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STUDENT POST: The Screwtape Letters

Editor’s note: This post is part of a series featuring outstanding excerpts from student papers at the BibleMesh Institute, which offers affordable online training for local churches, schools, and ministries. The author’s name has been withheld for privacy and security purposes. C. S. Lewis needs no introduction. But The Screwtape Letters may. Far from being …

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The Pastor’s One Essential Responsibility

What’s a pastor to do? It’s a simple question, but it’s surprising how different pastors answer it. Some say they’re here to shepherd. Others say they’re here to teach. None would say they’re here to entertain, but a steady diet of their teaching leaves the listener wondering. I once saw a pastor begin his service …

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BOOK REVIEW: Greek for Life

Merkle, Benjamin L. and Robert L. Plummer. Greek for Life: Strategies for Learning, Retaining, and Reviving New Testament Greek. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Academic, 2017. 176 pages. Softcover. ISBN: 9780801093203. $21.99 When I started seminary, I was eager to jump directly into the study of the Greek language.  I anticipated that it would give me the secret …

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BOOK REVIEW: Martin Luther, The Bondage of the Will

Translated by J. I. Packer and O. R. Johnson Fleming H. Revell, 2004, pgs. 320. Summary: At the behest of the Pope and the Catholic party, Desiderius Erasmus (1466/9-1536) wrote a little book called Diatribe de Libero Arbitrio defending a semi-Pelagian to Pelagian view of the will (cf. Pelagius, Roman Commentary review) in 1524. According to Erasmus the fallen human …

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BOOK REVIEW: All That God Cares About: Common Grace and Divine Delight

Mouw, Richard J. All that God Cares About: Common Grace and Divine Delight. Grand Rapids: Brazos, 2020. The doctrine of common grace forms a pillar of Dutch Neo-Calvinist theology of culture. Tracing its mature articulation to Abraham Kuyper (1837–1920), the doctrine as Richard Mouw understands it affirms that God restrains the full effects of sin …

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John N. Oswalt, The Bible among the Myths: Unique or Just Different?

Grand Rapids, Zondervan, 2009, 204 pgs. Summary: John N. Oswalt (1940-     ) is distinguished professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. He has a written a careful assessment of the uniqueness of the biblical conception of God and how this distinguishes the Bible from similar forms of ancient near-eastern religious texts. The Bible …

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