Book Review: Covenant and Salvation: Union with Christ by Michael S. Horton

Part One is largely occupied with tendencies prominent within the New Perspective on Paul as well as on the Judaism of his day—tendencies that, on the one hand, accent continuity between Paul and that Judaism to the point of obscuring crucial differences, and on the other hand, stress discontinuity between Paul’s teaching on justification and... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton

Finally, the author has supplied not just a scripture index but one for the reformational creeds and catechisms sited in this work. This could prove to very helpful for the teacher seeking to cross-reference this systematic theology and the creeds and confessions. This work by Michael Horton may be the finest systematic theology since Berkhof’s... Continue Reading

What to Expect in new books from Reformation Trust in 2011

Reformation Trust Publishing, the book-publishing arm of Ligonier Ministries, plans to release ten books in 2011, including new titles in several established series and books by writers both familiar and new to Reformation Trust readers. In February, Reformation Trust will publish a new edition of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s classic children’s tale The Priest with Dirty... Continue Reading

Bob’s Best Books of 2010

2010 marked the second full year that I’ve focused on reading and reviewing good Christian books. I thought I could take the time to look back and assess the books I’ve reviewed in 2010. By the Numbers: Total Reviews: 30 (including 1 DVD) 2010 Publishers Reveiwed: 13 Pages Read: over 6600 Blog Posts Written: 168... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens by Michael Ward

Do you remember when you first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis? Many people, like me, trace their love of fantasy fiction back to that moment. As I gobbled up each of the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia series, I entered a world of knights, chivalry, valor, magic... Continue Reading

Recommended Books published in 2010 from the Staff of The Gospel Coalition

With more than 260,000 books published in the United States alone in 2010, any “Top Ten Books of the Year” lists should be digested with a grain of salt. Nevertheless, we all love year-end lists. So Collin Hansen, Andy Naselli, and I put together a list of books recommended for pastors, seminarians, and other Christian... Continue Reading

How The King James Bible ‘Begat’ English Idioms

Begat: The King James Bible And The English Language By David Crystal, Hardcover, 320 pages Oxford University Press, USA, List price: $24.95 If you’ve ever “fought the good fight” or chuckled at “what comes out of the mouths of babes,” you just might agree with him. Phrases with roots in the King James Bible are... Continue Reading

Book Review: Faith In The Face of Apostasy: The Gospel According to Elijah & Elisha by Raymond B. Dillard

In today’s church, the Old Testament is often overlooked. When attention is drawn to it, the focus tends to be on creation science, Proverbs for daily living, Psalms for devotional nourishment, and character studies for us to emulate. The Christian church largely focuses on the New Testament for its teaching and preaching. In a sense... Continue Reading

The Year in Books

I have always enjoyed recommending books, and for the final “Beyond the Wicket Gate” column of 2010, I thought it might be helpful to share some of the significant books that have been published so far this year, books that you may not have heard about but should consider reading. This list is not exhaustive.... Continue Reading

Review: The Big Short: Inside the Doomsday Machine by Michael Lewis (or A Christian view of what happened to our economy)

Reformed Christians are, of course, familiar with the civil use of the law to restrain evil. But as Augustine put it, “[C]ertain laws are established which are called civil laws, not because they bring men to make a good use of their wealth, but because those who made a bad use of it become thereby... Continue Reading


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