Books

Roger Olson on his new book: Against Liberal Theology

"In this book I repeat, but with updated information and insight, J. Gresham Machen’s conclusion in his classic book 'Christianity and Liberalism' that was published in 1923. In a way, my book is a centenary celebration of his book but  filling in the gap of a century between that book and mine" - Olson

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We Need a Better Approach to Race Conversations

"As a black pastor trained in a conservative evangelical school, I have been grieved to watch my white fellow pastors debate each other and divide over racial issues....Into this fray enters George Yancey with his new book, Beyond Racial Division: A Unifying Alternative to Colorblindness and Antiracism." - TGC

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Engaging Piper’s New Book: Are Affections Part of Saving Faith?

"Piper’s most recent book, What Is Saving Faith?: Reflections on Receiving Christ as a Treasure.... Piper argues for his 'affectional' understanding of saving faith.... treasuring Christ is an affectional 'act of faith,' not in the sense of an action that results from faith, but as one of the 'actings that constitute what faith is.'" - TGC

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Book Summary of Jesus the Dayspring: The Sunrise and the Visitation of Israel’s Messiah

Sheffield Phoenix New Testament Monographs, 43, 2021, 204 pp.

By David H. Wenkel, PhD

Messianic expectations in the first century were varied, but rarely did they include a figure associated with the sunrise or the direction of the east. However, in Luke’s gospel (1:78) the prophetic song (the ‘Benedictus’) of the priest Zechariah, father of John the Baptist, includes a title for Jesus that means the “dayspring,” “dawn,” or “rising sun” (“the sunrise shall visit us from on high” ESV).

Where did this title arise? How did some first century Jews come to this association of the sunrise with messianic expectations? This study argues that the best answer is that the Old Testament offered an antecedent theology and messianic vocabulary that contributed to this title and associated expectations.

The first chapter argues that the sunrise in the east functions as the direction from which God’s presence will arrive. In the book of Genesis, Old Testament scholars have recognized that there is an important directional theme in which God’s presence comes from the east. This nature of this arrival is ambiguous because it will bring his holy wrath as well as mercy. This chapter follows this directional theme of “hope from the east” in relation to the Genesis narratives of the Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, and beyond. It explores how God’s presence is both gracious and terrifying, bringing mercy and justice in a post-Eden world.

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Symposium: ‘Scandal of the Evangelical Mind’ 30 Years Later

"With the publication of an anniversary edition, containing a new preface and afterword by Noll, I asked various scholars across institutions to reflect on the book’s significance and ongoing relevance for the church today." - TGC

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