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Covenant and Commandment by Bradley G. Green

Covenant and CommandmentGreen, Bradley G. Series Editor, D. A. Carson. Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life. Downers Grove: IVP Academic, 2014. 208 pp. $22.00. Purchase at Amazon for less.

Introduction

New Studies in Biblical Theology is a series of books addressing key issues in the church today. Bradley Green is Associate Professor of Christian Studies at Union University. He has written a number of other books dealing with theology.

Summary

Divided into seven chapters with numerous subsections in each chapter, Bradley dives straight into the discussion of grace and works. His first chapter looks at the reality and necessity of works, obedience and faithfulness as found in the NT.

The second chapter offers a look at the bridge between the Old and New Testaments while chapter three offers the umbrella of the covenant keeping God throughout all of the Bible. Chapter four takes us to the cross and moves us to union with Christ in chapter five. The final two chapters look at justification and judgment and the conclusion that works, obedience, and faithfulness are necessary for every Christian.

Review

One might be surprised at the necessity of this conversation today, but it seems as though grace is being misapplied all over the evangelical spectrum. From full acceptance of same-sex marriage as being gracious in liberal churches to antinomianism (lawlessness) in some Reformed circles, the truth is, this conversation is happening and we need a biblically balanced understanding of what is expected of the Christian.

Bradley does so in a theologically astute yet very easy to read way. Sure, he is discussing some deep theology, but he does so in a way that anyone can understand what he is saying if they have a rudimentary understanding of their Bibles as well as the doctrines of the church.

He is saturated with Scripture as well as others throughout the history of the church. Men like Geerhardus Vos and Jonathan Edwards and N.T. Wright and John Owen. In other words, he shows that he is not writing anything necessarily new. Rather, he is bringing together a general consensus of orthodoxy for a new generation.

Recommendation

 

Covenant and Commandment is a great introduction to any Christian wanting to understand the importance of obeying the law by the grace of God. I commend this resource to you whether you are a pastor or layman. Today’s church needs this resource.

 

The Gospel and the Mind by Bradley G. Green

Green, Bradley G.  The Gospel and the Mind: Recovering and Shaping the Intellectual Life.  Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2010.  192 pp.  $16.99.  Purchase at Amazon for $12.74 or less.  Purchase for Kindle for $7.99.

Introduction

Thankfully, there has been a resurgence within Evangelical Christendom regarding the use of the intellect. There have been numerous books written imploring Christians to use their mind. The most notable recent book is entitled Think by John Piper. You can read my review of that book here. Dr. Green has added an excellent treatise regarding the effects the gospel has on one’s mind.

Summary

Divided into six chapters, Dr. Green offers an apologetic on the impact the gospel has on the whole person. Specifically, on the thinking Christian. The first chapter looks at the importance of the past and how one’s view of our origins, specifically, creation, has an impact on how one thinks about life. The second chapter delves into the ever important telos of all things. ‘Telos’ means end or goal. In other words, what is the end of life according to various disciplines of thought.

Chapter three is, in my estimation, the central issue to be dealt with by one’s mind. Here we see the importance of our ability to think and understand and the relation of our mind to the cross of Christ. This is evident in our use of words and language found in chapter four. Chapter five is a conclusion to chapter four in which Dr. Green offers a Christian understanding of the use of words. The book concludes with a treatment on the moral nature of knowledge and the human heart.

Review

Dr. Bradley Green offers an excellent work designed to show first the bankruptcy of post-modern thought and second the centrality of thought rooted in a Christocentric mind. Despite being a philosophical treatise, The Gospel and the Mind was an extremely readable book. Heavily footnoted, Dr. Green leaves no stone unturned as he seeks to make the case against anti-intellectualism. In the end, he argues that the responsibility for cultivating an intellect based upon the cross of Christ is squarely on the shoulders of the church. It is here where the concept of equipping the saints really comes into play–the church teaches the parents how to think like Christians and the parents in turn teach their children how live the Christian life.

Recommendation

When Jesus Christ said that the greatest command is to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your mind, and with all your soul (Mt. 22:37), he meant it. All too often, we have jettisoned the mind. Thankfully, that is changing. I commend Dr. Green’s work to all Christian seeking to learn what it means to be an intellectual Christian without losing the practical application of your faith.