Category: Theology

Book Review – Don’t Call It a Comeback: An Old Faith for a New Day

Don’t Call it a Comeback: The Old Faith for a New Day is edited by Kevin DeYoung with contributions from Tim Challies, Ted Kluck, Russell Moore, Darrin Patrick, Justin Taylor and many more. Kevin DeYoung opens the book by stating the book’s purpose, which is to introduce young Christians, new Christians, and underdiscipled Christians to the most important articles of our faith and what it looks like to live out this faith in real life. The book is divided into three parts. Part one of the book is titled Evangelical History: Looking Forward and Looking Back. The contributors to this section of the book are Kevin DeYoung and Collin Hansen. This part of the book is very helpful especially for those who haven’t studied the history of evangelicalism. In typical fashion, Kevin DeYoung gives careful attention to the issues of reaching the next generation. In typical through fashion Collin Hansen gives the history of evangelicalism. Part two of the book is titled: Evangelical Theology: Thinking, Feeling, and Believing the Truths that Matter the Most. The contributors to this section are Jonathan Leeman, Andy Naselli, Greg Gilbert, Ben Peays, Jay Harvey, Owen Strachan, Russell Moore, and Tim Challies. This section of the book sets the foundation for what an evangelical ought to believe about God, Scripture, the Gospel, the New Birth, Justification, Sanctification, the Kingdom of God, and the exclusivity...

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Book Review – 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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Book Review – 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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Book Review – God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity

God So Loved, He Gave: Entering the Movement of Divine Generosity is written by Kelly M. Kapic Professor of Christian Studies at Covenant College in Lookout Mountain, Georgia along with Justin Borger who serves as the Generosity Content Director for the Maclellan Foundation. The book is broken down into three sections: First, from belonging to bondage, second God Reclaims all by giving all: Son, Spirit and Kingdom, and in the final sections concludes with living in the gifts: cross, resurrection church. Dr. Jerry Bridges in the endorsing this book notes that this work should be read attentively and prayerfully, and he’s spot on with that statement. This is an important book, one that is grounded in the premise that God’s generosity in creating the world, and specifically in sending the gift of His Son to do His work in the Cross and Resurrection. This work is thoroughly grounded in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The authors explain how God created a good and perfect world but that world turned from him and now- the Father loved the world and gave the Son, and the Father and the Son pour out the gift of the Spirit into the hearts of humanity bringing about praise, hope and new creation. The Gospel in this work is never assumed but rather explained in great detail. As the argument continues to unfold in the...

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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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