Anglican Futures: Anglican Alphabet Spaghetti

Anglican Futures Anglican Alphabetti Spaghetti A dummies guide to the plethora of organisations and acronyms linked to faithful Anglicans in the UK and Europe. I once spent some time around military personel.  Everything had its own TLA (Three Letter Acronym) right...

Canterbury Tales: Favourite Bible Stories Retold by Archbishop Justin Welby

Canterbury Tales Favourite Bible stories retold by Archbishop Justin Welby The Good Samaritan A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead, halfway...

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops

Anglican Mission in England Elects Two Suffragan Bishops The Anglican Mission in England (AMiE) met in Synod on 18 June.  While there, they elected two suffragan bishops to aid Bishop Andy Lines in providing episcopal oversight for the overall work.  Bishop Lines also...

Pride Flags Causing Conflict at Christian School

Pride Flags Cause Conflict at Christian School Conflict has broken out in a Christian school in Oxfordshire over the display of “Pride” flags. The institution in question is Kingham Hill School.  The same Trust (Kingham Hill Trust) oversees Oak Hill College, an...

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers

Prayer Book Society Raising Funds to Put BCPs in the Hands of Choristers The Prayer Book Society, which will soon celebrate its 50th Anniversary, is raising funds to put a special edition BCP into the hands of junior choristers around the nation.   The idea came to...

Book Review: Reimagining Britain by Justin Welby

Reimagining Britain Foundations for Hope Justin Welby Bloomsbury, 2018, new edn. 2021 (ISBN: 978-1-4729-8497-5, 322pp, £12.99) The Archbishop of Canterbury has made several notable political interventions recently, including over ‘partygate’ and the Rwanda deportation...

Birthday of Anglicanism in America

Birthday of Anglicanism in America By the Revd Canon Chuck Collins June 16, 1607 was the birthday of Anglicanism in America. On this day Captain John Smith and 104 others celebrated the Lord’s Supper when they arrived safely in Jamestown, Virginia. Jamestown was the...

Barnabas Fund Report: Two ChiBok Girls Found

Barnabas Fund Reports Two Chibok Girls Found After 8 Years 24 June 2022 Two women, who were among hundreds of schoolgirls abducted by Boko Haram from the Nigerian town of Chibok eight years ago, have been found. Hauwa Joseph was discovered among a group of other...

New Bishop-elect for the Diocese of Cashel, Ferns & Ossory

Church of Ireland News New Bishop Elected for Cashel, Ferns & Ossory The Church of Ireland diocese of Cashel, Ferns, and Ossory now has a bishop-elect.  The Venerable Adrian Wilkinson, Archdeacon of Cork, Cloyne, and Ross was elected to succeed the Rt Revd Michael...

Editorial: Lessons to be Learned from the American Pro-Life Movement

Editorial Lessons to be Learned from American Pro-Life Movement Friday, 24 June 2022, the Feast of St John the Baptist, will be a date which will live in infamy amongst the supporters of abortion.  On that date, the US Supreme Court, overturned the precedent set by...

Book Review: Rejoice & Tremble Reviewed by Brian Wong

Rejoice and Tremble
Michael Reeves
Crossway, 2021 (ISBN: 9781433565328, 176pp)

“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge” Proverbs 1:7

In this book, Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology at Union School of Theology, explores what the Bible has to say about the fear of the LORD. 

In his words, “the gospel both frees us from fear and gives us fear”. It frees us from a sinful fear that hates God based on a misunderstanding of who he is. Conversely, gospel-inducing fear is an “intensely delighted wondering at God, our Creator and Redeemer”. As Christians reflect on the cross of Christ and its stupendous achievements, they cannot but grow in their filial fear of the LORD! 

In the words of Revelation, 

“Great and amazing are your deeds, 

O Lord God the Almighty! 

Just and true are your ways, 

O King of the nations! 

Who will not fear, O Lord, 

and glory your name? 

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come and worship you, 

For your righteous acts have been revealed.” 

Revelation 15

This book is clear, concise and compelling. Its arguments are well supported by passages from Scripture. They are further reinforced by quotes from Bible-saturated authors, such as John Calvin, John Bunyan and Jonathan Edwards. 

The reviewer would have appreciated further thought on how the theme of the fear of the LORD is developed throughout Scripture. For example, what does the Law teach about this subject? How is this teaching then expanded upon in the Prophets? How do the gospel and the epistles further develop this theme?

In summary, this book clarified my understanding of the fear of the LORD and convinced me that it truly is a biblical response to our awesome Creator and Redeemer God.

I heartily recommend it to all Christians, especially those who are pastor-teachers and elders. There is an abridged version of this book available, which is entitled, “What does it mean to fear the Lord?” for those with less time on their hands.

Brian Wong