Considering “Radical – Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream’ by David Platt

Radical by David Platt is one of the books that has been enjoying lots of word of mouth among American Calvinists since its release. When I had the opportunity to get a review copy, I took it. I wanted to read it to see what the buzz was about, and the topic interests me. “I... Continue Reading

My Review of Love Wins

I confess I read this book because of all the hoopla on the internet. John Piper hates it, Mark Driscoll wants to say how much he hates it but is tired of launching his enemies onto the New York Times bestsellers list so he talks about it without talking about it. People everywhere are talking... Continue Reading

Foundational Religious Books the Focus for Two Publishers

If it’s true that a book takes on a life of its own, then each has a life story waiting to be told. So let the telling begin–starting with books that have sought the divine and rocked history, one soul at a time. That’s the ambitious idea behind the new Lives of Great Religious Books... Continue Reading

Book Review: Evangelism – A Biblical Response to Today’s Questions by J.D. Payne

If you are looking for something new and trendy, this book isn’t it. Evangelism is as serious as the Gospel and as practical as a conversation. Dr. J.D. Payne is the Associate Professor of Church Planting and Evangelism and Director of the Center for North American Missions and Church Planting at SBTS. He was brand... Continue Reading

Our Imperfect Search for Perfection – Movie Review of ‘Limitless’

So, it’s the late fourth century, and you’re a British monk named Pelagius. You travel to Rome and are appalled by the low moral standards of the place. Maybe you’re stuffy, but you attribute the general air of laxity to Augustine, who believes man can attain perfection only through divine grace, not human effort. This... Continue Reading

God Is Still Holy and What You Learned In Sunday School Is Still True – A review of Rob Bell’s ‘Love Wins’

This book is not a poem. It is not a piece of art. This is a theological book by a pastor trying to impart a different way of looking at heaven and hell. Whether Bell is creative or a provocateur is beside the point. If Bell is inconsistent, unclear, or inaccurate, claiming the “artist” mantle... Continue Reading

Review: Finding Your Prince in a Sea of Toads: How to Find a Quality Guy Without Getting Your Heart Shredded, by Dr. Kenneth Ryan

I’d recommend this book to women who are young, naïve and/or in the habit of making consistently destructive choices when it comes to dating or evaluating potential suitors. (Editor’s Note: Dr. Ryan is a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church (PCA) in Harrisonburg, VA) When I received a review copy of Ken Ryan’s Finding Your Prince... Continue Reading

Pop Goes the Worship – How Muzak Has Shaped Singing In Church

An interview with Grove City College Religion professor T. David Gordon, a minister in the Presbyterian Church of America, on his recent book: Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymns (P&R Publishing, 2010) In his new book, Why Johnny Can’t Sing Hymn, (P & R Publishing, 2010), T. David Gordon argues that modern worship choruses have trumped... Continue Reading

Love Wins – A Review of Rob Bell’s New Book

Love does win, but not the kind of love that Bell talks about in this book. The love he describes is one that is founded solely on the idea that the primary object of God’s love is man; indeed, the whole story, he writes, can be summed up in these words: “For God so loved... Continue Reading

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