Book Review of Tullian Tchividjian, Jesus+Nothing=Everything

The concern arises when that grace is discussed to the exclusion of the reality of Christian effort and obedience, the Christian walk, and in identifying sanctification as something that is at its core passive and dependent on our imputed legal status. Even before the book came out, Jesus + Nothing = Everything had the perfect... Continue Reading

Ten Thousand Hours? Like the Beatles?

In order to become truly proficient at something, you have to invest ten thousand hours. Galdwell mentions the Beatles as an example Review: Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers; The Story of Success (Little, Brown, 2008; Reprint Back Bay Books, 2011) What does it take to be successful? For many in the church the assumption is that great... Continue Reading

Review: Mark and Grace Driscoll’s ‘Real Marriage’

The Driscolls teach that there are six legitimate grounds for divorce: 1) Death (Rom. 7:2-4; 1 Cor. 7:39); 2) Adultery (Deut. 22:22; Matt. 5:32); 3) Non-Christian files for divorce and leaves (1 Cor. 7:10-24) 4) Sexual immorality/porneia (Matt. 5:32; 19:9); 5) Treachery or treasonous betrayal (Mal. 2:14-16); 6) Hardness of heart (Matt. 19:8; Mark 10:5).... Continue Reading

The Day of Worship: Reassessing the Christian life in light of the Sabbath

(C)hapter 1 and 2 address the importance of Sabbath keeping in Scripture. I contend that the importance of the question has largely been underestimated by the modern Reformed community. Editor’s Note: The following is the introduction to a new book by Katekōmen contributor Ryan M. McGraw. The author offers this article as a preview to... Continue Reading

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