Author Archives: Stephanie Lowery

About Stephanie Lowery

I studied systematic theology at Wheaton College Graduate School, studying under Daniel Treier and writing my dissertation on ecclesiological models in Africa. I grew up in East Africa, and am happy to have returned at long last!

Review of “Apologetics Beyond Reason”

Moving away from rationally-based arguments to a more experiential (indeed, partly autobiographical) argument for God, James W. Sire’s latest book, Apologetics Beyond Reason: Why Seeing Really Is Believing (IVP, 2014) argues that “There is everything. Therefore there is a God. Either … Continue reading

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Review of Clarke, “Pentecostal Theology in Africa”

It is widely acknowledged that Pentecostal and charismatic influences are a powerful force in African Christianity. The late Ogbu Kalu accomplished much in describing Pentecostal origins and history on the continent. In Pentecostal Theology in Africa, editor Clifton Clarke aims … Continue reading

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Review of “T&T Clark Handbook to Social Identity in the New Testament”

Often when a scholar enters a new field of study, she locates a handbook or dictionary on that topic, and uses that resource to find her bearings and identify broad trends within her chosen topic. As a systematic theologian, I … Continue reading

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Review of “The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority”

There are all sorts of good books: ones that are thought-provoking, ones with polished writing that flows smoothly, and ones that are enjoyable too. Then there are books that go further: they include all these aspects, as well as being … Continue reading

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Review Longman’s “The Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary”

Probably most readers of this blog already have a large number of books (myself included). I have inherited books from relatives and friends who are pastors and scholars, and I am currently deciding what to keep and what to give … Continue reading

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Review “Effective Bible Teaching,” James C. Wilhoit & Leland Ryken

  This book was highly recommended by the renowned teacher Howard G. Hendricks. I thought about stopping there, but of course I won’t. Originally published in 1988, a second edition of Wilhoit and Ryken’s Effective Bible Teaching makes minor changes … Continue reading

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Review of Gregg Okesson’s “Re-Imaging Modernity”

If you are looking for an excellent example of contextual theology, you ought to be reading Gregg Okesson’s Re-Imaging Modernity: A Contextualized Theological Study of Power and Humanity within Akamba Christianity in Kenya (Pickwick, 2012). He examines how three different … Continue reading

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From the Theology Conference: Rev. David Gitari, “In the World but not of the World”

Wheaton’s 22nd annual theology conference is in full swing here, and last night we heard from the retired Anglican Archbishop of Kenya, Rev. David Gitari, whose talk was entitled “John 17: In the World but not of the World.” Rev. … Continue reading

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Review: Sung Kyu Park’s “Christian Spirituality in Africa: Biblical, Historical, and Cultural Perspectives from Kenya”

Context is vital. In the spirit of rich, sustained focus on contextuality, this review and my next both focus on Christianity in the East African context, specifically Kenya, one book focused on the Kikuyu group (this) and one on the … Continue reading

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Review of Ron Highfield’s “God, Freedom & Human Dignity: Embracing a God-Centered Identity in a Me-Centered Culture”

Context is huge. For those of us living in the West, our context is a highly individualistic culture focused on languages of rights and freedom. In such a context, how will language of divine sovereignty, omnipotence, and omniscience be perceived? … Continue reading

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