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  • Strength in the River Lessons in Hope from Suffering Saints of the Bible by Steve Swartz

    Strength in the River is written for Christians who are going through sorrow, pain, suffering and trials from any number of sources.  Especially in focus, as the first chapter indicates, are those who have endured pain for a long time and think it is never going to stop.  For such people, Steve Swartz turns their attention to the lives of 14 individuals found in Scripture who battled with similar situations.  At least one major biblical principle is drawn from the lives of each individual, the majority of which are very helpful.  For example, the life of Jeremiah focuses on the sovereignty of God, and James tells us that maturity in Christ, not solving the problem, should be our primary concern.  Jesus gives the perfect example of submissiveness; Abraham points us to the integrity of God and Ruth demonstrates how godly character can shine through even in the worst of circumstances. …(Read More)

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  • Five Views on Biblical Inerrancy edited by James R.A. Merrick and Stephen M. Garrett

    It is commonly held that inerrancy is the doctrine upon which evangelicalism stands or falls, and is one of only two doctrinal requirements to be a member of the Evangelical Theological Society (p.9).  It is therefore vital to understand how the term is being defined today within evangelicalism.  A celebrated …(Read More)
  • Turning to God, Reclaiming Christian Conversion as Unique, Necessary, and Supernatural by David F. Wells

    David Wells believes the biblical understanding of salvific conversion has been distorted in modern times and needs to be reclaimed by the church.  From at least the Reformation on, evangelicals saw conversion as a supernatural act of God due to the depravity of human nature (pp. 18-20, 173-174).  However, during …(Read More)
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson

    Robinson won the Pulitzer Prize for this fictional story of an aging and dying pastor who wants to leave for his young son a written legacy of his life.  John Ames is a third generation pastor in the little town of Gilead, Iowa.  He has spent virtually his whole life …(Read More)
  • The Implication of Inerrancy for the Global Church edited by Mark Tatlock

    The Master’s Academy International has self-published this excellent volume on the challenges facing biblical inerrancy globally.  There are 18 Master’s Academies in 17 countries today.  Leaders of the academies each wrote a chapter discussing the unique implication of inerrancy in their respective countries and cultures.  In most situations inerrancy is …(Read More)
  • Rejoicing in Lament by J. Todd Billings

    Todd Billings, professor of Reformed Theology at Western Theological Seminary, was in his late thirties when he was diagnosed with incurable cancer in 2012.  Rejoicing in Lament chronicles his journey through chemotherapy, a stem cell transplant, suffering, and uncertainty about his future.  From the time of his diagnosis Billings immersed …(Read More)