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

Book Review: The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way by Michael Horton

Finally, the author has supplied not just a scripture index but one for the reformational creeds and catechisms sited in this work. This could prove to very helpful for the teacher seeking to cross-reference this systematic theology and the creeds and confessions. This work by Michael Horton may be the finest systematic theology since Berkhof’s... Continue Reading

What to Expect in new books from Reformation Trust in 2011

Reformation Trust Publishing, the book-publishing arm of Ligonier Ministries, plans to release ten books in 2011, including new titles in several established series and books by writers both familiar and new to Reformation Trust readers. In February, Reformation Trust will publish a new edition of Dr. R.C. Sproul’s classic children’s tale The Priest with Dirty... Continue Reading

Bob’s Best Books of 2010

2010 marked the second full year that I’ve focused on reading and reviewing good Christian books. I thought I could take the time to look back and assess the books I’ve reviewed in 2010. By the Numbers: Total Reviews: 30 (including 1 DVD) 2010 Publishers Reveiwed: 13 Pages Read: over 6600 Blog Posts Written: 168... Continue Reading

Book Review: The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens by Michael Ward

Do you remember when you first read The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis? Many people, like me, trace their love of fantasy fiction back to that moment. As I gobbled up each of the seven books of the Chronicles of Narnia series, I entered a world of knights, chivalry, valor, magic... Continue Reading