9 Tips to Take Your Worship Services to the Next Level

What’s the best way for pastors and worship leaders to plan services? Do you ever feel like your church services are down in a rut? Are you doing everything you can to imbue your services with the Holy Spirit, but feel they're falling flat? Perhaps you're just looking for a few wise words on how to … Continue reading 9 Tips to Take Your Worship Services to the Next Level

Revival Sermons of Jonathan Edwards–A Review

The Reagan Review

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Jonathan Edwards was an amazing man. Besides being impressive for his theological writings, he was one of the preachers God used mightily in the Great Awakening. Having read the book Jonathan Edwards on Revival in the past and being amazed by it, I was pleased to see this book that collects some of his most effective revival sermons of that time. In case you’re wondering, this book does include the famous “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God”.

For those who are not that knowledgeable of Jonathan Edwards, this book provides a preface that gives a biographic overview of him. After that preface, you have seven of these great sermons. There are several things you will notice about the sermons. First, they’re long. Where it seems only fluffy sermons appeal to the masses in our generation, the Lord used deep, profound, scripturally-laden sermons in that day (I imagine that…

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Which Self Should We Be True To?

By Kevin Brown, author of Designed for Good Years ago, a prominent evangelical figure named Mark Pierpont was working vigorously to promote a Biblical view of sexuality and to “cure” gay people of same-sex attraction. But Pierpont had a problem. He was gay. In the 2007 documentary “Protagonist”—Pierpont openly discusses the dissonance he experienced between … Continue reading Which Self Should We Be True To?

Hendrickson’s Ministry Essentials Bible Review – Rating: 9.2

Check out Michael Harshman’s extremely detailed review of the Ministry Essentials Bible in the below review!

The Christian Reviewer

Hendrickson's NIV MInistry Essentials BibleI  was very pleased to do my second review for Hendrickson as I received a copy of their New International Version Ministry Essentials Bible.  This one was a very pleasant surprise  and serves a specific need that many people have that are in different roles in ministry and Christian leadership.  I am very honored to do this review and I think this particular

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“A Heart Deeply Affected”: Musings on Jonathan Edwards, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, and Edward Albee

By Patricia Anders, Editorial Director, Hendrickson Publishers I am bold in saying this, but I believe that no one is ever changed, either by doctrine, by hearing the Word, or by the preaching or teaching of another, unless the affections are moved by these things. No one ever seeks salvation, no one ever cries for … Continue reading “A Heart Deeply Affected”: Musings on Jonathan Edwards, William Shakespeare, Tom Stoppard, and Edward Albee

Carta’s Interesting New Releases!

Take a look at Jimmy Reagan’s reviews of all the newest Carta Jerusalem titles!

Enjoy reviews of:

  • Understanding the Old Testament: An Introductory Atlas to the Hebrew Bible
  • Understanding the Holy Temple Jesus Knew: The Background to Key Gospel Events
  • Understanding the Israelite-Samaritans
  • Understanding Hezekiah of Judah: Rebel King and Reformer 

The Reagan Review

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Here’s 3 of Carta’s 2017 releases plus a catalog title that was the first of these attractive large, educational, handy (40 pages each) volumes:

1. Understanding Hezekiah of Judah 

Hezekiah is a worthy focus of study for Old Testament students. Not only is he the greatest king after David, but he is the last great hurrah of Judah. His reforms ran the deepest, his faith was the most clearly on display, and it was all against the backdrop of the turbulent times he lived. This book brings it all alive!

Mordechai Cogan, a respected Jewish scholar wrote this volume. You may remember his name from writing major commentaries on 1 & 2 Kings in the Anchor Bible Commentary series. I may not agree with every historical conclusion he makes, but his passion for his subject is clear on every page.

You are going to love the gorgeous photos, fine graphic…

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Hendrickson’s The Complete Jewish Study Bible Review – Rating: 9.4

Looking for an extremely thorough review of The Complete Jewish Study Bible? Look no further! Check out Michael’s exhaustive review below.

The Christian Reviewer

Hendrickson Bibles - The Complete Jewish Study BibleI  have done many reviews for Rose Publishing over the past few years.  Then I saw an announcement that they were purchased by another company earlier this year.  Long story short, I found out that this new company was Hendrickson Publishers and they had a review type program as well.  I was very excited

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Reader’s Edition of the UBS5 Greek New Testament: An Illustrated Review

If you’re interested in the UBS5 Greek New Testament, you must read Abram’s excellent review!

Words on the Word

Typesetting is somewhat subjective, but the German Bible Society’s UBS5 has some of the best-looking Greek text you’ll find in any New Testament.

The UBS5 itself is about three years old. (Hendrickson, which distributes GBS items in the U.S., put together this excellent infographic.) Known for its full-bodied text-critical apparatus, translators and students alike benefit from its footnoted listing of variant manuscript readings. (So do NA28-loving scholars; don’t let them fool you!)

The UBS5 Reader’s Edition significantly pares down the textual apparatus and in its place provides a running list of infrequently occurring Greek vocabulary. As the name implies, the Reader’s Edition is a one-stop shop that facilitates fluid reading of the Greek text, even for those who have had just a year or so of Greek studies.

Here’s what it looks like:

The “textual notes” here just “highlight the most important differences between major Greek manuscripts and identify…

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Review – Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook

Sojo Theo’s review of Biblical Aramaic: A Reader & Handbook!

“For readers with familiarity or training in the language, Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook will be a unique single stop resource with loads of benefit.”

Sojourner Theology

310MY6988SLOf the 23,145 verses that make up the Hebrew Bible, 269 verses are not written in Hebrew, but in Aramaic. For this reason alone, the Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook by Donald R. Vance, George Athas, Yael Avrahami, and Jonathan G. Kline is easily situated as a vital addition to any Old Testament or biblical language enthusiasts’ library.

Biblical Aramaic: A Reader and Handbook begins with a brief introduction to the language and its history and relationship to biblical Hebrew. The first section offers the complete grammatical analysis of all Aramaic portions of the Bible—Genesis 31:47, Jeremiah 10:11, Daniel 24-7:28, and Ezra 4:8-6:18 and 7:12-26. The Aramaic text is founded on Biblia Hebraica Leningradensia (BHL), and where BHL differs from Codex Leningradensis (L) and the standard critical edition of Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia (BHS) textual notes are offered. The “Reader” information is clearly presented and includes contextual glosses…

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Review – The Reformation Then and Now

“If you’re looking for a way to bring in the celebration of the 500th anniversary or simply become more informed about the history and theology of the Protestant Reformation, then The Reformation Then and Now is an indispensable resource.”

Check out this review of The Reformation Then and Now!

Sojourner Theology

51ymul7XtVLFor twenty-five years, Modern Reformation magazine has sought to influence contemporary Christianity towards a reawakening of the God-honoring, Christ-centered, Spirit-wrought place of worship that was birthed from the Protestant Reformation. Now, as the world eagerly awaits the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s Ninety-Five Theses, Eric Landry and Michael Horton have brought together over forty of the most important articles published by the magazine for a tour de force of Reformation history and thought.

The Reformation Then and Now: 25 Years of Modern Reformation Articles Celebrating 500 Years of the Reformation is organized around three major sections: (1) the cause, (2) characters, and (3) consequences of the Reformation. The articles are roughly ten pages in length and cover a swath of Reformation history and theology. Landry and Horton have also included appendix material offering short biographies of the major reformers, a brief sketch of Reformation history, and the five key concepts…

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