Category: Book Reviews

A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney

There is no real disconnect between the theological and the practical. If we are sometimes convinced otherwise, and if we often live to the contrary, their compatibility remains. Don Whitney knows this, that’s why as he approaches the issue of assurance of salvation he aims to give us what the Bible says with keen insight to personal application. How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian? avoids the dichotomy of truth and life, by giving readers an applied theology of assurance. Whitney writes with a pastor’s heart as he seeks to teach readers “what the Bible says about assurance...

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Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Russ Ramsey)

“The fact of death is unsettling; yet there is no other way to live.” Paul Kalanithi’s quote ironically strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Christian: to see death as a reality, and life as the preparation for it. But more often than not, we find ourselves distant from death, even disenchanted from it. We get in our cars without thinking twice about driving two-ton vehicles just feet and inches away from other two-ton vehicles, and the proximity we live toward death. For Russ Ramsey, the reminder of this proximity came through a diagnosis: “We...

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Time in History

Time. It is something we never have enough of, and something people of all cultures throughout history have struggled to understand fully. What is the nature of time? How does one calculate the passage of time? Is there even such a thing as time? Will time end at some point and for that matter, how did time begin? G. J. Whitrow, in his interesting book Time in History: Views of Time From Pre-History to the Present Day, explores the various perspectives of time in cultures ranging from the ancient Near East to present day Western concepts of this all...

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The New City Catechism Devotional

Tim Keller expounded on the gravitas of Christian catechisms for our day, saying, “Catechesis is more important than ever. We are being catechized, whether or not we know it, by culture.” In other words, catechism is happening, right at this moment. Twitter hashtags, advertising, school textbooks, award shows, sports programming –– all of these and more are shaping how we think, what truth is, and how we should live. Indeed, the cultural catechesis affects our theology, our ethics, and our worship. The only way to push against cultural catechesis is to push it back with doctrinal catechesis. For those familiar...

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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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