Book Notices -- By: Anonymous
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In Place of Sacraments. A Study of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. By Vemard Eller. Grand Rapids: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1972. 144 pp. Paper, $2.95.
Eller’s purpose “is to recommend a new and different way of both performing and understanding the ordinances” (p. 21). The author is thoroughly convinced that the way the ordinances are observed by most Christians today is most unbiblical. He suggests new and bold ways to observe the ordinances in order that we may return to the New Testament meaning of them.
Eller, who is associated with the Church of the Brethren, totally rejects infant baptism and is an immersionist. He tends to confuse Spirit baptism with water baptism. Feetwashing is viewed as a necessary part of partaking of the bread and wine as is also the love feast and the holy kiss.
Though much of what Eller presents will be controversial, his book does represent a long overdue reminder in a much neglected area of church life.
R. P. Lightner
The God of Creation. Vol. I: Genesis 1–3; Vol. II: Genesis 4–11; The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and Joseph: “God Planned It for Good.” By Theodore H. Epp. Lincoln, NE: Back to the Bible Broadcast, 1970–72. 190, 219, 357, 143 pp. Paper, $1.50, $1.50, $2.50, $1.00.
These four volumes covering the entire book of Genesis make available to a wider audience the helpful, devotional exposition of the well-known radio Bible teacher, Theodore Epp. To note several points of interpretation, Epp rejects the gap theory (Genesis 1 and 2), locates the image of God in which man was created in his tri-unity (following the note in the older Scofield Reference Bible; this view is rightly corrected in
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the New Scofield Reference Bible), views the “sons of God” (Gen 6:2) as the godly line of Seth, emphasizes a worldwide flood and espouses the flood geology, and stresses the many practical references of human faith in divine sovereignty in the lives of the patriarchs. There are many spiritual lessons worth applying in these volumes.
F. D. Lindsey
Sweet Psalms for God’s Saints. By Tom Malone. Murfreesboro, TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1971. 341 pp. $4.50.
As the author states in the preface, the material found in this work is designed to be sermonic rather than...
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