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Half the Church

Carolyn Custis James wrote this book as her own addendum to the best selling secular book, Half the Sky, which is a book based on the Chinese proverb that women hold up half the sky.  It is a cry for justice and action against the oppression of women and girls around the world.  Without having […]

Solving the Bible Puzzle

I am happy to recommend a new book by my brother Don Shrader.  Don is the oldest of four siblings and has always been a leader in the things of God, whether it be in the family, at his local church, in his military service as an instructor pilot, or in his life’s work as […]

Singing and Making Music

If music were truly neutral, I would expect the drug addict to listen to Amazing Grace as often as Def Leppard. The un-regenerated chooses Def Leppard because it has relevance for him. Experience tells me that the drug addict will choose music that validates his culture over that which contradicts. In this newer book (published […]

Great Hymns of the Faith

I love this hymn book. I know that may reveal my personal taste in church music and the era from which I love to sing, but I find a great respect for the gospel hymns written especially in the late 1700s and through the 1800s. Let me add, however, that no one will ever exceed […]

Strange Fire

It has been about twenty years since MacArthur wrote Charismatic Chaos. Strange Fire is more than just an update of the older treatise on Charismatics, it is an up-to-date and urgent plea for rejecting their false doctrine of ongoing revelation and renewal of miraculous gifts. Regardless of what one may like or dislike about MacArthur, […]

Worship in the Melting Pot

I had not read this 2002 book on worship by the pastor of Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle until this year.  I have heard Masters preach often at the Tabernacle so I can visualize the way he was talking about worship.  English worship is by nature different from American worship in incidental details.  Their worship is more […]

Oh, Be Careful Little Ears

This little book on music came out in 1997. It has been one of those controversial books that criticizes contemporary music on the basis of style. Smith’s educational background makes her qualified to do this, however, it is a difficult way for the rest of us laymen in music education to follow. I have read […]

Family Driven Faith

This is another book which promotes the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM).  Baucham is a national speaker for this movement.  There are many good things in this book and it would not be alarming if it only spoke of being better parents and families, and churches paying more attention to the family.  But it goes […]

A Weed In The Church

This book is a definition and defense of the Family Integrated Church Movement (FICM) and specifically an impassioned cry to eliminate all programs from the church which divide families for teaching times, including nursery, Junior Church, Sunday School, and especially youth classes.  Brown says, “The proposition of this book is that the philosophy and practice […]