Category Archives: Book reviews

“HOW FEW THERE ARE WHO DIE SO HARD” ~ THE LIFE OF ADONIRAM JUDSON

Myanmar, known in the past as Burma, has about as many people as South Africa (around 55 million), though the country is half the size. The majority, 80-90%, of the people are Buddhist. Only about 8% have any Christian conviction. … Continue reading

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The Book I Wish I Could Have Written

When writing The Conservative Church, De Bruyn sang as he slew, especially in the last 100 pages. He argues: A church must have a care to preserve true doctrine and a holy lifestyle, but especially, in these days, ordinate affection. … Continue reading

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Optimistic Christians

Should Christians be optimistic about the future of the Church? Ken Gentry couldn’t finish his answer to that question in less than 600 pages in He Shall Have Dominion: A Postmillennial Eschatology. The book in one sentence: Jesus will slowly conquer the … Continue reading

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2015 Booklist

I grade books in five categories so that the maximum score is a 10. Each book can get a zero, 1, or 2 according to the grid below. My scores follow the book title in the list below.  Under each … Continue reading

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Brief Introductions to Orthopathy

Three contemporary authors have helped me get a grip on right feeling and its applications in the church. 1. One of the 6 authors of A Conservative Christian Declaration is David de Bruyn who also wrote a 130-page book called … Continue reading

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The Connected Web of Liberalism

Since every truth is connected we should expect that receiving the truth at one point leads toward other truths. Truth is a united, flowing river, but so too is error. All truth holds together in a great system, yet the … Continue reading

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Betrayed by a “Legalist”

When I googled “every square inch” I came up with about 17 million hits. Many of them were Christian websites launching off of Abraham Kuyper’s famous quote about conquering every square inch for Christ. That well-phrased line of his reflects … Continue reading

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Why Missionaries Need to Read History

In the last 60 years nearly every country on the continent of Africa has received its independence from the previous colonial powers. In almost every case, the countries have tended to disaster. Now, to write that you need historical proof, … Continue reading

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2014 Booklist

I grade books in five categories so that the maximum score is a 10. Each book can get a zero, 1, or 2 according to the grid below. My scores follow the book title in the list below.  Under each … Continue reading

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When Hurting Helps 5: What Does That Title Mean?

Read Part 1: A Popular Call to Some Good Things Read Part 2: Ignoring Churchplanting and Evangelism Read Part 3: Redefining Poverty Read Part 4: Refusing to Confront Culture The Cause of Poverty Outside of natural disasters like hurricanes and … Continue reading

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