Chad Van Dixhoorn, Confessing the Faith: A reader’s guide to the Westminster Confession of Faith (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2014), 484 pp.
In Confessing the Faith, Van Dixhoorn offers a helpful commentary on what is considered the first rank of great Christian confession. The book is easily accessible and digestible into bite-sized sections. Most of all, the book is written by one of the few scholars whose expertise is the Westminster Assembly. In fact, the author in 2012 published The Minutes and Papers of the Westminster Assembly, 1643-1653 (5 Volume Set), which Amazon is currently selling the set for over $1,000. That’s because there is no other work like it in the world. Also, the author currently leads Westminster Assembly Project. All that to say, the book is written by one of the highly credentialed scholars in the Westminster Assembly and the Westminster Confession of Faith. Confessing the Faith is truly one of the 2014 notable books.
Gregg R. Allison, Roman Catholic Theology & Practice: An Evangelical Assessment (Wheaton: Crossway, 2014), 493 pp.
The author takes the reader through the official Catechism of the Catholic Church, and then he summarizes and assesses Catholic doctrine from the evangelical perspective. There is simply no other book like this presently. It truly is a gift to the church. That is why Roman Catholic Theology & Practice is a notable book for 2014.
R. C. Sproul, Everyone’s A Theologian: An Introduction to Systematic Theology (Sanford, Florida: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2014), 357 pp.
I don’t know any contemporary theologian who writes a systematic under 400 page. That’s not because Sproul lacks depth or ability to write more. As John MacArthur says, “R. C. Sproul is a consummate teacher, especially skilled at explaining difficult theological concepts in uncomplicated terms.” Unlike other systematic theology books, Everyone’s A Theologian is not written for academics. Rather, it is written for everyday people. It is a brief, comprehensive summary of systematic theology that is biblically faithful and theologically masterful.
If anyone is familiar with his earlier work Essential Truths of the Christian Faith (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992), Everyone’s A Theologian shares similar contents though there are some differences and improvements. If anyone desires to read or study systematic theology, but feels intimidated by the sheer size of some of the books, I would highly recommend this new book by Sproul.
WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN 2015
The Works of William Perkins, Volume 1 Edited by Stephen Yuille
This 832-page book is the first installment of ten volume works of William Perkins, the father of Puritanism. Both Joel Beeke and Derek Thomas serve as general editors of this massive 10 volume series. The complete Works have not been in print since the early seventeenth century! That is why this highly anticipated project is creating a lot of buzz. This first volume is scheduled to release on December 31, 2014.
This 1080-page book is perhaps the thickest one volume NICOT I know. According to many it is the most complete and detailed one-volume commentary available on the Psalms. Written by collaborated efforts of three OT scholars, this looks very interesting.