THE GOSPEL AND PERSONAL EVANGELISM – Mark Dever (2007)

Mark Dever has been greatly used over the years to help and encourage pastors faithfully shepherd the flock.  He continues to exercise his gift by encouraging pastors and all Christ-followers to evangelize lost sheep – so they might be among the flock.  His book, The Gospel & Personal Evangelism is written with this end inContinue reading “THE GOSPEL AND PERSONAL EVANGELISM – Mark Dever (2007)”

BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS: HOW SHALL WE RESPOND TO UNBELIEF?

Unbelief is in the air.  Unbelief is gaining ground in postmodern culture.  Over 100 years ago, the German philosopher, Friedrich Nietzsche wrote, “I call Christianity the one great curse, the one great innermost corruption, the one great instinct of revenge, for which no means is poisonous, stealthy, subterranean, small enough – I call it theContinue reading “BIBLICAL APOLOGETICS: HOW SHALL WE RESPOND TO UNBELIEF?”

GOD’S GLORY IN SALVATION THROUGH JUDGMENT – James Hamilton (2010)

God’s Glory in Salvation Through Judgment by James Hamilton is a theological tour de force.  The author rightly maintains that many evangelicals have lost the “theological center.”  And where there is no center, everything collapses. Hamilton seeks to remedy this loss of a theological center by making a bold claim, namely – that there isContinue reading “GOD’S GLORY IN SALVATION THROUGH JUDGMENT – James Hamilton (2010)”

THE TRUTH OF THE CROSS – R.C. Sproul (2007)

The Christian publishing industry is an odd beast.  While thousands of people choke on heresy in books like Love Wins and The Shack, other books go practically unnoticed.  The Truth of the Cross by R.C. Sproul is one of those books that has gone largely undetected and has managed to avoid any kind of large-scale attention.Continue reading “THE TRUTH OF THE CROSS – R.C. Sproul (2007)”

A STALWART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: JOHN STOTT (1921-2011)

On July 27, 2011 one of the stalwarts of the Christian faith, John Stott went to be with the Lord. I credit Dr. Stott with instilling an early love for theology.  His book, The Cross of Christ (1986) is one of the first serious books I read as a Bible College student.  I’ll never forgetContinue reading “A STALWART OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: JOHN STOTT (1921-2011)”

The Prodigal God – Tim Keller (2008)

Sometimes big things do come in small packages.  The Prodigal God: Recovering the Heart of the Christian Faith by Tim Keller is one of those “big things.” Keller tackles the Parable of the Prodigal Son.  His approach confronts the typical interpretation that fixates on the sin of the younger brother in Christ’s parable – theContinue reading “The Prodigal God – Tim Keller (2008)”

WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY – Alistair McGrath (2011)

Alister McGrath has an uncanny ability to analyze trends and synthesize core beliefs that emerge as worldviews or ideologies.  He continues to utilize his gift in his latest book, Why God Won’t Go Away. McGrath’s book, The Twilight of Atheism was foundational in unpacking the history of unbelieving thought.  He picks up on that themeContinue reading “WHY GOD WON’T GO AWAY – Alistair McGrath (2011)”

JOHN MACARTHUR: Servant of the Word and Flock – Iain Murray (2011)

John MacArthur: Servant of the Word and Flock is a mind-shaping, heart-riveting biography by one of the best living biographers around, Iain Murray.  This is familiar territory for Murray.  He has written a handful of excellent biographies, most notably, The Forgotten Spurgeon and Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography.  As usual, Murray does not disappoint. TheContinue reading “JOHN MACARTHUR: Servant of the Word and Flock – Iain Murray (2011)”

TULIP: The Five Points of Calvinism in the Light of Scripture – Duane Edward Spencer (1979)

TULIP, by Duane Edward Spencer surveys the historical debate between Arminians and Calvinists.  Spencer introduces readers to the five points of Arminianism that were developed by the Remonstrants in 1610 – only months after the passing of Jacob Arminius.  The five points include: Free Will (Total Inability) Conditional Election (Election According to Foreknowledge) Universal AtonementContinue reading “TULIP: The Five Points of Calvinism in the Light of Scripture – Duane Edward Spencer (1979)”

THE MIGHTY WEAKNESS OF JOHN KNOX – Douglas Bond (2011)

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox is the third installment in  The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles.  Dr. Steven J. Lawson serves as the series editor and hit the ground running with his superb volumes that survey the life and theology of John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. Douglas Bond, no stranger to the ChristianContinue reading “THE MIGHTY WEAKNESS OF JOHN KNOX – Douglas Bond (2011)”