Review: Biblical Doctrine by John MacArthur   Recently updated !

Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for reviewing it. Biblical Doctrine is John MacArthur’s (along with Richard Mayhue) overview of systematic theology, written from one of the masters of biblical exposition. The work begins with theological foundation (Prolegomena), building on the foundation with a survey of the major doctrines of the Christian faith (Bibliology, Theology Proper, Christology, Pneumatology, Anthropology and Hamartiology, Soteriology, Angelology, Ecclesiology, and Eschatology). Each treatment of the major doctrines provides ample substance to be used in graduate and master-level systematic theology courses, and this resource will likely become the next gold-standard of general systematic theologies due to its current scholarship, its respected authorship, and its conservative, evangelical position. Chapters begin and end with a hymn (generally one of the traditional hymns of the faith) and conclude with a prayer related to each major doctrine, allowing readers to appreciate the worship aspect of the study of biblical doctrine. Each chapter also concludes with detailed bibliographies containing both primary systematic theologies and specific works with regard to each doctrine, valuable additions to students involved in research on theological topics. The overall structure of the resource is more teachable and flows more easily than other major systematic theologies (such as Erickson and Grudem), and the […]

Missiology: A Review 1

Disclaimer: B&H Academic provided me with a complimentary copy of this resource in exchange for writing this review. However, I remained unbiased and objective when writing this review. I recently completed a missions course in my M Div program at Luther Rice Seminary where I was required to read the Second Edition of John Mark Terry’s Missiology. Having read the first edition back during my bachelor missions course at Luther Rice, this allowed me to solidly compare the two resources to see how well the Second Edition has been revised from the first edition. Both the first and second editions of Missiology are extensively thorough resources. Upon reading Missiology, one is going to walk away with a far deeper understanding and appreciation for missions and for reaching unreached people groups for Christ. Missiology presents the ideal textbook for students wanting a solid overview of Christian missions, although because the book is such an in-depth resource, covering it in a single semester can be challenging unless the student is disciplined in focusing on the material. The Second Edition does seem more “digestible” and “understandable” at times. I felt I was able to better flow through the chapters in the Second Edition than when I read the first edition. At times, however, some of the more technical […]