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Voddie Baucham– Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe
Voddie Baucham– Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe

Voddie Baucham– Fault Lines: The Social Justice Movement and Evangelicalism’s Looming Catastrophe

Trouble has been brewing for some while now. Social justice warriors have taken to the streets, courtroom, and universities. Most recently, social justice has penetrated the church walls. While many applaud the social justice movement, including well-known...

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The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team by Dave Harvey
The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team by Dave Harvey

The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team by Dave Harvey

“The quality of your elder plurality determines the health of your church.” This is the premise that undergirds Dave Harvey’s new offering, The Plurality Principle. The subtitle, How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team, nicely summarizes this...

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Review of Truth with Love: The Apologetics of Francis Schaeffer
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...

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

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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. 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...

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

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Paul David Tripp– Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church
Paul David Tripp– Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

Paul David Tripp– Lead: 12 Gospel Principles for Leadership in the Church

The church has a leadership crisis. Paul Tripp argues that this crisis is one reason many pastors fail, experience burnout, and leave pastoral ministry altogether. He proposes that the solution to this problem is a leadership model based on the gospel, “The model...

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Why is my Teenager Feeling Like This? and Why am I Feeling Like This? by David Murray
Why is my Teenager Feeling Like This? and Why am I Feeling Like This? by David Murray

Why is my Teenager Feeling Like This? and Why am I Feeling Like This? by David Murray

Many parents feel at a loss about how their teenagers are feeling and what they can do about it. Studies show that more teenagers are battling anxiety, and many of those same teenager's battle depression also. David Murray has written two books to help Christian...

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

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Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund
Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Dr. Dane Ortlund has gained a reputation for writing Christian books that are solid, edifying, and gospel-centered. His newest work, Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Suffers, is no exception. Ortlund uses Matthew 11:29 as the basis for his...

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

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Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund
Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Gently and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The most important thing about us is what we think about God. What do you think of when you think about the Son of God? Some might first think about His miracles, the work of atonement, or His teaching. Others may think about His person. Christ is one person with...

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When Doctrine Divides the People of God by Rhyne Putman
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,...

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Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan by David Murray
Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan by David Murray

Exploring the Bible Together: A 52-Week Family Worship Plan by David Murray

It is true that Christian discipleship starts at home. The church, of course, plays a vital role in the spiritual development and growth of all believers. However, the home is the genesis of discipleship and spiritual growth. For this reason, families need to...

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

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Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund
Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers by Dane Ortlund

The heart of God is at the center of the gospel message. His affections towards His people is not a great mystery that needs to be discovered but has been revealed in the person and work of Jesus. God’s heart towards His people is seen throughout Scripture. The...

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

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

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How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? (9Marks Questions)
How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? (9Marks Questions)

How Can I Love Church Members with Different Politics? (9Marks Questions)

The body of Christ is a beautiful reality of redeemed souls from every corner of the globe. There is much diversity in Christ’s people, as well it should be. Yet with diversity comes differences of opinions and variations of worldview. Although every believer must...

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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

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...

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Reenchanting Humanity: A Theology of Mankind by Owen Strachan
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...

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

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Into His Presence: A Theology of Intimacy with God By Tim L. Anderson
Into His Presence: A Theology of Intimacy with God By Tim L. Anderson

Into His Presence: A Theology of Intimacy with God By Tim L. Anderson

Tim Anderson, a professor of theology and biblical studies at Corban University, has written a book that is much needed within the church today. Sadly, the Charismatics and Mystics have hijacked the concept of Intimacy with God and created confusion on the issue of...

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

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

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Maturity: Growing Up and Going on in the Christian Life – Sinclair Ferguson
Maturity: Growing Up and Going on in the Christian Life – Sinclair Ferguson

Maturity: Growing Up and Going on in the Christian Life – Sinclair Ferguson

In a style that Christians have grown fond of, Sinclair Ferguson gifts the church with Maturity: Growing Up and Going On in the Christian Life. Originally penned in 1980 and distributed with the title, Add to Your Faith, and in 1981 as Taking the Christian Life...

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Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime – Jeff Robinson, Collin Hansen, Ed.
Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime – Jeff Robinson, Collin Hansen, Ed.

Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime – Jeff Robinson, Collin Hansen, Ed.

Faithful Endurance: The Joy of Shepherding People for a Lifetime is a call to pastors to remain true to their call and cross the finish line with God-centered resolve. Faithful Endurance is edited by Collin Hansen and Jeff Robison. The editors gathered a group of...

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Our Ancient Foe: The History, Activity, and Demise of the Devil – Ronald L. Kohl, Ed
Our Ancient Foe: The History, Activity, and Demise of the Devil – Ronald L. Kohl, Ed

Our Ancient Foe: The History, Activity, and Demise of the Devil – Ronald L. Kohl, Ed

Our Ancient Foe is edited by Ronald L. Kohl. The subtitle of the book is a fitting description of the contents, namely – Satan’s History, Activity, and Ultimate Demise. Kohl has assembled a team of scholars and expository preachers to unveil the diabolical devices...

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Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins by John D. Street
Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins by John D. Street

Passions of the Heart: Biblical Counsel for Stubborn Sexual Sins by John D. Street

We find ourselves in the midst of a culture that is awash in sexual sin. Ironically, there are very few resources available to help people deal with this vexing problem. Some books minimize sexual sin and even ignore their pernicious effects on the lives of people....

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A Company of Heroes: Portraits From the Gospel’s Global Advance – Tim Keesee (2019)
A Company of Heroes: Portraits From the Gospel’s Global Advance – Tim Keesee (2019)

A Company of Heroes: Portraits From the Gospel’s Global Advance – Tim Keesee (2019)

Most young people aspire to be like someone. The people they emulate are athletes, rock stars, and actors. These people serve as heroes to the upcoming generation. But Tim Keesee has a different set of heroes in mind. Keesee is thinking about heroes who embrace...

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Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age – Tony Reinke
Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age – Tony Reinke

Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age – Tony Reinke

We live in an increasingly visual culture. As a pastor, I hear the relentless sound of the postmodern drumbeat: “The average person cannot sit through a forty-five-minute sermon,” I’m told. Yet that same person will sit in a dark room for nearly four hours and...

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God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son
God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son

God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son

Abby Ross Hutto wants us to know that God can reach every single one of us. Using an innovative allegorical approach, Hutto turns the true stories of men and women she knows into characters named after the characteristic that describes them: Distant, Skeptic,...

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A Practical Exposition of the Ten Commandments by James Durham
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...

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ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life
ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life

ESV Gospel Transformation Study Bible: Christ in All of Scripture, Grace for All of Life

Protestant evangelical believers hold fast to one of the doctrines of the Reformation, Sola Scriptura, the teaching that the Scriptures alone hold the highest authority in the Christian life. However, many believers in the evangelical tradition do not read the...

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Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church – James K. Allen, Ed
Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church – James K. Allen, Ed

Sola: How the Five Solas Are Still Reforming the Church – James K. Allen, Ed

The heart of what Luther and the reformers discovered during the sixteenth century can be summarized in what we know today as the five solas of the Reformation, namely, that sinners are saved by grace alone (sola gratia), through faith alone (sola fide), in Christ...

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Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus by Lydia Brownback
Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus by Lydia Brownback

Flourish: How the Love of Christ Frees Us from Self-Focus by Lydia Brownback

Christian women seem to love advice. We write it, share it, put it in pretty fonts on beautiful backdrops, set it to music. Most importantly, we buy it. Books marketed to women often invite to take better care of ourselves or better understand ourselves. We are...

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Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark
Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark

Where I End: A Story of Tragedy, Truth, and Rebellious Hope by Katherine Elizabeth Clark

Katherine Elizabeth Clark has a story to tell and it isn’t like any other story I’ve heard. Where I End begins with a freak accident, the kind of thing that could happen to any young mom trying to have fun with her kids at the playground: One second she is playing...

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(A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ by Abigail Dodds
(A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ by Abigail Dodds

(A)Typical Woman: Free, Whole, and Called in Christ by Abigail Dodds

As a young girl, I thought the board game Life laid out the basic script for adult life. The path allowed me to drive my little plastic car from college to a career, then on to marriage and eventually to home ownership in just that orderly sequence. In actuality,...

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

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Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray
Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray

Reset: Living a Grace-Paced Life in a Burnout Culture by David Murray

Pastor and professor David Murray has become all too familiar with the phenomenon of pastoral burn-out. In addition to his own seasons of burn-out, Murray has spent years counseling pastors and church leaders through these difficult times. Reset: Living a...

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Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships by Catherine Parks
Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships by Catherine Parks

Real: The Surprising Secret to Deeper Relationships by Catherine Parks

“Before we begin, I really want you to get to know me. I’m successful. I’m intelligent. I am a wise and self-sufficient woman. In other words… I don’t want you to know me at all. Not the real me. I only want you to get to know a carefully crafted version of me.”...

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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 – 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...

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Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry by Kristen Padilla
Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry by Kristen Padilla

Now That I’m Called: A Guide for Women Discerning a Call to Ministry by Kristen Padilla

Kristen Padilla may have achieved the impossible with Now That I’m Called. It is difficult to write a book on women being called to ministry without playing into the obvious conflicts surrounding ordination and eldership, namely: are these roles women are allowed...

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Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards – Owen Strachan
Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards – Owen Strachan

Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards – Owen Strachan

I don’t usually get too excited about devotional books. They are typically too short and far too shallow. Such books gain a wide readership, which only adds fuel to my frustration. But when I learned about Dr. Owen Strachan’s new book, Always in God’s Hands: Day By...

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Perfectly Human: Nine Months with Cerian by Sarah Charlotte Williams
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...

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Zealous for Good Works: Mobilizing Your Church for the Good of Your Community by Todd Wilson
Zealous for Good Works: Mobilizing Your Church for the Good of Your Community by Todd Wilson

Zealous for Good Works: Mobilizing Your Church for the Good of Your Community by Todd Wilson

Todd A. Wilson has a “church growth strategy” as old as the church itself: follow the advice in Paul’s letter to Titus. In brief, practical terms, Wilson lays out Paul’s advice for the church in his new book Zealous for Good Works. American evangelicalism, says...

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Sandra Peoples– Unexpected Blessings: The Joys & Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family
Sandra Peoples– Unexpected Blessings: The Joys & Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family

Sandra Peoples– Unexpected Blessings: The Joys & Possibilities of Life in a Special-Needs Family

Sandra Peoples is not asking you to feel sorry for her. Neither is she asking you to be impressed with how well she’s dealing. Although his book is a personal testimony about the challenges and joys of raising her non-verbal son, she actually wrote this book for...

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Diehard Sins: How to Fight Wisely against Destructive Daily Habits
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...

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

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

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Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation by Dr. Ernie Baker
Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation by Dr. Ernie Baker

Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation by Dr. Ernie Baker

Biblical Building Blocks As a single person and a fan of HGTV, I thoroughly enjoyed Marry Wisely, Marry Well: A Blueprint for Personal Preparation. Dr. Ernie Baker—Professor of Biblical Counseling, certified conciliator with Peacemaker Ministries, pastor, husband,...

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On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Prior
On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Prior

On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life Through Great Books by Karen Prior

Only four pages in to Karen Swallow Prior’s masterpiece On Reading Well, I knew I was in trouble. I love reading in lots of genres, but books about the act of reading are my weakness. I love them. I’ve already read Prior’s first book, Booked: Literature in the Soul...

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The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About how Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave by Dan Dewitt and Catalina Echeverri
The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About how Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave by Dan Dewitt and Catalina Echeverri

The Friend Who Forgives: A True Story About how Peter Failed and Jesus Forgave by Dan Dewitt and Catalina Echeverri

I enjoy children’s books. I did so long before I had children of my own. Some of my favorite literature is written for children. Writing children’s books is hard work  that takes a sharp mind, deep understanding of your subject, and clear, simple communication to...

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Reforming Joy: A Conversation between Paul, the Reformers, and the Church Today by Tim Chester
Reforming Joy: A Conversation between Paul, the Reformers, and the Church Today by Tim Chester

Reforming Joy: A Conversation between Paul, the Reformers, and the Church Today by Tim Chester

Tim Chester’s has a gift for reframing gospel subjects. His book A Meal with Jesus drew my attention to all the times Jesus’ ministry happened in the context of sharing food through ordinary hospitality and miraculous generosity. Suddenly I saw connections I’d...

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Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story by Nancy Guthrie
Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story by Nancy Guthrie

Even Better than Eden: Nine Ways the Bible’s Story Changes Everything about Your Story by Nancy Guthrie

For the first ten years of my life, I took electricity for granted. I flipped on light switches and turned the dial to change channels on my TV without thinking twice about how easy and available it was. It wasn’t until fourth grade that I received a basic...

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Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael Lundy
Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael Lundy

Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael Lundy

Depression and anxiety are no strangers to most of us, although some of us experience it to greater degrees than others. Many of us are silent strugglers, afraid to verbalize our thoughts, feelings, and emotions for fear of being judged, rejected, and considered...

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Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World by Amy Peterson
Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World by Amy Peterson

Dangerous Territory: My Misguided Quest to Save the World by Amy Peterson

Reality, C.S. Lewis says, is the great iconoclast. Whatever fragile ideas we may have about God, about ourselves, and about our neighbors are constantly at risk of being broken when they confront the real thing. Lewis explains that God himself is an iconoclast, and...

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Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age
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...

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A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Sarah Arthur
A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Sarah Arthur

A Light So Lovely: The Spiritual Legacy of Madeleine L’Engle, Author of A Wrinkle in Time by Sarah Arthur

At a farmhouse halfway between our house and our church lives a peacock. We don’t see him every time we drive by, but we always slow down to look. We’ve found him walking among the free-range chickens, hopping on the bird feeder, even perched on the handle of a...

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

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The Gospel Comes With a House Key by Rossaria Butterfield
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...

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Biblical Theology – Nick Roark and Robert Cline (2018)
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...

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

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With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ – Brian G. Hedges (2017)
With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ – Brian G. Hedges (2017)

With Jesus: Finding Your Place in the Story of Christ – Brian G. Hedges (2017)

With Jesus, by Brian G. Hedges is a book that invites readers on a journey of a lifetime. The gospel is weaved into the fabric of this story and helps readers understand the role that Christ places in individual lives. Hedges writes, “Whatever the shape of your...

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Spurgeon on the Christian Life – Michael Reeves (2018)
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...

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

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

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The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down – Albert Mohler (2018)
The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down – Albert Mohler (2018)

The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down – Albert Mohler (2018)

Americans understand the idea of revolution. It is a part of our collective DNA. However, many Americans stop short when spiritual revolution comes into view. Albert Mohler argues in his latest book that such a revolution will come when we pray the Lord’s Prayer:...

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Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life
Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

Counseling Under the Cross: How Martin Luther Applied the Gospel to Daily Life

One man blazed a trail in the sixteenth century that laid the groundwork for countless numbers of Christians. Martin Luther was the primary agent who God used in a mighty way as he hammered his 95 theses on the castle door at Wittenberg on October 31, 1517. He...

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Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman
Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

John Newton once wrote, “I have often wished we had more female pens employed in the service of the sanctuary. . . . In the article of essay writing, I think many are qualified to succeed better than most men, having a peculiar easiness of style, which few of us...

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Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Courtney Reissig)
Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Courtney Reissig)

Glory in the Ordinary: Why Your Work in the Home Matters to God (Courtney Reissig)

I understand very little about what it means to be a homemaker, and even less about what it means to be female. One might perceive that a book such as this one, with its floral cover print and cursive title font, is not the kind of downtime read I would spend time...

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Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (John Piper)
Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (John Piper)

Reading the Bible Supernaturally: Seeing and Savoring the Glory of God in Scripture (John Piper)

Does it take a miracle to read the Bible? That is the question posed on the inside flap of the cover jacket on Dr. John Piper’s newest book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally. I am curious as to what your answer is. For many years of my life, I think I would have...

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The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together (Jared C. Wilson)
The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together (Jared C. Wilson)

The Imperfect Disciple: Grace for People Who Can’t Get Their Act Together (Jared C. Wilson)

If only the Christian Living section knew you, right? I recently sat down to read one of the most popular books around on discipleship, because it’s so critically acclaimed and well-known I felt like I was responsible for knowing (and practicing) its contents. Over...

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A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney
A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney

A Review of “How Can I Be Sure I’m A Christian?” by Donald Whitney

There is no real disconnect between the theological and the practical. If we are sometimes convinced otherwise, and if we often live to the contrary, their compatibility remains. Don Whitney knows this, that’s why as he approaches the issue of assurance of...

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Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Russ Ramsey)
Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Russ Ramsey)

Struck: One Christian’s Reflections on Encountering Death (Russ Ramsey)

“The fact of death is unsettling; yet there is no other way to live.” Paul Kalanithi’s quote ironically strikes at the heart of what it means to be a Christian: to see death as a reality, and life as the preparation for it. But more often than not, we find...

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Personal Application and Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
Personal Application and Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Personal Application and Book Review: 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

There can be no argument that our society is inundated with technology. As I write this, I am wearing an exercise monitor that automatically syncs with my phone. I am typing this on a laptop while watching a smart television. All of my vehicles have Bluetooth...

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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

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...

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

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I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You
I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

I Still Have My Smartphone: A Review of 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You

Tony Reinke did not convince me to trade my smartphone for a dumbphone in his new book 12 Ways Your Phone is Changing You. This is not his purpose. His overall aim is to “avoid both extremes: the utopian optimism of the technophiliac and the dystopian pessimism of...

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A Review of “Suffering and the Heart of God” by Diane Langberg
A Review of “Suffering and the Heart of God” by Diane Langberg

A Review of “Suffering and the Heart of God” by Diane Langberg

Trauma destroys. Diane Langberg knows something of the specifics of that kind of destruction, for she has been counseling those who suffer from trauma for more than forty years. In Suffering and the Heart of God, she uses her experience as a counselor and an...

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This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years
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...

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Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age (Erik Raymond)
Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age (Erik Raymond)

Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age (Erik Raymond)

When I read the Puritans, I often feel completely in their debt, but part of me is also envious of their lives. They always seem so…fine. Nothing ever throws them. Life never seems “messy” on their pages. It feels like a disconnect at times to read Samuel...

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Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman
Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

Alive in Him: How Being Embraced by the Love of Christ Changes Everything by Gloria Furman

I have read every book that Gloria Furman has written. What I love the most about her books is her persistent hammering of the gospel into each page. While her other books deal mainly with the gospel and womanhood, Alive in Him intrigued me to dive in even more as...

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

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Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)
Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)

Teach Us To Want: Longing, Ambition & The Life of Faith (Jen Pollock Michel)

The word “desire” has become a misnomer of sorts. In the Christian life, we too often equate desire with sinfulness, like jealousy or sexual temptation. At best, we view desire as something that should be merely suppressed or given up in the pursuit of holiness....

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Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life
Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Gospel Fluency: Speaking the Truths of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life

Go around the circle at your small group this week. Ask the folks on your staff and leadership team. Pitch this question to your spouse or your children, “Have you talked to someone about Jesus this week?” When we’re not stretching the truth or embellishing, most...

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

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Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (William Edgar)
Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (William Edgar)

Schaeffer on the Christian Life: Countercultural Spirituality (William Edgar)

America is not necessarily known for its theologians. We know many important theologians from Africa, Germany, England, and the like. To be fair, America has only been around for a little over 400 years, so the timeline is short. But given its short history and its...

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The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Craig S. Keener)
The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Craig S. Keener)

The Mind of the Spirit: Paul’s Approach to Transformed Thinking (Craig S. Keener)

Most of us are familiar with Paul’s famous exhortation to begin Romans 12: “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to...

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“The Dynamic Heart in Daily Life” by Jeremy Pierre
“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...

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Trapped: Getting Free From People, Patterns, and Problems by Andy Farmer
Trapped: Getting Free From People, Patterns, and Problems by Andy Farmer

Trapped: Getting Free From People, Patterns, and Problems by Andy Farmer

Thousands of Americans flock to Alcatraz, the penitentiary in San Francisco Bay. Of course, this intimidating fortress has since closed its doors to violent criminals and lawbreakers. Brave guests may choose to stand for a few moments in one of the tiny cells and...

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Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness
Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness

Good & Angry: Redeeming Anger, Irritation, Complaining, and Bitterness

“Be angry and do not sin.” This proclamation by the Apostle Paul seems a bit far-fetched at times. At least in my own life, anger seems to be directly associated with sinful behavior on my part. I certainly am a pro at getting angry or at the least, a bit miffed...

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

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Core Christianity Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton
Core Christianity Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton

Core Christianity Finding Yourself in God’s Story by Dr. Michael Horton

It’s common today to hear people say, “I believe such and such thing” but then you ask them the question, “Why do you believe that?” and they can’t offer any explanation. Ours is also a day where biblical illiteracy is on the rise. Many Christians would rather just...

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

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The Family Life of a Christian Leader by Ajith Fernando
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...

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Conscience: What is is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ (Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley)
Conscience: What is is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ (Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley)

Conscience: What is is, How to Train it, and Loving Those Who Differ (Andrew David Naselli & J.D. Crowley)

I was interested in grabbing this book the moment I heard of its release. The human conscience is a pretty fascinating aspect of creation. Most of us think of it as a “shoulder angel” or an “inner lawyer,” but conscience is a beautiful component of our humanity. No...

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What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul David Tripp)
What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul David Tripp)

What Did You Expect? Redeeming the Realities of Marriage (Paul David Tripp)

“How did we get here?” If you’re married, this is a question you and your spouse have probably asked yourselves (perhaps each other) over the course of your time together. Whether it’s 3 months, 3 years, or 3 decades, we all face certain aspects of marriage that...

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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

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...

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A Review of “The Whole Christ” by Sinclair Ferguson
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...

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The Lordship of Christ: Serving Our Savior All of the Time, In All of Life, With All of Our Heart – Vern Poythress
The Lordship of Christ: Serving Our Savior All of the Time, In All of Life, With All of Our Heart – Vern Poythress

The Lordship of Christ: Serving Our Savior All of the Time, In All of Life, With All of Our Heart – Vern Poythress

The Dutch statesman, Abraham Kuyper famously said, “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.’” Such is the theme of the recent book by Vern Poythress, The Lordship of...

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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

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....

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Visual Theology: Seeing and Understanding the Truth About God
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...

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You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith)
You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith)

You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (James K.A. Smith)

To the unassuming reader, one of the most confusing and seemingly misplaced words throughout the Scriptures is “heart.” It feels like on many occasions, most noticeably in the New Testament, that the verb presented in the verse does not necessarily match what our...

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Sinclair Ferguson – Satisfaction and Contentment
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...

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Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’ House and Back Again by Ryan J. Pemberton
Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’ House and Back Again by Ryan J. Pemberton

Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’ House and Back Again by Ryan J. Pemberton

I love it when the Lord uses a book to speak straight to my heart the exact words I need to hear at a particular time. Some time back I was in a used bookstore here in Birmingham when a book caught my eye. The title was Called: My Journey to C.S. Lewis’ House and...

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Liberating King: Breaking Free From the Tyranny of Sin (Stephen Miller)
Liberating King: Breaking Free From the Tyranny of Sin (Stephen Miller)

Liberating King: Breaking Free From the Tyranny of Sin (Stephen Miller)

In Romans 8:19-21, Paul says that the whole of creation is waiting with “eager longing,” because we are anticipating the day in which “creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.” That...

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The Gospel in Ecclesiastes Why Everything Matters by Dr. Philip G. Ryken
The Gospel in Ecclesiastes Why Everything Matters by Dr. Philip G. Ryken

The Gospel in Ecclesiastes Why Everything Matters by Dr. Philip G. Ryken

Ecclesiastes is a hard book for many people to study and to preach from. In my yearly reading of the Bible, I’ve always found this book of the Bible to be fascinating. One day I’d love to teach through this book and study it in more depth because it is just so rich...

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Discipling How To Help Others Follow Jesus by Mark Dever
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...

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Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life With God
Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life With God

Portraits of Faith: What Five Biblical Characters Teach Us About Our Life With God

Faith is a term used throughout Scripture. It is one that in my humble opinion is often misunderstood, especially when it comes to understanding the dynamic between how a sound faith will result in godly behavior in the life of the Christian. What exactly does a...

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Church In Hard Places: How The Local Church Brings Life To The Poor and Needy
Church In Hard Places: How The Local Church Brings Life To The Poor and Needy

Church In Hard Places: How The Local Church Brings Life To The Poor and Needy

Several times in my life, I’ve been confronted with the poor. By poor, I don’t mean going into a major city in the United States and finding the poorest place, and ministering there. Instead, what I mean is going into poor countries with the Gospel. Ministering to...

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Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work
Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work

Rediscovering Discipleship: Making Jesus’ Final Words Our First Work

Discipleship is a term that is bantered around in the Church quite often with likely a variety of perspectives on what it means and how to accomplish it. We recognize as believers the call to go and make disciples. Something tells me most know that famous passage...

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Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture (Allen Hamlin Jr.)
Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture (Allen Hamlin Jr.)

Embracing Followership: How to Thrive in a Leader-Centric Culture (Allen Hamlin Jr.)

Take a look around the bookstore next time you’re in it, and look for the section of books on leadership. Whether it’s management, entrepreneurship, or just general leadership growth in daily life, we have hordes of material on leadership coming at us on a regular...

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Habits of Grace Enjoy Jesus through the Spiritual Disciplines
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...

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Out of the House of Bread: Satisfying Your Hunger for God With the Spiritual Disciplines (Preston Yancey)
Out of the House of Bread: Satisfying Your Hunger for God With the Spiritual Disciplines (Preston Yancey)

Out of the House of Bread: Satisfying Your Hunger for God With the Spiritual Disciplines (Preston Yancey)

Many of you are familiar with the works of great historical figures of the Church like Brother Lawrence, Thomas Merton, and Andrew Murray. These men of the faith helped us to consider the ways in which we can draw nearer to God through spiritual disciplines. Much...

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The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance — Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (Sinclair Ferguson)
The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance — Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (Sinclair Ferguson)

The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, & Gospel Assurance — Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (Sinclair Ferguson)

One of the most discussed, debated, and debilitating questions of the Christian life has become, “How now shall I live?” It’s debilitating because sadly, our view of life in Christ is often fuzzy, and we are prone to wander into uncertainty for many seasons. We...

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

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Held In Honor Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past by Haste and Plummer
Held In Honor Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past by Haste and Plummer

Held In Honor Wisdom for Your Marriage from Voices of the Past by Haste and Plummer

Traditional biblical marriage is under attack in our culture. This has resulted in some people questioning whether marriage between one man and one woman for life under God is even worth it anymore. Equally, so this has led many Bible-believing Christians to...

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

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

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

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John Piper – Plunge Your Mind into the Ocean of God’s Sovereignty
John Piper – Plunge Your Mind into the Ocean of God’s Sovereignty

John Piper – Plunge Your Mind into the Ocean of God’s Sovereignty

Sometimes we need to plunge our minds into the ocean of God’s sovereignty. We need to feel the weight of it, like deep and heavy water pressing in against every pore, the deeper we go. A billion rivers of providence pour into this ocean. And God himself gathers up...

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

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The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry
The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

The Pastor’s Justification: Applying the Work of Christ in Your Life and Ministry

"Pastor, your church wants a Savior. You're not him" (161). If such a sentiment seems obvious, Jared Wilson knows it's not always lived out in the life of the average pastor. The Pastor's Justification is a book aimed at exposing this sinful pattern and offering...

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The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden
The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden

The Biggest Story: How the Snake Crusher Brings Us Back to the Garden

I have a confession to make. I enjoy children’s books. In particular, I enjoy reading children’s books that relay the glorious and wondrous message found in the pages of Scripture. Even more specifically, I truly appreciate authors who present this glorious and...

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The Reckless Love of God Experiencing the Personal Passionate Heart of the Gospel
The Reckless Love of God Experiencing the Personal Passionate Heart of the Gospel

The Reckless Love of God Experiencing the Personal Passionate Heart of the Gospel

Over the past decade, we’ve seen a huge increase in writing and speaking on what the gospel is and how Christians can live a gospel-formed life. In his first book The Reckless Love of God Experiencing the Personal Passionate Heart of the Gospel, Alex Early writes...

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Dude’s Guide To Marriage Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well
Dude’s Guide To Marriage Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well

Dude’s Guide To Marriage Ten Skills Every Husband Must Develop to Love His Wife Well

I have the honor of leading the Men’s evening Bible study at my local church, serve on the men’s leadership team, and write a monthly column for the men’s ministry in our church's newsletter. Over the past two years of being involved in men’s ministry, I have...

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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 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...

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Writers to Read: Nine Names that Belong on Your Bookshelf
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...

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A Review of “Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering” by Tim Keller
A Review of “Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering” by Tim Keller

A Review of “Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering” by Tim Keller

“This book is an effort to…take life seriously” (3). So says Tim Keller in the introduction to this phenomenal work on suffering. Walking with God Through Pain and Suffering is a comprehensive theological tool for crafting a Biblical paradigm of suffering, but it...

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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

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...

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The First Days of Jesus by Andreas J Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart
The First Days of Jesus by Andreas J Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart

The First Days of Jesus by Andreas J Köstenberger and Alexander Stewart

The birth of Jesus is one of the most widely-known stories of the Bible. Most Christians can piece together the gist of what happened according to Matthew and Luke in Bethlehem that night. But because of our familiarity with the story, we unfortunately tend to...

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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

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...

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Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life
Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life

Covenant and Commandment: Works, Obedience, and Faithfulness in the Christian Life

The debate between the functions of law and grace, in particular what exactly believers are supposed to be doing is one that continues to rage. Is what has been termed as the Mosaic Law been fully nailed to the cross with the only two remaining expectations of...

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Ministry in the New Marriage Culture Edited by Jeff Iorg
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...

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Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service by John Bolt
Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service by John Bolt

Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service by John Bolt

Earlier this year I purchased Herman Bavinck's magnum opus, 4-volume Reformed Dogmatics on a whim. I heard so many good things about it, but had virtually no familiarity with him and his writing. Needless to say, it is one of the true treasures of my library, and I...

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

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Bavinck on the Christian Life: Following Jesus in Faithful Service
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...

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Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice
Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

Adoption: What Joseph of Nazareth Can Teach Us About This Countercultural Choice

I humbly admit I have a bit of a bias when it comes to reading a book on the subject of adoption. You see my wife and I made the decision to adopt our daughter a little over three years ago despite the concerns posed by many, the questions we had about taking a...

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Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice
Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice

Designed for Joy: How the Gospel Impacts Men and Women, Identity and Practice

Mention the words “biblical gender roles” will quickly get you into one of the most controversial topics in the Church today. God created men and women in His image—equal in dignity and value but complementary in their respective God-given roles. These roles aren’t...

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Give Them Truth: Teaching Eternal Truths to Young Minds
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...

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Jesus, Continued…. Why The Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You
Jesus, Continued…. Why The Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You

Jesus, Continued…. Why The Spirit Inside You Is Better Than Jesus Beside You

It’s been said by many theologians that the Holy Spirit is the neglected Person in the Trinity. Critical to understanding the Holy Spirit is knowing how the Holy Spirit empowers Christians to live on mission for God in order to spread the gospel to the nations...

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Packer on the Christian Life Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit
Packer on the Christian Life Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit

Packer on the Christian Life Knowing God in Christ, Walking by the Spirit

J.I. Packer has arguably been one of the greatest theologians of the late 20th and early 21st century. His influence is felt from debates raging from the inerrancy of Scripture, to sanctification, and more. Over the past few years, I’ve read more of Packer books...

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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

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...

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The Colson Way Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World
The Colson Way Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

The Colson Way Loving Your Neighbor and Living with Faith in a Hostile World

Chuck Colson is a hugely important figure in the late 20th to early 21st century. His influence was felt in the political arena, the public square, as well as in American Evangelicalism. Colson’s ministry extends well beyond his ministries BreakPoint and Prison...

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Fighting Satan: Knowing His Weaknesses, Strategies, and Defeat
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,...

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The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings
The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings

The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings

Tales of UFOs, Bigfoot, and journeys to another universe to meet ascended masters and beings from other planets in distant universes or even alternate planes of existence. Are they just the vivid imaginations of science fiction developed from misguided individuals?...

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Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church
Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

Blind spots. This term is probably most recognizable in relation to driving. We can think we are progressing down the road correctly and have the ability to continue down the path with no fear of crashing; however, there can be another individual in their vehicle...

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

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More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person about Sex
More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person about Sex

More Than Just the Talk: Becoming Your Kids’ Go-To Person about Sex

There can be no denying (unless you want to play the role of the ostrich with their head in the sand) that our children are being exposed at earlier and earlier ages to all manner of sexual perversion. The statistics are staggering on the sheer amount of young...

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Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice ed. by Kelly Kapic
Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice ed. by Kelly Kapic

Sanctification: Explorations in Theology and Practice ed. by Kelly Kapic

The doctrine of sanctification has a reputation as justification’s puny little brother. In reality, however, sanctification has a lot of theological and practical importance. Sanctification demonstrates this well. The collection of essays combined in this volume...

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Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church
Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

Blind Spots: Becoming a Courageous, Compassionate, and Commissioned Church

Blind spots are something everyone has. You might experience a blind spot when you're driving down the road and can’t see that car that seems to be just hidden from view until suddenly you see them as you want to get in the lane next to you. Or you might have a...

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What Did You Expect?: Redeeming the Realities of Marriage
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...

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Living Without Worry How to replace Anxiety with Peace
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,...

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Discovering Delight: 31 Meditations on Loving God’s Law
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...

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Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer From Depression
Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer From Depression

Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for Those Who Suffer From Depression

Depression is a painful experience. It can draw one into the depths of despair with the accompanying belief there is no way out of the fog and back into the light of day and happiness. Many suffer from depression and struggle to understand why they are experiencing...

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Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look at Spiritual Warfare
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...

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Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?
Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?

Becoming Worldly Saints: Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life?

Be in the world but not of the world. That is a statement anyone who has attended church for any amount of time has likely heard or read at least once. But what does it exactly mean and more importantly, how does the proper examination and understanding of such a...

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Kept For Jesus: What The New Testament Really teaches About Assurance Of Salvation And Eternal Security
Kept For Jesus: What The New Testament Really teaches About Assurance Of Salvation And Eternal Security

Kept For Jesus: What The New Testament Really teaches About Assurance Of Salvation And Eternal Security

Many Christians greatly struggle with the issue of assurance. For such Christians hearing the warning passages in Hebrews or other passages in the Bible should be a great encouragement since they are designed to help us examine where we’re at in the Christian life....

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God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation
God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

The word meditation conjures up a variety of meanings and applications. When some hear this term, they immediately think of New Age or Eastern religious relaxation techniques centered on an effort to achieve a higher level of consciousness, peace, and oneness with...

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

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

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Becoming Worldly Saints Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life by Michael Wittmer
Becoming Worldly Saints Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life by Michael Wittmer

Becoming Worldly Saints Can You Serve Jesus and Still Enjoy Your Life by Michael Wittmer

One of the greatest charges of the world, today is that Christians are either hypocrites or Bible-thumpers. By this, what the world means is that we are so heavenly minded that we are no earthly good. One of the other more recent objections to Christianity is...

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The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex & Redemption
The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex & Redemption

The Mingling of Souls: God’s Design for Love, Marriage, Sex & Redemption

We find in Genesis 2:22, “Then the LORD God made a woman from the rib he had taken out of the man, and he brought her to the man.” From this verse, we realize, at least in part, God’s plan for male/female relationships, namely that God designed man and woman to...

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Look and Live Behold The Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa
Look and Live Behold The Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa

Look and Live Behold The Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ by Matt Papa

One of the greatest needs in the Church, today is raw-honesty. Not over the top honesty but real honesty about where we’re at in the Christian life. No, I’m not talking about a biography or even a testimony. Instead, I’m talking about what we’ve learned in our...

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Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When It’s Tough (A Review)
Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When It’s Tough (A Review)

Honest Evangelism: How to Talk About Jesus Even When It’s Tough (A Review)

Rico Tice, Honest Evangelism: How to Talk about Jesus Even When It’s Tough (UK: The Good Book Company, 2015). Paperback, 105 pgs. If I love Jesus and delight in God and enjoy fellowship with other Christians and believe in a real heaven and hell, then why don’t I...

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

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Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb
Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb

Inheritance of Tears: Trusting the Lord of Life When Death Visits the Womb

Why do bad things happen? Perhaps the sting of pain is most distinctly felt in the loss of a child, particularly the loss of a child through miscarriage. The cessation of that unborn life before there was the chance to break forth from the womb and for the parents...

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Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ
Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

Look and Live: Behold the Soul-Thrilling, Sin-Destroying Glory of Christ

The glory of God is a well-read term in Scripture, yet I would submit it is an often misunderstood term. So what exactly does it mean to experience the glory of God and does it have any significant long term impact on our daily Christian walk? Furthermore, how is...

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The Things of Earth Treasuring God by Enjoying His Gifts
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...

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Jesus Outside The Lines: A Way Forward For Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides
Jesus Outside The Lines: A Way Forward For Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides

Jesus Outside The Lines: A Way Forward For Those Who Are Tired of Taking Sides

Today’s theological issues are often polarizing. People fight over “their side” of many secondary and third order issues as if they are of first importance to the gospel. Of course these discussions and conversations are important, especially when the Bible speaks...

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

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

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Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God
Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God

Blindsided by God: Disappointment, Suffering, and the Untamable Goodness of God

The issue of suffering and the sovereignty of God is one of the most perplexing questions one can deal with in life. How can a loving God allow if He is fully in control and all-powerful, such madness to run free all around us? Turn on the news and you will find in...

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Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression
Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Spurgeon’s Sorrows: Realistic Hope for those who Suffer from Depression

Many people today struggle with depression. This problem is not only an issue outside the Church, but also inside of it. People suffer in silence and wonder where the Lord is in the midst of their pain? Such people often don’t have the doctrinal and theological...

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The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World
The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World

The Happy Christian: Ten Ways to Be a Joyful Believer in a Gloomy World

When you hear the word “happiness” what do you think of? Do you think about people with a white picket fence with a house full of kids and happiness? Or do you think of something else? For most of us we would naturally tend to think of the first example, namely...

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God’s Battle Plan For The Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation
God’s Battle Plan For The Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

God’s Battle Plan For The Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

Few issues related to the doctrine of the Bible are as confusing to people as the issue of meditation. With the rise of New Age thinking combined with the popular practice of secular meditation, we should not be surprised by confusion on biblical meditation. The...

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

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Gospel Formed: Living A Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life
Gospel Formed: Living A Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life

Gospel Formed: Living A Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life

Over the past five years we’ve seen a plethora of books come out on the gospel. Gospel-centered literature has become an industry unto itself. Blogs, podcasts, articles, books, and conferences have been devoted to uncovering the precious diamond of the gospel. The...

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Good News About Satan: A Gospel Look At Spiritual Warfare
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...

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Second Forgetting: Remember The Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease
Second Forgetting: Remember The Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease

Second Forgetting: Remember The Power of the Gospel During Alzheimer’s Disease

Over the past two years I’ve been writing and thinking about dementia. This issue is one that is deeply close to my heart since my dad has frontal temporal dementia. As I’ve written on this topic, I’ve been looking at the Christian book market and wondering why...

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Ordinary: Sustainable Faith in a Radical, Restless World
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...

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Big God: How to approach suffering, spread the gospel, make decisions and pray in the light of a God who really is in the driving seat of the world
Big God: How to approach suffering, spread the gospel, make decisions and pray in the light of a God who really is in the driving seat of the world

Big God: How to approach suffering, spread the gospel, make decisions and pray in the light of a God who really is in the driving seat of the world

In my experience, one of the areas Christians struggle with the most is knowing that God is sovereign in and over not only creation but all of our lives. Sure, we know that we’re supposed to “trust the Lord with all of our heart” (Proverbs 3:5) but what happens...

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

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Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life
Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life

Gospel Formed: Living a Grace-Addicted, Truth-Filled, Jesus-Exalting Life

There are a multitude of Christian books, both in the Christian living section as well as the more academically minded fare, that use the buzzword “gospel” or its associated term “gospel-centered.” These terms have become so cliché that in part they have to some...

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

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Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches)
Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches)

Evangelism: How the Whole Church Speaks of Jesus (9Marks: Building Healthy Churches)

Few issues are as fraught with as many issues as evangelism is. Growing up it was popular to think of evangelism as only sharing a certain amount of content with a lost person. The other popular method of evangelism is friendship evangelism in which you befriended...

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After They Are Yours: The Grace and Grit of Adoption
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...

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The Mingling Of Souls: God’s Design For Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption
The Mingling Of Souls: God’s Design For Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption

The Mingling Of Souls: God’s Design For Love, Marriage, Sex and Redemption

Few issues in our contemporary culture are as volatile and spark as much controversy as sex and gender related issues. Combine that with a lot of confusion and revision on crucial biblical texts related to sex and gender roles and you have a recipe for a disaster....

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Pleased to Dwell: A Biblical Introduction to the Incarnation
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...

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Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk With God
Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk With God

Family Driven Faith: Doing What it Takes to Raise Sons and Daughters Who Walk With God

Matters related to the family are of great importance to me as a father and a husband. In a world with so many threats to God’s design for the family, understanding what those threats are and how to respond are vital for parents to pay attention to and apply in...

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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

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...

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The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen
The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen

The Foundation of Communion with God: The Trinitarian Piety of John Owen

John Owen has long been a favorite of mine, in particular among the more noted Puritan authors. In fact, recently I purchased his collected works which I am sure will take a lifetime to read. So when a book comes along that extracts key statements on a particular...

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Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God’s Alternative to Legalism and Moralism
Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God’s Alternative to Legalism and Moralism

Delighting in the Law of the Lord: God’s Alternative to Legalism and Moralism

Time and again we find in Scripture declarations such as “The law of the Lord is perfect”, “If you love me, then keep my commands”, and “Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord.” Despite those clear admonitions and statements, the...

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

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Getting into God: Practical Guidelines for the Christian Life
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...

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Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology
Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology

Act and Being: Transcendental Philosophy and Ontology in Systematic Theology

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an important figure within the Confessing Church in Germany during the time of the Nazi regime of the 1930s. His better known works include titles such as The Cost of Discipleship and Ethics. Fortress Press has released a collection of the...

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Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles
Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles

Entrusted with the Gospel: Paul’s Theology in the Pastoral Epistles

The discipline known as Pauline studies has certainly had its share of ups and downs over the years. Furthermore, much ink has been spilled on the subject of Paul and the New Testament epistles he wrote. Thus to a certain degree, there can be a sense of confusion...

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

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A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ
A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ

A Vine-Ripened Life: Spiritual Fruitfulness through Abiding in Christ

Union and communion with Christ are two of the least understood and among the most important doctrines in the Christian life. Many people in my experience get confused about only resting in Christ to the neglect of still actively working out their salvation with...

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

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