Psalm 13: A Meditation on Lament

Psalm 13 is situated within a sub-collection of poems spanning from psalms 10-14. This sub-collection of psalms fill out a portrait of the kinds of people who oppose God’s anointed king. Psalms 10 and 14 create a frame around this portrait, giving us a window into the the thought-life of these people, thoughts like, “there is not God” (Ps. 10:4; 14:1), “I shall not be moved” (Ps. 10:6), “God has forgotten and won’t see” (Ps. 10:11), and “God will not call to account [my actions]” (Ps. 10:13). So, in Psalm 13, David is surrounded, pursued, and attacked by these sorts … Continue reading Psalm 13: A Meditation on Lament

Review: “After the Revolution” by David J. Ayers

The pursuit of sexual expression is no small facet of 21st century culture. In After the Revolution, David J. Ayers, professor of sociology at Grove City College, assesses the current state if the church with regard to the evangelical attitude toward sexual ethics. This dense, sobering work contains the fruit of meticulous work on the part of Ayers, displaying the results of a mountain of statistical and poll data. After the Revolution In Chapter 1, Ayers develops a biblical framework for sexuality. Rooted in the Scriptures, Ayers “introduce[s] the understanding of marriage – and, with it, sex and the human … Continue reading Review: “After the Revolution” by David J. Ayers

Review: (Re)reading Ruth by William A. Tooman

For anyone interested in exploring the narrative art of Hebrew literature, this volume is a happy friend. In his short commentary, (Re)reading Ruth, William A. Tooman, Senior Lecturer in Old Testament/Hebrew Bible at St. Andrews, guides his reader through the wonderful contours of this beloved book. Tooman is particularly interested in the poetics of Hebrew narrative. He writes, Hebrew narratives do not work like modern narratives, and particularly not like novels. They operate by a unique set of rules, which require a different set of reading skills, skills that must be learned (xv). For this reason, One aim of this … Continue reading Review: (Re)reading Ruth by William A. Tooman

Review: “Psalms” by James M. Hamilton Jr.

A veteran in the field of Biblical Theology, James M. Hamilton Jr. contributes a two-volume commentary on the Psalms in Lexham Academic’s series, Evangelical Biblical Theology Commentary. With an eye for how the Psalms fit into the grand narrative of Scripture, Hamilton offers a uniquely literary-theological reading of the final form of the Psalter. In his words, “This commentary seeks to interpret the book of Psalms as a book, that is, as a purposefully ordered collection of poems that build on and interpret one another” (3). Assumptions Hamilton holds to Mosaic authorship of the Torah and, as such believed David … Continue reading Review: “Psalms” by James M. Hamilton Jr.

Review: The Apostles’ Creed For All God’s Children

The first in a series of children’s books by Lexham Press, The Apostles’ Creed for All God’s Children serves as an approachable resource for parents to instruct (or catechize) their children in the basic beliefs of the Church. Complete with beautiful illustrations by Natasha Kennedy (see here for her other publications including children’s books and graphic novels), each page systematically works through the Apostles Creed, the earliest summary of the Apostles’ teaching, in an approachable, interactive, and fun way! The Creed The text of The Apostles’ Creek is written by Ben Myers of Alphacrucis College, Australia. Each page contains both … Continue reading Review: The Apostles’ Creed For All God’s Children

Review: “Revelation: Five Principles for Interpretation” by Alexander Stewart

Revelation is a wacky, wild book. Due to its strangeness, many devout followers of Jesus steer clear from reading the book. Alternatively, many obsess over Revelation with detailed (if not strange) schemes for what the future may have in store. In his book Revelation: Five Principles for Interpretation, Alexander E. Stewart offers an introduction to Revelation aimed at the common churchgoer. Revelation The book is broken up into two parts. Part 1 (chapters 1-5) details “five foundational principles for reading Revelation” which act as guardrails (3). One chapter is dedicated to each guiding principle. Principle 1 is to focus on … Continue reading Review: “Revelation: Five Principles for Interpretation” by Alexander Stewart

Review: “Abraham’s Silence” by Richard Middleton

Few passages of Scripture are as well-known, if not infamous, as Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son Isaac in Genesis 22. In his most recent book Abraham’s Silence, Richard Middleton suggests that the iconic story has been woefully misunderstood. Spurred on by his own experience of loss and lament, Middleton offers and intertextual account of Genesis 22, reading the Abraham narrative along with the book of Job and, to a lesser extent, other passages of Scripture that can be categorized as “lament.” Abraham’s Silence Abraham’s Silence is organized into three parts. Part one (ch. 1-2) considers the place of lament and … Continue reading Review: “Abraham’s Silence” by Richard Middleton

Review: “Redeeming Singleness” by Barry Danylak

The first time God blessed humanity he said, “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth” (Gen. 1:28). Likewise, the psalmist says, “Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them” (Ps. 127:4-5). Understandably, such verses have caused christians to put an emphasis on the blessedness of family and, in particular, the raising of biological children. But has an unhelpful emphasis been placed here? To put it more provocatively, has an unbiblical emphasis been placed on the blessing attached to childbearing? Barry Danylak, a PhD candidate … Continue reading Review: “Redeeming Singleness” by Barry Danylak

Review: “Stewards of Eden” by Sandra L. Richter

Which Old Testament scholar has successfully performed CPR on an unconscious squirrel? If you were to guess Sandra Richter, you would be correct! Chair of Biblical Studies at Westmont College and author of The Epic of Eden, Richter uncovers in her book, Stewards of Eden, a profoundly environment-friendly ethic woven through the Christian Scriptures. Each chapter lays out a biblical foundation for an environmental ethic followed by “case studies.” In these, Richter brings biblical wisdom to bare on current environmental issues. Stewards of Eden The introduction addresses why environmental issues have been a taboo in evangelicalism in relatively recent history. … Continue reading Review: “Stewards of Eden” by Sandra L. Richter

Review: “THE NEW TESTAMENT’S USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT” BY ROGER NICOLE

The essay “The New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament” can be found in The Right Doctrine From the Wrong Texts?, edited by G.K. Beale. The New Testament’s Use of the Old Testament In his essay, Roger Nicole surveys the use of the Old Testament (OT) in the New Testament (NT). First, Nicole has a discussion on the range of OT references in the NT. He counts 224 direct citations and the number raises to 295 when considering passages that, though not marked, are clearly OT references (13). When factoring in allusions to the OT the number skyrockets from a … Continue reading Review: “THE NEW TESTAMENT’S USE OF THE OLD TESTAMENT” BY ROGER NICOLE