August 08, 2015

Review: 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord's Supper by John Hammett

Hammett, John S. 40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord's Supper (Kregel, 2015), 336 pp.

The latest in Kregel's 40 Questions series covers two of the most contentious issues in Christian theology—baptism and the Lord's Supper. According to author John Hammett, "No practices are more characteristic of Christianity than baptism and the Lord's Supper. . . . But while the these practices have been almost universal among Christians, the understanding of these practices has been far from uniform. In fact, the different understandings that have developed over the years have prompted the questions this book seeks to answer" (p. 9).

Though the book explains the many divergent theological positions accurately, 40 Questions about Baptism and the Lord's Supper (like other books in the series) is ultimately written from an Evangelical (Southern Baptist in this case) perspective. Readers who share that perspective will find the book especially helpful.

The book is organized into four parts. Parts 1 and 4 deal with both baptism and the Lord's Supper while parts 2 and 3 deal with each of them individually. Virtually every question that one might have (whether practical or theoretical) about either of the two ordinances is covered at some point.

In addition to being theologically comprehensive, the book is also well-written. Each chapter can be read profitably on its own, making the book an ideal reference work. Despite this, the book is not repetitive, so it can easily be read from cover to cover as well.

40 Questions about Baptism and the Lord's Supper, like the rest of the 40 Questions series, is a valuable resource for pastors, theological students, and interested laypeople. Recommended.

I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and unbiased review.

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