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Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield.  The Plan Of Salvation.  Seattle, WA: Amazon Digital Services LLC, March 21, 2017. 82 pp.

5 out of 5

Free: Monergism Books

Purchase: Amazon (99 cents for Kindle)

Are you looking for a written work that would help you think deeper concerning God’s work of saving sinners?  Check out Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield’s theological classic The Plan of Salvation.  Warfield was a former professor at Princeton Theological Seminary during the 1800s and the turn of the century for the early 1900s.  The book is based upon his lectures that he delivered in 1914.  Looking up this book on Goodreads it seems that this isn’t as well-known as his other works since there’s few who have reviewed this book.  I think that this is rather unfortunate as I was immensely blessed to have read this book.

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For months now we’ve been doing “This Sunday at Church” every Sunday.  I realize that some churches today are not open though they will be live-streaming because of the Corona Virus situation.  So today’s I want to encourage you to do something different: This Sunday BE the Church in light of the Corona Virus.

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Next few weeks I’ll be posting an outline series on a Christian theology of sin.

Purpose: In this session we shall see two questions concerning the Fall and Sin so that we lay the foundation to understand our need for Christ and the Gospel.

  • What lead to the Fall?
  • What are the results of the Fall?

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I really appreciate Monergism.com and all the free E-books they have made available.  This one is titled Lectures on Calvinism by Abraham Kuyper.  Kuyper was at one time the Prime Minister of the Netherlands who was before that a Reformed theologian and Pastor.

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Dr. K. Scott Oliphint is the professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary.

The Christian publisher Zondervan has loaded up a 23 minute clip featuring Dr. Oliphint speaking on the topic of the topic of evil titled, “Know Why You Believe: Why Believe in God Despite Evil in the World?”

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Stephen Smallman. What is True Conversion?  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, February 18th 2005.  32 pp.

4 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

As a Pastor I regularly keep my eye out not only for large academic work but also smaller practical booklets for a lay audience that would be beneficial for discipleship and biblical counseling.  I picked up this booklet, What is True Conversion? with that in mind and I used it as a tool for my pastoral care with those who attend our church that I wanted to discuss assurance of salvation with.  I also used this booklet as something I read along with one of the special needs attendee in our church in which we read through each section very slowly and discussed it together.  The following are my thoughts of the book.

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Currently away at the moment.  This is a guest review by Dan C.  He is a friend who reads this blog and his website can be found at The Battle Cry.  Check it out.

Presuppositional Apologetics and Personal Evangelism

Sounds rather ominous, doe it not? Really deep stuff! Well, not necessarily. First, let’s define our terms.

“Presuppositionalism is a school of Christian apologetics that believes the Christian faith is the only basis for rational thought. It presupposes that the Bible is divine revelation and attempts to expose flaws in other worldviews. It claims that apart from presuppositions, one could not make sense of any human experience, and there can be no set of neutral assumptions from which to reason with a non-Christian”.[i]

 “To evangelize is to present Christ Jesus to sinful people in order that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, they may come to put their trust in God through Him.”[ii]

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Raymond C. Ortlund Jr. Marriage & the Mystery of the Gospel.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, October 31, 2016.  128 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This is a great book on a biblical theology of marriage.  It is part of Crossway’s Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series.  So far in this series this is my favorite work thus far.  Don’t let the size of this book fool you; it is packed with a lot of insightful gems from Scripture in each page.  I actually spent a longer time reading this book as I was taking notes than some books on marriages that has more pages than this work.  The publisher Crossway definitely picked the right guy to write this volume since the author Raymond Ortlund has previously written an excellent chapter exegetically examining what Genesis has to teach us about marriage for the massive work Recovering Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.  If you want a beautiful portrait of what a biblical view of marriage is, in its sacredness and dignity, get this book.

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We live in a time of incredible resources on the Christian faith, life and intellect.  Our fellow blogger “Andy” has been working for weeks on a new page called “999+ Audio Lectures” which he completed not too long ago.  You might notice that it’s a tab on our blog.  Have you checked it out?

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One of the men that have been influential in shaping my Christian thought life is John Frame.  Reading his work has been a delight and an experience of worship of God for His wisdom, glory and splendor.  His writings has helped me to think more clearly, biblically, and logically.  Since this is God’s World that we live in I think what I got the most from John Frame than other theologians is the hunger to see the beauty of the inter-relationship of…everything.  Doctrines relate to other doctrines.  Areas of philosophies need and presuppose other areas of philosophy.  There’s inter-relationships of academic disciplines.  There’s a relationship between theology and life.  Its like a symphony; they all go together in harmony because of God’s Wisdom.  There’s an apologetic there with the beautiful coherence of the Christian worldview, of God’s revelation between the Word and World.  Which is one of the aesthetically pleasing aspect of a robust Presuppositional apologetics.  But its more than an apologetics, it has made me live my life seeing living colors of God’s World.

What follows below are all four volumes of John Frame’s Theology of Lordship with links to my reviews that explains further why I recommend them.  I bought one volume at a time as a young seminarian without a lot of money, with the goal that after graduating I would be able to read them.  Then I slowly read 5-10 pages a day every morning and finished it.  They are doctrinal yet devotional, deep but “do-able,” deals with difficult topics but also demonstrate the deep dive of doctrines we see as more simple.

Review: The Doctrine of the Knowledge of God by John M. Frame

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First off thanks to Jeff Downs for letting me know about these lectures!

Westminster Theological Seminary have these “Seminary on Saturday” series and during April 2017 they had their professor of Apologetics Dr. Scott Oliphint teach.  For those of you who didn’t know Westminster Theological Seminary is the seminary where Cornelius Van Til taught at many years ago who was the founder of Presuppositional apologetics.  Christians must be informed by the Bible in how they do apologetics and that’s one of the plus of this method (among other things).

These lectures took place at Covenant Church in Nashville, TN.

Here are the lectures:

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God’s Omniscience is the attribute of God being all-knowing.  Sadly there are even some quarters of “Christianity” that attack this attribute of God.

Here’s a four part series on God’s Omniscience.

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I had a long week of ministry and I’m not able to stay up late tonight.

But here’s a brief post.

Here is a cartoon from Eddie of Calvinist Cartoons that makes a good point concerning Presuppositional Apologetics:

All worldview is ultimately circular. The issue isn’t whether it is circular; rather it is rather one’s worldview would be able to account for human experiences and reasoning.

If you want to learn more check out more lectures that explains more about this: Ultimate Collection of Free Presuppositional Apologetics Lectures.

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My first book review for 2017!

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Stephen J. Wellum. God the Son Incarnate.  Wheaton, IL: Crossway, November 30th 2016.  480 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

This book is a part of Crossway’s Foundations of Evangelical Theology series.  I appreciated the series overall and this work on Christology is now among my top favorites in the series.  It is quite a meaty work and reading it was no small undertaking.  Reading this book makes me appreciate just how much Christian scholarship exists and how much that I still need to tap into.  I learned a lot reading this book.  In my opinion I think Stephen Wellum’s work is ideal as a seminary text book and for those who desire to seriously study the doctrines related to Christ more deeply.  In this review I am going to first summarize each parts and chapters of the book and end with some brief constructive criticisms.

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I reviewed over a hundred titles on our blog in 2016.  So here’s the top books from that list.  My categories is as follows: Best Book on the Bible, Best book on Theology, Best book on Apologetics, Best Practical Christian book, Best General Non-Fiction, Best Comic Book and Best Audio Book.  Each category has a link to my original review.

Best Book on the Bible

The Flow of the Psalms

The Flow of the Psalms by O. Palmer Robertson

This was the best book I’ve ever read on the organization of the Psalms and how it contributes to our interpretation of it.  This is years of serious research and reflection on the Psalms.  I believe it would be a resource I would use as a reference for a long time and perhaps worth reading more than once!

Purchase: Westminster | Amazon

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