Book Review: Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace

Five Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God's GraceFive Points: Towards a Deeper Experience of God’s Grace by John Piper
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book is a good, brief walk through the doctrines of grace. It has a bit of historical background and some practical application. It is a semi-apologetic in defense of these truths and a concise explanation of the points. Piper shows these truths to be the central ground for God-glorifying salvation, assurance of faith, and anchoring our overall theological understanding of the Bible.

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Book Review: Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model

Amillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age ModelAmillennialism and the Age to Come: A Premillennial Critique of the Two-Age Model by Matt Waymeyer
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This book is primarily a critique of the two-age schema of amillennialism. Waymeyer works carefully through a number of issues pertaining to this framework. He gives copious footnotes and direct quotes. He presents the basic amillennial interpretation and gives space to differing views within the amill camp. He also presents the interpretation of premillennialists, and also notice the existence of different views within that camp. He attempted to present views fairly without misrepresentation. This is an excellent resource for some key issues of difference between amill and premill interpretations.

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Book Review: Evangellyfish

EvangellyfishEvangellyfish by Douglas Wilson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I remember reading the original project back in the day before this became the published work it now is. I must say the published version is quite a bit spicier than I remember. I can only assume there was a quick run to the East Indies during editorial and some cheferie with heavy hands involved in plating the dish. Anyhoo, it’s an entertaining read but could easily be non-fiction. You know the kind, based on a true story and the names have been changed to protect whatever needs protecting.

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Book Review: Writing a Small Group Study

Writing a Small Group StudyWriting a Small Group Study by Richard Sweatman
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a very helpful and brief book. The author walks through the process of writing a Bible study, with examples and helpful suggestions. The real strength of this approach is that the study is built around exposition of the passage. He touches on various aspects of context, and biblical and systematic theologies. He also give suggestions concerning the use of helps in preparation. Some of the work done will be similar to preparing a sermon, but the end result is a teacher-led Bible study and not a pulpit sermon. He touches on the subject of using pre-written studies versus writing your own studies for your class or group. Though not an extended argument, he does make a case for writing your own. He also gives helpful suggestions for using a pre-written study, should you choose to do so. This book would be valuable to preachers and teachers alike.

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Book Review: Recovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and an Addiction Led Me to God

Recovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and Addiction Led Me to GodRecovered: How an Accident, Alcohol, and Addiction Led Me to God by Robby Gallaty
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Great book. Gallaty magnifies the grace and mercy of God. His writing about his life is shockingly honest, but never gratuitous to glorify sin. He clearly points to sin as the problem and Jesus Christ as the answer. That is completely true of everyone of us, whether you’ve ever experienced addiction or not.

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