It’s not a paranormal conspiracy if they’re really out to get you

Review of The Paranormal Conspiracy by Timothy J. DaileyThis review is part of the Patheos Book Club."The fearful abounding at this time in this country, of these detestable slaves of the Devil, the witches or enchanters, has moved me, beloved reader, to dispatch in this post, this following treatise of mine, not in any wise (as I protest) to serve for a show of my own learning and ingenuity, but only (moved by conscience) to press thereby, so far as I can, to resolve the doubting hearts … [Read more...]

The Ups and Downs of “Redeeming Sex”

Review of Redeeming Sex by Debra HirschThis review is part of the Patheos Book Club.The single most culturally divisive issue facing contemporary Christians is how the church ought to think about and relate to homosexuality. In Redeeming Sex: Naked Conversations about Sexuality and Spirituality, Debra Hirsch draws on her years of experience from within both communities (the church and the gay community) and offers advice for Christians on how relationships might be built between these … [Read more...]

Engaging, Understanding, and Assessing Roman Catholicism from an Evangelical Perspective

Review of Roman Catholic Theology & Practice: An Evangelical Assessment, by Gregg AllisonKAITLYN BELLOLIDuring a recent friendly, but spirited, discussion with a Catholic priest seated next to me on a plane, we covered a wide variety of topics: salvation, universalism, authority, purgatory, and Christian love. Our Bibles open, we took turns choosing passages for discussion in an attempt to explain the basis for our differing beliefs, while noting areas of agreement. In the background … [Read more...]

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...]

Coyle’s Best of 2014

As you may have noticed, 2014 has been a slower year at Schaeffer's Ghost. This is due in large part to several of our writers moving across country, taking new jobs, having children, etc. But that doesn't mean we've stopped reading or watching movies—just that we don't have as much time to rage into the vacuum about them. (And as with last year's list, this is not a list of the best books published this year, just the best books off of my Goodreads list.)FictionWesleyan Anthology of S … [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...]