Book Briefs: Mere Calvinism

prpbooks_images_covers_hi-res_9781629956145.jpgJim Orrick is a professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the author of A Year with George Herbert: A Guide to Fifty-Two of His Best Loved Poems.

Why is Mere Calvinism an important work? 

Mere Calvinism is the most helpful and accessible book on the Doctrines of Grace. Everyone can read this book and benefit from it. I think other works on the Doctrines of Grace can be very helpful, but they can miss a personal/pastoral element to the work. However, this cannot be said of Mere Calvinism. It is pastoral and personal on every page. This book shows that the Doctrines of Grace are not dull or dead, but the Doctrines of Grace are living doctrines! Throughout the work, Orrick shows that the Doctrines of Grace relate to everyday life and they should cause us to find joy in God!

Chapters in Mere Calvinism: 

1. Calvinism: More Than the Five Points 

2. Total Depravity: We Have Received a Bleak Diagnosis

3. Unconditional Election: The Father Planned for the Success of the Gospel 

4. Limited Atonement: The Son Secured the Salvation of His People 

5. Irresistible Grace: The Holy Spirit Supernaturally Calls the Elect 

6. Perseverance of the Saints: God Brings All His Children to Heaven 

7. What If?: Less Than the Five Points 

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Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and Father to Maesyn. He serves as Minister of Students at Bullitt Lick Baptist Church in Shepherdsville, KY. He also serves as the Executive Assistant of the Nelson Baptist Association. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies

Book Briefs: Textuality and the Bible by Michael B. Shepherd

By Billy Doolittle

textuality-and-the-bibleDr. Michael Shepherd is Associate Professor of Biblical Studies at Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. He earned his M.Div and PhD from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary under the guidance of Dr. John Sailhamer. He has published many works including The Text in the Middle, Daniel in the Context of the Hebrew Bible, The Textual World of the Bible, and others. He was awarded with 4 other professors for notable scholars by the Southeastern Evangelical Fellowship during the 67th annual ETS meeting in Atlanta. In Textuality and the Bible, he explores the validity of the Bible being a text in a unique combination of genre and faith producing history and theology while not strictly being confined to a historical or theological book. Rather the Bible is at its core a literary work. “It is thus necessary to describe it in textual, literary, and even linguistic terms” (xi). Shepherd will explore different arguments for defending how the Bible should be read in the manner it was a written: as a book, in order to properly train the church.

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Book Briefs: Christ and the New Creation by Matthew Y. Emerson

By Billy Doolittle

christ-and-ncMatthew Emerson is the Dickinson Assistant Professor of Religion at Oklahoma Baptist University.  He earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University and his M.Div and Ph.D. from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He has published numerous articles and books in his specialty, biblical hermeneutics and theological method of the Old and New Testaments.  He is currently serving as co-editor of the Journal of Baptist Studies and is involved in numerous biblical societies.

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Book Briefs: Idolatry in the Pentateuch: An Innertextual Strategy by Tracy J. McKenzie

By Billy Doolittle

idolatry-in-the-pentTracy McKenzie teaches at the undergraduate program at the Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  Idolatry in the Pentateuch is an interesting and well put together read.  Readers seeking foundational interpreting skills of the Hebrew Bible and solidifying their hermeneutic would gain greatly from this small informative book.  The final shape of the Bible is indispensable in acquiring the meaning of the text.  McKenzie informs us of not only the diachronic complexities in the composition of the Hebrew Bible but also its impact on how the Bible intends itself to be read. Continue reading “Book Briefs: Idolatry in the Pentateuch: An Innertextual Strategy by Tracy J. McKenzie”