Month: December 2010

Top Ten Blog Posts on Servantsofgrace

Greetings in Christ, A few days ago I posted my “top ten” books I read this year. In the spirit of that post, I’m posting the top ten most read blog posts on the website starting from #10 to #1. #10- The Decline of Christianity in Europe- #9- What is Justification?- #8- Spending Quality time in the Word of God Part 1 and Part 2- #7- The Destiny of the Unevangelized and the Nature of Hell- #6- Towards a Biblical Sexuality- #5- The Growth of Christianity in Uganda- #4- The Triumphant Resurrection of Christ- #3- Book Review of Marriage Matters- #2- Burning the Quran, 9/11 and Islam- 1) The role of spiritual warfare...

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Top Ten Books of 2010

Greetings in Christ, Many of you will not be surprised that one of my favorite activities to do outside of spending time with my wife or playing golf is reading.  This past year I read 145 books but here are some of my favorites that I think you should check out. Many of the books on this list were not published in 2010 but they are still well worth your attention. 1) What is the Gospel? by Greg Gilbert.  This is an important book that clearly articulates what the Gospel is and its importance for the Christian life. This is an especially important book given the popularity of the terms “Gospel-Centered” and “Christ-Centered”. This book clearly articulates what it means to be Gospel-Centered and Christ-Centered.  You can pick up a copy here: 2) Trellis and the Vine by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne. This is one of the best books on ministry I’ve read. In this book the authors explain the importance of what a ministry grounded thoroughly in the Gospel looks like and how to train disciples and pastors to be trainers for the sake of the Gospel. You can pick up a copy of the book at 3) Deep things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything by Fred Sanders. This is a book that should be read by every Christian who is serious about...

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A Lament for the City Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe Apple Podcasts | Android | Email | Google Play | Stitcher | TuneIn | RSS | Equipping You in GraceIn this sermon on Luke 13:31-35 Dave will discuss the work of Jesus, the compassion of Jesus, and the mission of...

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Review of God So Loved, He gave

God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity is written by Kelly M. Kapic Professor of Christian Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia along with Justin Borger who serves as the Generosity Content Director for the Maclellan Foundation. The book is broken down into three sections: First, from belonging to bondage, second God Reclaims all by giving all: Son, Spirit and Kingdom, and in the final sections concludes with living in the gifts: cross, resurrection church. Dr. Jerry Bridges in the endorsing this book notes that this work should be read attentively and prayerfully, and he’s spot on with that statement. This is an important book, one that is grounded in the premise that God’s generosity in creating the world, and specifically in sending the gift of His Son to do His work in the Cross and Resurrection. This work is thoroughly grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors explain how God created a good and perfect world but that world turned from him and now- the Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity bringing about praise, hope and new creation. The Gospel in this work is never assumed but rather explained in great detail. As the argument continues to unfold in the...

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Review of Marriage Matters

Marriage Matters is written by Dr. Winston Smith a counselor and faculty member at CCEF (Christian Counseling Education Foundation). Having read several books by New Growth Press, the publishing arm of CCEF, I eagerly awaited reading Marriage Matters and it did not disappoint. In fact, this book exceeded my expectation which is something that rarely every happens. Having read widely on the topic of marriage, I can honestly say Marriage Matters is the one of the best marriage book I have ever read right along with Dr. Paul Tripp’s book, What did you expect? Marriage Matters is a book that can be used in seminary classrooms, Sunday school class, or read for devotions. I recommend this book not only for married couples but also for singles to learn what a God honoring marriage is. Typically most marriage books will focus on a few problems with marriages and then seek to offer solutions to those problems by appealing mostly to secular models. Marriage Matters; however, is different from vast majority of marriage books, I have read in that it does not load you down with self-help but rather explains what the Bible teaches on topics related to marriage. Along the way, Mr. Smith offers personal stories and examples from his own marriage which helpfully illustrate the point he is making. It is not often that I read a book that...

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