Book Review: English Bible Translations: By What Standard?

English Bible Translations - By What StandardEnglish Bible Translations – By What Standard by William O. Einwechter
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book presents a decent and concise explanation of the presuppositional veiw of Bible translation. He is a bit heavy-handed at times and I have read conflicting information on a few points. He does make a good case for formal equivalence in a translation, while acknowledging that complete formal equivalence is not possible. He also has a very brief appendix on the errors of typical KJVO advocates and distinguishing such positions from traditional and confessional views on the subject.

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Book Review: The Homiletical Beat: Why All Sermons Are Narrative

The Homiletical Beat: Why All Sermons Are NarrativeThe Homiletical Beat: Why All Sermons Are Narrative by Eugene L. Lowry
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The music analogy with tension and resolution for sermons was good. This book deals mainly with the sermon form as narrative form. Narrative form has beginning, middle, and end. Narrative form includes tension in the form of crisis or conflict leading to resolution. Lowry points out that sermons are events over time, more like the process of painting a picture than the presentation of a painted picture. Some good ideas here worth considering about sermonic form and even delivery, but not so much as to sermon content.

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Book Review: What is the Lord’s Supper?

What Is The Lord's Supper? (Crucial Questions #16)What Is The Lord’s Supper? by R.C. Sproul
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This brief book is a part of the Crucial Questions series. Sproul had such a clear and concise style, this is an easy read. There are some points I am always going to differ with him, but there was a lot of good in this book. He does give quite a bit of space to historical issues surrounding the Lord’s Supper that may be more or less relevant depending on the reader’s background.

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Book Review: Understanding the Lord’s Supper

Understanding The Lord's SupperUnderstanding The Lord’s Supper by Bobby Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful book. Jamieson blends theological and practical considerations in a brief book. I differed in a few points and noticed it was where Jamieson’s points were farthest from any scriptural text. Overall good treatment.

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Book Review: Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons

Why I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 ReasonsWhy I Love the Apostle Paul: 30 Reasons by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Piper reflects on characteristics of Paul that are held in tension and rare to find in a man. He weaves in lightly some of his own experience and what Paul has meant to him or helped him to see. It’s a mature reflection from a lifetime of study.

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