THE GLORY OF THE TRUE TABERNACLE, by Rev. George C. Lubbers; Grand Rapids, Mich., 1984. (674 pages, paperback, $11.00) Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker.
Rev. Lubbers, who has faithfully served his Lord for some fifty years in the ministry of the Word in the Protestant Reformed Churches, needs no introduction to Protestant Reformed readers. His wide and varied experience as a pastor, preacher, and missionary (both domestic and foreign) is everywhere apparent in this fine commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews. In this book one finds solid exegesis from the Greek text. At the same time, the expositions are clear and understandable to the “person in the pew.” This commentary will prove useful for personal Bible study as well as for the preacher. Rev. Lubbers is a student of the Holy Scriptures to whom the Lord has given profound insights into the Word.
I take this opportunity to congratulate my colleague and friend in the Lord on the publication of this commentary. There are few really good commentaries which are of benefit to both preacher and lay person. This is one of the few.
OUR LORD’S PATTERN FOR PRAYER, by Adolph Saphir; Kregel Publications, 1984; 430 pp., $9.95 (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko).
Adolph Saphir was a Presbyterian minister in Scotland who lived from 1831-1891. In his day he was much admired and sought after, and has left his church with a legacy of sermons and other writings.
In the forward, prepared by Warren W. Wiersbe, the following is said of the book:
Originally published as Lectures on the Lord’s Prayer, this book is one of the best on that very special portion of Scripture. There are many volumes written by various authors on this prayer, but too often they go to one of two extremes: either they are so “devotional” that they are doctrinally shallow, or so “technical” that they never touch the heart. Saphir manages to blend pastoral warmth with good exegesis to produce a book for both the head and the heart. I especially appreciate the insights he gives from Jewish lore and custom.
Best of all, Saphir magnifies the Person of our Lord Jesus Christ, so that the reading of this book is almost an experience of worship. I commend it to you, not only for personal study, but for personal growth in grace.
These are fairly strong words of recommendation. Nevertheless, the book is good and we recommend it. It will be of use for our ministers who preach on the Lord’s Prayer in connection with the Heidelberg Catechism to give them fresh insights and new avenues of thought on this subject; but it will also serve as good devotional reading for God’s people.
One must be careful of the author’s millennial views in connection with his discussion of the kingdom.
PASTORAL TEACHING OF PAUL, by W. Edward Chadwick; Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI, 1984; 394 pp., (paper). (Reviewed by Prof. R.D. Decker).
This book treats the following subjects: The Minister of Christ, A Workman; The Pastor and His Pastorate (the minister’s conception of himself, the minister’s conception of those to whom he ministers); Concepts of Ministry; The Address To The Ephesian Elders At Miletus; The Love of Souls; The Motive Power of Ministry (I Cor. 13); The Prayers of Paul (an excellent chapter which includes an exegesis of five of the recorded prayers of the Apostle); Paul On Preaching (another excellent chapter); Paul On Prophecy; Paul On Wisdom. Included is an index on Scripture passages expounded and cited in the work.
This is good, meaty pastoral theology based on sound exegesis. Strikingly enough the book does not deal with the pastoral epistles, but is based on the ministry of the Apostle as recorded in the Book of Acts and the Epistles.
William Edward Chadwick (1858-1934), a child of the manse, was an Anglican clergyman.
This book ought to be read by every seminary student and candidate for the ministry. It ought to be read and re-read by experienced ministers. It would be helpful, as well, for the ruling elders of the church.
THE PRIMER ON THE DEITY OF CHRIST, by John H. Gerstner; Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Company, 1984; 38 pp., $1.75. (Reviewed by Prof. H. Hanko).
This is another in John Gerstner’s series on the cardinal doctrines of the Christian faith. It is written in dialogue form and presents the proof for the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The book is excellent and we highly recommend it. It offers some original and unusual proofs of Christ’s divinity, emphasizing that many of Jesus’ statements make sense only on the basis of His divinity. It offers proof also from Jesus’ moral teaching and from the fact that He alone is the power by which His moral precepts can be kept. Gerstner also makes it clear that one can believe in the deity of Christ only when God reveals this to a man; it is a matter of faith and of faith alone. An interesting explanation is given of Jesus’ question: “Why callest thou me good?”
The value of the book would have been increased if the author had included Scriptural references.
We recommend this book to our readers as a valuable addition to home libraries and as a succinct summary of the proof for our Lords divinity.