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                                                      Calvin’s Only Letter to Luther                                                                      Cory J. Griess On January 20, 1545, John Calvin sent a letter to Martin Luther. The letter and the circumstances surrounding its writing and reception ought to be more well known than they are. […]

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What the Bible Says about Divorce and Remarriage, by Wayne Grudem. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2021. Pp. 110. $7.99 (softcover). ISBN-13: 978-1433568268. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma] Westminster Theological Seminary graduate Wayne Grudem’s Bible says to him, not only that a spouse’s adultery and a spouse’s desertion are grounds for divorce and remarriage, but also that abuse, “whether physical or verbal/emotional”; similarly abuse of children; “extreme, prolonged verbal and relational cruelty”; “credible threats of serious physical harm”;” “incorrigible drug or alcohol addiction”; “incorrigible gambling addiction”; and “incorrigible addiction to pornography” are grounds for divorce and remarriage. As though these grounds were […]

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A Rebuttal of Common Grace and the Well-Meant Offer, by Sonny L. Hernandez. Lexington, KY: Trinity Gospel Church, 2021. Pp. 167. $12.00 (hardcover). ISBN-13: 979-8510179583. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma] Dr. Sonny L. Hernandez takes no prisoners. The opening line of this little book on common grace is, “The Bible does not teach that God’s glorious gospel is an offer to all men without exception, nor does it teach that God’s grace is common” (6). Within a few paragraphs, the author states the truth in the bluntest language: “God ordained the salvation of the elect and the reprobation of the […]

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The Heritage of Anglican Theology, by J. I. Packer. Wheaton, Illinois: Crossway, 2021. Pp. 372. $39. 99 (hardcover). ISBN-13: 978-1433560118. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma] This is a book that had to be written: the history, tradition, theology, and appalling apostasy of the Anglican Church, by Anglican theologian, J. I. Packer. The origin of the book is the question, “What is Anglicanism,” in terms of “doctrine, worship, institutions, vocation, and personnel?” The main concern, as one would expect from Packer, is Anglican theology. The account of Anglicanism’s earliest days in England in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries is as fascinating […]

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All this leads us to the next consideration of importance in this chapter. That is that Christ is the revelation of the wisdom of God. Christ is, of course, the full revelation of God. All revelation is only through Christ. All that is made known of God is made known through Jesus Christ and through Him alone. But this is not the foremost consideration here. The point here is that Christ is the full revelation of God’s wisdom. Not merely in the sense that Christ is wise as God is wise; but rather in the sense that Christ is Himself […]

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Is Jesus Truly God? How the Bible Teaches the Divinity of Christ, by Greg Lanier. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2020. Pp. 144. $16.99 (softcov­er). ISBN: 978-1433568404. [Reviewed by Marco Barone] When we study the incarnation of the Word, we approach the mys­tery of mysteries, looking into the unfathomable abyss of Jehovah’s mightiest miracle: the second person of the Godhead assumed the human nature and became a true man, like us in all things but sin, for our salvation. Such a wonderful event requires an explanation within the boundaries of Scripture’s claims and of what can be deduced from Scripture by good […]

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Reformation Anglican Worship: Experiencing Grace, Expressing Gratitude, by Michael P. Jensen. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2021. Pp. 190. $35.00 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-1433572975. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma] To the Reformed believer, the Anglican Church is an anomaly. In relation to the Roman Catholic Church, on the one hand, and to the Reformed Church, on the other hand, it is neither fish nor fowl. I refer not to the contemporary worship of the largely apostate modern Church of England, which has embraced praise bands, which occasion­ally features a female preacher, and whose sermons comment, utterly mistakenly, on world events (as once I […]

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The Covenant Theology of Jonathan Edwards: Law, Gospel, and Evangelical Obedience, by Paul J. Hoehner. Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications, 2021. Pp. xxxii + 330. $42.00 (softcover). ISBN: 978- 1725281578. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma] The reader of this journal will readily understand that this volume leaped off the book table into this reviewer’s hands and clamored to be reviewed in the journal to which he is permitted access. The publisher did not send a copy for review. But the reviewer became aware of the book at a Puritan conference. He bought it. It is not the theology of Jonathan Edwards […]

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A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies: Understanding Key Debates, by Nijay K. Gupta. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2020. Pp. 196. $24.99 (softcover). ISBN: 978-0810097575. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper] Nijay Gupta, professor of New Testament at Portland Seminary, presents a beginner’s guide to New Testament studies. Emphatically, this is a beginner’s guide: “This textbook aims to aid the uninitiated in understanding, in a simple way, some of the most important and hotly debated issues in academic study of the New Testament” (xi). And: “It is written for relative newcomers to the world of New Testament studies, not experts” […]

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Zwingli: God’s Armed Prophet, by Bruce Gordon. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2021. Pp xvii + 349. $32.50 (hardcover). ISBN: 978-0300235975. [Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper] Biographies of Martin Luther and John Calvin abound. Of the reformer Huldrych (Ulrich) Zwingli (1484-1531) they do not. Another English biography of Zwingli is always welcome. Besides, Zwingli’s significance cannot be overstated. Although he began to understand the true gospel about the same time as Luther, Zwingli did so com­pletely independent of Luther. And in some respects he went further than Luther: “Nothing in Luther’s reforms matched the zeal with which the worship […]