Category: Theology

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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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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