Category: Book Reviews

Forensic Faith

Believers are commanded in 1 Peter 3:15 to always be ready to “to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you.” Being able to provide such a defense requires the believer to have a practical understanding of the faith in which they have placed their hope. Part of this effort involves the practice of apologetics. Moreover, developing a good apologetic for the faith includes utilizing the vast amount of evidence available in support of the faith. Having valuable tools on hand which outline in a helpful manner this fount...

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Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

On May 25, 2016, one of the most important theologians of my time passed into Glory. John Webster, a British Anglican, was a theologian, preacher, lecturer, and disciple of Jesus Christ. Webster is not widely known. He does not sell books at a popular level. His sermons are not podcasted thousands of times around the world every week. However, Webster’s unwavering commitment to the Holy Scriptures, Trinitarian faith, the exclusivity of Christ, and many more important points of doctrine shone through his work. For Webster, publishing and preaching were not tools to create a platform, but rather, the mode...

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Gospel-Centered Teaching

Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is a practical book that admonishes readers to put Jesus at the center of every lesson and sermon. Indeed, Spurgeon’s plea in the 19th century to preach the text and then “make a bee-line to the cross” is at the core of this work. The author adds, “Unless you understand the power of life transformation is in the gospel, you’ll run after anything and everything else trying to manufacture life change.” So we make it our aim to return again and again to Jesus and his gospel. Gospel-Centered Teaching is a powerful book that reminds readers...

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Herman Bavinck: Pastor, Churchman, Statesman, and Theologian (Ron Gleason)

Theologians of the English-speaking world are aware of household names such as Abraham Kuyper and B.B. Warfield, two of the greatest Calvinist scholars of the last century. Both of these men died within 12 months of each other, yet there is a third man who joined Kuyper and Warfield at their time of death and their greatness. That man is Herman Bavinck. Up until just about a decade ago, Bavinck’s writings were left untranslated from the original language. Bavinck’s exposure to the Western world has been minimal. Hailing from Hoogeveen, Bavinck has a story that has long gone untold....

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Personal Application and Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

There can be no argument that our society is inundated with technology. As I write this, I am wearing an exercise monitor that automatically syncs with my phone. I am typing this on a laptop while watching a smart television. All of my vehicles have Bluetooth technology where at the touch of a button on the steering wheel I can say “call (insert name)” and I am driving and talking hands-free to someone perhaps all the way across the country. Want to listen to music? Access your phone. Want to read an e-book? No problem. Download one in mere...

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