Category: Book Reviews

Review of Living in Two Kingdoms

David VanDrunen is Robert B. Strimple Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California, an ordained minister of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church and a licensed attorney. Dr. VanDrunen book Living in God’s Two Kingdoms: A Biblical Vision for Christianity and Culture is a helpful treatment on the often controversial issue of how Christians interact with culture. Dr. VanDrunen argument for the two kingdoms is thoroughly grounded in the Scriptures. The fact that VanDrunen’s argument is thoroughly grounded in Scripture helps the reader as he moves from the Old Testament to the New Testament not just examining various passages but engaging the Scriptures with solid explanation of the passages he considers relevant to his argument for the two kingdoms. The two kingdoms doctrine affirms that God had made all things, that sin corrupts all aspects of life, that Christians should be active in human culture, that all lawful cultural vocations are honorable, that all people are accountable to God in every activity, and that Christians should seek to live out the implications of their faith in their daily vocations. This book is a helpful treatment on the topic of Christianity and culture. In two hundred and five pages, VanDrunen clarifies why he wrote the book, why the topic of Christianity and culture is so important, and presents his arguments for the two kingdoms in a biblically faithful...

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Review of Entrusted with the Gospel Pastoral Expositions of 2nd Timothy

Entrusted with the Gospel: Pastoral Expositions of 2nd Timothy is a collection of six sermons from the six plenary sessions of the 2009 Gospel Coalition Conference. The plenary speakers at the conference were John Piper, Philip Ryken, Mark Driscoll, K. Edward Copeland, Bryan Chapell and J. Ligon Duncan.  These sermons are exemplary in that they are thoroughly grounded in the Bible are Christ-Centered in their focus and Gospel-focused in their application. These sermons will confront you, rebuke you, exhort you, and cause you to worship and praise the God of all grace. Having attended churches that were program driven rather than Gospel-Driven- words cannot even express how much I appreciate the Gospel Coalition and their work. This book is just a reflection of their overall work. Through blogs, conferences, audio/video and more, the Gospel Coalition seeks to be thoroughly grounded in, by and for the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In other words the Gospel is not just a slogan for the Gospel Coalition- it is something that this ministry and movement seeks to think about, breathe, live under and proclaim to the entire world. This book will challenge you in several ways. First it will challenge you to grow in personal holiness. These messages are delivered by Pastors and Professors who love Jesus and the Church. These are men who have committed their lives to the task of eating,...

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Review of Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making Connections in Today’s World

Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport: Making connections in today’s world is written by Richard J. Mouw the President and Professor of Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasenda, California. The goal of this book is not to give a detail defense of Calvinism although Dr. Mouw does engage in that. Rather Dr. Mouw wants his readers to understand that Calvinism is an entire worldview. Dr. Mouw does confront many stereotypes of Calvinism that many people have and deals with objections by speaking the truth in love. There are some parts of this book that I simply don’t agree with where the author engages in speculation. For example throughout the book he will hypothesize about the topic he’s discussing. When he does this he completely lost me as a reader. There were other weakness in this book but overall this book does accomplish what it seeks to do. Calvinism in the Las Vegas Airport will challenge Calvinists to see that God wants you to live every aspect of your life before the face of a generous sovereign God. Non-Calvinists will be challenged to deal with their caricatures of Calvinism and understand that Calvinism is an entire worldview. Overall for what this book seeks to accomplish it does reasonable well. If you’re looking for an introduction to Calvinist thought and worldview this is not the book for you. For that, I would...

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For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those who Shaped our Nation

For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those who shaped Our Nation by Marilyn Boyer is an outstanding resource on the about the fifty-six men who signed their names on a document known as the Declaration of Independence. This work at first may appear to be just a historical record; however Boyer does a terrific job incorporating family or group devotional character studies, illustrations, biographical summaries, insightful quotes and more. Being that I am a student and lover of history when I found out a book like Boyer’s existed I knew I wanted to get it. That I get to review a book as unique and easy to read as this one is a privilege and a true joy. I recommend this book for everyone. With the rising interest in America’s roots, I believe this book would serve anyone who is interested in the spiritual heritage of America and those who signed the Declaration of Independence. Whether you’re interested in history or not pick up Marilyn Boyer’s For You They Signed: The Spiritual Heritage of Those who Shaped our Nation, I believe you will be edified and learn about the history and heritage of the United States of America. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the New Leaf  Publishing Group  book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a...

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Review Think The Life of the Mind and the Love of God

Dr. John Piper is Pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis. His book Think The Life of the Mind and the Love of God is broken into eight sections which helps the reader to follow the line of thought and argument he is making. In the first section of his work, Dr. Piper seeks to clarify why he is writing this book. Some notable quotes we will help us to understand why he wrote this book. On page 15 he says, “Thinking is one of the most important ways that we put the fuel of knowledge on the fires of worship and service to the world.” On page 15 he writes, “The ultimate goal of life is that God be displayed as glorious because of all that he is and all that he has made and done- especially the grace he has show in the work of Christ. The way we glorify him is by knowing him truly, by treasuring him above all things, and by living in a way that shows he is our supreme treasure.” Dr. Piper states on page 30 that the point of this book is that “thinking is essential on the path to understanding, but understanding is a gift of God. That’s the point of this book.” He continues on page on page 30-31 with a story of Benjamin Warfield....

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