Slave – John MacArthur (2010)

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 AccordingContinue reading “Slave – John MacArthur (2010)”

THE DOCTRINE OF THE WORD OF GOD – John Frame (2010)

In 1987, John Frame embarked on his series, A Theology of Lordship. He began with his first work, The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God.  Fifteen years later, he released The Doctrine of God.  In 2008, he completed The Doctrine of the Christian Life.  Each book is noteworthy in its own right.  However, I mustContinue reading “THE DOCTRINE OF THE WORD OF GOD – John Frame (2010)”

LETTERS TO A YOUNG CALVINIST – James K.A. Smith (2010)

Letters to a Young Calvinist by James K.A. Smith reminds me of the last time I went to see the San Francisco Giants play baseball.  I remember purchasing the tickets with my Dad, approaching the park, and watching the Giants play the Dodgers in what was then, Candlestick Park.  This is a great memory fromContinue reading “LETTERS TO A YOUNG CALVINIST – James K.A. Smith (2010)”

BY GRACE ALONE: How the Grace of God Amazes Me – Sinclair Ferguson (2010)

Sinclair Ferguson unpacks God’s amazing grace in his newest book, By Grace Alone.  He traces the depth of God’s grace by means of the general themes of E.T. Sibomana’s excellent hymn, “O How the Grace of God Amazes Me.” Ferguson chronicles how the grace of God transforms the people of God.  His approach is rootedContinue reading “BY GRACE ALONE: How the Grace of God Amazes Me – Sinclair Ferguson (2010)”

WELCOME TO A REFORMED CHURCH – Daniel Hyde (2010)

Welcome to a Reformed Church is a superb introduction to ecclesiology and Reformed theology. Daniel Hyde clearly describes the history and tenets of a church that stands in the Reformation stream. The author provides the context for the Reformation and walks readers through the confessional history of the Reformed church.  Hyde summarizes the sola’s ofContinue reading “WELCOME TO A REFORMED CHURCH – Daniel Hyde (2010)”

THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)

A good friend of mine made a very important statement a number of years ago: “We need to learn  to worship God with the mind.”  Unfortunately, his statement was met with harsh criticism.  The complaint reflected an all too common anti-intellectual approach that has gripped the church for decades.  R.C. Sproul has rightly stated, “WeContinue reading “THINK: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God – John Piper (2010)”

THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD: How the Trinity Changes Everything – Fred Sanders (2010)

The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders is not the best book I’ve read on the Trinity.  However, it is among one of the more interesting. The title grabbed my attention as so many Christian books tend to focus on the trivial.  There is nothing trivial about Sanders’ work. Continue reading “THE DEEP THINGS OF GOD: How the Trinity Changes Everything – Fred Sanders (2010)”

THE GOD WHO IS THERE: Finding Your Place in God’s Story – D.A. Carson (2010)

This year I have been teaching my kids the game of baseball. When one stops to consider, there are a lot of rules in this game: three outs, nine innings, four balls, fly outs, tag outs, force outs, relief pitchers, pitch hitters, singles, doubles, triples, home runs, infield fly rule, ad infinitum. For years IContinue reading “THE GOD WHO IS THERE: Finding Your Place in God’s Story – D.A. Carson (2010)”

THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – John Frame (2008)

The Doctrine of the Christian Life by John Frame is the third installment in his Lordship series.  The preceding work, The Doctrine of God is the most influential book I have read to date, outside the Bible.  Every seminary student and pastor should carefully read The Doctrine of God.  The contents are sure to revolutionizeContinue reading “THE DOCTRINE OF THE CHRISTIAN LIFE – John Frame (2008)”

WHAT IS A TRUE CALVINIST?

Philip Graham Ryken continues the Basics of the Reformed Faith Series with his excellent work, What is a True Calvinist? Ryken does not rehash the traditional five points of Calvinism as formulated at the Synod of Dort.  Rather, he seeks to set forth a “practical introduction to Reformed spirituality.” Six pillars comprise the edifice ofContinue reading “WHAT IS A TRUE CALVINIST?”