The White Flag Unfurled

These are troubling times. We live in a day which is marked by theological error and apostasy. Leaders are falling, truth is routinely maligned, and compromise is celebrated. A glance across the cultural milieu reveals an unfurled white flag. The white flag has been hoisted high and a diabolical deal has been struck. This flagContinue reading “The White Flag Unfurled”

The Vanishing American Adult – Ben Sasse (2017)

Ben Sasse, The Vanishing American Adult New York: St. Martins Press, 2017, 306 pp. Senator Ben Sasse is concerned. He is concerned about the next generation. To put it bluntly, Sasse argues in so many words that we are experiencing a crisis of maturity. Young people are being raised to be lazy, self-indulgent, ungrateful, andContinue reading “The Vanishing American Adult – Ben Sasse (2017)”

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)”

SONGS OF THE NATIVITY – John Calvin (1562)

Songs of the Nativity by John Calvin is a collection of sermons taken from Luke 1 and 2. These sermons provide an inside look at the commitments of the great Protestant Reformer. The sermons demonstrate Calvin’s handle on Scripture and his exegetical skill. But above all, these sermons reflect the love that Calvin had forContinue reading “SONGS OF THE NATIVITY – John Calvin (1562)”

Everything is Spiritual – Rob Bell

Rob Bell, Everything is Spiritual (New York: St. Martin’s Publishing Group, 2020), 310 pp. In 2011, I reviewed Love Wins, my first book by Rob Bell. The piece prompted praise by conservatives and vicious scorn by progressive Christians and liberals. Whatever anyone thinks about Bell, one thing is for sure: the guy can write. HeContinue reading “Everything is Spiritual – Rob Bell”

One in Christ: Growing in Christian Maturity – James W. Walraven

James W. Walraven, One in Christ: Growing Toward Christian Maturity (Enumclaw: Redemption Press, 2020), 124 pp. Jesus prays for the unity of all believers in his well-known high priestly prayer. He prays “that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be inContinue reading “One in Christ: Growing in Christian Maturity – James W. Walraven”

Sharp Eyes, Soft Hearts, and Sanctified Minds: Evaluating Christian Books

I review books – a lot of books. Some people have expressed an interest in how I evaluate them. A few specific criteria govern the way I evaluate the overall effectiveness of Christian books, in particular. First and most important, is the book biblical? That is, does the content reflect the teaching of the infallible,Continue reading “Sharp Eyes, Soft Hearts, and Sanctified Minds: Evaluating Christian Books”

I am a Calvinist

I affirm the sovereignty of God in salvation and embrace a Calvinistic worldview where the glory and supremacy of God are the end of all things. Seven fundamental realities compel me to embrace Calvinism, what C.H. Spurgeon referred to as a “nickname for biblical Christianity.”1 Calvinism is rooted in Scripture. The sovereignty of God overContinue reading “I am a Calvinist”

Slave – John MacArthur

John MacArthur has been churning out quality Christian books and resources for over thirty-five years.  He has been defining and defending the biblical gospel in books like The Gospel According to Jesus, Faith Works, Ashamed of the Gospel, Hard to Believe, and The Truth War. Each of these books, beginning especially with The Gospel According […]

A History of Western Philosophy and Theology – John Frame

The Word of God is emphatic about our role as we enter the marketplace of ideas. The apostle Paul sounds the warning in Colossians 2:8 – “See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not accordingContinue reading “A History of Western Philosophy and Theology – John Frame”