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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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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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Praise for “The Trinitarian Father”

The Trinitarian Father is not another work by an expert father to the rest of us — no, it’s better than that. Rather than offering his own wisdom, Uri Brito guides fathers through the whole biblical sweep of our Heavenly Father’s … Continue reading

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Book Endorsement from Peter Leithart

Families are founded on death―the separation of a man and woman from their families of origin. Families end in death―the dispersal of children and finally the death of parents. Like seeds in the ground, families must die to bear fruit. … 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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Saints and Scoundrels

I’ve begun reading through portions of Robin Phillips’ new work Saints and Scoundrels. The book is a selection of biographies of the great “dragon -slayers and kingdom-builders” of history. Phillips’ preface serves almost as an introduction to postmillenial thought, or a strong … Continue reading

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Communism is Doomed

Solzhenitsyn observed in 1983 that Christianity would one day triumph over communism. He observed: For no matter how formidably Communism bristles with tanks and rockets, no matter what successes it attains in seizing the planet, it is doomed never to … Continue reading

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“I Smelt a Rat”

Patrick Henry’s famous “I smelt a rat” response had to do with the invitation to participate in the 1787 Constitutional Convention. Patrick Henry, according to author, Thomas S. Kidd, “scented that decaying rodent in the notion that the states should surrender … Continue reading

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Revivalism and Anglicanism

Thomas Kidd elaborates further on the rage of Anglican ministers in the days of the Great Awakening: “Anglicans raged against these itinerant preachers because they intruded upon the turf of Anglican parishes and exhibited no respect for the established pastor’s … Continue reading

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Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots

The Introduction to Thomas Kidd’s Patrick Henry: First Among Patriots provides a helpful series of questions when considering the life of this great orator and hero of the Revolution. In light of Henry’s Anti-Federalism, how is one to view the ratification … Continue reading

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Being Human is Good

N.T. Wright presses this point in his outstanding The Resurrection of the Son of God. Paul contrasts the biblical view of the Resurrection with that of the ancients: The problem he faces is not the same as the one Plato and Cicero … Continue reading

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The Trinity and the Explicit Statement Fallacy

The Dispensational rush to explicit statements, in order to prove one point or another fails miserably. This is particularly striking when it comes to the doctrine of the Trinity, and by implication, when it comes to the eternal covenant of … Continue reading

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Covenant as an Aspect of God’s Own Being

Ralph Smith concludes by answering critics of the Trinitarian Covenant: The compellingly consistent and comprehensive character of God’s covenantal relations with the creation suggest that the covenant is not a mere secondary feature of the world, but an aspect of God’s own being (37).

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G.K. Chesterton and the Man Who Was Thursday, A Nightmare

Thomas Kidd continues to write on all sorts of men that I find highly captivating. First, his interest in Patrick Henry has re-alerted me to the titanic figure he was, and just how much we need more Henry’s in this … Continue reading

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Thinking About the Resurrection

In his Raised with Christ, Warnock offers several autobiographical observations about his own renewed appreciation for the Resurrection. In chapter eight–upon studying the apostles’ preaching in Acts–he discovers various ways in which the Resurrection applied. Then he adds: But prior to … Continue reading

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Why the young need more sleep than the old

And so I fell devoutly asleep and slept a long time, because young people seem to need sleep more than the old, who have already slept so much and are preparing to sleep for all eternity. -Umberto Eco, The Name of … Continue reading

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In Favor of…

Adrian Warnock, in his popular defense of the Resurrection (Raised with Christ), argues that too many “Protestants are so busy protesting what they are against that they forget to declare as loudly what they are in favor of.”

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Throw Away Your Books

Mortify your intelligence, learn to weep over the wounds of our Lord, throw away your books.–Ubertino, The Name of the Rose Ubertino’s caution against William’s rationalism goes overboard. Over-reaction is always a possibility when contrasting ideas.

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Torture and Hell

A short dispute arises between Ubertino and William in Umberto Eco’sThe Name of the Rose about how heretics respond to torture. William argues that in torture everything returns to your mind, “as if you are being transported, not toward heaven, but … Continue reading

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Psalm 19, Brief Observations

This psalm contains a three-fold theme. Creation, the law, and forgiveness serve as testimonies to the glory of God. Creation does not serve as an equal manifestation to the Law-Word, but rather in submission to the Word of the Lord, … Continue reading

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Everything is Allowed

A parishioner gave me a copy of Randy Alcorn’s collection of quotations about heaven, the new earth, and the life after death. The book is over 600 pages, and I can already imagine myself enjoying it for years to come. … 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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We need a theology of rest

Marva Dawn has been one of the most gifted voices into my own life. Over the years I have been struck by her profound insights into worship, and her counsel to bathe our souls in the psalms. In preaching through … Continue reading

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Leaving Egypt

A quick plug for my old friend and professor, Chuck DeGroat. I am getting myself a copy soon.

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Making Righteous

“Augustine often states that justification includes the idea of ‘making righteous,’ not simply ‘declaring/reckoning’ as righteous.” How closely does Augustine anticipate Martin Luther? McGrath emphasizes an important distinction: Augustine has an all-embracing transformative understanding of justification, which includes both the event … Continue reading

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Marcionism and the Justification Debate

Marcion argued that the works of believers will not be weighed by God in the final judgement. Origen objects, and argues that faith and good works are ‘two complementary conditions of salvation that must not be separated.’ And what is … Continue reading

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Justification: Five Views

In wondering why there isn’t a Lutheran view represented in the Five Views book, the editor observes: Our response is that Horton’s traditional Reformed view is functionally identical in all the significant theological aspects to the traditional Lutheran view.

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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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Not an Addendum

Ian Hewitson, defending Norman Shepherd, insists that baptism is a point of transition from death to life. Though this transition does not happen only through baptism, “neither can it be restricted to regeneration (200).” Shepherd quotes John Murray in Christian … Continue reading

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