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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Fearing Others: Putting God First (31-Day Devotionals for Life)

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 96 pages

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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

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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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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

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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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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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P&R Publishing, 2019 | 480 pages

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SANCTIFICATION, Michael Allen

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance By Mark Baker   About the Author Michael Allen (PhD, Wheaton College) is the John Dyer Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He has authored…

DARK AGENDA, by David Horowitz

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THE FAME OF C.S. LEWIS: A CONTROVERSIALIST’S RECEPTION IN BRITAIN AND AMERICA, by Stephanie Derrick

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Andrew J. Spencer   There are two perennial questions in C. S. Lewis studies that scholars must perpetually wrestle with. First, why is Lewis still as popular as he is? Many…

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Book Notice: THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH: HOW THE WEST LOST

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   There are few people in this world who grasp and keep the pulse of culture and then explain it all so the rest of us can get…

Book Notice: JUST WORDS?, by Paul Helm

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   This book by Paul Helm helps us understand a foundational part of Christian doctrine: Revelation. The book is unashamedly and delightfully doctrinal in nature. ‘Doctrine’ is the body of truths…

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Book Notice: JUST WORDS?, by Paul Helm

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This book by Paul Helm helps us understand a foundational part of Christian doctrine: Revelation. The book is unashamedly and delightfully doctrinal in nature. ‘Doctrine’ is the body of truths that are affirmed by Christians as comprising the fundamental truths of the Faith. We need to be aware of the framework of doctrine because we always hold an assumed set of doctrines as the lens through which we view life and through which we read Scripture. Basic assumptions about God, Church, sin and salvation inform our understanding of the Bible and are hopefully renewed, challenged and revised as we read and re-read the Bible.

About the Author

Paul Helm spent many years teaching philosophy at the University of Liverpool, then at King s College, London, where he was Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, 1993-2000. Among a number of books he is the author of The Beginnings, (1986) The Callings,(1987) and The Last Things, (1989) (Banner of Truth), and The Providence of God (IVP 1993).

From Paul Helm’s Blog on the Book

In this short book we are to consider one important aspect of the ordinariness with which God visits us. God has done things for us and he says things to us.  Some of the things he does are to attract attention. But not like Presidents may command our attention, by their residence or their motorcade or the eloquence of their speech or the might of their army or the size of their entourage. In making himself known, God does not lose anything of his glory, but in what he does his glory shows through in surprising ways. And when all his redemptive work is done his glory will be manifest to all. Christ will come in great glory, and all his angels with him.

We learn that in God’s dealings with the human race, matter and manner are intertwined, vitally connected. In this study we are considering God’s book, what we call The Holy Bible. It is a book made up of other books, spanning hundreds of years. This shelf of books itself has a character that is at one with God’s coming down. For what God says in his book and how he says it are seamlessly woven together. The Bible tracks what has happened in human history when God came down.

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Just Words?

EP Books, 2019 | 114 pages

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Book Notice: THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH: HOW THE WEST LOST

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There are few people in this world who grasp and keep the pulse of culture and then explain it all so the rest of us can get it, but that’s what Tinker does for us here. Taking his cue from C.S. Lewis (That Hideous Strength and The Abolition of Man) and Genesis 11 – the Tower of Babel – he exposes contemporary culture through biblical lenses and challenges us to understand accurately the world we live in.

As it has been said, we don’t see worldviews – we see with them, and the worldview of the west today has plausibility structures that exclude Christianity from the get go. Its ideology – cultural Marxism, the new totalitarianism – stifles the Christian agenda, outlaws free speech, and provides a philosophical framework for today’s gender agenda. Cultural Marxism (libertarian Marxism), Critical Theory, the role of Freudian and Darwinian thought – all this and more Tinker lays out plainly and simply and with contemporary insight into today’s self-centered ideology and collective rebellion.  

A very helpful little book – a quick but rewarding read. Pastors, if you’re not up to speed on today’s culture shift, this is a great place to start catching up. Highly recommended.

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That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost

EP Books, 2018 | 130 pages

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Weekly Recap, April 27

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CALVIN AND COMMERCE: THE TRANSFORMING POWER OF CALVINISM IN MARKET ECONOMIES, by David W. Hall and Matthew D. Burton

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Greg Cochran   Contents Preface Introduction Chapter One: Creation Chapter Two: Fall Chapter Three: Redemption Chapter Four: Philanthropy Chapter Five: Sanctification and Service Chapter Six: Eschatology   Book Summary Introduction…

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Part 4 of an Interview with Matthew Barrett, author of THE DOCTRINE ON WHICH THE CHURCH STANDS OR FALLS: JUSTIFICATION IN BIBLICAL, THEOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL, AND PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   Justification by faith alone – the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. That’s the way we’ve learned from the Reformers to understand the importance of the doctrine of justification,…

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HUMAN NATURE FROM CALVIN TO EDWARDS, by Paul Helm

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ryan McGraw   What human beings are, and how human minds relate to human bodies, has been a long-standing question, both in theology and in philosophy. In modern times, it has…

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Book Notice: HELP! MY TODDLER RULES THE HOUSE, by Paul and Karen Tautges

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred Zaspel   If you are a parent of young children, this book offers some of the best counsel you’ve heard in a long time. Certainly the best few dollars you’ve…

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Weekly Recap, April 20

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CHRISTIANITY CONSIDERED: A GUIDE FOR SKEPTICS AND SEEKERS, by John Frame

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author John Frame is the J. D. Trimble Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando and the author of many…

LETTERS OF JOHN CALVIN, by John Calvin

A Bonus Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Jenny-Lyn de Klerk   Table of Contents Introduction Life of Calvin Letters of John Calvin Last Discourses of John Calvin   Overview This selection of Calvin’s letters shows the deep…

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Part 3 of an Interview with Matthew Barrett, author of THE DOCTRINE ON WHICH THE CHURCH STANDS OR FALLS: JUSTIFICATION IN BIBLICAL, THEOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL, AND PASTORAL PERSPECTIVE

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   Welcome again to Books At a Glance. I’m Fred Zaspel, and we’re talking again today with Dr. Matthew Barrett about his new book, The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or…

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THE PASTOR’S FAMILY: SHEPHERDING YOUR FAMILY THROUGH THE CHALLENGES OF PASTORAL MINISTRY, by Brian and Cara Croft

A Book Review from Books at a Glance Reviewed by Kirk Wellum   This concise 171-page paperback is full of helpful information regarding the challenges facing pastors, their spouses, and their children, that are connected to the responsibility of Christian…

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Book Notice: DISCOVERING THE GOOD LIFE: THE SURPRISING RICHES AVAILABLE IN CHRIST, by Tim Savage

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   We’re all searching for “the good life.” Too often, however, we encounter discouragement, failure, broken relationships, guilt, and dashed dreams, all of which leave us yearning for more. In this…

Book Notice: THE SUBVERSIVE PURITAN: ROGER WILLIAMS AND FREEDOM OF CONSCIENCE, by Mostyn Roberts

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   How shall we live together in the light of our very deep differences? Christian author Os Guinness has said this is the greatest problem facing the United States today and…

Book Notice: RESURRECTION LIFE IN A WORLD OF SUFFERING: 1 PETER (GOSPEL COALITION (WOMEN’S INITIATIVES)), by D. A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   “He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.” 1 Peter 1:3 The book of 1 Peter offers a…

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