Top Ten Books of 2012
It's really eleven; there's a tie for 10th place (plus 4 honorable mentions)
When I say “best” I have several questions in mind: Was this book well written and enjoyable to read? Did I find it personally challenging, illuminating, edifying, or entertaining? Is it a book I am likely to reread or consult often? Do I see myself frequently recommending this book to others? This was a... Continue Reading
Sacred Bond is the most concise book I have read explaining the basic structure of covenant theology
If you want to understand your Bible better, read this book. The authors glorify God by teaching his promises to which we can hold fast. We may break our promises, but God was pleased to make a covenant with his people, and then fulfill the full sanctions of that oath. He delivered his righteousness in... Continue Reading
Some Thoughts on the State of Christian Publishing
After the Bible, the Spirit, and the body of Christ, has anything been more important in the history of the church than the printed page
Personally, I’d like to see a deeply theological book about the nature of church unity. I’d like to see more careful “first principles” kind of thinking on politics and the relationship between church and state. I’d like to see someone publish (at a popular level) that go-to book on the doctrine of Scripture. I think... Continue Reading
The Queen James ‘Gay’ Bible
The Queen James Bible – edits out all references to homosexuality in order to provide a Bible translation "edited to prevent homophobic misinterpretation of God's Word."
The unnamed editors of the revision say they chose to use and retitle the King James Version to the Queen James Version because of the “obvious gay link to King James, known amongst friends and courtiers as ‘Queen James’ because of his many gay lovers.” The Story: A new revision of the King James Bible—dubbed... Continue Reading
Law, Grace and Redemption in Les Misérables
“This is not my house,” Bishop Myriel declares, “it’s the house of Jesus Christ,” a refuge for the outcast."
Deeply distraught and ill over this isolation, Valjean prepares to die wretchedly alone. Marius, however, eventually discovers the deeper truth: “You save people’s lives, and you hide it from them! You do more than that, you slander yourself while you’re pretending to unmask yourself.” In the happy reunion of his family, reconciled in love, Valjean dies, peacefully anticipating his eternal refuge
Renewing Our Faith and Reforming Our Ministry Practices
Understanding the Foundational Documents of The Gospel Coalition
Discerning readers will note that the authors affirm with the Foundation Documents issues such as complementarianism (Davis, pp. 66, 72), divine election (Smith, p. 93), divine sovereignty over evil (Andrews, p. 80), a propitiating model of atonement (Smith, p. 109)
From the heart: The diary of a departing pastor
Religious Liberalism, the current mantra that underlies PCUSA policies, programs and pronouncements, “will fail”
“In a denomination which tolerates open heresy from the pulpit and the seminary podium, one might think that any idea is allowed. After all, it has gone without a single heresy trial in almost 60 years, and has no list of essential beliefs,” says Sykes. But there is “one charge alone, without any proof or trial, [that] can be used at best to blackball a pastor, or at worst to remove him or her from office. That charge is schism.”
A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia
Interested and qualified members of the reading public are invited to participate
The Jonathan Edwards Center at Yale University is pleased to announce that, in partnership with William Eerdmans Publishing Company, it will be producing A Jonathan Edwards Encyclopedia.
Five Compelling Religious Biographies
Including "The definitive biography of one of the nineteenth century’s great theologians"
But some popular writers simply become biography factories, churning out a new one on some well-known figure every year (or more), just in time for Christmas, often repackaging old myths and inaccuracies.
Striving After Godliness Should Not Be So Controversial
A Response to a Series of Book Reviews in Christianity Today
Are Jerry Bridges and J. I. Packer—two men who have written extensively about the pursuit of holiness—especially judgmental and arrogant? The men and women at my church who strive each day to wage war against the flesh and grow in grace do not fit Galli’s description. And the Puritans? Galli’s comment is either overstated or unfair