What is the Fear of God?

Many years ago I saw a new title by a favored author and I immediately purchased the book for two reasons:  one, I always benefited from all that author’s writings, and two, the book was on the topic of the fear of God, something I had struggled to comprehend as a believer.  So with anticipation […]

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Book Review: Gentle and Lowly

Many years ago, while counseling a troubled married couple, the wife asked me, “How do you deal with anxiety in your life?” I don’t remember what precipitated the question, but I remember my response: “I’m not sure what to tell you. [I hadn’t had any biblical counseling training yet, as you can tell by the […]

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A culture of evangelism

A couple of years ago I committed to reading at least one book on evangelism every year.  I do not naturally think of looking for evangelistic opportunities and I need things to remind me to do that.  So in addition to adding evangelism to my prayer list, I also remind myself of this necessary discipline […]

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Book Review: Counseling the Hard Cases

Title:  Counseling the Hard Cases:  True Stories Illustrating the Sufficiency of God’s Resources in Scripture Editors:  Stuart Scott and Heath Lambert Publisher:  B&H, 2012; 318 pp. $32.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  I’ve been pastoring for over two decades.  I have a deep appreciation for my seminary training and the churches in which I was raised, both […]

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Book blurbs

In the interest of “something is better than nothing,” here are a few blurbs and comments on some books I’ve recently completed reading: Title: Bringing the Gospel Home:  Witnessing to Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well Author: Randy Newman Publisher:  Crossway, 2011, 216 pp., $14.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Summary: Newman not […]

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Book blurbs

In the interest of “something is better than nothing,” here are a few blurbs and comments on some books I’ve recently completed reading: Title: Atheism Remix Author: R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Publisher:  Crossway, 2008, 108 pp., $15.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Summary: This book is based on a series of four messages that Mohler gave at […]

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Book blurbs

In the interest of “something is better than nothing,” here are a few blurbs and comments on some books I’ve recently completed reading: Title:  Don’t Call it a Comeback:  The Old Faith for a New Day Author:  Kevin DeYoung (ed.) Publisher:  Crossway, 2011; 252 pp. $16.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Kevin DeYoung is fast becoming one […]

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Book Review: Think

Title:  Think:  The Life of the Mind and the Love of God Author:  John Piper Publisher:  Crossway, 2010; 222 pp. $19.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  There is no Christian mind.…As a thinking being, the modern Christian has succumbed to secularization.  He accepts religion — its morality, its worship; but he rejects the religious view of life, […]

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Book Review: Craftsmen

Title:  Craftsmen:  Christ-Centered Proverbs for Men Author:  John Crotts Publisher:  Shepherd Press, 2005; 159 pp. $12.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Talking to someone the other day, he remarked something like, “The hardest thing I do is to try to lead my wife spiritually — why is it so hard to have even a 3-minute spiritual conversation […]

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Book Review: The God Who is There

Title:  The God Who is There:  Finding Your Place in God’s Story Author:  D. A. Carson Publisher:  Crossway, 2010; 234 pp. $16.99 Recommendation (4-star scale):  Three days ago our church again began our annual trek through the Scriptures. Now one of the so-called problems of reading through the Bible in one year is the inevitable […]

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Book Review: The Call to Joy and Pain

Title:  The Call to Joy and Pain:  Embracing Suffering in Your Ministry Author:  Ajith Fernando Publisher:  Crossway, 2007; 192 pp. $14.99 ($7.99 as an ebook) Recommendation (4-star scale):    For many generations, the Western church — and especially the American church — has sent missionaries with the message of the gospel to other countries.  The […]

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Book blurbs

I have recently finished reading a number of books and pamphlets and the thought of writing several full-length reviews has become too daunting.  I know myself and recognize that if I don’t write something short, then I won’t write anything at all about these works.  So, in the interest of “something is better than nothing,” […]

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