A failure to listen lies at the root of most of our struggles to grow as Christians.
Jesus tells the disciples, “To you it has been given to know the secrets of the kingdom of God” (v. 10). In other words, the message of the gospel that Jesus preached is “the secrets of the kingdom” that must be revealed. It is the light that ignites the lamp of our lives. And that... Continue Reading
“Persistent Prayer” – Prayer Is Our Lifeline on the Battlefront
Prayer gives us access to God and to every help that we need to live the Christian life and to minister where God has placed us.
Prayer is not preparation for the real work that leaders do. It is the real work. Prayer gives us access to God and to every help that we need to live the Christian life and to minister where God has placed us. For, as Paul said under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “we do... Continue Reading
Book Review: When Prayer Is a Struggle
Through this book, God will do that very thing—help you fight through your struggles and learn to enjoy prayer as one of his most precious gifts.
Kevin Halloron’s When Prayer Is a Struggle is meant to console Christians who are struggling to pray, to diagnose their troubles, and to provide practical counsel that can motivate them once more. A book that is appropriately simple and relatively short, it serves as a very relevant and very applicable guide to prayer. I expect every... Continue Reading
Review of “Rejoice and Tremble” By Michael Reeves
Book Review: Reeves begins with a great question: Is fear good or bad?
Reeves argues that there are multiple types of fear. First, natural fear is the fear of pain, accidents, and death. These are the result of the fall, but they are not sinful in themselves. A second form of fear he calls “Sinful Fear,” which gets its name because it derives from our sin. We fear... Continue Reading
How Can I Pray Biblical Prayers for My Suffering Friend?
The first prayer in the book asks not that suffering will end but that through suffering “the work of God will be displayed in your life.”
It’s hard to know how to pray in the middle of a difficult situation. When my friend was in hospice, I wish I had a book like I’m Praying for You to point me to the freedom of Scripture and remind me that prayer is not primarily about us—our faith, our power or ability, even our circumstances. I’m... Continue Reading
Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun
To “seek first the kingdom of God,” means to know and enjoy God as our highest aim.
This tendency to get off track in seeking God is why I am thankful for the book, Knowing and Enjoying God by Tim Challies and Jules Koblun. They have provided us with clear signposts showing us the road that often gets lost in the overgrowth of ideas. They have also done it in a unique way. Jules has provided... Continue Reading
Sisyphus Just Keeps Rolling Along: A Review of Scott Yenor’s “The Recovery of Family Life”
We’ve been going through a sexual revolution for a while now, and things have certainly changed—standards have been overturned—but is this progress?
Some limits find their origins in human society—we can call them “positive law”, or perhaps, “social convention”, but whatever we call them, we can change them because we made them up. But there are other limits—limits that are simply in the nature of things. And those are the limits that we can’t change. While that... Continue Reading
Book Review—Therefore the Truth I Speak: Scottish Theology 1500–1700
Macleod’s new book on Scottish Christianity also addresses timeless concerns like the authority of Scripture, justification by faith alone, and what faithful Christian witness looks like.
Donald Macleod’s beautiful new book, Therefore the Truth I Speak, is an engaging look at Scottish theology that mines the past and brings it into the present. Part church history, part historical theology, this book introduces some fascinating figures and events. Biographical Sketch of the Author Donald Macleod was Principal of the Free Church of... Continue Reading
An Exhaustive Exegetical Extravaganza
This new book exhibits that same kind of comprehensive and precise approach to the two opening chapters of Scripture.
In the Beginning was a delight to read – personally it brought me back to many of the OT lectures I enjoyed from Dr. Van Dam in my seminary years. While I found it enjoyable, there may be others who will find it tough-going at times. It’s not highly technical, but in places Van Dam does... Continue Reading
Finding the Right Hills to Die On: A Book Review
Avoiding sectarianism and minimalism is not about avoiding disagreements altogether—it’s about understanding when and how we ought to disagree.
A bulk of the book is dedicated to “performing” theological triage—particularly in the chapters dedicated to second-and-third-rank issues. Drawing on his journey through various theological positions, Ortlund models what it means to define the faith from a posture of humility. Gavin Ortlund wants to make you a better boxer—or at least help you pick... Continue Reading