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.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, March 13

The wisdom literature of the Old Testament includes Job, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, and some of the Psalter’s psalms. Dr. Daniel Estes’ Handbook on the Wisdom Books and Psalms stands at the head of the list of books written as introductions or handbooks for the Wisdom Books. The author’s arguments for the antiquity of Job advocate its events and writing in the Patriarchal period of Old Testament history. For Ecclesiastes, Estes identifies its author as Solomon and argues against the book being pessimistic in nature. In fact, the brief running commentary on Ecclesiastes in this volume comprises one of the best commentaries available on Ecclesiastes. Over the years I have taught courses on the Wisdom Books of the Old Testament around the world. As soon as this volume became available I started requiring it as the textbook–and will continue to do so.

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A Dispensational Discourse: Interview

Coming March 11. Over the past year I have written a number of blog posts for Dispensational Publishing House. Recently, Paul Scharf interviewed me by phone for this biographical post. In this post I speak of my dispensational viewpoint and how I came to it and how I view the current landscape regarding dispensationalism. I hope you find it of interest and helpful. Below I have posted links to the top ten books I recommend on the topic of dispensationalism. They are listed in order of preference.

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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.

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Just Published: Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray

Right Thinking in a Church Gone Astray: Finding Our Way Back to Biblical Truth, ed. Nathan Busenitz (Eugene, OR: Harvest House Publishers, 2017) was unveiled at this year’s Shepherds’ Conference hosted by Grace Community Church and The Master’s Seminary. The volume contains the following chapters:

  • “When the Church Goes Astray” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “Rock-Star Religion” by Tom Patton
  • “The Crescent and the Cross” by William D. Barrick
  • “When Truth Meets Love” by Alex Montoya
  • “Is This Jesus Calling?” by Jesse Johnson
  • “Who’s In Charge of Your Church?” by Michael Mahoney
  • “Nothing But the Truth” by Abner Chou
  • “The Hallmarks of Heresy” by Michael Riccardi
  • “The Charismatic Question” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “Things That Should Not Be Forgotten” by Nathan Busenitz
  • “To the Ends of the Earth” by Irv Busenitz
  • “Compassion Without Compromise” by Jesse Johnson
  • “Fit for the Master’s Use” by Carl Hargrove”
  • “Global Risk Assessment” by Mark Tatlock
  • “To the Praise of His Glory” by James Mook

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, February 27

Dr. Eugene Merrill’s Everlasting Dominion: A Theology of the Old Testament presents the most dependable and readable theology of the Old Testament available today. The stance that Dr. Merrill takes consistently espouses a conservative, evangelical viewpoint. Organized by sections of the Old Testament, this volume consists of a biblical, rather than systematic, theology. To make it more usable, the book concludes with a set of three indexes–something that some major publishers have begun to omit. I recommend this volume highly because I know its author personally and have grown to love and respect him highly. Strengthen your grasp on a solid biblical theology of the Old Testament by reading and repeatedly referring back to this wonderful book.

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