Periodical Reviews -- By: James F. Rand

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 114:453 (Jan 1957)
Article: Periodical Reviews
Author: James F. Rand

Periodical Reviews

James F. Rand

Andrews, John S., “Brethren Hymnology,” Evangelical Quarterly, 28:208–29, October, 1956.

Little attention has been paid in periodical literature to one of the outstanding contributions of the Plymouth Brethren movement to the Christian church, their hymns. “This article, by a graduate of Birmingham University and Assistant Librarian in the Brotherton Library of Leeds University, provides a useful and discriminating introduction” to a systematic study of their hymnology. This study is made all the more valuable by the fact that there is too little written about hymns by evangelicals today. Just the reading over of some of the hymns cited is provocative of spiritual blessing.

Ball, Charles Ferguson, “The Church—The Temple of God,” Moody Monthly.

For some months the author, who is pastor of a large Presbyterian church in a Chicago suburb, has been contributing a series of articles to this popular Christian monthly on the Epistle to the Ephesians, centering his attention on the nature and walk of the church, the body of Christ, as revealed in that epistle. The series of five articles concluded with the November issue and is well worth the study of all those who want to learn more about this precious portion of God’s Word. Some indication of the truth developed by the author is given in the final paragraph of the series: “The Ephesian church as outlined in the Epistle is not an organization at all, but an organism, a temple, with a vital relationship between its living stones and the Chief Cornerstone. This church is conceived of God, constructed by God, and commissioned of God. Its character, conduct, and conflict are ordered of God from the beginning, and are intended to be manifested consistently to a Christless humanity, with a view to its salvation.”

Christianity Today.

In the past quarter a new Christian magazine appeared on the American scene with the avowed intention of giving American evangelicals a voice such as liberals have enjoyed for years inthe Christian Century. Only three issues had been published when this colunm went to press and it was not possible to form a complete judgment as to the contribution the biweekly will make to the evangelical scene. Two trends were noticeable. What looked like an editorial policy of maintaining a balance between right wing ecclesiastical independency and left wing church unionism began to be evident in an editorial, “The Perils of Independency.” In the same editorial the dispensational pretribulation rapture of the church came

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