My Recommendations: Books of the Week, September 17 — Drs. Thomas & Toussaint

On September 5 Dr. Stanley D. Toussaint entered glory and the following day Dr. Robert L. Thomas went to heaven as well. Interestingly, both men were born in 1928 (Dr. Toussaint in Minnesota and Dr. Thomas in Georgia). Both also were New Testament scholars majoring on the Gospels, the Book of Revelation, dispensationalism, and eschatology. Dr. Thomas contributed many significant articles to The Master’s Seminary Journal, which he edited from 1990 until 2011. Dr. Toussaint published around twenty-five important articles in Bibliotheca Sacra. Dr. Thomas began his seminary teaching ministry in 1959 and continued full-time until 2008 — he taught first at Talbot Seminary and became the first full-time faculty hire at The Master’s Seminary in 1986. Dr. Toussaint started teaching at Dallas Theological Seminary and continued until his retirement in 2012.

 

As a contributor to ParkingSpace23, I posted Two Fallen Towers and Two Fallen Giants about the two men on September 11. In addition, at Dispensational Publishing I contributed a comment to Remembering Two Great Teachers and then they posted my Reflections on the Life of Robert L. Thomas, Th.D.

Below I have supplied links below to these two scholars’ best published works. Their labors will continue to bless many students of the New Testament for years to come. They were faithful men who loved the churches in which they served. Both men employed sound exegesis to prepare great expositions of the Word of God. Both of these two spiritual giants impacted the lives of literally hundreds and hundreds of students who continue to follow their example. We praise God for these two men, who still speak through the examples they left us and the products of their labors in both lives and published materials.

The photo above shows Dr. Robert Thomas (right) with one of his favorite students, and his boss, Dr. John MacArthur (left), on the occasion of celebrating Dr. Thomas’ 50 years of seminary teaching in 2009.

The photo at left shows Dr. Stanley Toussaint teaching for a YouTube video.

Click on book thumbnails below for links to the books on Amazon — the first three rows are Dr. Thomas’ books and the last two rows are Dr. Toussaint’s books.

Messianic Hope and the Gentiles–Thinking Through Romans 15:8-13

Romans 15:8-13 provides us with the apostle Paul’s theology of Messianic hope as founded upon the scriptures of the Hebrew Bible. In this significant text he builds upon the revelation of hope about which he speaks in Romans 15:4. With emphasis the apostle refers first of all to revelation twice-written, then follows up with key Scripture citations in each of the three divisions of the Hebrew Bible to demonstrate that the totality of the Old Testament testifies to the Messianic hope of the Gentiles. Not finished yet, Paul then mentions “hope” three times in the closing verses of this section (Romans 15:12-13) to drive home his point. With such amazing focus, how could we miss this truth’s importance to believers, to the Church, and to missions? May your heart be challenged as mine has been in meditating on this text in Paul’s epistle to the Romans.

As a contributor to ParkingSpace23’s blog, I posted an article about the hope the Gentiles possess in Jesus Christ as the Messiah. I hope you will click on the following link Messianic Hope and the Gentiles, read, and praise the Lord for being included in God’s redemption program from the beginning.

Christ’s Resurrection and Missions

Resurrection Sunday has just passed and we have, hopefully, spent a significant amount of time contemplating the importance of our Savior’s resurrection from the dead. Our contemplation, however, might have neglected a key influence of Jesus’ resurrection with regard to His church: how the resurrection empowers, instructs, and provides the driving force for world missions in the proclamation of the gospel concerning Jesus Christ. My blog on this very topic has been published at ParkingSpace23: “The Resurrection of Christ and Missions.” Please visit this site and read the blog. It consists of more than just a doctrinal evaluation–it concludes with practical implications for you, your local church, and your relationship to world missions. He is risen! – He is risen indeed! Now, “Go into all the world . . .”

The following books are my top recommendations on the topic of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

My Recommendations: Book of the Week, March 20

One Perfect Life: The Complete Story of the Lord Jesus by John MacArthur offers a very readable harmony of the Gospels printed as one, united, running account. At the beginning and at the end, however, it unites the testimony of Scripture about Jesus, Messiah and Savior, by providing key passages from the rest of the books of the Bible to reveal a broad panorama of Scripture about Jesus from Old Testament prophecies and New Testament teaching. This volume has proven to be a great blessing to my wife and I. We have read through it together once already, but without reading the notes. Now we are going through it again, but reading all of the notes and cross-references as well. The first time through we read four chapters at a time. Now we are reading just one chapter at a time. What a wonderful way to spend time contemplating the life and ministry of Jesus, our Savior and Lord! The Kindle edition is not only cheaper, but can be read on any computer, smart phone, or tablet. The electronic links make it easy to read the notes and to even access the Bible passages cross-referenced in the notes. For the hard copy link, click on Recommendations link below, then scroll down to the start of the recommended New Testament volumes to click on the picture of the volume there.

Click on picture at left for link to Kindle edition.

My Recommendations: Book of the Week, March 6

Satellite Bible Atlas: Historical Geography of the Bible provides a very handy guide for any Bible land tour of Israel. Bill Schlegel lives in Israel and has led tours for several decades. The atlas combines modern satellite imagery with a conservative handling of the biblical text. This 8-1/2 x 12 inch volume comes in either hardback or paperback. This recommendation arises out of knowing Bill Schlegel personally, having been on a tour with him as one of the leaders, and having led a tour myself with this atlas as one of the guidebooks we asked all participants to possess and use. You don’t need to take a tour to Israel to appreciate this atlas; you only need to have it available as you read the Bible. Geographical awareness enhances Bible reading and Bible study.

Click on picture for link.