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Heart, Soul, Might

In 2012 the Central Seminary faculty with Kevin Bauder wrote and published this book.  The subtitle is “Meditations on knowing and loving God.”  I found it to be inspiring and informative.  It is not specifically a theology book on God, nor an answer to critics.  Rather, it is a series of short essays on topics […]

Right Thinking in a World Gone Wrong

This 2009 book is done by MacArthur and other staff at Grace Community Church.  I found it to be very helpful in a number of different areas that affect the local church.  It is divided into four sections:  Entertainment and Leisure; Morality and Ethics; Politics and Activism; and Tragedy and Suffering.  I thought it was […]

“Free Grace” Theology: 5 ways it dimini

Wayne Grudem wrote this valuable book in 2016.  He points out that the Free Grace movement diminishes the gospel in a number of ways.  Free Grace is a movement that insists that faith must stand alone i.e., it is not accompanied by repentance, acceptance (fiducia), good works, or even assurance.  To add any of these […]

The Forgotten Fear

This is a recent and timely book on the fear of God, published by Reformation Heritage Books in 2015.  The subtitle is: “Where have all the God-fearers gone?”  Martin is a Reformed writer who has also become a popular source for this topic.  This book is laid out in a practical way, defining the fear […]

The New Nature

Showers first wrote this book in 1986.  It is a good review of what the Bible means by “old man,” “new man,” “old nature,” and “new nature.”  Showers prefers to use the term “disposition” rather than nature because the nature is a “disposition” toward God.  His view is, and I agree, that the terms old […]

Life in the Spirit

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899-1981) was a Welsch physician-turned-preacher who served at Westminster Chapel, briefly under G. Campbell Morgan, becoming the senior pastor in 1943 during the war years when Morgan retired.  Jones preached against liberal Christianity and the ecumenical movement.  Though leaning toward pietistic positions of the Spirit, Jones was a powerful preacher in London in […]

True Spirituality (Again)

After twenty years I picked up Schaeffer’s book again.  I am more in a quest for true spirituality than ever before.  When I first read Schaeffer I was thrilled by his intellectual approach to a post-Christian (his term) America.  I still think he was a prophet before his time in this regard.  His warning about […]

Crucifixion

Martin Hengel wrote this book in 1977 but somehow I missed it in all my reading on the life of Christ and New Testament history.  It is a short (98 pages) but very detailed presentation of the history of crucifixion in the ancient or Biblical world.  Much of the book is detailed, footnoted, descriptions of […]