Why You Should Read Hannah Coulter

…the book roots love in place and community. Again, this is a central emphasis of Berry’s, and it is nowhere clearer than here. So much of our cultural concept of “love” is about the couple alone and their “feelings for one another.” This shows up in the isolated and unhealthy patterns of courtship we see... Continue Reading

Are Christian Kids ready for College? Not so much!

A study that shows nearly 70% of professing Christians students will “chuck their faith” and stop attending church during the ages of 18-22… they can also fail to thrive by refusing to grow up. Review: Thriving at College: Make Great Friends, Keep Your Faith, and Get Ready for the Real World, Alex Chediak, Tyndale House... Continue Reading

Demented faith or godless mammon

Lacorne applauds the American ideal of a “faith-friendly secularism”, in which people of all faiths can feel welcome. Or, for that matter, people of no faith: he notes that Mr Obama’s inaugural address was the first ever to acknowledge that some Americans do not believe in God. A review of Religion in America: A Political... Continue Reading

The Spiritual Legacy of Sam Patterson

Who was Sam Patterson? He was a thoroughly dedicated servant of Christ. His primary concern was evangelism, but he knew that evangelism must be built on a foundation of correct doctrine; he knew that he did not have the gifts to be a seminary professor, but he also believed that knowledgeable seminary professors were necessary... Continue Reading

John MacArthur – ‘Servant of the Word and Flock’

Particularly notable to me in this volume is John MacArthur’s steadfast and unwavering commitment to study, preparation, and preaching. As Murray explains, the California preacher’s wider ministry has been, in many ways, an extension of his ordinary Lord’s Day preaching ministry at Grace Community Church. Book Review: Servant of the Word and Flock, by Iain... Continue Reading

Can Theistic Evolution and an Historical Adam Be Reconciled?

These statements from the Creation Study Report seem to take a different hermeneutical approach to Genesis than Dr. Collins. In the above quotes, there is no indication that the committee believed the Genesis account to be an “historical core” with “symbolism” and “imaginative elements.” A Review of C. John Collins, Did Adam and Eve Really... Continue Reading

Book Review: Worship and the Reality of God

This is a book that pastors, elders, and sessions should pick up and read. It is a book that worship leaders should read. It is challenging to say the least. The implications are far-reaching. The observations are astute and important. As I said at the beginning, book reviews are funny things. But with all sincerity,... Continue Reading

A Review of The Rise of Evangelicalism by Mark Noll

No doubt some of us will read the account as the record of the powerful work of the Spirit for which we long in our day, while others of us will see the roots of much that gives us misgivings about the church and Christian experience today. One of the binding chapters of the Directory... Continue Reading

A Review: Through Western Eyes by Robert Letham

This book should do untold good towards improving Reformed/Orthodox relations. Hopefully, it will go a long way in clearing up misconceptions that both sides have towards each other. Through Western Eyes—Eastern Orthodoxy: A Reformed Perspecive (Mentor, 2007) by Robert Letham is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant books on Orthodoxy written from a Reformed perspective... Continue Reading

A Kinder, Gentler Calvinism?

Dr. Stewart does not believe Calvin’s developed view of predestination should be accepted as the standard view of the doctrine. He regards the developed view as less pastoral and more analytical than Calvin’s earlier treatment of the doctrine. To put it simply, Dr. Stewart wants Calvinists to hold to single predestination, not the objectionable double... Continue Reading