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The Top Ten Books that I Read in 2014

This is the time of year when book lists come out. Mine is a little less ambitious than others in part because I don't try to confine my reading to what is new. Sometimes I go on "kicks" where I'll...
Posted December 18, 2014 @ 5:06 PM by Sean Lucas

2014: The Year of Atheist Spirituality?

Several years ago, while on vacation, I bought a quirky little book by the French philosopher André Comte-Sponville entitled The Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. Though I knew no work quite like it, the idea the author developed, that atheists...
Posted December 18, 2014 @ 1:18 PM by Bruce Baugus

Ref21 Top Ten Books That Will Never Make A Top Ten Books List

10. Omnes in Adam, by Aaron Denlinger. Absolutely essential reading if you feel as though you need to know more about Ambrogio Catarino's Doctrine of Covenantal Solidarity and Its Influence on Post-Reformation Reformed Theologians.9. Reformed Orthodoxy in Scotland, edited by Aaron Denlinger....
Posted December 17, 2014 @ 2:22 PM by Mark Jones
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Jesus and Joshua

Most Christian children know how "Joshua fought the battle of Jericho, Jericho, Jericho... And the walls came tumbling down!"  And it's true!  Joshua did lead Israel in obeying God's commands so that when the priests blew the trumpets and the...
Posted December 17, 2014 @ 6:55 AM by Rick Phillips
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"Through the Eyes of Spurgeon"

Stephen McCaskell's fine biographical film, Through the Eyes of Spurgeon, surveying the life and ministry of 'the Prince of Preachers,' will drop this Thursday (18 Dec) at 12:00am CST, when it will be streamed live here. If you head...
Posted December 17, 2014 @ 5:28 AM by Jeremy Walker

Well, OK, but just this once ...

Today is almost certain to see the appointment of the first Anglican woman bishop in the UK. Stockport in Manchester look to be the unlucky winners. It has been declared: "The time is right." A break with tradition, we are...
Posted December 17, 2014 @ 5:09 AM by Jeremy Walker

A Thoroughly Reformed Book on Prayer

This morning, I finished reading Tim Keller's new book, Prayer: Experiencing Awe and Intimacy with God. I very much appreciated the book--I read it a chapter at a time during my morning worship times and found myself reminded of much...
Posted December 16, 2014 @ 8:53 PM by Sean Lucas

6 Things I Have Learned While Church Planting

Needless to say, I have learned far more than six things. I hope to elaborate on those later (e.g., issues concerning commitment, expectations, etc.). In the meantime, here are six observations.1. Do not compare yourself to other churches. It is...
Posted December 16, 2014 @ 6:48 PM by Leon Brown

Pastors: Carousels or Buffaloes?

The best theologians have typically been pastors (e.g., Augustine, Calvin, Owen, Edwards). And the theologians I enjoy reading the most are those who had/have real pastoral experience. There is a purpose to their writing that sometimes isn't found when scholars...
Posted December 16, 2014 @ 1:00 PM by Mark Jones
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Happy 300th Birthday George Whitefield!

George Whitefield, the great Anglican Evangelical evangelist of the 18th century, was born on 16th December 1714 (Old Style -- which means we can celebrate again in 11 days time too). So buy a cake, get 300 candles and a...
Posted December 16, 2014 @ 5:54 AM by Lee Gatiss

A Sidebar

Roger Olson is reviewing Oliver Crisp's new book, Deviant Calvinism. I plan to do some interacting with Crisp's book in the new year. The Reformed tradition is diverse, but there is the thorny question of just how diverse. I have...
Posted December 15, 2014 @ 9:08 PM by Mark Jones

Jonathan Edwards and the freedom of the will

Jonathan Edwards' Freedom of the Will has exercised considerable influence on contemporary Reformed thought about divine sovereignty and human freedom. For many, Edwards' work represents the gold standard of Reformed thinking about these topics. Recent scholarship on divine and human...
Posted December 15, 2014 @ 1:47 PM by Scott Swain

The Deceitfulness of Atheist Advertising

Atheist activists are making headlines for recent advertising efforts, this time in the southern states of America. Several years ago a similar effort in the United Kingdom caused some degree of consternation among British evangelicals. I was living in Scotland at the...
Posted December 13, 2014 @ 11:23 PM by Aaron Denlinger

A seasonal warning

You may be planning a seasonal sermon. In a spirit of ministerial solidarity, I would bring to your attention a fell tale from long ago. Be warned, gentlemen, be warned!...
Posted December 12, 2014 @ 8:45 AM by Jeremy Walker

The Walker Awards

I do not normally get involved in the banter of those who write for Reformation 21, but I believe this response is most urgent in light of the previous two posts. Both Mr. Paul Levy and Mr. Jeremy Walker questioned...
Posted December 12, 2014 @ 6:40 AM by Leon Brown

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