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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 […]

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Review: One Nation Under God

Disclaimer: B&H Academic provided me a free copy of this book in exchange for writing the review. Bruce Ashford and Chris Pappalardo recently published a book entitled One Nation Under God, aimed at providing Christians with a resource in discussing politics in our society today. The authors understand how Christians either go to the extreme of not wishing to get involved with or discuss politics or to allow politics to be the resolution to all our issues in society, so Ashford and Pappalardo’s goal was to provide Christians with a balanced view on how Christians can engage in educated, respectful political discussions in our society while still remaining true to our nature as Christians. Before the authors jumped into specific political topics, the first six chapters of One Nation Under God focused on outlining an understanding on how Christians should approach politics in general, by first showing how politics played and plays a role in the central events of the Bible (creation, the fall, redemption, and restoration), onto discussing the four competing views of public life and advocating for a “grace renews nature” approach. The authors then briefly touched on how to declare the Gospel as public truth, then go on to engage in how to relate church and state […]

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Review: The Other Worldview

Faithlife Corporation (makers of Logos Bible Software) asked me to read The Other Worldview and post the review on Amazon. In addition to posting the review there, I’m also posting the review here for our blog reader’s enjoyment. Disclaimer: Faithlife Corporation/Kirkdale Press/Lexham Press (the publisher of this book) gave me a free electronic copy of this resource in exchange for writing this review. Peter Jones’ resource on The Other Worldview is an excellent treatment of where the breakdown in our nation (and around the world) has occurred as a result from moving away from a biblical worldview to a worldview of “oneism” and paganism/pantheism. Additionally, Dr. Jones gives some solid, biblical steps on how to transform the thinking of our nation back onto a biblical worldview and back onto a firm foundation in the distinction between creature and Creator. This book was a major eye opener for me on when and where our society “derailed” (as Dr. Jones would describe it) and how we can begin taking steps to get back onto the right track and the right worldview “train” before our society experiences a major worldview catastrophe. I HIGHLY recommend this resource for anyone and everyone to read. Pastors and ministry leaders need to read this. Students and professors in […]

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