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Logos Bible Software | New International Dictionary of OT Theology and Exegesis (5 vols.) @Logos @Zondervan

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Product Overview (Logos Bible Software edition)

The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis contains more than 3,000 separate articles, written by more than 200 scholars from twenty-four countries and more than one hundred academic institutions! This massive 5-volume Old Testament reference work contains articles on the theology of each individual Old Testament book, as well as discussions of biblical concepts, people, places, events, and literary pieces. Volume five contains a series of indexes: a Hebrew index, subject index, and an index of semantic fields. Taken as a whole, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is an unparalleled accomplishment in the field of biblical hermeneutics.

The New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis is intended for serious Old Testament and exegetical study by men and women of all walks of life—both academics and pastors, students and laypersons. Volume one contains a guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis in which ten essays have been compiled to thoroughly explain proper hermeneutics and interpretation, as well as guidelines for using this source material. Volumes one through four contain a lexicon of the Old Testament. All words found in the text are ordered by Hebrew alphabetization for easy reference, and coupled with a Goodrich/Kohlenberger cross-referencing number to be used in conjunction with Strong’s numbering system. The relationship of each word in different contexts and languages is also explained, including alternative words, and the particulars of their semantic domain. All this information is, of course, complete with bibliography.

With this collection and the powerful tools of your digital library, you can perform searches faster than ever, accomplish complex research projects without flipping pages, and discover the significance and meaning of Old Testament theological concepts like never before! What’s more, references to Old Testament passages are linked to your Hebrew texts and English translations, giving you instant access to the texts discussed in each entry of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis. The Logos edition of the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology and Exegesis provides a unique and accessible source of information, invaluable to ministers, teachers, and anyone interested in both the study and teaching of the Bible.

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Key Features

  • Guide to Old Testament theology and exegesis
  • Lexical dictionary
  • Topical dictionary
  • Hebrew index
  • Index of semantic fields

Highlights & My Thoughts

I was first introduced to the New International Dictionary of the Old Testament & Exegesis (NIDOTTE) while studying at Wheaton College Graduate School. I was studying Biblical Exegesis (M.A.) and we would refer to this resource when seeking out particular nuances of ancient terms. On account of the variety of authors, the insights that NIDOTTE offers is beyond that of other dictionaries. I would argue that the greatest of aspects to highlight from this collection is not the array of scholars who contribute but the articles found at the beginning of the dictionary set. I would contest that you could be exposed to the majority of what I learned at Wheaton just by spending time reading through these articles (and you’ll still learn the models of interpretation DIRECTLY from the experts in the field, just like I did). I tell anyone interested in this series that the articles themselves are worth the price point. AND WITH THE LOGOS VERSION, I can search the entire list of articles and dictionary entries in just seconds!

john walton logos bible softwareFor example, I remembered that Dr. John Walton wrote one of the articles on word studies but I could not remember what it was called. By specifying a particular resource to search through, I can find all the entires that Dr. Walton had a hand in creating. I can do the same for topics, Scriptures, or anything else for that matter.

While the resource is available both printed and digitally, I would encourage anyone looking to use it heavily to consider the digital version. 5,412 pages with more than 3,000 separate articles saved on your computer and fully searchable — that is the power of having the digital addition. In the image at the top of this article, I included a few other resources that I always consider when looking to understand an ancient concept (i.e., HALOT, Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary). The New International Dictionary is unique in that it unpacks words according to the articles that they provide their readers. You can read from the experts about how to use Biblical Theology to understand Old Testament concepts and then you can walk through the Hebrew word itself in its own article that contains word studies, insights from the ANE and so much more.

I’d encourage you to either add it to your Logos Bible Software wishlist or make the purchase today in order to gain more insight into the ancient world of the Hebrew language.


Taking God at His Word by Kevin DeYoung @RevKevDeYoung

Kevin DeYoung – Taking God At His Word: Why the Bible Is Knowable, Necessary, and Enough, and What That Means for You and Me

Product Description

Can we trust the Bible completely?

Is it sufficient for our complicated lives?
Can we really know what it teaches?

With his characteristic wit and clarity, award-winning author Kevin DeYoung has written an accessible introduction to the Bible that answers important questions raised by Christians and non-Christians. This book will help you understand what the Bible says about itself and the key characteristics that contribute to its lasting significance.

Avoiding technical jargon, this winsome volume will encourage you to read and believe the Bible—confident that it truly is God’s Word.

Page Count: 144
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4240-4
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4240-4


“My trust in God’s Word is greater, my submission to God’s Word is deeper, and my love for God’s Word is sweeter as a result of reading this book. For these reasons, I cannot recommend it highly enough.”
David Platt, Senior Pastor, The Church at Brook Hills, Birmingham, Alabama; author, Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream

“This little book is a highly readable introduction to Scripture’s teaching about Scripture that preserves the contours of a responsible and informed doctrine of Scripture, without getting bogged down in arcane details. Buy this book by the case and distribute copies to elders, deacons, Sunday school teachers, and anyone in the church who wants to understand a little better what the Bible is. Bad doctrine springs in part from ignorance. Blessed are those teachers and preachers in the church who, like the author of this book, combat ignorance by getting across mature theology in a lucid style that avoids generating theological indigestion.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

“One of my prayers for the next twenty years of ministry, if the Lord sees fit to grant me that, is that we might see the level of biblical literacy exponentially grow. For that to happen we must learn what the Scriptures are and how heavily we can lean on them. Kevin DeYoung serves this end well in Taking God At His Word. May the God of the Word be known and cherished all the more because of this little book.”
Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network

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Kevin DeYoung lays out the topic of Biblical authority and necessity beautifully. After laying out both his premise and the point in which he hopes all readers conclude (with a strong love for God’s Word, just as that of the Psalmist), Kevin DeYoung walks systematically through issues of Scriptural authority.

The following are the topics that Kevin DeYoung approaches:

  • God’s Word is Enough
  • God’s Word is Clear
  • God’s Word is Final
  • God’s Word is Necessary
  • God’s Unbreakable Bible

There are chapters both before and after that act as bookends to this systematic approach that DeYoung lays out. The opening portion of the book, like I said, lays out the place in which DeYoung hopes that his readers end up. A place in which their faith is stirred and their belief results in action. That which DeYoung uses as the closing “bookend” are chapters concerning Christ’s perspective of the Bible and an exhortation to stick with the study of God’s Word.

My Thoughts & Review

This is a hot, very hot topic right now. With the growth of the “emergent church” and the ideas that surround that following, it was only a matter of time before the Gospel-Centered crowd produced a book on the authority of Scripture. This is a topic that is being attacked from every angle, from the “higher” academic field to the “lowly” positions of the pastorate. The questions that need answered are How authoritative is the Bible?Is the Bible God’s very word and, if so, how do you reconcile that fallible men penned these divine words?, and What did Jesus himself think of what we now understand to be the Scriptures? Like I said, very hot topics indeed.

Why are they such important questions to ask? Well, our theology and as a result the way in which we live our lives all stems from what we think of the Holy Bible. How we describe the Bible defines what ideas do we adhere to and ultimately who we think God is. That’s kind of a big deal!

I will say that this book is solid. It is a great survey of highly debated issues and it is a survey that reaffirms faith rather than walking readers through the variety of distracting viewpoints that are whispered throughout churches across the globe. My point? If you’ve read anything from me before on highly debated issues, you’ll find that I land in the exact same place — keep the main things the plain things and the plain things the main things. And that is a practice that Kevin DeYoung carries out perfectly. He says at the front that this isn’t a weighty discussion but one to encourage, exhort, and bring his readers back to the reality that the Bible is enough and truth is never-changing (in this world of opinions).

TGAHW-300x457If you’re interested in this topic of biblical authority and the inspiration of Scripture, I’d encourage you to start the conversation here (especially since, at the close of his book, Kevin DeYoung gives you resources to continue your research). DeYoung provides his readers with a down to earth approach to a very divisive issue in the church.

“If you’re looking for a clearly and simply stated doctrine of Scripture, here it is. Kevin DeYoung has accomplished his aim of communicating what the Bible says about the Bible. He’s done it with the qualities we have come to anticipate from him: efficiency, pastoral care, wit, and rigor. Most of all, he has let the Word speak for itself.”
Kathleen B. Nielson, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“In eight brief, easy-to-read chapters, DeYoung lays out beautifully the classic evangelical understanding of the nature and importance of the Bible in the life of the believer. Particularly helpful are the chapters on the sufficiency and clarity of Scripture, showing us why the Bible is enough and how its basic teaching can be understood by every reader. These are two key points. If we do not believe the Bible to be enough and that its teaching is clear, then we will be carried here and there by every wind of doctrine. I urge you to buy your own copy and read it. There is important teaching here.”
Carl R. Trueman, Pastor, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church, Ambler, Pennsylvania; Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, The Creedal Imperative

“Attacks on the nature and authority of the Word of God have continued, unabated, since the serpent spoke to Eve. DeYoung’s book is the best place to start for anyone who wants to understand how properly to think about Scripture, and why it must be affirmed as God’s self-attesting authority.”
K. Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Covenantal Apologetics

“This is the book I will be handing out to those searching for true spirituality, those who want to hear a special word from God, and to those who want an improved knowledge of God. Kevin DeYoung convincingly teaches that God has adequately spoken to his people. Taking God At His Word is an accessible defense of the doctrine of Scripture, from Scripture, aiming to renew our trust and delight in God’s Word.”
Aimee Byrdauthor, The Housewife Theologian 

“This is a brilliant, succinct, yet thorough study of the authority and sufficiency of Scripture, based on what Scripture says about itself. Clarity and passion are the distinguishing marks of Kevin DeYoung’s writing, and this may be his finest, most important work yet.”
John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

“The longer I do ministry, the more I appreciate a truly simple book—a book that rightly orients me to reality; a book that says important things in accessible words; a book worth taking to heart; a book written to care for the reader’s soul; a book that helps to change how you live. Taking God At His Word is simple. It will help you know what you believe and why. It clarifies the foundation for all practical ministry. Because the Bible is God’s own saving Word, you have something helpful to share with others who hurt, who struggle, who stray, who find life confusing.”
David PowlisonExecutive Director, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation

About the Author

Kevin DeYoung (MDiv, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary) is senior pastor at University Reformed Church in East Lansing, Michigan. He blogs at the Gospel Coalition and has authored or coauthored numerous well-known books such as Just Do Something and The Hole in Our Holiness, as well as the award-winning books Why We’re Not Emergent and Why We Love the Church (with Ted Kluck).

BLOG: “Moving On Up” from @Starbucks

Today is a weird day. It was my last day at Starbucks before I start a new job on Monday. Todays forecast is excited nerves for the future clouded by memories of great people that I won’t work with any longer. I was not going to sit down and actually put a blog to this until, following my shift, I was sitting in my car having a conversation with someone through my window.

starbucks baristaSo there I was – in my beat up Buick Century, which had been graffitied by fellow Starbucks baristas. The window paint read of weird jokes that got us through the tough days and other sections that read “WE MISS YOU!!” in all caps. My window was half rolled down as I sat reflecting on the much needed transition that I’m in the midst of. I’m leaving the not-so-favored rush of the “fast food” world for an office job in which I won’t see the hundreds of customers that I would see while standing behind the register, green apron adorned.

While sitting there, this older couple got out of the car next to me and started to read the writing on my windows.

“Well, its apparent they’ll miss ya!” the guys says as he leans on his cane and snickers.

“Yeah, it’s my last day over at Starbucks. No longer making coffee,” I reply.

“Oh! You’re moving on up, are ya? Well good luck to ya!” he responded, with eyebrows raised.

Though I appreciated him wishing me luck, there it was. Unless you’ve spent hours, days, or months yoked by the green apron than you probably did not even catch it. I got one final taste of why it is that so many folks working at Starbucks just don’t really enjoy their job — according to the people who get waited on day after day, there is just no where to go but up.

I cannot recall the number of times folks treated me as a vending machine, happily cackling on their phone while they tossed change onto the counter to pay for their drink. I stopped asking people how they were doing because their reply was always straight to what they “needed” for us to make for them. There are also the many occurrences of people unloading their frustrations from family or from work onto our 15-20 second transaction (by the way, I am pretty sure I still hold the record at our store for handling 111 transactions at register in a single hour). Who knew that the duties assigned to a barista include counseling hardships and translating their needs?

My point in taking the time to put these thoughts and experiences together? And yes, I could go on with examples and stories. But my point is simple and one that you can apply no matter who is serving you, whether a barista, a waiter, or whomever. Do not treat anybody as though they are at the bottom. The folks who show up at 5:00 am to open the store do so to earn a living, not just to put extra, extra, extra mocha in your cup. And I know that if there is anything that I need, I could ask that group of people for help — there are even folks who would pray for me, right on the spot at a moments notice. We are all in this together (and life is entirely too short to think otherwise)
so lets treat each other as such.

Love you guys and miss ya much. Looking forward to us getting together soon as not just fellow Starbucks baristas, but as friends.

Book Review: Interpreting the General Letters by Herbert Bateman

Interpreting Letters book review kregel batemanThis handbook is designed as a step-by-step approach for analyzing and communicating eight letters of the New Testament: Hebrews, James, the Petrine Letters, the Johannine Letters, and Jude. Interpreting the General Letters provides important background material for these books’ interpretation by exploring the types and component parts of letter writing, the importance of an amanuensis; the historical background of the Greco-Roman world, and implications of each of these factors for interpreting the general letters.

This foundation is followed by a discussion of the theology of the general letters. Specific consideration is given to the era of promise in Hebrew Scriptures, the era of fulfillment as underscored in the general letters, and how the theology of each letter contributes to the overall canon of Scripture.

Finally, Bateman provides nine steps that move from interpretation to communication: three steps for preparing to interpret the letters, three for interpreting, and finally three for communicating the letters. All explanations include examples in order to develop a student’s or pastor’s skills for accurate interpretation and convicting communication of God’s Word.

  • Series: Handbooks for New Testament Exegesis
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Academic (November 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825427681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825427688
Bateman presents a thorough process for exegesis of the Greek text of these letters, with examples and insights into the text that reinforce the value of doing the hard work of exegesis. This is a valuable introductory tool for students who are learning how to interpret the General Letters and a trustworthy guide for pastors. W. Edward Glenny, Professor of New Testament and Greek, University of Northwestern—St. Paul

About the Author

Herbert W. Bateman IV (PhD, Dallas Th eological Seminary) has taught Greek language and exegesis for more than twenty years. He is the  Author or editor of many works on the General Epistles, includingCharts on the Book of Hebrews, Four Views on the Warning Passages in Hebrews, and a forthcoming commentary on Jude and 2 Peter.


Not that much of a summary is necessary, Bateman IV walks through the epistles known as the “General Letters.” Those letters include Hebrews, James, 1 & 2 Peter, 1, 2 & 3 John, and the book of Jude. Given that the majority of the New Testament is epistolary, Bateman first rightly lays the groundwork for interpreting letters (as opposed to historical or apocalyptic writ). Following his discussion of the Genre of the General Letters, Bateman speaks to the Background of the Letters (the Greco-Roman world, the Judean-Roman relationship to the letters, and appropriate implications for interpretation). Having walked through the genre and historical backdrop of the letters, Bateman journeys through what I believe is the most important of topics for himself – the Theology of the General Letters. I say that because, for Bateman, it is not the genre or the history that frames how the letters are to be interpreted and applied, the theological trajectory of the letters are of utmost importance. Bateman sets the General Letters in their theological, redemptive, Biblical place (i.e., Era of Promise in the Hebrew Scriptures, Era of Fulfillment in the General Letters, & the Individual Theologies of the General Epistles).


Even having journeyed through theological trajectories (from era of fulfillment to Jesus’ sacrificial death across epistles), Bateman provides more groundwork for those wishing to understand, teach, and/or preach the General Letters. The following is a nine step process to interpreting and expositing the text: Before teaching others, we must first get time wrestling with the Greek itself and Bateman displays important points in which to grapple with the Greek text itself as you Initiate a Translation (Step 1). Having distinguished the translation, Bateman provides a cursory discussion of (major) Interpretive Issues (Step 2) and Textual Problems (Step 3). Once you have prepared to interpret you can now move on to the three steps of actually interpreting the text: Interpreting Structure (Step 4); Interpreting Style, Syntax, Semantics (Step 5); Interpreting Greek Words (Step 6).

What concludes the book, which comprises of nearly thirty pages, is the exposition of the text found in the General Letters. Bateman provides two examples, one from Jude and one from Hebrews 10, in which the process is seen in full from interpretation to exposition.

My Thoughts

My thoughts? Well my thoughts always boil down to whether or not this book is sound and whether or not this book is useful — and both point to a big fat YES. Kregel Academic is well known for producing wonderful, Biblically-sound material. And H. Bateman IV has been immersed in the world of New Testament exegesis for over twenty years. Not only is the material within the pages worth its weight in gold (and worth far more than many New Testament higher education exegesis courses on this subject matter charge you), but there is addition help on the books and subjects at the close of the book. The glossary, bibliography, as well as suggested commentaries and sources all point the studier to a deeper journey into the world of the General Letters. If you have an interest in digging into the General Letters, I would start the discussion here before moving on to exhaustive commentaries. The Handbook series as a whole is wonderful and this resource does not disappoint.

Jesus or Nothing by Dan DeWitt @DanDewitt @CrosswayBooks


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It’s time to make a choice…

Many young adults are abandoning the Christian faith, convinced that it’s an outdated and uneducated belief system. In this compelling address, Dan DeWitt counters these misconceptions and challenges us to think carefully about the choice between Jesus or nothing by comparing the Christian worldview to the notion of a godless universe devoid of true goodness and ultimate significance. This winsome book describes the rock-solid foundation for life that Christians enjoy in and through the gospel—offering an explanation for our existence, grace for our guilt, and meaning for our mortality.

Summary and Review

I am finding more and more how important a book like this is in today’s world. We just assume that America is “Christiany” and everyone, whether blindly or voluntarily, would claim to be a believer. Contrary to such a naive conclusion, atheism appears to be on the rise and Christians should be having conversations with those who would openly proclaim allegiance to Nothing — in other words, those who are non-believers. When is the last time that you spoke with a nonbeliever about your faith? Or about their lack of faith? If it has been a while it may be out of fear — fear of having the correct words to say or fear of understanding their own context. JESUS OR NOTHING will create begin that conversation for you. JESUS OR NOTHING will enlighten you to perspectives that you do not normally pick up on, or to stereotypes that others see you as. How do you go about showing non-believers that you are more than a pamphlet waiving, door-to-door salesman? How do you philosophically reason with someone who places reason in a field of relativity? These are important matters to consider, particularly if our main objective is to winsomely win folks to place their faith in Christ. This book is short and engaging. For those who find themselves in a context of unbelievers or for leaders attempting to better share the Gospel, I would encourage you to pick up a copy of this book.

READ AN EXCERPT: Download a PDF of the excerpt


“This book will challenge you to rethink how you view atheists and others who seriously question our faith, and it will leave you better equipped to point them toward the only One who can ultimately give meaning and hope.” —Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board, Southern Baptist Convention

“To be alive today is to be at the intersection of worldviews. Different worldviews compete for allegiance, but Dan DeWitt clearly demonstrates that there are really only two worldviews in constant conflict: theism versus nihilism. The superiority of the Christian worldview is demonstrated not only by its inherent truth claims, but also by the tragic inadequacy of nihilism. DeWitt sets the issue clearly in his title: it’s Jesus or Nothing. Any thinking person will benefit from reading this important new book.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Life really does boil down to Jesus or nothing. Without Christ, we are left with relative morals, meaningless lives, and no hope. Dan is a learned theologian, but never arrogant or judgmental. He has a genuine compassion for those in search of truth, no matter how big or ‘dangerous’ their questions are. Jesus or Nothing is a book that matters, because its proposition is the ultimate matter.” —Josh Wilson, award-winning singer/songwriter

“DeWitt courageously takes us to life’s great intersection. There we find the atheist’s theory of nothing and the Christian theory of everything. Decision and destiny hang in the balance for all.” —Jack D. Eggar, President/CEO, Awana


Jesus or Nothing is a little book about a big God. If you are a skeptic or a minister to skeptics, you should read this book about the God who is conspicuously there and who aims to reconcile sinners to himself through Christ.” —Denny Burk, author, What Is the Meaning of Sex?

“The truthfulness of the claims of Scripture matter, and those questions have been—and will continue to be—defended often. But another, more basic question matters as well: What is the value, meaning, and purpose of life without God? Dan DeWitt brilliantly demonstrates that the choice truly is Jesus or Nothing.” —Timothy Paul Jones, author, Misquoting Truth: A Guide to the Fallacies of Bart Ehrman’s Misquoting Jesus

“Dan DeWitt knows his stuff. It is apparent that he’s familiar with everyone from Chesterton to Lewis to Schaeffer, not only in the ideas set forth in this book, but in his gentle, good-humored tone as well. In a culture where it can feel like Christianity is on the defensive, Dan reminds us that the gospel is beautiful beyond reason and completely reasonable.” —Andrew Peterson, singer/songwriter; author, The Wingfeather Saga series

“Citing everyone from Hawking to Chesterton, Dan shows not only the reasonableness but also the beauty of the gospel of Christ. Jesus or Nothing provides a concise and thoughtful resource for engaging secularists and academics in a city like Boston, where I live and minister.” —Bland Mason, Pastor, City on a Hill Church, Boston, Massachusetts; baseball chapel leader to the Boston Red Sox

Jesus or Nothing will take you on a journey through the hope of the gospel and cause you to engage those seeking answers to life’s most important questions with grace and truth.” —Andraé Robinson, Pastor, Cornerstone Church, South Los Angeles, California

“Dan DeWitt artfully and accurately presents the big picture of one of the most important battles for hearts in our day. Atheism is often portrayed as the only intelligent worldview, but this book dispels the fog of that myth. I heartily recommend Jesus or Nothing to anyone struggling to sort through the shrill, confusing voices trying to tell us what matters most.” —Ted Cabal, General Editor, The Apologetics Study Bible

Jesus or Nothing addresses the question that believers and nonbelievers alike are afraid to ask—‘What if I’m wrong?’ In an increasingly post-Christian context, Dan contrasts these two worldviews and guides the reader to the exclusive foundation for human flourishing found in the gospel.” —Andy Frew, singer/songwriter; Worship Pastor, Crossridge Church, Surrey, British Columbia

“The ultimate human question has always been that of meaning—the meaning of life, the meaning of death, the meaning of everything. Dan DeWitt reminds us again that meaning is always and necessarily grounded in God, and God is known only through Christ in the gospel. Apart from him, all pleasure, success, and happiness that may (or may not) come your way ultimately adds up to nothing. Biblically solid and culturally aware, DeWitt weaves together references to Pascal, Toy Story 3, Richard Dawkins, John Lennon, and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn to argue that there are only two roads: the gospel or emptiness, Jesus or nothing. Accessible and enjoyable works on apologetics that are also richly thought provoking are a rarity; Dan DeWitt manages the task beautifully. This book will encourage and challenge many.” —Grant Horner, Associate Professor of Renaissance and Reformation, The Master’s College; author, Meaning at the Movies

“Dan DeWitt paints a beautiful portrait of Jesus with all the strokes of a fine painter. Jesus or Nothing shows us how to engage our skeptic friends in the grandeur of a story unique and true. DeWitt’s personal enjoyment is etched throughout the painting, exploding with the reality of Jesus and the truth of the gospel. This is a recommended read for all who want to reveal the awesome beauty of Jesus to those who are choosing Nothing.” —David Clifford, Events Manager, Desiring God

About the Author

Dan DeWitt (PhD, Southern Seminary) is the dean of Boyce College, the undergraduate school of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he teaches courses on worldview, philosophy, apologetics, and C. S. Lewis. Russell D. Moore is the Dean of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He also serves as a preaching pastor at a local church. He is the author of several books including Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families and Churches. He and his wife Maria have four sons.

Format: Paperback
Page Count: 144
ISBN-10: 1-4335-4046-0
ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-4046-2
Size: 5.0 in x 7.0 in
Weight: 4.7 ounces
Published: April 30, 2014

Book Review: Captivated – Beholding the Mystery of Jesus’ Death and Resurrection by Thabiti Anyabwile

Product Description
The Bible implores us to take a long look at Jesus, forcefully beckoning us to “come and see” through profound questions connected with Jesus’ death and resurrection. These questions drive us to consider not just the events themselves but also their meaning as we take a long look beneath the surface and find more of the never-ending treasures of Christ. In Captivated, Thabiti Anyabwile invites you to set aside your early lessons on politeness and stare (yes, do stare) into the mystery of the cross and empty tomb.


Table of Contents:


1. Is There No Other Way? (Matthew 26:42)

2. Why Have You Forsaken Me? (Matthew 27:45-46)

3. Where, O Death, Is Your Victory? (1 Corinthians 15:55)

4. Why Do You Look for the Living among the Dead? (Luke 24:5)

5. Do You Know These Things? (Luke 24:17)

Author Thabiti M. Anyabwile is senior pastor of First Baptist Church, Grand Cayman in the Cayman Islands. Pastor Anyabwile and his wife, Kristie, have three children.

This little book is a wonderful guide for those who would like to ‘stare’ for a while at the meaning of Christ’s suffering and resurrection for His people. It is a great resource both for new believers wanting to learn more about the crucifixion as well as long-time saints who want a fresh perspective on familiar events. Be prepared to understand your Bible better and love Jesus more after reading Captivated!” — Mike McKinley, senior pastor of Sterling Park Baptist Church, Sterling, Virginia, and author of Passion: How Christ’s Final Day Changes Your Every Day

My Thoughts

To begin with – I have never read nor heard anything from Thabiti before now… and many of you who are here because he is the author of this text probably just gasped. As I journeyed through his writings I found that I could sit and “listen” to him all day (whether it be listening audibly or reading his written word in a book). He is very unique and anybody who has spent a great deal of time with him, even if it be in his books, will most likely agree with me when I say what makes him so unique — It seems as though Anyabwile has great difficulty getting through a single sentence without mentioning the Gospel. It is as if every opportunity that he has to write or speak is just soaked in the death and resurrection of his Savior, Jesus. And that is what makes him writing a short book like this so good. It is because he is not trying to be or do anything that he is not. Thabiti is just wrote a short book, asking wonderful questions, and allowing the Scriptures to proclaim the glory of God and the power in the cross and Christ.

I think that the chapter headings and the idea of approaching the cross from the ever-popular questions that he asks is wonderful. We are a generation that wants answers and his attempt to set up the question and respond according to Scripture is fitting. I categorized this in Christian Living but I could also put it in “Academic” or even “Theology” because he deals with some weighty issues.

So, the organization of this book is wonderful. The chapters are short which makes the topics approachable. And the content is easy to read yet thoroughly researched. I would encourage folks to pick up this book for a detailed understanding of Jesus’ death and resurrection — for both the purpose of the cross and the results of the cross. This book is great for new believers and each chapter ends with questions of reflection and digging deeper.

Thanks to CrossFocused Reviews for providing me with a review copy in order to get to know the book and share my opinions unbiasedly.

Monday Minute: The Psalms, Language for All Seasons of the Soul @MoodyPublishers

4405_ThePsalms_Bookcover_Final8-12.inddThis collection of essays on the Psalms by distinguished Old Testament
scholars is a snapshot of the most current scholarly work on the Psalter. The
book is divided into five sections that:

1) give an overview of Psalms studies in the 21st century;

2) discuss psalms of praise;

3) explore psalms of lament;

4) look at the big picture of the Psalter as a book; and

5) present sermons on the Psalms that are models of evangelical engagement with the text.

A Select Bibliography for Psalms Study is included at the end of the book.

Language for All Seasons of the Soul brings together essays from eighteen Old Testament scholars discussing the latest in Psalms scholarship and applying exegetical insights to the life of faith.These essays explore the full range of emotion expressed in thePsalms—from elation to distress—while weaving together observations from biblical scholarship and theology. The reader will gain valuable insights into how the Psalms speak to his or her soul.

Andrew J Schmutzer (Editor), David M. Howard Jr (Editor), Robert L. Cole (Contributor), David A Ridder (Contributor), Willem A VanGemeren (Contributor), Bruce K. Waltke (Contributor), C. Hassell Bullock (Contributor), Francis Kimmitt (Contributor), Robert B Chisholm Jr. (Contributor), Michael Ernest Travers (Contributor), Walter C Kaiser Jr. (Contributor), Allen P. Ross (Contributor), Daniel J. Estes (Contributor), Randall X. Gauthier (Contributor),Michael K. Snearly (Contributor), Tremper Longman III (Contributor), Mark D. Futato (Contributor), John Piper (Contributor)

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