A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life – Joel Beeke and Mark Jones

A comprehensive assessment of A Puritan Theology: Doctrine for Life by Joel Beeke and Mark Jones is something akin to sharing one’s thoughts or emotions while gazing at the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty, or the Lincoln Memorial.  This magnum opus is like oxygen for the barren soul, light for a blind man,Continue reading “A Puritan Theology: Doctrine For Life – Joel Beeke and Mark Jones”

CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker

Who says reviews don’t matter?  “I could not put Hoffecker’s book down.”  Seven simple words uttered by Dr. John Frame prompted me to pick up Charles Hodge: The Pride of Princeton by  W. Andrew Hoffecker.  The author makes a solid contribution to P & R’s American Reformed Biographies Series. I first encountered Charles Hodge in Seminary.Continue reading “CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker”

God’s Love: Better Than Unconditional – David Powlison

How many times have you uttered the words, “God’s love is unconditional?”  Yet the term is strangely absent from Scripture.  One might argue that other terms are absent as well, like “Trinity” and “hypostatic union.”   Of course, the terms are missing but the truth of the Trinity and the hypostatic union are clearly taught.Continue reading “God’s Love: Better Than Unconditional – David Powlison”

The Eternity of Hell Torments – Jonathan Edwards (1739)

The doctrine of hell is under attack.  The opposition to eternal punishment is more diverse than one might expect as unbelieving philosophers and some pastors in the emergent church seek to extinguish this doctrine once and for all. In the 18th century, people opposed hell as well.  Yet it was taught with more faithfulness andContinue reading “The Eternity of Hell Torments – Jonathan Edwards (1739)”

THE FLIP THAT FLOPPED: The Consequences of Doctrinal Compromise

In Doug Pagitt’s book, Flipped, the author sets out to fundamentally transform the classical view of God.   This transformation is creative and innovative.  It is intuitive and will attract the attention of many readers. Pagitt sets forth three goals at the beginning of the book: To see that changing your mind, drawing new conclusions,Continue reading “THE FLIP THAT FLOPPED: The Consequences of Doctrinal Compromise”

When the Gavel Falls

It has been said that one of the greatest problems that plagues contemporary people is unresolved guilt. Sin squeezes the life out of unwitting victims. Sins of omission, sins of commission, sins of regret, neglect, fear, ungodly anger, broken relationships, and insubordination pose a massive threat to the well-being of well-meaning people. No one isContinue reading “When the Gavel Falls”

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”

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”

Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl – N.D. Wilson

N.D. Wilson, Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl, Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 2009, 197 pp. Notes From the Tilt-a-Whirl, by N.D. Wilson is a fascinating look at God’s creation from a creative perspective. Several features are worth noting.  First, Wilson reminds readers of the importance of a personal Creator: “For those who believe in ex nihilo creation, the worldContinue reading “Notes From the Tilt-A-Whirl – N.D. Wilson”

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”