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Are You “Right with God”?

A few years ago, I read Michael Reeves’ wonderful book Delighting in the Trinity. It was so beautifully written and clearly explained that I included it in a list of books that a number of people in my church read together during a year-long reading challenge. We read a lot of good books that year, and yet many said that Reeves’ book was their favourite. If I would use one word to describe Reeves’ writing, it would be tender. It’s evident that he is a skilled theologian and teacher, and that he’s committed to the faithful protection and proclamation of...

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...

On Anselm’s Pursuit of Joy

Unknown author / Public domain Gavin Ortlund is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Ojai, California. He is also the author of an academic commentary on Anselm of Canterbury’s (1033–1109 AD) Proslogion. He has also authored a number of other works such as Finding the Right Hills to Die On and Theological Retrieval for Evangelicals.  In short, Ortlund models something that Christians have done since the very beginning: a pastoral pursuit of theological thinking for the sake of the church. Not every pastor has the capacity or opportunity to pursue scholarly writing such as is the case with Anselm’s...

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