REFORMATION DAY: THE SWANS WILL NOT BE SILENCED!

Because he proclaimed  the abuses of the Roman Catholic Church in the 15th century, John Hus was arrested and thrown into a dark hole at the opening of a sewer drain.  He endured eight months in that filthy place.  Hus was tortured and ultimately burned at the stake on July 6, 1415.  Prior to hisContinue reading “REFORMATION DAY: THE SWANS WILL NOT BE SILENCED!”

A BLACK-AND-WHITE PROPOSAL: FAREWELL TO FUZZY THINKING

Donald Miller raises the banner for “fuzzy thinking” in a recent blog post entitled, “The Problem with Black-and-White Thinking” (re-posted on relevantmagazine.com).  His main thought: “Black-and-white, either-or thinking polarizes people and stunts progressive thought.”  Additionally, he holds that this kind of thinking stunts our “ability to find truth.” DEFENDING THE GOOD IN MILLER’S PROPOSAL MillerContinue reading “A BLACK-AND-WHITE PROPOSAL: FAREWELL TO FUZZY THINKING”

THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)

A good friend of mine made a very important statement a number of years ago: “We need to learn  to worship God with the mind.”  Unfortunately, his statement was met with harsh criticism.  The complaint reflected an all too common anti-intellectual approach that has gripped the church for decades.  R.C. Sproul has rightly stated, “WeContinue reading “THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)”

THE UNCHANGING IMPACT OF JONATHAN EDWARDS

October 5 marks the 307th birthday of America’s premier theologian, Jonathan Edwards.  He is America’s greatest philosopher and intellectual.  Martyn Lloyd-Jones recognized this and admonishes the serious Christ-follower: “My advice to you is this: Read Jonathan Edwards.  Stop going to so many meetings; stop craving for the various forms of entertainment which are so popularContinue reading “THE UNCHANGING IMPACT OF JONATHAN EDWARDS”

CULTURE SHIFT: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truths – Al Mohler (2008)

“I am glad Al Mohler is on our team.”  I kept uttering these words to myself as read through Al Mohler’s book, Culture Shift.  Dr. Mohler consistently serves up an unrelenting diet of timeless truths that support the Christian faith in winsome and intellectually appealing ways.  Perhaps John Piper has said it best: “Albert MohlerContinue reading “CULTURE SHIFT: Engaging Current Issues With Timeless Truths – Al Mohler (2008)”

THE AEDYN CHRONICLES: Chosen Ones – Alistair McGrath (2010)

I could not resist reading The Aedyn Chronicles: Chosen Ones by Alistair McGrath.  Dr. McGrath combines his skills as a theologian with a vivid imagination to produce a tale of adventure and good versus evil. Peter and Julia are the main characters who enter an enchanted garden, similar to the world of Narnia that wasContinue reading “THE AEDYN CHRONICLES: Chosen Ones – Alistair McGrath (2010)”

THE WALK: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus – Stephen Smallman (2009)

When I coached tennis in college I placed a tremendous amount of stress on fundamentals.  My players were filled with chagrin when I told them to leave their racquets at home.  The reason: We would devote ourselves to fundamentals of good tennis before we ever stepped onto the court. Understanding the fundamentals are important inContinue reading “THE WALK: Steps for New and Renewed Followers of Jesus – Stephen Smallman (2009)”

THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD: How the Trinity Changes Everything – Fred Sanders (2010)

The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders is not the best book I’ve read on the Trinity.  However, it is among one of the more interesting. The title grabbed my attention as so many Christian books tend to focus on the trivial.  There is nothing trivial about Sanders’ work. Continue reading “THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD: How the Trinity Changes Everything – Fred Sanders (2010)”

BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership – Alexander Strauch (1995)

I cannot say enough about Biblical Eldership by Alexander Strauch.  The subtitle is an appropriate description of this book – An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership.  Helpful in so many ways, Strauch sets forth the definition of a leader, defends his position theologically and exegetically and also does a magnificent job at expositingContinue reading “BIBLICAL ELDERSHIP: An Urgent Call to Restore Biblical Church Leadership – Alexander Strauch (1995)”