Books to encourage your sanctification

Romans 12-13 is about some everyday practices in the believer’s life that need sanctification.  Both the first verses (12:1-2) and the last verse (13:14) of that section emphasize the basic steps of sanctification: Aggressively put off sin Joyfully put on Christ and righteous replacements of sin Intentionally cultivate a renewed way of thinking To help […]

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Best books of 2020

I know.  This is late.  I had good intentions.  But I just didn’t get it done. (I might have been reading another book instead.) So a few weeks into the new year, here are some of the best books I read last year. As I did last year, I will categorize them around some general […]

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Best books of 2020, so far

I love books.  And I not only collect books, but I actually read them (well, not all of them, but I give it a good try).  I’m not a particularly fast reader, but I am a persistent reader, so I am able to read a pretty significant number of books every year. My reading pace […]

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The best books I read in 2017

I’ve always liked to read, and I supposed that’s a benefit for me since so much of what I do as a pastor is bound up in study and reading.  I read a lot.  I read a significant amount in preparation for my sermons each week — typically somewhere between 15-20 commentaries on the passage […]

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The best books I read in 2015

The year 2015 was a good year of reading for me.  A couple of years ago I found that I was having more difficulty paying attention when reading.  I was breezing through many blogs and short works like magazine articles, but didn’t have as much patience for reading longer works. When revising my goals for […]

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Books on the cross

C. J. Mahaney, who himself has written a book or two about the cross (The Cross-Centered Life and Living the Cross Centered Life) today posted his list of favored books on the cross. I concur with his choice of Stott’s book, and am looking forward to beginning to read this weekend Pierced for Our Transgressions […]

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Reformation Books

Are you curious about the reformation, but don’t know much about it? Here are three books that I’ve found helpful (this is not intended to be an extensive listing, but just enough to give you an introduction and taste of the lives of some of the key men of the Reformation). They all offer brief […]

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