Book Thoughts #8: „Between Wittenberg and Geneva” by Kolb and Trueman

Kolb and Trueman’s Between Wittenberg and Geneva: Lutheran and Reformed Theology in Conversation was on my to-read list ever since I heard that it is going to be published. Lutheran and Reformed churches have a lot in common. One would expect that this will lead to fruitful theological exchanges and indeed it is so in many parts of the world. In my native Poland, for instance, there is full intercommunion and sharing of pulpits between the Lutheran and Reformed Church. They also share one theological school and have mixed congregations in some places. And yet there seems to be relatively little contact or exchange of ideas happening between confessional/conservative Lutheran and Reformed bodies in North America. This book, therefore, appeared to be a valuable exception. And in some ways, it is so though I was hoping for more. 

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Book Thoughts #7: „A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies” by Nijay Gupta

Nijay Gupta’s A Beginner’s Guide to New Testament Studies is aimed to introduce ‘relative newcomers’ to major debates in the field. The author has selected thirteen controversial issues and summarised major approaches to them. He avoids as much as possible technical language and attempts to lay succinctly the heart of each debate. At the end of each chapter, Gupta provides us with suggestions for further readings which are divided into categories of ‘beginner’, ‘advanced’ and books supporting specific positions on a given issue.

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Book Thoughts #6: „The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism”

Although I am not an Anglican myself, this ecclesiastical tradition is a source of continual inspiration for me. I admire theological vitality of Anglicanism and its ability to produce evangelical leaders such as John Stott or J.I. Packer. I am a fan of Lewis’ literary genius. And last but by no means least, I love the beauty of the Book of Common Prayer. Therefore The Future of Orthodox Anglicanism published recently by Crossway has quickly drawn my attention. Now, when my MPhil thesis is finally submitted, I had time to delve into it. 

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Book Thoughts #5: “Christian Baptism” by John Murray

John Murray’s famous little book „Christian Baptism” was on my list of the things to read for a long time but only recently I have found time to delve into it. I regret now that I did so that late. This brief treatment of the Reformed view of baptism is a true gem. As Murray himself stated in the preface, his aim in this book was to defend the practice of infant baptism as divinely instituted. But there is more to this book than just a defence of the paedobaptism. In fact, what I enjoyed most about it, were his thoughts on the understanding of the church and the relationship between God’s decreed will and historical administration of the covenant of grace. 

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Book Thoughts #4: „The Text of the New Testament” by Bruce M. Metzger and Bart D. Ehrman

When I took a New Testament Text class in seminary five years ago, we used a different textbook than Metzger and Ehrman. I have wanted to read through The Text of the New Testament ever since. It did not help, however, that I am rather a slow reader and my seminary reading list was always longer than I could manage. This year I took the new testament textual criticism class at Cambridge and I thought it was also a good time to finally read Metzger and Ehrman.

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Book Thoughts #3: „An Introduction to the Greek New Testament, Produced at Tyndale House, Cambridge” by Dirk Jongkind

I had read Dirk Jongkind’s book in June last year and intended to share my thoughts soon afterwards. But many things have occupied me since then that distracted me from updating this blog. Now, finally, I was able to catch up with things. I suppose better late than never.

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Book Thoughts #2: „In Search of Ancient Roots” by Kenneth Stewart

This post was first published two years ago elsewhere. I thought that it may be a good idea to make it available again. All time references are kept as they appeared in my original text. I would like to add that the question of the historical rootedness of our faith remains close to my mind and heart. While I respect, and to some extent understand, the choices that some of my friends made to seek this rootedness in the Roman Catholic Church or Orthodoxy, for me the compelling answer to this quest lies in the Protestantism that is historically rooted and critically engaged with the entire catholic Christian tradition. 

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Book Thoughts #1: „The Captive Mind” by Czesław Miłosz

One of the reasons why I started this blog is to keep myself motivated to write down my thoughts after reading various books. Although these posts will not be reviews in a strict sense, they will include a brief summary of the book and some reflections on it. I do not plan, however, to give (usually?) a comprehensive evaluation of the book. 

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