Book Reviews

Susie, The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon

When you hear the surname ‘Spurgeon,’ what comes to your mind? Do you think of the prince of preachers, Charles Haddon Spurgeon? Do you think of Charles’ God-glorifying, Christ-exalting, Spirit-empowered ministry? Or do you think of his beloved helpmeet, Susannah...

With a Mighty Triumph! by Rhett P. Dodson

What does the resurrection of Jesus Christ actually mean? Sure, most of us know that the resurrection happened. Most of us can point to the gospel story, knowing that Jesus was physically dead for three days before his body rose from the grave and He walked on the...

Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund

A faithful Christian book rarely hit the shelves and has as much success as Dane Ortlund’s Gentle and Lowly. Being a missionary in Romania, it can often be hard to get resources here. Financial strains often combine with long waiting times for things to arrive from...
‘PROVIDENCE’ by John Piper

‘PROVIDENCE’ by John Piper

This last year has been a year of chaos, confusion, and conflict. This long season has left many Christians tired and weary. If an individual only had their ears open to the world, they would soon think that everything was out of control. However, in these constantly...

Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung

Men and Women in the Church by Kevin DeYoung

One of the most contested issues in the church in recent days concerns the role of men and women in the church. The chief question among many people is this: “Can a woman preach on a Sunday morning to a congregation that consists of both men and women?” People also...

The Church: An Introduction – Gregg R. Allison

The Church: An Introduction – Gregg R. Allison

The church is at the very center of God’s redemptive purposes. Gregg Allison is quick to articulate this great reality in The Church: An Introduction. Dr. Allison’s work is the newest installment in Crossway’s Short Studies in Systematic Theology series, one that has...

Review of Providence by John Piper

Review of Providence by John Piper

Introduction John Piper has been a faithful pastor and author for several decades and has greatly influenced the Reformed Evangelical community. In his most recent book, Providence, Piper unpacks one of the central themes of his life and ministry, namely, the...

The Attributes of God: An Introduction – Gerald Bray

The Attributes of God: An Introduction – Gerald Bray

Gerald Bray offers the latest installment in the Short Studies in Systematic Theology Series by Crossway Books. The series is designed to introduce readers to a specific theological subject and equip the next generation of Christian leaders. The great strength of this...

Corporate Worship – Matt Merker

Corporate Worship – Matt Merker

Corporate Worship by Matt Merker is the most recent installment in the Building Healthy Churches series of books. This series helps Christians obey the biblical commands that are an integral part of growing a healthy church. This volume addresses the matter of...

R.C. Sproul: A Life – Stephen J. Nichols

R.C. Sproul: A Life – Stephen J. Nichols

On December 14, 2017, Dr. R.C. Sproul entered into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was greatly used by God as he reintroduced Reformed theology to the evangelical church. He articulated the doctrines of grace with passion, courage, conviction,...

Rejoice & Tremble – Michael Reeves

Rejoice & Tremble – Michael Reeves

I’ll never forget my visit to St. Andrews Chapel in Sanford, Florida. It was a rare opportunity to see Dr. R.C. Sproul preach. I entered the sanctuary to a bustle of people. Some were visiting. Others were preparing to enter the sanctuary. After several minutes of...

Practicing Thankfulness – Sam Crabtee

Practicing Thankfulness – Sam Crabtee

Some of the best gifts come in small packages – an engagement ring, a ticket to Europe, a diamond pendant. From time to time, a small book will hit the shelves that pack a powerful punch. Such is the case with Sam Crabtree’s, Practicing Thankfulness. Crabtree’s little...

Book Recommendation: Yours, Till Heaven

Book Recommendation: Yours, Till Heaven

During my time at seminary, I had the great privilege of studying Charles Haddon Spurgeon's evangelistic ministry. As I began to develop a biographical sketch of Charles Spurgeon’s life and ministry, I was struck by the wonderful marriage that Charles had with...

Review of Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer

Review of Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer

If you enjoy good biography as much as I do, you will probably appreciate reading Bryan A. Follis’s Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer. This book is an excellent summary of the life and teaching of the highly influential apologist and founder of...

A Review of Wondrous Works of God: A Family Bible Story Book

A Review of Wondrous Works of God: A Family Bible Story Book

Wondrous Works of God: A Family Bible Story Book, by Starr Meade is a well written and a nicely illustrated (by Tim O’Connor) storybook. It has many thoughtful questions and promptings for families to use during Bible study time. As someone who has a young nephew, I...

A Review of ESV Seek and Find Bible

A Review of ESV Seek and Find Bible

The ESV Seek and Find Bible was one that I requested as a review copy from Crossway. I requested this book to be given as a gift to my niece, who loves to read. Unfortunately, she is too young at this stage to really enjoy reading this book, as she is only 2 ½ years...

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer – Andy Naselli

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer – Andy Naselli

The Serpent and the Serpent Slayer is the most recent offering in Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Andy Naselli takes readers on a short and illuminating tour of Scripture and reveals the main features of God’s plan in redemptive history. In one...

Review of Biblical Marriage by John-William Noble

Review of Biblical Marriage by John-William Noble

Introduction I have to begin this review with a bit of honesty: I’ve read a lot of books on marriage, so when I first pulled out Biblical Marriage: Two Sinners and a Gracious God by John-William Noble, I thought to myself, “Another marriage book, huh? What is going to...

J.C. Ryle. Thoughts for Young Men. Updated Edition with Study Guide

J.C. Ryle. Thoughts for Young Men. Updated Edition with Study Guide

J.C. Ryle’s book Holiness stands as a cornerstone piece in the library of Christian classics. This 350-plus page work offers readers a deep dive into the biblical topic of personal and practical holiness. As Ryle served in his role in the Church of England and as the...

He is There and He is Not Silent- Francis Schaeffer (1972)

He is There and He is Not Silent- Francis Schaeffer (1972)

I first read He is There and He is Not Silent by Francis Schaeffer in 1992. Multiple readings have ensued, and I turn back to Schaeffer’s book again and again for help with apologetics. Readers will be pleased to see this new edition by Crossway Books with a revised...

Review of A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

Review of A Quest for Godliness by J.I. Packer

Personal Tribute Dr. J.I. Packer (1926-2020) is undoubtedly one of the most influential Christian theologians of the past century. That is certainly the case in my life. It was reading his famous book Knowing God as a naïve 21-year-old that first gave me a taste for...

Born Again This Way – Rachel Gilson

Born Again This Way – Rachel Gilson

The LGBT airwaves are filled with opinions, and books are being written from every angle – both conservative and liberal. Rachel Gilson adds her voice in her most recent book, Born Again This Way. What makes Gilson’s book refreshing is that she approaches the subject...

The Gathering Storm by R. Albert Mohler

The Gathering Storm by R. Albert Mohler

The postmodern clouds loom large over our heads, what Francis Schaeffer anticipated in the sixties and seventies is now upon us – in full force. What was once suspected has now arrived. The full force of secularism has invaded our culture and is wreaking havoc in the...

When the Stars Disappear – Mark Talbot

When the Stars Disappear – Mark Talbot

Several years ago, I was introduced to the writing of Dr. Mark Talbot. His sharp intellect and warm heart instantly grabbed my attention. Talbot is well-known for his writing on the subject of pain and suffering. As one who was partially paralyzed in his teens, Talbot...

Stott on the Christian Life by Tim Chester

Stott on the Christian Life by Tim Chester

Stott on the Christian Life: Between Two Worlds by Tim Chester is the latest installment in the excellent, Theologians of the Christian Life, edited by Stephen J. Nichols and Justin Taylor. John Stott was a formidable figure in the evangelical world, a reality that is...

Will God Save Everyone? – James W. Walraven

Will God Save Everyone? – James W. Walraven

Christian universalism has been gaining ground in both the academy and the church. As this regrettable trend and theology heresy grows by the day, the responses have been few and far between. James W. Walraven presents a biblical rebuttal of Christian universalism in...

Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression

Understanding Teen Anxiety and Depression

It’s Common Many anxious teens will feel as if they are completely weird, that no one else is like them or understands them. They look around at their peers and can’t imagine anyone else their age feeling like they do. They see the carefully curated social media...

When Doctrine Divides the People of God – Rhyne R. Putman

When Doctrine Divides the People of God – Rhyne R. Putman

“If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching (didaskalia) that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and...

Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up by Betsy Childs Howard

Discipleship is one of the most important aspects of Christian parenting. The young hearts of children are very impressionable and need to be carefully guarded and led. It is for this reason why it is crucial to start discipleship early in a child’s life. Proverbs...

When Doctrine Divides the People of God by Rhyne Putman

When Doctrine Divides the People of God by Rhyne Putman

We live in a very divided age. Yet, this should not surprise us because, wherever there are human civilization and at least two differing opinions, there will inevitably be divisions. In any given society, there will be division politically, socially, economically,...

Together Through the Storms by Jeff and Sarah Walton

Together Through the Storms by Jeff and Sarah Walton

Every marriage has faced, is facing, or will someday face some type of storm. Storms range in size, fury, and aftermath. Most physical storms in weather start out with small raindrops pattering on your window intensifying as time passes. Soon the thunder, lightning,...

Bob Burton- The Spiritual DNA of a Church on Mission

Bob Burton- The Spiritual DNA of a Church on Mission

For more than two thousand years, the gospel of Jesus Christ has traveled the world over. It has spread from Jerusalem in the first century to remote villages in the twenty-first century. The main way that the gospel message has spread is by faithful followers of...

Jesus Rose for Me: The True Story of Easter by Jared Kennedy

Jesus Rose for Me: The True Story of Easter by Jared Kennedy

The gospel story is the most important story that has ever been told. For this reason, God has called Christian parents to rehearse the gospel story with their families. The gospel must be taught and lived out in the home. Scripture reminds us to tell our children...

When Pain is Real and God Seems Silent by J. Ligon Duncan

When Pain is Real and God Seems Silent by J. Ligon Duncan

Pain and suffering are part of the human experience that modern society tries its best to avoid. Most people are afraid of suffering and desire to get through it as quickly as possible when it comes. Yet, pain and suffering will come to all people, even followers of...

What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism? (Church Questions)

What If I’m Discouraged in My Evangelism? (Church Questions)

Evangelism is an essential part of the Christian life. It is through evangelism that the gospel has made its way around the globe and down through the ages. Yet, many Christians find it difficult to evangelize. There are many reasons for this; however, evangelism must...

What If I Don’t Desire to Pray? (Church Questions)

What If I Don’t Desire to Pray? (Church Questions)

Prayer is an integral part of the Christian life. Many Christians, though, struggle in their prayer lives. This lack of prayer causes all sorts of issues including a lack of prayer over temptation. Prayer at its core is how believers commune with God. A lack of prayer...

What Should I Do Now That I’m a Christian? (Church Questions)

What Should I Do Now That I’m a Christian? (Church Questions)

Becoming a Christian is not an easy transition. For many in today’s culture, they are coming to faith from a secular background. They may not have been raised in the church or haven’t been in a long time. By the time they come to faith later in life, they are often...

Why Should I Join a Church? (Church Questions)

Why Should I Join a Church? (Church Questions)

Being a new Christian is an exciting time in one’s discipleship journey. A person has passed from death to life and has been born again by the power of the Holy Spirit. Yet, it can also be a scary time, especially for believers who have entered the faith despite not...

Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman

Enough About Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self by Jen Oshman

Self. The very word makes postmodern people proud. After all, we are encouraged each day to please ourselves, nurture ourselves, and congratulate ourselves. Self-promotion is considered a virtue in our age. This propensity to narcissism is part of the warp and woof of...

Becoming C.S. Lewis by Harry Lee Poe

Becoming C.S. Lewis by Harry Lee Poe

Clive Staples Lewis is arguably one of the most well known Christian writers of all time. Much is known about his adult life and his story of conversion from atheism to Christianity. What is not as well known, however, is his early life and formative years. Most Lewis...

On the Road With St. Augustine by James K.A. Smith

On the Road With St. Augustine by James K.A. Smith

The postmodern prophet and rock star, Bono Vox laments, “I have run, I have crawled, I have scaled these city walls, these city walls, only to be with you. But I still haven’t found what I’m looking for.” U2 isn’t the only one tapped into the inner drive and...

Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom

Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom

Redemptive Reversals and the Ironic Overturning of Human Wisdom by G.K. Beale is the latest installment in the Crossway series, Short Studies in Biblical Theology. Thus far, the books in this series stand on their own merits and make a unique contribution to the field...

Systematic Theology – Robert Letham (2019)

Systematic Theology – Robert Letham (2019)

Systematic Theology by Robert Letham is a solid work designed to fit within the framework of Reformed confessionalism. Systematic Theology is unique in that is begins with a treatment on the Triune God. Dr. Letham begins by offered the dominant arguments for God’s...

Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind by Owen Strachan

Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind by Owen Strachan

I was recently asked by a parishioner to evaluate a professing Christian author. My response was tenuous, as the author under consideration is notoriously difficult to nail down. Is he a Calvinist or an Arminian? A Complementarian or an Egalitarian? Does he affirm the...

Something Needs to Change by David Platt

Something Needs to Change by David Platt

Something needs to change. This is the thought that David Platt had after a trek through the Himalayas. As a pastor and author, Platt is well known for his heart for global missions, and unreached peoples around the world. His resource ministry Radical provides...

Emblems of the Infinite King by J. Ryan Lister

Emblems of the Infinite King by J. Ryan Lister

From time to time, I enjoy a good children’s book. There’s something about taking a break from my usual theologically robust reading schedule and immersing myself into a book designed to inspire and educate kids. J. Ryan Lister’s book is targeted to pre-teens and...

Not Home Yet – Ian K. Smith

Not Home Yet – Ian K. Smith

One of the recent encouraging developments in the church is an interest in biblical theology. 2 Peter 3:13 says, “According to his promise we are waiting for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” This grand promise is the theme of Ian K. Smith’s...

Something Needs to Change – David Platt

Something Needs to Change – David Platt

In an age where it has become in vogue for pastors to question the Christian faith, compromise the faith, or even abandon the faith – David Platt is a breath of fresh air. The fiery Washington D.C. pastor and author of Radical is back with another thought-provoking...

Letters to My Students: On Preaching (Vol. 1) – Jason Allen

Letters to My Students: On Preaching (Vol. 1) – Jason Allen

In 1869, Charles Haddon Spurgeon published Lectures to My Students. The book is packed with preaching helps and anecdotes that pastors have benefited from for almost one hundred and fifty years. Jason Allen, president of Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, takes...

Disciplines of A Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

Disciplines of A Godly Man by R. Kent Hughes

Discipline is not something many people like to think about regularly. Discipline is how anyone makes it in life. It takes discipline to go to work every day, keep up a hobby, and maintain strong relationships. Everyone disciplines themselves in some way every day....

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel – Costi Hinn

God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel – Costi Hinn

The so-called prosperity gospel has been a virtual “wrecking ball,” inflicting damage on the unsuspecting, infiltrating local churches with a diabolical message of health and wealth, and inviting the wrath of a holy God. The prosperity gospel is not another version of...

ESV Prayer Bible: Prayers From The Past- Hope For Our Present

ESV Prayer Bible: Prayers From The Past- Hope For Our Present

I had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Crossway’s new Prayer Bible. As you have probably guessed, this is another ESV Bible, but instead of commentary or extensive footnotes, this Bible is designed to show you how the Scriptures devotionally warmed the...

Untangling Emotions – J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith

Untangling Emotions – J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith

Most people have experienced the frustration of trying to untangle the laces on a pair of tennis shoes. Frustration only escalates as the knot tightens which leads to a sense of heightened angst. This normal occurrence vividly depicts how many people approach their...

Between Life and Death – Kathryn Butler

Between Life and Death – Kathryn Butler

These are perilous times. Our day is marked by pragmatism and situational ethics. The current milieu, for the most part, is not informed or undergirded by biblical principles. As our loved ones reach the end of their days, it is essential that we refuse to allow the...

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Grace Defined and Defended – Kevin DeYoung

Whenever Kevin DeYoung pens a book, I devour it – quickly. DeYoung writes with biblical precision. He writes with clarity. And his writing exalts the Lord Jesus Christ. His latest book, Grace Defined & Defended, is no exception. This short book is a summary and...

A Pair of Parenting Books

A Pair of Parenting Books

At the heart of Julie Lowe’s Child Proof is a simple word of encouragement to Christian parents: “Instead of ‘how-tos’ and formulas, we rely on who God is in relationship to us.” Nothing tempts me as a parent more than the promise of a new set of rules. I am...

The Good Life – Tim Savage (2019)

The Good Life – Tim Savage (2019)

All people seek happiness. Blaise Pascal reminds us, “All men seek happiness. This is without exception. Whatever different means they employ, they all tend to this end … This is the motive of every action of every man, even of those who hang themselves.” Yet most...

A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments by James Durham

A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments by James Durham

I was absolutely thrilled to receive a copy of James Durham’s A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments from Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) to review. The Ten Commandments have been a particular area of focus for me over the last couple of years, and I’ve been...

Story of Redemption Bible

Story of Redemption Bible

I’ve had the opportunity to get my hands on a copy of Crossway’s new Story of Redemption Bible, and I have enjoyed it for what it is. First, allow me to say that I appreciate Crossway not calling this Bible a study Bible. It seems that study Bibles come out so...

Discipling in a Multicultural World – Adith Fernando

Discipling in a Multicultural World – Adith Fernando

Discipling in a Multicultural World by Adith Fernando compressive work that describes the essence of the discipling process. Fernando brings a wealth of experience as a longtime director of Youth for Christ in Sri Lanka. His expansive knowledge and lengthy tenure...

Why I Love the Apostle Paul – John Piper

Why I Love the Apostle Paul – John Piper

John Piper’s most recent book aims to help readers get to know Paul, the apostle. Piper’s motive is that Paul’s “God-entranced soul and his unparalleled vision of Jesus Christ and the authenticity of his life would move you to admire him and believe his message and...

Remaining Faithful in Ministry – John MacArthur

Remaining Faithful in Ministry – John MacArthur

The mandate to finish strong is the calling of every follower of Christ. Men called to pastoral ministry must carefully heed this call, which is the theme of John MacArthur’s most recent book, Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 Essential Convictions for Every Pastor....

Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age

Selfies: Searching for the Image of God in a Digital Age

I have always thought my husband and I were probably among the first people to take selfies. We dated in the pre-digital era so we used disposable cameras pre-loaded with film. If we wanted to remember a moment, Paul would reach one arm out with his finger on the...

The New Elder’s Handbook – Greg R. Scharf and Arthur Kok

The New Elder’s Handbook – Greg R. Scharf and Arthur Kok

The New Elder’s Handbook by Greg Scharf and Arthur Kok provides readers with a field-tested approach to training elders in the local church. The book is arranged in three parts, each of which is summarized below. Vision The first part sets forth the biblical...

Idols of a Mother’s Heart by Christina Fox

Idols of a Mother’s Heart by Christina Fox

If you’re an overwhelmed mom, Christina Fox gets what you’re going through. “Unlike hard and difficult jobs I’ve had before, motherhood is all consuming. It consumes energy, time, emotion, wisdom, and everything else…. It reveals our insufficiencies. It shows us just...

The Rule Of Love – Jonathan Leeman (2018)

The Rule Of Love – Jonathan Leeman (2018)

Submission and authority are hot topics these days. Tragically, however, most people are not flocking to read about it, let alone embrace this important reality. Jonathan Leeman explores this subject in his book, The Rule of Love. The subtitle nicely captures the...

Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian by Sarah Charlotte Williams

Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian by Sarah Charlotte Williams

There’s a book popping up on lots of “Best of 2018” lists called Everything Happens for a Reason (And Other Lies I’ve Loved) by Kate Bowler. I had the privilege of hearing Kate Bowler, professor at Duke Divinity School, tell her story at the Festival of Faith and...

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel – Christopher Yuan

Holy Sexuality and the Gospel – Christopher Yuan

Rosaria Butterfield calls Christopher Yuan’s book, Holy Sexuality and the Gospel “the most important humanly composed book about biblical sexuality and godly living for our times.” That is quite a statement from such a respected woman. After a thorough reading, I...

Diehard Sins: How to Fight Wisely against Destructive Daily Habits

Diehard Sins: How to Fight Wisely against Destructive Daily Habits

The Biblical Counseling Movement largely recovered by Jay Adams and his prophetic book, Competent to Counsel is wide open for publications. By God’s grace, this critical ministry is really taking root in seminaries and local churches all over the world as pastors and...

Reformed Preaching – Joel Beeke (2018)

Reformed Preaching – Joel Beeke (2018)

Preaching the Word of God is at the very center of pastoral ministry. Indeed, the task of preaching God’s Word that should occupy a good portion of the pastoral week. Neglecting this critical responsibility results in weak sheep who are unable to discern the times....

From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New Creation by Sidney Greidanus

From Chaos to Cosmos: Creation to New Creation by Sidney Greidanus

Sidney Greidanus’ From Chaos to Cosmos is the latest installment in the Short Studies in Biblical Theology series. Though I haven’t read the others in this series, I can see that this series is incredibly practical for those who are teaching the Bible regularly....

The Ten Commandments – Kevin DeYoung

The Ten Commandments – Kevin DeYoung

Ask anyone if they are familiar with the Ten Commandments, and the answer will be in the affirmative. But ask that same person to recite the Ten Commandments by memory and the results will not be as encouraging, even among professing Christians. Kevin DeYoung devotes...

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes

To read Ray Rhodes’ recent biography, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, is to witness a life of utter surrender to service. As much as Susie was able, she offered herself fully and wholeheartedly to supporting her famous husband’s ministry. She made an...

White Picket Fences by Amy Julia Becker

White Picket Fences by Amy Julia Becker

In White Picket Fences, Amy Julia Becker comes to terms with a lifetime’s worth of privilege. She looks back on her life with newfound ambivalence about the subtle advantages of her childhood. For example, her family employed a nanny, a gardener, and a cleaning...

All That’s Good by Hannah Anderson

All That’s Good by Hannah Anderson

In her latest book All That’s Good, Hannah Anderson stirs our appetite for goodness. There is a satisfying simplicity to her thesis that we ought to train ourselves in discernment by taking up Paul’s charge to the Philippians and seeking out “whatever is true,...

A Peculiar Orthodoxy by Jeremy Begbie

A Peculiar Orthodoxy by Jeremy Begbie

Introduction What Jeremy Begbie offers in A Peculiar Orthodoxy might best be described as “music therapy for theologians” (146). Although there has been a “flourishing of activity at the interface of theology and the arts” over the past 30 years, Begbie still believes...

Scientism and Secularism – J.P. Moreland (2018)

Scientism and Secularism – J.P. Moreland (2018)

When Charles Darwin published On the Origin of Species in 1859, the intellectual tectonic plates shifted with a force that continues to reverberate to this day. One of the tragic consequences (among many) that the book helped spawn was the philosophical notion of...

Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

Gay Girl, Good God by Jackie Hill Perry

A new memoir, Gay Girl, Good God, tells the very personal story of how Jackie Hill Perry came to be a Christian. Based on the title, readers may expect a bold conversion but actually the moment when Perry finally recognizes God’s goodness is a rather ordinary moment....

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

Openness Unhindered by Rosaria Butterfield

Growing up in an evangelical church, I heard a lot of dramatic testimonies. At summer camp or during a church service, someone would occasionally stand up and tell the story of how lost and sinful they had been before Jesus transformed their lives. As powerful as...

The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

Pastors are not immune to spiritual depression and burn-out. According to a survey conducted by Lifeway Research in 2015[1]: 84% of percent of pastors say they’re on call 24 hours a day. 80% expect conflict in their church. 54% find the role of pastor frequently...

Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel

Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel

If you are old enough to remember a world before Google, a world where postage stamps needed to be licked, a world that wasn’t connected through wi-fi, then you’ve already successfully survived your teenage years. For young adults entering college this fall, these...

Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture – John Feinberg

Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine of Scripture – John Feinberg

Many issues have come to the forefront for Christians in recent years. However, I cannot think of an issue of greater importance than our view of the Word of God. This crucial matter is addressed by John Feinberg in his recent work, Light in a Dark Place: The Doctrine...

The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen

I am a big fan of catechisms. So when I learned about The Preacher’s Catechism by Lewis Allen, I was intrigued. Actually, I jumped at the chance to read and review this book. Little did I know that this powerful little book would break me and convict me. It would also...

Caring for One Another – Edward T. Welch

Caring for One Another – Edward T. Welch

Each Christmas, like most families, we gather around the Christmas tree. After telling the story of the birth of Jesus and celebrating his incarnation, we open presents. When I was a child, I remember gravitating toward the big presents. After all, bigger is better....

Revelation (The Lectio Continua Series) by Joel Beeke

Revelation (The Lectio Continua Series) by Joel Beeke

Over the last few weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to read through Joel Beeke’s expository commentary on Revelation published by Reformation Heritage Books. It is one commentary in a growing series of expository commentaries on the New Testament. At the time of this...

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age

Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age

One of the perils of refusing to buy a smartphone is that I have to rely on our old GPS. The maps haven’t been updated since 2012, so occasionally I’ll drive on a new road that simply doesn’t exist according to my GPS’ outdated maps. I appear to be driving through...

Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler

Growing in Gratitude by Mary Mohler

I didn’t realize this before reading Mrs. Mohler’s book, but this is her freshman book. Although this book is Mohler’s first, it does not read like you’d expect a first book to read. In just a short 130 pages, Mohler somehow demonstrates a type of hospitality in the...

Biblical Counseling Basics by Jeremy Lelek

Biblical Counseling Basics by Jeremy Lelek

Biblical counseling has been going through something of an identity crisis as of late. What exactly is “Biblical counseling,” what is its relationship to extra-biblical content, how is it best practiced?: Answering these questions requires nuance, careful...

From Death to Life: How Salvation Works by Allen S. Nelson IV

From Death to Life: How Salvation Works by Allen S. Nelson IV

The doctrine of salvation is awash on a sea of Pelagianism and Semi-Pelagianism. Marked by the curse of sin, the image-bearers of God have a need to “earn” their salvation. “Surely, there must be something I can do to merit favor before a holy God,” says the modern...

The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rossaria Butterfield

The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rossaria Butterfield

“Imagine a world where the power of the gospel to change lives is our to behold.” This is the soul-stirring, gospel-focussed message that Rosaria Butterfield proclaims in her most recent book, The Gospel Comes With a House Key. The author aims to inspire readers to...

Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life by Jason Meyer

Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life by Jason Meyer

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones could very well be the most influential preacher of the twentieth century. If there is any doubt that the Doctor carries such a weighty influence, Jason Meyer skillfully recants such a notion in his work, Lloyd-Jones on the Christian Life. The...

New Calvinism: New Reformation or Theological Fad? – Josh Buice, Ed.

New Calvinism: New Reformation or Theological Fad? – Josh Buice, Ed.

“Calvinism is back,” writes David Van Biema, in a Time Magazine article, entitled ‘The New Calvinism.’ The featured article, which was written in 2009 was included in a list of “Ten Ideas Changing the World Right Now.” That’s quite a claim for a secular magazine to...

Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)

Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)

One of the critical components of the Christian life involves understanding Scripture and applying it to our lives. This goal is at the heart of Nick Roark and Robert Cline’s book, Biblical Theology: How the Church Faithfully Teaches the Gospel. The authors join...

Redeeming Money – Paul David Tripp (2018)

Redeeming Money – Paul David Tripp (2018)

“For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matt. 6:21). The words of the Lord Jesus Christ cut through every conceivable pretense, motive, and smokescreen. Similarly, Paul David Tripp exposes our hearts in his book, Redeeming Money. Tripp’s aim is to...

The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes – Mark Dever (2018)

The Affectionate Theology of Richard Sibbes – Mark Dever (2018)

The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles is a series published by Reformation Trust that has been educating and inspiring Christians for over ten years. Steven Lawson serves as the series editor and oversees this vital project. This excellent series introduces readers to...

The Moment of Truth – Steven J. Lawson

The Moment of Truth – Steven J. Lawson

Nothing is more important than contemplating the truth. Each person has a specific way of approaching the truth. For example, the Sophists did not believe in absolute truth – they were relativists. Protagoras said, “Man is the measure of all things.” Socrates believed...

Spurgeon on the Christian Life – Michael Reeves (2018)

Spurgeon on the Christian Life – Michael Reeves (2018)

Spurgeon on the Christian Life by Michael Reeves is the latest installment in the Crossway Series, Theologians on the Christian Life. This excellent book covers some basic biographical information on the Prince of Preachers. He is rightly described as a man who “went...

The Gospel According to God – John MacArthur (2018)

The Gospel According to God – John MacArthur (2018)

C.H. Spurgeon calls the fifty-third chapter of Isaiah “a Bible in miniature … the condensed essence of the gospel.” John MacArthur refers to Isaiah 53 as “the most remarkable chapter in the Old Testament” and takes it as the theme of his latest book, The Gospel...

Kiss the Wave – Dave Furman

Kiss the Wave – Dave Furman

“I have learned to kiss the wave that throws me against the Rock of Ages,” said the British preacher, C.H. Spurgeon. Embracing trials in a God-honoring way is the theme of Dave Furman’s new book, Kiss the Wave. The author does not write in an ivory tower. Nor does he...

Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love – John Crotts (2018)

Graciousness: Tempering Truth With Love – John Crotts (2018)

The matter of truth is of utmost importance for the follower of Jesus Christ. However, sometimes a person with a passion for the truth has a tendency to “steamroll” the unsuspecting – the one who has either never learned the truth or the one who has chosen to reject...

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg Allison (2018)

50 Core Truths of the Christian Faith – Gregg Allison (2018)

I have been teaching theology for over twenty-five years. During that time span, I have been privileged to use some of the finest theological resources available. Contemporary books like Wayne Grudem’s, Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine or John...

John Knox and the Reformation – Iain Murray and Martyn Lloyd Jones

John Knox and the Reformation – Iain Murray and Martyn Lloyd Jones

“The fact is that you simply cannot understand the history of Scotland unless you know something about the Protestant Reformation. It is the key to the understanding of the history of your great country in the last four hundred years.” So said, Martyn Lloyd-Jones in...

The Life and Theology of Paul – Guy Prentiss Waters

The Life and Theology of Paul – Guy Prentiss Waters

It was one of the most dramatic conversion experiences in redemptive history. The Apostle Paul, formerly Saul of Tarsus was miraculously transformed into a man who found his delight in God. Guy Prentiss Waters tells the story of Paul’s conversion in his latest book....

Are People Basically Good? – R.C. Sproul

Are People Basically Good? – R.C. Sproul

Whenever a friend purchases a Kindle or e-reader, I always make an important recommendation – Pick up The Crucial Questions Series by R.C. Sproul. Ligonier Ministries has graciously made this 25 book series available, free for the asking. Subjects explore basic...

Some Pastors and Teachers by Sinclair Ferguson

Some Pastors and Teachers by Sinclair Ferguson

The day that Sinclair Ferguson’s new book, Some Pastors, and Teachers arrived, I was like a kid in a candy store; a monkey in a banana factory; a shark in blood-infested waters. Gazing at the table of contents caused my heart to race, which is a testimony of my deep...

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards

He was the most important mind America ever produced, a theologian/philosopher extraordinaire. He was one of the most well-known pastors to stand behind the “preacher’s desk.” And he was a prolific author, missionary, and college president. Despite his impressive...

Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

Martin Luther: A Spiritual Biography

Herman Selderhuis, professor of church history at the Theological University Apeldoorn needs little introduction. His book, John Calvin: A Pilgrim’s Life was warmly received by many as he unpacked the Reformer’s life and legacy. Now the author makes his contribution...

A Small Book About a Big Problem

A Small Book About a Big Problem

Edward Welch has become somewhat of a household name in recent years, especially in circles that welcome biblical counseling. Dr. Welch’s new book, A Small Book About a Big Problem is written for everyday people who experience everyday problems. In this short and...

The Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy

The Son of God and the New Creation by Graeme Goldsworthy

Graeme Goldsworthy has become a bit of a household name, especially as one considers the field of biblical theology. The Son of God and the New Creation is another solid contribution by Goldsworthy where he focuses on the second member of the Trinity and alerts...

Reformation Theology A Systematic Summary

Reformation Theology A Systematic Summary

Does the Reformation still matter? A better question is, “Does Reformed Theology still matter?” We should also ask ourselves, “Does Reformed Theology still have a place in the Twenty First Century's theological landscape?” Many Christians are not familiar with names...

“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

“Of The Church” Series – Joe Thorn

Much has been said about who the church is, what the church does, and how the church does it over the past two thousand years. We live in an age where there is no shortage of ecclesiology books that address such topics. I have found that many of these books live in...

Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Matthew Barrett, Ed. Reformation Theology

Nearly five hundred years ago, Martin Luther nailed his now famous ninety-five theses to the castle door in Wittenberg. Luther’s courage continues to inspire faithful followers of Jesus. His character raises the bar for anyone who strives to serve with truth-centered...

Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

Forensic Faith by J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is an experienced cold-case detective and a committed follower of Jesus Christ. In his latest book, Forensic Faith, J. Warner Wallace brings a wealth of experience and knowledge. The book is apologetic in nature but is laced with evangelistic fervor....

“How Can I Be Sure?” by John Stevens

“How Can I Be Sure?” by John Stevens

Doubt is not the same as unbelief, but if we don’t wrestle with our doubts wisely, they can lead to unbelief. John Stevens, National Director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches in the UK, wants to help Christians wrestle well with their doubts. In...

The New City Catechism Devotional

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,...

Forensic Faith

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...

Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

Confronted by Grace: Meditations of a Theologian (John Webster)

On May 25, 2016, one of the most important theologians of my time passed into Glory. John Webster, a British Anglican, was a theologian, preacher, lecturer, and disciple of Jesus Christ. Webster is not widely known. He does not sell books at a popular level. His...

Gospel-Centered Teaching

Gospel-Centered Teaching

Gospel-Centered Teaching by Trevin Wax is a practical book that admonishes readers to put Jesus at the center of every lesson and sermon. Indeed, Spurgeon’s plea in the 19th century to preach the text and then “make a bee-line to the cross” is at the core of this...

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God

I worked full-time most of my summers in college, and I loved it. I loved everything about my job and the feeling of coming home to rest, going out to eat with friends, or heading out for an evening run after a long day of work.  I changed jobs during the months of...

Work and Our Labor in the Lord (James M. Hamilton Jr.)

Work and Our Labor in the Lord (James M. Hamilton Jr.)

Studies show that the average human works 10.3 years in a lifetime. Imagine taking the next decade to work, never clocking out. That’s how much time you’ll spend at the office, making sales, making sandwiches, digging holes, checking on patients, or whatever you spend...

The Imperfect Disciple by Jared C Wilson

The Imperfect Disciple by Jared C Wilson

I have a large section of books in my library devoted to the topic of discipleship and Christian living. I also have a much smaller section of books dedicated to discipleship and Christian living – books that are actually worth reading and re-reading and focus on the...

The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

The Triune God (New Studies in Dogmatics) by Fred Sanders

Fred Sanders is a professor of Theology at the Torrey Honors Institute at Biola University in La Mirada, California. Fred Sanders has another book on the Trinity called The Deep Things of God. Summary In the opening of The Triune God, Fred Sanders lays out his...

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

How Does Sanctification Work? by David Powlison

Biblical Counseling is all about sanctification. The goal of counseling is to help people, in the midst of their suffering and/or sin, to grow in their likeness to Jesus Christ. This means that the way we understand the process of sanctification, then, has a direct...

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Tony Reinke)

12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You (Tony Reinke)

Just over ten years before this writing, the iPhone was announced to the world. No one knew at the time what such technology meant. It all seemed a little silly to me. I remember some of the reviews of the original iPhone. “It doesn’t show much promise.” “I don’t...

The Gospel According to Paul

The Gospel According to Paul

Nearly thirty years ago, Dr. John MacArthur wrote The Gospel According to Jesus. The book was a clear articulation of the gospel and a sharp repudiation of antinomianism and other views that failed to affirm the lordship of Jesus Christ in salvation. A firestorm...

This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years

For quite some time I have anxiously awaited a book to be released in the Christian publishing genre geared towards teenagers and the plethora of issues they deal with on a daily basis. There are certainly many books on the market regarding issues such as dating for...

This Momentary Marriage

This Momentary Marriage

Books on marriage are a dime-a-dozen these days, even from a Christian perspective. However, only a handful of books on marriage, pass the test of biblical fidelity. John Piper’s book, This Momentary Marriage passes both. In fact, it ranks among the best books I’ve...

A Review of “Putting Your Past in Its Place” by Stephen Viars

A Review of “Putting Your Past in Its Place” by Stephen Viars

People “tend to drift between two extremes when considering” the role of the past, says Steve Viars: (1) the past is nothing, or (2) the past is everything. Christians ought to recognize the influence and the limitations of the past in the formation of an individual....

The Heart of the Church by Joe Thorn

The Heart of the Church by Joe Thorn

The first review I read of Joe Thorn’s new book, The Heart of the Church was decisively negative. This specific reviewer awarded the book with a dreaded “two stars,” which in the land of book reviews is something akin to wandering through a barren wasteland without...

The Curious Christian by Barnabas Piper

The Curious Christian by Barnabas Piper

The closest I’ve been to being a curious person happened when I became curious about what Barnabas Piper could write about it in his most recent book, The Curious Christian. I’m the type of uncurious person who doesn’t care when someone accidentally almost tells me...

The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

The Triune God (Fred Sanders)

Let’s face it: the Trinity is without a doubt the most important, complex, and debated doctrine in all of Christian thought. For thousands of years, Christians have been attempting to define the Trinity, and nothing is new under the sun. Even today, despite all of the...

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

NIV Faithlife Study Bible by Zondervan

Today I want to share with you an incredible resource that will not only enhance your study of God’s Holy Word, but also increase retention and understanding of difficult passages, doctrines, and give you tools to utilize in teaching others the basics of the Christian...

The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

The Blessing of Humility by Jerry Bridges

When we think of being blessed thoughts of financial abundance and success naturally fill our minds. Job promotions, smart children, luxurious vacations, and material possessions make us feel blessed. But what if this isn’t what Scripture means when it talks about...

Paul Young, Lies We Believe About God

Paul Young, Lies We Believe About God

Lies We Believe About God is the latest book from the author of The Shack, WM. Paul Young. The author originally penned The Shack at the request of his wife as a Christmas gift to his six children. First published in 2007, this book has sold over 20 million copies and...

Meet Generation Z (2017)

Meet Generation Z (2017)

Most people are familiar with the respective generations which are designated as the Silent Generation (born 1928-1945), the Baby Boomers (born 1946-1964), Generation X (born 1965-1980), Older Millennials (born 1981-1989), and the Younger Millennials (born 1990-1996)....

Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

Interpreting Apocalyptic Literature

When the term apocalyptic literature is used, most are likely drawn to thinking about books in Scripture such as Revelation or perhaps the ending chapters of Matthew where Jesus described the time of the end. While both are indeed apocalyptic, what is often forgotten...

Old Testament Sermons by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Old Testament Sermons by Robert Murray M’Cheyne

Last summer I had the opportunity to pick up a few sets of great books. Included in that purchase was a title by someone whose works for which I was only minimally familiar, namely Robert Murray M’Cheyne. If you are not familiar with this individual, M’Cheyne...

Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)

Isaiah: God Saves Sinners (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)

I was recently listening to a sermon from a noted preacher years ago, who encouraged his congregation to consider the task of “finding a home” in one or two books of the Bible. His philosophy was that most of us, with our limited amount of brainpower as humans, simply...

“The Vine Project” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

“The Vine Project” by Colin Marshall and Tony Payne

Every pastor and ministry leader desires church growth, and so books on how to attain growth are ubiquitous. Most of these books claim to have unlocked some secret, or assert the keys to revolutionize ministries. They make a case for “epic” church, and dynamic...

God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ (Stephen J. Wellum)

God the Son Incarnate: The Doctrine of Christ (Stephen J. Wellum)

Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series is actually a long-standing one, with volumes dating back to twelve years ago. However, Wellum’s new addition to the series is only the sixth volume to be published. In short, the intent of this series is not a...

A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament

A Syntax Guide for Readers of the Greek New Testament

I thoroughly enjoy resources that enable me to dig deeper into Scripture. Of particular note is the ability to explore and understand the biblical languages. While there is certainly nothing wrong with simply reading Scripture via the numerous quality translations...

God the Son Incarnate – Stephen J. Wellum

God the Son Incarnate – Stephen J. Wellum

God the Son Incarnate by Stephen J. Wellum is the latest installment in the Foundations of Evangelical Theology Series. This outstanding series, edited by John Feinberg was first introduced with the publication of No One Like Him back in 2001. The author notes that...

Pro Rege: Living Under Christ’s Kingship, Volume 1 (Abraham Kuyper)

Pro Rege: Living Under Christ’s Kingship, Volume 1 (Abraham Kuyper)

“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” You have probably heard this quote, one of Abraham Kuyper’s most famous of all. Part of the reason this quote is so famous is that...

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification

Devoted to God: Blueprints for Sanctification

Christians are transformed by the renewing of their minds. They understand that, in large measure, how they think about the gospel will determine how they live for God’s glory. They are learning to allow the Word of God to do its own work, informing, and influencing...

Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ

Hidden Christmas: The Surprising Truth Behind the Birth of Christ

Christmas for many people is a difficult time. Whether it's fighting, bad memories, the death of a loved one around this season, or some other reason, Christmas is hard for many people. The gospel story, the incarnation, sinless life, death, burial, and resurrection...

Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Good & Angry (David Powlison)

Which angry person are you? The Domestic Gunslinger? The Volcano? The Iceberg? Maybe you don’t think you’re an angry person at all like I did before reading this book. Or maybe, you think your anger is always and on every occasion sinful. This book is for you. All of...

A Review of “Marriage Matters” by Winston Smith

A Review of “Marriage Matters” by Winston Smith

Your marriage, in all its details, is intimately connected to God. This is the major thesis of Winston Smith’s fantastic book on marriage. He sees that the most important part of your marriage is your relationship to God. All the mundane, frustrating, and even...

The Temple and the Tabernacle – J. Daniel Hays

The Temple and the Tabernacle – J. Daniel Hays

A good book review will help readers determine the good, the bad, and the ugly in a given title. There is nothing bad or ugly in J. Daniel Hays’ new work, The Temple, and the Tabernacle. In fact, describing the contents of this book as “good” would be a massive...

Christ All Sufficient

Christ All Sufficient

Out of all the Pauline Epistles, the book of Colossians can arguably be labeled as one of the most overlooked. This is in part understandable given the plethora of material within the Pauline corpus. For that matter, think of the last book from the Minor Prophets you...

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

Discovering the Septuagint: A Guided Reader

I am a language nerd. While not a linguistic expert by any stretch of the imagination, I nevertheless fully understand the importance of knowing what words mean in context as well as the development of terms over time. It seems when studying Scripture and especially...

The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life

The New Believer’s Guide to the Christian Life

There seems to be a pattern of behavior in the church that needs to change. What is that pattern you might ask? Focusing on getting people saved with little or no sense of direction provided to those who declare their allegiance to God and proclaim their affirmation...

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics (Graeme Goldsworthy)

Gospel-Centered Hermeneutics (Graeme Goldsworthy)

When I think about the importance of biblical theology and learning from its leading scholars, one of the first names that come to mind is Graeme Goldsworthy. Nearly every work Goldsworthy has completed has BT as its driving force, which is really helpful for pastors...

The Unfinished Reformation by Gregg Allison & Chris Cataldo

The Unfinished Reformation by Gregg Allison & Chris Cataldo

The book market is beginning to see a rise of titles that deal with the Protestant Reformation as we move closer to the 500th anniversary of Luther’s bold move at Wittenberg. Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo collaborate on a creative work that poses a critical...

NIV LIFEHACKS BIBLE

NIV LIFEHACKS BIBLE

About the Editor: Joe Carter is one of the sharpest minds in Evangelicalism today. He is the current Communications Specialist for the Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Senior Editor at the Actions Institute. He serves...

“The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life” by Jeremy Pierre

“The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life” by Jeremy Pierre

There are many caricatures of Biblical Counseling. One popular caricature paints practitioners of Biblical Counseling as offering simplistic explanations, pad answers, and little sympathy. The caricature is just that, a caricature, and yet it arises because there is...

ESV Reader’s Bible, 6-volume set (Crossway)

ESV Reader’s Bible, 6-volume set (Crossway)

Every time I attempt to sit down and read God’s Word, there is one enemy that I always find myself battling: his name is Noise. You have probably met him. Noise is one of the most powerful opponents to healthy, worshipful Bible reading. Some days on my commute I...

Answering Jihad A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi

Answering Jihad A Better Way Forward by Nabeel Qureshi

The past fifteen years have seen a massive increase in conversation and debate about what Islam teaches. From US politicians proclaiming that Islam is a religion of peace to pronouncements that Islam isn’t a religion of peace, and everywhere in-between there are much...

Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

Folly, Grace, and Power: The Mysterious Act of Preaching

Most books devoted to exploring the mandate to preach the Word of God focus on homiletical method. They help young preachers craft an introduction and a conclusion. They help young theologians with good exegetical skills. They discuss tone, body language, and eye...

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old and New Testament

A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the Old and New Testament

I have owned or own numerous single volume or collected sets of introductions to the Bible. Some have been quite helpful in my studies, personal or academic, and others have been shall we say a bit lackluster and somewhat disappointing. Given the plethora of biblical...

What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? by R.C. Sproul

What is Reformed Theology? originally appeared in 1997. This updated volume has a new cover and new contemporary format. The content, however, remains the same as Dr. Sproul guides readers through the wonders of Reformed Theology. Part One: Foundations of Reformed...

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting (Dave Furman)

Being There: How to Love Those Who Are Hurting (Dave Furman)

A number of books out there on how to relate to others who are hurting are very long, and not very deep. It is one thing to read a book written by a gifted communicator and writer who churns out principles and concepts, writing more out of position than experience....

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical

Few authors over the past decade have exerted as much of an influence outside of the Bible as Tim Keller, Albert Mohler, and John Piper on my thinking about the Christian life and ministry. Whenever they release a new book I know I want to read it. I know in the case...

Andrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission

Andrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission

Andrew Fuller was a zealous promoter of world missions. He is likely to be unknown to most Christians. Before reading this biography Andrew Fuller: Holy Faith, Worthy Gospel, World Mission by Dr. John Piper I had no real idea who he was other than I might have read of...

The Lordship of Christ

The Lordship of Christ

Jesus is Lord. This is a common proclamation by believers. However, do we truly understand what Jesus as Lord means to our lives? If he is Lord, what does that look like on a practical level and how does it impact everything we do? Or does it? We certainly claim it...

GOOD FAITH by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons

GOOD FAITH by David Kinnaman & Gabe Lyons

Summary: Good Faith is not just another “Christian Living” book or Christian self-help book. This book is the product of years of research on both Dave and Gabe’s part in seeking after how Christians can live out their faith in a society that thinks Christians are...

Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Stephen Backhouse)

Kierkegaard: A Single Life (Stephen Backhouse)

Anyone who has spent time studying philosophy has heard that famous Danish name before Kierkegaard. The influence of Kierkegaard’s work and thought is unmissable for the student to see. But for many, the name “Søren Kierkegaard” completely flies under the radar, and...

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn-Lloyd Jones by Steven J. Lawson

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn-Lloyd Jones by Steven J. Lawson

I will never forget reading the first installment of Steven Lawson’s series in the Long Line of Godly Men Profiles. The Expository Genius of John Calvin riveted my attention and engaged my mind. This book captivated my imagination and challenged my studying habits....

Anchored in Grace: Fixed Points for Humble Faith by Jeremy Walker

Anchored in Grace: Fixed Points for Humble Faith by Jeremy Walker

The past decade has seen a great resurgence of the doctrines of grace. This resurgence has come on the heels of a conversation that continues to take place on the place of the gospel in the Christian life, church, and ministry. The Christian life was never meant to be...

Theologians You Should Know

Theologians You Should Know

As a self-titled book nerd and Seminary survivor, I can humbly state there are many, many theologians for which I have at least a passing familiarity. It seems everyone gravitates towards certain scholars/theologians for a variety of reasons ranging from the subject...

Gospel Eldership by Bob Thune

Gospel Eldership by Bob Thune

Everything rises or falls on good leadership. The fruitfulness and effectiveness of the local church are dependent upon men who exert strong, humble, and God-centered leadership. Weak men spawn weak churches. But men who live according to God’s mandate are a part of...

The Family Life of a Christian Leader by Ajith Fernando

The Family Life of a Christian Leader by Ajith Fernando

Many Christian leaders are in a great deal of danger. No, they aren’t in trouble with the law. Many Christian leaders are in trouble because they are sacrificing their families on the altar of ministry. As Christian leaders, pastors and ministry leaders are called to...

Who Moved My Pulpit: Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer

Who Moved My Pulpit: Leading Change in the Church by Thom Rainer

If you were to ask most Pastors what they dread the most they would most likely say change. Some Pastors have had a horrible experience bringing about change in their churches. Many Christians greatly resist change of any kind. We tend to fight change in our own lives...

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Asking someone to define discipleship into one small sentence is no small task. The gospel-centered, disciple-making movement among Evangelicalism has got a wide lens. We define our churches as churches that “make disciples,” but to the non-believer or the believer...

Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart by Steve Brown

Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart by Steve Brown

Hidden Agenda: Dropping the Masks That Keep Us Apart by Steve Brown is a “wake-up call” book. This book intends to shake Christ-followers and wake them up to the glorious reality of grace. The author points his finger a lot in this book. Much of the finger-pointing is...

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story

Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God’s Story

The core roots of the faith. What exactly are they and why are they considered as the foundational elements of belief as opposed to other issues? Furthermore, what are we supposed to do with what is determined as the core facets of the faith? These are vital questions...

A Review of “The Whole Christ” by Sinclair Ferguson

A Review of “The Whole Christ” by Sinclair Ferguson

What does a 1700s internecine Scottish theological debate have to do with the contemporary church? According to Sinclair Ferguson, quite a lot, since the issues at the heart of that Marrow Controversy remain prominent issues for every generation of the church. He has...

Pulpit Aflame Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge

Pulpit Aflame Edited by Joel R. Beeke and Dustin W. Benge

Over the years, I’ve had the opportunity to read dozens and dozens of preaching books. Whenever a new preaching book comes out, I try to read it. One reason for this is I want to improve my craft of preaching and teaching the Word of God. A new book Pulpit Aflame...

The Secret of Spiritual Joy by William P. Farley

The Secret of Spiritual Joy by William P. Farley

In our fast-paced world, it can be hard to have joy in the Lord. Between distractions, duties, and responsibilities each one of us have, joy seems to be low on the list. Sometimes it seems to me like joy is fleeting. In The Secret of Spiritual Joy by William P....

A Review of “You Are What You Love” by James K.A. Smith

A Review of “You Are What You Love” by James K.A. Smith

The idea of James K.A. Smith’s book You Are What You Love, is as old as the Old Testament. The Psalmist, many centuries ago, declared that despite having features such as hands, mouths, eyes, and ears, the false gods of other nations were impotent and inactive. Then...

Living in the Light (John Piper)

Living in the Light (John Piper)

The past few years of John Piper’s ministry have been focused intensely on writing. We have seen multiple books coming out bearing Piper’s name, and that’s a good thing. As someone who owns about a dozen of Piper’s books, I must say that if you’ve read one of them,...

God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (Malcolm B. Yarnell III)

God the Trinity: Biblical Portraits (Malcolm B. Yarnell III)

When it comes to discussion of the Trinity, Christianity surprisingly runs quite a gamut of opinions and thoughts. While the Trinity is one of the most creedal and thus essential doctrines of Evangelicalism, some accuse the Trinity of being explicitly unknowable...

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90-150)

A Commentary on the Psalms: Volume 3 (90-150)

Who reading this review finds the Psalms to be among or at the top of their list of favorite books of the Bible? I am quite sure most if not all of you raised your virtual hands to that question. Why are we so passionate about reading the Psalms? In my humble opinion,...

Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God

Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God

Admittedly I am a very visual learner. Many times when my wife is attempting to describe her vision for a future home renovation project, it is difficult for me to put her words into a mental picture of what she is trying to get across. I need a blueprint or a picture...

Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney

Gospel Treason by Brad Bigney

Behind many of our problems is idolatry. We may not all bow down to physical statues of foreign gods, but we all displace God in our hearts with other things, people, and desires. Seeking to identify, expose, and root our these idols from our hearts is essential to...

Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson

Theology as Discipleship by Keith Johnson

It’s a shame that theology so regularly needs to be defended. The fact that it does just goes to support Keith Johnson’s book Theology as Discipleship. The divorce that theology and Christian living has been through over time has had massive and long-lasting...

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Tony Reinke)

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (Tony Reinke)

Over 40 years ago, a classic was born. The great Mortimer Adler and Charles Van Doren released a book that would become the go-to source for learning how to read books. Since its inception, How to Read a Book has been pretty well the only source for a deep look into...

Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth

Proofs of God: Classical Arguments from Tertullian to Barth

Good Survey of Apologetics The task of doing apologetics can be a bit of a burden. Apologists devote their lives to learning the ins and outs of various arguments and how competing views think about the existence of God. Doing apologetics is meant to be a slow and...

A Review of “Habits of Grace” by David Mathis

A Review of “Habits of Grace” by David Mathis

The concept of “habit” is seeing a bit of a resurgence among philosophers and theologians. Thomas Aquinas, centuries ago, had emphasized the importance of spiritual habits, but the concept has been overlooked for some time. James K.A. Smith rejuvenated the idea in his...

Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash)

Zeal Without Burnout (Christopher Ash)

Burnout. It’s a popular topic in pastoral ministry these days, most likely because it is a very real and prevalent topic among our churches today. As someone who works in pastoral ministry, I am already seeing just how easy it is to get burnt out in ministry, how...

Discipling How To Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

Discipling How To Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever

In the past decade, the conversation surrounding discipleship has exploded. At first, this conversation was directed towards how disciples of Jesus could engage the culture. Then a shift occurred as this conversation split off into two camps. One went the way of...

A Review of “Warfield on the Christian Life” by Fred Zaspel

A Review of “Warfield on the Christian Life” by Fred Zaspel

B.B. Warfield, the great Princeton theologian of the 19th century, has sometimes been hailed as a scholastic theologian. A scholar interested purely in the academics of dogmatics, not the kind of theologian you would consult on matters of the Christian life. Perhaps...

Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash

Zeal Without Burnout by Christopher Ash

Ministry is hard! It is tiresome, demanding, never-ending work that requires a great deal of sacrifice. If you are in ministry or have been in ministry you know exactly what I am talking about. But all too often the journey in ministry brings an unexpected detour due...

Unparalleled (Jared C. Wilson)

Unparalleled (Jared C. Wilson)

The challenges posted towards the exclusivity of the Christian gospel are not a new phenomenon by any means. But as our culture continues to grow post-Christian, the “Coexist” bumper stickers increase, academia starts to muddy the waters and blur the lines between...

A Review of “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Heath Lambert

A Review of “A Theology of Biblical Counseling” by Heath Lambert

“Counseling is a theological discipline.” That statement captures the very heart of Lambert’s book. It is also, he says, the most “controversial part of this book” (11). Despite what many others believe, counseling is inherently theological and as such we must wrestle...

A Review of “Addictions” by Edward T. Welch

A Review of “Addictions” by Edward T. Welch

Does the Bible actually speak to the issue of addictions? That’s one of the common questions – or perhaps it’s more accurate to say veiled accusations – that I get when working with guys in our Recovery program. After all, the word “addiction” is not found in the...

The Story of Everything by Jared C Wilson

The Story of Everything by Jared C Wilson

Everyone is searching for meaning and purpose in life. People pursue pleasure through sports, entertainment, and other activities. Everyone is seeking to live in a story greater than themselves. Only God has a story big enough in the Gospel to save and govern our...

A Review of “Running Scared” by Ed Welch

A Review of “Running Scared” by Ed Welch

The greatest help the believer has to their struggle with fear or worry is the God of rest and peace. In Running Scared, Ed Welch seeks to apply the truths of Scripture to our fears in specific and detailed ways. The broad approach to fear this book takes means it...

Unashamed by Lecrae

Unashamed by Lecrae

The Lord is using Lecrae’s music ministry to impact a generation. His music has also spawned a greater appreciation and respect for Gospel rap among Christians. Before I listened to Lecrae, I never enjoyed listening to rap. In fact, when my wife first saw me listening...

Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F. H. Henry

Essential Evangelicalism: The Enduring Influence of Carl F. H. Henry

This year I’ve been reading Carl Henry’s massive six-volume set “God, Revelation, and Authority”. To be honest I haven’t done very well reading it thus far. I’m still in volume two but I am enjoying it. Reading it slowly has helped me to understand this great man of...

A Review of “Living Without Worry” by Tim Lane

A Review of “Living Without Worry” by Tim Lane

I counsel more people on the issue of anxiety than nearly any other issue. Worry is common to us all, and its ubiquity makes it a great target for a short Biblical counseling book. Tim Lane, a seasoned and respected counselor within the movement, has written here a...

Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos

Judges and Ruth: God in Chaos

It seemed so promising. The Israelites had entered by the mighty hand of God into the Promised Land. Joshua left the people with a firm reminder of the need to be mindful of their covenant with God. This covenant had as its basis obedience to God’s commands which...

James: Faith that Works

James: Faith that Works

I hate to admit that I both love and hate the book of James. Okay – I know we are not supposed to hate any book of the Bible, but James addresses a plethora of life issues, many of which we struggle to place under the Lordship of Jesus. I love what James has to say...

What is Time?: The Classic Account of the Nature of Time

What is Time?: The Classic Account of the Nature of Time

Time. We are constantly faced with the issue of time. “I don’t have enough time to accomplish that task.” “If I could go back in time, I’d make State.” (statement courtesy of Uncle Rico). What exactly is time? Have we ever taken the time to stop and think about time...

A Review of “Strength in Numbers” by Mark Shaw

A Review of “Strength in Numbers” by Mark Shaw

When I finally realized what Ephesians four was calling me to I was shocked. There Paul writes that God has given to the church pastors in order that they might “equip the saints for the work of the ministry.” That is to say, the saints do the work of the ministry,...

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

Proverbs: Wisdom that Works by Ray Ortlund

In my opinion, Proverbs is the one book of the Bible that people struggle to locate the most within the canon. We get a feel and a sense for where all the other books go, and why they are there. But when we come to Proverbs, oftentimes it is difficult to find its...

1-2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ’s Sufferings

1-2 Peter and Jude: Sharing Christ’s Sufferings

There are several books that reside near the back of the New Testament that I submit get overlooked in our zeal to push through to the book of Revelation and the renewal of all things we find at the end of that particular book. Before we get to the ultimate promise of...

Christ or Chaos by Dan Dewitt

Christ or Chaos by Dan Dewitt

People today in our culture often claim that religion should be kept private. These same people are also the one’s who loudly declare their opinions about a variety of political and societal injustice. Sadly as our culture continues to move in it’s seemingly never...

Praying the Bible by Dr. Donald Whitney

Praying the Bible by Dr. Donald Whitney

Okay, I admit it. My prayer life is often duller than that knife I have out in the garage that will not even cut through warm butter. I have often felt guilty about my prayer life or lack of one. It is not as though I do not have a lot to speak with God about as there...

Family Worship by Dr. Donald Whitney

Family Worship by Dr. Donald Whitney

The practice of family worship is a concept that has become more popular among American Christians in recent years. However, the formal practice of family worship is rooted in ancient Christian History. Which means, that the practice was lost, at least in part, for a...

Church History for Modern Ministry by Dayton Hartman

Church History for Modern Ministry by Dayton Hartman

Outside of the handful of folks that love spending their free time cracking open a biography of a famous President or reading about various culture movements of previous centuries, it is probably safe to say most people find studying history, especially for “fun,” a...

The Holy Spirit (Christopher R.J. Holmes)

The Holy Spirit (Christopher R.J. Holmes)

In the wide world of theological studies, one of the many joys we have is watching a highly-anticipated series being birthed and developing over time. Avid readers of theology will be pleased to know that Zondervan Academic has released the first installment of a very...

Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert

Why Trust the Bible? by Greg Gilbert

Few issues pertaining to Christian theology are as under attack these days than the doctrine of Scripture. Understanding what the Bible is and how the story of Scripture relates to our lives is critical in our day. This is especially true given the rise of biblical...

The 30-Day Faith Detox

The 30-Day Faith Detox

Let’s face it. We all want to lose weight. One thing is also certain. There are a plethora and I mean a plethora of dieting fads, self-help books, infomercials with celebrities declaring that if you just eat this brand of meal you will look like them in a jiffy....

Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament: Ruth

Exegetical Commentary on the Old Testament: Ruth

Over the past year or so, I have become less of a hoarder of commentaries and commentary sets. In my Bible College and Seminary days, I used such tools extensively as they are required resources for writing research papers and other academically related tasks. With...

Habits of Grace Enjoy Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines

Habits of Grace Enjoy Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines

Recently I’ve been writing and talking a lot about the need for Christians to actively grow in their walk with God. Interestingly, I’ve noticed the more I write and speak on this topic, the more I am focusing on my growth. Of course, this is because I don’t want to be...

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible

Literary Introductions to the Books of the Bible

The Bible is a collection of individual books that collectively relay a singular message, namely that of redemption and restoration through the Messiah. Each book shares this message, some more overtly than others, through the genre and the literary patterns subsumed...

An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World

An Insider’s Guide to Praying for the World

I humbly admit that my prayer life needs some help. I often pray before a meal or before bed about being safe, asking God to bless our food, sleep, or the following day, say a few blurbs about asking to be forgiven of what I have done wrong, and then off to eat or...

A Review of “Covenant and Commandment” by Bradley Green

A Review of “Covenant and Commandment” by Bradley Green

The New Studies in Biblical Theology series from IVP is one of my favorite academic collections. Each volume does an impressive job of providing comprehensive and fresh examinations of Biblical, theological concepts. It’s for this reason that Bradley Green’s recent...

Gospel Conversations How To Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen

Gospel Conversations How To Care Like Christ by Robert W. Kellemen

The best way to learn how to do counseling is by giving and receiving counseling in the context of real relationships. Often times some people think that the best counseling is learned by reading a book (which is good regarding learning the how to) but learning to...

A Review of “Addiction and Virtue” by Kent Dunnington

A Review of “Addiction and Virtue” by Kent Dunnington

Whenever professionals cross disciplines, there are some interesting results. So, when philosopher Kent Dunnington takes on the task of understanding and describing the nature of addictions, we get a fascinating and fresh look at this important subject. While...

Covenant, Community, and the Spirit (Robert Sherman)

Covenant, Community, and the Spirit (Robert Sherman)

The Trinity is an essential doctrine that Christians should continue to explore, because whether we know it or not, the Trinity serves as a sort of model for many of the aspects of how we were designed to live our lives. For example, the Trinity has much to say about...

The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson

The Whole Christ by Sinclair Ferguson

The past few years have seen an explosion of conversation about the relationship of justification to sanctification, along with a discussion about a whole host of topics related to sanctification. This conversation is an important one to have—especially in light of...

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians

Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament: Philippians

Some books in the Bible are quite frankly a joy to read. Many enjoy reading the Psalms and Proverbs. Others gravitate towards Romans or perhaps the Gospel of John. If we are talking about a book that is a joy to read, one cannot forget Paul’s Epistle to the...

Urban Legends of the New Testament

Urban Legends of the New Testament

Most people likely remember the childhood game called telephone. The concept was to start with a statement which would then be repeated down a line of individuals with that statement whispered into each subsequent person’s ear. The fun part of the game was seeing how...

Idols of the Heart, Second Edition (Elyse M. Fitzpatrick)

Idols of the Heart, Second Edition (Elyse M. Fitzpatrick)

“Man’s nature,” Calvin wrote, “is a perpetual factory of idols.” What Calvin is getting at is that all sin is idolatry. In Idols of the Heart, author and speaker Elyse Fitzpatrick seeks to unpack this idea by providing a careful examination of the human heart, how it...

Family Worship

Family Worship

As a father and a husband, I recognize both the need to lead my family in the things of God as well as the daily grind that demands so much of my attention and that of my wife and daughter. The command is quite clear in Scripture – husbands and fathers are to instruct...

A Biblical History of Israel: Second Edition

A Biblical History of Israel: Second Edition

History is important. I know that many of us do not have fond memories of history class or for that matter the history teacher droning on for what seemed like an eternity about some minor point of former days. Whatever your experience with history class might have...

A Review of “Return to Me” by Mark Boda

A Review of “Return to Me” by Mark Boda

Repentance has to do with our relationship with God. That’s why Mark Boda has titled his book on the subject as Return to Me. Repentance isn’t just about a change of behavior though it involves that. Nor is it merely about a change in thinking, feeling, or desire,...

A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles

A Commentary on 1 & 2 Chronicles

Typically those who utilize commentaries are attracted to volumes that engage with the more shall we say popular books in Scripture such as Romans, the Gospel of John, and perhaps Revelation. Reading a commentary on one of the historical books of the Old Testament is...

A Review of “Onward” by Russell Moore

A Review of “Onward” by Russell Moore

Russel Moore is, I believe, the voice that is giving many younger Evangelicals hope. Many young Christians are frustrated, discouraged, and disenchanted with the Evangelicalism of their parents. This was the kind of Evangelicalism that blended American Republicanism...

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Knowing Christ by Mark Jones

Few issues are as important as understanding the Christ-centered nature of the Scriptures. When we consider who Christ is, what He came and did in His death and resurrection, and what He continues to do as our Mediator, Advocate, Intercessor, and High Priest, His...

The Blessing of God – Edited by Michael D. McMullen

The Blessing of God – Edited by Michael D. McMullen

Jonathan Edwards is known as one of the most passionate preachers to ever grace the American pulpit. B.B. Warfield once called him "the one figure of real greatness in the intellectual life of colonial America." While certainly known for works such as "Religious...

Awe: Why It Matters For Everything We Think Say, and Do

Awe: Why It Matters For Everything We Think Say, and Do

The human heart is always seeking after satisfaction. To this end, people invest their lives in sports, entertainment, and their careers—seeking for meaning, purpose, and for validation. While doing one’s job with excellence is important as is having hobbies, above...

The Miracles of Jesus

The Miracles of Jesus

Outside arguably the parables of Jesus, His miracles are some of the most beloved portions of the gospels. Whether it was His first recorded miracle of changing water into wine or the feeding of the five thousand with five loaves of bread and two small fish, we are...

Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior (Preaching the Word)

Mark: Jesus, Servant and Savior (Preaching the Word)

In recent months, I have been doing a bit of purging when it comes to my personal library. After years of accumulating books, many in relation to various classes in both Bible College and Seminary, things had gotten a bit out of hand. Furthermore, the subject matter...

Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home

Family Worship: In the Bible, In History, and In Your Home

Family worship is serious business. It is indispensable to your family’s spiritual health and growth in Christ. It is also a means of God’s grace; whereby He reveals Himself to your family in a powerful way. This is why I’m thankful for Family Worship: In the Bible,...

Knowing Christ

Knowing Christ

There are some books that come along that can be described as instant classics. One such book is Mark Jones latest release, Knowing Christ. A noted expert in the writings of the Puritan authors, Jones examines in this book twenty-seven aspects that help us understand...

A Review of “Purity and Danger” by Mary Douglas

A Review of “Purity and Danger” by Mary Douglas

I do not usually read anthropological studies on the concept of pollution among cultures and particularly world religions. Comparative religious studies can be interesting, but such a focused topic is beyond my general interests. Purity and Danger, however, was...

A Review of “Augustine on the Christian Life” by Gerald Bray

A Review of “Augustine on the Christian Life” by Gerald Bray

There are few names as significant in Western Christianity as Augustine of Hippo. The great church father has been one of the most influential theologians and pastors in the history of the church. His writings are voluminous, having written more works (and more unique...

Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

Tough Questions about God and His Actions in the Old Testament

The Old Testament often gets a bad rap, arguably due to the perceived difference between the actions of God during that period of history as compared to what transpires in the New Testament. The God of the Old Testament is at times viewed as one of malicious rage...

God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith And Life

God’s Glory Alone: The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith And Life

To the Christian, seeking God’s glory is not optional but mandatory. Few groups of Christians articulated a vision of God’s glory alone better than the Reformers and following them the Puritans. Today we live in a world where people are seeking their own glory through...

Apologetics in the Home

Apologetics in the Home

Deut. 6:6-9, “And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. You shall bind...

A Review of “Gospel Conversations” by Robert Kellemen

A Review of “Gospel Conversations” by Robert Kellemen

I often tell my students that the best Biblical Counselors are those who have received good Biblical counseling. Dr. Robert Kellemen believes the same thing. “We learn to become competent biblical counselors by giving and receiving biblical counseling in the context...

Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacrementalism

Evangelicals Adrift: Supplanting Scripture with Sacrementalism

By definition, to be adrift means something or someone is without purpose or guidance or perhaps lost and confused. Often this term is used in reference to maritime issues for instance in the case of a boat that has come loose from its moorings on the pier. As...

The New Pastor’s Handbook (Jason Helopoulos)

The New Pastor’s Handbook (Jason Helopoulos)

Scanning over the endorsements of this book, the reader will find one recurring theme sung out by popular pastors and church leaders about this book, summed up well by Tim Challies: “Where was this book when I was first ordained?” A number of these pastors have called...

A Review of “The End of Our Exploring” by Matthew Lee Anderson

A Review of “The End of Our Exploring” by Matthew Lee Anderson

What does it meant to ask good questions? In part it means to listen for answers. It has become exceedingly popular in recent years to celebrate doubt. There is, of course, a place for doubt, and I have written on its place in the Christian life. Yet, doubt often...

Ministry In The New Marriage Culture Edited by Jeff Iorg (B&H)

Ministry In The New Marriage Culture Edited by Jeff Iorg (B&H)

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. This old adage rings true today. For many people, they want to go back to the “good old days” when people weren’t questioning traditional morality and values that Christians have for millennia held to. For some,...

Awe (Paul David Tripp)

Awe (Paul David Tripp)

What if we could nail down all of our struggles, all of our mishaps, all of our efforts to one small word? In his newest book, long-time pastor and counselor Paul Tripp has proposed that perhaps we can. At the root of every one of these issues can be traced back to...

The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)

The Imperfect Pastor (Zack Eswine)

The landscape of books on pastoral ministry is so broad that it’s tough to discern what you’re going to get when picking up another book on the subject. You can almost categorize most of these books into simple summary statements: “Care about your leadership more than...

The Dude’s Guide to Marriage (Darrin & Amie Patrick)

The Dude’s Guide to Marriage (Darrin & Amie Patrick)

Last year, St. Louis pastor and Vice President of Acts 29 Darrin Patrick wrote a book primarily for an audience of Christian men. In The Dude’s Guide to Manhood, Patrick aimed to walk men of all ages down a path of pursuing true, authentic, biblical manhood. The book...

Rediscovering Discipleship (Robby Gallaty)

Rediscovering Discipleship (Robby Gallaty)

If you look up the definition of “mixed bag” in the dictionary, it’s possible you may see a picture of a bag of books on discipleship. You truly never know what you’re going to get when you pick up a book on how to do effective discipleship. Some books are heavy on...

A Review of “Help My Unbelief” by Barnabas Piper

A Review of “Help My Unbelief” by Barnabas Piper

Doubt is a normal, if still troubling, part of the Christian life. I counsel people on a regular basis for whom doubt is a regular struggle, and it has been part of my own journey of faith too. Often our fear of doubt is that it either leads to abandonment of the...

Why Trust the Bible?

Why Trust the Bible?

Why should anyone place their full faith and trust in the Bible? After all, there are numerous other self-proclaimed spiritual works available that are viable options for connecting with God, right? How do we know that the Bible is correct and all other choices are...

We Cannot Be Silent (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.)

We Cannot Be Silent (R. Albert Mohler, Jr.)

How did we get here? This is the question that We Cannot Be Silent seeks to answer. In the wake of the massive tidal wave of recent events regarding redefinition of marriage, sex, and morality, this is a question many evangelicals don’t have an answer for. When the...

Gay…Such Were Some of Us

Gay…Such Were Some of Us

Our modern culture has granted a certain kind of power to personal biography. Whether we are reading about a child who “visited heaven,” or allowing a journalist to communicate their authentic self-identity, personal stories are regarded as sacred in our culture. It...

The Original Jesus by Dan Darling

The Original Jesus by Dan Darling

The temptation to conform Jesus to our own ideals is both real and subtle. It happens to all of us at various times and in various ways as we emphasize some truths to the exclusion of others, or as we impose expectations upon our Savior that are not biblical. Daniel...

The Jewish Study Bible (Second Edition)

The Jewish Study Bible (Second Edition)

I have several study Bibles at home. Each of these study Bibles seems to have its unique focus with some providing commentary and articles based on a specific theological perspective with others simply providing a plethora of background study material such as maps,...

God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative

God as Author: A Biblical Approach to Narrative

Hermeneutics is the science of interpreting the biblical text. Hermeneutics is the process of understanding literary texts, specifically in reference to applying the message and overall intent of the author. When it comes to Scripture, the process of proper...

A Christian’s Pocket Guide To Suffering by Dr. Brian Cosby

A Christian’s Pocket Guide To Suffering by Dr. Brian Cosby

Life seems to come at us a million miles an hour. From tragedy, the death of a child, hurricanes to school shootings—pain and suffering have a way of making us realize our humanity and thus our limitations to handle these situations. During these situations, we clamor...

Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible

Uncensored: Daring to Embrace the Entire Bible

I would submit most believers are familiar with 2 Timothy 3:16, a passage that declares all of Scripture is God-breathed and thus profitable in the life of the believer and for the proclamation of the gospel. Yet, we have to admit there are some parts of the Bible...

A Review of “Luther on the Christian Life” by Carl Trueman

A Review of “Luther on the Christian Life” by Carl Trueman

Martin Luther, the great German reformer, has become something of a caricature of modern Evangelical interests. What most of us know of Luther represents this idea more closely than it does the actual man of history. Carl Trueman knows this and aims to correct it in...

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

Over the years I have owned a number of devotional bibles. Some were focused on men’s issues, some on women’s issues, some on marriage, others were devoted to children, and still others addressed numerous matters of life and faith. The typical approach with a...

A Review of “1-3 John” by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

A Review of “1-3 John” by Douglas Sean O’Donnell

The best devotional literature combines solid exegesis of the text with insightful application. Both are necessary for a quality work; which explains why there is so little quality devotional literature. Perhaps that also explains why Douglas Sean O’Donnell has...

Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing

Waiting on God: What to Do When God Does Nothing

If you’ve ever had to wait on the Lord for a new position or in a difficult circumstance then you know that not only is it uncomfortable, it can be painfully hard. In my own life, I’ve had to wait on the Lord. For six and a half years my family didn’t know where my...

Urban Legends of the New Testament 40 Common Misconceptions

Urban Legends of the New Testament 40 Common Misconceptions

One of the greatest areas of opportunity for pastors and ministry leaders exists in the sphere of helping them to read the Bible rightly and well. The problem of biblical illiteracy is a real issue in our day but so also is the neglected topic (at a lay level) of...

Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn

Experiencing the Trinity by Joe Thorn

How should we struggle with our emotional sufferings? One particular way is to meditate on the character of the Triune God. That is what pastor Joe Thorn did when he went through a particularly "desperate" season of life. In Experiencing the Trinity, Thorn shares with...

A Review of “Out of the Blues” by Wayne Mack

A Review of “Out of the Blues” by Wayne Mack

Depression is a common and often debilitating problem for millions of people. How should we think about depression, its relationship to our faith, and seek to address it in healthy and biblically faithful ways in our local churches? These are the kinds of questions...

Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance

Return to Me: A Biblical Theology of Repentance

I am increasingly appreciating the theological discipline of biblical theology. The pursuit of following a principle, pattern, or term throughout Scripture, noting along the way the foundation of thought and the progression that takes place which is built on that...

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither?

The book of Genesis and specifically the exegesis and application of its first eleven chapters have resulted in a plethora of opinions among scholars and layman alike. Does the Genesis creation account reflect actual history or is it merely a symbolic representation...

Great Doctrines of the Bible

Great Doctrines of the Bible

There are certain theological topics that can be stated as being of foremost importance. Among those which should fall into that category are studies on the Godhead, the Church, and events that will precede and encompass the final days of humanity on earth as it...

The Original Jesus by Daniel Darling

The Original Jesus by Daniel Darling

In Mark 8:29, Jesus asks the apostles a simple question: "Who do you say that I am?" How we interpret this question is of critical importance. For many, "Who do you say that I am?" indicates that our epistemology (study of knowledge) should inform our theology. But...

The Songs of Jesus A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

The Songs of Jesus A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms

The Book of Psalms is known as the Bible’s songbook—Jesus knew all 150 Psalms intimately, and relied on them to face every situation, including His death. In his latest book, The Songs of Jesus A Year of Daily Devotions in the Psalms, Tim Keller writes a very helpful...

Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf

Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf

I am a big fan of books. The reading and learning process that transpires from pouring your time and energy into a quality text is what makes reading a fun adventure. Good books and authors make the process that much better, while of course books that fail to meet...

The Bible Doctrine of Man

The Bible Doctrine of Man

What is man? For that matter, what is man supposed to be as, defined in Scripture? Furthermore, how are we supposed to understand and apply the various terms used throughout God’s Word regarding man such as soul, spirit, heart, and body? Given the original languages...

Owen on the Christian Life Living For The Glory of God In Christ

Owen on the Christian Life Living For The Glory of God In Christ

John Owen is rightly considered the Prince of Theologians. His voluminous work is still read with great profit by many people today, myself included. He is regarded as one of the most influential English Puritans. As a pastor, he longed for the glory of Christ to take...

A Review of “Fool’s Talk” by Os Guinness

A Review of “Fool’s Talk” by Os Guinness

Os Guinness wants to take the task of apologetics back from the angry and the academic. For far too long the discipline has been associated solely with winning debates and internecine arguments about methodology. But “we are all apologists,” says Guinness. As such we...

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

NIV Zondervan Study Bible

There are study Bibles galore on the market today. Some merely contain the name of a popular author, theologian, or pastor, while others focus on specific elements of church history or theology. Adding to those various choices is the matter of translation with many...

A Review of “God Made All Of Me” by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

A Review of “God Made All Of Me” by Justin and Lindsey Holcomb

How do you help your kids navigate sexuality, protect their bodies, and be aware of sexual predators without terrifying them? It’s no small question and yet it’s one that every parent in the modern age needs to consider. Thankfully Justin and Lindsey Holcomb have...

Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan

Awakening the Evangelical Mind by Owen Strachan

Today in the beginnings of the twenty-first century, there is a deep need for intellectual Christian thinkers. As the gospel message increasingly becomes accused of being hostile and insufficient, the value of Christian beliefs not only as private devotion, but as...

True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

True Worshipers: Seeking What Matters to God

It’s been said that worship is not something you do; it’s something you are. Worship is more than just something we do on Sunday. Worship is an every moment of everyday activity. We are always worshipping something whether that is ourselves, our opinions, lifting up...

God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

God’s Unfaithful Wife: A Biblical Theology of Spiritual Adultery

An important element of sound Bible study is recognizing the patterns and principles and flow from Genesis to Revelation as consistent messages to the reader. One such pattern is that of God’s relationship with His people, namely what is described as a marriage...

Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray

Christians Get Depressed Too by David Murray

The world is broken, and even Christians experience that brokenness. David Murray is convinced that this needs repeating, especially as it relates the realities and sorrows of depression. That is, in part, why he wrote Christians Get Depressed Too. Despite having an...

We Cannot Be Silent by Albert Mohler

We Cannot Be Silent by Albert Mohler

Few issues today are as volatile as homosexuality and same-sex marriage. In my experience, writing on the issue of same-sex marriage, I’ve found that that people are very interested in what the Bible teaches on this subject. Now that we’ve seen a radical redefinition...

Ministry in the New Marriage Culture Edited by Jeff Iorg

Ministry in the New Marriage Culture Edited by Jeff Iorg

Since the Supreme Court's decision to affirm homosexual relationships as sufficient for marriage, the Church as a whole has spent a few months trying to determine next steps in how we should be responding, how to approach the issue in our own congregations, and how to...

Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End

Telling God’s Story: The Biblical Narrative from Beginning to End

Few would deny that the Bible is a book. After all it contains a collection of individual books combined into one larger document. With that said, there is the temptation to view each of these individual contributions as isolated from the rest of the larger book. When...

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

40 Questions About Baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Most who profess the name of Christ, whether they be Catholic, Protestant, and all the variations that exist under both umbrellas, participate and practice at least some version of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper. With that said, there are a variety of competing beliefs...

Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith

Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith

Aimee Byrd, Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2015). 188pgs., ppb. Co-host of the popular Mortification of Spin podcast (with Carl Trueman and Todd Pruitt) and author of Housewife Theologian (P&R, 2013), Aimee...

Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service

Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service

Herman Bavinck looms large as one of the 19th century’s greatest  Reformed theologians. Despite his theological prowess, Bavinck was first and foremost concerned with being a follower of Jesus Christ. In this book, Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus In...

Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Understanding Gender Dysphoria

Gender dysphoria is unstable and unfamiliar ground for the church. As more and more people navigate their way through feelings of gender incongruence the Church must seek to understand it and navigate it with them. We must do so from within a Biblical framework and...

Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3

Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3

What does it mean to be born again? Most believers understand the term at least minimally as being that moment when you became a child of God. When Nicodemus was told by Jesus that he could not see the kingdom of God unless he was born again, that statement took...

The Pastor As Public Theologian Reclaiming a Lost Vision

The Pastor As Public Theologian Reclaiming a Lost Vision

Few issues today are as important as understanding what theology is and it’s importance to the local church. This is why I’m excited to see a resurgence in conversation about what pastoral ministry is. Many pastors today see themselves primarily as counselors,...

Discipleship

Discipleship

The theme of easy grace at times seems to permeate the pulpit and Christian books in recent memory with calls for a life of ease residing at the fingertips of those who can garner enough gumption and belief to obtain it. But is this approach of a life of ease with no...

The Son of God and the New Creation

The Son of God and the New Creation

There are a number of titles applied to Jesus throughout Scripture with all of them bringing to light an important aspect of our Savior. Exploring the underlying meaning of those titles and the context in which they are used is an important element of sound Bible...

Give Them Truth: Teaching Eternal Truths to Young Minds

Give Them Truth: Teaching Eternal Truths to Young Minds

In my humble opinion, there has long been a dearth of quality books, if any at all, aimed at the youth of the church as well as their parents, in particular efforts that assist both in obtaining and providing respectively a firm foundation in Scripture. Given the...

The Flow Of The Psalms: Discovering Their Structure And Theology

The Flow Of The Psalms: Discovering Their Structure And Theology

Every year I make it a habit to read several times through the book of Psalms. I also read through select chapters of Psalms when I’m depressed or discouraged. Reading the Psalms regularly has been a practice of mine for some time. In seminary, I took a nine-week...

Gaining by Losing Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send

Gaining by Losing Why The Future Belongs To Churches That Send

Five times in the New Testament writers command Christians to go and make disciples. Over the past decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in writing, and speaking around topics pertaining to discipleship, evangelism, missions, and apologetics. The local church is the hope...

Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul

Defending Substitution: An Essay on Atonement in Paul

As Christians, we believe that the death of Jesus on the cross accomplished something, namely dealing with the sin and death problem that has faced all of humanity since Adam’s fall in the Garden. With that said, what exactly was accomplished, for whom, when, and how...

Recapturing The Voice of God Shaping Sermons Like Scripture

Recapturing The Voice of God Shaping Sermons Like Scripture

One of my favorite genres to read within pastoral theology is books on preaching. This should come as no surprise to my readers because I love to preach and teach the Word of God. When I saw a new book Recapturing The Voice of God: Shaping Sermons Like Scripture by...

Schaeffer on the Christian Life

Schaeffer on the Christian Life

I have long had a dream of visiting L’Abri, the mission project of Francis and Edith Schaeffer in the Swiss Alps. It was a work, driven both by an earnest pursuit of community and spiritual education, that formed a whole generation of theologians, apologists, and...

God, Adam, and You Biblical Creation Defended and Applied

God, Adam, and You Biblical Creation Defended and Applied

In recent days, many people have questioned whether Adam and Eve are really persons or not. Typically the people who question Adam and Eve also question whether the Bible is authoritative, inerrant and sufficient. Most of these people are scientists with no Bible or...

The Good Shepherd

The Good Shepherd

The motif of God as our shepherd is perhaps one of the most familiar and beloved pictures of His interaction with His people that can be found in all of Scripture. Psalm 23, an equally beloved and familiar portion of Scripture, outlines God as our shepherd, guiding...

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary

The book of Revelation is admittedly a complicated book full of strange imagery and a seemingly complicated prediction of future events that has theologians and laymen arguing endlessly about how best to approach, interpret, and apply its message, themes, and...

A Review of “God Dwells Among Us” by G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim

A Review of “God Dwells Among Us” by G.K. Beale and Mitchell Kim

The temple is undervalued by modern Protestants. We tend to look at it as the arcane location of ancient Israelite worship. In their short Biblical theological work, however, Beale and Kim give us a full picture of its value and indeed enduring presence. If that’s not...

Developing A Biblical Worldview Seeing Things God’s Way

Developing A Biblical Worldview Seeing Things God’s Way

One of the greatest needs in the Christian Church today is helping Christians understand what a biblical worldview and why it matters in their everyday interactions with people. For example, understanding what a biblical worldview is will help you to be able to give...

The Pastor’s Ministry Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds

The Pastor’s Ministry Biblical Priorities For Faithful Shepherds

Pastoral ministry I’m learning is difficult, painful, and blessed work. If that sounds contradictory it’s on purpose. While I’m not a pastor yet I am a pastor in training and am actively involved in serving in a wide variety of ministries at my local church. I’m also...

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul

Hebrews: An Anchor for the Soul

There are just some commentary series I have grown to greatly appreciate. Such series earn my respect not necessarily for diving into every nuance of Hebrew and Greek or analyzing all of the various historical issues of a particular text or for their scholarly...