Book Review: The Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message

The Psalms: Structure, Content, and MessageThe Psalms: Structure, Content, and Message by Claus Westermann
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Pretty good book. There are some good nuggets scattered through this one. Westermann looks at the Psalms through ten content genres. His notes on structure and content were probably the most useful. At times he’s a little heavy on the canonical criticism and redaction theory.

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Book Review: What If I Don’t Desire to Pray?

What If I Don't Desire to Pray? (Church Questions)What If I Don’t Desire to Pray? by John Onwuchekwa
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This a practical booklet on prayer. John O doesn’t try to give a theology of prayer but a helpful encouragement to pray, both individually and corporately. He gets to the actual problem—we know how to pray but don’t really want to pray.

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Book Review: What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism?

What If I'm Discouraged in My Evangelism?What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism? by Isaac Adams
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an encouraging booklet fir evangelism. When we faithfully share the Gospel, we are successful evangelists, regardless of the response.

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Book Review: The Psalter Reclaimed

The Psalter ReclaimedThe Psalter Reclaimed by Gordon J. Wenham
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful study. Wenham looks at the Psalms and discusses aspects of historical and traditional interpretation, canonical interpretation and criticism, the collection and arrangement of the Psalms, as well as psalmic intertextuality. In some cases he raises issues for investigation without fully committing. Overall, he upheld the eschatological, Messianic thrust of the Psalms. It was an informative and thought provoking study.

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Book Review: How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?

How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics?How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? by Jonathan Leeman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a helpful and needed booklet on divisive political issues in a church. Too many churches have become cultic and ingrown where there is simply no room for disagreements with the group think. Christian identity becomes entangled and confused with political parties or movements. There are hardly any categories for someone to disagree on such issues and still be deemed Christians. If every person in your church looks and thinks just like you do, is that a sign you’re Christians, or it could it reveal something else?

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