Steal Away Home – Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey

Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey, Steal Away Home, Nashville: B&H Publishing Group, 2017, 294 pp. $14.60 Church history is filled with stories of courage, adventure, adversity, and persecution. From the exile of Athanasius, the martyrdom of John Rogers and William Tyndale, or Luther’s trial at Worms, these stories are well-known and we are quick toContinue reading “Steal Away Home – Matt Carter and Aaron Ivey”

The Trinity: An Introduction – Scott Swain

Scott R. Swain, The Trinity: An Introduction (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 154 pp. The short Studies in Systematic Theology series by Crossway Books invites readers to dig deeply into the treasure chest of Scripture. Each volume sets out to accomplish five important tasks: Introduce a specific doctrine Reveal it in context Develop it biblically DemonstrateContinue reading “The Trinity: An Introduction – Scott Swain”

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel – Costi Hinn

Costi W. Hinn, God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2019), 223 pp. The so-called prosperity gospel has been a virtual “wrecking ball,” inflicting damage on the unsuspecting, infiltrating local churches with a diabolical message of health and wealth, and inviting the wrath of a holy God. The prosperity gospel is not anotherContinue reading “God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel – Costi Hinn”

John Calvin: For a New Reformation

Derek W.H. Thomas and John W. Tweeddale, Ed. John Calvin: For a New Reformation (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 608 pp. Over two thousand years of church history have produced a wide assortment of Christian leaders, theologians, and churchmen.  One man who exerted an enormous amount of influence in his day was John Calvin. In recent years,Continue reading “John Calvin: For a New Reformation”

Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church – James K. Allen, Ed

Jason K. Allen, Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church (Chicago: Moody Press, 2019), 135 pp. The heart of what Luther and the reformers discovered during the sixteenth century can be summarized in what we know today as the five solas of the Reformation, namely, that sinners are saved by grace aloneContinue reading “Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church – James K. Allen, Ed”

Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller (2015)

The two words that immediately come to mind when considering Tim Keller’s new book is this: rocket fuel.  Keller’s book is a supercharged approach to expository preaching. Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism stands alone in book market that includes several approaches to preaching.  Some books provide preachers with the nuts and bolts or theContinue reading “Preaching: Communicating Faith in an Age of Skepticism – Tim Keller (2015)”

Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther

On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed the ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. One act of courage sparked a theological firestorm in Germany that set the world ablaze in a matter of days. Spreading like wildfire, thousands were introduced to the gospel which is received by grace alone, through faith alone, inContinue reading “Bold Reformer: Celebrating the Gospel-Centered Convictions of Martin Luther”

The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox

A Powerful Man I stood in the shadow of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clouds gathered overhead and people walked curiously through the front doors. Here, the famous reformer, John Knox faithfully tended the flock until his death in 1572. Once inside this massive cathedral, I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of thisContinue reading “The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox”

True Spirituality – Francis Schaeffer

Francis A. Schaeffer, True Spirituality (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), Francis Schaeffer was one of the most insightful Christian thinkers of the Twentieth century. Schaeffer’s love for truth and lost people helped galvanize a generation for the sake of the gospel. True Spirituality, originally written in 1971 alerted readers to the importance of propositional truth andContinue reading “True Spirituality – Francis Schaeffer”

Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning

Wayne Grudem, Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2018), 1212 pp. Wayne Grudem has become a household name in evangelical circles over the years. His landmark book, Systematic Theology, is used in Bible Colleges and Seminaries around the world. I have personally taught through his excellent book at least sixContinue reading “Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning”