"The book should provide a lively counterpoint to both the standard liberal and conservative treatments in courses on Paul's view of ministry." - Theology Today
"Ellis' judicious treatment and penetrating analysis of the relevant biblical material will force many of us...to think more precisely about the concept of ministry in Paul's writings, how ministry manifested itself in the churches of his day, and what are its implications for us today."
- Westminster Theological Journal
"Ellis gives a sound critique of liberation theology and sociopolitical action as ministry. He gives a balanced view of the gifts and the fruit of the Spirit and, on biblical grounds, he defends the ordination of single and, with qualifications, married women. Challenging, but meant for the intelligent church member." -Librarian's World
"It's a gem. It is a delightful summary in popular form of themes that Ellis has been at work on throughout his years of productive scholarship. It is 'copiously footnoted...with concise bibliographies on the points at hand...Hence, this short book becomes encyclopedic."
- Calvin Theological Journal
"A splendid tour de force in the best sense."
- James G. D. Dunn
"These essays...represent in many respects a valuable corrective to much of what passes for biblical theology in our times."