Revitalize: Biblical Keys To Helping Your Church Come Alive Again – Andrew Davis (2017)

Andrew M. Davis, Revitalize: Biblical Keys To Helping Your Church Come Alive Again Grand Rapids: Baker Books, 2017, 223 pp. $9.51 Andrew Davis understands what it means to pastor a church in crisis. But Dr. Davis also understands the joy of pastoring a church which has been revitalized. So the author is uniquely qualified toContinue reading “Revitalize: Biblical Keys To Helping Your Church Come Alive Again – Andrew Davis (2017)”

CORNERED IN A CASTLE: THE RESOLVE OF MARTIN LUTHER

The Protestant Reformers were men of unbending principle. They were men of unyielding conviction. These men fought relentlessly for the truth. Some of the battle took place privately as godly men wrote books and treatises, which magnified the mighty work of the gospel. The story is well-known about how Frederick the Wise arranged to haveContinue reading “CORNERED IN A CASTLE: THE RESOLVE OF MARTIN LUTHER”

CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker (2011)

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 in P & R’s American Reformed Biographies Series. I first encountered Charles Hodge in Seminary.  HisContinue reading “CHARLES HODGE: The Pride of Princeton – W. Andrew Hoffecker (2011)”

KINGDOM THROUGH COVENANT – Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum (2012)

One of the thorniest theological dilemmas in my mind concerns two systems of thought, namely, Dispensationalism and Covenant Theology.  God found me and saved me by his grace in a Conservative Baptist Church that was heavily influenced by Classical Dispensationalism.  With the arrival of the third pastor, I learned the distinction between the church andContinue reading “KINGDOM THROUGH COVENANT – Peter Gentry and Stephen Wellum (2012)”

GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)

Some books are worth reading again and again.  John Piper’s excellent work is such a book.  God’s Passion for His Glory: Living the Vision of Jonathan Edwards is composed of two parts.  Part One is a Personal Encounter with Jonathan Edwards.  Part Two is a republication of Jonathan Edwards magisterial work, The End for Which God CreatedContinue reading “GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY – John Piper (1998)”

A Response to Ed Young: “Cool-Aide Homeboy”

Reformed theology has been on the rise for several years now.  Some pastors are discovering the doctrines of grace for the first time; others are waking up to the beauty of Calvinism, the dogma that Spurgeon called a “nickname for biblical Christianity.”  However, whenever a movement of God ascends, opposition tends to rise.  Consider theContinue reading “A Response to Ed Young: “Cool-Aide Homeboy””

THE JOY OF CALVINISM – Greg Forster (2012)

The title of Greg Forster’s book will prompt one of two responses: People will mutter inappropriate words under their breath or they will rejoice in the truthfulness on the cover. The Joy of Calvinism is meant to be a buffer to the traditional arguments that have ransacked Calvinistic theology for decades.  And Forster accomplishes hisContinue reading “THE JOY OF CALVINISM – Greg Forster (2012)”

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 MIGHTY WEAKNESS OF JOHN KNOX – Douglas Bond (2011)

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox is the third installment in  The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles.  Dr. Steven J. Lawson serves as the series editor and hit the ground running with his superb volumes that survey the life and theology of John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards. Douglas Bond, no stranger to the ChristianContinue reading “THE MIGHTY WEAKNESS OF JOHN KNOX – Douglas Bond (2011)”