In a major feat of self-restraint, I only bought two books at ETS. With the hordes of book sellers, offering their wares at ridiculously low prices, I’m amazed at my sanctification! It probably helped that my wife was with me as I perused the books (note: she bought more books than me!).
The two books that I purchased are ones that I am very glad to have in my library (am I ever not glad?). The first is the late David F. Wright’s Infant Baptism in Historical Perspective published by Paternoster in their Studies in Christian History and Thought series. What’s so neat about this book is that it argues strongly against the historical primacy of paedobaptism by one of the world’s top patristic and reformation scholars, who happens to be a Presbyterian! I’m very anxious to digest this work.
The second book is Death By Love by Mark Driscoll. A week ago Vicky and I spent Sunday afternoon with a couple from Trinity Baptist in Burlington, the Perry’s, who have a copy of the book. As I looked through it I was amazed to see how Driscoll applied the gospel message of penal substituation by Christ’s propiatory death on the cross to pastoral situations. For instance, he applies it to rape, abuse, religiosity, lust, adultery, demonic possession and other such intense subjects. I’m about half-way through the book and am really enjoying it. It’s very easy to read (much of it is in letter form) and is very, very pastoral. I would highly recommend it to pastors (I almost say it is incumbent upon them to read it!).