Category Archives: Book Reviews

Book Review: Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for your Heart by Kyle Idleman

These days I rarely finish a book. I am currently reading through so many books I can barely keep track of which ones. I usually peruse a book, find what I want, and leave it buried in my increasing treasury … Continue reading

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This world is not my home…or is it?

Those who follow me on twitter may see several tweets with the hash-tag #Ruthproject. The Ruth project is a new work I am working with a fellow pastor from Birmingham. We are working on a commentary on Ruth. But this will … Continue reading

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Dave Hunt Dies

I had the opportunity to meet Dave Hunt on a couple of occasions. I sat attentively in one of his talks where he opposed Calvinism. If my memory serves me right, he said something like this: I was amazed at … Continue reading

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A Festschrift to Norman Shepherd

Andrew Sandlin and John Barach have done a great service in providing these essays in honor of Norman Shepherd. Obedient Faith  is “a tribute by students and friends to a courageous theologian’s lifelong stand for a full-orbed, obedient Christianity.” In the preface, Andrew … Continue reading

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Book Review: Bill Bennett’s “The True Saint Nicholas: Why He Matters to Christmas”

There are too many unknown facts, as Bill Bennett rightly asserts. Much of the historical data is purely speculative with the exception of a few references, poems and prayers in honor of Saint Nicholas. The Roman Catholic tradition has largely … Continue reading

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Kathy Keller on Rachel Evans

If you want a satisfying response to Evans, look no further. As Keller concludes: Rachel, I can and do agree with much of what you say in your book regarding the ways in which either poor biblical interpretation or patriarchal … Continue reading

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Fourth Review of The Church-Friendly Family” by Craig Hurst

They just keep coming…and they are extremely positive. This latest from book reviewer par excellence, Craig Hurst.

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Third Review of “The Church-Friendly Family” by Luke Welch

Review of The Church-Friendly Family Is the church is a ministry to families? Should Godly families steer clear of the world? What is the point of the family? And what is the point of the church? Pastors Randy Booth and … Continue reading

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A Second Review of “The Church-Friendly Family” by Matthew Sims

By Matthew Sims If you’re not careful your mind may play tricks on you. After receiving the book, I kept thinking and writing The Family-Friendly Church. The authors though have been intentional with the title. In our seeker-sensitive saturated churches making … Continue reading

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The First Review of “The Church-Friendly Family” by Colt Nipps

Reviewed by Colt Nipps In our time, a “family-friendly church” is touted as being necessary to making any cultural impact at all.  Randy Booth and Rich Lusk have turned that phrase on its head with, “The Church-Friendly Family.” Wow, what … Continue reading

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The Church-Friendly Family

After three years of editing, The Church-Friendly Family is finally available for purchase. You can purchase the book from Covenant Media: Of the making of books about marriage and the family, there is no end. The family is in trouble today―and … Continue reading

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Study on the Book of Revelation

Welcome once again to our study of David Chilton’s Days of Vengeance. I am Uri Brito and I blog at apologus.wordpress.com. We are going to delve briefly into Chilton’s introduction. There are two important elements in understanding Revelation, and they are to know … Continue reading

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Days of Vengeance by David Chilton, Review, Part I

              Welcome to Ressurectio et Vita. You can find my blog at apologus.wordpress.com. I have been tweeting about doing a series of posts on David Chilton’s commentary on Revelation called Days of Vengeance. Chilton … Continue reading

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Andrew Sandlin and Westminster Seminary’s Breezy Response

Andrew Sandlin writes a devastating response to WTS’s (West) response to John Frame’s extensive analysis of the theology espoused by the WTS faculty.  Sandlin’s soberly concludes: Young scholars and students, let this be a lesson to you: if you ever have … Continue reading

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The New American Militarism by Andrew Bacevich

I first heard of Andrew Bacevich about two years ago. I came across one of his interviews with Bill Moyers. Moyers always asked the right questions. His liberal bias was so obvious that it actually made for good television. I … Continue reading

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Union with Christ by Robert Letham; First Thoughts

The UPS driver caught me right as I ventured into the cold afternoon to fetch the mail. As he parked on the street he handed me a gem. After carefully unpacking the box there emerged Robert Letham’s newest work entitled … Continue reading

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This is Aslan’s Doing!

In C.S. Lewis’ chapter Aslan is Nearer, Lewis focuses on Edmund’s repentance. Edmund has now discovered that Turkish Delight was no delight and that the Queen is no beauty. On their journey to kill the humans–Edmund’s siblings–Edmund begins to see … Continue reading

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Reviewing Books

As a former student of John Frame, I saw again and again the graciousness he had when he reviewed books. He was equally gracious in class, though at time he reserved some of his intellectual wrath to theological pugilists. As … Continue reading

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Never Risk-Free

My former professor Dan Ebert writes in his introduction to Wisdom Christology (15-16) that wisdom and folly both call out to us. Ebert observes that “this should serve as a reminder that reflecting on the doctrine of Christ is never risk-free. … Continue reading

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Nevin’s Importance

In the series preface to John Williamson Nevin: High Church Calvinism, D.G. Hart observes that “Nevin discerned fundamental changes in American religious life that were undermining the vitality of Reformed Christianity in the United States (10).” He elaborates further that … Continue reading

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Hard Work-ism

Norman Shepherd writes in the Call of Grace of the dual dangers of evangelism: …Reformed pastors want nothing to do with “easy believism.” This is a way of presenting the gospel that separates acceptance of Christ as Savior from acceptance … Continue reading

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The Adequacy of our Christology

My former college professor Dan Ebert quoting Colin Greene asserts that “Christianity stands or falls by the adequacy or otherwise of its Christology. One of the reasons for a deeper Christology, writes Ebert, is that in “every age there are characteristics … Continue reading

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Covenant and Reprobation

Shepherd writes attempting to avoid future misunderstanding about the nature of reprobation: And please note carefully the way in which I’m stating this point because it could be very easily misunderstood. I want to block out the possibility of misunderstanding … Continue reading

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Norman Shepherd and John 15

Near to the heart of the Shepherd controversy at Westminster (discussed in Ian Hewitson’s work Trust and Obey) is John 15:1-8. Opponents of Shepherd viewed this passage only from a decretal perspective. Thus, they understood Shepherd to be teaching conditioned … Continue reading

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Machen and Shepherd on James and Paul

Among the supporters of Shepherd’s view of Paul and James was one who had died in the 30′s. The honorable Presbyterian J. Gresham Machen did not distinguish between two different senses of “justify,” assigning one to James and the other … Continue reading

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Shepherd and Murray

Ian Hewitson’s book is a fascinating, detailed account of the situation as it unfolded in the Shepherd trial. One footnote that appears on page 50 concerns a letter from Stanford Reid to Arthur Kuschke on July 22, 1977, where he … Continue reading

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Trust and Obey: The Norman Shepherd Controversy

I have begun reading through Ian Hewitson’s Trust and Obey, which is a full treatment of the Norman Shepherd controversy at Westminster Theological Seminary. The point of the book is that WTS “did not have the necessary grounds on which … Continue reading

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Book Review: Lent

The Lenten Season is now behind us, but just this morning I finished a book I started in the beginning of Lent. The book is conspicuously titled Lent (Free PDF of Book). The book published in 1902 is composed of 30 … Continue reading

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A Reformed Response to Rob Bell’s Hell

My good friend Luke Welch and I have just finished our review of Rob Bell’s Love Wins. I hope it proves to be helpful. Here is our paper as PDF: He Has Fixed A Day: A Reformed Response to Rob Bell’s … Continue reading

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Video Book Review #11: Parenting in the Pew by Robbie Castleman

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