Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 120:478 (Apr 1963)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous


Book Notices

New Testament Church Principles. By Arthur G. Clarke. Loizeaux Brothers, New York, 1962. 102 pp. $2.50.

It is doubtful whether anyone has written on the subject of church government without being colored by his own affiliation and without endeavoring to justify his viewpoint with Scripture. In most respects this is a very helpful book which covers not only subjects directly concerned with church government but other related ones such as finances, woman’s sphere, and worship. The author is associated with the so-called Plymouth Brethren assemblies which fact is quite evident throughout the book. Because of the honest desire of the Brethren to pattern their ecclesiastical life in close accord with the Scriptures, it would do others good to study a book like this and test their ideas on this subject against its teachings. The chapter on church finance was especially good though marred by the statement that “contributions for local church expenses can scarcely be regarded as giving to the Lord.” If that be true, then contributions to a missionary’s living expense would not be giving to the Lord either! It seemed to the reviewer that the author does not recognize that God may ordain a human organization and thus justify its existence.

C. C. Ryrie

All The Promises Of The Bible. By Herbert Lockyer. Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, 1962. 610 pp. $6.95.

A virtual encyclopedia of Bible promises, this rewarding source book by a noted evangelical will serve to encourage and fortify the believer in his walk of faith. Such a work was long overdue and will be welcomed for its comprehensive treatment of a vital area of spiritual truth.

The author is to be commended for care exercised in distinguishing between the interpretation of the promises and their subsequent application. His dispensational orientation is indicated thereby. One could wish, however, that the outlines of the various chapters were more complete with a format corresponding thereto, for easier use as a reference work.

This treasury of promise is evidence indeed that the promises of God are “exceeding great and precious.”

R. K. DeVries

Missionary Methods: St. Pauls Or Ours. By Roland Allen. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1962. 179 pp. $1.65.

The Spontaneous Expansion Of The Church. By Poland Allen. Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, Grand Rapids, 1962. 158 pp. $1.65.

These are two classics in the field of missions. The books need neither review, introduction nor recommendation. They stand ...

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