New and Noteworthy: August 2009
Randy Harris. God Work — Confessions of a Stand-up Theologian. Abilene, Texas: Leafwood Press, 2009. 163 pages. $13.99.
Using plain language and lively stories drawn from his own experience and popular culture, Abilene Christian University theology professor Harris argues that every Christian can do theology, and then sets out to show how. The 12 chapters outline the basic elements of Christian doctrinal beliefs.
Ron Rhodes. The Complete Guide to Bible Translations. Eugene, Ore.: Harvest House, 2009. 270 pages. $13.99.
Author of “Commonly Misunderstood Bible Verses,” Rhodes ex-plains theories of Bible translation and evaluates 18 major English translations, including The Message and Today’s New International Version. He also explores the Apocrypha and the “King James only” debate.
Frances M. Young. Brokenness and Blessing — Towards a Biblical Spirituality. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker, 2007. 140 pages. $18.99.
Retired professor at the University of Birmingham, England, Young advocates a spirituality built around the biblical story of creation, fall, redemption, the present and the future. Each chapter includes a hymn, biblical study and poetry focused on the move from brokenness to blessing.
Jack Cottrell. What the Bible Says About Grace — Set Free! Joplin, Mo.: College Press, 2009. 401 pages. $29.99.
Cincinnati Bible Seminary professor Cottrell bases his work on Paul’s teaching in Romans 1-8. The 18 chapters include treatments of assurance, the role of law, faith and works and views on when salvation occurs (“baptism is the moment when the double cure of grace is received”).