Book Review—Always Reforming

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.
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The Resurrection Body of Christ the Lord, Part 7

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

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.
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Who Is Counseling Our Women?

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.
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Dazzled, a Recap

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. Read more about Dazzled, a Recap

Time Is of the Essence!

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? Read more about Time Is of the Essence!