My Book Cover: Raised With Christ – How The Resurrection Changes Everything

It is with great pleasure that I can now share with you all the final cover of my forthcoming Crossway book. Many of my readers helped with the process of choosing the cover, and for that matter the title too. There have also been a number of my friends and family who have helped already with the process of editing. Writing itself may be a lonely activity, but I have found that the input of others is invaluable. At the moment I am interacting from time to time with several different people … [Read more...]

Buy Yourself A New Year’s Present

It's the New Year, and maybe you have some Christmas money left. You could do a lot worse than treating yourself to something that will help you in your Bible study. Obviously, at the top of my list would be a Logos Bible Software package, which, as always, is available via that link on my website here offering a 25% discount. Logos now offers the same packages for Mac, and they will also very soon be available by following the above link with the same discount.I am really enjoying using … [Read more...]

Everything Jonathan Edwards Ever Wrote FREE Online

I have only recently discovered what is surely one of the most helpful websites I've found in a long time. Most people are aware that Jonathan Edwards is a towering colossus who many consider to be the best American theologian of all time; however, almost no one I know has read more than one of his books.There have been many previous versions of Edwards' works, but until recently, this did not include his massive collection of short thoughts, which I like to compare to blog posts. But now there … [Read more...]

John Piper's Most Important Book – Finally Alive

“Have I been born again?" is not a question to be answered hastily. In John Piper's new book, Finally Alive, expect to be challenged. Piper strips away our complacency, arguing that many people falsely believe they are Christians. He begins by arguing that many who claim to be "born again" today are actually not, and that statistics demonstrating that so-called born again Christians are morally indistinguishable from unbelievers only demonstrate that many who think they have been regenerated a … [Read more...]

THE ATONEMENT DEBATE – Steve Chalke's Further Arguments Against Penal Substitution

This is the last in my short series on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate. The previous posts in this series can be found by clicking on the links below:Update on Steve Chalke and The Atonement Debate Steve Chalke Confirms He Does Not Believe in Penal Substitution Steve Chalke Argues Against Penal Substitutionary Atonement Steve Chalke and Neglect of the ResurrectionIn his chapter of the book, The Atonement Debate, Steve Chalke continues with a classic argument from silence. He claims … [Read more...]

Spurgeon On Infant Baptism – An Abomination!

I think I will let these words from Spurgeon stand without further comment from me. I'm probably already in enough hot water just for repeating them. Why, there are those who pretend to save souls by curious tricks, intricate manoeuvres, and dexterous posture-making! A basin of water, half-a-dozen drops, certain syllables—heigh, presto—the infant is made a child of God, a member of Christ, and an inheritor of the kingdom of heaven! This aqueous regeneration surpasses my belief; it is a trick whi … [Read more...]

User Video of New ESV Study Bible

My buddy Mike shared this video of his new ESV Study Bible. Enjoy.Brand Spanking New ESV Study Bible from Mike Anderson on Vimeo.You can purchase an ESV Study Bible online. … [Read more...]

Death By Love – Pastoral Application of the Atonement by Driscoll and Breshears

I want to introduce you to a very unusual book by Mark Driscoll and his writing buddy and professor, Gerry Breshears. I would go so far as to say that this is a unique book in that I have never seen anything quite like it.If their first book together, Vintage Jesus, was a light cheerful book that offended some by its use of humor and at times edgy topics for illustrations, this new book by these two men is more of a grungy, almost dark book. The video over at the ReLit site leaves you in no … [Read more...]

Spurgeon – Conversions are God's Stamp of Approval on Preaching

I've been sharing a number of quotes from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner. Today I thought I'd share one which is quite striking. It argues that since conversion is a miracle, it is by a trail of such miracles we can know if someone is called to preach. "A new and heavenly mind must be created by omnipotence, or the man must abide in death. You see, then, that we have before us a mighty work, for which we are of ourselves totally incapable. No minister living can save a soul; nor can all of us … [Read more...]

Spurgeon on Preaching to Stir Emotions

I have been quoting from Spurgeon's The Soul Winner a fair bit lately. He is like a breath of fresh air. O for God to raise an army of preachers who truly understand the point he makes in the following quote: "... to win a soul, it is necessary, not only to instruct our hearer, and make him know the truth, but to impress him so that he may feel it. A purely didactic ministry, which should always appeal to the understanding, and should leave the emotions untouched, would certainly be a limping … [Read more...]