Review: Internet Inferno: A Contemporary Warning and Reminder Regarding this Ancient Truth – “The Tongue is a Fire, the Very World of Iniquity, and is Set on Fire by Hell” James 3:6

Internet Inferno: A Contemporary Warning and Reminder Regarding this Ancient Truth - Internet Inferno: A Contemporary Warning and Reminder Regarding this Ancient Truth – “The Tongue is a Fire, the Very World of Iniquity, and is Set on Fire by Hell” James 3:6 by Michael John Beasley
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a book no one wants to read. The title refers to the flamings on social media of slander, gossip, lies, and so on. Sadly, Christians are often among the worst offenders. Beasley deals with the sins of the tongue in their modern incarnation, the sins of the keyboard. He deals with a number of relevant passages from the Old and the New Testaments. He is particularly convicting when he describe co-belligerence with Satan. Everyone needs to read and consider this book.

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Review: Debating the Text of the Word of God: Douglas Wilson vs. James R. White

Debating the Text of the Word of GodDebating the Text of the Word of God by Douglas Wilson
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interesting read. James White is precise and analytical. He attempted one quip, at least that I detected. It didn’t have much legs and he didn’t linger or overwork it. Doug Wilson is witty and thoughtful. Of course, he worked some metaphors in and they were enjoyable. As to the arguments of each, they were mostly as expected if you’re familiar with their work. Both have their own presuppositions, commitments, and perspectives. All of which is fairly obvious as you read their parts. Overall, all sides should cautiously consider what is presented.

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Review: The Art of Prophesying with the Calling of the Ministry: A Needed Tool for All Pastors

The Art of Prophesying with The Calling of the Ministry: A Needed Tool for All PastorsThe Art of Prophesying with The Calling of the Ministry: A Needed Tool for All Pastors by William Perkins
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The original being published in the late 1500s was the first book on preaching written and published in the English language. By “prophesying,” the author refers to preaching as the expounding of Scripture and application of its truth to the congregation. It’s an old usage and does not in any way refer to modern day prophesying by various charismatics.

Perkins treats preaching from a pastoral perspective. There are some practical suggestions here and there, but very little space is given to aspects of delivery. He primarily deals with interpreting and expounding Scripture. So it’s quite a contrast from so many more modern books on preaching. Perkins throughout promotes a high view of the sufficiency and authority of Scripture, such that preaching including teaching, reproof, correction, and instruction, should all come from the meaning of the passage of Scripture. This high view of Scripture and the presupposition that all aspects of preaching should derive from the natural meaning of the text is what gives this treatment on preaching high value. Even his words on applications have the same assumption.

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Review: Preaching in the New Testament

Preaching in the New TestamentPreaching in the New Testament by Jonathan Griffiths
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a biblical theology of preaching in the New Testament. The author seeks to find the link, if it exists, from prophetic preaching, to Jesus, to Paul, to Timothy, and to post-apostolic preaching today. He makes a good argument in exegetical fashion with examination of three key terms for preaching in the New Testament and some key textual passages relevant to preaching.

This is not a how-to book, so it will not be much help to learn how to preach. The book deals more with the why of preaching and emphasizes that preaching God’s word as he has given it is how God’s voice is heard today. He focuses on the public proclamation of God’s word in the assembly of God’s people, but he also give some remarks to other facets of word ministry.

This book is more a foundational study of preaching. Though not teaching how to preach, explaining the foundation of preaching will surely shape how it is done. This book isn’t light reading, but it isn’t too technical. I enjoyed the thought provoking study and will return to it again for reference.

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Review: The Way of the Wise: Studies in the Book of Proverbs

The Way of the Wise: Studies in the Book of ProverbsThe Way of the Wise: Studies in the Book of Proverbs by Robert Deffinbaugh
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a series of twenty lessons on the book of Proverbs. The author takes a topical approach to arrange the lessons to cover such things as the simple, the fool, the sluggard, wealth, politics, marriage, child rearing, etc. It is a clear and practical study I could see being helpful in a small Bible study, or a family study in the home.

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