Jim Cassidy reviews Better Than the Beginning: Creation in Biblical Perspective by Richard Barcellos.
In this episode, Carlton Wynne reviews In Defense of the Descent by Daniel Hyde. In the book, Hyde seeks to explain and defend an orthodox understanding the Apostles’ Creed when it claims that Christ “descended into hell.” Hyde analyzes this controversial claim, bringing valuable light to this long confessed doctrine. He presents the arguments raised against the descent clause, discusses the various understanding of it throughout church history, explains how the Reformed churches have adopted it, and demonstrated the benefits of retaining it as a point of our Christian confession today.
Rev. Carlton Wynne reviews Trinity and Organism: Towards a New Reading of Herman Bavinck’s Organic Motif by James Eglinton and published by T&T Clark. Eglinton demonstrates how Herman Bavinck connected doctrines such as Christology, general and special revelation, ecclesiology. Carlton recently reviewed the book in The Westminster Theological Journal.
Camden Bucey and David Owen Filson speak about several new books, and journal, and one interesting out-of-print title.
David Filson reviews Matthew Levering’s recent book, The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works. For thoughtful students of Church History and Historical Theology, who may find the sheer bulk of Augustine’s corpus daunting, and don’t know quite where to begin, this accessible, substantive, and crisply written volume offers a historically contextual and theologically analytical guided tour of seven of St. Augustine’s key treatises (On Christian Doctrine, Answer to Faustus, a Manichean, Homilies on the First Epistle of John, On the Predestination of the Saints, Confessions, City of God, and On the Trinity). Throughout, Levering reveals things, such as the nature of Augustine’s Trinitarian theology, hermeneutic of continuity between the OT and NT, and a properly ordered and graciously expressed Christian love.
Jonathan Brack reviews Popologetics: Popular Culture in Christian Perspective by Ted Turnau, a book on apologetics in the midst of pop culture.
Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy review Chris Brauns’ book Bound Together: How We Are Tied to Others in Good and Bad Choices published by Zondervan. This book is a welcome and accessible introduction to the biblical conception of corporate solidarity. Brauns introduces the “principle of the rope” to explain how humans are connected with one another, a fundamental concept at the heart of both the doctrine of sin and the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Camden Bucey and Jim Cassidy speak about William Edgar’s book Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality published by Crossway. William Edgar, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary, draws from his extensive personal experience with Francis Schaeffer to offer a portrait of the theoretical and practical sides of Schaeffer’s approach to the Christian life.
Jim Cassidy speaks about Kingdoms Apart: Engaging the Two Kingdoms Perspective, edited by Ryan C. McIlhenny. In this collection of essays, Neo-Calvinist scholars address issues on which they differ with R2K advocates, such as the nature and extent of Christ’s kingdom, the idea of Christian culture, cosmic redemption, the cultural mandate, natural law, and common grace.