalleled. Several noteworthy publications have been launched, including the Gospel Transformation Bible, Reformation Study Bible, and the ESV Readers’ Bible. In 2001, Crossway Books introduced the English Standard Version (ESV). After reading about the translation philosophy and the scholars involved in the project, I was convinced thatContinue reading “Story of Redemption Bible”

Biblical and Theological Studies: A Student’s Guide – Michael Wilkins & Erik Thoennes

Michael J. Wilkins & Erik Thoennes, Biblical and Theological Studies (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), 127 pp. Almost thirty-five years ago, I sat in my first undergraduate Bible course. It was a steep uphill climb that involved a whole new vocabulary. Those days were both exciting and daunting. One of the missing pieces of my education wasContinue reading “Biblical and Theological Studies: A Student’s Guide – Michael Wilkins & Erik Thoennes”

Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)

Nick Roark & Robert Cline, Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018, 160 pp. $12.48 One of the critical components of the Christian life involves understanding Scripture and applying it to our lives. This unavoidable goal is at the heart of Nick Roark and Robert Cline’s book, Biblical Theology: HowContinue reading “Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)”

The City of God and the Goal of Creation – T. Desmond Alexander (2018)

T. Desmond Alexander, The City of God and the Goal of Creation. Wheaton: Crossway, 2018, 190 pp,  $15.99 “God’s purpose in creating this world is to establish a resplendent metropolis that will fill the earth, where God will reside in harmony with humans,” says T. Desmond Alexander. The author’s latest work, entitled The City ofContinue reading “The City of God and the Goal of Creation – T. Desmond Alexander (2018)”