Christian Living

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...

Embodied: Living as Whole People in a Fractured World by Gregg R. Allison

Embodied: Living as Whole People in a Fractured World by Gregg R. Allison addresses a crucial matter that impacts everyone. While every systematic theology addresses the issue of embodiment, few tackle this subject with the skill and precision that Dr. Allison does...

The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture – Frank Thielman (2021)

The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture by Frank Thielman is the most recent installment in Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology. The goal of this series, according to the editors, is “to magnify the Savior and build up his church – magnifying 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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

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...

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 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 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...

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)....

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...

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 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...

“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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

Sinclair Ferguson – Satisfaction and Contentment

Sinclair Ferguson – Satisfaction and Contentment

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine listed “The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.” At the top was Bob Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.” Second on the list (presuming no bias in the choices made by the magazine) came the Rolling Stones’ “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” This...

Book Review Unashamed by Lecrae

Book Review Unashamed by Lecrae

Over the past couple of years, I have become a huge fan of Lecrae’s music. So much so, that we have acquired his entire catalog of music. As one who appreciates Lecrae the artist, I was excited to read his autobiography to learn more about Lecrae the man. Let’s just...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Living in the Light: Money, Sex & Power

Living in the Light: Money, Sex & Power

Money, sex & power. These three terms more often than not conjure up images of power-hungry mafia men or celebrities gone wild. But are money, sex, and power always things and actions that should be viewed as entirely carnal? Perhaps it is our approach to these...

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...

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...

Pitchin’ a Fit

Pitchin’ a Fit

Parenting is not easy. I have lost count of how many days just in the past few weeks that have been jammed packed full of hectic activities along with the accompanying stress that on most occasions lead to angry parenting. As parents, we have the best of intentions –...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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 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,...

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...

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...

John Piper – Who Is There to Harm You?

John Piper – Who Is There to Harm You?

It is astonishing to hear Peter say, “Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good?” (1 Peter 3:13). What could he possibly mean? No other book in the Bible addresses the issue of Christian, non-retaliating, unjust suffering more than 1 Peter. For...

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,...

The Story of Everything

The Story of Everything

The story of everything. That is a rather all-encompassing statement to make is it not? But when it comes to assessing the God of the universe, at least according to what Scripture says about Him, one has to submit to the reality that all things fit within God’s...

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 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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down

Ordinary: How to Turn the World Upside Down

There have been a number of books written lately about the ordinary Christian life. Far too many have been pursuing what they perceive to be extraordinary when in actuality, God has been and is calling His people to something that on the surface may seem ordinary, but...

Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat

Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat

Spiritual warfare is a topic that many Christians struggle to understand. It’s no surprise that this particular issue is so misunderstood in the Church today, since we live in a culture that promotes new age, occultism, and more. In certain quarters of the Church, a...

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

How to Enjoy Reading Your Bible

Who has ever become bored at some point with reading the Bible? I would venture to say everyone should have raised their hands because at some point in our life or perhaps at some juncture of our yearly Bible reading schedule, the desire to dive into Scripture faded...

Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life

Bonhoeffer on the Christian Life

Theologians of the past have much to teach us. Many of the contemporary theological and practical questions that Christians wrestle with are not new. Crossway’s Theologians of the Christian Life series opens up to readers today the insights of the past. As part of...

Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith

Real Christian: Bearing the Marks of Authentic Faith

What does it really mean to be a true Christian? Are there observable traits that identify the real Christian from the fake, marks that clearly demonstrate one is really a follower of Jesus vice one who merely pays lip service? The answer to those questions is a...

Praying The Bible

Praying The Bible

I have to admit when I first heard the title of Dr. Whitney’s new book “Praying the Bible” my very first thought was that it was all about preaching the gospel to myself. Praying the Bible is a lot like preaching the gospel but it’s also totally different. In...

Side By Side

Side By Side

I love the way that Bob Kelleman has distinguished between two types of counselors in the church. One group is the advanced student with specialized training in crisis counseling situations. The other group is what he terms “spiritual friends.” In Side By Side Ed...

For the Love of God’s Word

For the Love of God’s Word

There is a definite issue afoot when it comes to sound biblical interpretation and for that matter, biblical literacy. Many sermons are certainly preached in churches across the world and many are being trained in Bible colleges and seminaries. With that said, do the...

Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More

Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More

Is there anything sinful about desiring significance in life, to be noticed, to rise to a level of accomplishment, or to seek a sense of meaning? Or are we to live a more monastic lifestyle in the shadows far from the spotlight? Furthermore, is there a godly balance...

Why We Pray

Why We Pray

I humbly admit that praying is one of the weaker parts of my personal walk with God. It is not because I am unaware of the need or importance or prayer. Nor is it because I don’t understand how to pray. So with that reality in mind, I was excited to read William...

The New Man Becoming A Man After God’s Heart

The New Man Becoming A Man After God’s Heart

Biblical manhood in our culture is under assault today on a variety of fronts. On one hand, men today are taught to have strong sculpted bodies so that women can drool over them. Movies portray men of strength as those who will get the girl of their dreams and...

Counter Culture

Counter Culture

Gay marriage. Poverty. Pornography. Abortion. Racism. Turn on the news and you will be bombarded with these and many other issues. As believers, how are we to respond as salt and light within a culture that seems to embrace literally everything God desires for...

The Shepherd Leader at Home

The Shepherd Leader at Home

Apparently there is something amiss today when it comes to marriages, the rearing of children, and family life in general. Divorce rates continue to be out of control, the youth seem to have gone wild, and families spend more time glued to their smartphone, laptop, or...

What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage

Marriage is one of the most beautiful and at the same time one of the most challenging things you can ever be involved in throughout life. Often the man and the woman come into the covenant of marriage under the impression that everything will be chocolate and roses...

Slaying the Debt Dragon

Slaying the Debt Dragon

Bills, Bills, Bills. I am not referring to a room full of men named William, but rather to the mountains of debt most Americans find themselves drowning under these days. The statistics are staggering as to how much the weight of debt rests on the shoulders of the...

Counter Culture

Counter Culture

If you haven’t noticed, we live in a culture that is deeply divided over major issues such as race, sexuality, immigration, religious liberty, abortion, and poverty just to name a few. Even the two major political parties draw battle lines based on how they view each...

Living Without Worry How to replace Anxiety with Peace

Living Without Worry How to replace Anxiety with Peace

Many, many Christians struggle with anxiety and worry. Such struggles are not theoretical, they are very real. Worry and anxiety are struggles I know personally. Often times they can come on at the most inopportune time. Other times there are seasons where worry,...

Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law

Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law

The word law as it relates to Scripture often gets a bad rap. Grace often seems to be the most popular term of focus. The law is often viewed as something of an Old Testament or old covenant term that while important, is perhaps something we have found a bit of...

Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare

Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare

Life is a battlefield. It seems if it is not one thing it is another in our daily lives from dealing with issues at work, home, mounting bills, problems around the world, a screaming kid, or you name it. Also amongst the battles we face are those of fighting the urge...

Side By Side Walking With Others In Wisdom And Love

Side By Side Walking With Others In Wisdom And Love

Over fifty times in the New Testament, Christians are taught that they must one another each other. Examples of this include, bearing each others burdens and thus fulfilling the law of Christ (Galatians 6:1) and loving one another (John 13:35). When God commands His...

The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney

The Things of Earth by Joe Rigney

Joe Rigney is definitely a disciple of John Piper. The renown pastor’s influence oozes forth from the pages of Rigney’s latest book The Things of Earth. Yet, The Things of Earth is not simply Desiring God 2.0. Within its pages, Rigney applies Piper’s Christian...

Teaching True Love to a Sex at 13 Generation

Teaching True Love to a Sex at 13 Generation

Houston, we have a problem. Ours is a world consumed with sex, in particular, matters of sexuality far from the manner in which God desires for such things to take place. This all consuming passion is not just taking place in secular society. Whether parents realize...

Honest Evangelism: How to talk about Jesus even when it’s tough

Honest Evangelism: How to talk about Jesus even when it’s tough

Over the years, I’ve read a lot on the topic of evangelism. When you read a lot of books on one topic over the course of a long period of time it’s often the case that authors repeat each other. There’s nothing wrong with this as long as the repeating is biblically...

Yawning At Tigers You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying

Yawning At Tigers You Can’t Tame God, So Stop Trying

Arguably one of the most neglected doctrines in the Christian theology today is the doctrine of God. The Bible, unlike many Christian books, is not silent on the topic of God. Instead, the Bible opens with God speaking the world into existence in order for man and...

Real Christian: Bearing The Marks Of Authentic Faith

Real Christian: Bearing The Marks Of Authentic Faith

The past year or two has seen an increase in books written to address Christians and how they are to display the Christian life before a watching world. The Bible has much to say about this topic so it’s encouraging for me to see Christian writers, and authors pick up...

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David W. Saxton

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind by David W. Saxton

God-honoring biblical meditation is on a downward trajectory as far as much of Western Christianity is concerned. The sad reality is that most born-again believers are satisfied with doing only their daily devotional, saying at least a five minute prayer (because...

Hide or Seek: When Men Get Real with God about Sex

Hide or Seek: When Men Get Real with God about Sex

We live in a day and age where the allure of sex is literally at our very fingertips. Smart phones allow men to access a vast array of pornographic material often free of charge that wire and work their way into the mind and behavioral patterns of far too many. God...

Why We Pray by William Phillip

Why We Pray by William Phillip

In January here at Servants of Grace, we considered the topic of prayer. I’m convinced that many Christians struggle with prayer because they struggle with guilt and shame. Prayer is essential to the Christian life. Jesus bled, died, rose, and now serves as High...

Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids

Show Them Jesus: Teaching the Gospel to Kids

On occasion, I have tried my hand at leading or helping in the Children’s Church and Middle School youth programs at church. I cannot always say those efforts have turned out like I envisioned while at other times it seems as if at least something got across to my...

Worldly Saints by Michael Wittmer

Worldly Saints by Michael Wittmer

I am a man of many loves. I love movies and music, food and fashion. And Jesus. The last of these must necessarily hold priority of affection in my heart, but often the other interests take up most of my time. This imbalance has often weighed on me and caused no small...

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind

Transformation comes through the “renewal of the mind,” or at least that’s what the Apostle Paul believed. He teaches as much to the Romans. Our thinking habits have massive implications for our lives. Like the Apostle the Puritans saw the relationship of our thought...

The Things of Earth Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts

The Things of Earth Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts

Many Christians today struggle to enjoy life. They are taught a version of Christianity whereby they are to be so heavenly minded that they are of no earthly good. This of course isn’t the vision of the Christian life that the Bible teaches. ­­­The Bible presents the...

What He Must Be…If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

What He Must Be…If He Wants to Marry My Daughter

Let’s be honest. The modern model of relationships is broken. Divorce is rampant, so-called couples live together and have children outside of wedlock, and our youth run from one relationship to another leaving a trail of broken hearts. Is this God’s design for...

Experiencing The Trinity: The Grace of God For the People of God

Experiencing The Trinity: The Grace of God For the People of God

When it comes to preaching the gospel to oneself we need more not less help. To preach the gospel to ourselves is to apply the truth of the Bible to ourselves by the grace of God. This is an important discipline, one that I’ve found to be vital to my own Christian...

Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation

Praying with Paul: A Call to Spiritual Reformation

Prayer is a vital practice in the life of Christian. So important in fact that the disciples asked Jesus directly to teach them how to pray (Luke 11:1). Scripture teaches that spiritual growth is cultivated as one grows in their prayer life. It is with this...

JC Ryle’s Holiness–A Review

JC Ryle’s Holiness–A Review

Editors note: The purpose of this series is to help our readers think through what holiness is, and how to reflect the holiness of God through Christ in a sinful world. Chris Poblete shares David Brainerd's thoughts on longing for holiness. C. Walter wrote on the...

Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God

Experiencing the Trinity: The Grace of God for the People of God

Volumes have been written in an attempt to engage and explain God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit. Learned theologians throughout the centuries have labored to write on this subject and untold number of sermons have been declared to parishioners and...

Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look At Spiritual Warfare

Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look At Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare is one of the most misunderstood aspects of Christian living today. The reasons for this area many. You and I live in a culture that emphasizes spirituality from a secular worldview. In this culture truth is often relegated to how we feel. Thus...

Ordinary by Tony Merida

Ordinary by Tony Merida

Tony Merida has written a short and accessible work on the practical "ordinary" ways for Christians to begin addressing social concerns in our fallen world. Since the rise of the "social gospel" in the early 20th century, social justice concerns have been a hot topic...

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World

A “significant” move of the Spirit. The “Next Big Thing”. Programs. Young, Reformed, and Restless. These concepts, approaches, and perceptions are a few of the items that seem to consume believers these days. Words such as ordinary, sustainability, and steadfastness...

Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More

Glory Hunger: God, the Gospel, and Our Quest for Something More

We’re living in a culture that moves at a rapid pace. In this culture, we can communicate our thoughts faster than ever through Facebook, Twitter, and Google Plus. We can also share our thoughts on a vast array of topics on blogs, podcasts, and other forms of new...

Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying

Mindscape: What to Think About Instead of Worrying

Many Christians struggle with feelings of anxiety and worry. This is a struggle I know well. Feelings of failure, shame, and regret rob our joy in the Lord and cause God's people to lift our eyes not to Christ, but to ourselves. How are we do to deal with these issues...

Hide Or Seek: When Men Get Real with God About Sex

Hide Or Seek: When Men Get Real with God About Sex

When it comes to the topic of pornography and/or sexual sin, there are a growing number of helpful resources that address the issue from a variety of angles. What is needed, however, are more books—not less—that address this topic, for the simple fact that this is one...

I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That

I Wish Jesus Hadn’t Said That

There are likely many commands we read throughout the Scriptures that we tend to try and avoid. Not purposely perhaps, but our avoidance seems to fall under the overall category of “Do I really have to obey that one Lord?” The other issue we have with certain...

Ordinary, How to Turn the World Upside Down

Ordinary, How to Turn the World Upside Down

We live in a culture that is addicted to success. In the era of reality TV and American Idol, everyone is looking for their five minutes of fame. Most people have the desire for other people to know their name. Being honest, the same is true for many Christians as...

After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption

After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption

The subject of adoption is one that is very near and dear to my own heart. Two years ago, my wife and I adopted a girl from North Carolina and as a result of that adoption, our lives changed significantly. Many things we thought we were prepared for in reality we...

And So To Bed… A Biblical View of Sleep

And So To Bed… A Biblical View of Sleep

Insomnia, sleep apnea and other sleep related issues are real problems that many people face. People who have sleep issues can also have a variety of health issues. Sleep we know is a gift from the Lord, a good gift to be treasured and enjoyed. In his new book And So...

Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation

Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation

All believers are familiar with the fact that Jesus was born of a virgin and came into this earth as a baby boy, lived a sinless life, died for our sins on the cross, and then rose from the grave to conquer death and the grave. With that said, the purpose and...

Loving Jesus More

Loving Jesus More

We sing songs about loving Jesus. We claim to be in relationship with our Savior. Despite voices lifted up and statements being made regarding our love for Jesus, do we really love Him as Scripture defines that love? Do we have a passionate desire to grow in intimacy...

The Stories We Tell: How TV And Movies Long For And Echo The Truth

The Stories We Tell: How TV And Movies Long For And Echo The Truth

Movies, television shows, and music are available at a click of a remote or even now streaming from your computer. Many people click on the TV and watch whatever show or movie meets their fancy. There is even a term for this “channel surfing”. Millions and millions of...

Saving Grace Devotional

Saving Grace Devotional

Grace is a reality that followers of Christ live in every moment. Yet, grace is also reality that many Christians struggle to comprehend fully. Grace does not merely save us from hell, grace is what gives us a new identity in Christ as adopted sons and daughters of...

Hit List

Hit List

When it comes to sin we are all guilty. Furthermore, we know we are not supposed to sin but yet we so often fall prey to falling short of God’s expectations for us. Our daily list of sins is likely rather lengthy. The question is do we understand the how and why of...

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus

Prepare Him Room: Celebrating the Birth of Jesus

The Christmas season is a wonderful time of family traditions to include putting up decorations, gathering together for a sumptuous meal, and unwrapping presents early on Christmas morning. Much has been said about the commercialization of Christmas and the tendency...

10 Things for Teen Girls

10 Things for Teen Girls

As the father of a teenage daughter, I am increasingly keenly aware of the massive influence her peers and society at large has on her thoughts and actions. From One Direction to the latest clothing fad to the most recent manner by which to twist a positive word into...

Parenting Against the Tide: A Handbook for 21st Century Parenting

Parenting Against the Tide: A Handbook for 21st Century Parenting

As a relatively new parent of an adopted 13 year old, I definitely will raise both hands if asked whether parenting is a rough and tumble task. The responsibility of raising a child in the fear and admonition of the Lord in a society that at every turn seeks to...

Getting into God: Practical Guidelines for the Christian Life

Getting into God: Practical Guidelines for the Christian Life

There are certain activities that are foundational for a healthy Christian walk. These include consistent Bible study, prayer, and sharing the message of the gospel with a lost and hurting world. Even the most seasoned believer and the most astute theologians need a...

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics

An Introduction to Biblical Ethics

We all make ethical decisions all throughout the day. If I leave work early surely the boss won’t mind if I don’t note that early departure as vacation time. After all, I work hard for the company and they owe me. Only 45 mph in a construction zone? There is nobody...

Prayer Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

Prayer Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God

If you talk much about prayer chances are some people will feel guilty. At least this is my experience. Regular prayer is part and parcel of what a healthy Christian is. Churches that equip people to pray well are one’s that are growing. Charles Spurgeon once took...

The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

The Storytelling God: Seeing the Glory of Jesus in His Parables

The parables of Jesus have long been beloved portions of Scripture. From the Parable of the Good Samaritan to the Parable of the Prodigal Son, these stories have provided believers with object lessons on the Kingdom of God and the Christian life. Unfortunately, many...

Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John

Life in Christ: Studies in 1 John

The overarching theme of 1 John is that of how the believer relates to the world in light of being a child of God. It is an epistle replete with calls to stand firm on the fundamentals of the faith in a world that increasingly rejects that message and in response to...

Hidden in the Gospel: Truths You Forget to Tell Yourself Every Day

Hidden in the Gospel: Truths You Forget to Tell Yourself Every Day

Preaching the gospel took on a whole new significance for me several years ago. I was going through a period where I was battling anxiety and fighting what to me seemed a losing battle. During this time preaching the gospel became one way I was able to face my battle...

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

Burning Hearts: Preaching to the Affections

In Matthew 15:11 Jesus stated, “What goes into someone's mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them." Thus, issues of the heart, also termed out affections, are a true gauge of spiritual maturity. Dealing with the often...

Date Your Wife

Date Your Wife

Date my wife? Why should I, as a married man, date my wife? After all, I thought dating was something you do before marriage Those are questions, that if they were honest with themselves, many married men would likely ask. Once the wedding vows have been said and the...

Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

Praying: Finding Our Way Through Duty to Delight

Many Christians struggle with prayer. They tremble as if the light from God’s throne exposed them in a naked shame, when in fact it reveals the radiant robes that have been draped around them, the righteousness of Christ given to all who trust in Him. The key to...

Review of The Home Team by Clint Archer

Review of The Home Team by Clint Archer

Clint Archer, The Home Team: God’s Game Plan for the Family. Wapwallopen, PA: Shepherd Press, 2014. 152 pgs., ppb. Using a myriad of sports-related analogies, Clint Archer guides Christians to faithfully work out their callings as husbands, wives, fathers, mothers,...

The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship

The Company We Keep: In Search of Biblical Friendship

Real friends are hard to come by. By that I mean friends who will hold you accountable, tell you the truth about yourself and speak the truth in love to you. These are the types of friendships that take a long time to develop but are a great blessing. The longest...

Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life

Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life

Very few authors have had such a powerful influence on my thinking about a topic as Dr. Donald Whitney’s Spiritual Disciplines For The Christian Life. Few topics are as full of challenges on every side. We can often overemphasize grace to the neglect that we die to...

Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t)

Grace Works! (And Ways We Think It Doesn’t)

In recent years, few issues have caused as much ink to be spilled as the conversation on the gospel. Whether it has occurred in books, blogs or at conferences, much of the conversation has tended to lean towards only answering the question, “What is the gospel?”...

Book Review– On The Brink Grace For The Burned-Out Pastors

Ministry burnout is rising to epidemic levels in the Church today. The Schaeffer Institute’s [http://www.intothyword.org/apps/articles/default.asp?articleid=36562] research paints a disturbing picture: 50 percent of the ministers starting out will not last 5 years....

Book Review – Taking God Seriously: Vital Things We Need to Know

We live in a day and age where doctrine is often replaced with how people feel instead of what the Bible teaches. The result of this is a type of “Christianity” that emphasizes sharing what we feel above knowing what we believe to be true from the Word of God, and...

Book Review – The Evangelistic Zeal of George Whitefield

George Whitefield has had and continues to have an indelible influence as one of the premier evangelists in all of church history. His influence during his lifetime was felt on both sides of the Atlantic and God used him powerfully as a catalyst for revival. In his...

Book Review – Know The Heretics

One of the most misunderstood topics in the Church today has to be what heresy is. Whenever someone is accused of false teaching they are quickly labeled a heretic. Often times though people are talking about secondary issues and having a discussion about them isn’t...

Product Review – Bronze Reformed Package from Logos

Introduction In my early teens I got serious about reading and studying Scripture. During that time, I would go to my local church’s library and check out a backpack full of books. While this was many years ago, I’ve never lost the desire to read quality godly...

Book Review – Gospel Assurance & Warnings

One of the quintessential issues in the Church today is the issue of sanctification, specifically assurance. Many Christians struggle their entire Christian lives with knowing whether they are saved and continually feel the need to “accept” Jesus into their hearts....

Book Review – The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment

Many people view discernment in the wrong way. Some Christians think discernment is just the pastor’s job as he watches the flock. This is partially correct as most of the calls for discernment in the New Testament are issued to church leaders (1 Tim 4:6-7, 13, 16;...

Book Review – The Most Encouraging Book on Hell EVER

In what manner would you like to die?  Would you prefer a slow, and possibly agonizing death, or would you rather experience a quick and hasty death that you have no time to prepare for?  My default answer to this question, and the answer that most westerners would...

Book Review – Respectable Sins: Confronting the Sins We Tolerate

Sin, although an essential component of the gospel, nevertheless, is a topic many in our culture would rather do away with. Jesus’ death and resurrection provides the foundation for why Christians can and must put sin to death. Therefore, understanding sin is...

Book Review – Magnificent Obsession: Why Jesus Is Great

Books dealing with Apologetics are seemingly in high demand these days. Chances are if you’ve been reading Christian books for any length of time you’ve read one if not more books on this subject. Even though there a lot of great books on Apologetics; most are highly...

Book Review – Prophet on the Run

The story of Jonah is one of the most well-known Bible stories in the world.  Just mentioning the name “Jonah” usually results in the image of a massive whale (something the size of Moby Dick in most people’s mind) swallowing a man whole and then spitting him back out...

Book Review – Romans 1-7 For You

The Book of Romans has a long and storied tradition in the history of the Church. Augustine read Romans and was pierced to the heart and sounded saved. Luther, Calvin and many others have read Romans with great profit to their lives in Christ and ministries for...

Book Review – Stepping Out in Faith by Mark Gilbert

Personal redemption stories are so unique and beautiful in their own distinct way.  The various emotions that I feel stirring up inside of me when I get the chance to hear or read about someone describe how God radically redeemed them from the slave block of sin is...

Book Review – The Master Plan of Evangelism: Discipleship

The Master Plan of Evangelism by Robert E. Coleman, 2nd edition. Grand Rapids: Revell Publishing, 1993. 121 pages. Reviewed by C. Walter Overman. Summary In surveying the landscape of the modern church, Coleman realized that the amount of time, resources, and busyness...

Book Review – Christian Worldview: A Student’s Guide

The truth is that we all have a worldview. Each of us possesses a fundamental, well-reasoned belief system which not only guides our daily walk, but is also the reason why we react/respond the way we do to the various circumstances we are facing. As Philip Graham...

Book Review – The New Calvinism Considered

I am a Calvinist, and have been for the greater part of my Christian life. In all honestly, I feel like I am a somewhat unique breed of a Calvinist (at least in the Southeastern United States) since I don't mind being labeled as one even though I don't agree with John...

Book Review – Walking with God through Pain and Suffering

Mention the word suffering, evil or any other words and you are likely to get some very interesting and contradictory statements. The Christian has a suffering Lord who lived and breathed from birth till his early 30’s but never sinned, died a bloody death, rose from...

Book Review – God’s Great Plan

Let's be honest, there is no lack for Christian children's books in the marketplace. However, finding ones that are both engaging, and theologically sound, is a totally different matter altogether. Even though my son is fairly young, we have read plenty of Christian...

Book Review – What Is the Meaning of Sex?

If one were to pick a topic to write a book on inside and outside the Church and write on it, what topic do you think would be the most controversial? Surely on that list would include issues like truth, the exclusivity of Jesus, the reliability of the Bible, among...

Book Review – Ordering Your Private World

After years of neglect, MacDonald realized he could no longer live without organizing his inner world. At the age of 30, and after “hitting the wall,” MacDonald resolved to put his inner world in order. Ordering Your Private World represents years of personal insights...

Book Review – Humility: True Greatness

Mahaney argues that humility attracts God’s attention (Isaiah 66:2), resulting in divine blessings. The book’s purpose, then, is to help the reader cultivate a life of humility that results in receiving God’s “exquisite pleasures” (p.21). This quest begins by...

Book Review – Why Christ Came: 31 Meditations on the Incarnation

Mention the word Christmas to most of your friends, family, co-workers, or even complete strangers, and thoughts of a little baby born in a manger and surrounded by Joseph, Mary, shepherds, and three wise man almost immediately come to mind. The manger scene is mostly...

Book Review – The Golden Years: Healthy Aging and The Older Adult

There is a sobering reality of one's mortality that kicks in when you read a book on healthcare, and especially when said book is focused on healthcare for people who are age 65 and up. The truth is that I am already in my 30's, so 65 no longer appears very old to me....

Book Review – The Big Story: How the Bible Makes Sense out of Life

Stories are powerful and life-transforming. In 2012, Americans spent a little over $10 billion year at the movie theater. Being a movie lover, this statistic didn’t surprise me one bit. People are enthralled with stories that transport them outside of their lives for...

Book Review – Sex and Money

Sex and money are two of the biggest issues facing society and the Church today. Where our money goes it’s been said demonstrates where our heart is. How and with whom we engage in sex demonstrate what we value because sex was designed for intimacy between one man and...

Book Review – Schaeffer on the Christian Life

Francis Schaeffer - the mere mention of his name makes some people upset while others pause to remember his life and legacy. While I am only very recently becoming acquainted with Schaeffer’s life and thought, I often find myself as I read his works thanking God for...

Book Review – Torn to Heal: God’s Good Purpose in Suffering

Mention the word “suffering” and people are likely to think of a thousand things.  When I think of suffering I think of my recent experience with losing three family members and my father being diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia. Suffering I’ve come to realize...

Book Review – Modest Men and Women: Clothed in the Gospel

Popular magazines, fashion and television glorify the “modern” woman as dressing in tight or form fitting clothing. The modern “woman” our culture teaches is be dressed in clothes that show off her body, and men are to do the same. In our culture there is a lot of...