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Prevenient Grace:
God’s Provision for Fallen Humanity

God enables all people to exercise saving faith in Christ by mitigating the effects of depravity, an initiative that theologians call prevenient grace or enabling grace. Dr. Shelton clearly identifies the proper place of this concept in the theological landscape and calls for a new dialogue about its role in individual salvation.

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Quest for the Historical Apostles:
Tracing Their Lives and Legacies

This comprehensive historical and literary introduction uncovers their lives and legacies, underscoring the apostles' impact on the growth of the early church. The author collects and distills the histories, legends, symbols, and iconography of the original twelve and locates figures such as Paul, Peter, and John in the broader context of the history of the apostles. 

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Martyrdom and Exegesis in Hippolytus:
An Early Church Presbyter's Commentary on Daniel

In the third century CE, Emperor Septimius Severus unleashed a shocking and severe persecution against the Christian church. Witnessing the fear and confusion in his congregations, the presbyter Hippolytus crafted his Commentary on Daniel to encourage Christians confronted with the reality of martyrdom and persecution.

 

 

Articles & Chapters

“Athenagoras”
A Legacy of Apologetics: A Historical and Theological Introduction, vol. 1
Benjamin Forrest, ed. Lynchburg, VA: Liberty (2019): forthcoming (16 pp.)

 

“Gregory the Great”
A Legacy of Preaching: A Historical and Theological Introduction, vol. 1
Benjamin Forrest and Kevin King, eds. Grand Rapids: Zondervan (2018): forthcoming (26 pp.)

 

“Savonarola”
A Legacy of Preaching: A Historical and Theological Introduction, vol. 1
Benjamin Forrest and Kevin King, eds. Grand Rapids: Zondervan (2018): forthcoming (21 pp.)

 

“Prevenient Grace as a Reappraised Doctrine”
Catalyst 41 (2015): n.p.

 

“Patristic Heresiology: The Difficulties of Reliability and Legitimacy”
Orthodoxy and Heresy in Early Christian Contexts: Reconsidering the Bauer Thesis
Paul Hartog, ed. Eugene, Ore: Wipf & Stock, 2015: 193-212

 

“Lactantius as Architect of a Constantinian and Christian ‘Victory over the Empire’”
Rethinking Constantine: History, Theology, and Legacy
Edward Smither, ed. Eugene, Ore: Pickwick, 2014: 26-36

 

“The Strategy and Potential of Interdisciplinary Biblical Courses”
Biblical Higher Education Journal 9 (2014): 25-39

“Irenaeus”
Shapers of Christian Orthodoxy
Bradley Green, ed. Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP, 2010: 15-63

 

“Learning from Patristic Responses to Culture”
The Contemporary Church and the Early Church: Case Studies in Ressourcement
Paul Hartog, ed. Eugene, Ore: Wipf & Stock, 2010: 100-130

 

“Egmont, Count of Lamoral”
International Encyclopedia of Military History
James Bradford, ed. New York: Routledge, 2006: 424

 

“Shivaji”
International Encyclopedia of Military History
James Bradford, ed. New York: Routledge, 2006: 1180  

 

“An Ancient Israelite Pattern of Kingly Accession in the Life of Christ”
Trinity Journal 25 (2004): 61-73

 

“Resounding the Chicago Call: A Plea to Restore Evangelicalism’s Theological & Historical Foundation,” Reformation and Revival Journal 13 (2004): 43-57
“Dose Effects of Smallpox Vaccine: Skin Takes, T and B Cell Responses”
New England Journal of Medicine 346 (April 25, 2002): 1275-1280

 

“Cultural Accommodation and the Worship Dilemma in American Protestant Churches”
Lexington Theological Quarterly 35 (2000): 23-33


Book Reviews

Scholarly Book Reviews in the following journals: 
Asbury Journal, Biblical Higher Education Journal, Christian Scholars Review, Christianity and the Arts, Faith and Philosophy, Fides et Historia, Journal of Early Christian Studies, Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism, Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Journal of Theological Studies, Lexington Theological Quarterly, Nova et Vetera, Presbyterion, Wesleyan Theological Journal, and Westminster Theological Journal.

 

The Patient Ferment of the Early Church: The Improbable Rise of Christianity in the Roman Empire by Alan Kreider
Journal of Theological Studies 68 (2017): 772-774

 

The Fate of the Apostles: Examining the Martyrdom Accounts of the Closest Followers of Jesus
by Sean McDowell
Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 12 (2016): 80-83

 

From Passio Perpetuae to Acta Perpetuae: Recontextualizing a Martyr Story in the Literature of the Early Church by Petr Kitzler
Journal of Theological Studies 67 (2016): 308-310

 

Irenaeus of Lyon: Identifying Christianity by John Behr
Nova et Vetera 14 (2016): 1364-1367

 

Early Christian Martyr Stories: An Evangelical Introduction with New Translations
by Bryan Litfin
Fides et Historia 47 (2015): 183-184

 

The Myth of Persecution: How the Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom
by Candida Moss
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 57 (2014): 210-214

 

Ancient Christian Martyrdom: Diverse Practices, Theologies, and Traditions by Candida Moss
Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 10 (2014): 1-5

 

Gottschalk and a Medieval Predestination Controversy: Texts Translated from the Latin
by Victor Genke and Francis X. Gumerlock
Westminster Theological Journal 75 (2013): 402-404

 

A Guide to Faculty Development by Kay J. Gillespie, Douglas L. Robertson, and Associates
Biblical Higher Education Journal 8 (2013): 107-110

 

Happiness and Wisdom: Augustine’s Early Theology of Education by Ryan N. S. Topping
Christian Scholars Review 42 (2013): 449-451

 

The Making of a Christian Empire: Lactantius and Rome by Elizabeth DePalma Digeser
Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism 8 (2012): 164-167

 

Christianity in Ancient Rome: The First Three Centuries by Bernard Green
Fides et Historia 44 (2012): 95-97

 

Baptism in the Early Church: History, Theology, and Liturgy in the First Five Centuries
by Everett Ferguson
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 53 (2010): 859-863

 

Exorcism in the Early Church by Graham Twelftree
Journal of Early Christian Studies 16 (2008): 600-602

 

The Early Church and the End of the World by Gary DeMar and Francis X. Gumerlock
Fides et Historia 40 (2008): 30-32

 

Early Patristic Readings of Romans by Kathy L. Gaca and L.L. Welborn, eds.
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 51 (2008): 148-151

 

Handbook of Patristic Exegesis, 2 vols. by Charles Kannengiesser
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 49 (2006): 193-197

 

New Religions and the Nazis by Karla Poewe
Lexington Theological Quarterly 40 (2005): 291-293

 

Science and Faith: Friends or Foes? by C. John Collins
Faith & Philosophy 22 (2005): 508-510

 

Why I Am Not a Calvinist by Jerry Walls & Joseph Dongell  
Why I Am Not an Arminian by Robert Peterson & Michael Williams
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society 48 (2005): 403-405

 

Notes on the Holiness of God by David Willis
Wesleyan Theological Journal 39 (2004): 290-292

 

Hippolytus Between East and West by J. A. Cerrato
Journal of Early Christian Studies 12 (2004): 361-362  

 

Millennialism, Persecution, and Violence: Historical Cases by Catherine Wessinger, ed.
Asbury Theological Journal 58 (2003): 245-247

 

Divine Paradoxes: A Finite View of an Infinite God: A Response to Process and Openness Theologies by Jon Tal Murphree
Wesleyan Theological Journal 37 (2002): 237-239

 

Health Care and the Rise of Christianity by Hector Avalos
Journal of Early Christian Studies 9 (2001): 286-287

 

Church History in Plain Language by Bruce L. Shelley
Presbyterion 27 (2001): 64

 

Trinity: A Journal by Kenneth Boa
Psalms: A Journal by Kenneth Boa
Christianity and the Arts 8 (2001): 67-68