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  • The Heart of John Owen :: a book review

    The Heart of John Owen :: a book review

    An Introduction to John Owen: A Christian Vision for Every Stage of Life by Crawford Gribben; Crossway, Wheaton, 2020 Crawford Gribben has already written a biography of John Owen (John Owen and Puritanism: Experiences of Defeat, 2016). In this work, Gribben seeks to give insight into Owen’s ministry to the spiritual lives of those who…

  • The New Normal

    The New Normal

    What is the “new normal”?

  • Bless the LORD

    Bless the LORD

    You probably have favorite sections or verses of the Bible that you lean on for many different reasons and in differing circumstances. Today, I am posting one of mine, simply for reflection and encouragement on this quiet Sunday afternoon. These thoughts come to mind— If we are focused on the temporal, we will miss the…

  • One Assembly – a book review

    One Assembly – a book review

    One Assembly: Rethinking the Multisite and Multiservice Church Models Jonathon Leeman | Crossway, 2020 One assembly—one church. Two assemblies—two churches. Simple and straightforward. Biblical and effective. Jonathon Leeman presents a careful and studied argument that each and every physical gathering of a local church is “an outpost or embassy of heaven,” wherein “the church gathering…

  • Finding the Right Hills to Die On – a book review

    Finding the Right Hills to Die On – a book review

    Finding the Right Hills to Die On: The Case for Theological Triage Gavin Ortlund     |     Crossway, 2020 What distinguishes a doctrine or theological issue as essential? What marks a doctrine as secondary? Or trivial? Surely, even when we insist on the importance of truth, not all doctrines are worth the same energy and time and…

  • In the Night

    Andrew Peterson, Buddy Greene, Jeff Taylor, Andy Gullahorn I follow Alan Jacob’s blog called Snakes and Ladders. His blog and his newsletter are worth your time and attention. He is now teaching at Baylor University and has earned a well-deserved reputation as a Christian academic who appeals to a wide audience. I came across this…

  • Gifts from God to change your life

    Gifts from God to change your life

    Baptism and Communion are signs and seals of God’s grace to his people. If you have wondered what that means, or even if you do have some idea of it, you can profit remarkably by reading Tim Chester’s book, Truth We Can Touch. Chester does an excellent job of joyfully examining these life-changing gifts from…

  • A beautiful story of true love

    A beautiful story of true love

    The Love of Loves in the Song of Songs Philip G Ryken. Crossway; Wheaton, IL, 2019 Philip Ryken does a marvelous job of interpreting and applying this beautiful story in a way that is accessible and richly practical. I appreciated the way he unfolds the book as a love story within a larger and greater…

  • Are you a “nice” Christian?

    Are you a “nice” Christian?

    Book Review of Nice: Why We Love To Be Liked and How God Calls Us To More, by Rachel Hodde Miller. Published by Baker Books, Grand Rapids, MI, 2019. NICE is a dangerous book. Sharon Hodde Miller will put you back on your heels and make you reconsider some habitual behaviours and some assumptions about…

  • The Kingdom of God

    The Kingdom of God

    We are Christians because we have repented of our sin and believed in Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. This statement can be meaningful and comforting and powerful to someone who has experienced the radical transformation by God that is likened to rebirth. It can also be totally meaningless to someone who has never learned…