The One Book: Revival and Revivalism by Iain H. Murray

Of the more than 300,000 books published annually in US, how is one to sort through such a smorgasbord of literary titles and select only the choicest delicacies?

The book, Revival & Revivalism by Iain H. Murray (Banner of Truth, 1994), uses the records of participants in both the First Great Awakening (1GA) and Second Great Awakening (2GA) to present a history of revivals in early America and their impact on modern American Christianity.  Murray assesses both revivals through the lenses of history and theology... Continue Reading

A Subversive Netflix Documentary Titled “The Family”

This film mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda.

What troubled me most about this film is how it mainstreams blatant anti-Christian propaganda. This film could not have been made fifteen years ago. It would have provoked massive blowback. But a lot has changed in the last fifteen years, and it is now okay to caricature Christians and publicly denounce them for their beliefs.... Continue Reading

The Logical Fallacies of the Contemporary Social Justice Movement: A Review of “The Color of Compromise”

Because proponents of social justice and identity politics have claimed the moral high ground, they often attempt to discredit those who oppose their assertions.

When racism is defined as a belief or practice that regards one race as inferior to another, Christians certainly should be at the forefront of confronting racism and calling for repentance. But proponents of the contemporary social justice movement have adopted a more expansive definition of racism. Their basic claim is that today’s whites are... Continue Reading

An Open Letter to the Child Facing End-of-Life Decisions for a Parent

This book aims to equip Christians facing end-of-life decisions by simplifying confusing jargon and exploring biblical principles families need to navigate the transition from this life to the next.

The decisions that so overwhelm you can still be an instrument of Christian love. When illness silences your parent, you can be his or her voice. You can affirm that as an image bearer of God, he or she has dignity by design, and is worthy of love.   Dear brother or sister, We know... Continue Reading

Nothing on Earth Can Compare

Edwards captures the largeness of God and heaven.

The Northampton pastor compels his hearers to remember the sweet and sometimes forgotten promises of Scripture. The “mustard seed” that fights to grow here will surely grow into “a great tree” in eternity. The soul that fought to taste the love of God in this earth but battled bitterly against besetting sin, hurtful situations, and... Continue Reading

The Genre of Luke’s Gospel

If Pitts is right that Luke-Acts presents itself as history, then we’ll better understand Luke-Acts if we focus on what that two-volume work says about the Christian movement.

What difference does it make whether Luke is biography or history? Simply that we’ll better observe Luke’s focus, which enables us to focus there with him. Since Matthew, Mark, and John are biographies of Jesus, we read them rightly when we focus on the person of Jesus. Of course, we can’t ignore what Jesus did or... Continue Reading

Book Review of Raising Kids in a “You Can Do It” World by Paul Tautges

This brief book is a quick but important read for busy parents.

The gospel of Jesus Christ is central to this book, emphasizing the need for parents to acknowledge that we are all sinners, the cost God paid for our salvation, and the high cost of following Him. The key is to be authentic. “Our kids…need parents who know how desperately they need the Savior themselves” (p.... Continue Reading

American Mythology’s Endgame

The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release of “Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame.”

Endgame is the mythology of America’s young. Earlier generations looked to John Wayne, but today it is Marvel; and Endgame’s official message paraphrased is “be who you are, not who you are supposed to be.” That has ramifications, so don’t be the last to know.   The largest cultural event of 2019 is the release... Continue Reading

“The Making of Christian Morality: Reading Paul in Ancient and Modern Contexts” by David G. Horrell

Horrell’s approach to Scripture makes him a less than reliable guide.

Horrell is right to recognize that nobody reads Scripture in a vacuum. We are all deeply affected by the social and intellectual contexts in which we live, and we all come to Scripture with various questions and biases, many of which we are often not even aware. It is also legitimate to seek insight from... Continue Reading

Transgender to Transformed

I know countless people who have lived for years in the homosexual or transgender lifestyle and who now are gloriously saved and walking in the holiness of their new lives in Christ.

I was with Laura recently when she joined Pastor Geoff Kirkland of Christ Fellowship Bible Church, others, and me as we proclaimed the good news of Jesus Christ at Pridefest, St. Louis, an event advocating homosexuality. I asked her at dinner one night if she ever has any desire to go back to her former... Continue Reading