Book review: The Extent of the Atonement by David Allen

The Extent of the Atonement: A Historical and Critical Review (B&H Academic, 2016). by David L. Allen Genre: Biblical Reference / Christian Theology Size: 820 pages (and weighs in at 1.7 kg!) What’s the big idea: David Allen makes a comprehensive biblical, historical, theological case that the majority of Christians, even within those who are considered Reformed, affirm […]

Book review: Amyraut on Predestination

Amyraut on Predestination: The First Published Translation from the French (Charenton Reformed Publishing, 2017). by Matthew Harding, with a biographical sketch by Alan Clifford Genre: Church History, Theology Size: 190 pages – a 30 page biography, some translation notes, and then 100 pages of Amyraut’s own words from Brief Traitté de la Predestination et de ses principales dependances (Brief Treatise on […]

Book review: From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (Crossway, 2013). by David and Jonathan Gibson Genre: Biblical Reference / Christian Theology Size: 704 pages What’s the big idea: This is a well-researched resource on definite atonement (i.e. Christ’s death actually secured the salvation of those whom the Father elects and the […]

Book review: Going Deeper with New Testament Greek

  Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament (B&H Academic, 2016). by Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle and Robert Plummer Genre: Biblical Reference / Language Study Size: 550 pages. What’s the big idea: The book aims to “stir in you a passion, and to provide you with the necessary […]

The best 1600 words on church history I’ve read

I’ve just read a breathtaking summary of 2000 years of church history by Bruce Shelley. It’s from his Epilogue to “Church History in Plain Language”. The way the author flows through the warp and weft of two millennia of Christianity is a sheer masterclass of writing. I can’t share the whole epilogue here – for that you […]

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