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“Origen’s Last Preserved Exegetical Work”: The Gospel according to Matthew

Ronald E. Heine has skillfully translated Origen’s Commentary on Matthew into English. In his translation, he has refrained from over-filling the work with footnotes—economically citing clarifications or cross references when he deems it necessary. His introduction only takes 31 pages, which leaves over 700 pages of Origen’s words to fill up the pages of this two-volume edition.  That may not sound entirely unique, yet often translations or editions of ancient works have introductions along with notes that threaten to overwhelm the ancient author’s words. This does not happen here. It is Origen’s Commentary on Matthew—not Heine’s academic treatise about Origen. ...

A Review of Christian Worldview by Herman Bavinck

We live in an era of shifting paradigms. Truths that have seemed self-evident are now crumbling. And we encounter a confusing world of both dogmatism and post-truthism. Since the church has not remained neutral, it often comes under attack for its stances. How then shall we respond? Do we bend to changing ideologies? Do we double down on what we have always held as true even if that would make us appear antiquated and irrelevant? Or is there some new way of packaging old thoughts that might make our worldview more palatable? Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck lived in a tumultuous...

Review of The Lord Is One: Retrieving Divine Simplicity

The doctrine of divine simplicity (DDS) affirms the oneness of God. He is simple, meaning that he is one Lord who is spiritual—without body and parts. The doctrine of divine simplicity historically had a wide-acceptance among all Christians. Today, that acceptance has waned, and many question the doctrine’s coherence, biblical pedigree, and relevance.  This is why The Lord Is One is a welcome publication. It retrieves and reconsiders this historic and biblical doctrine. At the very least, this multi-author work contributes to an ongoing discussion among Protestants about DDS. Overall, the work successfully articulates the biblical, historical, and philosophical stakes...

The Merits and Demerits of a Longtime Bestseller

Here’s an out-of-left-field question for you: which book continues, at the time of this writing, to ride high within the “top ten” of Christian best-seller lists fifteen years after its initial release? If you guessed Jesus Calling by Sarah Young, you’re right. The longevity of this devotional’s success is no small phenomenon. Merits of Jesus Calling Certainly some statements in Jesus Calling are sound and helpful. They might partially account for the book’s astounding success. First, Jesus Calling reminds us that Jesus’ work on the cross is the foundation for being reconciled with God. Young teaches that Jesus’ substitutionary death and...

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