Calvinism’s Exalted View of Scripture and Life

A review of: Joel Beeke, Living for God’s Glory: An Introduction to Calvinism. Orlando: Reformation Trust 396 pages. When I first saw this book, I wondered why it was necessary to add to the overwhelming pile of books on Calvinism. I was particularly curious why Reformation Trust would publish another book on Calvinism, due to... Continue Reading

A Review: The Bible Among the Myths

A Review: The Bible Among the Myths, John N. Oswalt, Zondervan 2009 In a brief book, Oswalt has done a good service for college and seminary students (and ministers) faced with the common assertion that the Bible is simply one other among the dozens of Ancient Near Eastern (ANE) mythologies, whose only real difference is... Continue Reading

BOOK REVIEW: Challenging the ‘prosperity gospel’

“Will Jesus Buy Me a Double-Wide (’Cause I Need More Room for My Plasma TV?”) takes to task a growing trend in some religious circles: that God wants you to prosper both financially and in health and that if you aren’t, something is wrong with your faith. Columbus, Georgia native Karen Zacharias has nothing against... Continue Reading

Book Review: Pastor Breaks Islam Code for Christians

Greear, who has led Muslims to Christ, said one of the best ways to share the Gospel with them is simply by being their friend and letting them see the Christian community. A megachurch pastor who understands Islamic theology said the majority of Christians would agree for the most part with the five core beliefs... Continue Reading

“Introverts In The Church” – A Review

“All those prayer and Bible-study groups, the fellowship and hugging and that obligation to spread the word. Sounds like a hotbed of extroversion to me.” I realize how introversion–for better and worse–permeates all aspects of our lives. I was surprised to learn about the new book, Introverts in the Church: Finding Our Place in an... Continue Reading

Jonathan Bean’s Race & Liberty in America

Oscar Stanton De Priest (1871-1951) was the first African-American elected to Congress in the 20th century. Like Barack Obama, he rose through Chicago machine politics. Unlike Obama, De Priest was a Republican firmly opposed to big government. He lost his seat in 1934 when African-Americans voted their empty pocketbooks and began a massive switch from... Continue Reading

New book argues desire and sexuality are acceptable within God-given limits

How to Be Single, Sexual, Spiritual and Sane: A Different Christian Perspective by Steve R. Bierly seeks to inform readers on Biblical teachings about human sexuality and how to address natural urges and feelings that come with attraction to the opposite sex. Bierly contends that mainstream Christian teaching in the area of sexual purity is... Continue Reading

The Death of Cheesy Christian Movies

You may think that I’m going to go off on the upcoming To Save a Life movie as one of those Christian movies whose budget, cinematography standards, plot and acting have been, well, left behind. But I’m not. Whatever giants the makers of this movie may have beem facing this movie is totally fireproof when... Continue Reading

2010 Christianity Today Book Awards Announced

For two decades, the annual Christianity Today Book Awards have recognized outstanding volumes that shed light on people, events, and ideas that shape evangelical life, thought, and mission. This year, our judging process began with 472 titles submitted by 72 publishers. CT editors selected finalists in each category, and then our expert judges sorted out... Continue Reading

‘Avatar’ and the faith instinct

You probably don’t need a long synopsis of James Cameron’s half-billion-dollar epic “Avatar,” in part because even if you haven’t seen it, you’ve seen it. As many reviewers have noted, Cameron rips off Hollywood clichés to the point you could cut and paste dialogue from “Pocahontas” or “Dances With Wolves” into “Avatar” without appreciably changing... Continue Reading