Book Notices -- By: Anonymous

Journal: Reformation and Revival
Volume: RAR 09:2 (Spring 2000)
Article: Book Notices
Author: Anonymous

Book Notices

Holman New Testament Commentary: Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians And Colossians, Max Anders. Nashville, Tennessee: Broadman & Holman (2000). 358 pages, cloth, $16.99

This commentary, part of a new line of study materials recently unveiled by an increasingly important publisher in the evangelical arena, offers helpful material to those who want a user-friendly format. To give the reader some sense of the series I position the publisher’s approach somewhere between the popular Application Commentary series (Zondervan) and Warren Wiersbe’s very popular Be Series (Chariot/Victor) on the whole Bible.

This volume covers the main idea of the text with brief references to the purpose, meaning and importance of the book being surveyed. This type of book has its place with general readers, but I sincerely hope serious pastors will not settle for this “ready-made” approach to preaching. Harder work in the text must be done for careful exposition.

Why God’s Word Is All We Need, Gene Edward Veith. Wheaton. Illinois: Crossway (2000). 48 pages, paper, $4.99

Gene Veith, an increasingly important critic of culture and Christian worldviews, offers a succinct endorsement of the Reformation doctrine of the sole sufficiency of Holy Scripture. Veith shows how the Incarnate Word reveals himself through the written Word. He writes, “There is no way to know about Christ except from God’s Word” (26). One has to wonder how many modern evangelicals agree with this most basic of Reformation principles. This booklet is part of an on-going series of excellent tract/booklets produced by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, with the series title, Today’s Issues.

The Grace Of Repentance, Sinclair Ferguson. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway (2000). 48 pages, paper, $4.99

Rarely does a modern author get to the heart of a matter so fruitfully and clearly as does Sinclair Ferguson in this outstanding booklet. Pastors and church leaders should read this, discuss its content, and pass it along to their congregation. If repentance was the first word Jesus spoke in his public ministry, surely it ought to be returned to our present vocabulary and practice when the church so desperately needs to hear again our Lord’s command.

To God Be The Glory, John Hannah. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway (2000). 48 pages, paper, $4.99

That we were created for God’s glory is a given, if the teaching of the Bible is taken seriously. The modern church has virtually forgotten this...

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