My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 29

History informs the wise. Those who do not consider history’s lessons are doomed to repeat those same mistakes and failures. In the Christian church we often feel like we are the first to face certain theological issues having a significant bearing upon how we live for Christ in today’s world. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sinclair Ferguson’s The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance — Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters examines and draws contemporary implications from a debate taking place in the Church of Scotland early in the 1700s. It addresses some of the issues we often encounter in our churches today: works and grace, law and grace, law and gospel, justification and sanctification, legalism, antinomianism, and biblical assurance. This volume will challenge the reader — it is not a light read. However, it will reward the diligent reader with a greater understanding of the perennial issues it addresses. Read it — learn from church history — avoid repeating the theological errors of the past.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 15

9Marks produces a lot of good books for pastors and church leaders. Jeramie Rinne’s Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus stands out as one of the best. Our board of church elders chose this book to read individually and discuss as a group chapter by chapter. We have found this little volume worth far more than its size. The “Introduction” sets the tone: “I’m an elder. Now what?” Eight chapters walk us through the answer: 1 – “Don’t Assume”; 2 – “Smell Like Sheep”; 3 – “Serve Up the Word”; 4 – “Track Down the Strays”; 5 – “Lead without Lording”; 6 – “Shepherd Together”; 7 – “Model Maturity”; and, 8 – “Plead for the Flock.” This is a must read for men wanting to prepare for church leadership and for those who already lead.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 8

If you plan to make a visit to the British Museum in London, having a guide like Through the British Museum with the Bible by Brian Edwards and Clive Anderson helps to direct your experience. With this guidebook in hand, you will be able to locate, identify, and understand the significance of the individual finds displayed so marvelously in this world class museum. The present edition is updated as of 2013. Due to the ever changing displays, there will be a few items that will not be present at the time of your visit. However, having the information remains valuable and the book speaks to the vast majority of displays. Even if you do not get to the British Museum, this book provides dependable information on a large number of archaeological finds demonstrating the historical integrity and accuracy of the Bible.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 1

Dr. Eugene Merrill’s A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles is one volume in the Kregel Exegetical Library series. As he explains in his “Preface,” the Chronicler sets forth the history of his people as the last, if not one of the last, writers of the Old Testament. The writer presents the covenant violations of his forefathers. However, he also understands that God plans to restore and redeem His people. Therefore, Merrill seeks to develop the full theological implications while interpreting the details of the text. Since the Chronicler records genealogies, Merrill provides readers with a superb introduction to the study of biblical genealogies. Adhering to a firm conviction in biblical inerrancy, he interprets the text with a literal, historical, and grammatical methodology. Thirteen charts help elucidate the text.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, September 24

Photo Companion to the Bible: The Gospels (DVD from BiblePlaces.com) offers its users more than 10,000 PowerPoint slides illustrating the four Gospels verse by verse. The photographs represent some of the collections of Dr. Todd Bolen, Dr. Steven Anderson, and Mr. A. D. Riddle. These slides are a priceless addition to the study of the text of the Gospels. Each slide is beautifully composed with all of the essential information. For example, this set includes 144 slides on Matthew 13 alone. Each slide (above right) includes the biblical clause which the photograph, artifact, or art work represents. A description appears at the bottom left and the verse reference appears at the bottom right corner. This sample is one of the slides for Matthew 13:55.

 

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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.