Book Review: The Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes

The Lord's Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He ComesThe Lord’s Supper: Remembering and Proclaiming Christ Until He Comes by Thomas R. Schreiner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a compilation with each chapter written by a different author. The book varies a little from chapter to chapter, but the editors did a good job pulling it all together. The book looks at the communion supper from exegetical, theological, historical, and practical viewpoints. I didn’t agree with all the conclusions by the various authors, and even they didn’t all agree everywhere. The book also did a good job as far as identifying the major contentions and attempting answers from the author’s point of view. Some of the history sections seemed to drag on a little, but the summaries and conclusions at the end were helpful.

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Book Review: Eternal Israel: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies that Uphold the Eternal, Distinctive Destiny of Israel

Eternal Israel: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies that Uphold the Eternal, Distinctive Destiny of IsraelEternal Israel: Biblical, Theological, and Historical Studies that Uphold the Eternal, Distinctive Destiny of Israel by Barry Horner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a follow up to the author’s earlier book, Future Israel. He interacts with some of the feedback from the first book and continues to blend writings from history to current times. Horner is right about the pervasive nature of supersessionist theology, though I know most do not like that term and would rather play games with words to cover their replacement theology. Horner not only covers the writings of supersessionists, but also their politics. Horner also deals with some of the problems with dispensationalists in reference to Israel. Horner also points out the pride of supersessionism that is exactly what Paul warned against in Romans 11:17-21. Of course, Horner presents the inevitable conclusion, supersessionism must be repented of and turned from. I’ve been surprised to see replacement popping up in the preaching of supposedly premill adherents that acknowledge some place for Israel, but see the “church” superseding Israel in place and importance.

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Book Review: The Wrath of Grapes: Drinking and the Church Divided

The Wrath of Grapes: Drinking and the Church DividedThe Wrath of Grapes: Drinking and the Church Divided by Andre S. Bustanoby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Bustanoby’s books is a helpful contribution to studying the issue of wine from the Bible. He helps to clear up some of the myths and erroneous conclusions on both sides of this issue, which cloud many discussions of it. He presents a moderationist view and ably defends it as the scriptural view. He spends time on exegetical and lexical work with words used and the meaning of relevant biblical passages. He echoes the condemnation and warning from scripture concerning drunkenness or the abuse of alcohol. He ends with a few practical chapters on alcohol abuse and alcohol abusers. This felt a little beyond the scope of the book, but had some helpful information. That section particularly could use some updating.

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Book Review: Romans

RomansRomans by Douglas J. Moo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I thought going in this was just an abridged version of Moo’s longer commentary, but was pleasantly surprised that was not the case. There are certainly times where the text commentary reads similarly, but it is usually in a shorter, summary form that can actually be helpful. The Bridging Contexts and Contemporary Significance sections add excellent practical applications that go beyond the longer commentary. If you were to only have one, I would suggest the longer commentary though it is more technical. However, it is worth having both as this volume is an excellent complement to the longer commentary.

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Book Review: The Epistle to the Romans

The Epistle to the RomansThe Epistle to the Romans by Douglas J. Moo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a really good commentary on Romans. Moo gives a good balance of exegetical and theological work. For various passages, he interacts with different views and generally explains why he adopts the view he does. There were different places where I disagreed with Moo, some of those quite minor and some less so, but this is the kind of commentary that is helpful even when you disagree. He gives enough explanation for his view that it is helpful to work through it. This is a must have commentary for studying and preaching Romans.

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