Posts by CBC Library (Page 3)

Posts by CBC Library (Page 3)

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.”  “The law-maker (Jesus as a member of the God-head)  became the law-keeper (in his obedient life), but then…

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 somehow the fulfillment of Israel. This is indeed an emphasis of the New Testament. However, much less often…

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 Scottish historical memory, comes off as stern, formidable, and unapproachable. To admirers, he was also a man of…

New Books–December 2016

                                                    Complete New Book List                                                          December, 2016  An Anomalous Jew: Paul among Jews, Greeks and Romans, by Michael F. Bird. Bird argues that Paul did not cease to be a Jew when he became a Christian, but his previous Jewish convictions were shaken to the core and transformed. He remained a Jew, but became an anomaly to his Jewish contemporaries. Paul is seen as a maverick apostle, an inimitable thinker, and an anomalous Jew. Saving My Assassin: A Memoir,…

New Books–November 2016

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                 November, 2016                        Gospel Women: Studies of the Named Women in the Gospels, by Richard Bauckham. Bauckham is an outstanding NT scholar who applies his encyclopedic knowledge of Judaism and its offshoot, early Jewish Christianity, to the subject of the named women in the Gospels. The Unfinished Reformation: What Unites and Divides Catholics and Protestants After 500 Years, by Gregg Allison and Chris Castaldo. Is the Protestant Reformation finished? There are still a number…

New Books—October 2016

                                                          Complete New Book List                                                               October, 2016            Making Sense of God: An Invitation to the Skeptical, by Timothy Keller. Newsweek magazine refers to Keller as “a C.S. Lewis for the 21st century”. He has had an incredibly effective ministry in the heart of NYC. This is his newest. No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi. A former Muslim investigates the evidence for Islam and Christianity. Both Islam and Christianity teach that there is only one God,…

New Books–September 2016

                                                 Complete New Book List                                                      September, 2016  “Free Grace Theology”: 5 Ways It Diminishes the Gospel, by Wayne Grudem. Must the gospel message include a call for people to repent of their sins? Is evidence of a changed life an important indication of whether a person is truly born again? To both questions, Free Grace Theology says no. But in this book, Grudem shows why the Bible says yes to both. This book is endorsed by John MacArthur, J.I.…

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. I had sent several tweets to him, and identified myself as a church librarian. He asked what church,…

New Books–August 2016

Complete New Book List August, 2016  Theological Fitness: Why We Need a Fighting Faith, Aimee Byrd. A book for Christians who want to hold fast to their faith without wavering, even in the trials of ordinary life. Aimee unpacks our call to perseverance in the book of Hebrews and explores the great metaphor that physical fitness lends to theology. Aimee is an ordinary mom of three, who blogs about theology at The Mortification of Spin website. What Christians Ought to…

New Books–July 2016

Complete New Book List July, 2016  J.C. Ryle: Prepared to Stand Alone, by Iain H. Murray. The life of Ryle has only to be heard about once to be remembered, His 84 years (1816-1900) included remarkable contrasts—-the promise of a fortune, then the poverty of a bankrupt; a Suffolk County country pastor, then bishop of the leading seaport of the British Empire; from the successful youth at Eton and Oxford who did not pray or read his Bible until age…

New Books–June 2016

                                                         Complete New Book List                                                                    June, 2016  A Camaraderie of Confidence: The Fruit of Unfailing Faith in the Lives of Charles Spurgeon, George Muller, and Hudson Taylor, by John Piper (series: The Swans Are Not Silent). Most people don’t realize that Spurgeon, Muller and Taylor were contemporaries who knew and loved each other. For all their differences, they were profoundly evangelical in their emphases on Scripture, the atoning work of Christ, the new birth and the importance of mission.…

New Books–May 2016

                                                 Complete New Book List                                                          May, 2016  A Peculiar Glory: How the Christian Scriptures Reveal Their Complete Truthfulness, by John Piper. The glory of God is shining through the Bible. Never has the church been in greater need of recognizing that Scripture is self-attesting. They Say We Are Infidels: On the Run From ISIS with Persecuted Christians in the Middle East, by Mindy Belz. Leon Morris: One Man’s Fight for Love and Truth, by Neil Bach. Biography of Leon…

New Books–April 2016

                                                             Complete New Book List                                                                        April, 2016            . Habits of Grace: Enjoying Jesus Through the Spiritual Disciplines, by David Mathis. In his Foreword to the book, John Piper says: “This book is about grace-empowered habits, and Spirit-empowered disciplines…the means God has given for drinking at the fountain of life…if you have never read a book on ‘habits of grace’ or ‘spiritual disciplines’, start with this one…if you are a veteran lover of the river of God, but for some…

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 of comments from the Preface to the book. Making All Things New: Inaugurated Eschatology for the Life of…

Book Review: Heirs of Promise: The Church as the New Israel in Romans

This is a brief review of a brief (107 pgs), but very compelling book. The book is Heirs of Promise: The Church as the New Israel in Romans, by P. Chase Sears. It is on the new book shelves of the library. It is the first in a new series titled Snapshots, edited by theologian Michael Bird. The series will engage significant themes in contemporary biblical and theological scholarship in a relatively brief “snapshot” manner, making them accessible to busy…

New Books–March 2016

                                                              Complete New Book List                                                                       March, 2016 The Jesus We Missed: The Surprising Truth About the Humanity of Christ, by Patrick Henry Reardon. Russell Moore, who did the Foreword, says: “This book…is the best treatment of the humanity of our Lord Jesus Christ that I’ve ever encountered. Patrick Reardon is one of the most Bible-saturated, Christ-intoxicated writers and preachers I have ever met, and I believe this is his finest work.” This book is stunning in its insight, and…

New Books–February 2016

                                                          Complete New Book List                                                                  February, 2016            The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters, by Sinclair B. Ferguson, Foreword by Tim Keller. Derek Thomas says: “This is one of the most important and definitive books I have read in over four decades”. How a book written in the 17th century provoked the Marrow Controversy in the 18th century, and how that debate relates to gospel preaching today, and the perennial issue of the…

New Books–January 2016

                                                                  Complete New Book List                                                                            January 2016             God’s Glory Alone–The Majestic Heart of Christian Faith and Life: What the Reformers Taught… and Why It Still Matters, by David VanDrunen (The Five Solas series). Second in the series on the five solas of the Protestant Reformation. The author first examines how the doctrine of God’s glory developed in Reformed theology and confessions, and then turns to the beginning with the pillar of cloud revealed to Israel, and culminating in Christ’s…

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 the vision of Washington, whereas the South’s basis for seceding followed principles of Jefferson’s vision.   Closely allied with…

New Books–December 2015

                                                            Complete New Book List                                                                 December, 2015              We Cannot be Silent: Speaking Truth to a Culture Redefining Sex, Marriage, and the Very Meaning of Right and Wrong, by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Why it is our duty to speak out in defense of biblical and natural-law principles of sexual morality and marriage. D.A. Carson says “it is simply not possible to simultaneously remain silent and faithful to the Lord Jesus”, while John MacArthur says this book shows the…