Book review: Toward Old Testament Ethics, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Title: Toward Old Testament Ethics Author: Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. Publisher: Zondervan, 1991 Length: 368 pages Reviewer: Lance Quinn Available on Amazon Recommended. Kaiser first begins by saying he believes that “it is possible to trace out a consistent and unified approach to Old Testament ethics, even though the types of biblical literature in which it is embedded are as varied as narratives, law codes, wisdom injunctions, or prophetic oracles” (p. 3).  He then proposes to define and provide a methodology for OT ethics (chapters 1-4).  In chapter one, he says this, regarding OT ethics: “The Old Testament cannot discuss religion apart from morality or faith that does not issue in right character and life” (p. 4).  In essence, what is theistic is ethical and vice-versa.  Kaiser then presents OT ethics as: (1) Personal; (2) Theistic; (3) Internal; (4) Future Oriented; and (5) Universal.  That is, they are commanded by God to man; they are because God is holy and He demands holiness on the part of His people; they are ethics which involves both the actions and the heart of man; they are looking toward their ultimate fulfillment in Christ; and they are ethics which reach across any individual to encompass…

Book Summary and Review: Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ, by Robert A. Peterson
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Title: Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ Author: Robert A. Peterson Publisher: Crossway, 2012 Length: 619 pages Reviewer: Lance Quinn Available on Amazon Recommended. What could be more edifying for the Christian than to read about the life and ministry of Jesus Christ?  Robert A. Peterson, Professor of Systematic Theology at Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri, has written Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ, a lengthy summation of the Person and Work of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  What is both a rare and  commendable feature about this book is how Peterson provides excellent, detailed, and lucid exposition of virtually every Old Testament and New Testament passage which either anticipates or explains the various aspects of the earthly (and beyond) work of Jesus.  He provides significant exegesis in order to substantiate his various perspectives on the work of Christ, especially where disagreements and disputes have arisen.  The book is an attempt by Peterson to comprehensively portray a distillation of the entire biblical teaching on the doctrine of salvation. In the first section of the book (21—269), Peterson capably fills out our understanding of what he calls the nine “saving events” of Christ.  Obviously,…

Book review: The Multiplying Church, by Bob Roberts Jr.
Book Reviews / June 26, 2017

Title: The Multiplying Church: The New Math for Starting New Churches Author:Bob Roberts Jr. Publisher: Zondervan, 2008 Length: 192 pages Reviewer: Lance Quinn Available on Amazon Not Recommended. In a series of three books published by Zondervan Publishers,* Bob Roberts, Jr., founding Pastor of NorthWood Church in Fort Worth, Texas, casts a new vision for how society can be transformed by Jesus Christ. In the third work of his, The Multiplying Church, Roberts seeks to show how local churches must see their primary vision as multiplying churches. Churches should not merely strive to plant another local church here or there; they should actually multiply them through the proven methods of Roberts and others for church planting. This will make it possible to proliferate hundreds if not thousands of others churches all over the globe. A REVOLUTION IN CHURCH PLANTING Roberts believes that imbedded within the very nucleus of every local church must be a clear desire and a strategic plan for aggressively reproducing themselves into countless other local churches, whether it be in their metropolitan backyard or other parts of the world (targeting specific countries, like his church has done with Vietnam). Roberts calls for a virtual revolution in current…