Friday, January 27, 2017

Was very excited about this one; it didn't disappoint.  Legendary coaches for UNC, NC State, and the Dookies.  A fast read for a guy who was brought up on these things.  



Very, very happy with this one....

I agree with Justin Taylor's endorsement; he says that this is now his go-to book that he would recommend on this subject.  Tithing for Christians?  No.  Sabbath for Christians?  No.  Of course, there is much more explanation than that, but the whole thing is great.  



Very highly recommended...

9/10 rating.  Concise, rich, very helpful.  This book really thrills your soul.  


What can you say about this one?....Fantastic

This whole series (7 volumes by JC Ryle on the Gospels) is pretty much gold.  I used it most recently in preaching through Mark.  We use excerpts as a church in prayer meetings or small groups too.  So good, and free online!  


Grace Works...and so does this book.

I was very drawn to this one by the title and subtitle.  For some parts of this book, I was ready to give it a 9 or 9.5 / 10.    Overall, I give it a 7.5.  A good one.  



Bio. of a not-so-famous man

This one has some really good stuff in it for pastors.  A very ordinary pastor is the subject of the book.  Good for all Christians too.  




Saturday, January 21, 2017

You know you're a nerd when...

You take hours of delight with books about books.  I have found this one (yes, yes Carson and Longman are good too) to be unique and perhaps my favorite in this small niche of books about biblical reference works.  Highly recommended, and you get more than you pay for or initially think you're getting!  It's very pastoral and practical too.  



All the rage...


The whole world was talking about this book last year.  It is, indeed, very interesting and compelling, especially from such a young author...writing a memoir nonetheless!  My take:  you will be just fine if you never read this book (of course you will).   There are good things, both specific and general, to take away from this book.  But, while I might not use the word gratuitous, this book also comes with sometimes-generous sprinklings of material that does not please the Lord.  ....which, of course, is part of the very point of this good book.  But, you get my drift:  let your (biblically-informed) conscience be your guide, and don't violate it.  K. and I both read it.  



A good man

This was one of my more enjoyable experiences last year in reading this work.  To be sure, it is an academic writing about another academic.  But, neither of these--the author nor the subject--are ordinary academics!  (still, my dad reads a lot and couldn't get into it....so fair warning if you don't enjoy such things)  I really enjoyed it.  8.5/10



Thankful for this one....

This one has been a big help to a still somewhat green pastor like me.  Of course, it is meant for truly any pastor, seasoned or not.  Theoretical and practical.  Definitely worthwhile for the minister.  




One from my wife, the reader

Kristie finished this one not long ago, and she is pretty high on it.  Thanks to the Parkwood Baptist book stall in Gastonia, NC for supplying this one.  I look forward to checking it out too.  She gives it a 9/10. 




Thursday, January 19, 2017

One of my favorites this past year...

I'm a big fan of this book.  I enjoy history and theology, and this one combines both....and in a very competent way.  I've found a new evangelical historian to enjoy!  



Interesting, worthwhile, and a bit depressing....


A favorite author of mine (Murray) writes about a man who has influenced many, having had the greatest influence after his death--through his writings.

7/10

That's the rating I give this book, 7/10.  This one has made a good many top 10 lists recently for evangelicals.  I can see why (S. Ferguson is to be appreciated for so many reasons by God's grace).  However, I also have qualms with an uncritical reading and celebration of this book.  All Christians can profit from it, but it is written by a Presbyterian (for Presbyterians and others), and sometimes views of other Calvinists that conflict with his are dismissed as even being.....yep, you guessed it, Antinomian.  the old debate and discussion about the role of the law.  



An old one...


This one is a modern classic for a reason.  I am doing the audio version, and the narrator is very good.