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OK, so no one blogged on "Christmas Books" so let me add a few of my own before changing the blog "theme"... Overcoming Sin & Temptation, edited by Kelly M. Kapic and Justin Taylor (Crossway, 2006). You may have read Owen on sin before, in different editions, but you can never have too much of Owen, or advice on dealing with the menace which is indwelling sin. This new edition, complete with glossary and outlines is a must. See my review here.

Sermons on the Beatitudes by John Calvin (Banner of Truth 2006).Fresh translations (from the French originals) of Calvin's sermons on the Beatitudes. Do I need to say why this is a "must read"?  See Paul Helm's review here.

The Great Gain of Godliness by Thomas Watson (Banner of Truth, 2006). Thomas Watson has often been "the entry point" for those who find the puritans difficult to read. His illustrative prose (see his The Ten Commandments, The Beatitudes, or The Body of Divinity) has endeared him to many otherwise reluctant readers. This present volume (150pp) is an exposition of Malachi 3:16-18 and was not present in Spurgeon's valuable library. He remarked, "This [volume] would be a great find if we could come at it..." Well, now you can. See here. And, if you want to hear a great sermon by Ligon Duncan on godliness, preached at First Presbyterian Church on New Year's Eve (2006), see here. [It isn't posted yet (!) but click on "Current Sunday Sermon" on the top right in a few days time and it will be!

Jesus' Blood and Righteousness by Brian Vickers (Crossway, 2006). A significant contribution to the issue of imputation of Christ's righteousness in light of dismissals y the New Perspective on Paul etc. An absolute necessity for preachers! See here. And in a similar vein, Cornelis P. Venema's The Gospel of Free Acceptance in Christ (Banner of Truth, 2006). See here.

Posted January 1, 2007 @ 10:40 AM by Derek Thomas

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