Proclaiming the Kingdom
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A Prayer of Praise
Lord Christ, we gather this day in great hope of your greatness and what your sovereignty can mean for the billions of souls living in darkness. From Chicago to Beijing, you are progressively reclaiming cities and farms, mansions to squatters’ shacks for the sake of your name. It is very difficult for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, yet all things are possible with you. Those considering suicide, those living on the dark side can find hope because you are light, and the light has overcome the darkness. You give joy to the sad, a home to the outcast, bread to the hungry, and strength to the weary. You are a good Savior who satisfies believing sinners, and we celebrate the life and hope and help you give us. We are needy, and you are our supply. read more…
Gentry, Peter J., and Stephen J. Wellum. Kingdom through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2012.
Peter Gentry and Steve Wellum have produced the most extensive study of the biblical covenants published in over a century, arguing for what they call Progressive Covenantalism, a middle-way between Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology. DeRouchie favorably but critically reviewed this book in the Bulletin of Biblical Research after using it as a text book in his 4th year MDiv biblical theology course. You can find a pdf of the review here, or you can read it below. read more…
DeRouchie, Jason S. Review of WJK Library Bundle: Old Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes and New Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes, by Accordance Bible Software. Themelios 43.1 (2018): 91–94.
WJK’s Library Bundle: Old Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes and New Testament Library Commentaries and Companion Volumes. Accordance Bible Software. Altamonte Springs, FL: Oaktree Software, Inc., 2017. $1,726.
I recently reviewed WJK’s Library Bundle for Themelios 43.1 (2018): 91–94. You can download the review here or read it below.
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A Prayer of Praise:
With unmatched strength and worth, you’re reigning now.
Before your majesty amazed we bow
Our hearts in fear. Awesome beauty we see.
Your Word we need to hear. Our lives are free
Because through Christ your wrath is turned away;
You’ve conquered death and sin. Our hope and stay … read more…
Casillas wrote this book with the heart of a pastor and with the biblically-based conviction that Christ saves believers not only from God’s wrath but in order that we may increasingly image God’s holiness. Beyond Chapter and Verse supplies Christians with a theological framework and method for applying Scripture to our everyday lives. Casillas suggests that our interpretive quest is to distinguish the time bound elements from the timeless truths, and he supplies a host of Old and New Testament examples that model an approach to Scripture that takes seriously the power of the gospel to save––past, present, and future. He helpfully distinguishes his approach from legalism, defines Christian liberty, and saturates his discussion with rich and careful biblical exposition. This thoroughly researched book is worshipful and will help those of us in Christ become more who we already are and who Christ saved us to be.
––Jason S. DeRouchie, Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology at Bethlehem College & Seminary and an elder of Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN
“As by one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous” (Romans 5:19). Through his use of “the many,” Paul appears to be directly alluding to Isaiah 53:11–12, where we read of the Christ: “By his knowledge shall the righteous one, my servant, make many to be accounted righteous, and he shall bear their iniquities…. He bore the sins of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors.” Here we celebrate the “great exchange,” wherein God counted our sins and guilt to Christ and counted his righteousness to us. “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). read more…
DeRouchie, Jason S. Review of Leading Across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church, by James E. Plueddemann. Journal of Global Christianity 4.1 (2018): 95–98.
Plueddemann, James E. Leading across Cultures: Effective Ministry and Mission in the Global Church. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2009. 230 pages. $22.00, paper.
My team was on the ground in the Horn of Africa. For months we had prayed and prepared to serve and love a community of orphans. Under the guidance of our national leader, we packed up the vehicle on our first day and expectantly journeyed the forty-five minutes through deep poverty and lush vegetation to meet these precious lives made in God’s image. Upon our arrival, no smiles greeted us. Indeed, no children were in sight, nor were they even on the compound. “The kids are not here during the day,” the director declared. “They are at school.” read more…
A Sermon on Ecclesiastes 12:13–14:
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
DeRouchie gave this message at Bethlehem College & Seminary chapel on 31 January 2018 in order to kick-off a semester-long focus on Wise Living.