Category: Christian Living

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification

Christians are transformed by the renewing of their minds. They understand that, in large measure, how they think about the gospel will determine how they live for God’s glory. They are learning to allow the Word of God to do its own work, informing, and influencing the way they think in order to shape the way they live. In a series of Scripture-saturated chapters, Dr. Sinclair Ferguson’s Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification works out this principle in detail. It provides what he describes as “blueprints for sanctification’—an orderly exposition of central New Testament passages on holiness. Devoted to...

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Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Which angry person are you? The Domestic Gunslinger? The Volcano? The Iceberg? Maybe you don’t think you’re an angry person at all like I did before reading this book. Or maybe, you think your anger is always and on every occasion sinful. This book is for you. All of you, in fact, as Chapter 2 points out. In Chapter 2, called “Do You Have a Serious Problem With Anger?” author David Powlison says the following: “Yes” (23). That is the entire chapter. Simple as that. We all have a serious problem with anger. It takes different shapes and sizes...

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A Review of “Marriage Matters” by Winston Smith

Your marriage, in all its details, is intimately connected to God. This is the major thesis of Winston Smith’s fantastic book on marriage. He sees that the most important part of your marriage is your relationship to God. All the mundane, frustrating, and even difficult moments of marriage are moments to experience God’s extraordinary love. Marriage Matters is a helpful resource for couples that invites them to look beyond themselves and their expectations for their marriage. The book is broken down into three sections. The first section focuses on foundations, laying a theological grounding for a godly marriage: namely...

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The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life by Alex Early

In describing her new found faith in Christ, Rosaria Butterfield described her conversion as a crisis of worldview. Everything she thought she knew and believed about herself and the world was destroyed, and it was painful. It was like heart surgery without the anesthesia. When you come to faith in Christ you come to learn that you do not shape your identity, God does in Christ. Your identity in Christ shapes who you are as a Christian. Often times, in the early stages of discipleship with new believer’s, well-meaning seasoned Christian’s jump right to the do’s and don’ts of...

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Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (William Edgar)

America is not necessarily known for its theologians. We know many important theologians from Africa, Germany, England, and the like. To be fair, America has only been around for a little over 400 years, so the timeline is short. But given its short history and its short list of prominent religious figures, this makes the importance and impact of Francis August Schaeffer even more significant. Crossway’s volume on Francis Schaeffer in their stellar Theologians on the Christian Life series is authored by William Edgar and is arguably the most personal and “real-time” of all of the volumes. In this...

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