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The Cost of Control: A Review

Life in the technologically advanced and affluent West offers its inhabitants many promises, but perhaps the most attractive is “control”. Scores of self-help books offer to teach you how to “take control of your life” (I found at least six published in the past decade with that exact title). My bank’s slogan is “Take Control Of Your Money”. Apps now allow remote control of your home’s security system, climate, and even the temperature in your freezer! Truly, it seems, we have more varied and intricate control over our world than ever before. Despite this, recent events have shown us how...

A Review of Rejoice and Tremble

We don’t have to look further back than last year to see that we are a people perpetually plagued by fear. What we fear drives what we do—take, for instance, some of the behaviour demonstrated in the 2020 Pandemic. Fear is one of our strongest emotions and motivators. But it is one with which we have an uneasy relationship. When we come to Scripture, we are commanded, on one hand, “do not be afraid,” and on the other, “fear God.” Christians can be surprised and confused by God’s desire that we fear him. In his new book, Rejoice and Tremble:...

A Review of God, Greed, and the (Prosperity) Gospel

As a pastor, I swallow hard every time I hear someone talk about the sermon they watched on television that week. Like many pastors, I can be deflated to see a lack of discernment expressed by anyone under my teaching. I wonder how anyone could hear the Gospel so regularly, value the Bible so highly, and still be so easily deceived. In my circle of influence, names like Osteen, Dollar, and Hinn, are piñatas or low hanging fruit. Even as children my brother and I referred to TBN as “the scary channel.” It is so easy to see through their...

Jesus Is Gentle and Lowly

John Piper once wrote, “Books don’t change people, paragraphs do—sometimes sentences.” But every now and then, a book comes along that has such a dramatic impact that you don’t want to stop reading it. Dane Ortlund has written one such book. Gentle and Lowly: Christ’s Heart for Sinners and Sufferers is a work that you won’t want to stop reading, yet at the same time requires slow and thoughtful meditation. While many books have an immediate impact, Gentle and Lowly may have an effect upon its reader for years to come. What makes this book so profound is how Ortlund captures the...

Love Thy Body: Answering Hard Questions about Life And Sexuality

What makes the Christian worldview on life and sexuality defensible in our secular age? Is it possible to demonstrate in any compelling way that the Bible’s teaching on the value and dignity of human life, gender, marriage, and family actually lead to the greatest human flourishing? In Love thy Body, apologetics professor Nancy Pearcey provides immense help in the task of understanding the philosophical and historical underpinnings of secular thought that inform current views on abortion, euthanasia, hookup culture, homosexuality, transgenderism, and the family. With intellectual precision, Pearcey demonstrates over and over how the secular view of human life and...

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