The latest addition to the 40 Questions Series, which is edited by Benjamin L. Merkle, John S. Hammett answers forty questions pertaining to Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The fact that the book only addresses these two ordinances gives the reader an idea of the author’s perspective. However, while Hammett writes from a Southern Baptist perspective, he deals with other positions in a fair and irenic manner.

The book is broken up into four parts. Part One addresses general questions about the two ordinances. Part Two deals exclusively with questions regarding Baptism, addressing the various denominational views, theological issues, and practical aspects. Part Three takes a similar format as part two, but deals exclusively with questions regarding the Lord’s Supper. Part Four briefly concludes the book with thoughts on the importance of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper for both theology and the Christian life.

Hammett is a thoughtful and clear writer. He is tenaciously committed to the text. For those interested in an evangelical understanding of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper, this book would be a wonderful addition to your library.