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Good Motives, Middling Result: Hambrick’s Do Ask, Do Tell, Let’s Talk

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Pentecostal Outpourings…the Reformed Way

Smart, Robert Davis, Michael A. G. Haykin, and Ian High Clary, editors. Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2016. Paperback, 260 + xii pages. ISBN 978-1-6018-433-9. This is an excellent and edifying book. An … Continue reading

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For Love of God’s Word: Useful, Not Essential, to Biblical Understanding

Köstenberger, Andreas J., and Richard D. Patterson. For the Love of God’s Word: An Introduction to Biblical Interpretation. Grand Rapids: Kregel Academic, 2015. Hard cover, 444 pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-4336-7. Late in For Love of God’s Word (hereafter, FLGW), a condensed … Continue reading

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Pious Thinking: God’s Battle Plan (Saxton Review)

Saxton, David W. God’s Battle Plan for the Mind: The Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015. Paperback. 145+vii pages. ISBN 978-1-60178-371-4.Contemporary rediscovery of the intellectually rich yet rigorously practical work of Puritan thinkers continues. Pastor … Continue reading

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The Gospel. Clear But Maybe Too Simple: The Evangelism Study Bible

The Evangelism Study Bible. Grand Rapids: Kregel, 2014. Hardcover. 1564+xiii pages. ISBN 978-0-8254-2662-9.Last time I visited my local Christian bookstore, I admit the one thought that didn’t occur to me was, “You know, what we really need today is a … Continue reading

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Bitesize Rutherford Bio: Something to Chew On

Hannula, Richard M. Samuel Rutherford: Lover of Christ. Bitesize Biographies. Darlington, England: EP Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-78397-018-6.Richard Hannula’s Samuel Rutherford Bitesize Biography is an excellent brief introduction to Rutherford’s life, thought, and place in history. Suitable either as an easy … Continue reading

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Handling Hardship: Sunukjian’s Invitation to James

Sunukjian, Donald R. Invitation to James: Persevering Through Trials to Win the Crown. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2014. ISBN 978-1-941337-25-7.Invitation to James is part of a series on “Biblical Preaching for the Contemporary Church,” with current or forthcoming titles … Continue reading

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Moynagh’s Being Church, Doing Life: Creative Outreach Made Practical

Moynagh, Michael. Being Church, Doing Life: Creating Gospel Communities where Life Happens. Oxford/Grand Rapids: Monarch, 2014. 352 pages. ISBN 978-0-85721-493-5. Kregel’s featured $1.99 Kindle book through 26 September 2014.An author who makes a point of quoting both Charles Darwin (116) … Continue reading

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Titus for You: Doesn’t “Rule,” but Still Good Reading

Chester, Tim. Titus for You. The Good Book Company, 2014. Hardcover, 121 pages. ISBN 978-1-90991-961-7.Mostly, this book is very good. It is doctrinally reformed (“The Spirit gives the desire and the ability to respond to the gospel. Because God has … Continue reading

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Berding’s Burden: Promoting Bible Revival

Berding, Kenneth. Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves To One Book. Wooster, OH: Weaver Book Company, 2013. 121 pages, paperback. ISBN 978-0-9891671-3-0. Correcting deficiencies of the contemporary church has been the focus of a number of recent texts. Deficiencies found in need … Continue reading

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Gospel Assurance & Warnings: Edifying & Troubling

Washer, Paul. Gospel Assurance & Warnings. Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. ISBN 978-1-60178-294-6. Overview & Recommendation Some years ago, perhaps, a man asked you, “If you died tonight, are you sure you’d go to heaven?” You couldn’t answer “yes” … Continue reading

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Hoping the Best for C. S. Lewis: Reflections on Robbins

Image: Foggy Foothpath © Copyright Dave Smethurst and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License. One seminary I attended, Bethel Seminary San Diego, hosted lectures this week by a C. S. Lewis scholar. Though I did not attend the … Continue reading

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Designed to Renew Your Mind: Guliuzza’s Creation Apologetics

Yesterday (Saturday 28 September 2013), the creation museum in my area held its yearly “Museum Day.” Though the event ran from 9 AM to 6 PM, with presentations by a range of speakers from Gary Parker to John Morris to … Continue reading

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