J.I. Packer: His Life and Thought

J.I. Packer’s passing was one of the great losses of 2020. If you are looking for a short introduction to his work, J.I. Packer: His Life and Thought by Alister McGrath is the perfect book for you. McGrath does an excellent job of alternating short biographical sketches with what Packer was working on at the … Continue reading “J.I. Packer: His Life and Thought”

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

As I was reading The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self by Carl R. Trueman, I knew very early that it would be one of my favorite books of the year. I can say without hyperbole The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self is the most profound cultural analysis I’ve read. “I’m a … Continue reading “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self”

Favorite books of 2020

What time of year is it? That’s right. It’s time for endless lists of favorite books of the year. I’m actually writing my list fashionably late. Most of the important people posted their lists a few weeks ago. I’m going to keep it short. I’m picking my five favorites books that I read this year. … Continue reading “Favorite books of 2020”

Advent and Nahum?

It’s advent season, and I’m teaching through the book of Nahum. I know. It’s weird, right? I didn’t particularly plan to teach through this book during advent, but things just happened that way. The even stranger thing is it has kind of made sense.  Nahum’s name means comfort, which dovetails nicely with advent, comforting Christmas … Continue reading “Advent and Nahum?”

Deep Discipleship by J.T. English

I was almost convinced that Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund was going to be my favorite book of the year, but Deep Discipleship by J.T. English gives it a run for that spot. Having facilitated Bible studies and small groups for years, I’m especially interested in discipleship and spiritual growth. Deep Discipleship diagnoses the … Continue reading “Deep Discipleship by J.T. English”

Live Not By Lies | Rod Dreher

Historians are going to have a wealth of events to study from 2020.  Perhaps more than the year 1968. No doubt one thing they will analyze will be the unabashed rise of totalitarianism in the West, which is the topic of Rod Dreher’s new book Live Not By Lies. Dreher analyzes the rise of what … Continue reading “Live Not By Lies | Rod Dreher”

Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans

I bought Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans edited by Robert Elmer recently. I’ve had it on my want list for a while, but what made me pull the trigger was watching Puritan: All of Life to the Glory of God. By the way, the documentary is pretty expensive. The only affordable option I found … Continue reading “Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans”

Finding the Right Hills To Die On – Gavin Ortlund

Finding the Right Hills To Die On: The Case for Theological Triage by Gavin Ortlund is definitely a book for our times. Although, if you think back through the history of the church, you’ll see it’s a book for any age where Christians disagreed on various secondary doctrines. In other words, someone should have written … Continue reading “Finding the Right Hills To Die On – Gavin Ortlund”

Psalm 119: Assurances During a Pandemic

A month or so ago, our Sunday School class began studying Psalm 119. The last Sunday we were able to meet before the coronavirus mandate banning groups of 10 or more, we looked at two stanzas: verses 49-56 and 57-64. I hope these thoughts point you to God’s assurances during this pandemic. We all have … Continue reading “Psalm 119: Assurances During a Pandemic”

Books To Be Quarantined With

I stole this idea from Seth Lewis’s Blog, because I really like this idea of books to be quarantined with. It’s kind of like books to be stranded on a deserted island with. Haven’t we all kind of been involuntarily sent to the deserted island of our homes? Anyway, it got me thinking of what books … Continue reading “Books To Be Quarantined With”