Thinking Biblically about Authority: An Interview with David Wells

So many people there is nothing out there that can legitimately validate any action or belief

“As we have come into our postmodern moment, then, we find that there is no longer a narrative to life; there are only our personal stories. There is no overarching meaning to it; there are just our private moments when something becomes real. There is no Truth; there are only truths.”   1) If someone... Continue Reading

Saved by ‘Allegiance’ Alone? On a New Attempt to Revise the Reformation

In this new book, Bates considers afresh the nature of salvation and the gospel

As Bates argues, the gospel can’t be reduced to the formula “Jesus died for our sins,” since the gospel centers on the truth that Jesus is King. He’s the resurrected and enthroned Lord over all, and we’re called to express our allegiance to him as our Lord. According to Bates, there are eight elements to the... Continue Reading

A Little Book on the Christian Life

Though short in length, this little booklet is full of wisdom for guiding the Christian’s journey

“What would become that Little Book first appeared in 1539, in the Latin second edition of Calvin’s magnum opus the Institutes of the Christian Religion. At that time it was a chapter titled De vita hominis Christiani (on the life of the Christian man).”   There are far more Calvinists in the world than there... Continue Reading

Is the Bible Good for Women?

Wendy Alsup’s new book, Is the Bible Good for Women?: Seeking Clarity and Confidence Through a Jesus-Centered Understanding of Scripture, asks a different sort of question, but it’s the one we need to be asking.

Is the Bible Good for Women? doesn’t just equip women to interpret Scripture correctly; it helps us gain a right understanding of a woman’s value. God made all of humanity in his image, and his ultimate purpose for his creation is to live in a world where both man and woman are mutually responsible to each other and their Creator. Crafted in... Continue Reading

An Opening Proposition that Changes Everything

Why are there no quotes from Jesus in all of Hebrews?

“This seems rather strange for a book that so confidently states that God has spoken to us by the Son. Wouldn’t this mean that Jesus’ words are God’s words? And if so, shouldn’t the author of Hebrews be quoting Jesus right and left to make his case? The fact that the book of Hebrews doesn’t... Continue Reading

Rumors of Adam’s Demise: One More and Counting

Adam and the Genome has appeared because of a growing conflict between theology and science

“In Adam and the Genome: Reading Scripture after Genetic Science, Dennis Venema and Scot McKnight contest my way of thinking. These are two authors at the top of their game—Venema a biology professor at Trinity Western University in British Columbia, who has written widely on evolutionary biology from a Christian perspective, and McKnight a New Testament... Continue Reading

The Training Ground of Sound Doctrine

It is not just pastors who bear the weight of training in sound doctrine

“There are many reasons that ignorance pervades today’s church. For decades, Christians have focused on felt needs rather than doctrinal truth. We have focused on immediately-applicable topical sermons rather than verse-by-verse exposition that unleashes the whole truth of God’s whole Word.”   For over a decade, I have been reviewing books that are of particular... Continue Reading

“Suffer the Children” — A Q&A with Dr. Gary and Jane Smith

An interview with Gary and Jane Smith, about their new book, “Suffer the Children: How We Can Help Improve the Lives of the World’s Impoverished Children.”

Because the problem appears to be so massive, it is easy to throw up our arms in despair and conclude that individuals can do nothing to help. However, we can help in many ways. In our book, we discuss the importance of praying faithfully, studying diligently, giving generously, living modestly, volunteering enthusiastically, investing and shop... Continue Reading

A Book for Me and All Protestants to Read

The archbishop offers not just critique, but also positive proposals

“There is much more to this book. It is both profound and provocative. And, while unabashedly Roman Catholic, it is, to adapt a phrase from Henry VIII, a book for me and all Protestants to read.”   I recently had the privilege of recording an hour-long conversation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, reflecting on the current... Continue Reading

Imitating Christ: Good, but not Gospel

God’s people should seek to be like Christ. But our imitating Christ is not the gospel.

"Of what avail, without the redeeming acts of God, are all the lofty ideals of Psalmists and Prophets, all the teaching and example of Jesus? In themselves they can bring us nothing but despair. We Christians are not interested merely in what God commands, but also in what God did; in a triumphant indicative; our salvation depends squarely upon history; the Bible contains that history, and unless that history is true the authority of the Bible is gone and we who have put our trust in the Bible are without hope”