Center Church – Tim Keller

I have been reading books about the church for almost thirty years now. Most of the best material is being churned out by Mark Dever and the boys at 9Marks. Tim Keller’s, Center Church is a welcome guest in the growing list of books on ecclesiology. Dr. Keller sets out to communicate one central messageContinue reading “Center Church – Tim Keller”

Lead: Twelve Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church – Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp, Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 225 pp. Paul David Tripp has a special way of delivering a series of “gut-punches” to his readers. These deliberate blows are never meant to harm. Rather, the blows he delivers are meant to build up, encourage, and equip.Continue reading “Lead: Twelve Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church – Paul David Tripp”

Stott on the Christian Life – Tim Chester

Tim Chester, Stott on the Christian Life (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 268 pp. Stott on the Christian Life: Between Two Worlds by Tim Chester is the latest installment in the excellent, Theologians of the Christian Life, edited by Stephen J. Nichols and Justin Taylor. John Stott was a formidable figure in the evangelical world, aContinue reading “Stott on the Christian Life – Tim Chester”

What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism? – Owen Strachan & Gavin Peacock (2020)

Owen Strachan & Gavin Peacock, What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism? (Geanies House, Fear, Ross-shire: Christian Focus Publication, 2020), 162 pp. “Transgenderism is a new term for an old sin.” This idea lies at the core of Owen Strachan and Gavin Peacock’s book, What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism? The third book inContinue reading “What Does the Bible Teach About Transgenderism? – Owen Strachan & Gavin Peacock (2020)”

Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives

Tim Chester, Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 174 pp. Two lessons I learned early in my Christian life concern the ordinances of baptism and communion. Over the years, my understanding of these “gospel portraits” has grown and expanded. Tim Chester’s latest work, Truth We CanContinue reading “Truth We Can Touch: How Baptism and Communion Shape Our Lives”

Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime – Jeff Robinson, Ed.

Collin Hansen & Jeff Robinson Sr. Ed, Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 146 pp. Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime is a call to pastors to remain true to their call and cross the finish line with God-centered resolve. Faithful Endurance is editedContinue reading “Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime – Jeff Robinson, Ed.”

Remaining Faithful in Ministry – John MacArthur (2019)

John MacArthur, Remaining Faithful in Ministry (Wheaton: Crossway, 2019), 71 pp. The mandate to finish strong is the calling of every follower of Christ. Men called to pastoral ministry must carefully heed this call, which is the theme of John MacArthur’s most recent book, Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor. AsContinue reading “Remaining Faithful in Ministry – John MacArthur (2019)”

Dangerous Calling – Paul David Tripp

Paul David Tripp’s book has been titled incorrectly.  Dangerous Calling should be titled, Lessons in the Woodshed.  The author guides pastors to the woodshed again and again and again.  While this is clearly not the most glowing and winsome way to begin a book review, readers will see firsthand that the author is committed to tellingContinue reading “Dangerous Calling – Paul David Tripp”

Battling Discouragement in Pastoral Ministry – C.H. Spurgeon

C.H. Spurgeon. Autobiography, Volume 2: The Full Harvest, 1860-1892. Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1973. 524 pp. $36.00 In his excellent piece, 21 Maxims for Discouraged Pastors, Douglas Wilson reminds us that discouragement is part and parcel of pastoral ministry. Here is a piece of advice for men in pastoral ministry. Whenever you face the fires […]

Battling Discouragement in Pastoral Ministry – C.H. Spurgeon

C.H. Spurgeon. Autobiography, Volume 2: The Full Harvest, 1860-1892. Carlisle: Banner of Truth, 1973. 524 pp. $36.00 In his excellent piece, 21 Maxims for Discouraged Pastors, Douglas Wilson reminds us that discouragement is part and parcel of pastoral ministry. Here is a piece of advice for men in pastoral ministry. Whenever you face the firesContinue reading “Battling Discouragement in Pastoral Ministry – C.H. Spurgeon”