Exploring Christian Theology: The Church, Spiritual Growth, and the End Times

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The Foundations of Theology in Everyday Language

Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel are passionate about the church, spiritual growth, and the end times, all key doctrines of Christianity. They want readers to know why they're important and why they matter. Holsteen and Svigel explore these important topics in a concise and highly readable style that makes sense--whether you're a ...

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Overview

The Foundations of Theology in Everyday Language

Dallas Seminary professors Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel are passionate about the church, spiritual growth, and the end times, all key doctrines of Christianity. They want readers to know why they're important and why they matter. Holsteen and Svigel explore these important topics in a concise and highly readable style that makes sense--whether you're a student of the Bible, a pastor, or someone who simply wants to know God better.

For each topic you'll find
· An introduction, overview, and review of the key points
· Several applicable Bible texts, including verses to memorize
· A quick-paced history of the doctrine
· Distortions to be aware of and avoid
· Reading lists for further study
· A glossary of theological terms

"There has never been a more urgent need, because of the times in which we live, to have a biblically based statement of Christian theology. Holsteen and Svigel are both qualified to write such an exploration since their lives have been shaped by biblical teaching, and it is this teaching that prompts others to the hope only God through His Word can provide."--Mark L. Bailey, President, Dallas Theological Seminary

"Exploring Christian Theology is a wonderful doctrinal primer that teaches theology in a way that will engage you and cause you to reflect. . . . A great way to get acquainted with key biblical theological themes."--Darrell Bock, senior research professor, Dallas Theological Seminary

"The church is always in need of mature, faithful, biblical theology. And that's exactly what you should expect to find in this volume. This new book is a very important consideration of the church, the Christian life, and the end times. And Christians in all walks of life will find this book to be particularly helpful." --Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"The Exploring Christian Theology series provides a wonderfully helpful tour of basic Christian beliefs. Nathan Holsteen and Michael Svigel have put together a unique way of teaching theology that is thoroughly biblical but also highly engaging. A good resource for pursuing Christian discipleship."--Michael F. Bird, Lecturer in Theology at Ridley Melbourne Mission and Ministry College

"Most theological texts seem to use doctrine as a sleep aid. Dull and dry, these books hide the truth behind the reader's yawn. How refreshing to read Exploring Christian Theology! With an appropriate balance of readability, clarity, and humor, Drs. Holsteen and Svigel have made the key doctrines of our Christian faith accessible--without compromising orthodoxy. Truth should never leave us yawning. This book makes me want more."--Dr. Wayne Stiles, Executive Vice President, Insight for Living

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  • ISBN-13: 9780764211294
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 1/21/2014
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,372,750
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathan D. Holsteen, ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary, where he teaches all areas of systematic theology. Trained as an engineer, he is awed by systems of theology that exhibit internal coherence. He and his wife, Janice, have two children and live in Fort Worth, Texas.

Michael J. Svigel,
ThM, PhD, is Associate Professor of Theological Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. He has written numerous Bible study guides, articles, and papers, and is the author of RetroChristianity. He lives in Garland, Texas, with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children. Learn more at www.retrochristianity.com.
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  • Posted January 8, 2014

    EXPLORING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY  I want to RE-SEND this review, and

    EXPLORING CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 
    I want to RE-SEND this review, and extend my apologies to Bethany House, and to the authors for the previous post.  I misunderstood the situation, and did not realize that this was part of a three-book set.  My previous concerns were with the brevity of the book, and the material that had been "left out" of this volume of systematic theology.  Having said that . . . 
    What the authors of this book do, they do well.  With references and illustrations drawn from current technology and quotations from recent movies and books, this is a very readable book that engages the reader from page one.  Other welcome aspects of this book include tight outlines that provide a summary of the doctrine at hand, a brief history of that doctrine throughout the ages, distortions to be aware of and avoid, reading lists for further study, and a glossary of theological terms.  The authors have taken "dry and dusty" out of the study of theology, and have not only shown the relevance of a systematic study of the church, spiritual growth, and the end times . . . they have provided numerous examples for how it works out in real life . . . "where the rubber meets the road," so to speak.
    I'm looking forward to the finished set.

    5 stars for a systematic theology that motivates the reader to do something about it! 

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  • Posted January 2, 2014

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    Editors Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel have written a

    Editors Nathan D. Holsteen and Michael J. Svigel have written a very concise and easy to digest systematic theology book. What is systematic theology? Glad you asked! Systematic theology is a scholarship of Christianity that formulates an orderly, rational, and coherent account of the Christian faith and beliefs. In other words it's "what we believe about what we believe." When I took Systematic Theology in seminary it was 3 semesters of my education. The text book I have on my bookshelf is easy over a thousand pages and is fatter than most of my bibles. 

    This book barely breaks 200 pages.

    I think if you're looking for a good "starter" - you found it. 

    For once, understanding theology doesn't have to be boring and over your head. Exploring Christian Theology is a "to the point" text that is both easy to understand and enjoyable to read. I would recommend this book for anyone looking for a refresher, an over view - or perhaps as a "model" for teaching a class in church or school.

    Thank you to Bethany House for this advanced copy in exchange for a fair and honest review.

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