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Expository Outlines on the Whole Bible, Vol. XI, Matthew, by Charles Simeon; published by Zondervan Publishing House, Grand Rapids, Mich. Price $3.95. 

This book is part of a set of twenty-one volumes that, judging by this one volume, appear to be exactly what the title expresses: “Expository Outlines on the Whole Bible.” It is not a regular commentary for the simple reason that it is not a consecutive interpretation of the Gospel according to Matthew verse by, verse, but it treats a part of each chapter and the exposition of the portions treated are usually quite sound. The chief value of the book, however, lies in the fact that the expositions of the various passages are offered in the form of sermon outlines. This ought to be quite a help to many a preacher. 

Having perused this volume, I subscribe to the opinion of Bishop Moule quoted in the introduction: “it was a literary achievement of his life, and no unworthy one. These volumes, now long out of print, contain may discourses fully written, among them the several sets of University Sermons; but the large majority of the more than two thousand compositions are précis of parochial sermons, well ordered outlines of exposition, arranged according to the books of the Holy Scriptures. The reader will seldom fail to gather excellent suggestions on how to explain and arrange, and how to carry messages home from the Word of God to the life of man. They were bone systems of sermons which he himself made to live, and speak, and work; and he did his utmost to teach his young men how to do the same.” If I may judge the whole set by this one volume, I would subscribe this opinion. The author, Charles Simeon, lived in the latter part of the eighteenth and the first part of the nineteenth century. The set was long out of print. The Zondervan Publishing House rendered a very valuable service by re-publishing this set of outlines. I would recommend it to every student of Holy Writ. 

H.H. 

De Boodschap der Genezing (The Message of Healing), by, Prof. Dr. J.L. Koole. Published by J.H. Kok, N.V., Kampen, the Netherlands. Price f 4.90. 

In a foreword, Dr. Koole writes: “The danger even threatens very definitely that a calm study of the facts (an attempt to which is risked in the following pages) will immediately be characterized as an unfair criticism by those who favor the “Message of Healing,” while from the opposite side immediately such criticism will be considered as far from decisive.” 

To the latter class I wish to belong. 

The book of Dr. Koole, no doubt, contains much, that is good, but personally I would have been much more severe in my criticism of the “Message of Healing” than he. I have seen too much of this healing upon the prayer of faith, for instance, of the late Aimee McPherson in Los’ Angeles, California, than that I could ever believe in it, or even in the sincerity of those who practice it. And, therefore, Dr. Koole compromises too much, according to my judgment, when he writes on p. 99: “By this we do not mean to express any doubt concerning these healers themselves. Let us establish emphatically that men like Herman Zaiss want to give glory to themselves which belongs only to God: We are only concerned with this that the honor which our age has for the physician may not at any price be transferred to any other healer and that, also over against the “healer by prayer,” one can only say: God must do it, the Lord is the strength of my life, and, perhaps, you may be the means.” Besides, the “Message of Healing” is also based on what I consider an erroneous interpretation of James 5:14, 15. By this I do not wish to detract from the good there is in this book. Let the reader judge for himself. 

H.H. 

De Dienst der Prediking (The Ministry of Preaching)by Dr. K. Dijk. Published by J.H. Kok, Kampen, the Netherlands. Price f 13.50. 

This book is a homiletical work, or, better still, a textbook on homiletics especially designed for students. As such I recommend it to our students. It ought to have a place in our theological school library. 

I am somewhat surprised that the book bears the title “The Ministry of Preaching” while in the body of the book Prof. Dijk emphasizes that he prefers the name “ministry of the Word” which I would also prefer, but which is not the same. 

After a general introduction, the author treats the preaching of the Word according to Scripture and according to the testimony of history: In this connection he also briefly treats Barth’s conception of the Word of God. Further, he speaks of the preaching as ministry of the Church and of preaching in various connections, as, for instance, in connection with exegesis, with the Confession, etc. In chapter VI he discusses the sermon as such, the preparation for it, its form and contents. 

What interested me most, however, is the treatment of the various materials Scripture presents for the sermon, especially because Dr. Dijk offers various propositions, themes and divisions for sermons. It is interesting to know how, in the old country, they form their propositions, especially because in our own school we, of course, also teach homiletics. In this connection, I would say that, if ever we should treat some of Dr. Dijk’s propositions in class, we would criticize many of them as being too long, especially as far as the themes are concerned, and that the divisions are often too analytical and also fail to follow the logical order. 

However, the book is very sound and thorough, as we would expect it of Dr. Dijk. And I highly recommend it to students and preachers. 

H.H.