Providence – John Piper

John Piper, Providence (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2021), 710 pp. 2020 was a year of pain, suffering, and anguish. COVID-19 impacted countless lives, crushed the economy, overwhelmed our health care system, and influenced the presidential election. By mid-December, the virus claimed over 300,000 lives in the United States alone. We were told what is classified asContinue reading “Providence – John Piper”

Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind – Owen Strachan

Owen Strachan, Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind (Geanies House: Christian Focus Publications, 2019), 418 pp. I was recently asked by a parishioner to evaluate a professing Christian author. My response was tenuous as the author under consideration is notoriously difficult to nail down. Is he a Calvinist or an Arminian? A Complementarian or anContinue reading “Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind – Owen Strachan”

Concise Theology – J.I. Packer

J.I. Packer, Concise Theology (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 302 pp. In July 2020, the church lost a great titan of the Christian faith. J.I. Packer went to be with the Lord he loved so much.  He was as he once said, “British by birth and Canadian by choice.”  This man of God wielded a mightyContinue reading “Concise Theology – J.I. Packer”

The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox

A Powerful Man I stood in the shadow of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clouds gathered overhead and people walked curiously through the front doors. Here, the famous reformer, John Knox faithfully tended the flock until his death in 1572. Once inside this massive cathedral, I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of thisContinue reading “The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox”

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”

Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3

    The Loss of Antithesis The loss of antithesis in American culture led to what Dr. Schaeffer coined the “line of despair” or giving up all hope of achieving a rational unified answer to knowledge and life.  Schaeffer outlines what he believes are the various steps below this line of despair.  He begins withContinue reading “Why Francis Schaefer Matters: The Line of Despair – Part 3”

Why Francis Schaeffer Matters: The Turning Point in Truth – Part 2

The Truth Crisis Francis Schaeffer sets the tone for his apologetical procedure by explaining the crisis of truth in America:  “We are fundamentally affected by a new way of looking at truth.  This change in the concept of the way we come to knowledge and truth is the most crucial problem facing America today” (The […]

Is Jesus Truly God? – Greg Lanier

Greg Lanier, Is Jesus Truly God? (Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2020), 144 pp. The topic of Christ’s deity has been a hot topic for over two thousand years. Christ’s divine nature has been debated in church history and affirmed in the ecumenical councils. In our day, the deity of Christ is a hotly debated subject thatContinue reading “Is Jesus Truly God? – Greg Lanier”

Finding the Right Hills to Die On – Gavin Ortlund (2020)

Gavin Ortlund, Finding the Right Hills to Die On (Wheaton: Crossway, 2020), 144 pp. Too often, theological discussion generates more heat than light. Even doctrinal battles in churches that are theologically conservative rage, causing division and a general lack of unity. Such a concern led Gavin Ortlund to write Finding the Right Hills to DieContinue reading “Finding the Right Hills to Die On – Gavin Ortlund (2020)”

The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox

A Powerful Man I stood in the shadow of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, Scotland. Clouds gathered overhead and people walked curiously through the front doors. Here, the famous reformer, John Knox faithfully tended the flock until his death in 1572. Once inside this massive cathedral, I was transfixed by the sheer beauty of thisContinue reading “The Eclipse of the Gospel and the School of Hard Knox”