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Three Excellent Periodicals to Consider from 2013

Christian History Magazine

If you have logos, you ought to consider getting some of the issues on periods, groups, or individuals in church history.

Table Talk Magazine- RC Sproul

This is also on logos.  The topics are very practical and address pertinent contemporary church issues.

Modern Reformation- Michael Horton

This publication can be read online, and the subscription cost is reasonable.  The subscription also allows you to read back issues online, with many excellent topics and articles.  I have a lot of these articles in the resource center, so I highly recommend this publication.  The website also has a link to the White Horse Inn, which has an excellent podcast.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Book Recomendations

 

Book Recomendations from 2013 Continued

The Healing Promise: Is it Always God’s Will to Heal?- Richard Mayhue

Does God heal?  Goes God promise to heal in all circumstances as long as we have strong enough faith?  What are we to think about the common prosperity teachings that are circulating so widely in our contemporary church?  If you have asked some of these questions, then this is a book you ought consider reading.  My favorite chapter was probably the chapter interview of Joni Erickson Tada and her interaction with health and wealth friends in the years following her crippling accident.  Highly recommend this book.

The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God- DA Carson

We love to talk about the love of God, but do we understand it.  Where does it come from and how does God’s love set upon His children impact their capacity to love in the Biblical sense?  How can God be angry with the wicked yet set His love upon them extending grace in Christ drawing them to conversion?  Does God have a unique love for His own?  This excellent little book addresses these questions as well as many others.  It is a quick read, and a slow digest.

African Friends and Money Matters- David Maranz

Interacting with friends from another culture can become one of the most enriching experiences in a person’s life.  While it can be an enriching experience, it can also become a very frustrating experience as well.  Our culture affects our world view far more than we realize, and books like this one, help us to come face to face with many of these differences.  As someone living in an African culture, I have found this book to be extremely helpful in having a better understanding of why people say and do certain things the way that they do them.  This book has really challenged my thinking on many fronts, and I think it may challenge you as well.  If you are planning to move to or visit an African country, then I highly recommend this book.

Forty-One Letters on Religious Subjects- John Newton

We are all familiar with the hymn “Amazing Grace,” but do we know the theology behind the man who wrote that great hymn.  The following book is really a collection of letters written by John Newton on various subjects.  I read it in my logos library, and I think it was one of their free books of the month.  My favorite letter was one written to seminary students.  His cautions and exhortations were very challenging.  Reading classic pastors and theologians gives me an overwhelming sense that our generation is perhaps the most distracted and undisciplined generation in history.  This is a very edifying read.

 
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Posted by on December 31, 2013 in Book Recomendations

 

Book Recomendations from 2013 Continued

Strange Fire- John MacArthur

Some people have accused Dr. MacArthur for being divisive in the body of Christ; however this book is both an excellent read, and a great tool to help us think through the various issues that relate to the contemporary debate swirling around the Charismatic movement. I highly recommend this book, and purchased it the day it came out.  His section of fallible prophets and the tests proposed by Jonathan Edwards and applied in this book were especially helpful.  I also highly recommending going to the Grace to You, Youtube channel to watch the video messages from the Strange Fire Conference hosted this past fall.  It was very good.

The Transforming Power of the Gospel- Jerry Bridges

Jerry Bridges writes in a very conversational style, which I enjoy.  This book was like sitting in the living room having a conversation with a dear seasoned saint about the gospel and its implication on both my righteous standing before God, and the nature of growth into Christ-likeness over the course of my Christian life.  I have given out several copies here in Ghana, and highly recommend it.  If you want to sharpen your understanding of the gospel, then this is a great read for you.

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World- John MacArthur

How is pragmatism and worldliness shaping the American church?  Dr. MacArthur addresses this issue in a very helpful manner.  At what point in the American church did these many pragmatic practices infiltrate the church, and which 19th century figure’s theology so shaped many of these serious deviations in the church?  I highly recommend this book.

 
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Posted by on December 28, 2013 in Book Recomendations

 

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Book Recomendations from 2013

Putting Amazing Back Into Grace- Michael Horton

I love books related to the gospel, and this book was no disappointment.  Reading this book will give you a fuller and richer understanding of the great doctrinal themes that relate to our salvation.  If you are not reformed, this book will make you uncomfortable in places.  But step outside your comfort zone and reflect the glory of God in our salvation.  My favorite section was Horton’s development of the priesthood of the believer.  The practical implications of this doctrine were quite enriching. His development of the practice of infant baptism was interesting but not convincing.  His input regarding the Lordship debate was very balanced, perhaps some of the best statements I have read regarding that issue.  Well worth your time.

Christ-less Christianity- Michael Horton

Has the Christian church ceased to be distinctly Christian?  What does our approach to church life, evangelism, worship, and the preaching of the word reveal about our theology?  This was perhaps my favorite read this year.  Stepping outside my culture and into another has allowed me to more objectively critique our American culture, and this book many of the things I have been seeing.  The prosperity gospel has infiltrated the American church like a cancer, and pragmatic seeker friendly evangelism has become a standard in the evangelical church.  Horton pulls no punches in his critique of these common trends.  I encourage you to read this book with an open mind as you ask the question, has my approach to the Christian life ceased to be distinctly Christian?

The Forgotten Trinity- James White

I thoroughly enjoy James White’s style, especially as a debater.  He is simple and informative.  This is the most recent book I have read, and caught my attention after a lengthy conversation with several cult proselytizers.  Trinitarian monotheism is at the heart of the Christian gospel, yet it has become an area of serious misunderstanding in the Christian church.  Is Christ Yahweh?  Is the Son distinct from the Father?  In what ways are they distinct, and in what ways are they one?  How can Christ pray to the Father if they are one, and how can the Son call the Father His God if they are the same God?  These are questions that demand doctrinal precision, and are not non issues.  Eternal life is characterized by knowing intimately the Triune God as He is, and not as we imagine Him to be, therefore we ought to give careful diligence to understand and articulate this doctrine.  I found this book to be more than informative and stimulating, but also a book that thrust me into worship as I reflect on the majesty and uniqueness of the Triune God.  Excellent book!  I highly recommend it.

 
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Posted by on December 23, 2013 in Book Recomendations

 

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