6 Great New Books for Kids

Here, representing 6 different publishers, are some excellent new books for children.

In The Biggest Story, Kevin DeYoung—a best-selling author and father of six—leads kids and parents alike on an exciting journey through the Bible, connecting the dots from the garden of Eden to Christ’s death on the cross to the new heaven and new earth. With powerful illustrations by award-winning artist Don Clark, this imaginative retelling... Continue Reading

A Modern Day Psalm – The Lord Will Not Abandon You

After reading the Psalms for so long I felt like making one of my own

Following the wording and style of Psalms, focusing on God as the subject and answer to everyday life, no need for rhymes, but giving attention to flow and patterns. Now it has become one of my recurring devotional exercises, as a way of praying to and praising the Lord. Give it a try sometime! Here... Continue Reading

Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? 3 Views on the Bible’s Earliest Chapters

Hermeneutical consistency doesn’t allow one to affirm the bodily resurrection of Christ and deny other statements the Old and New Testament’s authors intended as historical fact

We must ask: is the Jesus we affirm the one who claimed that not simply the ideas but the very letters and words of Scripture matter and point to him (Matt. 5:18)? Is he the Jesus who was the word made flesh (John 1:14), who was “in the beginning with God” and through whom “all things... Continue Reading

Review: Happiness by Randy Alcorn

Numerous themes are threaded throughout the book. Here are the eight most significant ones on what happiness is and is not

Alcorn’s argument is clear and compelling. The evidence he presents from both Scripture and church history is overwhelming. His promise of God-centered happiness is appealing and motivating. His helps toward happiness are practical and doable. Happiness is a book I expect to be recommending regularly. But I do have two reservations about it, which, due to the limitations of space,... Continue Reading

Some Thoughts on the Reading of Books

A few suggestions on what and how to read

Maintain regular reading projects. I strategize my reading in six main categories: Theology, Biblical Studies, Church Life, History, Cultural Studies, and Literature. I have some project from each of these categories going at all times. I collect and gather books for each project and read them over a determined period of time. This helps to... Continue Reading

Accidental Saints

Accidental Saints: Finding God in All the Wrong People is the follow-up to Nadia Bolz-Weber's memoir, Pastrix

Let me say it candidly: Bolz-Weber has no business being a pastor and, therefore, no business writing as a pastor. She proves this on nearly every page of her book. Time and again she shows that she is woefully lacking in godly character. Her stories, her word choice, her interactions with her parishioners, her temper,... Continue Reading

Purpose-Driven Film

'Captive' breaks free from conventions

With the exception of opening with a Bible verse and ending with a hymn, the Christian references are subtle. Regular churchgoers will recognize small things, like Ashley’s meeting at Celebrate Recovery, a Bible-based 12-step ministry that many churches offer. This isn’t to suggest that the story should have gone fake, only that it could have... Continue Reading

The Practical Benefits of Peace

Horatius Bonar answers the question: “What are the benefits of this ‘peace-with-God-through-Jesus’?”

It cheers us in trial.  The peace of God within us is our chiefest consolation when sorrows crowd in upon us.  Lighted up with this true lamp, we are not greatly moved because of the darkness without.  Peace with God is our anchor in the storm, our strong tower in adverse times, the soother of... Continue Reading

Reformation Trust Re-Prints the Reformation Study Bible (2015), ESV Less than Six Months from Release

Almost 40,000 copies of the new edition of the Reformation Study Bible (2015) in the English Standard Version (ESV) have been distributed.

Over 1.1 million words of in-depth verse-by-verse commentary by many faithful pastors and theologians make this study Bible one of the most trusted study Bibles available today. In addition, the significant improvements made to the reading and study experience have enhanced the usability of this edition. 20,000+ study notes, new theological notes from R.C. Sproul,... Continue Reading

A Review: “Christian Reconstruction: R. J. Rushdoony and American Religious Conservatism”

McVicar's ‘Christian Reconstruction’ is a fair summary and analysis of the movement, dealing with its faults, without resorting to the triumphalism of the fanboy or the fear-mongering

Though brief, McVicar highlights Rushdoony’s “anti-humanist” political thought, the role of the Mosaic Law in society and how it would apply in case-laws such as those requiring the death penalty, the kingdom of God and postmillennial eschatology. McVicar uses well the key sources of Rushdoony’s thought, primarily his magnum opus, the Institutes of Biblical Law (1973).  ... Continue Reading


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