How Charity Can Be Toxic, Just in Time for Christmas – Bob Lupton explains how to avoid destroying dignity.

…but the research indicates that those who have gone on missions trips and whose lives have been changed return to their same values, patterns, and behaviors within six to eight weeks after their return….we spend money for our vacationaries to go into developing places to build houses at the cost of $30,000 a piece that... Continue Reading

Eschatology Reading Lists

This coming semester I’ll be teaching two courses on eschatology at Southern Seminary. Several folks beyond students at the seminary have asked me via email and Twitter what books I assign for these, so I decided I would post these reading lists for each of my courses here. Doctoral Seminar · Alan F. Segal, Life... Continue Reading

Sending Santa to Amazon (or your denominational bookstore): Top Sixteen Books to Buy as Christmas Gifts

There are three types of people in our country. There are, first of all, those who are able to read but do not read books. An AP-Ipsos poll recently revealed that 25% of Americans do not read books, while other polls have put the number higher, at around 50%. It is not that these Americans... Continue Reading

Philosopher Sticks Up for God – A Review of Plantinga’s “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism”

There are no atheists in foxholes, the old saying goes. Back in the 1950s, when the philosopher Alvin Plantinga was getting his start, there were scarcely more religious believers in academic philosophy departments. The philosopher Alvin Plantinga, whose new book is called “Where the Conflict Really Lies: Science, Religion and Naturalism.” Growing up among Dutch... Continue Reading

The Life of Charles Hodge – A Review

Many will know Charles Hodge primarily by his writings – his major three-volume work on Systematic Theology and his commentaries on Romans, Ephesians and 1 Corinthians. This biography opens a door into the life of the man behind the writing. He is shown to be a man who displayed the Christian graces in his home,... Continue Reading

Grace, Mercy and Justice: How Do Believers Give Generously? A Critique of Tim Keller’s Generous Justice

Christians should always have tender hearts towards those around us and a willingness to help others. Considering all that God has done for us, especially through the death and resurrection of Christ, how can we not be moved by the needs of others? In his book, Generous Justice: How God’s Grace Makes Us Just, Dr.... Continue Reading

Listening and Learning from the Prayer and Passion of Jesus: A Review

Jesus’ prayer in John 17 reveals the very heart of Jesus’ person and ministry. The following story of his trial and death reveals an eyewitness account. A Review of Michael E. Cannon, Jr’s The Prayer of Jesus: An Expository and Analytical Commentary on John 17, Resource Publications, Eugene, OR, November 2010 and The Trials and... Continue Reading

Location, Location, Location – Particular places shape the biblical story, and each Christian life

Bartholomew’s book engages more comprehensively with what the Bible has to say about place. For that reason alone, it is likely to appeal to a broad swath of readers, including many evangelicals A Review of Where Mortals Dwell: A Christian View of Place for Today by Craig G. Bartholomew, Baker Academic, September 2011, 384 pp.,... Continue Reading

Doing Justice in All Aspects of Life: A Review of Tim Keller’s ‘Generous Justice’

Many believe that the job of the church is not to do justice at all, but to preach the Word, to evangelize and build up believers. But if it is true that justice and mercy to the poor are the inevitable signs of justifying faith, it is hard to believe that the church is not... Continue Reading

Book Review: Getting Back Into the Race, Joel R. Beeke (CruciformPress, 2011)

There just aren’t many books out addressing the issue of the backsliding Christian. I imagine one reason why is the marketability—I mean, how many backsliders are really going to go buy a book about their condition? And I don’t think they would take too kindly to being handed a book on backsliding by a concerned... Continue Reading


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