Onward Christian soldiers, with this book in hand

Aug 31, 2021 by

By Andrew Cadman, TCW: Dominion by Tom Holland; Generic, 2020. FITTINGLY enough, I finished Dominion, Tom Holland’s history of Western Christian thought and its shaping of the Western mind, on the same day as the fall of Kabul. Holland’s book is a magnificent, magisterial work that not just all Christians but anyone who cares about the ascent and decline of Western civilisation should read. Although perhaps sometimes it overstates its case, it brilliantly succeeds in its objective of showing...

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The Bookshelf: Essential Reading on Religious Freedom

Jun 20, 2021 by

by Matthew J. Franck, Public Discourse: In the culture wars that rage in our politics today, people of more orthodox faith traditions are sadly becoming accustomed to their religious freedom being threatened. In education, in many professions, and in the public square, the freedom to live according to the teachings of one’s faith in contemporary life is constantly in need of defense—rhetorical, political, and legal. When the Democrats in Congress and the Biden administration are pushing the...

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A Review of ‘Providence’ by John Piper.

Jun 15, 2021 by

by Bill Muehlenberg, CultureWatch: The new tome by John Piper is essential reading: (Crossway Books, 2021.) The topic of the providence of God is a major biblical theme, and properly understood, it is a hugely reassuring and comforting doctrine of Scripture. It has often been discussed at length over the centuries, certainly by those in Puritan and Reformed circles. This new treatment by Piper is the most recent, and it is one of the most thorough and detailed to yet appear. Some recent...

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Why We Need the ‘Plurality Principle’

May 18, 2021 by

by Sam Storms, The Gospel Coalition: With Dave Harvey’s publication of The Plurality Principle: How to Build and Maintain a Thriving Church Leadership Team, we can ask, “Aren’t there more pressing and urgent issues that call for our attention?” After all, among the many “-ologies,” shouldn’t we emphasize Christology (the study of Jesus Christ), soteriology (the study of salvation), eschatology (the study of the end times), and hamartiology (the study of sin)? Is ecclesiology (the study of the...

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Jordan Peterson’s Fight Against Chaos

May 10, 2021 by

by Steven Wedgeworth, The Gospel Coalition: Review: ‘Beyond Order’ by Jordan Peterson. After nearly dying last year, Jordan Peterson is back with a sequel to his bestselling 12 Rules for Life. Titled Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life, it’s packaged as a complement to the first. Whereas 12 Rules for Life offered order as “an antidote to chaos” (its subtitle), this book seeks to move “beyond” that order. Is it then the chaos book? Almost, but not quite. Beyond Order is indeed the yin to the...

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New insights into John Stott’s life

May 10, 2021 by

James Robson, Ministry Director for Keswick Ministries. This excellent collection of short portraits of John Stott, expanded and updated from the 2012 original, coincides with the 100th anniversary of his birth. Pastor, Leader and Friend (2nd edition) By Christopher J.H. Wright, Lindsay Brown, et al (Editor Julia Cameron) Dictum Press. £6.99, ISBN 978 1 838 097 219 The aim is to ‘bring new insights into the life of John Stott and the ministries founded and fostered by him’ (pp. ix-x). But this...

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