12 August 2012

Book Description-180: ANNOINTED WITH THE SPIRIT AND POWER (Prof. John D. Harvey, Th.D.)

Nowadays, pneumatology or the doctrine of the Holy Spirit is the doctrine which many Christians discuss. But, unfortunately, some Christian writers discuss that doctrine with poor Biblical exegesis, so that many Christian readers do not understand that doctrine well and acurately. How can we understand that doctrine properly?

Find the answer in
The Holy Spirit’s Empowering Presence

by: Prof. John D. Harvey, Th.D.

Publisher: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing Co., New Jersey, U.S.A., 2008

In this book, Dr. Harvey explains many things about the Holy Spirit based on the Bible by exploring what the Bible teaches us. In exploring the Bible, in part 1, he explains the Holy Spirit based on the Old Testament. In that part, from the Old Testament, he explores the Holy Spirit and His empowering presence through Israel’s leaders (such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph) and Israel’s Prophets (such as, “part-time” prophets, Isaiah, Joel, etc). In part 2, he explores the Holy Spirit’s empowering presence in the New Testament through Jesus’: forerunner, early years, ministry, and departure. Furthermore, in next part, he continues his exploration by explaining what the Holy Spirit did in early church (in Acts) and contemporary church (Rome, Corinthians, Galatian, etc). All of the exploration are explained in simple words with brief exegesis. Finally, in the last chapter, he concludes all of his explanations by telling us how to catch the wind of the Holy Spirit’s empowerment in our daily life. The uniqueness of this book is at the end of each chapter, there is an application in our daily life (called: “Lessons for Life”), so that we understand the work of the Holy Spirit both in the Old and New Testament and also their application in our practical life.

“If a good book is supposed to provoke clear, critical thinking on a given topic, then John Harvey’s Anointed with the Spirit and Power is a good book. Harvey offers a clear presentation of issues along with a readable treatment of the data. He interacts primarily with the biblical text but is also conversant with scholarly discussion, particularly in the NT section. He prods the reader to think clearly about the evidence and offers an approach to practical synthesis of the data by way of “lessons for life” at the end of each chapter. His offering of helpful, thought-provoking questions for study and reflection enhances the value of the book for both the individual reader and for group study and discussion. Harvey fills a gap in the thinking of many Christians y making a solid contribution to understanding the person and work of the Spirit of Godin the First Testament and demonstrating a significant continuity between the two Testaments. It is well written and quite accessible to a range of readers from pastor and teacher to student and thoughtful layperson.’”
Prof. Paul W. Ferris, Jr., Ph.D.
(Professor of Old Testament at Bethel Seminary, St. Paul, U.S.A.; Bachelor of Arts­—B.A. from Pillsbury College; Master of Arts—M.A. and Master of Divinity—M.Div. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; and Doctor of Philosophy—Ph.D. from Dropsie College for Hebrew and Cognate Learning)

“A first-class work that combines perceptice analyses, balanced insights, and helpful applications. Dr. Harvey is a first-class scholar, whose writing is crisp, direct, and engaging. His theology is thoroughly orthodox, and his insights, while expressed easily in common language, are profound. This is a small book on a big and explosive topic that is highly recommended for every Christian’s study and personal growth. It would also serve as an excellent textbook for a young adult or older Christian study group—not only because of its perceptive analyses and helpful applications, but also because of its study questions that are included for each of the chapters. May God bless the book’s publication! Far more than that, however, may God bless all who read and study it with the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.”
Prof. Richard N. Longenecker, Ph.D., D.D.
(retired Distinguished Professor of New Testament at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario; B.A. and M.A. from Wheaton College; Ph.D. from New College, University of Edinburgh, U.K.; and
Doctor of Divinity—D.D. {HC} from Wycliffe College, University of Toronto)

“In the book of Acts, people of God filled with the Spirit and wisdom and faith turned their world upside down. What could Spirit-empowered people of God accomplish in our world today? John Harvey helps to answer this question by tracing the theme of Holy Spirit empowerment throughout the entire Bible and by drawing out crucial lessons for life based directly on Scripture. This book serves as an invitation to discover what the Holy Spirit wants to do in and through your life.”
Prof. Joel F. Williams
(Assistant Professor of Bible at Columbia International University, Columbia, South Carolina)

“This latest volume in the promising Explorations in Biblical Theology series should prove useful to pastors, students, and reflective Christians. John Harvey guides us through the pivotal biblical texts related to the Holy Spirit’s empowering work, especially noting the Spirit’s empowerment of Old Testament leaders and prophets, the person and ministry of Jesus, and the early church. This book is well organized, clear, fair, and helpful.”
Rev. Prof. Christopher W. Morgan, Ph.D.
(Dean of School of Christian Ministries and Professor of Theology at California Baptist University in Riverside, California and senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Barstow, California; B.A. in Political Science from Southeast Missouri State University; M.Div. and Ph.D. from Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary)

“Provides a solid discussion of the person and work of the Holy Spirit from Genesis to Revelation. Its straightforward language commends it to a wide audience, while its reflective questions provide opportunity for Jesus’ followers to assess and strengthen their walks with the living Lord. I’m pleased to recommend the book to students and to church people alike.”
Prof. Bryan E. Beyer, Ph.D.
(Associate Provost and Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences at Columbia International University; B.A. from Colorado State University; M.Div. from Denver Seminary; and Ph.D. from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion)

“John Harvey has done a remarkable thing. First, he analyzes each section of Scripture for what the Bible teaches about the Holy Spirit. Then he follows each section with a clear summary and concludes with “Lessons for Life”—warm applications of the biblical theology just expounded. That combination of theology and pastoral care is rare. I learned much, but even more was inspired to experience fresh aspects of life in the Spirit.”
Prof. J. Robertson McQuilkin
(the third president emeritus of Columbia International University {1968-1990})

Biography of the author:
Prof. John D. Harvey, Th.D. is Dean of the Seminary and School of Ministry and professor of New Testament and Greek at Columbia International University’s Seminary & School of Missions in Columbia, South Carolina. He is ordained as a teaching elder in the Presbyterian Church in America. He is also a member of the Evangelical Theological Society, the Institute for Biblical Research, and the Society of Biblical Literature. He hold Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Architecture from Syracuse University; Master of Divinity (M.Div.) from Columbia Biblical Seminary and Graduate School of Missions; and Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) from Toronto School of Theology.

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