Kevin J. Vanhoozer - Pictures at a Theological Exhibition: Scenes of the church's worship, witness and wisdom
IVP ISBN 978 1 78359 426 9 323 pages Price £9.99
Kevin Vanhoozer is a prolific author, who has written a number of books about the role that Scripture has in the Christian life, church and society. This book is collection of sermons, talks and articles on this theme.
The author creatively uses his imagination to see the theme as a picture gallery with a foyer and three galleries. In the foyer we look at the foundation of biblical thinking in the nature of Scripture itself. The three galleries are the Church’s worship, witness and wisdom.
The collection is a bit of a mixed bag, with some chapters being written at a more popular level and some being a little more demanding. Compared to the average Christian book, this one will require pacing yourself and letting your mind undergo a good workout!
The key message that Vanhoozer wants to communicate is the importance of having a life that is shaped by Scripture; for him, being biblical is not merely being informed by Scripture but being daily formed by Scripture.
In this way the reader will be helped to form a Christian mind, and thus be daily equipped to think clearly, love well and delight to do God’s will.
John Woods is pastor of Lancing Tabernacle in West Sussex