Review: Can I Really Trust the Bible?

Barry Cooper. Can I really trust the Bible? And other questions about Scripture, truth and how God speaks. UK: The GoodBook Company, 2014. $7.01 (Amazon). 81 pages. Christian or not, perhaps you have even asked it yourself. “Can I really trust this old book?” The Bible is the most loved and hated and read and critiqued book in the history of the world. It makes some drastic–almost unbelievable–claims. If nothing else, it’s worth reading just to know those claims. But sooner or later, we are confronted with that nagging question. Barry Cooper, an author and speaker from London, has written a short … Continue reading Review: Can I Really Trust the Bible?

Review: The Third Day

Alex Webb-Peploe and André Parker. The Third Day: The Gospel of Luke Chapters 22-24. Surrey, UK: The Good Book Company, 2014. $6.29 (Amazon). 44 pp. Teenagers and young adults read. Physics, chemistry, history, The Grapes of Wrath, economics. You name it. They are told to read it. And, for the most part, they do read (if they want to graduate high school or college!).  Academic reading is a pathway to adulthood. You just have to do it. So if you have ever ministered to students, then you know it is a challenge to get them to read the Bible, much less enjoy it. I can’t tell you how many … Continue reading Review: The Third Day

Review: Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret

Larry Osborne. Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret: Why Serial Innovators Succeed Where Others Fail. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. $15.96 (Amazon). 176 pp. Larry Osborne’s latest book, Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret, was intriguing to me because in my new pastoral role, I know I’ll be doing some innovating in several areas. Thankfully, Osborne’s book proved to be a wealth of insight. Osborne wastes no time revealing the dirty little secret of innovation: most innovations fail (17). The rest of the book is Osborne’s attempt to help leaders not avoid failure altogether, but learn how to consistently take our people and organizations to new heights. … Continue reading Review: Innovation’s Dirty Little Secret

Review: Awakening Faith

James Stuart Bell, with Patrick J. Kelly, Awakening Faith: Daily Devotions from the Early Church. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. $18.68 (Amazon). 400 pp. The average American evangelical knows little of church history. I am certainly no expert in this area, but I do feel the need and desire to be acquainted with the community of faith that spans the past two thousand years. For that reason, it is always a pleasure for me to read about the early church or read the words of the Church Fathers themselves. Therefore, I’m delighted to let you know about Awakening Faith by James Stuart Bell and … Continue reading Review: Awakening Faith

Review: Gospel Transformation Bible

Gospel Transformation Bible. Edited by Bryan Chapell and Dane Ortlund. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. $25.93 (Amazon). 1904 pp. Five years ago this month the ESV Study Bible–the “Lexus” of study Bibles, a friend once said–was first published. It has served thousands of Christians well. Now, Crossway has published a new type of application Bible with the same, beloved ESV text: the Gospel Transformation Bible. Bryan Chapell and Dane Ortlund teamed up to edit this new volume, and over fifty scholars, pastors, and ministry practitioners wrote the application notes. In the introduction, Chapell stated that the goal of the GTB is two-fold: to … Continue reading Review: Gospel Transformation Bible

Review: Wesley on the Christian Life

Fred Sanders. Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. $14.79 (Amazon). 262 pp. When I was first introduced to Reformed theology, I quickly labeled John Wesley as a no-zone for developing my beliefs. This was due mostly to the waywardness of many Wesleyan and Methodist churches today. Associating Wesley with his followers was unnecessary and unfortunate. After reading Wesley on the Christian LIfe, the newest book by Fred Sanders in Crossway’s Theologians on the Christian Life series, I have since repented of my theological bigotry. If you stop reading this review now, know this: … Continue reading Review: Wesley on the Christian Life