418 East Main Street
Richardson, Texas
972-671-3428

Book Reviews, etc

Daniel, by Wendy Widder–A Book Review

Note: I recently read an excellent commentary on Daniel in the very accessible Story of God Bible Commentary series, by Wendy Widder. Widder, who got her PhD at the University of Free State, South Africa, is an author, teacher, and scholar with a passion for helping people understand the Bible better. She is not a dispensationalist, and holds to the Greek view…

Book Review: Devoted to God, by Sinclair Ferguson

Note: This new book is in the library, and has been highly recommended.   Here is a sampling of the quotes below:  “In order to experience final salvation, sanctification is as necessary as justification. Why is this? Simply because there is no justification without sanctification”  “We are not justified on the basis of our sanctification; yet justification never takes place without sanctification beginning.” …

Book Review: The Last Adam

Note: This article is by Brandon D. Crowe, author of the new book, The Last Adam: A Theology of the Obedient Life of Jesus in the Gospels, which is being added to the library on February 5. Ron Maness The Adamic Christology of Early Christianity In discussions of the New Testament Gospels, it is commonplace for scholars to affirm that Jesus is…

Book Review: John Knox

Note: This new biography on John Knox, the leader of the Scot Reformation, was just added to the CBC library.   Ron Maness http://www.reformation21.org/featured/the-real-john-knox.php The Real John Knox Article by Thomas Kidd  June 2016 If you ever go to see the John Knox statue at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, you won’t come away with warm and fuzzy feelings. Knox, in statue and in…

Article on CBC Library by John Fea

Library Note: I am pleased to report that noted historian, blogger, and author John Fea has published an article on CBC’s library on his blog site. John teaches history at Messiah College, a Christian college in Pennsylvania. We have had his books in the library for some time, and I recently began following him on twitter, where he has over 6,000 followers.…

New Book Notice: Making All Things New

This email concerns a new book being added to the library this week. It is not a book review, as I have not yet read it. But it is a book I have been eagerly awaiting since it was first announced a couple of months ago. At this point, I just want to make some introductory comments, which are paraphrases and summaries…

The Great Divide–New Book in the Library

Library Note: I recently completed this magnificent book about the animosity between Washington and Jefferson, former friends and founding fathers who became adversaries due to different visions for the new nation. The divergence between their visions is ultimately seen in the later dissolution of the union that resulted in the Civil War. Lincoln’s aim to preserve the union was in accordance with…

America’s First War Against Muslim Terrorism–Book Review

Thomas Jefferson and the Tripoli Pirates: The Forgotten War That Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. I just finished reading this fascinating book. To pique your interest, let me ask two questions: When was America’s first war on Muslim terrorism? In the famous Marine Corps hymn, there is a line that says, “From the halls of Montezuma to the shores…

The Odd Couple of Bible Prophecy

Well, not really so odd if you have a basic understanding of the differences between the eschatological (end times) views. This email relates to a new book in the library, and the reason I called them the Odd Couple is that the authors hold to different end times perspectives, yet really not so very different.   This is not a book review, because…

Sneak Peek–New Titles for Sunday October 11

Among the new titles being added to the CBC Library this Sunday are three that should be of particular interest to devotees of the Puritans and Puritan-style writings. Although J.I. Packer, while 89 years old, is too young to actually be a Puritan, he has long been noted for his devotion to, and promotion of, the Puritan writers. Among his books in…

Revelation: A Shorter Commentary, by G.K. Beale

Book Review by Ron Maness January 26, 2015 I just completed perhaps the greatest commentary I have ever read, and below I have written a review of it. I realize the review is somewhat long, but even for those who will not want to undertake reading the book, I would recommend that you read the review, because it will give you an…

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…