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Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Volume 1: God, Authority, and Salvation
Essentials of Evangelical Theology, Volume 1: God, Authority, and Salvation
von Donald G. Bloesch
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen A good survey of themes in theology, 2. August 2000
Bloesch wrote these 2 volumes from the perspective of the mainline Evangelical and Reformed tradition, and so he deals extensively with the liberal Protestant theological writers of the 19th and 20th centuries (Schliermacher, Kierkiegaard, Harnack, Tillich,) as well as neo-orthodox writers (especially Barth, Brunner, Bonhoeffer, Kung, and Cullmann). He comes out evangelical in his teachings on the primacy of scripture (yet reflecting his Barthian influences, he sees scripture as a medium of divine revelation rather than just flat out divine revelation), salvation by grace through faith, and the substitutionary atonement of Christ (a doctrine that is sometimes ridiculed as archaic and primitive in the liberal Protestant tradition).
In volume two, Bloesch contributes fascinating chapters on the cruciality of preaching (a much ignored subject in most systematic theologies), scriptural holiness (where Bloesch is influenced somewhat by the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition), and the personal return of Jesus Christ (where Bloesch comes out with an awkward position combining elements of amillennial and postmillenial thought). He also concludes the book with an insightful discussion on heaven and hell, and a closing chapter on the future of evangelicalism. I recommend these volumes highly, but especially to those who are in mainline denominations such as the United Church of Christ and the Presbyterian Church, USA.


Exposition of the Gospel of John, One-Volume Edition
Exposition of the Gospel of John, One-Volume Edition
von Arthur W. Pink
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 34,99

4.0 von 5 Sternen A mammoth devotional work on John's gospel., 2. August 2000
This is a rich exposition of John's gospel, interpreting the text in its immediate context and in its canonical context. It also draws applications for today. Having said that, "today" is a relative term: Pink applies it to situations that were true of the evangelical church in the mid 1940's. But there is so much timeless material here, that the commentary is really a must for the pastor's bookshelf. In particular, the comments on John 1 and John 3 and John 9 are flat out brilliant. Yet I must also concur with the previous reviewer who noted that occasionally, Pink spiritualizes the text a bit too often. Particularly with numbers, but also with his interpretation of John chapter two, which he sees as an symbolic reference to Judaism as a "dead husk." In his attempt to draw applications for today, he sometimes reads things into the text that aren't there (notice some of his comments on John 7-8). But for the most part, this is a tremendously rich treatment of the Gospel of John.


The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission: Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission
The Purpose Driven Church: Growth Without Compromising Your Message & Mission: Growth Without Compromising Your Message and Mission
von Rick Warren
  Gebundene Ausgabe
Preis: EUR 15,07

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book on building healthy churches, 28. April 2000
This book is about building your church and structuring it around the 5 biblical purposes of the church: worship, discipleship, fellowship, ministry, and evangelism. It is a powerful, biblically centered book, and it will get you excited about the future of the church in America.
Yet I want to caution the reader about three things: Number one: The book gives a very detailed and organized plan for growing healthy churches, and if you neglect even one bit of instruction, your plans could go awry. The close attention to detail sometimes made me feel a bit overwhelmed. Number two: This paradigm is most effective for planting new congregations. I have discovered that the book's principles are very difficult to implement in a congregation that is over 100 years old. Not impossible. Just difficult. For those of you who are serving in older congregations with an average attendance of 100 or higher, I would also want to refer you to literature such as Net Results Magazine and to the Biblical Witness Fellowship...which deals with renewing existing churches with an extensive history. And a third thing to keep in mind is that what worked for Rick Warren in the laid back culture of southern California may not necessarily work in the breadbasket of America.
My advice would be to read the book once to get a feel for the Purpose Driven Church paradigm. Then read it a second time with your particular church home in mind to draw out some principles and to brainstorm ideas.


Major Bible Themes
Major Bible Themes
von Lewis Sperry Chafer
  Gebundene Ausgabe

5.0 von 5 Sternen A great book for use in Bible study groups, 10. Januar 2000
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Major Bible Themes (Gebundene Ausgabe)
This book does a nice job of surveying 52 themes of the Bible in a devotional, easy to underatand style. The chapters are only 5 or 6 pages long, and they are saturated with Scripture references, which saves the Bible study leader lots of time in preparation. But the busy beaver who spends the time to look up the scripture references will be richly rewarded by what he discovers. The chapters on the Bible and the ones on God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit are well written and say much about the character of God. But the chapters that deal with end times events are not quite as strong, mainly because of the false assumption of the authors that anyone who doesn't agree is simply guilty of not interpreting the scriptures literally. But other than that minor quibble, I love the book. After all these years, this is still of the best books to use to introduce people to the major themes of the Bible. I recommend it highly. But make sure you also buy "The Rapture Question Answered" by Robert Van Kampen to balance out the errors in end times thinking.


Hudson Taylors Spiritual Secret
Hudson Taylors Spiritual Secret
von Howard Taylor
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A wonderful missionary book, 30. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Hudson Taylors Spiritual Secret (Taschenbuch)
I was impressed with not only how much Taylor loved the Chinese people. But how much he trusted God for all of the needs in his life. And all of the things he accomplished. The medical center he established. And how he trusted God for the medical supplies. An inspiring little book.


Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul
Echoes of Scripture in the Letters of Paul
von Richard B. Hays
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 17,58

5.0 von 5 Sternen A well written treatise on Paul's use of the Old Testament, 30. November 1999
A lot of books on biblical studies are not very well crafted. This one is. I also like how Hays brings out the Old Testament nuances in Paul's writings. He recognizes throughout the book that Paul does not always intend to directly quote the Old Testament. He points out that the apostle often makes verbal echoes of OT passages that would resonate powerfully to the Jewish members of the early Christian congregations. Plus, as a bonus, I like all of the poetry that Hays puts in the book that captures theological motifs.


Charismatic Chaos
Charismatic Chaos
von John F. , Jr. MacArthur
  Taschenbuch

4.0 von 5 Sternen An important survey of charismatic Christianity, 30. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Charismatic Chaos (Taschenbuch)
This is a penetrating perusal of the charismatic movement. And MacArthur does a good job of examining the movement in the light of Scripture. The amazing thing was all of the crazy things that some of these word of faith preachers are quoted as saying. If I hadn't had heard some of them on TV myself, I'd never believe that they were legitimate quotes. This book reminds us that all teachings must be examined in the light of Scripture.


No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green
No Compromise: The Life Story of Keith Green
von Melody Green
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen A very engaging story about a passionate Christian musician, 30. November 1999
Wow, what a refreshing book. Keith Green was so fired up for the Lord, and this book is almost as gripping as his music is. Keith's passion for Christ and for those who are outside of Christ comes shining through in this book. It made me relive my own days as a new believer in Christ. Reading about how Keith opened his home up to those who needed ministry and how he challenged everyone around him to a closer walk with God made me more resolved to do the same in my own life. Sometimes Keith was a little too pushy with his faith, but it reminded me that so was I. Most of all, this book helped me to love Jesus even more.


How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible
How to Read the Bible for All Its Worth: A Guide to Understanding the Bible
von Gordon D. Fee
  Taschenbuch

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5.0 von 5 Sternen Shows you how to get the most out of your Bible reading, 30. November 1999
Fee is a New Testament scholar and Stuart is an Old Testament scholar. But they write in plain English. They explain how to read God's Word for information and for transformation. And they use specific Scripture passages as examples of how to interpret chapters and stories from the Bible. They also recommend purchasing dictionaries and concordances and several translations of the Bible as aids to study. And at the end of the book, they recommend good Bible commentaries to purchase for further study. It is a very satisfying and helpful volume from two seasoned, reliable Bible scholars.


Chosen by God
Chosen by God
von R. C. Sproul
  Taschenbuch
Preis: EUR 9,81

3.0 von 5 Sternen A good treatment of Calvinisitic predestination, 18. November 1999
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Chosen by God (Taschenbuch)
Sproul does a good job of explaining the Calvinistic view of predestination. I don't agree with it. But I still appreciate the work he has done to explain it.


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