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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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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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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 3: Redefining Poverty

Read Part 1: A Popular Call to Some Good Things Read Part 2: Ignoring Churchplanting and Evangelism When Helping Hurts bases all of its practical tips on the first third of the book. It is refreshing to read a book … Continue reading

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When Hurting Helps 2: Ignoring Churchplanting and Evangelism

Read Part 1. With nearly 250,000 copies sold, When Helping Hurts is touching a nerve in the church. As I worked through the text keenly interested because of the ministry God has called me to, I was consistently disappointed. My … Continue reading

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When Hurting Helps 1: A Popular Call to Some Good Things

Poverty fighters need boldness to get at the root of endemic poverty. As Spurgeon said, “If you really long to save men’s souls, you must tell them a great deal of disagreeable truth.” And is that not the case in … Continue reading

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Intellectual Sustenance of 2013

Listed in the basic order that I read them this year, here are the books that I completed in 2013. By completed, I mean first that I grasped the author’s main point including his most significant arguments, and second, I … Continue reading

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