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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 […]

Why We’re Not Emergent

This is a 2008 book on the emergent church by DeYoung and Ted Kluck.  DeYoung is the primary writer and Kluck adds chapters from his personal experience.  Even if you just read DeYoung’s chapters this is a book worth having.  Among explaining various faults with the emerging church (anti-foundationalism, anti-modernism, anti-traditionalism) he says, “The biggest irony […]

Theologies of the 21st Century

This is an update (2014) on Smith’s earlier edition, A Handbook on Contemporary Theology, published in 1992.  These are helpful summaries of various contemporary theological movements and trends.  The new version repeats some of the earlier ones with updated material, yet has new additions such as a history of theology from the Enlightenment, theologies of the […]

Mission Drift

This is a 2014 book about the danger of Christian organizations drifting away from their stated purpose.  It is written almost entirely about para-church organizations and has some application to local churches.  It is written from an evangelical point of view so a conservative reader can not expect  to see separation from that point of […]

Diversity

“To Millennials, diversity doesn’t mean black or white, it means Korean, Malaysian, Latvian, Guatemalan, Peruvian, Nigerian, Trinidadian, and skins in more hues from more places than seen on any generation in any society in the history of humanity.” Neil Howe and William Strauss, Millennials Rising:  The Next Great Generation.  p. 218.

R.C. Sproul

“In a real sense our beliefs dictate our behavior.  A theory underlies our every moral action.  We may not be able to articulate that theory or even be immediately conscious of it, but nothing manifests our value systems more sharply than our actions.” R.C. Sproul, Ethics and the Christian, p. 11.  

Alexis de Tocqueville

“Democratic nations love change for its own sake, and this is seen in their language as much as in their politics.  Even when they have no need to change words, they sometimes have the desire.” Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, vol. 2, p. 65.

Carl Trueman

“ . . . one of the most insidious aspects of modern culture: the celebrity brand. . . and the consumer is conned into buying something that is not what it seems to be. . . or is this just one more area where Christians are actually in the vanguard of setting new levels of […]

God’s Word Alone

Matthew Barrett is the editor of the “5 Solas Series.”  He writes this one on Sola Scriptura (Scripture alone).  The others are on grace, faith, Christ, and glory to God alone.  Barrett traces the Scriptures as our only final (and therefore inerrant) authority to the Reformation and then brings that doctrine home for today.  Of […]

Thirsting for Authenticity

It has been my privilege to read the manuscript for Dr. MacLachlan’s new book.  The book is now available and can be ordered on Amazon for a moderate price.  There have been many books written on the condition of the church in today’s culture.  Many are good and helpful and many fall short of being […]