Book Review: The Meaning of Ecclesia in the New Testament

The Meaning of Ecclesia in the New TestamentThe Meaning of Ecclesia in the New Testament by Edward Hugh Overbey, B.A., B.D.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a brief and useful study on the Greek word ekklesia. You can download a free Kindle version here.

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Book Review: Has the Church Replaced Israel?

Has the Church Replaced IsraelHas the Church Replaced Israel by Michael Vlach
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an excellent study on the relation of Israel to the New Testament church. Vlach deals fairly with opposing views and examines a number of key verses.

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Book Review: Understanding Baptism

Understanding BaptismUnderstanding Baptism by Bobby Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a clear, concise, and readable book. Jamieson does a good job explaining baptism. I greatly appreciated the emphasis on the Gospel in connection to baptism, how baptism is a public profession, and the connection with church membership. I disagreed with his take on the lone Christian and baptism. He overworked the Acts 8 passage on the baptism of the Ethiopian Eunuch. If he had just left that out, this already strong book would’ve been stronger. Overall the book is helpful and worth reading.

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Book Review: The Whole Truth About God: Biblical Theology

The Whole Truth About God: Biblical TheologyThe Whole Truth About God: Biblical Theology by Bobby Jamieson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a brief study on the importance of sound doctrine to a local church for love, holiness, worship, witness, and unity.

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Book Review: What is a Healthy Church?

What Is a Healthy Church?What Is a Healthy Church? by Mark Dever
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is based on Dever’s larger work, “Nine Marks of a Healthy Church,” and is a briefer and more practical treatment of what a healthy church should look like. He does briefly touch on each of the nine marks, but he divides them into essential marks and important marks. I appreciate how he emphasizes that the Bible is the rule of faith and practice. He asks for a hearing and that if the reader disagrees with his conclusions, it will be because, through studying the Bible, the reader believes the texts mean something different.

Having said that, I do disagree with some conclusions here and there because I believe the texts have a different meaning. However, the book overall is helpful for thinking through a number of issues related to the church and the practical application of doctrine.

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