Book Review—Always Reforming

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Reviewed by Douglas Brown

Always Reforming: Explorations in Systematic Theology. Edited by A. T. B. McGowan. Downer’s Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007. Paperback, 368 pages. $26.00

(review copy courtesy of InterVarsity Press)
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Contributors: Gerald bray, Stephen Williams, Robert L. Reymond, Kevin J. Vanhoozer, A. T. B. McGowan, Richard C. Gamble, Henri Blocher, Richard B. Gaffin, Jr., Cornelis P. Venema, and Derek W. H. Thomas.

Special Features: Index of Names, Index of Biblical References

ISBNs: 083082829X / 9780830828296

LCCN: BR118 .A44 2007

DCN: 230/.42 22

Subject: Systematic Theology
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The Resurrection Body of Christ the Lord, Part 7

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Read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.

by John C. Whitcomb, Th.D.

National, ethnic Israel will turn to their long-rejected Messiah in genuine faith at least three years before they see Him at His second coming and at the inaugural banquet. By the midpoint of the 70th week of Daniel, 42 months before He returns to establish His kingdom, 144,000 Israelis will have been sealed by God—12,000 from each of the 12 tribes—to evangelize thewhitcomb_evening_cross.jpg entire world (Rev. 7:1-8; 13-14). The Messiah assured His disciples that “this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matt. 24:14, KJV).
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Four Hundred Square Feet of Contentment

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by Addy Forrest

When my daughter was six months old, we packed up all of our belongings and moved from our small home in South Carolina to Kansas, where my husband was to begin his doctoral studies. We were full of feelings of adventure and also of uncertainty about what the next few years held in store for us. We decided to move onto the property of a small Christian forrest_tea_time.jpgcamp, where one of our best friends was the director. In exchange for helping out, we would receive free rent and utilities. The only problem was that both the house and mobile home on the camp property were already taken. So we decided to make a home out of what was known as “the nurse’s station.” A two-room area beneath some cabins, it had the potential to become a small apartment. We installed some kitchen cabinets, a sink, a stove, and a refrigerator; our apartment was well on its way to becoming livable. After making a curtain to divide the second room into the semblance of two separate bedrooms and adding our furniture and some wall hangings, our new little home became quite cozy, and we were very happy. In fact, a year later when we had added one more child to our family and it was time to move into a more spacious living space, I was surprisingly a bit regretful and sad about leaving our little home, where I could hear all of my favorite people breathing each night.

I’ll never forget the look on a friend’s face when I showed her around our little apartment. She put her hand over her heart, gave me a pitiful look, and said, “I’ll definitely be praying that God provides another place for you to live.” I was amused by her response because I didn’t feel nearly as desperate about my situation.
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Who Is Counseling Our Women?

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Note: This article has been condensed from Guiding Principles for the Biblical Counselor by Debi Pryde (pages 11-14). Reprinted by permission from the author.

by Debi Pryde

My grandmother firmly believed that the modern practice of men’s counseling women was leading to an epidemic of good pastors becoming vulnerable to both physical and emotional adultery. Years ago, I thought she was exaggerating the issue, so I never really took what she said too seriously. Today, I think she was wise to something that is, indeed, proving pryde_motherdaughter.jpgto be extremely dangerous to both men and women.

People often expect their pastors to perform services that frankly men should not have to provide. Sometimes pastors themselves wrongly believe God has commanded them to provide these services to women. Most are well-meaning, good men who have assumed this kind of one-on-one work is part of being a good shepherd to the flock God has given to them. Others belligerently assume this responsibility without a healthy fear of their own vulnerability and without regard for what is truly in the best interests of trusting women who need more than a few words of help and encouragement. We have forgotten that God has made a provision for women counseling women. The provision is the ministry of mature Christian women who are qualified by virtue of their experience and testimony of faithfulness to the Word over a period of years.
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Dazzled, a Recap

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by Todd Wood

I like to be dazzled.

Someone in my church family placed on my office chair section D of USA Today (July 16, 2007). I picked up the paper and stared at a road pedal bike made by KGS Bikes in San Antonio, costing $22,180.96, twice the amount I could round up even if I sold both of my cars. Here is just a small portion of the components: (1) a Parlee frame—$5,950, (2) Lew Racing wood_biking.jpgfull-carbon wheels with ceramic bearings—$6,495, (3) a set of Orion carbon brake calipers—$1,475, and (4) a Garmin Edge cycle computer with customizable display, GPS-based altimeter, cadence counter, and heart monitor. The bike is state-of-the-art. The paint job alone cost $800.

I like to be dazzled by God as revealed in His creation.

I am into bikes, especially as I am training with a Christian brother for the LotoJa Classic coming up September 8, 2007. It’s the longest one-day bike race in America—206 miles from Logan, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But even more dazzling than pedal bikes, only a simple creation of man, I am astounded by the beauty of mountain passes we have climbed. Who can create such spectacular wild flowers, alpine meadows, pristine lakes, high ridges, and deep gorges? Read more about Dazzled, a Recap

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Time Is of the Essence!

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by Les Heinze

Recently, I said to our pastoral staff that this summer has seemed so incredibly busy with weddings, funerals, retreats, meetings, trips, counseling and follow-up that I have only ridden my Harley one time! The summer is supposed to be a little slower-paced. What am I doing wrong? Why don’t I have more “free time?” Which brought to my mind an article I hadheinze_clock.jpg come across earlier titled, “If You Are 35, You Only Have 500 Days To Live.” (The article really bothered me because I am well over 35!) The article contends that when you subtract the time you spend sleeping, working, grooming, eating, traveling, and participating in other time-stealers, you have only 500 days to spend as you wish if you live another 36 years! That is a scary and probably discouraging thought, isn’t it?

This illustration underscores a truth. If you are going to be effective with your life, you must learn to manage your time. Time management is really self-management. Ecclesiastes 8:6 says, “There is a time and procedure for everything, which produces great stress upon a man.” The problem is not the clock or calendar but our use of what we have. To get angry at the clock is like getting angry at the bathroom scales; both are simply a means of measurement. All of us, who are conscientious and responsible, have asked, “How do I balance all that I have to do at work, at home, and in my Christian walk?” I have developed a new understanding and appreciation for Ephesians 5:15-17, which speaks to us about the essence of our time. I believe this passage becomes even more relevant as we see the candles multiply on our birthday cakes and as we think about all we would like to do. I am challenged by this passage to develop three consistent habits. Read more about Time Is of the Essence!

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