Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) is primarily remembered today as America's most gifted and influential theologian, especially in his active role in the first "Great Awakening." For over twenty years, Edwards served as pastor of the Congregational Church in Northampton, Massachusetts, followed by a ministry among Native Americans in Stockbridge. In 1757, he became president of the … Continue reading Why We Should Depend on God: An Excerpt from Jonathan Edwards’ Sermon “God Glorified in Man’s Dependence”
“Phillips is a master teacher, and her seasoned demeanor explodes on nearly every page as she guides readers through the wonders of biblical wisdom. If you’ve been looking for an introduction to the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible, then look no further. An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts by Elaine A. Phillips is one of the best introductory works that I’ve seen in some time, and I couldn’t recommend it more strongly.”
Read John Kight’s review of Elaine Phillips’ An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts below!
Elaine A. Phillips is Distinguished Professor of Biblical Studies at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Phillips has a Ph.D. in rabbinic literature from The Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her areas of expertise include biblical hermeneutics, historical geography, and Old Testament wisdom literature. Phillips is the author of a book-length commentary on Esther in the Expositor’s Bible Commentary series edited by Tremper Longman III and Davide Garland (Zondervan, 2010), and the devotional With God, Nothing is Impossible: In Step with Women of the Bible (Deep River Books, 2014). In her latest book, An Introduction to Reading the Biblical Wisdom Texts, Phillps offers an accessible tour de force of the wisdom literature of the Hebrew Bible.
An Introduction to Reading Biblical Wisdom Texts is designed for undergraduate students and interested laypersons looking to broaden their understanding of this important literary genre. Phillips has divided the…
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by David A. Currie, author of The Big Idea of Biblical Worship Last night (9/7/17) I sat in a packed chapel at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, joined by thousands online (https://www.facebook.com/pg/GordonConwell/videos/?ref=page_internal), for a memorial service for Haddon Robinson. Since Haddon’s death, I’ve been reflecting upon his life and ministry and how they came to influence me. … Continue reading Remembering Haddon Robinson
Looking for a thoughtful review on our newly released one volume edition of the Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity? You’ve come to the right place.
“As Yamauchi correctly points out, the authors of the Bible took for granted what was well known to themselves and their audience, thus they had no need to provide all the requisite background information to understand what they were reporting (1). As such, we must comb the sources of the ancient world in order to understand their world and thus better understand the context of the Bible. However, outside of academia, most readers of the bible have neither the resources nor the skills to mine the depths of ancient sources, so works like DDL demonstrate their ultimate value.”
Read the rest of Jason’s review below.
Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-Biblical Antiquity, Complete in One Volume, edited by Edwin M. Yamauchi and Marvin R. Wilson
A couple of years, the good folks at Hendrickson published a multi-volume work entitled Dictionary of Daily Life in Biblical & Post-biblical Antiquity (hereafter DDL), volume two of which I reviewed here. After what seems to be a warm reception of the series, Hendrickson published the previously separate volumes in a one-volume edition, a decision I (for one) am glad they made. Having reviewed only one of the previous volumes, I couldn’t speak for the whole series (though I’m sure each one had its strong and weak points). However, this all-in-one edition has allowed me to read through a broader selection of topics (even though each volume covered numerous topics) with a slightly better sense of the contents.
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In a region where most artifacts remain in the field, the enormous work of documenting and analyzing the early history of Christianity is open to original research. Often the first scholar to reach isolated communities in remote parts of Turkey who guide his work, Dr. Mark Fairchild has visited and researched over 300 ancient sites throughout … Continue reading 7 Glimpses into the Most Remote and Pristine Ancient Sites of Christianity: A Q&A with Dr. Mark Fairchild
Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) is widely celebrated as one of the most eloquent divines in the Reformed tradition. Despite having preached regularly throughout his adult life, how he preached and what he thought about preaching have remained largely unknown to the many preachers who read him in the present day-until now. Though we sadly … Continue reading 7 Insights into Dutch Theologian Herman Bavinck
After Empty Nest, What's Next? Parenting Adult Children without Losing Your Mind, readers asked author Michele Howe for more—covering topics not discussed in the first book, along with questions at the end of each chapter for personal or group discussions. With Preparing, Adjusting, and Loving the Empty Nest, Howe provides expanded practical tips and spiritual … Continue reading Conquer the Empty Nest with these 10 Quick Tips
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
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?
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