Dr. Campbell has written an important work on the Decree of God. This work begins by telling readers the story of his wife dying and he articulates that is what pressed him into studying and examining the scriptures. His story will grip every reader and those seeking to search through these truths with him throughout the rest of the book. He then addresses some of the potential reservations for Calvinism. But sees that suffering strengthens faith (pg. 11), good has come from his wife’s death (pg. 14), and the existence of God deals with evils and sufferings (pg. 16).
He then walks throughout the various challenges to the decree of God from theism – polytheism – pantheism – atheism. He describes each term and shows the differences that exist between each term. He discusses compatibilism and libertarianism. Dr. Campbell defines the doctrine of election and says that election is compatible with love (pg. 71). He gives one of the best biblical cases for the doctrine of election and walks through the scriptures.
I believe his story of his wife and how he wrestled through those things during her death is worth the price of the book. But this is one of the most helpful and soul-stirring arguments for understanding biblical election that I have ever read.
As he moves forward, he gives a critique of Arminianism and then continues to give a strong case for unconditional election. He spends time discussing infralapsarianism and supralapsarianism. He says that God’s love is an act of free grace (pg. 220). He shows how the decree of God is incompatible with Molinism and then ends this work with an epilogue (pg. 281).
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- Prayers divided into various sections
- Some prayers are changed to make them more readable in today’s English
- Reading prayers as a devotional can be a helpful way to reflect on your prayer time and go deeper in your prayers.
- These are saints who have gone before us!
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- Let it encourage your faith in Christ!
– The graphics and pictures are fantastic!
– Bibliography at the end of each chapter on what was covered in the chapter
– This work walks in order of passages mentioned
Page Count for the Gospels – 583
Page Count for Acts through Revelation – 763
Interesting Chapters in the Gospels: Fishing in the Sea of Galilee and The Words & Teachings of Jesus in the Context of Judea
Interesting Chapters in Acts through Revelation: Early Church Demographics and The Social & Geographical World of Ephesus
Evan Knies is from West Monroe, LA. He is married to Lauren and father to Maesyn. He is a graduate of Boyce College and The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. You can follow him on Twitter @Evan_Knies