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Book: The Church of Jesus Christ: Essays in Honor of Bob and Janelle Owen
Author: Kenneth L. Chumbley, editor
Publisher: Florida College Press, 2011
Related website: http://bookstore.floridacollege.edu/store/ (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: ***** 5 stars (EXCELLENT)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Chumbley, Kenneth L., editor. The Church of Jesus Christ: Essays in Honor of Bob and Janelle Owen (published in 2011 by Florida College Press, 119 N. Glen Arven Ave., Temple Terrace, FL 33617). Bob F. Owen came to Florida (Christian) College as a student in 1949. After completing his education at Abilene Christian College, Bob returned to Florida College in 1952 as a professor of speech and Bible. He has also served the college as Dean of Students, Business Manager, and Administrative Assistant for Finance. In addition, he has labored as a gospel preacher and was active in civic affairs as a Temple Terrace city councilman. When I was a student at Florida College from 1972 to 1974, I had Bob for two classes, New Testament Church and Old Testament Wisdom Literature. In 1982, with the retirement of James R. Cope, Bob was appointed as third President of the college, continuing until his own retirement in 1991, succeeded by Colly Caldwell.
After a foreword by current Florida College President Buddy Payne, a Preface by editor and college friend of mine Tack Chumbley, and an Introduction by James W. Adams, this festschrift in honor of Bob and his gracious wife Janelle, consists of nineteen essays by different authors dealing with various subjects related to the New Testament church. A few of the writers were professors of mine in college, including Payne, Melvin D. Curry, Ferrell Jenkins, and Almon L. Williams. Some of them were fellow students with me at the college, such as Chumbley, David Owen (Bob’s nephew), Steve Patton, Brent Hunter, and Scott Owen (Bob’s son). Many of them are among my circle of friends and acquaintances, namely Floyd Chappelear, Earl Kimbrough, Harry Pickup Jr., Shane Scott, Dee Bowman, Sparky Owen (Bob’s brother), Morris D. Norman, Marty Pickup (now deceased), and John M. Kilgore. The only one whom I do not know personally is Jesse Jenkins.
All of the essays are true to the Scriptures and thought-provoking. Each one alone is worth the price of the book, and together they make an excellent discussion of the Biblical teaching on Christ’s church. It is difficult if not impossible to pick out one or a few which are worthy of peculiar note, but I was especially impressed by the following comment from my friend, the ever insightful Harry W. Pickup Jr., who wrote: “Many brethren overlook the reason that scripture speaks to human relationships. These relationships, which grow out of creation and not the new creation, are discussed so that Christians will live righteously in them. Human happiness is not the object of the gospel; being right with God and others is the thrust of the ‘word of the message.’ Human welfare is a by-product of the teaching.” Preach on, brother!