Some Pastors and Teachers – Sinclair Ferguson

Sinclair Ferguson, Some Pastors and Teachers. Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2017, 802 pp. $45.00 The day that Sinclair Ferguson’s new book, Some Pastors and Teachers arrived, I was like a kid in a candy store; a monkey in a banana factory; a shark in blood-infested waters. Gazing at the table of contents causedContinue reading “Some Pastors and Teachers – Sinclair Ferguson”

John Calvin: For a New Reformation

Derek W.H. Thomas and John W. Tweeddale, Ed. John Calvin: For a New Reformation (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 608 pp. Over two thousand years of church history have produced a wide assortment of Christian leaders, theologians, and churchmen.  One man who exerted an enormous amount of influence in his day was John Calvin. In recent years,Continue reading “John Calvin: For a New Reformation”

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”

John Calvin: For a New Reformation

Derek W.H. Thomas and John W. Tweeddale, Ed. John Calvin: For a New Reformation (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 608 pp. Over two thousand years of church history have produced a wide assortment of Christian leaders, theologians, and churchmen.  One man who exerted an enormous amount of influence in his day was John Calvin. In recent years,Continue reading “John Calvin: For a New Reformation”

Compel Them to Come In: Calvinism and the Free Offer of the Gospel – Donald Macleod (2020)

Donald Macleod, Compel Them to Come In: Calvinism and the Free Offer of the Gospel (Geanies House, Fern, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publications, 2020), 155 pp. C.H. Spurgeon was well-known for pleading with sinners to come to the foot of the cross for salvation. “Fly to Christ,” Spurgeon would say. Yet, far too many pastors fallContinue reading “Compel Them to Come In: Calvinism and the Free Offer of the Gospel – Donald Macleod (2020)”

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Kevin DeYoung, Grace Defined and Defended (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 130. Whenever Kevin DeYoung pens a book, I devour it – quickly. DeYoung writes with biblical precision. He writes with clarity. And his writing exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. His latest book, Grace Defined & Defended is no exception. This short book is a summary andContinue reading “Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung”

Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Christian Belief – John Frame (2013)

How does one review a systematic theology by one of the leading minds of the evangelical world?  How does one summarize the thoughts of a 1,100-page book that towers with truth; a book that takes readers to the top of the theological mountain?  Anyone who attempts to read and devour Systematic Theology by John Frame […]

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)”

Spurgeon’s Sorrows – Zack Eswine

I have a friend who was born in 1834.  That would make him 183 years old.  He went home to be with Jesus in 1892 – at the peak of his ministry and in the prime of his life.  I have often asked why God takes the heroes of the faith so soon – JonathanContinue reading “Spurgeon’s Sorrows – Zack Eswine”

The Preacher’s Catechism – Lewis Allen (2018)

Allen Lewis, The Preacher’s Catechism (Wheaton: Crossway, 2018), 216 pp. I am a big fan of catechisms. So when I learned about The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen, I was intrigued. Actually, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. Little did I know that this powerful little book would break meContinue reading “The Preacher’s Catechism – Lewis Allen (2018)”