Thursday, August 04, 2005

Book Reviews

Here are a few books that I have read recently:

"Father, Son, & Holy Spirit," Bruce Ware: A great little book put out by crossway. It is based on a series of lectures on the Trinity Dr. Ware gave in March of 2004. It is a quick read (150 plus pages) and well worth the time you will invest into it. There are some lofty thoughts in the book, and you may have trouble falling asleep at night when you stop to think about eternity past. There are some very practical thoughts in the book that will have an impact on your daily life, particularly how you pray.

“The Murder of Jesus,” John MacArthur: This is a great read. If you want to take a break from some very deep reading this is a great book to pick up. MacArthur does a great job of recounting the Bible narrative of Christ’s crucifixion. If for no other reason than the subject matter this is a profitable read. I would highly recommend this book to students.

“Verbal Aspect in the Greek of the New Testament,” Stanley Porter: Do not buy this book, or read this book unless you are a “Greek nut” or teaching a Greek class. This highly technical work will drown you with research, and linguistic jargon. However, Porter is pioneering the study of Greek verb tenses. If you want to know what is happening in the world of Verbal Aspect and discourse analysis this is a must.

“Famine in the Land,” Steven J. Lawson: If you are a pastor pick this little book up and give it a read.

“City on a Hill,” Philip Graham Ryken: If you are at all interested in Tenth Presbyterian Church of Philadelphia’s philosophy of ministry pick this book up. I recommend this book with one caveat: do not be afraid to do things differently than Ryken. Ryken is not afraid to share his methodology, so do not be afraid to disagree with his methodology. Be biblical in your ministry, and learn from a wise brother like Ryken.

“Stop Dating the Church,” Joshua Harris: Not a bad book for a student to read. This is not an intensely biblical book. I do not mean that in a necessarily bad way. What I mean is that in a style that is typical to Harris the book is based primarily on his experiences with some basic biblical principles applied. It is a little over 100 pages.

“New Testament Exegesis,” Gordon Fee: A necessary book for anyone new to ministry. Fee does a great job of outlining simple steps that will help your preaching to be regulated by the text. It requires some basic knowledge of Greek.

“God’s Outlaw,” Edwards: A biography of William Tyndale. This is one of my favorite historical characters, and one of my favorite biographies. This book has a special place in my heart, because it was a graduation gift from a dear professor in college. This is a book that will help you with your church history, and encourage you in your own spiritual walk. I would recommend this book to anyone who has ever read an English Bible.

More reviews coming tomorrow…


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