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  • Sanctification by Michael Allen

    Sanctification is one of the volumes in the “New Studies in Dogmatics” series edited by Michael Allen and Scott R. Swain.  Two other volumes have been published so far:   The Triune God and The Holy Spirit.  The series is a serious, scholarly interaction with Scripture, doctrine, and key theologians past and present.  In this book Allen engages principally with John Calvin, John Owen, Edward Fisher, G. C. Berkouwer, Oliver O’Donovan, John Webster, Thomas Aquinas, Karth Barth, Augustine and a host of others.  Allen is deeply invested in federal, or covenantal, theology (p. 34) and discusses the Covenant of Works (pp. 100-113) and the Covenant of Grace (pp. 124-143) at great lengths and uses redemptive-historical hermeneutics (pp. 97, 127).   Allen offers some helpful discussions concerning the image of God (pp. 78-85) and union with Christ (pp. 143-168).  And he engages several times with Radical Lutheranism, which sees law and grace at…(Read More)

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    Tullian Tchividjian has been the recognized leader within the liberate theology movement which places strong emphasis on grace and the finished work of Christ in the sanctification process.  More of that in a moment, but for now it is important to note that the particular volume under review is seen …(Read More)
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    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 …(Read More)
  • 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)
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    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)