For Your Bookshelf

This blog talks about books daily, which means some of you have been buying books in accordance with our discussions. I don’t spend my time surveying book catalogs or new arrivals on Amazon, but instead I post about books that come my way that interest me or that I think will be of interest to readers (and especially commenters) on this blog. RJS, my blogging companion, does the same.

At times I have done little more than recommend books or often Top Ten lists, and today’s books belong in this category. These are really good and useful books for your library and for your church.

Justin Holcomb, an Episcopal priest and professor of theology and Christian thought at Gordon-Conwell and Reformed Theological Seminary, has recently published the first two installments in a series called the KNOW series.

Justin has an admirable ability of academic expertise combined with pastoral approaches.

He has offered us two very accessible, succinct and accurate sketches of two major themes:

Know the Creeds and Councils

He covers the Apostles’ Creed, Nicea, Ephesus, Chalcedon, Athanasian, Constantinople, Carthage/Orange, Trent, Heidelberg, 39 Articles of Religion (yeh!), Westminster, 2d Vatican and some modern confessions (Lausanne, Chicago Statement).

Know the Heretics.

He covers Judaizers, Gnostics, Marcion, Docetists, Mani, Sabellius, Arius, Apollinarius, Pelagius, Eutyches, Nestorius, and Socinus.

While I’m at it, Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have a very good book on sexual abuse as well, called Rid of My Disgrace.

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