Book Review: Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship

Expository Exultation: Christian Preaching as WorshipExpository Exultation: Christian Preaching as Worship by John Piper
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is a fantastic treatment of the task of preaching. Piper aims to bring together the rigors of exposition with the beauty of Christ’s Gospel from Genesis to Revelation. He gives careful attention to various texts throughout the Bible to show how every good promised to believers in Scripture is bought by Christ’s work on the cross, so the preaching of Christ from all Scripture is not some tacked on mask or afterthought. This book is helpful on a number of levels and will help you think about the aim of preaching and how that aim is accomplished through faithful exposition.

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Book Review: The Bible Expositor’s Handbook: New Testament

The Bible Expositor's Handbook, NT Edition: New TestamentThe Bible Expositor’s Handbook, NT Edition: New Testament by Greg Harris
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is an excellent book on exposition of the New Testament. Harris uses a consistent historical grammatical hermeneutic while looking at various New Testament passages. He considers intertexuality, progress of revelation, biblical theology, and the nature of prophetic fulfillment. He treats the interaction between the testaments and traces major themes through the New Testament. It is not exhaustive, but it is helpful and accessible.

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Book Review: How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Biblical Narrative

How Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Biblical NarrativeHow Bible Stories Work: A Guided Study of Biblical Narrative by Leland Ryken
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an extremely helpful book. Ryken gives tools and methodology to use in analyzing biblical narratives. This is considered literary analysis, so it is not a full hermeneutical treatment. It’s short and very practical, which is positive and negative. It doesn’t give you everything you will need to analyze biblical narratives, but it will get you well underway.

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Book Review: Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace

Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God's GraceFive Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a good, brief walk through the doctrines of grace. It has a bit of historical background and some practical application. It is a semi-apologetic in defense of these truths and a concise explanation of the points. Piper shows these truths to be the central ground for God-glorifying salvation, assurance of faith, and anchoring our overall theological understanding of the Bible.

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Book Review: Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model

Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age ModelAmillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model by Matt Waymeyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is primarily a critique of the two-age schema of amillennialism. Waymeyer works carefully through a number of issues pertaining to this framework. He gives copious footnotes and direct quotes. He presents the basic amillennial interpretation and gives space to differing views within the amill camp. He also presents the interpretation of premillennialists, and also notice the existence of different views within that camp. He attempted to present views fairly without misrepresentation. This is an excellent resource for some key issues of difference between amill and premill interpretations.

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