• Christians are willing to die for Inerrancy of Scripture. But inerrancy of Scripture may not reveal tensions in the text or show an obvious way to resolve them. Consider these statements: 1. God is full of wrath in the Old Testament. 2. God is full of love in the New Testament. Are the statements in error? They are not. A test of inerrancy does not immediately reveal the underlying tension or solution. However if we look at them from unity of Scripture, the two statements reveals the young believer's underlying question, "Why is God different in OT and NT?" Unity of Scripture then points the way forward by demonstrating that God is full of wrath in the NT and God is full of love in the OT. With unity in mind, Kaiser shows how whole categories of seemingly unrelated questions can be resolved. Questions like "How are OT saints saved?", "Has the church replaced Israel?", "Is missions in the OT?" and more are addressed in chapters with titles like "The Unity of the Bible and the Doctrine of Salvation", "The Unity of the Bible and the People of God" and "The Unity of the Mission in the Old Testament". Thought-provoking and insightful in every chapter. A brilliant book by a brilliant scholar.
    1. Thanks to this book, I've started my day by praying to God that the fruit of the Spirit may ripen in my life: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. The absence of sports metaphors, personal anecdotes or inspirational stories is a feature, not a bug. Chris Wright explains he is writing for both preachers and general Christian readers. Showing sensitivity for missions, Wright expects the preacher to develop his own illustration to fit his local context. Thus, illustrations are drawn from Ruth, David, and the acts of God and Jesus. Each chapter (with one exception) shows that each part of the fruit is rooted in the character of God as revealed in the Old Testament and Jesus in the New Testament. Wright then shows how Christians are to grow to reflect the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness and gentleness of God. In conclusion, a terrific book for anyone studying Galatians 5:22-23. Chris Wright is precise and clear in his Bible-saturated explanations. The goal of the book is to persuade readers to bear fruit by being rooted and alive in Christ. May it bless you as it blessed me.
      1. Paul Tripp begins the book by alerting the reader on worldview, theirs against the gospel. The next chapter is Christian anthropology, to pose the question, "Who are we?" And the answer is we are creatures, sinners, sufferers and saints. Tripp then proceeds to unpack an eight point exposition on Genesis 3. While many Sunday School children knows the story of Adam and Eve eating the Forbidden Fruit, not many see how the story applies to our lives, much less on money. Along the way, Tripp shows us the Lord's Prayer, the blessing and dangers of money and reveals what we treasure, love and anticipate in relation to money. His chapter on God's Generous Agenda is the strongest chapter in the book, which realises the title: Redeeming Money. Parts of the book are better spoken or preached than written. When written, the repeated phrases or ideas can be monotonous. Most readers will gain from the grace-filled counsel he offers but a few will need to figure out how to bridge the universal truth he conveys and their own lives. Not everyone will relate to the examples Tripp describes. In this book, Tripp brings the anxious away from their money worries, to look at themselves, the grace of God, allowing God to reveal and reorient their hearts, and thus eventually redeem their money for God.
        1. All Things New aims to show that the Christian life does not start at Sin and end at Atonement. Hughes thesis is that Christians have long ignored the wider narrative of Creation and New Creation and our role as agents of renewal. The book is strong on explaining the wider narrative which is outlined in six parts, each with 3-4 chapters, beginning with Eden and ending with Heaven and Hell. However, the book is weak on showing the biblical basis for Christians as agents of renewal. In one brief section it questionably links the Resurrection of Christ to a call for Creativity in disciples. All Things New includes things new to traditional thought, for example Solomon was an oppressive slave master and Jesus was a revolutionary. The limited evidence and much needed discussion on these items is in marked contrast with the space and depth devoted to the chapter on the rethinking of Hell, an argument for Annihilationism. I was hoping Hughes' All Things New would be a shorter book (˜300 pages) that makes the similar Church and Culture arguments found in Keller's Center Church (˜900 pages) or Kuyper's Pro Rege (˜1500 pages). That was not his intent, and I should not expect it to be. Instead of reading it as a big ideas book, it is better to read it as one man's journey through a myriad of ideas set in the grand narrative of Scripture. Some of the ideas will stick, some will not, but the personal stories and testimonies will entertain and encourage.
          1. "The Trinity, Practically Explained" argues that the doctrine is not an intellectual puzzle to be solved but an important practical necessity in the life of the Christian. The historical background of Arius and the Council of Nicaea is absent because the author's focus is on presenting the biblical arguments for the Trinity. His argument begins on the premise that only God can save but by showing that God the Father saves, Jesus the Son saves and the Holy Spirit saves, the inevitable conclusion is God is a Trinity. The impact of the Trinitarian God and our Trinitarian salvation impacts our worship, witness, ethics and hope. In his online biography, Macchia describes himself as an ecumenical theologian and his ecumenical approach can be seen in this well-written book which should find doctrinal agreement across denominational lines.
            1. Puritans have a well-deserved reputation for writing long and hard on one topic or one bible verse. They squeeze the Bible dry to quench the reader's thirst. Piper does the same on the topic of Providence. He makes a sustained argument from Scripture: from the definition of Providence, to the Ultimate Goal of Providence and finally to the Extent and Nature of Providence. This book has the potential to be a classic the same way Puritan classics of 300 years ago are still enjoyed today.
              1. The Transformative Word commentary series takes a thematic approach and is designed to be paired with another, presumably thicker, commentary. This is to explain why Universal Story: Gen 1-11 is less than 150 pages long. Thus, if the reader is looking for conclusions or up-to-date scholarship to bring to the next debate, this is not the right book. Here, the author asks different questions, for example, "What exactly went wrong in Eden?" and invites us to re-look at familiar verses from a different angle. While he does not shrink from asserting the Bible as the key to understanding reality, over and against Science, he does not aim to put to rest topics such as creationism or sexual ethics. Remember the small page count and the aims of the commentary series. Universal Story is a good book to introduce a wider audience to commentaries and to invite further conversations on God's revelation.
                1. Bloodline attempts to tell the big story of atonement in an easy-to-read way by drawing from each and every single book of the Bible within 300 pages. If judged by the constraints it sets on itself, this is probably a one-of-a-kind book. However, by limiting the page count and insisting on 66 books of the Bible, the result is often rushed. Conclusions are made but at times not substantiated. Every chapter's call to worship becomes abrupt because the writing does not build up to that call. Based on Heitzig's sermons and other books, notably "The Bible From 30,000 Feet", one can't help but feel Bloodline could be a better book if it was given more lines.
                  1. Tempted and Tried reveals what actually happened in Jesus' temptation in the desert. This cosmic encounter between two eternal enemies was over after three exchanges of Bible verses. Anti-climatic. Until someone explains. Dr. Russell Moore reveals the 'perfect' temptation of Satan against Jesus. It should have worked for Satan was the master tempter and He knew what would or should have worked against Jesus. But it didn't. And what Jesus did in the desert reveals much on what temptations mean for us today not as a distant model for us to emulate but as one who lives in us, and us in him. A search in Amazon shows very few books on Temptation, the most noteworthy being John Owen's. Christians need to understand what is Temptation and this book teaches us well.
                    1. Count It All Joy is a re-published title from Dr. David Jeremiah's 1992 book, "Turning Toward Joy". The book is replete with anecdotes and quotations. The author appreciates good writing so much so that he invites other authors to describe the message he communicates. This teaching on Philippians is good and solid, not straying towards newer non-traditional views of Philippians. It is a good book for those who like pages of anecdotes and quotations but there are other books on Philippians that is better for bible study (by David Jeremiah), small groups (Be Joyful by Warren Wiersbe) or for personal edification (by D. A. Carson).