Category: Book Reviews

Humility and Repentance, Chapter 7 Review, by Rachel Hunka

Summary Kelly Kapic’s book “A Little Book for New Theologians” aims to simplify the basics of theology for those beginning their personal journey through the study of God. In Chapter 6, Kapic explains the crucial roles of humility and repentance in theology. In explaining humility, Kapic writes, “pride has lost sight of the gap between the holy Creator and sinful humanity, producing self-absorption and contempt for others. Humility has a vision of God’s majesty, love and forgiveness in Christ, producing love for God and one’s neighbors.” (71). To define repentance, Kapic writes, “repentance occurs not only when we recognize...

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“Suffering, Justice, and Knowing God,” Chapter 8 Review, by Corey Easterday

Summary of Chapter 8: The premise of Chapter 8 is “theology that lacks compassion and action is no theology at all.” Kapic points out in scripture how worship of God, keeping oneself unstained & pure, and getting into the messiness of loving people are all intimately woven together. He discusses the fallacy in thinking that our chief function as theologians and followers of Christ is to  avoid the world so as to remain pure. He gives us a picture of a God who does not avoid the world, but rather gets right down into the mess with it. “The majestic...

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Prayer and Study: Chapter 6 Review, by Rev. Amy Price

Summary: In his 2012 book, A Little Book for New Theologians, Kelly Kapic seeks to put forth an accessible understanding of what theology is, identifies the reader as a theologian, and gives a lay of the land for theological practice.  Chapter Six is a very brief treatise on the role of prayer and study in the practice of theology.  Kapic cautions the new theologian that one’s practice of theology is not an outward discipline, but an inner one.  To read of Luther’s epiphany (or Wesley’s strangely warmed heart), is not the same as having one’s own personal experience of...

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A Little Book For New Theologians: A Book Review by Jeremy Miller of Mennonite Christian Assembly

Publication Information: A Little Book for New Theologians: Why and How to Study Theology. By Kelly M. Kapic. Downers Grove, Illinois: IVP Academic, 2012. 126 pages. ISBN 978-0-8308-3975-9. $8.00. Summary: As a relatively young pastor/theologian, Kelly Kapic’s book intrigued me. The book was small, concise, and written by a scholar, three descriptors that don’t often share the same space. His handbook seeks to answer the two fundamental questions young theologians ought to address at the outset of their pursuit: why does someone study theology and how does one do it well? The first section of Kapic’s book addresses the big picture...

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A Review of “One Bible, Many Versions,” By Dave Brunn

Brunn, Dave, One Bible, Many Versions: Are All Translations Created Equal? (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2013). Pp. ii + 205. Paperback. US$16.00. ISBN 978-0-8308-2715-2. Dave Brunn, a career Bible translator with New Tribes Mission, contributes an accessible and gracious volume to the often-too-acrimonious Bible translation debate that infects some conservative evangelical churches.  He argues that most North American Bible readers are far too idealistic and Anglo-centric in their assumptions about “the best” contemporary translation, and offers detailed examples.  He calls out, gently and graciously, translation committees for using imprecise language to characterize their translation ideals.  He does all...

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