No Uncertain Sound (Mostly) – A Review of Engaging With Martyn Lloyd Jones

We have leaders with a lot of swagger and `street cred’; Lloyd-Jones had gravitas and did not care to be cool…We have leaders whose politeness too often creates an atmosphere of ambiguity and uncertainty; Lloyd-Jones spoke on doctrinal issues with unerring clarity…And, for the record, I would take five minutes of his serious gospel exposition... Continue Reading

Christian Leader Father and Son Team Up To Give Advice on Aging (Or As They Call it, “Finishing”)

“How then do we finish well?” Just as we started the race, by grace. From that foundation, one is to have a Christ-centered life and a focused life. “…those who end well have disciplined lives.” Review of: Sweeting, Donald W. and George Sweeting. How to Finish the Christian Life. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 2012. 204 pages.... Continue Reading

Still in the Weeds on Human Origins – A Review of Jack Collins “Did Adam and Eve Really Exist?”

…this type of hybrid “Adam,” clearly driven by the need to account for an evolutionary model, is not the Adam of the biblical authors. Ironically, the desire to protect the Adam of scripture leads Collins (and others) to create an Adam that hardly preserves the biblical portrait. Evolution and a historical Adam cannot be merged... Continue Reading

One Percent or 33: America’s Real Inequality Problem

In a high-tech information age, the path to upward mobility is dependent on a high level of education both social and intellectual. Those who are left behind in these areas will have an increasingly difficult time not only with upward mobility but making it in general, Review of Mitch Pearlstein’s From Family Collapse to America’s... Continue Reading

Reflections on Jerram Barr’s Introduction to and Viewing of Wit

“You cannot imagine how time can be so still. It hangs. It weighs. And yet there is so little of it. It goes so slowly. And yet it is so scarce.” Recently, in a small, dimly lighted theater in Frontenac, Missouri, Jerram Barrs introduced the movie Wit (referral link). The audience consisted of 20 Covenant... Continue Reading

Bunyan wrote more than Pilgrim’s Progress “Venture All For God: Piety in the Writings of John Bunyan)

The aim of this book is to pry inside the motivations of the man who gave us The Pilgrim’s Progress. As such, a 54-page biographical essay, which includes the main aspects of Bunyan’s piety, is followed by selections from Bunyan’s other writings. SEBTS doctoral student Phil Newton is on a publishing binge, having recently published... Continue Reading

The Iron Lady – A Truly Meaningful Film

Commentators disagree on this, but I find myself increasingly attracted to the view that Elihu’s problem is not his theology; it is his complete lack of any human sympathy with Job in his agony. And that, of course, is a young man’s error. Watching The Iron Lady was a strangely emotional experience. As for anyone... Continue Reading

Reading Reflection: a Review of Expository Listening by Ken Ramey

Every time you hear the Word of God preached, you are training yourself to either obey or disobey God (98). Expository Listening, Ken Ramey (Kress Biblical Resources, 2010) Unfortunately, our generation is full of lazy listeners. The information age has bombarded us with a cacophony of informative interruptions. Information is packaged as entertainment now. Heck,... Continue Reading

The Best Christian Marriage Book You’ve Never Heard Of

Dwight and Margaret Kim Peterson’s book, Are You Waiting For ‘The One’, offers advice for a realistic and positive marriage. On the shelf of your church’s bookstore, Are You Waiting for ‘The One’? (InterVarsity), by Dwight N. and Margaret Kim Peterson, might look like any other Christian book on dating and marriage. Look a little... Continue Reading

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