A good succinct summary for those who wish to understand the workings of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. Nothing too ground-breaking, since I waA good succinct summary for those who wish to understand the workings of the Holy Spirit in the Old Testament. Nothing too ground-breaking, since I was looking for a book to explain the real differences between the Holy Spirit in the NT and OT, and Chris Wright does confess that his scholarship in the NT is much weaker compared to his wisdom of the OT... which is a shame, as we don't know WHAT we're comparing the Holy Spirit to, and the difference in ministry. This may shed a lot more light on the Israel/Gentile divide in the Old Testament, but he did not talk about that, and neither did he mention the Holy Spirit's role in the salvation of the Old Testament Jews, which I think is fundamental, as many Muslims would believe that the Old Testament Jews were saved by their direct obedience and works because there was no 'buffer' (aka Jesus).
That is surely a mistake, and that Jesus' first coming was a DOWNGRADE because we, as Gentiles, now have to use this buffer to be righteous in God's eyes. If the role of the Holy Spirit was explained concerning that of the Old Testament Jews, then this book would achieve its purpose more surely....more
Interesting astronomical look at how the Zodiac and the total of 48 constellation points to JESUS CHRIST than some weak Greek mythology. To paraphraseInteresting astronomical look at how the Zodiac and the total of 48 constellation points to JESUS CHRIST than some weak Greek mythology. To paraphrase Aristotle, these Zodiacs, the imagery only slightly different over the worldwide cultures, were weak representations of a once objective truth proclaimed by the stars.
Bullinger, being an ultra-dispensationalist, allowed his theology to somewhat hinder an objective view of the Witness of the Stars. His reasoning fluctuates - and indeed it is much stronger in the beginning of the book compared to the latter part. Though SOME of the reasoning should be taken with a pinch of salt, the biblical references, the astronomical imagery are uncanny and no doubt of God's design. Furthermore, there is a epilogue chapter commenting on the calculation of prophecies, which I've been very skeptical about, but one should definitely take a look into it and find a surprise there if you've been following historical events in the Middle East in the last century... :)...more
Some dry writings here about the Tabernacle, I do NOT recommend this book if u're looking at an 'exciting' approach to understanding the workings of tSome dry writings here about the Tabernacle, I do NOT recommend this book if u're looking at an 'exciting' approach to understanding the workings of the Tabernacle.
However, if you're looking for archaelogical, spiritual significances of the Tabernacle, you've hit on pure gold -- William Brown is probably the best yet at portraying a biblical design of the Tabernacle, as well as interpreting each equipment, the priestly services, garments, the offerings, the Tabernacle structure and so forth in the context of Jesus Christ, making the Tabernacle is distinctively CHRISTian, not a Jewish creation.
A friend of mine is basing his architecture dissertation on the Tabernacle and references to it often; also a book which Charles Spurgeon himself recommends. In the sixth edition (the newest one I believe?) there is an extra appendix on the distinctions of the Hebrew cubit (as it pops up many times in the OT) for those who are curious, as well as the distinction between Brown's biblical approach to the Tabernacle set-up, as opposed to heretical and unbiblical interpretations which were also around in the 19th century (as Brown was a 19th century writer). ...more
Very simple and straightforward book on prayer, easy read and very convicting! Important not to underestimate prayer over pure spiritual intellect etcVery simple and straightforward book on prayer, easy read and very convicting! Important not to underestimate prayer over pure spiritual intellect etc......more
Great book on the authenticity/historicity of the Bible, as well as countering 10 common questions.
The first half is much better than the second halfGreat book on the authenticity/historicity of the Bible, as well as countering 10 common questions.
The first half is much better than the second half as it covers the history of the compilation of the Bible as well as other Hindu/Islamic texts, therefore focusing much more on the historical questions than theological questions
The second half draws the theological views of biblical views on sex/marriage/homosexuality which is considerably weaker than Amy's account of the Bible's history, and for the latter topics/questions which she engages in the book, there are plenty of other books which handles the issues with much more necessary depth than the simplicity which she offers....more
It is very common for us to mis-define the 'love' of God as something more saturated, something more down-to-earth. What we fail to realise is that thIt is very common for us to mis-define the 'love' of God as something more saturated, something more down-to-earth. What we fail to realise is that the love on earth is infinitesimally in a micro scale of what God's love truly is. Carson ponders on the various types of love, which even Christians get wrong by limiting it to 'unconditional' love (which is the mainstream interpretation of 'agape' love, which Carson states is not a completely accurate interpretation).
Read this to understand WHY God loves us and HOW God loves us....more
I can't believe I read this after Case for Christ. It is practically the same book, but written 30-40 years before Lee Strobel's version; onlyAWESOME
I can't believe I read this after Case for Christ. It is practically the same book, but written 30-40 years before Lee Strobel's version; only that this is so much better. It's written style isn't nearly as accessible as contemporary Christian literature, but no fear, the content is spot on the fundamentals of Christian faith, covering the authenticity and historicity of Christ, his character etc (e.g. common questions posed by non-Christians); this part I found slightly dull not because it is inherently so, but because I've read it all in Strobel's book.
Alas, the best part if the 2nd part of the book (the book is divided into four sections, so i mean the 3rd and 4th section of the novel) which talks about the RESPONSE which we should give to Christ. I heavily recommend this to anyone who thinks they are Christian, or anyone who is seeking more, or wants to compare what Stott wrote to the 'nominal Christians' today. Stott summarises Christianity in succinct and intelligent language, nonetheless the material and content is accessible and meant for everyone, and no one directly challenges you as Stott does in the warm and sensitive manner which balances the passion for Christ with the theology understood from him.
Excellent. It is a must-buy/must-recommend for anyone remotely related to this faith. ...more
Easy, accessible, succinct in carrying out its function of enabling every Christian to keep honing their skill of rhetoric when faced with the sword oEasy, accessible, succinct in carrying out its function of enabling every Christian to keep honing their skill of rhetoric when faced with the sword of opposing philosophical thoughts.
Very useful anecdotes on FAILED evangelisms over his own experiences, James Sire spends a whole lot of his time focusing on the HUMILITY of trying to persuade people to believe in Christ, and leaving much of the work to the Spirit. A lot of technical terminology, a lot of logic work, and what i LOVE the most about this book is the appendix of READING LIST for each particular subject (post-modern relativism, theistic/atheistic evolution, sovereignty of God vs. suffering in the world, etc...).