Disclaimer: The publisher of this book provided me with a free copy of the book in exchange for a book review. Scott Oliphant’s book on the Majesty of Mystery is a beautiful theological study on the person of God. Covering in-depth theological discussions such as the Trinity and the Incarnation, Oliphant takes readers on a beautifully-illustrated journey into the riches of the glory of God. Not only did this resource deepen my theological understanding of God, it drew me closer to God and deepened my personal relationship with God. I highly recommend this resource to those wishing for a solid balance between an in-depth academic-theological study of God and a resource that will make one fall even deeper in love with one’s Creator and Lord.
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 […]
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 […]