Mastering Your Money

The following audio and PowerPoint are from Pastor Gary Gilley’s financial management class for Christians, titled Mastering Your Money. Pastor Gilley is a certified financial advisor in the state of Illinois and pairs that knowledge with biblical principles to help believers learn how to properly manage their money and glorify the Lord through that. PowerPoint […]

Christian Nationalism and the Great Hibernation

Volume 28, Issue 6, September 2022 Christian attempts at hibernating from corrupt world systems, people, and governments, are nothing new.  From monasticism in post-apostolic times to utopian societies to cults to the new monasticism, Christians and others have sought protection throughout the years from tyranny, moral pollution, and governmental overreach.  Today such is found in […]

Theology that Sticks, The Life-Changing Power of Exceptional Hymns

Chris Anderson, a composer of over 50 hymns, has put his philosophy of Christian music in this extremely valuable book. His stated goal is “to consider what Scripture says about the kinds of songs Christians should sing. And [he wants] to provide a sort of ‘grid’ that helps believers measure songs intentionally and objectively rather […]

Concerning the True Care of Souls

Martin Bucer was a contemporary of Martin Luther and a leader of the Reformation. The True Care of Souls was first published in 1538 but not translated into English until this edition by Peter Beal. The original work was not well received in its time because Bucer strongly challenged the Roman Catholic Church, godless rulers, […]

God’s Battle Plan for the Mind, the Puritan Practice of Biblical Meditation

This small volume touts the importance of biblical meditation as practiced and promoted by the Puritans. The book is filled with scores of quotes from the writings of the Puritans, all chosen to either instruct or inspire the reader to a deeper level of mediation. The author’s goal is to “convince God’s people of the […]

The Church as a Culture of Care, Finding Hope in Biblical Community

As Dale Johnson is the current executive director of the Association of Certified Bible Counselors and a professor of biblical counseling at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, the reader would expect this work to be an explanation and promotion of biblical counseling, and they would be right. But Johnson is eager to tie counseling to the […]

Recovering Our Sanity, How the Fear of God Conquers the Fears That Divide Us

Theologian, and prolific author, Michael Horton, states his own thesis for this volume, “My thesis is that the fear of God drives out the fear of everything else (p. 17, italics his). He further elaborates: “I want to help us shift our whole focus from a human-centered obsession with saving ourselves through false securities and […]

A Primer on Biblical Literacy

Cory Marsh is a professor of New Testament at Southern California Seminary. He is concerned about biblical literacy, what it is, why Christians should be biblically literate, and how they can become biblically literate (pp. vii-viii). Starting with the premise that the Bible can and should be understood (p. xv), Marsh makes a case for […]

The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

This work was one of Christianity Today’s “Books of the Year” and, as its title suggests, is centered on the resurrection of Jesus, which the author believes is the “core of the core” of the gospel. The author’s stated purpose is found on the first page: “This book is about the theological significance and ongoing […]

Mysteries of the Messiah, Unveiling Divine Connections from Genesis to Today

Jason Sobel, a Messianic Jewish rabbi, believes he has found a secret, encoded, cryptic messages from the Bible. His method is primarily the use of numerology, a branch of knowledge that ascribes numerical value to words and letters and then attempts to reveal hidden insights. Numerology, when applied to Scripture, has been called “Bible codes” […]