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Evangelical Theology by Michael F. Bird
Evangelical Theology by Michael F. Bird
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4.0 out of 5 stars Far superior to Grudem, 30 Nov 2013
Gordon Spykman in his superb Reformational Theology describes the eclipse of creation in theology. He writes that much of evangelical theology:
gives the impression of bypassing creation in a hasty move to take a shortcut to the cross.
Michael Bird in his evangelical theology doesn't do that. This is refreshing in an evangelical systematic theology.

What is the single most important thing in evangelicalism? Bird maintains it is the gospel - so he has written a systematic theology that reflects that emphasis. What is the goal of theology? That we would be gospelised! But this raises the question what is the gospel? Is it the redemption of creation, the escape of… Read more
[(Church History, Volume Two: From Pre-Reformation&hellip by John D. Woodbridge
4.0 out of 5 stars A mammoth book, 30 Nov 2013
This is a mammoth book: 2 authors, 22 Chapters covering 8 centuries, 16 pages of contents, 4 maps, 103 black and white illustrations in 843 pages. It covers the period from the "Babylonian Captivity of the Church" in 1309 to January 2012 when Boko Haram, a violent Islamic terrorist group, committed 54 murders.

The book has a number of goals: to provide an academically responsible engagement with the facts of history; to provide a global perspective; to be contemporary and relevant to the church today; not to avoid controversial issues, but not make final judgments; and to evaluate actions according to the cultural norms of the times but mindful that Christians affirm doctrinal… Read more
Why Study History?: Reflecting On The Importance O&hellip by John Fea
What is history? Why bother studying it? John Fea has written this accessible and jargon-free book to address these questions. He helpfully focuses on "the pursuit of history as a vocation" (ix).

His aim is to provide a primer on the study of the past. Its intended audience is "Christian college students who are studying history" (ix), but it would be a shame if those were the only ones who read it.

Fea writes with wisdom and insight and provides a helpful introduction of history undergraduates and for those who would like to study history. Fea is a Professor of American history at Messiah College, he is also the author of Was America Founded as a Christian Nation?,… Read more

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