Category: Theology

Book Review – The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary

The Theology of B.B. Warfield: A Systematic Summary is written by Fred G. Zaspel Pastor at Reformed Baptist Church in Fraconia, Pennsylvania. When I first heard about this book from Dr. Zaspel, I was excited because it appeared that it would be a helpful introduction to Warfield’s life and theology. As I read the book, I was not disappointed at all- in fact I was quite impressed by the content and depth of Warfield thought. Dr. Zaspel is correct in stating that Warfield was a voluminous author. Throughout the book it becomes clear that the reputation Warfield has as a theologian is well-earned. In reading this book a few things stood out to me. First, Warfield loved the God of the Bible, and secondly his love for God motivated the work he did. Warfield’s obvious love for Scripture and for people challenged me. The goal of theology is not just to espouse what one knows but to help people. Warfield understand that theology should affect both the mind and the heart.  I recommend every Christian take the time to read this book by Dr. Zaspel and learn from Warfield. While you may not agree with everything Warfield said I believe you will be challenged to think through what you believe and why you believe it.  Dr. Zaspel has done a great service to the Church in this systematic summary...

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Book Review – What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace

What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace is written by Richard D. Phillips. In this work Pastor Phillips discusses the sovereignty of God in salvation, and Tulip. His approach to the doctrines of grace is thoroughly biblical as he sets those doctrines upon the foundation of the Word of God. Unlike many books on the doctrines of grace, Pastor Phillips work is not only biblical, and theological but also practical. Pastor Phillips seeks to explain the practicality of the doctrines of grace for all of life, and in so doing stands in the tradition of the Puritans who sought to live out the doctrines of grace. This book is extremely helpful. I recommend this book for the Young, Restless and Reformed Movement as it will help them learn not only the biblical moorings of the doctrines of grace but also the practicality of the doctrines of grace. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Reformation Trust book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in...

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Book Review – The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything

The Deep Things of God: How the Trinity Changes Everything is written by Fred Sanders an associate professor of theology at Biola University Torrey Honors Institute. On page 23 the author using Billy Graham as an example says, “Graham is a perfect example of an evangelical who is focused so much on being Trinitarian in practice that he somewhat under-explains the theological presuppositions of what he is doing.” About ten years ago I wrote a treatise on the Trinity explaining what it was and why Christians need to understand it. Since that time I have not given much thought about the Trinity until recently teaching through the Gospel of Luke. To be honest there are so many things that stand out about this book that to get into all of them would take up pages and pages. Dr. Sanders is very through in his treatment on the Trinity and how it applies to the life of the believer. Dr. Sanders is especially concerned to show throughout this work how the Gospel is tied to the work of the Trinity. Unlike many books that are theologically driven, Dr. Sanders work does more than just consider the Scriptures but rather explains the Scriptures and then applies the Scriptures. This book is a first rate work. As one who has studied (formally and informally) and read a number of systematic theologies over...

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