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Rhetoric, a Rule, Ethics, Philosophy, and Bernard

Beitler, James E. Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019. 243 Pages Paper. $25.00.
Burgess, John P., Jerry Andrews, and Joseph D. Small. A Pastoral Rule for Today: Reviving and Ancient Practice. Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2019. 208 Pages. Paper. $20.00.
Dodson, Joseph R., and David E. Briones, Editors. Foreword by John M. G. Barclay. Paul and the Giants of Philosophy: Reading the Apostle in Greco-Roman Context. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2019. 183 Pages. Paper. $22.00.

Mattes, Mark. Edited by Rick Ritchie. Foreword by John T. Pless. Law and Gospel in Action: Foundations Ethics Church. Irvine: 1517 Publishing. 396 Pages. Paper. $22.95.
Posset, Franz. The Two-Fold Knowledge: Readings …

A Book for Our Time

Veith, Gene Edward, Jr. Post Christian: A Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture. Wheaton: Crossway, 2020. 320 Pages. Paper. $24.99.

I had hoped to be spending this week in Casper, Wyoming hearing Dr. Veith expound upon this new book. Instead, concerns about COVID-19 led to the cancellation of that conference. 
We still get to rejoice in a book for our time, Post Christian: A Guide to Contemporary Thought and Culture, Dr. Gene Edward Veith's new book from Crossway. 
Undaunted Hope in a Post-Christian WorldWe live in a post-Christian world. Contemporary thought—claiming to be “progressive” and “liberating”—attempts to place human beings in God’s role as creator, lawgiver, and savior. But these post-Christian ways of thinking and living are running into dead ends and fatal contradictions.This timely book demonstrates how the Christian worldview stands firm in a world dedicated to constructing its own knowledge, morality, and truth. …


Gabb, Sean. Acts of the Apostles: A Greek, Latin, and English Parallel Text Being an Aid for Adults to the Easier Learning of the Classical Languages. Deal, England: Center for Ancient Studies, 2014, 2018. 82 Pages. pdf. Paper available. on Amazon UK

The editor of this edition generously shared a digital copy of Acts of the Apostles: A Greek, Latin, and English Parallel Text Being an Aid for Adults to the Easier Learning of the Classical Languages, over a year ago. We apologize for the lateness of this review. It would appear to be enormously useful for schools and individuals who love classical languages and the Biblical text. If I had one critique of the volume it would be this: Please identify the source of the Greek, Latin, and English texts in the Preface of future editions so that readers don't have to do it for themselves. I believe that potential buyers would more confidently buy the print edition if they had that information available on…


Mary Moerbe’s Ecclesial Poetry is churchly poetry, by a Christian, about the Church, and for Christ’s Church. We Christians usually sing our poems, our hymns. Singing poems allows us to ponder texts in a deliberate way, giving our eyes, brains, mouths, ears, and hearts an opportunity to ponder the Gospel as members of the body of Christ. The rare appearance of a collection of (largely) un-sung churchly poetry like this is a similar opportunity to deliberately ponder. Take a poem like "Tabernacle to Temple" and read it aloud. Post "May I Be an Altar" on your mirror for a week or two to live with it. Perusing Ecclesial Poetry is no speed-read, no sprint, but a pleasant journey of faith with many rewarding returns.

An Anglican Catechism

Packer, J. I., Joel Scandrett, and Anglican Church in North America, Editors. To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism (Approved Edition). Wheaton: Crossway, 2020. 160 Pages. Cloth. $29.99
We didn't have Episcopalians in my small town in Nebraska. I probably first encountered that Christian tradition in fiction or on TV before I met a real-life person of that confession in Lincoln during my university years. It was notable to me that he attended our LCMS campus ministry instead of a congregation of the PECUSA. The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States of America is no longer "the Republican Party at prayer" as one used to hear. You've heard about the changes in leadership and eligibility for leadership in that body for in the news for over twenty years. The 1979 Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal 1980 are still official for that church body, but used less in many parishes based on my own (limited) obser…

Ray Keating Has Been Busy!

Keating, Ray. Warrior Monk: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel (Second Edition. New Epilogue and Author Introduction). Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, 2019. 447 Pages. Paper. Kindle available.
Keating, Ray. A Discussion Guide for Ray Keating's Warrior Monk, A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. Manorville: Keating Reports, 2019. 26 Pages. Paper.
Keating, Ray. Root of All Evil? (A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel), Second Edition. Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, 2012, 2020. 314 Pages. Paper. $17.99. http://www.pastorstephengrant.blogspot.com
Keating, Ray. Deep Rough: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. Manorville, NY: Keating Reports, 2019. 437 Pages. Paper. $18.99 Kindle available for $8.99.
Keating, Ray. The Traitor: A Pastor Stephen Grant Novel. Long Island: Keating Reports, 2019. 143 Pages. Paper. Kind…

Received for Review

Leithart, Peter J. The Ten Commandments: A Guide to the Perfect Law of Liberty. Ashland, OH: Lexham Press, 2020. 149 Pages. Cloth. $15.99.
Meyers, Ben. The Apostles' Creed: A Guide to the Ancient Catechism. Ashland, OH: Lexham Press, 2018. 148 Pages. Cloth. $15.99.
Hill, Wesley. The Lord's Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father. Ashland, OH: Lexham Press, 2019. 123 Pages. Cloth. $15.99.
Senkbeil, Harold L. and Lucas V. Woodford. Foreword by Brian Croft. Church Leadership and Strategy: For the Care of Souls (Lexham Ministry Guides). Ashland, OH: Lexham Press, 2019. 84 Pages. Paper. $9.99.
Senkbeil, Harold H. Foreword by Michael Horton. The Care of Souls: Cultivating a Pastor's Heart. Ashland, OH: Lexham Press, 2019. 290 Pages. Cloth. $21.99.

Received for Review

DeGroat, Chuck. Foreword by Richard J. Mouw. When Narcissism Comes to Church: Healing Your Community from Emotional and Spiritual Abuse. Downers Grove: IVP, 2020. 208 Pages. Cloth. $22.00.

Endorsement: A Whisk(e)yman's Clergy Narrative, Part 4

Rev. Christopher I. Thoma has both a unique wit and a unique set of discerning taste buds. His friends are numerous, the source of many bottles of "the water of life," and his wife and children are the source of innumerable adventures that serve as counterpoint to his skilled descriptions of the nose, palate, and finish of whatever he finds in a nearby glass. Readers are treated to see vignettes in the life of a pastor, theologian, husband, father, and the quirky neighbor in a parsonage. He can expound faithful teaching and practice from Holy Scripture and the Lutheran Confessions with the deftness with which he also describes the good, bad, and ugly of the world of whisk(e)y.

I'm more of a beer guy, yet there's plenty to savor and learn here.

Pulpit Review: New Commentaries for a New Year

Thompson, John L., Editor. General Editor Timothy George. Associate General Editor Scott M. Manetsch. Genesis 1-11 (Reformation Commentary on Scripture, Old Testament I). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2012. 389 Pages. Cloth. $60.00.

Cooper, Derek and Martin J. Lohrmann, Editors. General Editor Timothy George. Associate General Editor Scott M. Manetsch. 1-2 Samuel, 1-2 Kings, 1-2 Chronicles (Reformation Commentary on Scripture, Old Testament V). Downers Grove, IL: IVP Academic, 2016. 745 Pages. Cloth. $60.00.

Duguid, Iain M., James M. Hamilton, Jr., and Jay Sklar, Editors. Contributions by John L. Mackay, J. Gary Millar, John Olley.ESV Expository Commentary (Volume III, 1 Samuel-2 Chronicles). Wheaton: Crossway, 2019. 1343 Pages. Cloth. $60.00.

Selderhuis, Herman, Editor. General Editor Timothy George. Associ…