There is just enough here to get your feet wet, and then wade into the waist deep water of the beliefs that all Christians should share. The result is an accessible engaging volume that effectively introduces readers to Christian doctrine. While no less clear than Bird, this slim less than pp volume introduces readers to philosophical theology. Well, I suppose the two terms are not exactly interchangeable. Philosophical theology developed out of philosophy of religion as the tools of philosophy were applied to Christian theology.
Now, the preferred term is analytic theology. The remaining four chapters demonstrate analytic theology in practice. First, in relation to our understanding of Scripture. The next chapter puts analytic theology to use in a case study concerning creation, evolution, and the historical Adam. The final, briefest chapter, is where the invitation in the title comes in, as McCall casts vision for what analytic theology can contribute and encourages readers to pursue it. All in all, this is an excellent introduction to what could easily be an overwhelming field of study.
It defines the topic clearly, puts it into practice in a variety of subjects, and shows that it has value for the church and world. Hard to ask for more than that. As a general rule, if Sinclair Ferguson has written a book, you should probably look into it.
Even more so if it touches on hot button issues like legalism and antinomianism. As Ferguson clarifies in the introduction,. It is not an historical analysis of the often heated Marrow Controversy, although that serves as the background to it. Nor is it a study of the theology of Thomas Boston, although his name regularly appears in it. The first chapter proper is mostly historical background for the study. Starting in chapter 2, Ferguson tackles several theological topics.
He begins with grace, which in a sense, is the topic of the whole study. He explains that the chapters that follow will focus on four topics 37 :. Through it all, Ferguson does a much need job of distinguishing real legalism from the call to obedience, real antinomianism from the free offer of grace and Christ, and how the assurance of salvation truly works sorry. With a general culture that is prone to extremes and a Christian culture that is often not much different, it is helpful to have a nuanced book on the topic of sanctification like this.
For anyone working in pastoral ministry, this book is worth grabbing. The one difficulty readers might have is the jumps back to the 18th century. There are a fair amount of lengthy block quotes, meaning the book requires a bit of patience. I suppose some of this could have been smoothed out, but on the other hand, you could be trying to read John Owen.
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It covers issues pertinent to discipleship and Christian growth. It unmasks legalism and antinomianism alike, and clarifies the gospel. What more could you want? Wheaton: Crossway , Januaray An increasingly common mode of theology is retrieval. Just maybe some important voices from the past can shed light on our contemporary questions.
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If I were to take a stab at rewording the title to eliminate jargon, it would actually be longer than it already is. Basically, Cortez book is a study of how past voices have understood the man Jesus Christ and how that helps us understand humanity in a theological sense. The last two names are actually consider modern, and I suppose Barth is as well. Julian of Norwich gives us a medieval and mystical point of view, and Gregory of Nyssa represents the Church Fathers well.
These historical perspectives are bracketed by an introduction that explains what it means to use a Christ-centered lens for the study and a conclusion that points toward how this study can help our understanding of ourselves. For the former, Cortez explains,. In its most basic form, the fundamental intuition of a christological anthropology is that beliefs about the human person anthropology must be warranted in some way by beliefs about Jesus christological.
Even without a more precise explanation, through, the distinctive nature of a christological anthropology is that Christology warrants at least some anthropological claims in such a way that those claims are only true in virtue off the truth of their christological ground He then notes that all of the case studies he worked through are the latter. In other words, they share a philosophical base even if they reach some varied theological conclusions.
The authors are asking different questions and responding to different challenges. These past theologians provide a kind of methodology that we can and should utilize in the present. If you or someone you love is interested in studying the human person in light of theology and more importantly, Jesus Christ, this book is worth procuring.
On the downside, many of these books are fairly boring to read and often seem like Van Tillian class syllabi prepared for publication rather than individual works in their own right. Such is the case with The Miracles of Jesus , which after a useful template for analyzing miracles in the first part of the book, proceeds to analyze each and every miracle in the gospel of Matthew in successive short chapters. It is repetitive and dull when read straight through e.
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It is also useful for the template in the first part of the book discussing how to think about miracles typologically and within the history of redemption. Beyond that, it is, like several other Poythress releases, not riveting chapter by chapter reading. On a different note, It is fashionable among contemporary New Testament studies to suggest that the Reformers were less than adept when it comes to reading Paul. The former comes from the pen of a theologian and the latter from a New Testament scholar. The paired essays are finished off with a concluding essay from Gerald Bray that is rather devastating to anyone suggesting the Reformers mis-read Paul.
If something like that is your cup of tea, you will most likely want to grab a copy of this book. I personally was not that drawn in, but I think it may come in handy later on. There are a handful of guys that I hang out with at church that are aware of the discussion in Pauline in studies. Some have even read N.
But, none of them are asking questions about whether the Reformers read Paul well. In a different vein, you might be interested in checking out Christopher J. Like the previous books, it is very user friendly, but unlike them, has a more niche audience.
The first part of the book explains why we should preach and teach from the Old Testament, while the second half explains how we can preach and teach from the Old Testament. The first part is very helpful when it comes to typology and preaching Christ from the OT. The second part is likewise helpful, as it goes genre by genre in paired chapter explaining first the nature of the genre and second, how to preach and teach from it.
While it might not be a one-stop handbook for understanding the Old Testament better, it does collate the basics you need to know to handle the different Old Testament genres effectively. Sometimes, in a complex book like Revelation, the forest gets lost as you try to examine each and every tree.
Not the case with this book. I have long been perplexed by Karl Barth. I had only vague ideas about anything he said before going to seminary. It took a few years to recover from that and then start to figure out what do to next. Yet, he has had an uneasy relationship with evangelicals. One might hope Derek Rishmawy would do a read and blog through like he did for Bavinck, but Ph. No effort was made to try and slide any doctrine into this book in disguise. I pray you will see my sincere desire to give the reader a real comprehension of the Doctrines of the Christian Faith.
Snapshots of Christ In Exodus. This book will turn on a bright light as you see Exodus with Christ at its center. If you are a pastor, teacher or preacher, hundreds of diamonds await you to pick up and expound on them. Snapshots of Christ in Genesis. If you are a pastor or preacher, hundreds of diamonds await you to pick up and expound on them from these snapshots of Christ. This book was written for young ministers in third world countries, to open your eyes to the seed truths in Genesis of Christ and their fulfillments in the New Testament.
This book will turn a bright light on as you see Genesis with Christ at its center. The greater knowledge you have of the Scriptures, the more you will see Genesis with Christ at its center. The greater knowledge you have of the Scriptures, the more you will see in these snapshots. The snapshots were written to make the subjects quick and to the point, waiting only for you to expound on it for your hearers. You hold in your hand much of the result of a quest to search for Christ in the Scriptures. The snapshots of Christ are in every book of the Bible, waiting for you to behold His face.
Snapshots of Christ In Leviticus. This book will turn on a bright light as you see Leviticus with Christ at its center. To the young ministers in third world countries, this book was written specifically for you to open your eyes to the seed truths in Leviticus of Christ and their fulfillment in the New Testament. I, as the Author, assumes your knowledge is wide in the Scriptures and has made the subject quick and to the point, waiting only for your hand to expound on it for your hearers.
Do you have an inspirational book in the works? Let Outskirts Press get you started on your own publishing dreams! View all posts by barbstefano. You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Google account. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Snapshots of Christ: in Sermons Generally speaking, a book of sermons holds little value to the busy pastor.
Snapshots of Christ In Isaiah : Volume 1 This book will turn on a bright light as you see the book of Isaiah with Christ at its center. Rate this:. Like this: Like Loading Published by barbstefano. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! Whose flesh? Adam, just like he called everything before. How in the world can you still maintain that this first man was not Adam itself? I do not think you are here to find the truth, and that is unfortunate…picking and choosing verses here and here to fit an agenda is very dangerous business.
Please remember that. I believe Adam was indeed a man, then god created the woman Eve by removing his ribs. I do recall In Genesis, that god created mankind making both male and female in his own image. Others have reasoned that god is not fully male but is both male and female and therefore created Eve, the female side of god out his image. Serge, let me first say that your questions have come on the weekend, a time when many of us do not have adequate time, or interest, to sit at our computers so that someone we do not even know can have the answers he wanted yesterday.
With all due respect, please extend grace to bloggers who would rather say nothing than respond in haste to these very complex theological matters. Secondly, it is apparent from your questions that you have not understood the Temple context that scholars like John Walton and GK Beale have brought to the Genesis narrative. Genesis is now being seen by most scholars as a unique literary genre a form of poetry and so the interpretive approach is not as black and white as you seem to think. Walton does an excellent job explaining some of these challenges and it would be a waste of our time to write out everything that is already written and accessible to those with genuine interest.
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I am sure many of your questions will be answered in the process. On a side note, some of us are very aware that there are many believers who no longer look to what the original text has to say. In closing, I do believe these are valuable discussions for believers to have with one another but we must remain teachable, respectful, and loving to each other.
May we have open hearts and open minds to hear what the Spirit wants to say to his Bride today. Thank you for your response and sorry if I sounded disrespectful. And since the entire article is on evidence from scriptures alone, I am also using scriptures alone…meaning the other verses in the same context you used. So as it stands, the arguments set forth in this article can be discussed without having to go elsewhere but to the same context you used. And there unfortunately lies my problem. We have to look at the context of this passage and we should be able to answer these very problematic questions that your hypothesis, in my view, generate.
In your article, you brought none of those external resources e. John Walton to make your case. You decided to look at scripture alone. And what I am saying is that when I look at the larger context of the same passage you discuss, I simply do not see how you can reach such conclusion. Please rest assured dear Anne of my deepest respect to all my brothers and sisters in Christ.
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May God bless you. And my question is: How can we conclude that the one who undertook this naming assignment are actually 2 different persons. I just do not see it. As these questions eventually gets answered, I will be in better position to judge your position. Just to clarify, I did not write this post. Marg did. But in my comments to her post, I did reference John Walton and the benefits his material brings to this whole discussion. Jesus left the earth but equipped His Body, Bride, Church men and women to be his hands and feet on this earth. Our bodies are now the Temple where his presence abides.
Perhaps that helps show a bit of the redemptive imagery going on in the creation narrative. Perhaps not…. Anyway, blessings to you, Serge. Hi Serge, I have been busy. And I am very interested in learning more. In fact, I have learned a lot from some of the discussion here, and elsewhere on the internet, regarding this post. Just to be clear, nowhere do I state or maintain that the first man was not Adam. However, he was not called by that name, clearly anyway, in the Hebrew of Genesis 2 which is my focus here.
Both men and women are called adam in Genesis My main point is that the man after the operation is different in some way to the man or human before the operation. Perhaps we actually agree but are highlighting different aspects of the Genesis 2 account. I believe my initial response to your first comment answered most of your questions either directly or indirectly. Also, I take the Genesis 2 account to be a separate account, and not a follow-on, from Genesis 1. We run into difficulties if we conflate the two accounts.
God is spirit and above, or beyond, sex and gender. Jesus Christ, however, became a male human being while retaining his divinity.
As there is much value in allowing scripture to interpret scripture, I believe 1 Cor. Thank you for your response by which I am much comforted. I am pleased that you clarified that the first man was indeed Adam, and having made that clarification, I too should too be able to clarify where I have a point of disagreement. I do not believe that because God took something out of Adam to make the woman, Adam became different in some way after the operation. Yet, if we maintain that Adam the original person became different in some way, as in significantly different because of gender, then what God planned did not happen.
She is not comparable to the new Adam, but to the old, genderless one. What is unfortunate is that society has demonized the role of woman, something I deplore everyday. There was not to be difference between them. But what is also true is that the woman did have to pay a hefty price for succumbing to the devil. Clearly, it was not meant to be this way. She was his equal. This is a punishment, that Christ, with His accomplishment, banished! Our responsibility, as Christians, is to live-up to that position Christ has given us.
This is not about rebellion, say in relationships. This is about living free for Christ, truly demonstrating that love and respect for our neighbor, regardless of whether they are male or female. Sorry for being this long. But I perceive a longing to know the truth, and I can only be sensitive to the injustice that still prevails in our society toward woman, even among Christians themselves. Please be assured of my deepest concern for my sisters in Christ. There is indeed a lot similarities and imagery connecting the old testament starting with the account in Genesis to Christ, His commandments to us and His return for the bride.
The whole account is sometimes too beautiful to grasp completely. It is not coincidental, which is yet one more proof that the Word of God is truly inspired by the Holy Spirit and is not the will of man. The similarities between the Old and New Testament are everywhere, and it is our privilege to uncover them and share them so that collective knowledge is increased.
I actually have learned from some of your writing since we have been discussing this article, and I thank you for that. It is what I believe to be extrapolations that I have a problem with. Hi, I just read through some of your comments. If Adam would be male and female, I thought, beginning from Genesis 1, 28 adam has to be adressed in a singular form. In my german bible everything stands in plural. I dont know, how it is in hebrew? Why the need of splitting a male and female adam? I remenber a teaching from my Pastor about the trinity of God.
Why is HE mit only one? Because HE is a God of relationship. Hope You understand my englisch. If adam would be male and female, should not be, beginning from Genesis 1, 28 every pronoun in singular. In my German bible is it in plural, how is it in hebrew? Why should a perfect adam be splitted into two parts? I just remembered a teaching of my pastor about the trinity. In Genesis 1 adam , or mankind, is made up of many people, both male and female, so plural pronouns are the correct way to convey this.
Genesis 2 is a different account that zooms in on the creation of the first man and woman. God said that it was not good for the first human to be alone: the human may have been perfect but the situation was not perfect. So God builds a woman from a part, or side, of the first human, a part that already belonged to the first human. The Bible nowhere states that the Trinity is an illustration or model of marriage. More on this here. When I thought about the Trinity it was not about submission in the Trinity or different roles, it was only about the aspect, that God Himself loves to be surrounded from other beings.
He is perfect, He could have stayed alone and felt perfect. Adam was created in the image of God, so for me it is no surprise, that he wanted to have a partner. I have seen it too that ha Adam is mentioned in the first parts, so what was Paul quoting when he said man was created first? Even if he was correcting gnostic beliefs why would he twist scripture if he knew ha Adam was first and not man.
Paul may have been correcting the idea that Eve preceded Adam, an idea found in some ancient Gnostic literature. Paul did not twist scripture but gave a simple and correct summary of Genesis 2 and 3. In Rabbinic literature, rabbis frequently give different meanings, or highlight certain meanings, in response to certain issues.
But instead it means in context that the woman is human also. She is a help corresponding she is a being like Adam in that she is human. Is this at all a right interpretation of the Hebrew? I see how women can be a role of a protector since from what I have seen all women used by God are used in Times where men need protection. Huldah warned Deborah warned and gave advice Zipporah protected moses Priscilla protected Apollos from bad theology Even being a prophetess is to protect people from evil men and women, so warn and strengthen.
Esther protected and saved Israel. So I see God using women in a way that goes with the interpretation that women are to protect men. So what is with this translation of ezer kenegdo meaning only that Eve is a human that aids Adam since she can reproduce? Pricsilla protected Apollos from his bad theology. Also how can women do their role if it has been given away?
We are told men are protectors. There is even a Jewish tradition where a woman circles her husband 7 times and this symbolizes her checking her husband for any problems. It symbolizes her checking him to see if he is right, and to protect him. In the first creation story, God created male and female in His own image.
Therefore, God is neither male nor female, or both. Genesis In the second creation story, God created man, and then made his female helpmate. I think that it is absurd to think that God created man as masculine, then look for a helpmate from among the beasts. Genesis , To my mind, the creation account is an allegorical story describing the archetypal man and origin of sin and suffering. Hi Thangaveloo, God also created the animals male and female. Sexual differentiation is how animals and humans reproduce. And I do believe we are meant to look at the message of the story, rather than take the events as historic or scientific.
After all, truth can be told with metaphor as well as with facts. Jesus used metaphors and parables all the time to teach the truth about his kingdom. Thank you Marg for your kind and thoughtful response. I do agree with you but I was thinking not biologically, instead figuratively when I ascribed maleness and femaleness to God. I was just trying to connect with gender equality and that image of God is reflected in all gender variations. Perhaps, I inferred wrongly. I see that God created man in his own likeness before he conferred the mandate Genesis I consider the mandate of dominion presupposes responsibility Luke ; Psalms Hi I just wanted to say thank you for writing all these articles.
There is nothing in the text of Genesis that implies that Adam naming Eve was an act of superiority or hierarchy. A few chapters later, Hagar named God with a name that is recorded in scripture Gen. But here there is a clear hierarchy: God, the name-ee is superior to Hagar the name-er.
Sorry Mats, naming does not necessarily denote a hierarchy with the name-er in top position. The Apostle Paul who was Hebrew and understand the Hebrew language refutes the above assumptions:.
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The sex of the first human is not specified in Genesis 2 before the operation. After the operation, when a side or chunk of him had been removed and made into the woman, he is undoubtedly male. For as woman came from man, so also man is born of woman. Whichever way you want to interpret it, the Genesis 2 story tells us that the first woman was made from a side of the first hu man to be his perfect counterpart and partner, and to rescue him from his solitude. As soon as the woman was created, the first human was no longer alone. He had been rescued. From then on the man and woman were mutually dependent on one another.
Rather, I offer it as a suggestion based on the text of Genesis 2.
As a side note, 1 Corinthians is written as a chiasm. It is entirely possible that Paul quotes the Corinthians in the first half of the chiasm 1 Cor. In the first instance, your understanding of Galatians needs some correction. You may like to read John in relation to the Galatian text. We are all one in Christ Jesus spiritually speaking. God is Spirit and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth John That is to say, we are of the same spirit believing the same things about ourselves and God. Gender roles are part of His plan and we honour Him by being who He created us to be — that is true worship.
In the Corinthian text, Paul makes it clear in 1 Corinthians that headship covering remains with the husband and he establishes that teaching with the Genesis account 1 Cor The wife is not independent of the husband, but must be in agreement with him in their covenant roles. Paul rebukes the wife who acts independently of her husband 1 Timothy and confirms the headship of man in such letters as Ephesians see The husband and wife were created for each other — it is a sacrifice of self Ephesians and Genesis Christ being the example of His sacrifice for the church.
So we are one in Christ when we commit ourselves to sacrificial love in accordance with the Word of God. We are not one when we believe different things leading to wrong behaviours. Husbands are not to demean or control their wives, but to love them Ephesians These realities need to be appreciated before marriage takes place.