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

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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.

Endorsements

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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Anger: Calming Your Heart (31-Day Devotionals for Life)

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

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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.

Endorsements

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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Weekly Recap, May 4

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

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“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 gospel perspective on our short lives. Originally written to Christians facing intense suffering, Peter’s message is one of hope and grace―all centered on the resurrected Christ. Featuring contributions from six popular Bible teachers, this volume will help you better understand the hope-filled message of the book of 1 Peter and experience the resurrection life Jesus offers us today.

Table of Contents

Preface
Kathleen Nielson 
Introduction
Peter the Expositor: The Apostle’s Use of Scripture in 1 Peter
Juan Sanchez

  1. Born Again to a Living Hope (1 Peter 1:1–12)
    Kathleen Nielson 
  2. Living Resurrection Life (1 Peter 1:13–2:3)
    Jen Wilkin
  3. Remember Who You Are! (1 Peter 2:4–10)
    Carrie Sandom
  4. Following Jesus Far from Home (1 Peter 2:11–3:12)
    Mary Willson
  5. Sharing Christ’s Sufferings, Showing His Glory (1 Peter 3:13–4:19)
    D. A. Carson
  6. A Shepherd and a Lion (1 Peter 5:1–14)
    John Piper

Conclusion: Help Me Teach 1 Peter
Nancy Guthrie and John Piper 
Contributors
General Index
Scripture Index

About the Authors

D. A. Carson (PhD, Cambridge University) is research professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, where he has taught since 1978. He is a cofounder of the Gospel Coalition and has written or edited nearly 120 books. He and his wife, Joy, have two children and live in the north suburbs of Chicago.

Kathleen Nielson(PhD, Vanderbilt University) is an author and speaker who loves working with women in studying the Scriptures. After directing the Gospel Coalition’s women’s initiatives from 2010–2017, she now serves as senior adviser and book editor for TGC. She and her husband, Niel, make their home partly in Wheaton, Illinois, and partly in Jakarta, Indonesia. They have three sons, two daughters-in-law, and five granddaughters.

Nancy Guthrie teaches the Bible at her church, Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Franklin, Tennessee, and at conferences worldwide. She and her husband, David, are the cohosts of the GriefShare video series used in more than 10,000 churches nationwide and also host Respite Retreats for couples who have experienced the death of a child. Guthrie is also the host of Help Me Teach the Bible, a podcast of the Gospel Coalition.

John Piper (DTheol, University of Munich) is the founder and teacher of desiringGod.org and the chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the senior pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring GodDon’t Waste Your LifeThis Momentary MarriageA Peculiar Glory; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

Jen Wilkin is a speaker, writer, and teacher of women’s Bible studies. During her seventeen years of teaching, she has organized and led studies for women in home, church, and parachurch contexts. Jen and her family are members of the Village Church in Flower Mound, Texas.

Mary Willson (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) presently serves as the director of women’s initiatives at the Gospel Coalition, and will soon serve as the director of women in ministry for Second Presbyterian Church in Memphis, Tennessee.

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Resurrection Life in a World of Suffering: 1 Peter (Gospel Coalition (Women’s Initiatives))

2018 | 208 pages

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

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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 the same could be said for ‘the West’ as a whole. Can a seventeenth-century Calvinist contribute anything? In recent years a number of authors, popular and academic, Christian and secular, have found inspiration in Roger Williams, the rebel Puritan exiled from Massachusetts who founded Rhode Island. He made the new little state a haven for those ‘oppressed for conscience’ and wrenched church and state further apart than was anywhere known at that time. Its Charter was the first in the world to protect liberty of conscience. Williams is rewarded with a statue at the Reformation Wall in Geneva, yet he remains strangely unknown today, even by those who stand broadly in his religious heritage.

About the Author

Mostyn Roberts is the pastor of Welwyn Evangelical Church in Hertfordshire. After reading law at Pembroke College, Cambridge (where he was converted) he practised as a solicitor for seven years. He responded to the call to the ministry, taking a BA at Spurgeon’s College in London followed by the MTh at the University of London. After a pastorate in the north of England he came to Welwyn at the end of 1998. He has taught Systematic Theology at LTS since 2002.

Endorsements

Gary Williams, Director, The Pastors’ Academy, London:

…the story of Williams and his trials is itself fascinating and well- told: what an extraordinary challenge these people faced as they sought to construct societies from scratch on the other side of the world!

Michael A G Haykin, FRHistS, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky:

This new biography of the key Puritan thinker Roger Williams is most welcome. … Drawing upon the latest research on the Puritan author, Roberts outlines the contours of his life with special focus on his thought about religious liberty and why it is so important today. An excellent and truly thoughtful volume.

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The Subversive Puritan: Roger Williams and Freedom of Conscience

Evangelical Press, 2019 | 258 pages

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

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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, Tim Savage presents a renewed vision of life by examining the fullest life ever lived: the life of Jesus Christ. Savage invites us to tap into that life―and experience the riches of the joy, satisfaction, and purpose offered to us in Christ.

About the Author

Tim Savage (PhD, University of Cambridge; ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) is a pastor, author, international conference speaker, and founding council member of the Gospel Coalition. He has served in churches in Arizona, Great Britain, and Texas. He is married to Lesli and they have two adult sons, Matthew and Jonathan. Tim is the author of No Ordinary Marriage.

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Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City:

Tim Savage’s Discovering the Good Life is a real accomplishment. It begins with one of the most universal of questions: What is the good life? Then it answers it by taking us through the Bible, summarizing its whole story through the intercanonical theme of three trees―the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, the Tree of Life, and the great Branch, the shoot from the Stump of Jesse―Jesus himself―who took our curse by dying on a tree. This volume is ultimately an apologetic for the Christian life in response to a culture dedicated to seeking personal fulfillment but finding that very thing more and more elusive.

Carson Palmer, all-pro NFL quarterback; Heisman Trophy winner (2002); first overall pick in the NFL draft (2003):

Discovering the Good Life is an extraordinary book by Tim Savage on how good life can be when Christ is the center of it. Savage always has an eloquent way of teaching the Bible and showing how full our lives can be in Christ. Christian or unbeliever, this book will illustrate how you can be transformed by the unconditional love of Christ.

Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio:

With one foot planted firmly in Scripture and the other in culture, Tim Savage unpacks the fullness of life that can be ours right now. If you have ever wondered what ‘abundant life’ should look like, here is the answer! Discovering the Good Life is poetic theology that teaches, refreshes, and, yes, surprises us with all that is available in Christ.

Melissa B. Kruger, Director of Women’s Content, The Gospel Coalition; author, In All Things: A Nine-Week Devotional Bible Study on Unshakeable Joy:

So often in our search for satisfaction, we’re like treasure hunters wandering without a map. We know what we want―joy, peace, goodness―but we seem to be searching in all the wrong places. In Discovering the Good Life, Tim Savage wisely explains the story of Scripture using three trees as guideposts. If you want to experience abundant life, this book faithfully leads you to the treasure of all treasures and the giver of all goodness: Jesus.

Jon Kyl, former United States senator (Arizona); former Senate Minority Whip:

In Discovering the Good Life, Tim Savage addresses the enduring question, How do we find fullness of life in a world full of trouble? The answer―as he shows through Scripture, stories, and practical examples―is that Christians who faithfully embrace Jesus Christ will find unbelievable fulfillment by reflecting Christ’s indwelling love in all they do. Savage’s message will inspire Christians wherever they are in their faith journey.

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Discovering the Good Life: The Surprising Riches Available in Christ

2019 | 176 pages

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PREACHING THE NEW TESTAMENT, edited by Ian Paul and David Wenham

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By David Dickenson   Overview Preaching is important, for through the preaching of God’s Word the church is transformed and brought into the image of God’s Son. To preach faithfully is…

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Part 2 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   Greetings, and welcome again to an Author Interview here on Books At a Glance. I’m Fred Zaspel, and today we’re continuing our conversation with Dr. Matthew Barrett about his outstanding new…

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REFORMED PREACHING: PROCLAIMING GOD’S WORD FROM THE HEART OF THE PREACHER TO THE HEART OF HIS PEOPLE, by Joel R. Beeke

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ryan McGraw   Preaching is the primary means of grace. This means that preaching is the primary way that Christ speaks to us through his Word and Spirit so that we…

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Book Notice: DARK CLOUDS, DEEP MERCY: DISCOVERING THE GRACE OF LAMENT, by Mark Vroegop

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness. Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God–but it is a neglected dimension…

Book Notice: I SAW THE LORD: A BIBLICAL THEOLOGY OF VISION, by Abner Chou

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred Zaspel   Someone just recently pointed me to this book – a delightful survey / synopsis of the visions of Isaiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Paul, and John.   Contents 1 Introduction…

Book Notice: UNTANGLING EMOTIONS: “GOD’S GIFT OF EMOTIONS,” by J. Alasdair Groves and Winston T. Smith

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Our emotions are complex. Some of us seem able to ignore our feelings, while others feel controlled by them. But most of us would admit that we don’t always know…

Book Notice: ROMANS (ZONDERVAN EXEGETICAL COMMENTARY ON THE NEW TESTAMENT), by Frank S. Thielman

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   This series is designed for those who know biblical languages. It is written primarily for the pastor and Bible teacher, not for the scholar. That is, the aim is not…

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