Finding Eternal Subordination of The Son In The Oddest Places

Barrs brings a twist to ESS that I’ve never seen before. In his formulation, the Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in authority, but there’s still a hierarchy of headship.

Interestingly, Barrs brings a twist to ESS that I’ve never seen before. In his formulation, the Father, Son, and Spirit are equal in authority, but there’s still a hierarchy of headship.   As I’ve written before, there are many, many books that teach eternal subordination of the Son (ESS). Books for women, books for children, even notes... Continue Reading

When Atheists Lack the Courage of Their Convictions

A philosopher subjects atheism to the sort of scrutiny normally reserved for religion.

He is as exasperated with knee-jerk unbelief as he is with unthinking devotion, and has no time for several of the types of atheism he enumerates. All of them look to replace God with some form of secular humanism, science or politics. Their high priests tend to be just as blinkered as the ecclesiastics they... Continue Reading

When a Good God Encounters a Gay Girl

God isn’t calling gay people to be straight; he is calling all people—whether SSA or not—to a life of faith in and obedience to Christ.

At the close, Perry delivers a beautiful gospel presentation that all readers will do well to remember: Our sexuality is not our soul, marriage is not heaven, and singleness is not hell. So may we all preach the news that is good for a reason. For it proclaims to the world that Jesus has come... Continue Reading

The Old Man Crucified: An Essential Book

I want to offer one more book to this list of essential readings on why these doctrines matter and specifically a book which helps apply these glorious doctrines to the everyday man.

I’ve recently started meeting up with a small group of men in my church early on Sunday mornings to help them fight against sin as well as give encouragement in their war against lust. We’ve begun reading through and meditating on D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ Exposition of Romans Chapter 6: The New Man, published by the... Continue Reading

The Gracious, Sovereign, Effectual Call (Murray)

John Murray’s "Redemption Accomplished and Applied" is an outstanding resource

“If you haven’t read this book, I highly recommend doing so sooner than later! You’ll come away with a greater appreciation of Christ and what he did (and does) for you!”   John Murray’s Redemption Accomplished and Applied is an outstanding resource that gives a clear and concise summary of what the Bible teaches about Christ’s... Continue Reading

The Marrow of Modern Divinity: Edited and Abridged (Wilson)

One of Wilson’s goals of writing the summary was to get more people to read the original Marrow.

To be sure, abridging and editing a book like “The Marrow” is no easy task, and we all might go about it in a slightly different way.  But in my opinion Wilson’s summarization is a good and accurate one.   Many of our readers are perhaps familiar with Edward Fisher’s excellent 17th century publication called “The... Continue Reading

Richard Baxter’s Balanced Approach to Depression and Anxiety

What happens if someone’s symptoms and behaviors and wrongly attributed to willful and sinful decisions?

“Are psychiatric illnesses the result of sin or not? Are individuals to blame, or are they not responsible for their fate?” Lundy insists, “For the most part, we are left with the much more general sense that sickness and suffering in the world are distributed in ways that defy our comprehension.” Lundy points to Richard... Continue Reading

Why We Can’t Unhitch from the Old Testament

Stanley stands against the entire history of the church as well as the theological heritage of the Protestant Reformation. He’s even out of sync with the Bible itself.

If we want to know how (or whether) Christians should use the Old Testament, we might ask what the earliest Christians did. Would the church fathers of the second and third centuries have agreed with Stanley’s view? No; they not only read, studied, and used the Old Testament in worship (e.g., see Justin Martyr, 1 Apol. 67),... Continue Reading

Review: Kevin DeYoung’s ‘Ten Commandments’

The importance of the Ten Commandments to understanding God’s holiness and our need of this truth for faithful living.

We should study them because most of us are ignorant about them; because they have historically been at the center of Christian instruction; because they are key to ethics under the Mosaic covenant; because they are key to New Testament ethics; and because God’s Law is good and worthy of our delight. We should obey... Continue Reading

[Book Review] The Courage to Be Protestant

The evangelical movement has not remained unaffected by the spirit of the age, but has in many ways submitted itself to its dictates under the false guise of relevancy and reaching the culture.

What is the church to do? “It is time for us to recover our lost universe. What we need to do is to think, once again, with an entirely different set of connections. The connections are not primarily in reference to self, but to God. The connections that have to be reforged in the moral... Continue Reading