FEARLESS FAITH: JOHN KNOX – Steven J. Lawson (2014)

2014 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox, the Protestant Reformer who risked life and limb for the sake of the gospel in Scotland and much of western Europe.  Steven Lawson retells the story in his newest work, John Knox Fearless Faith. The author guides readers though the fascinating account of Knox’s lifeContinue reading “FEARLESS FAITH: JOHN KNOX – Steven J. Lawson (2014)”

Hand in HAND – Randy Alcorn (2014)

The debate over the sovereignty of God and the free will of man originally heated up between Augustine of Hippo and Pelagius in the 4th century.  This debate has raged throughout church history and does not show any signs of letting up.  Arminians accuse Calvinists of serving a “tyrant God” who plays the role ofContinue reading “Hand in HAND – Randy Alcorn (2014)”

THE TRINITARIAN DEVOTION OF JOHN OWEN – Sinclair Ferguson (2014)

The Trinitarian Devotion of John Owen by Dr. Sinclair Ferguson is the latest installment in the Long Line of Godly Men Profile Series, edited by Dr. Steven Lawson.  Ferguson presents a readable introduction to the most well-known Puritan, John Owen. The book includes five chapters which overview Owen’s life and theological commitments.  Chapter one focuses on his lifeContinue reading “THE TRINITARIAN DEVOTION OF JOHN OWEN – Sinclair Ferguson (2014)”

THE MANNER IN WHICH THE SALVATION OF THE SOUL IS TO BE SOUGHT – Jonathan Edwards (1740)

Jonathan Edwards presents his doctrine at the front end of the sermon: We should be willing to engage in and go through undertakings, in order to our own salvation. Noah, in this case is the exemplar.  As Noah obeyed when God commanded him to build the ark, so we too, should go through “great undertakings, inContinue reading “THE MANNER IN WHICH THE SALVATION OF THE SOUL IS TO BE SOUGHT – Jonathan Edwards (1740)”

EDWARDS ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – Dane Ortlund (2014)

Edwards on the Christian Life by Dane C. Ortlund attempts to summarize the theology of Jonathan Edwards and pays special attention to his remarks on the Christian life.  For Edwards, living the Christian life is about “enjoying and reflecting the beauty of God.” The author successfully achieves his goal by directing readers to twelve questionsContinue reading “EDWARDS ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – Dane Ortlund (2014)”

GOSPEL-POWERED HUMILITY – William P. Farley (2011)

Gospel-Powered Humility by William Farley is a supercharged powder-keg for radical, God-centered Christian living.  There is much to commend in this little treasure.  A simple review will not do it justice. Part one overviews the problem which faces every human being.  That problem is identified as a soul-numbing sin – the sin of pride.  Of course,Continue reading “GOSPEL-POWERED HUMILITY – William P. Farley (2011)”

HEAVEN ON EARTH: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between – Stephen J. Nichols (2006)

Heaven on Earth by Stephen J. Nichols attempts to capture the essence of Jonathan Edwards’s vision for living in between heaven and earth.  The author confronts the typical negative response to Jonathan Edwards who is regularly caricatured as a mean-spirited Puritan who is preoccupied with the wrath of God.  Of course, nothing could be further fromContinue reading “HEAVEN ON EARTH: Capturing Jonathan Edwards’s Vision of Living in Between – Stephen J. Nichols (2006)”

PROOF: FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH THE INTOXICATING JOY OF IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (2014)

Intoxicating joy?  Irresistible grace?  The title is enough to draw the most lackluster reader in.  But once readers crack the massive door, they will be pleasantly surprised with what they find inside this elegantly decorated “castle.” Proof: Finding Freedom Through the Intoxicating Joy of Irresistible Grace is a cleverly designed roadmap which underscores the importanceContinue reading “PROOF: FINDING FREEDOM THROUGH THE INTOXICATING JOY OF IRRESISTIBLE GRACE – Daniel Montgomery and Timothy Paul Jones (2014)”

REPENTANCE – J.C. Ryle

J.C. Ryle was a man who would have been hated in this generation.  This cannot be stated too  strongly.  For instance, consider a man such as Mark Driscoll, a man who makes mistakes like anyone.  But Driscoll is a bold preacher.  He calls sin for what it is and urges sinners to repent.  That boldContinue reading “REPENTANCE – J.C. Ryle”

HEAVEN’S DRAGNET – Jonathan Edwards (1751)

The text is Matthew 13:47-50.  The missionary to the Stockbridge Indians sets his doctrine up in advance: The fisherman that cast the net are ministers of the gospel whom Christ appoints to gather men into his church. Edwards draws an immediate contrast between the righteous and the unrighteous: “So God will save his saints andContinue reading “HEAVEN’S DRAGNET – Jonathan Edwards (1751)”