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New Books – December 2005

Twelve Extraordinary Women: How God Shaped Women of the Bible and What He Wants to Do With You, by John MacArthur. It wasn’t their natural qualities that made these women extraordinary, but the power of the one true God they worshipped and served. Who’s Afraid of the Holy Spirit: An Investigation into the Ministry of the Spirit of God Today, edited by…

New Books – November 2005

Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World, by David F. Wells. This is the fourth and final volume of cultural analysis that began in 1993 with No Place for Truth; or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? In this volume, Mark Noll says that Wells “envisions a duel between the plague of postmodernism (by which he means hyper-consumerism, functional nihilism and…

New Books – October 2005

Does Christianity Squash Women? A Christian Looks at Womanhood, by Rebecca Jones. The author says that “becoming a real woman is believing and acting on the truth that we have been set apart for a special job by Jesus Christ our Creator and Savior who was Himself born of a woman”. Jones was a missionary in France for 17 years, a mother…

New Books – September 2005

The All-Sufficient God: Sermons on Isaiah 40, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. It has been said that while others preached love, Lloyd-Jones preached God. And these mighty sermons from Isaiah 40 bear that out, as they show that the God of the Bible is not only the great Creator and Judge but the Father of all mercies and the God of all comfort.…

New Books – August 2005

The Lord Our Righteousness: The Old Perspective on Paul, by Obadiah Grew (1607-1689). In this never-before reprinted work, Puritan Obadiah Grew speaks directly to the need for, and the efficiency of, the imputed righteousness of Christ. This is especially relevant now, in the light of contemporary challenges to the traditional understanding of justification within the evangelical camp. The Glory of Heaven, by…

New Books – July 2005

J. Sidlow Baxter-A Heart Awake, by E. A. Johnston. Born in Australia and raised in England, Baxter (1903-1999) was dramatically impacted by his mother’s witness and by Charles Spurgeon’s printed sermons. Baxter’s preaching and teaching brought him to pastorates in Northampton, Sutherland, and Edinburgh, as well as to America and around the world. He was a renowned preacher, theologian, musician, and author,…

New Books – June 2005

The Hospital by the River: A Story of Hope, by Dr. Catherine Hamlin. The author and her late husband established one of the most outstanding medical programs in the world, having operated successfully on over 25,000 women victims of obstructed labor in Ethiopia. Before the Hamlins came to Ethiopia, victims were neglected and forgotten, facing a lifetime of incapacity and degradation. Dr.…

New Books – May 2005

The Truth About Tolerance: Pluralism, Diversity, and the Culture Wars, by Brad Stetson and Joseph G. Conti. No one wants to intolerant. But does that mean we have to accept all truth claims as true? Does this virtue rule out having any strongly held moral convictions? The authors address the use and misuse of the term tolerance in our popular culture. Fools…

New Books – April 2005

Jesus: An Intimate Portrait of the Man, His Land, and His People, by Leith Anderson. A new biography that harmonizes and integrates the four Gospels into chronological order, expanded to include the culture, politics, and personal relationships that shaped the world in which Jesus walked. The Mark of Jesus: Loving in a Way the World Can See, by Timothy George and John…

New Books – March 2005

A Sacred Sorrow: Reaching Out to God in the Lost Language of Lament, by Michael Card. It’s easy to praise God when your life is going well, but what about the other times? God desires us to pour out our hearts to Him, whether in joy or pain, and men of the Bible understood this–from Job to David to Jeremiah to Jesus.…

New Books – February 2005

Hell Under Fire, edited by Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. Peterson. Although the historic doctrine of hell has been contested since the Enlightenment, the past 50 years have witnessed a new and unsettling development. Attacks that used to come from outside the church are now coming from within. This is especially true with regard to two aberrations: Universalism (which says all…

New Books – January 2005

Gadzooks, by Paul J. Batura. The highly practical life and leadership principles of Dr. James Dobson. Batura takes you inside the walls of Focus on the Family and in candid, often humorous, detail, shares principles he’s learned while working for America’s foremost family counselor. The Drama of Scripture: Finding Our Place in the Biblical Story, by Craig G. Bartholomew and Michael W.…

New Books – December 2004

Getting Through the Tough Stuff: It’s Always Something, by Charles R. Swindoll. Life is tough. If you don’t agree, you simply haven’t lived long enough. Maybe you’re sandwiched between aging parents who need your help and children who need your guidance, or stretched beyond limits at work. Swindoll brings practical insights from the Word of God into the struggles we all face.…

Starting a Church Library

Community Bible Chapel Library Are you thinking about starting a library in your church? If so, this article sets forth some suggestions, and some preliminary issues that you should consider. Recommended resource: The Church Librarian’s Handbook, a book by Betty McMichael (Baker Book House, 3rd Edition, 1998). This book is very helpful, and deals in detail with many of the issues discussed in…

Quotes on Reading

The end to which good men’s libraries finally come is a melancholy subject. Few things are so loved by some, and despised and neglected by others, as books, and specially theological books.  J.C. Ryle (71) Though fallen on hard times of late, books have played an essential role in Church history…John Bradford, himself only days away from being bound to the stake,…

Book Review — The Incomparable Christ

The Incomparable Christ, by John Stott (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 2001, 235 pages) The contents of this book were delivered by John Stott at the A.D. 2000 London Lectures on Contemporary Christianity, at All Souls Church, London on four consecutive Thursdays. The full title of the lectures was The Incomparable Christ: Celebrating His Millennial Birth. Despite having founded the annual London…

Book Review — Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham

Living in the Gap Between Promise and Reality: The Gospel According to Abraham, by Ian Duguid (Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, 1999, 167 pages) This book is the first in a new series called “The Gospel According to the Old Testament”. In a quote contained on the book cover, D.A. Carson says that “one of the most urgent needs of the…