Culture Shift and Related Issues: Some Recommended Books

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred G. Zaspel Over the course of 2019 I taught the youth and adult Sunday School class at our church. The objective of this year-long course of study was to gain a closer – and specifically, a Christian – understanding of our changing culture. We focused on the issues that are shaping our society and that will confront university students in particular. We tracked the culture shift of the last generation or two, and then we examined in particular subjects like these: Postmodernism Truth Relativism (intellectual, moral, and religious) Is Jesus the Only Way? (Christian exclusivism) Scientism and Naturalism Creation and Evolution Homosexuality Gender Identity Transgenderism Cultural Marxism It was a helpful course of study for me, at least … and I hope it was for others, too. Below is a list of books I recommended along the way. Perhaps you will find these useful also. Melvin Tinker, That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost (on cultural Marxism) See our Book Notice here. Albert Mohler, We Cannot Be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong See our Author Interview here. See our Book Summary here. See our Book Notice here. David Breese, Seven Men Who Rule the World from the Grave Christopher Morgan and Robert Peterson, Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism See our Book Summary here. Erwin Lutzer, Exploding the Myths that Could Destroy America Vern Poythress, Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach See our Book Summary here. See our Book Notice here. John Lennox, Can Science Explain Everything? Sharon Dirckx, Am I Just My Brain? See our Author Interview here. P. Moreland, Scientism and Secularism: Learning to Respond to a Dangerous Ideology See our Author Interview… Read More

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Weekly Recap, January 4, 2020

Book Summary: TOTAL TRUTH: LIBERATING CHRISTIANITY FROM ITS CULTURAL CAPTIVITY (STUDY GUIDE EDITION), by Nancy Pearcey A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Nathan Sundt   About the Author Nancy R. Pearcey is editor-at-large for the Pearcey Report and the Francis A. Schaeffer Scholar at the World Journalism Institute. She earned an M.A.… Book Review: Mark T. Coppenger’s Review of THE MYTH OF EQUALITY: UNCOVERING THE ROOTS OF INJUSTICE AND PRIVILEGE, by Ken Wytsma A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Mark T. Coppenger   This time around, for my seminar on social ethics, I assigned Ken Wytsma’s The Myth of Equality to provide a counter-voice to the perspective of another assigned… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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Bestsellers of 2019 Sale

Bestsellers of 2019 WTS Books is running a sale on their bestsellers of 2019. This is a fantastic chance to buy some books! Here is some information on one of them: Fear and anxiety are chronic struggles for many people that are only intensifying and increasing. Best-selling author Edward T. Welch shares the comfort and peace of Jesus in fifty brief readings for those who wrestle with fear. A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is a small but powerful devotional to remind men and women of the encouraging, beautiful words in Scripture to anxious people. While many books on fear and anxiety exist—promising to help men and women manage their struggles with methods and formulas—this devotional reaches deeper into Scripture, making the Word of God more accessible. Don’t put a Band-Aid on your fear and anxiety; rather, learn to bring your fear to Jesus, relying on his Word. Welch has been counseling for over thirty-eight years and is the author of more than a dozen books, including A Small Book about a Big Problem, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, When People Are Big and God Is Small, and many others. Jesus cares for us, and in these readings, Welch invites readers to trust him for today, knowing he goes before us always. About the Author: Edward T. Welch is a counselor and faculty member at CCEF. He has a PhD from the University of Utah and an MDiv from Biblical Theological Seminary. Ed has been counseling for over thirty-five years and has written many books and articles on biblical counseling. He and his wife, Sheri, have two married daughters and eight grandchildren. Endorsements: “For those of us who often find ourselves simmering in anxious thoughts, we need something more than being told not to… Read More

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Weekly Recap, December 28, 2019

Book Summary: THE UNEASY CONSCIENCE OF MODERN FUNDAMENTALISM, by Carl F. H. Henry A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Jenny-Lyn de Klerk   Table of Contents Preface Introduction by Harold J. Ockenga The Evaporation of Fundamentalist Humanitarianism The Protest Against Foredoomed Failure The Most Embarrassing Evangelical Divorce The Apprehension… Book Review: Thomas J. Nettles’ Review of THEOLOGIES OF THE AMERICAN REVIVALISTS: FROM WHITEFIELD TO FINNEY, by Robert W. Caldwell III A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Thomas J. Nettles   Robert Caldwell gives close attention to the century 1740-1840 in discussing theology and conversion in the development of the revivalist phenomenon in America. His purpose in this… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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Introducing the ESV Digital Scripture Journal

WTS Books Sale on ESV Digital Scripture Journal Whether you’re a commuter riding the morning train to work, a pastor preparing for next week’s sermon, or a parent trying to find time for the Word in your busy schedule, the ESV Digital Scripture Journal provides a flexible, on-the-go journaling experience. Designed from the ground up for use with a digital tablet and stylus, the ESV Digital Scripture Journal is tailored to take advantage of the portability and dynamic features of a digital Bible without losing the beauty and interactive nature of a traditional print Bible. Featuring larger text for easier reading, plenty of space for notes and artwork, and an easy-to-use table of contents for quick navigation, the ESV Digital Scripture Journal is a great resource for students, artists, ministry leaders, seminarians, and academics alike. Purchase of the ESV Digital Scripture Journal includes 4 separate PDFs, each containing the full text of the ESV Bible: 1) portrait orientation, light mode; 2) portrait orientation, dark mode; 3) landscape orientation, light mode; and 3) landscape orientation, dark mode. Upon purchase, your order-confirmation email will include a direct link to your digital library, where you can download the files. Find more tips, ideas, and tutorials at crossway.org/DigitalScriptureJournal. Features: Compatible with virtually any PDF reading/annotation app Designed to work smoothly on virtually any tablet-sized device Choose from 2 page orientations (portrait or landscape) and 2 color schemes (light mode or dark mode) Add handwritten notes and annotations right next to, and even within, the biblical text Erase, move, and resize your notes and annotations Quickly navigate to any chapter of the Bible from any page Use your PDF reading/annotation app to easily insert a specially designed blank page anywhere if you need additional space for notes related to a specific passage Download a free sample of the full book of Romans. NOTE: Use of… Read More

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Weekly Recap, December 21, 2019

Book Summary: NO OTHER GOD: A RESPONSE TO OPEN THEISM, by John M. Frame A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Daniel Scheiderer   Overview This book is a response to the rising adoption of the theology of open theism. It should be read alongside Frame’s The Doctrine of God, as… Book Review: Ben Rogers’ Review of THE LETTERS OF JOHN BERRIDGE OF EVERTON: A SINGULAR SPIRITUALITY, by John Berridge A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ben Rogers   J. C. Ryle first introduced me to John Berridge of Everton in The Christian Leaders of the Last Century. This work consists of a series of biographical sketches… Steve West’s Review of ENCOUNTERING RELIGIOUS PLURALISM: THE CHALLENGE TO CHRISTIAN FAITH & MISSION, by Harold Netland A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Steve West   Perhaps the best thing that can be said about Encountering Religious Pluralism is that, nearly twenty years after publication, it is still an incisive and thoughtful book on… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’ Review of BIBLE HISTORY ABCS: GOD’S STORY FROM A TO Z, by Stephen J. Nichols A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   I seriously have a new favorite category of authors: Christian college professors who write children’s books. These men and women have a depth of biblical understanding that is… Kristin Stiles’ Review of PREPARE HIM ROOM: CELEBRATING THE BIRTH OF JESUS FAMILY DEVOTIONAL, by Marty Machowski A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   Right from the beginning, I was captivated by the title. The title! Here is a Christmas family devotional that is titled “Prepare Him Room.” In all the hustle… Our Blog: Book Notice: LOVING GOD AND NEIGHBOR WITH SAMUEL PEARCE, by Michael… Read More

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Book Notice: LOVING GOD AND NEIGHBOR WITH SAMUEL PEARCE, by Michael A. G. Haykin and Jerry Slate

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance The love of God and neighbor is the heart of the Christian faith. Forgotten saint Samuel Pearce teaches us how to live a life faithful to the greatest commandment. Pearce was a Baptist pastor known in eighteenth-century England for his moving preaching and strong, pious character. In his short life, he supported believers in his own parish as well as in the many cities where he preached and helped send missionaries. Yet his personal faith, founded on the “holy love” of God, formed his most compelling witness to the world. By getting to know Pearce’s story, readers will learn from his example what it looks like to love God and neighbor – in good times as well as challenging and seemingly mundane ones. The Lived Theology series explores aspects of Christian doctrine through the eyes of the men and women who practiced it. Interweaving the contributions of notable individuals alongside their overshadowed contemporaries, we gain a much deeper understanding and appreciation of their work and the broad tapestry of Christian history. These books illuminate the vital contributions made by these figures throughout the history of the church. About the Authors: Michael A. G. Haykin is professor of church history and biblical spirituality at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary and the Director of the Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies. He is author of numerous books, including Rediscovering the Church Fathers: Who They Were and How They Shaped the Church. Jerry Slate is pastor of Berean Baptist Church (Hiram, GA). He is contributing author to The Glory of God Among All the Nations. Endorsements: Michael Haykin and Jerry Slate show how Pearce’s lived theology led him to become an advocate for the global advance of the gospel. Contemporary pastors who are committed to global missions will… Read More

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Christmas Gift Guide from WTS Books

Christmas Gift Guide at WTS Books WTS Books is running a fantastic Christmas gift guide sale. Here is some information about one of their books: David Hume (1711-1776) Through his pursuit of a naturalistic grounding for morality and his forceful critique of supernaturalism, Scottish philosopher David Hume significantly undermined confidence in orthodox Christianity. Professor, minister, and philosopher James Anderson summarizes the major points of Hume’s thought and offers a critical assessment from a distinctively Reformed perspective. He shows that Hume’s arguments, far from refuting the Christian worldview, indirectly support that worldview by exposing the self-defeating implications of naturalism. Deepen your understanding of this immensely influential thinker, and you will be better able to engage with today’s secular challenges to faith. About the Author: James N. Anderson (PhD, PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the Carl W. McMurray Professor of Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte. A member of the Society of Christian Philosophers, he is also an ordained minister and the author of Paradox in Christian Theology and What’s Your Worldview? Endorsements: “An uncommonly successful introduction, explanation, and assessment of the work of one of the most influential authors of the last three hundred years. Anderson’s account of Hume’s project, method, and principal conclusions is clear, accessible, and philosophically perceptive. In a remarkably short space, Anderson gives a very strong overview of Hume that makes Hume’s importance easy to understand. His assessment of the success of Hume’s overall project and individual assertions is rich, biblically serious, consistently Reformed, and likely to edify readers regardless of their previous exposure to Hume’s works.” “The skepticism of David Hume has frightened many who have sought to follow Christ. But James Anderson’s book shows that it is the followers of Hume who should be frightened. Anderson presents an account of Hume that is accurate and comprehensive,… Read More

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Weekly recap, December 14

Book Summary: WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT CHRISTIANITY?, by Dinesh D’Souza A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance   About the Author Dinesh D’Souza, a former White House domestic policy analyst, is the author of five New York Times bestsellers. He is a prominent public intellectual for Christianity.  … Book Review: Mason Pell’s Review of THEIR ROCK IS NOT LIKE OUR ROCK: A THEOLOGY OF RELIGIONS, by Daniel Strange A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Mason Pell   In the book “Their Rock is not like Our Rock” Daniel Strange sets out to develop a theology of religions from a Biblical worldview. How do other religions… Mark Baker’s Review of MISSING LENSES: HOW READING SCRIPTURE WITH THE FIRST CENTURY CHURCH CAN HELP US FIND OUR LOST IDENTITY, by Tom Holland with Ann Weaver A Book Review from Books at a Glance By Mark Baker   Editor’s Note:  We have arranged for a 50% discount on the Kindle version of this book for our readers – this week only!   Whenever someone asks me what I think of N.… Author Interview: Interview with James N. Anderson, author of DAVID HUME An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   Greetings, and welcome to another Author Interview from Books At a Glance. I’m Fred Zaspel, and we are delighted to have Dr. James Anderson with us today to talk about his… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’ Review of FOLLOW ME: BIBLE STORIES FOR YOUNG CHILDREN, by Liesbeth van Binsbergen A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   “Follow Me.” We recognize those words as a command of our Lord Jesus in the Gospels. He invited those who listened to His message to become His disciples.… Our Blog: Book Notice: I AM: A DEVOTIONAL STUDY OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD,… Read More

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A Great Sale on an Excellent Contribution to Great Thinkers

Book Sale at WTS Books The Great Thinkers Series This is an academically, biblically, and theologically informed series that explores the seminal thoughts of leading philosophers who have shaped the modern world. Writing from a Reformed perspective, the authors in the series identify the most influential cultural features of each great thinker and the most apologetically effective ways to address these. Praise for the Great Thinkers Series “After a long eclipse, intellectual history is back. We are becoming aware, once again, that ideas have consequences. . . . Though succinct, each volume [in this series] is rich, and displays a balance between what Christians ought to value and what they ought to reject. This is one of the happiest publishing events in a long time.” —William Edgar “[These books] set forth accurately the views of the thinkers under consideration, and they enter into constructive dialogue, governed by biblical and Reformed convictions. I look forward to the release of all the books being planned and to the good influence they will have on the next generation of philosophers and theologians.” —John M. Frame Through his pursuit of a naturalistic grounding for morality and his forceful critique of supernaturalism, Scottish philosopher David Hume significantly undermined confidence in orthodox Christianity. Professor, minister, and philosopher James Anderson summarizes the major points of Hume’s thought and offers a critical assessment from a distinctively Reformed perspective. He shows that Hume’s arguments, far from refuting the Christian worldview, indirectly support that worldview by exposing the self-defeating implications of naturalism. Deepen your understanding of this immensely influential thinker, and you will be better able to engage with today’s secular challenges to faith. Buy the books DAVID HUME, by James N. Anderson P & R Publishing, 2019 | 160 pages Visit Books at a Glance

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New & Noteworthy in Theology

Book Sale at WTS Books Many Christians live as though they are effectively alone. However, there is another realm of intelligent life that plays a role in the world―angelic beings. This book explores the doctrine of angels and demons, answering key questions about their nature and the implications for Christians’ beliefs and behavior, helping readers see their place in the larger biblical plotline that includes supernatural beings. An understanding of the reality of angels and demons encourages believers to be vigilant in the light of spiritual warfare and to be confident in Christ’s victory on the cross. About the Author: Graham A. Cole (ThD, Australian College of Theology) is the dean and professor of biblical and systematic theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. An ordained Anglican minister, he has served in two parishes and was formerly the principal of Ridley College. Graham lives in Libertyville, Illinois, with his wife, Jules. He is a member at Church of the Redeemer in Highwood, Illinois. Endorsements: “In Against the Darkness, Graham Cole demonstrates once again why he is considered a trusted theological voice for our time. Bringing his careful research and wide-ranging interaction with major theological voices throughout the centuries alongside his own fresh theological engagement, Cole applies his superb theological skills to the oft-neglected themes of angels, Satan, and demons. Moreover, this thoughtfully designed and accessible volume offers several fuller treatments of controversial subjects and challenging biblical texts, providing readers an opportunity to learn from Cole’s insightful wisdom. It is a genuine joy to recommend this thoroughly biblical, theologically faithful, and purposefully pastoral contribution to the highly regarded Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.”―David S. Dockery, Chancellor, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School “While the doctrine of angels and demons may be less central than doctrines such as the Trinity, the hypostatic union, and substitutionary atonement, nevertheless angels and demons… Read More

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Book Notice: I AM: A DEVOTIONAL STUDY OF THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, by Brian A. Russell

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance To have a clearer vision of God should be the Christian’s supreme calling, because when we know Him we reflect Him. To love and serve the Creator in righteousness, men and women need something more than an awareness of His existence through general revelation. We also need to know who and what He is, where He can be found, and how He may be approached; He reveals this in His Word. Brian A. Russell here guides us through what the Bible says about the attributes of God. About the Author: Brian A. Russell entered the pastoral ministry in 1962. He has served churches in South Africa, where he was born,Zimbabwe, and Virginia, USA, where he now lives. He is the author of a number of books, including Saved by Grace from First to Last and Behold My Servant. He and his wife Muriel have three grown children. Endorsements: Brian A. Russell has given us a perceptive and thoroughly biblical exploration of the attributes of God. As they make their way through this profound yet understandable study, the reader will surely grow in their knowledge of God’s infinite greatness and increase their love for Him. (Rebecca Stark) There is no subject more worthy of our attention or more stretching to our finite minds than the infinite, eternal and unchangeable being and character of God. For anyone who wants to know God better, this is a book that will deepen their understanding and move their hearts to love and worship. (Warren Peel) … a wonderful resource for believers today not only to understand God’s revelation of Himself but to recognize the significance and relevance of God’s attributes to believers in their everyday walk of life. (T. J. Betts) Ah! The vision of God:… Read More

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“The most disturbing book I have ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.” –Rosaria Butterfield

“The most disturbing book I have ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough.” –Rosaria Butterfield I think there is real hope to be found, in the middle of our deepest traumas, in the good news about Jesus Christ. I also think that there is a place for us to find hope and community within the church. Because of these two beliefs, I truly think, distant though it may be, that we may even get to a place of peace within our souls and a place of forgiveness for those who hurt us so much. This is a book that has no easy answers and will offer none. This is a book that tries to get behind the tough questions of why God permits such abuses to occur in this world. Using his own story of childhood abuse, Mez McConnell tells us about a God who is just, sovereign and loving. A good father who knows the pain of rejection and abuse, who hates evil, who can bring hope even in the darkest place. About the Author: Mez McConnell is the pastor for Niddrie Community Church, near Edinburgh. He is also the Director of 20schemes which is dedicated to revitalising and planting gospel churches in Scotland’s poorest communities. Previously he was a missionary with street kids in Brazil. He is married and has two children. [embedded content] Endorsements: “This is the most disturbing book that I have ever read, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. ” “This book is heart–wrenching but necessary. It applies the gospel in the worst of contexts and demonstrates its power to save and restore. It is written for those who are hurting and for those who long to minister to them. These pages are void of whitewash, trite answers and cliché, but full of the gospel!”… Read More

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Weekly Recap, December 7

Book Summary: OUR SECULAR AGE: TEN YEARS OF READING AND APPLYING CHARLES TAYLOR, by Colin Hansen, ed. A “Bonus” Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Matthew Claridge   Table of Contents Hope in Our Secular Age, Colin Hansen Taylor’s Complex, Incomplete Historical Narrative, Carl Truman The Enduring Power of the Christian Story: Reformation Theology for… THE GOSPEL WORTHY OF ALL ACCEPTANCE: OR, THE DUTY OF SINNERS TO BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST, by Andrew Fuller A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya   About the Author Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) was an indefatigable Baptist theologian and pastor, an outstanding figure with qualities that make him one of the most attractive… Book Review: Ryan McGraw’s Review of THE IDENTITY AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD, by Terry L. Johnson A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ryan McGraw   The glory of the Triune God is the heart of the gospel. Yet many professing Christians know too little about the God whom to know is eternal life.… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’ Review of EMBLEMS OF THE INFINITE KING: ENTER THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE LIVING GOD, by J. Ryan Lister A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   Here’s the challenge: write a systematic theology for pre-adolescents that is thorough, accurate, easy to understand, and captivating. Set it up in such a way that it will… Our Blog: Book Notice: DAILY READINGS FROM ALL FOUR GOSPELS, by J. C. Ryle A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   What a great idea this book was! J.C. Ryle’s multi-volume Expository Thoughts on the Gospels is famous for its rich insights and applications, and Robert Sheehan had… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a… Read More

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