Category: Book Reviews

I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Tony Reinke did not convince me to trade my smartphone for a dumbphone in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. This is not his purpose. His overall aim is to “avoid both extremes: the utopian optimism of the technophiliac and the dystopian pessimism of the technophobe” (20). Neither does he aim to tell me specifically what to do with my phone. Instead, he explores why I would consider giving it up or taking breaks from it. Moreover, the book asks the question: What is the best use of your smartphone in the flourishing of your...

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12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Tony Reinke)

Just over ten years before this writing, the iPhone was announced to the world. No one knew at the time what such technology meant. It all seemed a little silly to me. I remember some of the reviews of the original iPhone. “It doesn’t show much promise.” “I don’t understand why tapping on a screen is enticing.” “I already have an iPod, why do I need music on my phone?” And now. Our phones are changing everything about how the world works, how culture is created, how we function, and hauntingly, how we worship. Some of us are keenly...

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The God Who Became Human: A Biblical Theology of Incarnation (Graham A. Cole)

When it comes to doing biblical theology, a common pattern is to take a topic or a theme and trace it from Genesis to Revelation. The Covenants, for example, between God and man, are meant to be a theme that we attempt to look for from the beginning of humanity to the ending of mankind, showing how God and man interact covenantally throughout Scripture and history. “But what of the Incarnation?” (17). Is the idea of God taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men a biblical-theological narrative being told even in the Old...

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A Review of “Suffering and the Heart of God” by Diane Langberg

Trauma destroys. Diane Langberg knows something of the specifics of that kind of destruction, for she has been counseling those who suffer from trauma for more than forty years. In Suffering and the Heart of God, she uses her experience as a counselor and an instructor to help readers learn about the conceptual and practical realities of trauma counseling. This collection of essays serves as an unparalleled manual for stepping into the hurt of others and pointing them to the hope of Christ. The book is broken down into four parts, each highlighting a different avenue for considering the complexity...

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The Gospel According to Paul

Nearly thirty years ago, Dr. John MacArthur wrote The Gospel According to Jesus. The book was a clear articulation of the gospel and a sharp repudiation of antinomianism and other views that failed to affirm the lordship of Jesus Christ in salvation. A firestorm erupted and sparked heated debate among evangelicals as a result of the book. Since that time, MacArthur has written several books that articulated the gospel and defended it from attacks, most of which were coming from professing evangelicals leaders. MacArthur’s latest offering, The Gospel According to Paul, is less polemical in tone but no less...

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