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A New Call to Holiness (a second read)

I first reviewed this book in 1997.  I have always liked Baxter.  I’ve even been to his former church in Edinburgh.  As I pointed out in my earlier review, Baxter refutes the holiness teaching of the eradication of the old nature and therefore the believer always having only one nature, either sinful or holy.  He […]

The Greater Virtues

It is the selfish part of our human nature to place our energies on the showy but lesser virtues rather than upon the more difficult and greater virtues.  Jesus said, “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the […]


John Charles (J.C.) Ryle (1816-1900) was the Anglican bishop of Liverpool, England in the last twenty years of his life.  In the early 1880s he became concerned with the holiness teaching of a deeper life in the Keswick revivals.  This book was his reponse to that teaching and has found kinship in the orthodox doctrines […]

Jesus + Nothing = Everything

In 2011, Tullian Tchividjian (cha-vi-jin) wrote this book titled, Jesus + Nothing = Everything.  As I read the book it was like many before it, a man who grew up in conservative circles and then, because of deep struggles in his life, threw off what he considered legalism and went after a progressive and liberated […]

We Who Are Friends

In a study of walking with God we have seen that Jesus Christ must be the only Lord and Master and that we submit ourselves to Him being mere slaves.  This relationship is accepted at the very beginning as the humble repentance of our sins casts us completely at His feet for mercy and forgiveness.  […]