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Books released in conjunction with the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Jonathan EdwardsRead More

by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason (New York: The Dial Press, 2004). I don't typically read novels. Fiction has never been one of my favorite genres. But in recent months I made a two-fold exception to this rule. Yes, I did read The DaVinci Code by Dan Brown. Yes, I did find it fascinating. No, I don't recommend that you read it. Wait for the movie version, which I hear is being directed by Ron Howard. My second adventure into fiction proved far more rewarding. This s...Read More

On The Road to Armageddon: How Evangelicals Became Israel's Best Friend (Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 2004), 336pp. By Timothy P. WeberRead More

Sequels usually don't fare well with the American public. There are exceptions, of course. One thinks of The Godfather II and the seemingly endless installments in the Harry Potter series of books. But John Piper has produced a "sequel" of sorts that is sure to become a classic of the Christian life. I have often said that Piper's Desiring God (Multnomah) is the most influential and life-changing book I've ever read outside of Scripture itself. I still stand by that jud...Read More

I finally did it. After nearly four years, countless reviews, and over one million copies in print, I picked up and read John Eldredge’s best-selling book, Wild at Heart. I don’t know why it took me so long to do so. After all, I had read with great delight and profit the book he co-authored with the late Brent Curtis, The Sacred Romance. There is much to commend in this volume, not least of which is Eldredge’s engaging and vivid style of writing. One ...Read More

Faith, Health and Prosperity: A Report on "Word of Faith" and "Positive Confession" Theologies by ACUTE (the Evangelical Alliance Commission on Unity and Truth among Evangelicals) (Carlisle: Paternoster Press, 2003), 316 pp. Edited by Andrew PerrimanRead More

I never planned on writing a review of this book until I read an article on the web (1-2-05) indicating that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger has once again emerged as a serious candidate to become the next Pope of the Roman Catholic Church. This isn’t a book that will appeal to the mainstream evangelical world. In fact, few evangelicals keep an eye on developments in the Catholic Church and even fewer read books written by or about Roman Catholics. But when I was prepar...Read More

(Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2002), 302pp. Edited by J. Matthew Pinson Here we find yet another installment in the Counterpoints Series from Zondervan. There are now fifteen volumes, ranging in subject matter from miraculous gifts (to which I contributed) to women in ministry, from hell to the millennium, etc. Generally speaking, these have proven to be extremely helpful, as they provide the reader with brief, but competent, summaries of the many options on a particular ...Read More

(Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2004), 338 pp.  Edited by Chad Owen Brand Books articulating multiple perspectives on a particular subject have become fashionable in the evangelical world. Zondervan’s Counterpoint series is now up to seventeen volumes. Inter-Varsity Press has also joined in with a treatment of four views on divine foreknowledge. Now Broadman & Holman takes its turn with this treatment of Spirit baptism. The editor of this ...Read More

(Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2004), 291pp. Ian Stackhouse This is an exceptionally good book. It is also exceptionally painful to read. Not because Stackhouse writes poorly. Far from it. He is a superb writer and makes his points with the utmost clarity. That’s the problem. His points are sharply pointed and will inevitably sting a lot of people who take the time to dig into his treatise. I had never heard of Ian Stackhouse until my recent visit to Englan...Read More

(Waynesboro, GA: Paternoster Press, 2004), 291pp. Ian Stackhouse This is a continuation of the first half of my review. Stackhouse summarizes his thesis in this way: “A return to classical ministry and the wider tradition is part of the overall progress of renewal spirituality: for renewal is best realised when we attend to those things – preaching, sacraments, prayer and pastoral care – that reconnect the church to the original gospel of what God h...Read More