Notable Books: Help! I Can’t Get Motivated

My friend Adam Embry, an assistant pastor at Auburndale Baptist Church in Louisville, has just published a helpful booklet with DayOne Publications.  It’s called Help! I Can’t Get Motivated (DayOne, 2011) and it tackles the widespread problem of sloth (to use a medieval term).  This pamphlet is one of many in the Help! series from [Read More...]

One of the Most Helpful Books You’ll Find: Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology

Having recently begun reading and using Southern Seminary theology professor Gregg Allison’s Historical Theology: An Introduction to Christian Doctrine (Zondervan, 2011), I can say that it is easily one of the most helpful books on my shelf.  If you are a pastor, a theologian, a Bible teacher, Sunday School teacher, care group leader, or interested [Read More...]

Great Books: Josh Moody’s “No Other Gospel”

Without a doubt, one of the preachers I most look up to and learn from is Josh Moody of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois.  Josh is a humble man with an outsize résumé–BA from Cambridge, PhD from Cambridge (in none other than Jonathan Edwards), missionary to Georgia (the country, not the Dawgs) and Azerbaijan, husband [Read More...]

Greg Thornbury of BibleMesh on Todd Burpo’s “Heaven Is for Real”

I am very privileged to be part of a group of writers at Thesis, the BibleMesh blog.  I don’t know if you’ve been following our work there, but we’ve been pumping out content for several weeks now.  We’ve got Greg Thornbury (dean of the School of Christian Studies at Union University), Ben Mitchell (noted ethicist [Read More...]

Church Membership Is Unimportant

That’s one line you’ll never hear from 9Marks, the ministry outfit helmed by Mark Dever. A few weeks back, 9Marks released a new eJournal on church membership. This is actually the first eJournal they’ve ever done on the topic. It’s quite good, featuring commentary from Matt Chandler, Jonathan Leeman, Matt Schmucker and more. In a [Read More...]

Mike Wittmer Tackles Rob Bell, Gospel-Centered Death, Thorn on Self-Preaching

Mike Wittmer of Grand Rapids Theological Seminary has recently released Christ Alone: An Evangelical Response to Rob Bell’s Love Wins (Edenridge, 2011, lively foreword by Michael Horton).  I commend it to you.  This is the only book-length treatment of Bell’s Love Wins, a book that stirs up so much trouble it needs a book-length refutation.  [Read More...]

The Man Who Stole Hitler’s Pistol

John Woodbridge of Trinity Evangelical Divinity School has just published a book with Pulitzer-prize winning journal Maurice Possley that tells a fascinating story: how a gun owned by Adolf Hitler ended up in the possession of his family.  That is already an interesting tale, but the book, entitled Hitler in the Crosshairs: A GI’s Story [Read More...]

Mike McKinley and the Wimps of Church Planting

You might have heard about Mike McKinley’s recent book on church planting: Church Planting Is for Wimps (Crossway, 2010).  If you haven’t, it’s a great read. Mike is the senior pastor of Guilford Baptist Church in Sterling, Virginia.  In God’s grace, he oversaw the revitalization of the church.  Church Planting Is for Wimps is the [Read More...]

The Power and Peril of Journalism: Pulitzer’s “World” and Luce’s “Time”

I recently had the chance to dig into a couple of good books: Pulitzer: A Life in Politics, Print and Power (Harper, 2010) by James McGrath Morris and The Publisher: Henry Luce and His American Century (Knopf, 2010) by Alan Brinkley of Columbia University.  Both are notable texts by major publishing houses that tell important [Read More...]

BookNotes: Coppenger on GCR, DeYoung on Heidelberg, Anyabwile on Muslims

It’s time for a new BookNotes list.  This being the list where we list a few recent noteworthy books.  I’ve got four for you today. You’ve likely heard talk about the Great Commission Resurgence in the Southern Baptist Convention, but until now, there has been no small, easy-to-read introduction to it.  Jedidiah Coppenger of B&H [Read More...]


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