Wait! What’s this – another volume on the inerrancy of Scripture. That’s right, it’s two in a row from your most trusted source in Christian book reviews. Just a couple of weeks ago we review John Piper’s latest from Crossway, A Peculiar Glory (a volume we were 50-50 on) and now we have The Inerrant Word: Biblical, Historical, Theological and Pastoral Perspectives from the same publisher.
You might think there was still an ongoing battle for the Bible. (Not so according to Ronnie Floyd, president of the SBC, “Southern Baptists are no longer in a battle for the Bible, but in a battle with one another.”) Friends, we are still in a struggle for the truth of Scripture. And this volume will fortify that claim and strengthen your resolve.
The Inerrant Word takes a totally different approach. It is a collection of essays from four different vistas as the subtitle suggests. The book is edited by John MacArthur with a forward by R.C. Sproul both committed inerrantists. The list of essayists is a who’s who of conservative evangelicalism – MacArthur, Alistair Begg, John M. Frame, R. Albert Mohler Jr. and Steven J. Lawson just to name a few.
Since the subtitle presents the contents of the book, just a few words are necessary concerning what is included. There are twenty-four essays in all and every essay is solid and totally defends the inerrancy of Scripture. Each essay is well thought out and presents the assigned subject matter clearly and precisely. Some essays read quickly and some will take a more thoughtful, digestive reading. I would suggest you read this with a pen, notepad and highlighter readily available.
Since all Christians are commanded to defend the faith, this is a volume that is well worth the read by all believers, pastors and teachers and the faithful in the pews. If you are a pastor or somehow involved in fulltime Christian ministry, I would highly recommend you read Part 4, “Inerrancy in Pastoral Practice: Applying to Life.” It is practical and will add to your supply of arrows in your quiver.
The bottom line: This is a volume every Christian should read.
Disclaimer: This volume was given to me by Crossway for a fair and honest review.