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  • Hand in Hand, the Beauty of God’s Sovereignty and Meaningful Human Choice by Randy Alcorn

    There is perhaps no more controversial subject within Christianity than that of divine sovereignty and human choices.  How can God truly control all things but let people be able to make meaningful decisions for which they are responsible?  As this subject bleeds over into soteriology it leads to the great Calvinistic/Arminian divide.  Calvinists, on the one hand, based on their understanding of total depravity, see the necessity for unconditional election and irresistible grace.  Arminians, conversely, view total depravity differently and believe God elects on the basis of His foreknowledge of human choices.  Grace is not irresistible, so says the Arminian, it is prevenient; that is, all people are given enough grace to make free will choices for or against salvation (pp. 14, 132).  Alcorn has lived on both sides of these debates, having been saved and nurtured for ten years in a biblically-sound Arminian church.  Eventually he moved into the…(Read More)

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  • Grace Alone, Salvation as a Gift of God by Carl R. Trueman

    Grace Alone is part of the “Five Solas Series” edited by Matthew Barrett.  Each sola is given its individual volume, with Grace Alone written by well-respected Reformed theologian and professor at Westminster Theological Seminary Carl Trueman.  As a church historian, Trueman is well-equipped to cover and explain the events and …(Read More)
  • God Took Me by the Hand A story of God’s Unusual Providence by Jerry Bridges

    God Took Me by the Hand is a short autobiography of the life of longtime servant of God and author Jerry Bridges.  Bridges, whose whole ministry was in conjunction with the Navigators (he recently passed away), uses his simple and clear writing skills to chronicle how an ordinary boy was …(Read More)
  • Survive or Thrive, Six Relationships Every Pastor Needs by Jimmy Dodd

    Jimmy Dodd is founder and president of PastorServe, an organization devoted to aiding pastors in their lives and ministries.  Survive or Thrive details how PastorServe attempts to fulfill its mission.  Dodd founded PastorServe in 1999  to “provide care, coaching and crisis support to pastors” (p. 29).  The present problem, as …(Read More)
  • No Little Women, Equipping All Women in the Household of God by Aimee Byrd

    Aimee Byrd, author and co-host of the Mortification of Spin podcast, is on a mission.  She declares that everyone is a theologian, whether they know it or not, so “everyone in the church needs to be a good theologian” (p. 34).  As the title implies Byrd is particularly desirous that …(Read More)
  • Apostle of the Last Days, The Life, Letters, and Theology of Paul by C. Marvin Pate

    In this scholarly, detailed and thorough volume, Marvin Pate, professor of Christian Theology at Quachita Baptist University, traces the theology of the Apostle Paul throughout his New Testament epistles.  All 13 letters written by Paul are given careful consideration as Pate devotes 10 of his 12 chapters to overviews and …(Read More)

  • Rescuing the Gospel, The Story and Significance of the Reformation by Erwin W. Lutzer

    Erwin Lutzer, former pastor of Moody Church in Chicago, has written an excellent overview dealing with the principle personalities and events surrounding the Protestant Reformation.  The book is written with the layman in mind, with simple language and an abundance of full-color pictures and maps.  In a short 200 pages, …(Read More)
  • Solid Ground by Gabriel N.E. Fluhrer

    Reviewed by Kurt Goedelman, Director of Personal Freedom Outreach Efforts to undermine God’s Word are nothing new, but today’s assaults have become so refined and widespread that even some who claim to be Evangelicals have joined the campaign. This is why Gabriel Fluhrer, in his editor’s preface of Solid Ground, …(Read More)
  • Hermeneutics, Principles and Processes of Biblical Interpretation (2nd Edition) by Henry A. Virkler and Karelynne Gerber Ayayo

    The stated goal of this text is “to give the reader not only an understanding of the principles of proper biblical interpretation but also the ability to apply those principles in sermon preparation, personal Bible study, and/or in writing” (p. 12).  I believe that Virkler has been successful in obtaining …(Read More)
  • The Key to Your Expected End by Katie Souza

    Katie Souza’s life was a complete mess.  Drugs, crime and violence led to imprisonment, where eventually she came to Christ who turned her life around and gave her a specific purpose – her “expected end.”  Souza’s expected end was to start a ministry for prisoners and to write this book …(Read More)
  • 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You by Tony Reinke

    Tony Reinke seeks to answer the question, “What is the best use of my smartphone in the flourishing of my life (p. 20)?”  Few questions are more pertinent in an age obsessed with technology in general and the smartphone in particular.  While the smartphone was invented barely a decade ago …(Read More)