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The ESV With Creeds and Confessions

The ESV With Creeds and Confessions

Crossway was nice enough to send me a review copy of their new ESV with Creeds and Confessions.

As one who is a part of the reformed camp, creeds and confessions are a very big part of my daily Christian life. So it goes without saying that I was extremely excited when Crossway announced this new edition just a couple of months ago.

The ESV with Creeds and Confessions currently is available in three formats. TruTone Black, Goatskin Black, and TruTone over board, brown. My copy is the TruTone Black.

TruTone has come a long way. It is hard to tell that it is not leather. The Bible itself comes in a nice slipcase box and is quite sturdy. The design of the box is also elegant.

The ESV Text is the 2016 edition and is a standard two-column with cross-references at the bottom of each page. There is nothing special about the text block itself as this is a standard format that Crossway has used for several years in several editions. The Bible does contain two ribbon markers which are a nice addition.

Obviously, the reason people would gravitate towards this particular edition is for the creeds and confessions that are found in the back of the Bible. There are thirteen texts included. The Apostle’s Creed, Nicene Creed, Athanasian Creed, Chalcedonian Definition, Augsburg Confession, Belgic Confession, Articles of Religion, Canons of Dort, Westminster Confession, London Baptist Confession, Heidelberg Catechism, Westminster Larger Catechism, and the Westminster Shorter Catechism.

Before each creed or confession, there is a short introduction to the history, purpose, and major theological points of each confession. This is an extremely useful feature that most will find informative and edifying. These introductions were written by historian Chad Van Dixhoorn.

The Bible is elegant and useful. However, just the addition of the Creeds and Confessions themselves is not enough that would make most run out and purchase a new Bible. I would rather have a booklet with the confessions and introductions contained within it. However, there is good use for having these in your Bible as well for quick reference. So, for what it is, this particular edition is well done and high quality. For what it is, I give it 3 out of 5 stars.

I was provided a free copy of this Bible in exchange for a fair review by the publisher.

Book Review: John Calvin For A New Reformation

Book Review: John Calvin For A New Reformation

John Calvin Book CoverCrossway’s newest book on John Calvin is a masterful work of art. Calvin is a controversial figure, a massive giant in the Reformed Christian Faith, an amazing expositor, a formidable author, and a man who has led many Christians through the centuries on their theological journeys.

It is in this context that this book has been written by some of the greatest theologians, pastors, and historians of our day. It is a book that is well-worth reading for every Christian.

The book is a collection of essays very much in the format of the Luther biography put out by Reformation Trust a few years back. In fact, it includes many of the same authors. The book focuses on two main areas. The first is the life of John Calvin. The second is the theology of John Calvin.

The life of John Calvin is a fascinating tale. How he came to Geneva. How he led certain parts of the Reformation. The fact that he tried to keep many of his writings anonymous. John Calvin is just an interesting character despite what you may think about his theology. The book brings out facts that you may not know or realize about Calvin and does a great job of keeping it interesting and the storyline of his life moving.

The theology of Calvin is equally well-written. A whole chapter is dedicated to the Institutes of the Christian Religion, Calvin’s greatest work. It also has additional chapters dedicated to various aspects of Calvin’s theology such as the work and person of Jesus Christ. It is succinct but gives a great overview of these theological writings of Calvin and gives more than enough footnotes to keep you researching for weeks.

Overall, I give John Calvin: For a New Reformation 4 out of 5 stars.

I was given a copy of this book free by the publisher in exchange for a fair review.

Turning Over Tables (John 2:13-25)

Turning Over Tables (John 2:13-25)

At the end of John chapter two, we see Jesus turning over the tables in the Temple. Jesus had anger, righteous anger. He did not want to see His Father’s house defiled.

Jesus was not worried about the feelings of those who he was rebuking. He was not worried about being politically correct. He was worried about truth and righteousness. He was worried about the perception of the Father, not the perception of man.

When the Jewish Leaders challenged His authority He stunned them by saying that if they tore down the Temple, He would rebuild it in three days’ time. Of course, He was not talking about the building they were standing in. The Temple He was referring to was His body and the future resurrection.

But the Jews did not understand. In fact, they used this quotation of Christ to mock Him at the cross.

Join David Taylor as he finishes John 2.

The Truth of Genesis

The Truth of Genesis

Is Genesis literal?

This is a question that keeps popping up year after year in circle after circle. People say that we cannot harmonize Genesis with modern-day “science” and therefore Genesis should be taken figuratively and not literally. But where is the truth in that? If the opening chapters of Genesis cannot be taken literally when do we begin to take it literally? Is any of the Bible literal?

The problem of rejecting Genesis is that you must then reject the rest of Scripture as well. You cannot have redemption without a fall. And you can’t have a fall without a creation.

But people insist on saying that Genesis cannot be literal. So they try and explain it away. A day must not actually mean a literal day. It must mean long epochs of time. But is that plausible? The sequence of Genesis 1 does not allow for this. After all, there was evening and morning to fulfill each of the six days of creation.

And here is the thing, true science does not reject the truth of Genesis. True science actually affirms the Genesis account. There are great organizations like the Institute for Creation Research that exist for the purpose of showing how science and the Bible agree. But there will always be those that deny the truth.

To deny Genesis is to deny Scripture. And to deny Scripture is to deny God Himself We either believe the Bible or we do not. You cannot have it both ways.