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Book Reviews Website

The Review of Biblical Literature has a website where they post their reviews. Lots and lots of good stuff here!
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Yuille Reviews The Shack

Dr. Stephen Yuille, a friend of mine, has recently reviewed the horrendous book The Shack. This, alongside Challie’s review and Mohler’s radio response make for balanced opinion. With that said, The Shack is a trinitarian heresy.
[HT: Historia Ecclesiastica]
Update: Doug Wilson reviews The Shack here.

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Review: Foundations of Christian Thought

Stephen Yuille has a helpful review of Mark Cosgrove’s book Foundations of Christian Thought at his blog Deus Pro Nobis (trans. “God for us”).

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Review: Is Christianity Good for the World?

Atheist Christopher Hitchens and pastor Douglas Wilson debated the topic “Is Christianity good for the world?” on the Christianity Today Online site. Now it is in book form. I had the opportunity to read and review an advance copy. The review is here.

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Gribben Review

Paul Martin, pastor of Grace Fellowship Church of Toronto, has posted a review of Crawford Gribben’s excellent book Rapture Fiction and the Evangelical Crisis. I reviewed the book for the Discerning Reader around this time last year.

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Boyd, pacifism and what not to do

Doug Wilson is at it again. This time he’s taking us through a blow-by-blow (pardon the pacifist pun) review of Greg Boyd’s recent book The Myth of a Christian Nation. Boyd’s book came out while I still worked at Crux and a lot of people were really excited about it. I, to say the least, wasn’t. The contents of the book cater to the John Howard Yoder, Anabaptist, pacifist types. While there’s much to commend the pacifist position (ideally speaking), I’m a bit bewildered by the whole thing.
Here is, in my view, the crux of Boyd’s problem – Wilson outlines it well:

Are women getting raped? Don’t get pulled in. Are children being hauled off
to work in factories? Don’t get pulled in. Are treaties being flagrantly broken?
That’s just the way the world is, ya know? Are thousands of slaves being pitched
overboard into the Atlantic? Satan’s kingdom . . . what can you do? Spiritually
dangerous even to try.

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Gary Johnson on Van Til

I am thankful to have had pointed out to me an excellent reflection piece by Gary Johnson at Green Baggins’ blog. Johnson recollects his time spent at Westminster Seminary and the influence that Cornelius Van Til had upon him. He writes this in connection with his thoughts on John R. Muether’s recent bio that I reviewed at Discerning Reader.

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Review: Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman by John Muether

I had the delightful opportunity read and review John Muether’s new biography of one of Christianity’s most important thinkers. Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman is fantastic. Check out my review and then buy the book!

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Thabiti on Healthy Church Members

Challies has a review of Thabiti Anyabwile’s recent book What Is A Healthy Church Member? This looks to be a very useful book to go through with a small group.

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Stupid

This could be Challies’ best book review ever. Count how many times the word “stupid” appears in his review of Chris Hedge’s recent travesty, I Don’t Believe in Atheists. Brilliant.

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Schreiner Reviews Wright

Tom Schreiner, NT prof at Southern Seminary, has an excellent review of N.T. Wright’s recent book Surprised By Hope posted at the 9Marks site. It appears that Wright continues to show excellency when it comes to redeption accomplished but is lacking when it comes to redemption applied.

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Ferguson’s Owen biography

Here is the review that I recently wrote of Sinclair Ferguson’s excellent biography of John Owen. Thanks to Discerning Reader for publishing it!!

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Review: Letters of Francis Schaeffer

My friend Mark has reviewed The Letters of Francis Schaeffer by Lane T. Dennis at his blog Codex Markianus.

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Review – Worship in Spirit and Truth by Frame

My review of John Frame’s book Worship in Spirit and Truth is up at the Discerning Reader website. We read large chunks of it for our course on worship at TBS. It really reshaped the way I think about how worship is conducted in the local church. I am very thankful to Frame for his insights and his willingness to say hard things, in spite of opposition. Even if one doesn’t always agree with him, Frame proves to be thoughtful and forces the reader to challenge their presuppositions (pun intended).

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Book – Worship Matters by Bob Kauflin

I am very excited to read Bob Kauflin’s new book Worship Matters: Leading Others To Encounter the Greatness of God (Crossway, 2008). It has some heavy-duty endorsements by guys like D.A. Carson, Wayne Grudem, John Frame and Mark Dever. Paul Martin has also talked alot about it in our worship class at TBS, having read an advanced copy.
Here is a review at the Worship Blog.

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Tyrannicide Brief

Clint has posted some thoughts about the excellent book The Tyrannicide Brief: The Story of the Man Who Sent Charles I to the Scaffold. I read chunks of it last summer before school started again, but had to put it down. I can’t wait to finish it – John Cook was a great example of a godly man who risked his life for the cause of God and truth. Read this book!

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Rod Bell’s Velvet Elvis

Here is a review of Rod Bell’s book Velvet Elvis by Windsor pastor Aaron Rock. Fairly detailed and helpful.

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Ordinary Pastor

Last night I had the pleasure of reading Don Carson’s recent book about his dad entitled Memoirs of an Ordinary Pastor: The Life and Reflections of Tom Carson (2007). I picked it up from the Sola Scriptura Ministries booktable at the Worship in Song conference hosted by Grace Fellowship Church (an awesome conference btw).
I don’t have time to get into an indepth review of the book, but suffice to say that it will prove to be an encouraging read to serious pastors everywhere. It details Mr. Carson’s time at Seminary (TBS), his call to evangelise in Montreal and pastor in Drummondville, the struggles experienced in a small church, the move to Hull and the care given to a wife with Alzheimers. This survey barely scratches the surface of the gold that is in this book. It was funny, serious, insightful, sad and encouraging. Don Carson did a great service to the memory of his father as well as to the church who can learn from it. Buy this book for you pastor for Easter!!!

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Review – Luther as a Spiritual Advisor

Here is my review of Dennis Ngien’s absolutely outstanding book Luther as a Spiritual Advisor. As I said in the review, I highly recommend it for pastors and any interested in counselling.

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Fascism, Left and Right

The Mises Institute has a useful review of Jonah Goldberg’s recent book Liberal Fascists. Doug Wilson has also been blogging through it here and Peter Jaworski interviewed Goldberg here.

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