Book Review: Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior

John Stott, Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior, John Stott Bible Studies (Downers Grove, IL: IVP Connect, 2008), booklet, 64 pages.

CoverJohn R. W. Stott is known worldwide as a preacher, evangelist, and communicator of Scripture. For many years he served as rector of All Souls Church in London, where he carried out an effective urban pastoral ministry.

This Bible study guide is a new addition in the reissued John Stott Bible Studies Series. Each booklet in the series begins with an introduction to the book (understandably sparse given the nature of the book) and includes two sections of tips for using the book, one for using it as an individual study and another for using it in a group. The back features a three-page section of helps for those using the book for leading a Bible study. Read more about Book Review: Jesus Christ: Teacher, Servant & Savior

Satanic Strategy

by Pastor Dan Miller

Editor’s Note: This article was reprinted with permission from Dan Miller’s book Spiritual Reflections.

Angels have enjoyed a remarkable degree of popular appeal in recent years. Serenely mounted on everything from lapel pins to wallpaper to clothing—even appearing in the flesh on television—these heavenly creatures continue to intrigue.

There are limits, of course. You don’t talk about fallen angels in polite company, to be sure; at least not if you are serious. Well, pardon me if you please, but in all seriousness, I do believe in Satan—not the silly, red-suited guy equipped with forked tail, pointy ears, goofy smile and nasty pitchfork. That caricature is a fiction of utterly no consequence, unless one considers the collective smirk it elicits from people coddled unawares in the lap of the real thing. I believe in the angelic being created to attend the throne of God, summarily dismissed for rebellion against the Creator, and now hell-bent on disrupting, among other things, the faith of God’s people (Ezekiel 28:12ff; Luke 22:31-32; 1 Peter 5:8).

If you possess even a modicum of confidence in biblical authority, you must believe in Satan, and you have to act like you believe in him (Matthew 4:1ff; Luke 13:16; Acts 26:15-18). Which means, in part, you must be on the beam as to his designs, of which there are at least two, broadly speaking.
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Help Wanted: Book Reviews Editor

139391_a_boy_a_girl_and_a_book.jpgHave a keen interest in books? If you also have good people skills (for working with publishers and recruiting reviewers) and time to coordinate our book review efforts at SI, please contact Aaron about your interest, and we’ll talk.

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Book Review: Looking for Lincoln

Note: This article is reprinted with permission from As I See It, a monthly electronic magazine compiled and edited by Doug Kutilek. AISI is sent free to all who request it by writing to the editor at dkutilek@juno.com.

Philip B. Kunhardt III, Peter W. Kunhardt, & Peter W. Kunhardt Jr., Looking for Lincoln: The Making of an American Icon (New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2008), 494 pages, hardback, $50.00
Looking for LincolnThe Meserve-Kunhardt family is made up of five generations of Lincoln enthusiasts, beginning with Frederick Hill Meserve (1865-1963), who in 1897 at age thirty-one began collecting vintage Civil War photographs and photographic plates to illustrate a hoped-for published edition of his own father’s Civil War memoirs. From this beginning, Mr. Meserve became almost obsessed with rescuing from destruction and oblivion a small mountain of no-longer-valued Civil War photographic plates, among which he discovered seven of President Lincoln. This began a lifelong search for and compilation of an exhaustive collection of Lincoln photographic images and anything related to Lincoln. The Meserve photographic archive of Civil War and Lincoln photos was recognized as the greatest in the world.
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Eleven Days in Northeast Brazil

AttendeesAt the beginning of January, I packed my bags and flew to Fortaleza, Brazil, to attend the five-day Baptist Mid-Missions Northeast Region Conference. The conference is for the benefit of the regional field council and gives its members an annual opportunity to fellowship, deliver progress reports, conduct business, and hear preaching in English. This year the conference was held at the Baptist Mid-Missions Complex in Fortaleza which houses the Fortaleza Academy as well as some Baptist Mid-Missions offices. (Right: Conference attendees in the cafeteria)

My main goal for the trip was to be a help to the missionaries there, but I also hoped to learn some things—and learn I did. Aside from my luggage not arriving until a week after I did, and a few uncomfortably hot nights, the trip was pure delight. (Okay, the toe injury from playing soccer without proper footwear wasn’t pleasant, but even that was well worth it. Soccer is the best sport ever invented.)

Below is some of what I discovered.
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Directions in Evangelicalism, Part 6

In The Nick of Time

Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.

Kenton Sparks and Biblical Inerrancy

When we began this series on directions in evangelicalism, one of the first works that we explored was Kenton Sparks’s God’s Word in Human Words (Grand Rapids: Baker, 2008). At that time, I merely summarized Sparks’s theory. Now I wish to go back and to offer at least the suggestion of a response.

Let’s begin with a thought experiment. Imagine that God comes to you with the announcement that He has just created an entirely new world, and He wants to show it to you. You agree, and in an instant you are transported into that world. At first you marvel at its beauty, but then you begin to notice phenomena that strike you as odd. Read more about Directions in Evangelicalism, Part 6

Has Fundamentalism Become Secularized, Part 5

Rescuing Fundamentalism from Secularization

See Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4.
secularization.gifThe question of whether Fundamentalism has become secularized has been answered in the first four parts of this essay with a clear “yes.” As a movement, Fundamentalism has been deeply affected by the forces of modernization, has accommodated to culture more than it likes to admit, and as a result has lost a sense of self-awareness. Some may take this development as a sign that all forms of Fundamentalism and the ideals of the early fundamentalists are dead and no longer of any value to a twenty-first century Christian. Nothing could be farther from the truth, however. Only in the ideals of a certain kind of Fundamentalism do we find any hope for remaining faithful to Scripture while engaging our world with the gospel.
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Help Wanted: Book Reviews Editor

BookJason Button has served SI as Book Reviews Editor since February of ‘07 (if not earlier), but is now stepping down from that role. Recent changes—including relocating and getting a new job—have made new demands on his resources. We thank him for volunteering so many hours of his time to obtain review copies of books and recruit readers to review them at SI.

But that leaves us with a vacancy. If you have a keen interest in books, good people skills (for working with publishers and recruiting reviewers), and time to coordinate our book review efforts at SI, please contact Aaron about your interest, and we’ll talk. Please include “BRE” somewhere in the subject line of your e-mail.

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