THE MASCULINE MANDATE – Richard Phillips (2010)

Richard Phillips raises the bar of biblical expectation for men in his latest work, The Masculine Mandate.  He is not intimidated by the deceptive roar of the egalitarian lioness.  Nor is he distracted by worldly models of masculinity. Of particular importance is Phillips’ rightly placed critique of John Eldredge’s book, Wild at Heart.  The sumContinue reading “THE MASCULINE MANDATE – Richard Phillips (2010)”

LOVE, FREEDOM, AND EVIL – Thaddeus Williams (2011)

The debate over free will has raged ever since Pelagius recoiled at the prayer of Augustine: “Grant what thou commandest and command what thou doest grant.”  Thaddeus J. Williams enters into the discussion with his excellent book, Love, Freedom, and Evil. Williams show graciousness and charity throughout as he refuses to caricature his opponents, namelyContinue reading “LOVE, FREEDOM, AND EVIL – Thaddeus Williams (2011)”


Desiring God is a book devoted to helping readers find their happiness in God.  The theme is that “God is most glorified in me when I am most satisfied in him.”  Dr. Piper carefully builds his case for this concept and calls it Christian hedonism.  The issue for the Christian is one of desire.  WillContinue reading “DESIRING GOD – John Piper”

THE WORLD-TILTING GOSPEL – Dan Phillips (2011)

Some of the most helpful Christian books I have read over the years focus on the subject of biblical worldview.  Among the best include books like Total Truth and Saving Leonardo by Nancy Pearcey, Life’s Ultimate Questions and Worldviews in Conflict by Ron Nash, Building a Christian Worldview by Hoffecker Smith, The Universe Next DoorContinue reading “THE WORLD-TILTING GOSPEL – Dan Phillips (2011)”

KING SOLOMON – Philip Graham Ryken (2011)

King Solomon: The Temptations of Money, Sex, and Power by Philip Graham Ryken is a candid look at the famous king who struggled with the flesh. It is clear from the outset that the author has done his homework.  He paints historical detail onto the canvas of his exposition.  And he clearly presents the movementsContinue reading “KING SOLOMON – Philip Graham Ryken (2011)”

FEELINGS AND FAITH: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life – Brian Borgman (2009)

The thesis of Jonathan Edwards’ landmark work, Religious Affections is clear: “True religion, in great part, consists in holy affections.”  This reality was embraced by the Reformers and the English Puritans.  Our forefathers not only stressed the importance of theology; they stressed the necessity of holy affections, to borrow Edwards phrase. Tragically, however a shiftContinue reading “FEELINGS AND FAITH: Cultivating Godly Emotions in the Christian Life – Brian Borgman (2009)”

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)”

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 CHRISTIAN FAITH: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way – Michael Horton (2011)

Good books on systematic theology are rare commodities these days.  Wayne Grudem published his phenomenal book, Systematic Theology in 1994.  Robert Reymond followed Grudem in 1998 with A New Systematic Theology of the Christian Faith.  Since those seminal works were published there has been a virtual void. But Michael Horton appears anxious to fill theContinue reading “THE CHRISTIAN FAITH: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way – Michael Horton (2011)”

CONCISE THEOLOGY – J.I. Packer (1993)

Concise Theology by J.I. Packer could be considered a miniature systematic theology.  The four general sections of the book are set forth as follows: (1) God Revealed as Creator (2) God Revealed as Redeemer (3) God Revealed as Lord of Grace (4) God Revealed as Lord of Destiny Each section contains a short, but extremelyContinue reading “CONCISE THEOLOGY – J.I. Packer (1993)”