Review of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place by John Skillen

Dr. Barbara Carvill (Professor Emerita of German at Calvin College) was a participant in the June 2017 month-long Art & Theology graduate program that John Skillen and the Studio for Art, Faith & History co-developed with Dr. Rebekah Smick and the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto.  Participants were strongly encouraged to read John Skillen’s … Continue reading Review of Putting Art (Back) in Its Place by John Skillen

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A Bible Experience: The Complete Jewish Study Bible

“I do believe that we read the bible too much through our Western eyes. But when you read the CJB or CJSB, you do feel that you have just taken a step back into time. Not just to a place, but to a Jewish place. And not just with people, but with Jewish people. And not to the outstretched arms of a Greek Jesus, but to the outstretched arms of the Jewish Messiah Yeshua.”

Interested to hear someone’s experience with The Complete Jewish Study Bible? Read about Matthew Miller’s experience with the Bible as well as his review of the content below.

For more information about the CJSB and to get an amazing discount, visit our website!

From Under the Juniper Tree

A few weeks ago my wife and I decided to purchase the Tree of Life Version (TLV) bible. Something in us had begun to stir and we had started researching the Jewish/Hebraic roots of our faith a little more in-depth than any other time before. We got really excited to have a bible that used the name Yeshua instead of Jesus and ADONAI instead of THE LORD, and also a bible that would have some Jewish undertones to the scriptures.

However, the first evening that I was reading the TLV, I felt that something was missing. I didn’t have a problem with the translation itself – a “literal” translation – but I began to feel that it wasn’t “Jewish” enough. Some involved with this translation process said it was the first of it’s a kind: a bible that restored the Jewishness of God’s word. But I am not…

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Review: Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline

Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline is an essential read for anyone serious about the Bible or biblical-theological studies. That said, it is only a mere glimpse into the treasure trove that awaits those who fervently follow it’s footprints to the lifework of Meredith G. Kline.”

Read John Kight’s full review of the Essential Writings of Meredith G. Kline below:

Sojourner Theology

32987889Meredith G. Kline is arguably the most formative theological mind of the twentieth century. He embodied the strongest commitment to the authority of Scripture and revolutionized Reformed biblical theology. He was Professor Emeritus of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and maintained an active writing and teaching ministry at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. The influence of Meredith G. Kline reaches across decades of academic rigor, and includes a corpus of books and articles such as God, Heaven, and Her Magedon: A Covenantal Tale of Cosmos and Telos (Wipf & Stock, 2006), Kingdom Prologue: Genesis Foundations for a Covenantal Worldview (Wipf & Stock, 2006), and Images of the Spirit (Wipf & Stock, 1999). Now, just over a decade after Kline went to be with the Lord, a handsome hardcover presentation of his essential writings has been produced by Hendrickson Publishers.

Essential Writings of Meredith G. Klinebrings together sixteen…

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The Best Introduction to Bultmann

Though Rudolf Bultmann's 133rd birthday was August 20th, we thought we'd celebrate by sharing Jim West's short but sweet review and excerpt from the back cover of Rudolf Bultmann, one of the books in our Makers of the Modern Theological Mind series. Read, enjoy, and grab a copy of the book for yourself.

The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer

“Helpful, beautiful, and thorough – what more could you ask for? I give this book the highest possible recommendation.”

Check out Jimmy Reagan’s review of The Quest by Leen Ritmeyer:

The Reagan Review

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This book is without doubt the preeminent resource on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem available today. Whether you desire the historical or archaeological perspective, this is your book. This book’s success likely springs from the fact that no one but Leen Ritmeyer could have authored it. Both from his long years of working in this field and his work as the architect of the Temple Mount excavations, as well as his other work on the Temple Mount itself, demands that Ritmeyer produce this extraordinary resource.

This book is filled with pictures from the earliest scholarly explorations of Jerusalem, other helpful pictures on a range of issues, extraordinary reconstructions, and the wonderful, accurate Carta maps. It’s hard for me to effectively portray the visual treat the reader will have in this book. The text is the equal of the visuals and gives the most up-to-date, scholarly, detailed information that can be…

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Review: Ethics at Work

Read about the Theology of Work Project’s newest release Ethics at Work in this review by Bob Trube:

Bob on Books

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Ethics at WorkTheology of Work Project. Peabody, MA: Hendrickson Publishers, 2017.

Summary: A discussion guide outlining a Christian approach to ethical decision-making in the workplace based on three principles: commands, consequences, and character.

What does Sunday morning have to do with 8 to 5 Monday through Friday (or whatever our working hours may be)? For many Christians that lack of connection between our worship and our work eventually leads to questions either about the truth and reality of our faith, or the possibility of living Christianly in the workplace.

The Theology of Work Project, the developers of this discussion guide and numerous other related resources, are thoroughly committed to the idea that our faith and our work life may be seamlessly connected. On their “about” page, they describe the vision of the Project in these terms:

“The vision of the Theology of Work Project is…

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Christ Exalted Sermons of Jonathan Edwards–A Review

Read on to discover what Pastor Jimmy Reagan has to say about the Christ Exalted Sermons of Jonathan Edwards!

The Reagan Review

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Hurrah for more Jonathan Edwards sermons! Hendrickson Publishers already graced us with Revival Sermons of Jonathan Edwards a few months ago and now they have unearthed some other jewels for us. I’m a pastor who believes in having a healthy dose of sermons in my library, and have could we have a real sermonic library without some Edwards?

There’s no doubt that his sermons are uniquely his own. I can’t think of anyone who would organize a sermon quite like he would. He sees no problem in being long. His style usually involves beginning with some doctrine on the subject and then branching out into pointed, applicable material to take the Scripture home to the hearer’s hearts. I wouldn’t recommend that any of us preach a sermon put together as his are, but his logical mind and scriptural acumen are helpful to us all. Read him more for personal…

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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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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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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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