A selection of Ed's books in print
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I, The Prophet
First-person Interviews with the prophets and other significant figures in the Old Testament. Besides Jonah, what other prophet had a message for Nineveh? Why did Isaiah go about nearly naked for years? How does Daniel explain why it is possible for him to serve a pagan emperor and still remain a loyal servant of Yahweh? What do you know about the Maccabees? And how about that disciple of Jesus, Simon the Zealot, why is he known as a Zealot? You will find answers to these and many other questions in this comprehensive set of first-person interviews with all the prophets of the Old Testament, with several non-prophets thrown in for good measure. 132 pages.
How did Jeremiah get to be a prophet? What kind of commitment did the Lord require of him? Why was he thrown into a muddy cistern? What brought him to Egypt instead of to Babylon? What kept him going in the face of constant rejection and ridicule? You won’t be able to read these first-person interviews with the prophet without being deeply touched by his all-too-human reactions to his work. 105 pages.
I, Jeremiah, Deluxe version, full color, paperback.
First-person interviews with the Old Testament Patriarch. How did Abraham become a monotheist? Why did he insist on circumcision? What drove him to sacrifice his son Isaac? Did you know he had several sons after Sarah died and he remarried? You will be intrigued by Abraham’s steady courage and devotion to his covenant God, El Shaddai, as you make your way through these first-person interviews. 62 pages.
First-person interviews with the Old Testament King. What did this teen-age boy think when Samuel told him he would be the next king of Israel? What gave him the confidence he could defeat the giant Goliath? Why did he not kill King Saul when he had the opportunity? Why, in his later life, was he reluctant to discipline Joab for treason? You can hardly fail to be both heartened and saddened by the career of this loyal man of God. 46 pages.
First-person interviews with the Old Testament Patriarch. How did God prepare Moses to be able to weld a crowd of emancipated slaves into a viable nation? What gave him the courage to demand that Pharaoh release the Israelites from slavery? What made the Sea of Reeds become dry enough for the people to walk over it? Did you know the golden calf might have been a golden lamb? These and many other insights into the amazing career of this dedicated man of God can be had by reading sensitively these first-person interviews. 54 pages
I , Paul
First-person interviews with the New Testament Apostle. Why did young Paul hate Christians so much? How did God bring him to conversion? How did he get to understand the gospel so well, never having been a disciple of Jesus? Why did the Lystrans think Barnabas and Paul were gods come down to earth? What was his life like as a prisoner in Rome? You will enter more deeply into the personal life of this influential apostle when you read carefully these first-person interviews with Paul in prison in Rome. 46 pages.
GENESIS SURVEY: Understanding the First Book of the Bible
Does this view of Genesis violate the doctrine of revelation, inspiration, and authority of the scriptures? Indeed not. Surely God could, and did, inspire the unknown persons who wrote and compiled Genesis to write as they did, using whatever sources were at hand. The authority of Biblical versions of ancient legends is not diminished by having been adapted from pre-existing documents of the world from which Abraham came. We may believe that God was in control of the process by which these documents were transmitted, as well as of the modifications made to these ancient documents in the Hebrew accounts. There is no reason to think that the resulting documents which we now have are any less important and authoritative than if they had been provided by God by direct insertion into the minds of the authors. We may have confidence that the final result of the editorial process by which the Bible came to be written is precisely what God wanted it to be.
We need to confess and truly believe that all authority on earth has been given to Jesus and that he exercises that authority by means of the gospel and the Holy Spirit. But not only must we believe this, as if there is no evidence for it, but we must come to see that authority at work century after century in the history of the western world. Furthermore we must see the results of that authority in the concrete structures of human culture in the countries where the gospel has had most effect. Real history, real success, real shaping of civilization by the truth of the gospel of the Lord Jesus. Time is moving onward under the decisive power of truth, justice, love, and peace.
JESUS in PAUL’S LETTERS: A Pastoral Analysis
This project began as an exploration of the somewhat baffling things Paul writes about Jesus in his letters to the churches in Colossae and Ephesus.
Having completed those studies I turned to the oft-misunderstood kenosis passage in Philippians, and from there decided to look at all the letters of Paul to see what they meant for Christology.
Paul is clearly not Christocentric in his theology.
He is Theocentric, so that his Christology is a subset of Theology, and his Soteriology becomes a subset of
both Theology and Christology.
AROUSING THE RELIGIOUS CONSCIOUSNESS: Friedrich Schleiermacher’s Theory of Preaching
Schleiermacher’s Theory of Preaching. If you are at all inclined toward philosophy you will find this essay stimulating, even if you are not a preacher.
THE CANONS OF DORT: A Theological and Pastoral Critique
A pastoral and theological analysis of this
document from the Post-Reformation era.
A curious theodicy of the work of God in salvation. It should no longer be designated a standard of orthodoxy.
GODCOVENANT: Fifty Meditations on God’s Covenant
In this book you will find an analysis of the process God employs to govern life and history, using the Biblical concept of covenant to structure it
GODTIME 75 Biblical Meditations on Time and History
75 Biblical Meditations on Time and History. Does history have meaning? Is history going anywhere? The answer to both questions is Yes. Because history is the way God is shaping his world and the human race in it. In this book you will find a wide variety of insights into the meaning of time and history, written from a dedicated theistic point of view. 153 pages.
This book is a survey of the history of the Christian Church. It is addressed to the inquiring person who has become more than a bit dissatisfied with what he or she sees happening in the contemporary church world. It presupposes that the reader is a committed Christian but is entertaining some unanswered questions about what is being taught and practiced in the churches. 186 pages.
Christianity Down To Earth
Examine four major mindsets in history showing how they have influenced Christianity. Enlightenment Philosophy of modern times has spawned theological patterns with which we are still struggling today. This book calls us back to the theistic mindset of the Bible and to an examination of our theological traditions. If you have philosophical interests this is the book for you. 335 pages.
Paul's Letter To The Romans: A Pastoral Commentary
Paul’s letter to the church in Rome – where he had not yet visited – is best understood as Paul writing the things he would otherwise have spoken had he been able to schedule a visit there. Paul wants Jewish and Gentile believers to understand the gospel in such a way that they can live together peaceably in one church. The level of writing is on a pastoral level, not on an academic or professional level, it is the sort of thing a pastor might say in a small Bible study group. 178 pages.
The Christian Trinity
The Athanasian Creed’s definition of the Christian Trinity is unintelligible and needs to be discarded. Without reading later trinitarian theology into the Bible, and without presupposing an ontological trinity, it is possible to understand the New Testament doctrine of the trinity in a perfectly acceptable and intelligible manner. This is what you may expect to read in this unique and pastoral treatment of The Christian Trinity. 108 pages.
Jesus: Son of Mary & God
Here you have a down-to-earth straightforward examination of the life of Jesus. Several selections from the Gospels form the content of Part One, showing the truly human responses of Jesus as well as the work of God in him.Part Two contains some significant insights of the Apostles John and Paul concerning the universal significance of Jesus’ ministry.
Developmental Theology explores the ways in which the Lord is calling his people to examine and adapt theology to the new insights he is revealing. God is challenging us not only to look over the theological fence but to leap over it. This volume will help us do that. Edwin Walhout has been examining these matters for the past twenty or so years, and in this stimulating book presents the distillations of his insights. You will find these pioneering chapters challenging to traditional theology, while opening up new and exciting avenues into the future.
PAUL’S LETTER TO THE GALATIANS: A Pastoral Commentary
Early in his missionary career Paul takes on the Judaizers who want all Christians to observe the Jewish ceremonies such as circumcision, kosher food, sabbath keeping, and temple worship. Not so much that Paul finds these ceremonies wrong, but that they are unnecessary for Gentile believers.
REVELATION FAITH FORMERS: 253 Meditations on The Apocalypse of John
If you are mystified by the enigmatic symbolism of the book of Revelation, this is for you! All of that weird symbolism is explained in clear devotional terms. Begin at the beginning, work your way through to the end, and you will discover how God is working in the churches, in the world, and in your own life.
THE APOSTLE PAUL: A Brief Sketch of His Life and Theology.
This is an excellent guide for Bible Study groups in churches. Easy to read with clear explanations. Covering all of The Apostle Paul’s known career and providing a high level review of each of his letters.
3 EXEGETICAL ESSAYS: John 1, Matthew 24. and 1 Corinthians 15.
Here are three chapters of the Bible
that are widely misunderstood.
Dr. Walhout examines the Greek original
in careful exegetical style,
explaining clearly what the authors
were trying to communicate to their readers.
You may be surprised, indeed challenged,
by what he has to say in these Biblical studies.
THE HEIDELBERG CATECHISM: A Theological and Pastoral Critique
A pastoral and theological analysis of this
document from the Reformation era.
A solid breakaway from the theology of the middle ages, but nonetheless dated. It should not be designated a standard of orthodoxy.
FAITH FORMERS In The PSALMS
Short and simple meditations explaining the original setting and making present-day applications.
Five Ancient Creeds: A Pastoral and Theological Critique
Apostles’ Creed, Nicene Creed, Formula of Chalcedon, Third Council of Constantinople, Athanasian Creed. A pastoral and theological analysis of these creedal formulations from the ancient church. The only one acceptable as it stands is The Apostles’ Creed.
THE BELGIC CONFESSION OF FAITH: A Theological and Pastoral Critique
A solid breakaway from the theology of the middle ages, but nonetheless dated. It should not be designated a standard of orthodoxy. It will become apparent that not everything in this Confession can stand the test of the original Hebrew-Christian mindset demonstrated in the holy scriptures. We will discover that many remnants of unacceptable medieval theology have insinuated themselves into classic Reformed theology, here in the Belgic Confession as well as in the Heidelberg Catechism and the Canons of Dort.