About the Book – A faithful and edifying exposition of key chapters or sections of the Bible that speak of the glories of creation. It represents an ideal resource for pastors who want to preach a series on creation. And with its use of study questions, it can be used with profit for group Bible study.
About the Authors –
Walter C. Kaiser Jr. is president emeritus and Colman Mockler Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has written numerous articles more than 30 books, including Recovering the Unity of the Bible (Zondervan), Toward an Exegetical Theology (Baker), and Hard Sayings of the Old Testament
Dorington G. Little is the Senior Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Hamilton, MA. Prior to moving to Boston in 1997, he pastored in Boone, Iowa. He is a graduate of Wheaton College, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.
My Review – I’ll begin by saying I highly commend this book to you. Written by a pastoral scholar (Kaiser) and a scholarly pastor (Little), the authors do a masterful job of something Dr. Kaiser used to remind his students of again and again when I had him as a professor at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School: ‘Keep your finger in the text.’
While acknowledging that the issue of creation and science – literal six days, intelligent design, theistic evolution, or something else – can be complex, they do not allow that to keep them from the task of showing how the biblical text – God’s very words – show forth His creativity, His power, and His sovereign power over all things which He has created. One won’t have to read far to discover where the authors fall on this issue, they consistently let the Bible speak for itself, rather than imposing their views and understanding upon the text.
This book, however, is not meant to be an apologetic against some non-biblical form of teaching about creation as much as it is an apologetic in exemplary form of how the Scriptures display God and His glory in His creation – both in nature and in man, especially the redeemed. Any read may benefit from this volume, but pastors, teachers and bible study leaders will find themselves exceptionally benefitted by the format of each chapter. Following a concise, clear introduction of the text’s theme and relevance, a brief homiletical tool is given so one can easily see the focal point in the text presented, the homiletical keyword from that text, as well as the homiletical interrogative (what question do we ask the text to answer). Next comes an outline of the passage, completed by the presentation of the text, using this outline. For a young pastor, just coming into ministry, this can prove advantageous in setting into place an expositional style of preaching/teaching that always shows the parishioner/listener/student where the truths and principles are coming from in the selected text.
As I mentioned, I had Dr. Kaiser as a professor while at seminary and I am so glad to see he has not lost his way in handling the Scriptures nor in presenting them. I’ve known Dori, as a friend and as a pastor for many years as well (we once, and sadly, still do, share the same hairline!). Both of these men do an admirable job in their respective chapters. However, I’ll have to say I found Little’s chapter on Matthew 1.1–17 (‘Jesus and the New Genesis Advent’) as well as ‘Our New Creation Confidence for Proclamation and Living’ (2 Corinthians 4.6; 5.17) to be the most uplifting of all. Kaiser ends the book with a great and necessary challenge. Then, an appendix includes an article Dr. Kaiser wrote some years back for the ETS (Evangelical Theological Society) on the literary genre of Genesis 1, arguing for a close literal interpretation.
Get yourself a copy of this book and dive right in. Better yet, buy one for your pastor or bible study leader and encourage them to use it in their preaching or teaching.
Biblical Portraits of Creation may be purchased at:
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