Friday, February 24, 2017
The body of law given to Israel as a nation and as the visible expression of the church is covenant law and thus is unique. This makes it more difficult for modern Christians to properly analyze it and use it for today’s society. When we think of civil laws in a modern nation, we think strictly in terms of legal actions related essentially to political and criminal laws. We think of laws being broken that involve police action, law courts, judges and civil sanctions. While such things are part of the judicial law in Scripture, one must not restrict the judicial laws within the Mosaic code to the modern conception. In this section, we are going to look at a number of things related to the moral case laws in an attempt to have a better understanding of biblical law and how we can use these moral laws today.
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I have recently purchased and begun reading this book. It is an excellent, scholarly treatment of theonomy, and a great contribution to theonomic literature.
A review by Hector Falcon:
This is a great book and a wise investment! I went to a supposedly conservative Reformed seminary to study historical theology. The reality is that I learned more about the topic reading this book than I learned at seminary. The Reformed church has needed a theological metanarrative to contrast itself with the dispensational, two kingdoms pietistic gush and liberal heresies being presented as evangelical Christianity today. This book helps meet that need.
The material presented here is very extensive but Boot presents it in a clear and easy to understand writing style - despite its scholarly depth. I would highly recommend this book for Christian leaders, church pastors, scholars and Sunday school classes geared toward educating church members on a Reformational biblical worldview. Joe shows the connection biblical ideas have had in the past with regard to both personal and cultural transformation and how the concept of the Kingdom of God was related to energizing past missionary efforts.
We follow him in the overview of church history and we come to understand how the original world-shaking Reformational concepts changed with time to bring us to the current impotent dilemma of Christian leadership. I plan on buying a quantity of these books and giving them to Christian leaders I encounter. Perhaps they will catch the fire by remembering the past exploits of missionaries in extending the Kingdom of God and what can be done today to spark another great awakening. My only disappointment was that he did not cover the negative impact dispensational theology has had on the Christian faith and cultural redemption. Since it has had such a strong influence on evangelicals I was expecting him to address the issue, but he didn't. Oh well, what he did address was well done, informative and well worth purchasing the book. I also highly recommend his other book titled "Gospel Culture."To purchase, click here
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Given the renewed debate on immigration, here are some resources that address the matter from a biblical perspective:
Border Meltdown: Biblical Principles to Address our Immigration Crisis by Steve C. Halbrook
Bordered Liberty: The Immigration Policy of the Pilgrims and Puritans by Steve C. Halbrook (this is more so from a historical perspective, but includes some applications of biblical principles)
The Immigration Crisis: Immigrants, Aliens, and the Bible by James K. Hoffmeier (book)