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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.

Tortured Wonders: Christian Spirituality for People, Not Angels, by Rodney Clapp. Combining a passion for orthodox theology with insight into popular culture, the author presents the practice of Christianity by human beings (not angels, not disembodied intellects). Robert Webber says it “deconstructs the incipient gnosticism that has dominated evangelical Christianity in the 20th century (with a) clarion call to return to the roots of incarnational thinking in the fathers of the church”.

The Book on Leadership, by John MacArthur. The author says leadership doesn’t come from a job title, it is not a matter of personality or charisma, nor is it the same as iron-fisted authority. Based on the writings of one of the most effective spiritual leaders of all time—the Apostle Paul—MacArthur presents the “26 characteristics of a True Leader”.

New Testament Theology: Many Witnesses, One Gospel, by I. Howard Marshall. As Douglas Moo says, Marshall “surveys the issues and themes of NT theology as only the dean of evangelical NT scholars could do”.

Truth in All Its Glory: Commending the Reformed Faith, by William Edgar. The author commends the richness and beauty of the Reformed worldview which he now cherishes. He begins with its origins and central truths, and then goes on to seek new applications for our age.

J. Gresham Machen: A Guided Tour of His Life and Thought, by Stephen J. Nichols. Author of the classic Christianity and Liberalism, Machen was conservative Presbyterianism’s most stalwart defender in the battles between fundamentalism and modernism in the tumultuous 1920s. The author reminds us of Machen’s probing scholarship, his trenchant analysis of modernism, and his attempts to further the Christian world and life view in American culture.

The Pattern of Sound Doctrine: Systematic Theology at Westminster Seminaries, edited by David VanDrunen. Essays highlighting the crucial role the Westminster seminaries have played in the development of systematic theology during the past 75 years. Examines the contributions of such theologians as John Murray and his Princeton predecessors, and includes discussions of justification and other key issues.

Lettters to a Diminished Church, by Dorothy Sayers. Sayers (1893-1957) was a British author, playwright, and scholar, as well as a member of the famous “Inklings”, an informal group of writers that included Tolkien and C.S. Lewis. This book contains a series of essays of passionate arguments for the relevance of Christian doctrine.

A Refutation of Moral Relativism: Interviews with an Absolutist, by Peter Kreeft.In his unique writing style, Kreeft poses an interview between an attractive, funny and honest relativist and a Muslim fundamentalist absolutist so as not to stack the decks personally for absolutism, and ends up with a devastating critique of relativism.

Christianity for Modern Pagans: Pascal’s Pensees, Edited, Outlined, and Explained, by Peter Kreeft. Kreeft believes that17th century Blaise Pascal was the first post-medieval apologist, and that no writer in history is a more effective Christian apologist and evangelist to today’s uprooted, confused, and secularized pagans, inside and outside the church. Pascal was a brilliant man—a great scientist who did major work in physics and mathematics—whom Kreeft thinks was three centuries ahead of his time. His apologetics found in his book Pensees are ideal for a modern, sophisticated skeptic.


The Following is a List of Adult & Family DVDs/VHS (Complete with Commentary)


The Privileged Planet (DVD), narrated by John Rhys-Davies (The Lord of the Rings). Based on the book of the same title by Guillermo Gonzalez (assistant professor of astronomy and physics) and Jay Richards (senior fellow at the Discovery Institute), this DVD challenges the dogma that earth is an average and insignificant speck in a vast and meaningless universe, and demonstrates that our planet is not only uniquely fitted to support life, but also to give us the best view of the universe, as if our earth were designed to promote scientific discovery and observation of the rest of creation.


Journey Toward Creation
(DVD), by Hugh Ross (2nd Edition). A guided tour through space and time back to the beginning of the universe. NOTE: Ross holds to an old earth view of creation, which he does not believe conflicts with the Genesis account.

Christianity and Islam
(DVD), hosted by Dr. Timothy George. A four part series comparing and contrasting the two faiths. Based on the best-selling book, Is the Father of Jesus the God of Muhammad? by Dr. George.

An Uncommon Union: The Life and Love of Sarah and Jonathan Edwards (DVD)
, featuring Maggie Rowe. In this one-woman play, the story of Edwards and his remarkable wife Sarah is seen through her eyes.

The Story of Amy Carmichael (VHS only).
A look at Amy’s life, and the continuing work of the Donhavur Fellowship which she founded in India.

Patrick (DVD).
This docudrama takes a look at one of the best loved and least understood icons of church history, St. Patrick of Ireland. Narrated by Liam Neeson, with Gabriel Byrne providing the voice of Patrick.

Molokai: The Story of Father Damien (DVD)
, starring Peter O’Toole, Kris Kristofferson, Sam Neill, and David Wenham. He relentlessly gave of himself and served the lepers who had been exiled to this barren island, even at the cost of his own life.

Behind the Glass Door: Hannah’s Story (DVD).
Story of a young girl with a form of autism.

A Diary of Revival: The Outbreak of the 1904 Welsh Awakening (DVD).
An outpouring of God’s Spirit that changed Wales and reverberated around the world, as seen through the eyes of 26-year old revival leader Evan Roberts.

Warriors of Honor (DVD).
A guide through the causes and battles of the Civil War, and a look at two stalwart generals who were also faithful Christians—Robert E. Lee and Stonewall Jackson.

The Radicals (DVD)
. The humble and courageous origins of the Anabaptist movement and two of its first leaders, Michael and Margaretha Sattler.

FAMILY READING

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FAMILY VIDEOS

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