Book Review—God’s Indwelling Presence

Hamilton, James M., Jr. God’s Indwelling Presence: The Holy Spirit in the Old & New Testaments. NAC Studies in Bible & Theology. Nashville, Tenn: B&H Publishing Group, 2006. 233 pages, Hardcover. $19.99.

(Review copy courtesy of B&H Publishing Group)

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Note: This is volume 1 in the NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY STUDIES IN BIBLE AND THEOLOGY

Special Features:

3 Appendices:

1) The Use of emphusao- in John 20:22

2) “He is with you, and He is in you?”—The text of John 14:17c

3) Rushing Wind and Organ Music: Toward Luke’s Theology of the Spirit in Acts

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Book Review: Believer’s Baptism

Believer’s Baptism: Sign of the New Covenant in Christ. Edited by Thomas R. Schreiner and Shawn D. Wright. NAC Studies in Bible & Theology. Nashville, Tenn: B & H Academic, 2006. 364 pages, Hardcover. $19.99.

(Review copies courtesy of B&H Publishing)

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Note: This is volume 2 in the NEW AMERICAN COMMENTARY STUDIES IN BIBLE AND THEOLOGY.

Special Features: Forward by Timothy George; Author Index; Subject Index; Scripture Index

Sample Chapter: PDF

ISBN: 0805432493 / 9780805432497
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FAQ on Baptist Church Councils

In The Nick of Timeby Daniel R. Brown and Kevin T. Bauder.

What Is a Church Council?

A church council is a representative body of pastors and messengers, invited from fellowshipping churches, called by a particular congregation to advise it on matters of organization, ordination, or resolution of disputes.

Who Calls a Church Council?

Only a local church can call a council. It then invites pastors and messengers from churches of like faith and order. Typically, each church is asked to send a pastor and two brothers, but this is usually regarded as a suggested number. Individuals may be invited, but this should be the exception rather than the rule. All of the pastors and messengers gather at the stated time and place.

How Is a Council Organized?

The council organizes itself. Sometimes the inviting church will supply a temporary chairman and clerk, but most times the council itself will elect the temporary chairman and clerk. Once this is done, the temporary clerk will call the roll of invited pastors and messengers. A motion will be entertained to seat the council, and the members of the council will vote. Once seated, the members of the council will elect a permanent chairman and clerk. At this point, the council can proceed with its business.
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Roads That Lead to Christian Burnout, Part 4

Wrong Road #4—The Road to Nowhere

Read Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

by Debi Pryde

The fourth path to burnout is one that is more difficult to identify. Most people believe they are on the right road until they’ve traveled quite a distance. Everything looks great until they round the bend and finds themselves in the middle of nowhere. That’s when the road gets bumpy, the weather turns nasty, the terrain abruptly turns from beautiful to ugly, pryde_roadtonowhere.jpgand they can hardly see where they’re going because of all the fog. It’s easy to stop and hope the weather improves—but it doesn’t. And stopping only leaves them in that mess longer. More difficult, there are all kinds of detours and splits in the road, and it’s sometimes quite challenging deciding which way to go.
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Mark Farnham—The SharperIron Interview | Part 2

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Current Issues Within Fundamentalism

Mark Farnham, Assistant Professor of Theology and New Testament at Calvary Baptist Theological Seminary (Lansdale, PA), joins us for a series of podcasts on Fundamentalism. In his first interview, he surveyed the four historical stages of Fundamentalism. In this second interview, he discusses current issues within Fundamentalism.

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Book Review—Telling God's Story

Reviewed by Robert Talley

Wright, John W. Telling God’s Story: Narrative Preaching for Christian Formation. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2007. Paperback, 264 pages. $18.00

(Review copy courtesy of InterVarsity Press)

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Special Features: Index

ISBNs: 0830827404 / 9780830827404

LCCN: BV4235.S76W75 2007

DCN: 251

Table of Contents & Book Excerpts

Subjects: Preaching, Narrative Preaching, Hermeneutics
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Has Fundamentalism Become Secularized? Part 3

Theological Disconnect

See Part 1 and Part 2.

by Mark Farnham

In the first part of this essay, I stated that fundamental Christianity has been affected by secularization in three primary ways: faith has become more privatized, beliefs have become mixed and matched and less systematic, and pragmatism has become the guiding influence in philosophy of ministry. I dealt with privatization in Part 2. The decline of systematization in farnham_exposiu.gifbeliefs will be examined in greater detail in this essay.
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Brethren, We Need Each Other

In The Nick of Timeby Daniel R. Brown

Baptist churches prize the independence and autonomy of their local churches. They wear the doctrine of independence as the king wears his regal robe. Independence does not apply only to unaffiliated Baptist churches. Baptist churches that fellowship with associations, conferences, and conventions may lose some degree of their self-determination because of complications over property, missions, and the like; but even they insist on being independent.

Baptists have no pope, diocese, or synod. Baptist independence involves refusing ecclesiastical interference as well as political interference. Separation of church and state as a Baptist distinctive primarily reflects the need for the church to be free from state interference rather than vice versa.

This independence works both for and against Baptists. Filling pastoral vacancies and helping struggling churches are two areas in which independence creates difficulty. Independent Baptists do not always have the best track record when it comes to working with each other. The lack of perspective for the greater Body of Christ can cause us to have such a narrow focus that all we can see is our own ministry. A narrow focus upon our own ministry can lead either to a feeling of incompetence (inferiority complex) or to a feeling of arrogance (superiority complex).
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