This is a verse by verse exposition of the book of Joel, followed by a study of its application in Acts chapter 2. In his usual racy style, the author rejects the interpretation commonly held by Pentecostals and charismatics, arguing that a correct understanding can only be gained by carefully considering the original text. Helpful maps, diagrams and indexes make this book excellent value for money. --The Methodist Recorder, UK
Another book from the fluent pen of Michael Penny. Use and abuse of Joel s Prophecy is a verse by verse exposition of Joel followed by a study of its application in the New Testament. --A Bookstalls Newsletter, UK
Varying interpretations of Acts 2 have been the cause of many disagreements and rifts in Christendom. However, few have taken the time and trouble to study the prophet from whom Peter quoted. Many know the five verses he quoted on the Day of Pentecost but..... What was the whole of Joel s message? What was the context of the words Peter quoted? What did Joel mean by them? What did Peter understand by them? Was Joel s prophecy fulfilled on the Day of Pentecost? Or are his words still unfulfilled? And if unfulfilled, when will they come to pass? This book does an excellent job by first presenting the reader with an easy to read exposition of the whole of Joel s prophecy. After that it moves on and discusses Peter s use of it, before considering whether or not Acts 2 was the fulfilment of what Joel wrote. --Search magazine, UK
About the Author
Michael Penny was born in Ebbw Vale, Gwent, Wales in 1943. He read Mathematics at the University of Reading, before teaching for twelve years and becoming the Director of Mathematics and Business Studies at Queen Mary s College Basingstoke in Hampshire, England. In 1978 he entered Christian publishing, and in 1984 became the administrator of the Open Bible Trust. He held this position for seven years, before moving to the USA and becoming pastor of Grace Church in New Berlin, Wisconsin. He returned to Britain in 1999, and is at present the Administrator and Editor of The Open Bible Trust. In 2010 he was elected Chairman of Churches Together in Reading, where he speaks in a number of churches of different denominations. He is also a member of the Advisory Committee to Reading University Christian Union. He lives near Reading with his wife and has appeared on BBC Radio Berkshire and Premier Radio a number of times. He has made several speaking tours of America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands, as well as ones to South Africa and the Philippines. Some of his writings have been translated into German and Russian. As well as writing articles for Search magazine and many Bible study booklets, he has also written several major books including: The Manual on the Gospel of John; 40 Problem Passages; Approaching the Bible; Galatians - Interpretation and Application; The Miracles of the Apostles; Introducing God s Word (with Carol Brown and Lynn Mrotek); Introducing God s Plan (with Sylvia Penny). His latest books are The Bible! Myth or Message?, The Balanced Christian Life (based on Ephesians, and is designed for use with Lent Studies and House Group Bible Studies), and Following Philippians, which he wrote with William Henry and is ideal for Post-Alpha groups. Details of these books, and other writings, can be seen on the website of The Open Bible Trust.