The Emotions of God
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by drdavemarr
1M ago
Have you ever contemplated whether or not God has emotions? Well, whether or not you have, the fact of the matter is He does. And quite a few of them when you do the research. And, that is what this book is all about – a study of the emotions of God and how the believer can relate to those emotions. The book is titled The Emotions of God: Making Sense of a God Who Hates, Weeps, and Loves. (Yes, that’s a mouthful.) It is authored by David T. Lamb (Doctor of Philosophy, University of Oxford), the Allan A. MacRae Professor of Old Testament and dean of faculty at Missio Seminary (formerly Biblica ..read more
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1 & 2 Kings
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by drdavemarr
4M ago
I would surmise it to be a reliable estimation that a small percentage of Christians have much knowledge of the historical books of the Old Testament, in this case specifically 1&2 Kings. And, further, I would feel safe to say that few preachers have ventured into these books for a series of Sunday sermons. This is where the Kerux Commentaries, published by Kregel Ministry, become most valuable. These are commentaries specifically designed and written for preachers and teachers. The one here is 1 & 2 Kings: A Commentary for Biblical Preaching and Teaching. These commentaries do not ge ..read more
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40 Questions about Prayer
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by drdavemarr
6M ago
What, another book about prayer?! There have been hundreds (perhaps thousands) of books published on the topic of prayer, some classics, some not so much. How is your prayer life? How much do you know about prayer? Do you have questions about prayer? If these are questions you have, a most worthwhile volume has arrived. It’s one you don’t want to miss. Kregel Academic has just published another volume in its 40 Questions series. 40 Questions about Prayer may be the most practical one yet. It is chock-full of down-to-earth questions and answers on the subject of prayer. While other volumes wit ..read more
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40 Questions about Arminianism
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by drdavemarr
9M ago
Arminianism vs. Calvinism…which is the correct or best theological system? This question has carried on for over five centuries and will likely endure until the Lord returns. This volume, 40 Questions about Arminianism, delves deep into the comparison of the two. This is nineteenth volume in the series (if I am counting well) published by Kregel Academic. You can read my reviews about some of the others here, here, here, here and here. This one is written by J. Matthew Pinson, President of Welch College who holds a doctorate from Vanderbilt University. Pinson is obviously a theology geek as y ..read more
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James – Big Greek Idea Series
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by drdavemarr
11M ago
James: An Exegetical Guide for Preaching and Teaching is the fourth volume in the “Big Greek Idea Series” published by Kregel Academic. Others include John’s Letters, Philippians and Ephesians. Yes, it’s a commentary but, as stated in the Preface and well explained, it is designed for pastors, professors and up and coming students of New Testament Greek. With that in mind, it is rich in Greek “information.” This volume is targeted for those with a well-developed competency in Greek. And, while there is some valuable commentary as we normally employ the word, it is not for those without a know ..read more
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Colossians and Philemon – Kerux Series
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by drdavemarr
11M ago
This is the fourth New Testament volume in the Kerux Series published by Kregel Ministry an imprint of Kregel Publications. (Read my review of the volume on Philippians here.) And, once again, this series has struck gold. Kerux is not a series designed by academics for academics. Rather, it is written by teachers directed at pastors and teachers. With this volume, if you are preaching or teaching through Colossians or Philemon (or both), you will find the contents to be invaluable. And, if you are wondering why these two books are gathered together in the same volume, the authors answer that ..read more
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40 Questions about Roman Catholicism
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by drdavemarr
1y ago
Roman Catholicism is considered a “Christian” religion, but how much does the born-again believer really know about the inner workings of the Catholic theological system? This is the essence of the latest volume from Kregel Academic in its 40 Questions series. And, because of its relevance and practicality, it is one of the best. This is eighteenth volume in the series. You can read about others here, here, here, here and here. This volume is written by Gregg R. Allison, a professor of Christian theology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. Allison is extremely well versed in Roman Ca ..read more
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John: Through Old Testament Eyes
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by drdavemarr
1y ago
If we simply entitled this review John, it would likely elicit a palm to the forehead reaction. Are there not enough commentaries, articles, comments, notes, etc., on the book of John? The answer is apparently not. Kregel Academic has developed a new series of commentaries that will include a host of New Testament books. The series is entitled “Through Old Testament Eyes.” Thus, we have John: Through Old Testament Eyes, authored by Dr. Karen H. Jobes. There is no need for lengthy introduction on Dr. Jobes. As far as Johannine literature is concerned, she is at the top of the class. When I nee ..read more
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The Parables
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by drdavemarr
1y ago
The parables of Jesus are without a doubt the most intriguing and challenging teaching in the history of education. Over the past two thousand years they have elicited myriad upon myriad of written and spoken material. A basic Google search on the term “Parables of Jesus” returns over 1.1 millions results. Parables of Jesus (without quotes) returns over ten million. And, of course, countless monographs have been written on the parables, specifically and within the context of New Testament commentary. So, an obvious question would be “Why another one?” The answer: Everyone who investigates the ..read more
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New Revised Standard Version with Apocrypha
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by drdavemarr
1y ago
As anyone who has recently searched for a new Bible knows, there are a plethora of translations from which to choose. And, unless you are educated in the basics of Bible translation, the task can be daunting. Which translation is best? Which translation is best for me? These are two important questions to be answered by every Bible shopper. So, for your information, Hendrickson Bibles has reintroduced their New Revised Standard Version (NRSV) with Apocrypha originally published in 2005. The NRSV was first published by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in 1989. Because of its ecume ..read more
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