Book Briefs -- By: John H. Armstrong
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Pocket Dictionary Of Ethics Stanley J. Grenz and Jay T. Smith Downers Grove, Illinois: InterVarsity Press (2003) 128 pages, paper, $7.00
This is the fifth such “Pocket Dictionary” produced by InterVarsity Press over the past several years. The series is an excellent idea and this particular volume will prove to be helpful to both pastors and beginning students who are looking for uncomplicated explanations of important subjects and key words. Most ministers have had far too little exposure to philosophy and ethics. This little guide will serve you well if it is placed in a handy position near the place where you study.
There are over 300 definitions here, ranging from altruism to virtue. Ethicists from St. Augustine to modern radicals like Peter Singer are included. One interesting, and extremely useful, feature is the inclusion of marketplace specialties, ranging from advertising to technological ethics. Stan Grenz is a prolific writer and well-known evangelical theologian and Jay Smith is a pastor in Washington.
Portraits of Bible Women George Matheson Grand Rapids: Kregel (1908, reprinted 2003) 141 pages, paper, $9.99
George Matheson (1842–1906) was a Scottish minister who lost his eyesight early in his life yet persevered in
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serious academic work to complete two degrees from the University of Glasgow. He then carried on an effective pastoral ministry for many years. His imagination was keen and his speaking powerful, attracting large crowds to his church. His most famous written work is the familiar hymn, “O Love That Will Not Let Me Go.”
Matheson is the famous author of numerous portraits of Bible characters. This particular reprint includes studies of Eve, Sarah, Rebekah, Rachel, Miriam, Deborah, Ruth, Hannah and Mary. Matheson had a remarkable ability to see both spiritual and psychological insights that allow the reader to look into the souls of these remarkable biblical women. This book is not a feminist agenda book but it reveals a very high view of the place and role of women, a view that might surprise some but will prove helpful to all who have a teachable spirit.
Spiritual Landscape: Images Of The Spiritual Life In The Gospel Of Luke James L. Resseguie Peabody, Massachusetts: Hendrickson Publishers (2004) 195 pages, paper, $19.95
Professor James Resseguie, professor of New Testament at Winebrenner Theological Seminary, drawing from recent work in narrative criticism and the New Testament, helps the reader see the spiritual significance of things like landscapes, social relations...
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