Book Notice: MY SUNFLOWER GIRL, by Dyfan Williams

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Here is a father’s compelling narrative describing the unexpected death of his ten-year-old daughter Megan. The book is well written, factual and honest. Readers may soon find tears in their eyes as they read of the overwhelming grief and pain felt by parents and family in losing their precious daughter. Probing questions are asked in a prayerful and struggling submission to the sovereign providence of God yet in the context of the glory awaiting believers like Megan who trust in Christ.

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Sinclair B Ferguson:

To read My Sunflower Girl is to overhear the soliloquy of Dyfan Williams, husband, father, and pastor, as he walks through the dark valley where shadows fall around him from the death of his beloved daughter Megan. As in King David’s great psalm there is a confession of deep faith (‘The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want’). But at times these pages also become conversations between a bruised but trusting soul and the Lord whose presence holds him fast in the dark (‘you are with me, your rod and staff they comfort me’). Personal loss is profoundly individual. Yet here, in the poetic soul of Dyfan Williams, you will find an honesty combined with faith, an understanding nourished by experience, and a compassionate and gentle pastoral wisdom. My Sunflower Girl is a profoundly moving testimony to God’s presence with his people in their darkest hours.

Elinor Magowan:

To lose your daughter at the age of ten would leave one reeling with grief and crying out in anguish to God. The loss of Megan and the impact on Dyfan, his wife Caroline and their children Lloyd and Siân is deep, distressing and lasting but you will see God’s presence and faithfulness evident through the darkest of days. … To have such a book written by a father provides an important perspective. Dyfan’s thoughtful reflections on Scripture and sensitive use of poetry ensure the pain of death and the parting that results are not minimised and yet he shows how strength, comfort and help were provided. … I would encourage you to read this book and be helped. You will not forget Megan, her loss and the Williams family, but it will also strengthen your hold on the one who is always with us; never leaves us or forsakes us and never lets us go. As your feet remain here on earth the eyes of your heart will be lifted towards heaven.

About the Author

Dyfan Williams is currently pastor of Emmanuel Church, Leftwich, Cheshire. He married Caroline in 1991 and they have three children: Megan (1993-2003), Lloyd (1995) and Sian (1998).

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EP Books, 2019 | 154 pages

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Book Notice: THE RICH MAN AND LAZARUS, by Jeffery Smith

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The plain truth about life after death

Dr. Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan:

Honestly, which would you rather be, a Christian beggar or a non- Christian billionaire? How you answer shows a lot about what you really believe. Jeff Smith opens up one of Christ’s most revealing teachings about life after death, and not only shows us the right answer, but gives us reasons to embrace it (and Christ) with all our hearts.

Jeremy Walker, pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church, Crawley:

We are told that Jonathan Edwards prayed, “Lord, stamp eternity on my eyeballs!” He wanted a pressing sense of heaven and hell—an ‘eschatological edge’ to his thinking, feeling, willing, preaching, and living. Jeff Smith’s excellent little book will bring heaven and hell before your soul and stamp eternity on your eyeballs. With profound compassion, scriptural insight, and unflinching honesty, the author speaks directly to the reader through these pages to convince, rebuke, and exhort. In an age that too often assumes heaven and denies hell, this book provides a powerful and heartfelt corrective.

Paul David Washer, Heartcry:

We should avail ourselves of any book, sermon, or conversation that sets the realities of eternity before us and pleads with us to respond. This brief work does just that. The book is not only doctrinal, but also pastoral and evangelistic. Although the author writes much of hell, it is clearly a means to an end—he longs for his hearers to flee from the wrath to come and embrace Christ by faith. Although this book sets forth the doctrine of hell clearly and emphatically, it is primarily a book about the gospel and the sufficiency of the Scriptures! It will convict and motivate pastors to think and preach on eternity. It will encourage believers to live their lives in the light of Christ’s work and the world’s need. It will warn the unconverted about the dangers of hell and instruct them in the free offer of grace. Finally, this book will be a most beneficial read for those brought up in a Christian home who demonstrate little reality of Christ.

Pastor Rob Ventura, Grace Community Baptist Church, North Providence, RI, co-author of A Portrait of Paul and Spiritual:

Jeffery Smith is a gifted preacher and writer. In his new work, The Rich Man and Lazarus, he faithfully opens up a well-known text of Scripture and makes us to feel the realities of it in a practical and pastoral way. Here is a book to give to your unsaved friends. It is also one to read yourself. For in it, you will be edified and motivated to reach out to the lost around you. This compact volume will sit next to my all-time favorite book, An Alarm to the Unconverted, and will continually remind me to “do the work of an evangelist.” I highly recommend it.

About the Author

Jeffery Smith has been a full time pastor since 1990, including planting a church in upstate South Carolina in 1994, where he served as a pastor for over 15 years. In 2009 he accepted a call to serve as a pastor of Emmanuel Baptist Church, Coconut Creek, Fl., where he still serves. In addition to his regular pastoral responsibilities, Jeff speaks occasionally at various conferences and serves on the governing board and faculty of Reformed Baptist Seminary. He has been involved in ministerial and theological training in the U.S., Dominican Republic, the Far East, and Colombia.

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EP Books, 2019 | 112 pages

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MELTDOWN: MAKING SENSE OF A CULTURE IN CRISIS, by Marcus Honeysett

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author Marcus Honeysett worked with university ministries in the UK. He studied English, Theatre, and Postmodern culture and theory.   Introduction This book examines five…

SIDE BY SIDE: WALKING WITH OTHERS IN LOVE AND WISDOM, by Edward T. Welch

A “Bonus” Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Clay Werner   God uses ordinary lives, ordinary conversations, and extraordinary love to do most of the heavy lifting in his kingdom. Extraordinary love that helps others first recognizes its…

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Interview with Joel Beeke, co-author of REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY, VOLUME 1: REVELATION AND GOD

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CHRISTIAN DOCTRINE AND THE OLD TESTAMENT: THEOLOGY IN THE SERVICE OF EXEGESIS, by Gary A. Anderson

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By David Luy   Christian Doctrine and the Old Testament by Gary Anderson presents a fascinating collection of essays exploring the relationship between biblical exegesis and Christian doctrine. Gary A. Anderson (PhD, Harvard…

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Book Notice: THE VOCABULARY GUIDE TO BIBLICAL HEBREW AND ARAMAIC: SECOND EDITION, by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt is intended to accompany Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar. For the beginning student it is…

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Book Notice: THE VOCABULARY GUIDE TO BIBLICAL HEBREW AND ARAMAIC: SECOND EDITION, by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt

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The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew and Aramaic by Gary D. Pratico and Miles V. Van Pelt is intended to accompany Basics of Biblical Hebrew Grammar. For the beginning student it is an essential resource companion to aid in vocabulary memorization and acquisition. Updates in this second edition include the addition of a complete Aramaic word list and refinement of definitions.

Features include:

  • Hebrew words occurring ten times or more in the Old Testament arranged by frequency
  • Hebrew words arranged by common root
  • All Aramaic words occurring in the Old Testament arranged by frequency
  • Helpful appendices including lists of Hebrew homonyms, nominals, and verbs.

About the Authors

Gary D. Pratico (ThD, Harvard Divinity School) is senior professor of Old Testament and Hebrew language at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He has been teaching Hebrew for more than thirty years and is coauthor with Miles V. Van Pelt of Basics of Basics of Biblical Hebrew (grammar and workbook) and The Vocabulary Guide to Biblical Hebrew.

Miles Van Pelt (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is the Alan Belcher Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages at Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi, where he also serves as the Director of the Summer Institute for Biblical Languages and Academic Dean. Miles has been studying and teaching biblical languages for over 20 years and he currently lives in Madison, Mississippi, with his wife Laurie and their four children.

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Zondervan, 2019 | 320 pages

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Weekly Recap, June 1

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THE PROVIDENCE OF GOD, by Paul Helm

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author Paul Helm is a teaching fellow at Regent College, and the author of numerous works of philosophical theology.   Introduction This contribution to the…

ECONOMIC FACTS AND FALLACIES, by Thomas Sowell

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Editor’s Note: With this “Bonus” Book Summary we continue our series on culture-related issues.   About the Author Thomas Sowell has taught economics at a number of colleges…

“WAS PAUL A COVENANTAL NOMIST?” in JUSTIFICATION AND VARIEGATED NOMISM: VOLUME 2–THE PARADOXES OF PAUL by Peter O’Brien

A “Bonus” Chapter Summary from Books At a Glance By Nathan Sundt   About the Author Peter O’Brien is Senior Research Fellow in New Testament, Moore Theological College.   Overview Peter O’Brien begins his chapter by rehearsing conceptually Sanders’s Covenantal…

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50 WORLD-CHANGING EVENTS IN CHRISTIAN HISTORY, by Earl Blackburn

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Bennett W. Rogers   Occasionally I am asked to recommend a popular introductory survey of church history by an interested church member or student, but as fans of the discipline know,…

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Book Notice: FEARING OTHERS: PUTTING GOD FIRST (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by Zach Schlegel

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Fishing for compliments, overcommitting (or never committing), keeping people at a distance . . . when we fear other people more than we fear God, we become anxious slaves to…

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Book Notice: FEARING OTHERS: PUTTING GOD FIRST (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by Zach Schlegel

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Fishing for compliments, overcommitting (or never committing), keeping people at a distance . . . when we fear other people more than we fear God, we become anxious slaves to their opinions and approval. But we don’t have to compete to be loved! Zach Schlegel uses meditations on God’s Word, reflection questions, and practical suggestions for action to guide you, day by day, toward a freer way of life in service to God. Learn how to fear God alone, rest in his grace, and live in peace, joy, and confidence.

In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles, helping you to apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.

About the Author

Zach Schlegel is senior pastor of First Baptist Church Upper Marlboro in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

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Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks:

If you fear others, this book can serve as a GPS that God will use to get you out of that person-fearing country, with Zach as a wonderful guide . . . a man who seems to know the Bible as well as he knows his own heart. Profit your soul with this book.

Warren W. Wiersbe, Author, Be Series Bible Commentaries; Former Pastor, Moody Church, Chicago:

Pastor Zach Schlegel has done us all a great favor by writing this book about fear and how to deal with it. His insights are biblical, and his counsel is practical. . . . A book like this . . . would have made me much more effective in my home and in the church.

John Henderson, Council Member, Biblical Counseling Coalition; Executive Director, Center for Church Equipping:

Zach Schlegel helps us to see the true anatomy of this condition and the only remedy for it. . . . These careful reflections on Scripture will call you to a holy fear that puts all other fears to death.

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GOD IN THE WASTELAND: THE REALITY OF TRUTH IN A WORLD OF FADING DREAMS, by David G. Wells

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   About the Author David F. Wells (PhD, University of Manchester) is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   Introduction…

“ISRAEL AND THE LAW IN ROMANS 5–11: INTERACTION WITH THE NEW PERSPECTIVE” in JUSTIFICATION AND VARIEGATED NOMISM: VOLUME 2–THE PARADOXES OF PAUL by Douglas Moo

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Nathan Sundt   About the Author Douglas Moo is Blanchard Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College Graduate School   Summary Douglas Moo notes at the beginning of the essay how…

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DAILY READINGS FROM ALL FOUR GOSPELS: FOR MORNING AND EVENING, by J.C. Ryle

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Bennett W. Rogers   C. Ryle (1816-1900) was born and raised in a wealthy but unspiritual home. He distinguished himself academically and athletically at Eton and Oxford. He experienced an evangelical…

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Book Notice: ESV DEVOTIONAL PSALTER

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   Over the past months I’ve been reading through this unique devotional aid from Dane Ortlund with genuine pleasure. It was a great idea, and he pulls it…

Book Notice: ASSURANCE: RESTING IN GOD’S SALVATION (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by William P. Smith

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Does God truly love you? Are you really saved? You fear that sin and suffering have a stronger hold on you than God does—but God is not threatened by your…

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Book Notice: ASSURANCE: RESTING IN GOD’S SALVATION (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by William P. Smith

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Does God truly love you? Are you really saved? You fear that sin and suffering have a stronger hold on you than God does—but God is not threatened by your fears and questions, and he is exactly the one who can show you the heart he has for you. Drawing on his pastoral and counseling experience, William Smith provides scriptural devotions, reflection questions, and practical action points to daily increase your confidence in God’s love, promises, and care.

In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles, helping you to apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.

Your doubts can’t be resolved simply with new or better information, such as clever arguments or evidences for your faith. Instead, you must look to God to grow in confidence of his heart for you. As your Maker, Redeemer, and Sustainer, he is not threatened by your fears and questions but graciously answers them.

A pastor experienced in counseling those who struggle with assurance of salvation, William Smith brings hope and help in this month-long devotional.

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In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles, helping you to apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.

About the Author

William P. Smith has served several churches, been a faculty member of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation, and taught practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. He is the author of Parenting with Words of Grace and Loving Well (Even If You Haven t Been).

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Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean of the School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Author, How Can I Be Sure I m a Christian?

If you’re holding this book because you struggle with whether you are right with God . . . you will find solid, biblical help in these pages.

Dave Harvey, Teaching Pastor, Summit Church, Naples, Florida; Author, When Sinners Say I Do : Discovering the Power of the Gospel for Marriage:

Each daily reading offers fresh perspective, unshackling insights, and biblical wisdom that focuses the mind and fortifies the soul. . . . Take a month and allow Assurance to enrich your faith in God.

Bob Kellemen, Vice President of Strategic Development and Academic Dean, Faith Bible Seminary; Author, Grief: Walking with Jesus:

Bill does not ignore our doubts or diminish our feelings. Instead, he consistently, gently, and wisely shepherds us back to the Shepherd and the Scriptures.

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Assurance: Resting in God’s Salvation (31-Day Devotionals for Life)

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 96 pages

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Book Notice: ESV DEVOTIONAL PSALTER

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By Fred Zaspel

Over the past months I’ve been reading through this unique devotional aid from Dane Ortlund with genuine pleasure. It was a great idea, and he pulls it off well.

Ortlund presents the full text of each psalm (ESV) along with a very brief (one-page) devotional reflection. The reflections are not expositions, as such, but they consistently capture the gist of each psalm with relevant devotional Christian reflection. The Psalms are prayers, and Ortlund’s treatment of each individual psalms both directs our understanding the theme or prominent thoughts in each psalm and aids us in praying accordingly.

A helpful book for personal daily devotional use and for leading others through the Psalms.

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ESV Devotional Psalter

Crossway, 2017 | 464 pages

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Weekly Recap, May 18

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NO PLACE FOR TRUTH: OR WHATEVER HAPPENED TO EVANGELICAL THEOLOGY, David F. Wells

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   About the Author David F. Wells (PhD, University of Manchester) is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.   Introduction…

THE QUEST FOR COSMIC JUSTICE, by Thomas Sowell

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Editor’s Note: With this “Bonus” Book Summary we continue our series on culturally- and Politically-oriented studies that are of contemporary relevance. We hope you enjoy!   About…

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THE GLORY OF GRACE: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE PURITANS IN THEIR OWN WORDS, by Lewis Allen and Tim Chester

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Andrew Ballitch   Lewis Allen and Tim Chester offer four compelling reasons for why the Puritans remain important today: The Puritans learned to discover grace in suffering. The Puritans were committed…

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Book Notice: REDEEMING SCIENCE: A GOD-CENTERED APPROACH, by Vern S. Poythress

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Book Notice: ANGER: CALMING YOUR HEART (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by Robert D. Jones

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Anger is arguably the most common problematic emotion we feel. It permeates our lives and hurts our most intimate relationships. Fortunately, Scripture has much to teach us about this universal…

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Book Notice: ANGER: CALMING YOUR HEART (31-DAY DEVOTIONALS FOR LIFE), by Robert D. Jones

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Anger is arguably the most common problematic emotion we feel. It permeates our lives and hurts our most intimate relationships. Fortunately, Scripture has much to teach us about this universal problem. In this month-long devotional, counselor Robert Jones teaches you where your anger comes from, how to take it to God and deal with the underlying desires that cause it, and how to respond in Christlike ways to the situations that provoke it in you. Daily reflection questions and practical action steps show you specific godly behaviors that can replace your anger.

The good news is that God has given us the Bible—a book that has much to say about anger and how to deal with it. In this 31-day devotional, biblical counselor Robert Jones guides you through Scripture’s teaching on anger: what it is, how to overcome it, and what behaviors to put in its place. Reflection questions and practical action steps for each reading help you to apply God’s Word to your life. Try spending ten or fifteen minutes each day with this book, and see the difference it makes in:

  • calming your heart,
  • reconciling with others,
  • and growing in patience, contentment, and grace.

In the 31-Day Devotionals for Life series, biblical counselors and Bible teachers guide you through Scripture passages that speak to specific situations or struggles, helping you to apply God’s Word to your life in practical ways day after day.

About the Author

Robert D. Jones is associate professor of biblical counseling at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville and has served in pastoral ministry for over thirty years.

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R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky:

Every Christian needs to read this book and heed its counsel. . . . [It] is rich in both gospel and Scripture.

Ed Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation; Author, When People Are Big and God Is Small:

This devotional gets right to the point. It [opens] Scripture passages that you might already know . . . so that you see more and are drawn right in.

Amy Baker, Ministry Resource Director, Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana; Author, Picture Perfect:

Move from discouragement to rejoicing as you see anger’s grip begin to slip and your joy begin to increase.

Greg Gilbert, Senior Pastor, Third Avenue Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Author, What is the Gospel? and Who is Jesus?:

Intensely practical and deeply biblical. . . . A book that will encourage every Christian, whether or not their particular struggle is with anger.

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P&R Publishing, 2019 | 104 pages

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Book Notice: REDEEMING SCIENCE: A GOD-CENTERED APPROACH, by Vern S. Poythress

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I have consulted this book here and there over the years, but today I sat down to read it through, and once again I am struck by the learning and multi-giftedness of Vern Poythress. Vintage Poythress – profound thinking matched with simplicity and clarity of communication and a heart to see God. I am no scientist, but reading this book was a sheer delight. If only we could have learned science like this the first time!

At the heart of Poythress’s thesis is that the scientific endeavor is an exploration of God’s self-revelation. The scientist may not profess belief in God, but his work presupposes it. Recognizing this makes the scientific endeavor a joy and a marvel for the Christian. Indeed, the implications of Poythress’s work extend far beyond the laboratory and has glorious impact on the way Christians (ought to) think and how we understand our world. For the scientist, for the Christian apologist, for an understanding of creation, for the interpreter of Genesis, and for a broad Christian understanding of the world and God’s self-revelation, this book is very likely the best place to begin. A real gem. I wish I had read it more carefully when it was first released.

If you work in the scientific fields, you must read this book. If you even dabble in apologetics, you must read this book. If you’re not a scientist you may assume you don’t need or want to read this book, but I assure you – you’re missing a treat.

A thoroughly enjoyable read.

Note: Poythress has famously set out to redeem everything, it seems, and his related titles are equally valuable contributions to their respective fields:

  • Redeeming Mathematics
  • Redeeming Philosophy
  • Redeeming Sociology
  • Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought
  • Knowing and the Trinity: How Perspectives in Human Knowledge Imitate the Trinity
  • In the Beginning Was the Word: Language—A God-Centered Approach
  • Chance and the Sovereignty of God: A God-Centered Approach to Probability and Random Events
  • Philosophy, Science, and the Sovereignty of God

Other Poythress titles related to Genesis and creation:

  • Interpreting Eden
  • Did Adam Exist?
  • Christian Interpretations of Genesis 1

Other

  • Theophany: A Biblical Theology of God’s Appearing
  • Reading the Word of God in the Presence of God: A Handbook for Biblical Interpretation
  • God-Centered Biblical Interpretation
  • The Lordship of Christ: Serving Our Savior All of the Time, in All of Life, with All of Our Heart
  • The Inerrancy of the Gospels: A God-Centered Approach to the Challenges of Harmonization
  • Inerrancy and Worldview: Answering Modern Challenges to the Bible
  • The Miracles of Jesus
  • What Are Spiritual Gifts?
  • The Gender-Neutral Bible Controversy: Muting the Masculinity of God’s Words
  • The Returning King: A Guide to the Book of Revelation
  • The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses
  • Understanding Dispensationalists
  • Symphonic Theology: The Validity of Multiple Perspectives in Theology
  • Science and Hermeneutics

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Redeeming Science: A God-Centered Approach

Crossway, 2006 | 384 pages

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Weekly Recap, May 10

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40 QUESTIONS ABOUT SALVATION, by Matthew Barrett

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance By Mark Baker   About the Author Matthew Barrett is associate professor of Christian theology at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is also the executive editor of Credo Magazine and has…

THE BLACK BOOK OF THE AMERICAN LEFT: THE COLLECTED CONSERVATIVE WRITINGS OF DAVID HOROWITZ, by David Horowitz

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LIVING LIFE BACKWARDS: HOW ECCLESIASTES TEACHES US TO LIVE IN LIGHT OF THE END, by David Gibson

A Book Review from Books At a Glance   One day we are all going to die. Not only are we going to die, but all the time and effort invested in our worldly pursuits will slip through our fingers…

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AMAZING GRACE, by Brian & Sarah Najapfour

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   Not only do many hymns of the Christian faith have wonderful theological content, but so many of them have very interesting back stories. Blind Fanny Crosby wrote about…

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Book Notice: 2 KINGS (REFORMED EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY), by Philip Graham Ryken

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Book Notice: 2 KINGS (REFORMED EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY), by Philip Graham Ryken

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Despite the tragic events of 2 Kings, hope remains as God holds to his promise never to forsake David’s line. This historical book has everyday relevance as it shows both the consequences of idolatry and God’s concern for people in serious hardship. Most important, it prepares us to see our need for the true and greatest Prophet and King. Tracing the overarching narrative, Philip Graham Ryken connects it to Christ and explores its applications for ordinary Christians in today’s world.

As are all Reformed Expository Commentaries, this book is accessible to both pastors and lay readers. Each volume in the series gives careful attention to the biblical text, is doctrinally Reformed, focuses on Christ through the lens of redemptive history, and applies the Bible to our contemporary setting.

About the Author

Philip Ryken is the eighth president of Wheaton College. Following his graduation from Wheaton College in 1988, he earned a master of divinity degree from Westminster Theological Seminary and a doctorate in historical theology from the University of Oxford.

Dr. Ryken preached at Philadelphia’s Tenth Presbyterian Church from 1995 until his appointment at Wheaton in 2010. He has published more than 50 books, including Reformed Expository Commentaries on 1 Kings, Luke, Galatians, and 1 Timothy. He teaches the Bible weekly on the broadcast Every Last Word and serves as a board member for the Lausanne Movement, the National Association of Evangelicals, the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities, and The Gospel Coalition.

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Tim Challies, Blogger, Pastor, Grace Fellowship Church, Toronto:

Phil Ryken has consistently proved to be among our most trusted and most helpful contemporary biblical commentators. Each one of his commentaries is marked by faithful interpretation and explanation of the biblical text along with insightful application to today’s believers. His new work on 2 Kings is a welcome addition to his collection. . . . Whether you use it week by week to prepare Bible studies or sermons or whether you read it straight through, you’ll be both edified and encouraged.

Irwyn Ince, Director, Grace DC Institute for Cross-Cultural Mission:

Pastors often struggle to faithfully preach Christ through the narratives [in 2 Kings]. What are we to do with the schools of prophets, mauled teenagers, foreign military commanders, a wealthy but barren woman, evil kings, and ongoing warfare? Dr. Philip Ryken has done us a great service. With remarkable deftness, he puts before us the humanness of these stories, the touch points between the people we meet and our own lives in the twenty-first century. Yet he does so in a way that shows Jesus Christ to be the hero in every story. Which, of course, he is.

Hershael W. York, Dean, School of Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

I cannot imagine a more comprehensive tool for teaching or sermon preparation than Phil Ryken’s expository commentary on 2 Kings. Combining the head of a scholar, the heart of a pastor, the insightful illustration of a master communicator, the depth of a theologian, and the homiletical skills of an extraordinary preacher, Dr. Ryken takes readers with him from the ancient text through the empty tomb as each exposition locates the narrative in the grand sweep of God’s redemptive work in Christ. Filled with gospel delight that moved me to rejoice in the truth and relevance of God’s Word, this commentary made me want to preach 2 Kings as soon as possible!

Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California:

Phil Ryken is a model of the pastorscholar. This commentary on 2 Kings is an ornament of his skill as an exegete and preacher. I highly recommend it.

Andrew T. Abernethy, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College:

With a remarkable combination of pastoral insight, theological acumen, and sensitivity to the biblical text, Philip Ryken offers a tremendous exposition in this commentary. It is a must-have for all who want to study or preach from 2 Kings.

Colin S. Smith, Senior Pastor, The Orchard; President, Unlocking the Bible:

Philip Ryken is a master of clear and compelling biblical exposition. In every chapter of this commentary, he finds applications that will land in your life and follows trajectories that will lead you to Christ. Preachers, Bible study leaders, and thoughtful Christians will find this a rich and treasured resource.

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2 Kings (Reformed Expository Commentary)

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 480 pages

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