Saturday, February 11, 2017

3 New Books to Consider in 2017

One of the strengths of The Master’s Seminary is that the school and faculty are united, not only on the Gospel, but on the Bible’s storyline from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22.

Recently, three books have been released by people connected with TMS that reveals how TMS views Christian doctrine and the Bible’s storyline. If one wants a taste of what TMS is about and what it stands for these three works will be helpful.

First, there is Biblical Doctrine: A Systematic Summary of Bible Truth (Crossway, 2017), which is edited by John MacArthur and Richard Mayhue, with contributions from other faculty members of The Master’s Seminary. This is a systematic theology that covers all the major areas of Christian theology from a systematic perspective. If you want to know what is being taught at The Master’s Seminary, this is a good place to look.

Second, there is my (Michael Vlach) new book, He Will Reign Forever: A Biblical Theology of the Kingdom of God (Lampion Press, 2017). This is a biblical theology that covers the kingdom of God theme from Genesis 1 through Revelation 22. I argue that “kingdom” is the theme of Scripture, thus, if one understands the kingdom theme, one will have a good grasp of the Bible’s storyline. 

Third, Matt Waymeyer, professor at The Expositors Seminary in Jupiter, Florida, has written an excellent defense of Premillennialism against the arguments of Amillennialism in his book, Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model (Kress, 2016). Waymeyer completed his academic degrees at TMS, including his dissertation on this topic, and was a professor at TMS. Waymeyer interacts with the best scholars and arguments of Amillennialism and shows how Premillennialism not only survives but thrives even when all criticisms are considered. This book will give the reader confidence in the premillennial view.

Put together, these three books will give you a systematic theology (Biblical Doctrine), a biblical theology (He Will Reign Forever), and a defense of the premillennial view from its critics (Amillennialism and the Age to Come). 

Hopefully these works can find a place in your study in 2017.

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