It is the tension between belief and experience that Portland, Oregon-based pastor, professor, and author A.J. Swoboda explores in A Glorious Dark. In it, a means of navigating between these poles is identified: hope. And yet, Swoboda does not offer this as a huckster’s panacea, but rather, as a sincere solution – one characterized more by grit than gloss.
Progressive Covenantalism, edited by Stephen Wellum and Brent Parker, is meant as a follow-up to Kingdom through Covenant, which was published in 2012. While both books seek to offer an alternative system to dispensationalism and covenant theology, this volume adds a greater level of depth to certain areas of the position through a series of articles that address particular aspects of progressive covenantalism, each written by a different author. In the introduction, the editors acknowledge that not every author would agree on all points. Still, each contributor resonates with the basic commitments of progressive covenantalism.
This book is written with the understanding that we can best understand orthodox theology when it is put in dialogue with the early heresies faced by the church. Much of our well thought out and concrete theological explanations emerged out of direct dialogue and conflict with heretical theology that necessitated a clearer understanding and explanation of orthodox belief. It is with this in mind that David Wilhite wrote The Gospel According to Heretics: Discovering Orthodoxy through Early Christological Conflicts.
There are challenges and barriers that often keep students from engaging with the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Seminary students engage in the study of Greek and Hebrew for the purpose of reading the Bible in the language it was written in. With this in mind, it may seem counterintuitive to read the Old Testament in Greek, because this is as much a translation of the text as our English Bibles.
While the information in the book is beneficial for readers of all academic levels, Bauckham presents his material in a way that a seminary degree is not a prerequisite to picking up the book. This is a delicate line to walk, and Bauckham does it well.