Biblical Portraits of Creation: Celebrating the Maker of Heaven and Earth - eBook
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Sabbath Complete4 Stars Out Of 5Inspirational Look at Creation TextsOctober 11, 2014Sabbath CompleteQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Biblical Portraits of Creation is foremost a doxology to the triune God who revealed himself as the creator of all that exists. The authors, Kaiser and Little, draw their inspiration from twelve selections of Scripture ranging from Genesis to 2 Corinthians, and provide an impressive and intriguing study about creation. Not quite a commentary on each passage, each chapter gives ode to the marvelous riches of creation and the awe-inspiring power that brought it into existence. The book is designed for small church groups to increase the literacy of Christians about creation by demonstrating the unified voice of Scripture. Kaiser has impressive credentials as the main contributor to this volume which is discernible in his frequent references to ancient Near East traditions and the Hebrew language. I wish there more more.
I was concerned about the endorsement of Hugh Ross, which led me to discover that Kaiser and Ross represented an old age creationist viewpoint in a debate with Ken Ham and Dr. Jason Lisle in 2006. The position Kaiser takes in the debate is not stated emphatically in this volume, which holds that God indeed created the heavens and earth ex nihilo in the beginning, but we cant know when that beginning took place.
Littles review of Psalm 104 points out that the psalmist not only glorifies God for creation but for redemption, which is a re-creation of man. It is within the context of united praisethe praise of creation itself and the praise of those redeemedthat Little embraces the idea of worship among the saints. Kaisers reflections on Job support the sovereignty of God and weaken our knees as he concludes, God will not allow himself to be put in the dock at the pleasure of this creatures merely to justify his actions toward them. Each section of the book was well-written and laudatory of our Lord. Overall, this is a worthwhile book because it proclaims the glory of God in creation, his goodness in sustaining the world after the fall, and finally his grace in the promise of a new creation.
Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: male5 Stars Out Of 5helpful!September 16, 2014Jimmy ReaganLeesville, SCAge: 45-54Gender: maleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Is the discussion of creationism now regulated to apologists only? Or is there still a place for expositors to open biblical texts and bring the discussion right off the pages of Scripture? Are such texts limited to Genesis 1-2? If you, as me, answer no, you will relish, then, this new volume by Walter Kaiser and Dorington Little and published by the Weaver Book Company.
Beyond two sermons from Genesis, the authors took us to Proverbs (3,8), Psalms (8, 19, 29, 33, 104, and 148), Job (my favorite of the sermons), Isaiah, Matthew and 2 Corinthians. The beauty is that the texts were not strained to draw out the story of creation, but it came out naturally in the course of solid exposition.
I love the passion in the sermons. They really are well done.
The name Walter Kaiser may ring a bell. He has been writing as a conservative scholar for many years. I have personally used several of his writings at times and believe him to be a thorough, trustworthy, and respected scholar. In this work, somehow, I saw more of the man. In addition to being a scholar, he appears to be a simple believer too. Mr. Doolittle is his pastor and Kaiser brought him into the project. His sermons are fine and it is enjoyable to see pastor and scholar working together.
I heartily recommend this book!
I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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