Reflections on “Reflections on the Movies”

Review of Reflections on the Movies by Ken GireImage: getting to the review of Ken Gire's Reflections on the Movies, in order to be fair I need to give a number of qualifiers. First, I don't know Ken Gire at all—this is the only book of his that I've read and, to the best of my knowledge, the only work of his of any kind that I've been exposed to. (With the possible exception of some of the Psalty-sort of books, which I may or m … [Read more...]

Extravagant Grace Is Extravagantly Good

Review of Extravagant Grace by Barbara DuguidWe've all heard the testimonies at church:I was a terrible sinner headed straight for hell until someone shared the Gospel with me, and now I'm a Christian!One problem with many modern Christians is that we hear this narrative and assume that "now I'm a Christian" means that the "I was a terrible sinner" part no longer applies. We assume that once we come to the faith, the "sin" business is over and done with and all we have to worry about is … [Read more...]

Trueman on Luther on the Christian Life

Review of Luther on the Christian Life by Carl TruemanIf you're the sort of person who knows anything about Carl Trueman, you probably picture him as an aging crank sitting on his porch smoking a pipe, sipping a glass of scotch, and complaining about the ways modern evangelicalism has gone off the rails. Not only is this picture accurate, but it explains why Trueman is the perfect person to write the Martin Luther installment of Crossway's "theologians on the Christian life" series.In … [Read more...]

“Dominion and Dynasty”: What the Old Testament is all about

Review of Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible by Stephen DempsterUnlike the other books in this series of reviews of biblical theology texts, this book is not an introduction to the discipline. Instead, Dominion and Dynasty: A Biblical Theology of the Hebrew Bible is Stephen Dempster's basic introduction to the Old Testament. While there are a few things that will be a bit unusual for contemporary Evangelicals, Dempster's book is nevertheless an excellent survey … [Read more...]

Squashing the Still-Small Chatterbox Within

Review of Crash the Chatterbox by Steven FurtickI have to open this review with a confession: this is in no way a book intended for me. Oh sure, it's targeted at Christians: in that general sense I fit the bill. Even more, it's targeted at Evangelical Christians, so I'm still not completely beyond the pale. But! Crash the Chatterbox is specifically targeted at Christians who have a busy "chatterbox." That is, a small internal voice that says things such as "you can't do it;" or "God doesn't … [Read more...]

“Salvation Applied by the Spirit” textbook on union with Christ

Review of Salvation Applied by the Spirit: Union with Christ by Robert A. PetersonRobert Peterson’s Salvation Applied by the Spirit is the second installment of a planned trilogy. The first, Salvation Accomplished by the Son: The Work of Christ, was released in 2011 and was well-received as a long and nearly exhaustive treatment of the redemptive acts of Jesus Christ. This second volume is no less ambitious and will serve as a useful reference for pastors and scholars alike.Salvation A … [Read more...]

The stories we tell on the big screen long for and echo the truth

Review of The Stories We Tell by Mike CosperMike Cosper’s The Stories We Tell falls in the tradition of C.S. Lewis’ line of thought that Christianity is the “one truth myth.” A worship and arts pastor and admitted television addict, Cosper sets out to find the spiritual core of modern cinema, showing how all the stories we tell flow from and point to the greater creation-fall-redemption-consummation narrative of the bible.I’m surprised that this is not used more often as an apologetic for … [Read more...]

According to Plan: The Bible at its most basic

Review of According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible by Graeme GoldsworthyGraeme Goldsworthy is perhaps best known for his Trilogy (Gospel and Kingdom, Gospel and Wisdom, and Gospel and Revelation), in which he provides a thorough treatment of biblical theology. For those who lack the time to dig into this 500+ page tome: shame on you. It is excellent. But for those who really lack the time, Goldsworthy has written a condensed introductory volume that offers an overview … [Read more...]

Recovering the Classics

Review of Shakespeare's Hamlet by Leland RykenLast year I argued that we live in a new Dark Ages, “a time of moral confusion,” in which western civilization, classically understood, has basically disappeared because of our elites’ decision to stop reading and teaching the great books. The solution is for a generation to take upon themselves the mantle of what I called “book hunters,” people who “take it upon themselves to “to uncover and salvage the best of what came before: to cherish it; hold … [Read more...]

What does biblical theology have to do with the life of the church?

Review of Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church by Michael LawrenceThis book has been reviewed previously on Schaeffer's Ghost here.In What Is Biblical Theology? (reviewed here) James Hamilton outlined the basics of biblical theology by giving a very brief overview of the discipline. In Biblical Theology in the Life of the Church, Michael Lawrence gives us a more in-depth definition and a longer exposition of how biblical theologies applies to, well, the life of the c … [Read more...]