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Book Review: Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism
March 9, 2016 – 10:42 pm | No Comment
Book Review: Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism

by Neal D. Presa

In this volume, Tim Keller has given us a tour de force that every homiletics professor and pastor will want to buy, read, and apply to their preaching and teaching. In this volume, Keller is careful to say that he has not written a preaching manual, but he has penned his preaching manifesto. In reading this book, you get a sense that you are sitting at the feet of a preaching master while at once with a fellow brother in Christ who is encouraging and rooting you on in the serious business of exegeting text, context, and subtext.

Book Review: Hannevi’ah and Hannah: Hearing Women Biblical Prophets in a Women’s Lyrical Tradition
March 9, 2016 – 10:41 pm | No Comment
Book Review: Hannevi’ah and Hannah: Hearing Women Biblical Prophets in a Women’s Lyrical Tradition

by Karen D. Belin

Prophets highlighted in scripture, exclusive of a few prophetesses, are primarily men, and in many instances, biblical prophecies and psalms by unknown authors are assumed to be men. However, can established writings in the canon be reassigned to prophetesses, who we know existed in ancient times, but allegedly have no record of? Are we mistakenly identifying scriptural prose and songs as being that of men? Nancy C. Lee, addresses ideas such as these and explores biblical language, poetry, and phonetics in order to distinguish female voices embedded within scripture in an attempt to discover unbeknown to us, female prophetic voices traditionally presumed to be predominantly male.

Book Review: Homiletical Theology: Preaching as Doing Theology
November 19, 2015 – 11:34 pm | No Comment
Book Review: Homiletical Theology: Preaching as Doing Theology

by Neal D. Presa

This book is the first volume in “The Promise of Homiletical Theology” series as part of the Homiletical Theology section in the Academy of Homiletics. Boston University homiletics scholar, David Schnasa Jacobsen, collaborated with six other homileticians in describing the multivalent relationships of preaching, preaching preparation and theology. At its core, the volume asserts that every part of the preaching craft is engaged in theology and is itself theological by definition because the subject, object, and predicate of preaching is God.

Book Review: Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology
November 19, 2015 – 11:33 pm | No Comment
Book Review: Faith, Freedom, and the Spirit: The Economic Trinity in Barth, Torrance and Contemporary Theology

by Neal D. Presa

To know oneself, one must have a proper understanding of God. Or to put it simply: the true identity of God leads to true identity of who we are, whose we are, and what we are to be and to do. For the task and craft of preaching the identity of God is critical, essential, and pivotal. Paul Molnar applies Barth’s theology of the Trinity and election, and then uses the thoughts of one of Barth’s students, the late reformed theologian, Thomas F. Torrance, to bring clarity to Barth’s thoughts on the matter, and to provide a corrective to contemporary theologies.

Book Review: Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action
August 17, 2015 – 2:02 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action
Book Review: Latino Pentecostals in America: Faith and Politics in Action

by Samuel Cruz

This publication offers a wealth of information of Latino Pentecostalism within the Assemblies of God denomination, and of the denomination in general. One major contribution of the book is Espinosa’s emphasis and his providing documentation of the important and often-neglected fact of the instrumental roles played by Latinas in the origins and formation of the Pentecostal movement.

Book Review: Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World
May 3, 2015 – 6:03 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World
Book Review: Embodying Grace: Proclaiming Justification in the Real World

by Neal Presa

As a volume written from and for Global North contexts, Bieler and Gutmann call preachers to synchronic the “how” (form) and the “what” (content) of preaching to the “life-worlds” of parishioners, specifically, and the human family, more broadly.

Book Reviews
February 16, 2015 – 2:39 pm | Comments Off on Book Reviews
Book Reviews

by Neal Presa

Called: The Crisis and Promise of Following Jesus Today by Mark Labberton, and Every Good Endeavor: Connecting Your Work to God’s Work by Timothy Keller.

Book Review: The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus by Mark Labberton
November 1, 2014 – 5:03 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus by Mark Labberton
Book Review: The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus by Mark Labberton

by Neal Presa

Mark Labberton, The Dangerous Act of Loving Your Neighbor: Seeing Others Through the Eyes of Jesus (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2010).

Book Reviews: Two recently released Bible Commentaries
May 1, 2014 – 12:04 am | Comments Off on Book Reviews: Two recently released Bible Commentaries
Book Reviews: Two recently released Bible Commentaries

by Keith A. Russell

The first is Opening the Scriptures from the Christian Library Press; the second is Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries from Fortress Press.

Book Review: Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform by Al Tizon
May 1, 2014 – 12:03 am | Comments Off on Book Review: Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform by Al Tizon
Book Review: Missional Preaching: Engage, Embrace, Transform by Al Tizon

by Neal Presa

This volume describes the practical implications of being missional upon the preaching craft, and, by extension, upon the mission and ministry of the Church.

Book Review: Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship by Charlie Self
February 1, 2014 – 6:04 pm | Comments Off on Book Review: Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship by Charlie Self
Book Review: Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship by Charlie Self

by Neal Presa

Charlie Self, Flourishing Churches and Communities: A Pentecostal Primer on Faith, Work, and Economics for Spirit-Empowered Discipleship (Grand Rapids, MI: Christian’s Library Press, 2013).

Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress
November 1, 2013 – 3:03 am | Comments Off on Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress
Book Reviews: Fortress Biblical Preaching Commentaries by Fortress

Reviewed by Keith A. Russell

Lectionary based, the new biblical commentary series released by Fortress is an interesting and helpful resource for preachers in that it seeks to bring together both topical/theme inquiry and exegetical treatment of biblical texts.