Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes

Many that would probably read this blog would then know that I am maintaining and getting a chance to work with the Calvin 500 project on doing some blogging over there. This weeks book of the week could be the buy of the week as well. Earlier in the week over on The Calvin 500 Blog I interviewed David Hall on the Calvin 500 Series and asked a few questions dealing with the first volume in the Calvin 500 Series, Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes.

The other thing you may know if you know Dewalt is that I work for Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) in GR, MI. Over the past 3 months on RHB’s Booktalk we have been trying to make a few extra deals that buyers and readers of books just can’t pass up on. Although I can not think for everyone, I personally think this is a deal that no one can pass up, and for that, that is why it is my book of the week. P & R’s Theological Guide to Calvin’s Institutes captures both the best of elite scholarship, as well as exhibiting a firm understanding of and passion for Calvin’s own work, these essays by 20 elite Calvin scholars who appreciate the abiding value of Calvin’s Institutes provide definitive and section-by-section commentary on Calvin’s magnum opus. However this larger volumes retails for nearly $35.99. Most other companies can be selling this for $23.00 to even some places getting $30.00 for this volume. This month only RHB is selling the 1st volume for only $20.00 bucks!!!

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The Great Awakening

 

In the mid-eighteenth century, Americans experienced an outbreak of religious revivals that shook colonial society. This book provides a definitive view of these revivals, now known as the First Great Awakening, and their dramatic effects on American culture. Historian Thomas S. Kidd tells the absorbing story of early American evangelical Christianity through the lives of seminal figures like Jonathan Edwards and George Whitefield as well as many previously unknown preachers, prophets, and penitents.

The Great Awakening helped create the evangelical movement, which heavily emphasized the individual’s experience of salvation and the Holy Spirit’s work in revivals. By giving many evangelicals radical notions of the spiritual equality of all people, the revivals helped breed the democratic style that would come to characterize the American republic. Kidd carefully separates the positions of moderate supporters of the revivals from those of radical supporters, and he delineates the objections of those who completely deplored the revivals and their wildly egalitarian consequences. The battles among these three camps, the author shows, transformed colonial America and ultimately defined the nature of the evangelical movement.


Devoted To the Service of the Temple

This weeks Book of the Week is, Michael Haykin, and Steve Weaver: Devoted To the Service of the Temple: Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the Writings of Hercules Collins, (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books 2007).
Summary of the Piety, Persecution, and Ministry in the writings of Hercules Collins:
When seeing the name Hercules Collins, not many postmodern individuals even know who the man is. Collins lived during the later 1700s and early 1800s as one of the most profound Calvinistic Baptists in London, England. Being one of the greatest Baptist figures of all time, this short biography shows a life of piety that the believer today could only wish to experience personally. In this biography, Dr. Haykin and Steve Weaver outline the beginning of Collins’ life in England, his pastorate, his imprisonment, his popularity among the London Baptists, his piety in knowing God, and his persecution while building the Baptist faith in London. Although many have never heard of him and do not know anything about him, it was his gospel-centered ministry that helped redeem London from the cesspool of sin in his time. Despite the drunkards, the prideful, the profane, homosexuals, and adulterers, Collins’ dedication to the gospel was to preach the good news to all types of people. Collins truly knew how to preach, and one of the characteristics of his preaching was how he prepared for his sermons. In preparing and giving sermons, he aimed to be plain and simple so that even the unregenerate could easily see sound words that soon became light and fire to their hearts. If you are looking for an easy biography to read, there is nothing like that of Hercules Collins’.
Summary selected writings of Hercules Collins:
Dr. Haykin has closely selected 35 different sections from Collins’ writings to show the magnitude of his “plain Jane” writing that was so profound. These writings reveal the relationship he had with his Father, the Lord Jesus Christ.  Some of these sections include writings from when he was in prison, and deal with topics such as how to submit to God’s will. Many people in the 21st Century often look at one of the most prolific speakers of our day, John Piper, because of how he speaks, writes and preaches. If there were a Reformed Baptist that was as insightful to the Scriptures, as vigorous in the pulpit, and as striking with their words as John Piper, it would have to be Collins in the early 18th Century. Writings like: God is the Gospel, The Christ-Finding Soul, Grace Sweetens the Music, and An Old Gospel are just some of the topics of which you can read when picking up Devoted to the Service of the Temple. Not only were his writings profound, but he was also known to be a pastor like no other. Included are articles on being a pastor, such as: The Art of Preaching, The Value of Pastoral Ministry, Interpreting Scripture, Plain Preaching, Sermon Preparation, Preaching the Whole Counsel of God, Advice about Preaching, The Use of Notes in Preaching, and The Believers Ultimate Comfort.
Recommendation: 9 out of 10
Having no clue who Hercules Collins was when I began this book, I was surprised that by the time I had read 125 pages I found out just how gospel-centered he was. These inspiring writings that Dr. Haykin and Steve Weaver compiled are tremendously valuable, and truly Christ-saturated. Although half of them seemed to be more geared towards pastoring, there was still a great amount of theological emphasis placed upon Collins’ writings. Whether about preaching or about the gospel, Collins’ focus was always centered on both the unregenerate and regenerate, to see the promises of God and to live a life of piety for Him.


Christ is All

This weeks Book of the Week is Christ is All by, Michael Haykin, and Darrin R. Brooker.

Summary of the Piety of Horatius Bonar:

Volume 4 in the Profiles in Reformed Spirituality series was written and edited by Dr. Michael Haykin and Darrin R. Brooker (the latter being the editor and publisher of the Life and Works of Horatius Bonar CD-Rom).
This volume – entitled Christ is All – gives a biography of Horatius Bonar and picks many glorious writings that help reveal his piety. Bonar is greatly known for his preaching of the gospel, which in turn saved many souls. Throughout his biography, it is shown how many great theologians influenced his life. Dr. Haykin also provides a brief summary of some of Bonar’s early pastorates in Leith and Kelso, and tells about the many writings that created revivals in Scotland. This book summarizes what was clearly seen in Bonar’s life, pastorate, and writings: that Christ is all. Bonar’s whole life centered around Christ, in Whom he served.

Summary of the selected works of Horatius Bonar:

The second section of Christ is All includes 65 selected writings from Horatius Bonar. These writings clearly reveal Bonar’s love for Christ. It seems that on every page Bonar points to Christ… whether it is the way we read, the way we grow, the way we do our work, or the way we pray – every aspect points to Him. Bonar saw that Christians were to be above reproach, were to be a strong and bold witness, and were to stay true to their Christian walk until the end of their ministry. He placed emphasis on the way that Christians use their time – not in things of the world, but spending time in the Scriptures, which led to a life of piety. Bonar knew the trouble of sin, and that is why his writings made it clear that believers are to aim to glorify God and focus their faith on Christ. He believed that all of Christianity was to be summed up in the lives of believers in how they lived out their doctrines. One of my favorite sections of Bonar’s writings is found in section 41, entitled Christianity: Doctrine in Life, where he says, “Christianity is both a life and a dogma; quite as much the one as the other.”

Recommendation: 8 out 10

Christ is All is lengthier than the first 3 volumes in The Profiles of Reformed Spirituality. Where the others had 28-30 sections, Bonar’s selected writings include 65. For the sincere Christian that wants to see and know how to live a life in tune with Christ, Bonar is a great example. His spirituality is clearly shown throughout his life and throughout these particular sections of writings. No matter if you are young or old in age, or young or old in the faith, like Dr. David Murray says, “As Bonar would wish, every word points us to the Christ of all ages for all ages.” And the same goes for us in the 21st Century, as Christians need to be reading substantial theology and substantial writings that point us to Whom saved us. When we read such writings as this, the believer will truly see that Christ is all.


What Is a Healthy Church Member?

This weeks, Book of the Week is of a book that is to be released June 30th by Crossway. Below is a review done by one of my co-workers, the Director of Publications at Reformation Heritage Books, Jay T. Collier. 

Although not out, Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s new book is set for release of June 30th. Jay T. Collier of Reformation Heritage Books has done a wonderful review of the book. You can pre-order a copy of this at Reformation Heritage Books for their low price of $9.00. Below is the review.

Books on church vitality and health have largely been directed toward pastors. I suppose this is wise, for a church with ill-informed leadership is bound to be riddled with problems. Yet the church is more than just its pastors. The whole congregation makes up the body of Christ, and every member carries a certain responsibility in that body. Thabiti M. Anyabwile’s What Is a Healthy Church Member? is a welcome addition to books addressing the health of the church.

Anyabwile’s book is part of Crossway’s 9Marks series, and as such, seeks to address the concerns of Mark Dever’s Nine Marks of a Healthy Church from yet another angle. In fact, Anyabwile’s chapters mirror those nine characteristics that Dever discusses, focusing them on the common member, and adding one. Here is a summary of Anyabwile’s 10 marks of a healthy Christian.

Mark 1: Where Dever’s first mark of a healthy church is expositional preaching, Anyabwile encourages Christians to perform expositional listening. That is, it is not good enough to attend a church with solid preaching. Believers should be active in listening to the sermon to discern the meaning of the Scripture, accept it, and apply it to their lives. Anyabwile goes on to discuss the benefits of such listening skills and gives practical suggestions for cultivating this mark.

Mark 2: Since a healthy church adheres to biblical theology, healthy church members should be biblical theologians. They should desire to know God more and know the overarching themes of the Bible. Here, Anyabwile shows why biblical theology promotes vitality in Christians and how to become theologically informed members.

Mark 3: If a healthy church is committed to a proper understanding of the gospel, healthy church members are gospel saturated. They will think about the good news of Jesus Christ, strive to understand it more, continually draw comfort and strength from it, and boast in it. In an age where the gospel is treated as if it were only good for addressing the unconverted, it is comforting to read that the gospel is good news for the Christian, too!

Mark 4: Because a healthy church has a biblical understanding of conversion, the healthy members will be genuinely converted. They will dig past the presumptive, easy-believism that inundates the evangelical scene, and exercise self-examination. Anyabwile encourages a better understanding of conversion and gives valuable directions for knowing better the state of one’s own soul.

Mark 5: A church having a biblical understanding of evangelism will have members that are biblical evangelists. They take delight in the gospel and share it with others.

Mark 6: While churches should seek to implement a biblical understanding of church membership, healthy Christians will likewise seek to be committed members of a local congregation. They will dedicate themselves to loving the brethren and building them up in the Lord. Here we see a thoughtful description of what committed church members look like.

Mark 7: If practicing biblical church discipline faithfully is a mark of a healthy church, healthy church members will seek discipline. They will be open to biblical guidance and correction from others, and lovingly seek to provide them to others. Anyabwile helpfully describes what discipline looks like among members and shows how they can joyfully seek it.

Mark 8: A healthy church has a concern for discipleship and growth, so healthy church members must be growing disciples. Rather than being satisfied with nominal Christianity, they progressively increase in spiritual maturity. Here Anyabwile discusses problems in our thinking that hinder our growth, and the means God has given us to cultivate godliness.

Mark 9: Dever stresses the need for churches to implement biblical church leadership, so Anyabwile calls church members to be humble followers. This section addresses how members are to honor and love their leaders with a teachable spirit, and proposes actions they should take in order to follow the leadership of their local church.

Mark 10: Dever never stated prayer as a mark of a healthy church, since he did not see it as something that was being challenged. However, Anyabwile sees this as a point worth making, describing healthy Christians as prayer warriors. He talks about how and when church members should pray, and addresses things for which they should pray.

Throughout the book, Anyabwile presents a picture of the church as a gathering of those glorying in the gospel to represent “the body of Christ” to this world. By addressing the relationship of the individual believer to the congregation, he enables us to see that the health of the church is stunted if reform is confined to the level of leadership. Christ is interested in the whole body being built up.

I heartily recommend this book. Its greatness lies not in novelty of insight. Rather, it is found in its ability to address the everyday basics in a clear, concise, and compelling way. The sad fact is that we easily overlook simple responsibilities, and someone has to recall them to our attention.  Anyabwile does this in a winsome fashion.

Furthermore, this is not simply a book to be read by individuals. Its short, well-organized chapters with questions “for further reflection” make it helpful for study groups. This is a book for Sunday Schools, Bible studies, and other church groups to discuss together. I, for one, look forward to reading this book again, but next time reflecting upon it with my fellow church members.

—Jay T. Collier


Book of the Week

Although short and for kids, this book once picked up, will not be set down. Caleb (the boy in the book) never really wanted to be a shepherd. But when he rescued a newborn lamb from a tangle of thorns and was given it as his own, he feelings began to change. As the lamb grew, Caleb came to feel a special affection for it. In the end, he owed his life to the lamb. “Caleb’s Lamb” is a gripping, humbling read, with suprising twists, all designed to promote a deep sense of appreciation for the principle of substitution. Read this book with your children, and use it to teach them the gospel.

Title: Caleb’s Lamb
Author: Santos, Helen
Publisher: Reformation Heritage Books
Publish Date: 2005
Cover Type: Paperback
Pages: 95
Price: $7.50

 

 

 


Book of the Week

I tend to struggle much when it comes to spelling, words, grammar, english and really struggle with Greek. Although this is not some type of actual Greek text book, I have been reading it daily to aid me in my experience of struggles with Greek in Seminary. 

You dont have to be a Greek student to understand biblical Greek. 

If youd love to learn Greek so you can study your Bible better, but you cant spare two years for college or seminary courses, then Greek for the Rest of Us is for you. Developed by renowned Greek teacher William Mounce, this revolutionary crash-course on baby Greek will acquaint you with the essentials of the language and deepen your understanding of Gods Word. Youll gain a sound knowledge of basic Greek, and youll learn how to use tools that will add muscle to your Bible studies. 

In six sections (weeks), Greek for the Rest of Us will help you: 

  1.  Recite the Greek alphabet 
  2.  Read and pronounce Greek words 
  3.  Learn the Greek noun and verbal system 
  4.  Conduct Greek word studies 
  5.  Decipher why translations are different 
  6.  Read better commentaries 

Book of the Week- Heirs with Christ, and much more on Adoption

This weeks “book of the week” deals with a number of areas to look into, listed below. 

Adoption Interview with,  

 

Dan Cruver, Outreach Coordinator for Carolina Hope Christian Adoption Agency
 
Dr. Joel Beeke, President of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and Pastor of Heritage Reformed Congregation
 
Dr. Russell Moore, Dean of the School of Theology and Senior Vice President for Academic Administration at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, he also serves as Executive Director of the Henry Institute
 
Each of these men shares a common bond… they are all passionate about the subject of Adoption. Listen here
 
You can purchase Dr. Beeke’s new book on Adoption here.
Also, check out the launching of Together for Adoption.

 


Book of the Week

Author: Schwab, George M.
Publisher: P&R
Publish Date: 2006
Cover Type: Paperback
Pages: 196
ISBN: 9781596380066

God reveals the future to affect the present. Prophecy glorifies the One in control, inspires believers’ confidence, intensifies hope for God’s will to be done, and moves people to repentance and holiness. This study of the book of Daniel highlights these essential aspects of prophecy. Schwab’s focus is clear: God’s absolute control and unrelenting resolve to accomplish His redemptive purpose in Christ should give God’s people in every age ‘hope in the midst of a hostile world. Buy here.

 


Book of the Week

 

In What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace?, the Rev. Richard D. “Rick” Phillips shows that “the doctrines of grace,” those theological tenets more popularly known as “the five points of Calvinism,” are comforting, faith-strengthening, and humbling teachings. In six short chapters, Rev. Phillips demonstrates conclusively from Scripture that this view of salvation exalts God and makes plain His great love for man, which drove Him to do all that was necessary to redeem a people for Himself. In his opening chapter, Rev. Phillips cites the calling of Isaiah the prophet to show that a proper understanding of the sovereignty of God leads to a willingness to serve, a humble obedience to God’s commands, a holy boldness, and a firm reliance on sovereign, saving grace. Then, over the next five chapters, he deals with the five doctrines of grace one by one – total depravity, unconditional election, limited atonement, irresistible grace, and perseverance of the saints – providing thorough explanations, answering objections, and showing how the doctrines advance Christian living. What’s So Great About the Doctrines of Grace? is a compact, highly readable treasure chest of scriptural wisdom.

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Table of Contents and Sample Chapter
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“The heart of the gospel is contained in the doctrines of grace. To understand these truths is to understand the height, depth, breadth, and length of the saving grace of God for sinners. Richard Phillips has done an outstanding job of capturing the heartbeat of these precious truths. Prepare your heart to be greatly blessed as this pastor and author guides you into a greater appreciation of the sovereign grace of God.”
— 
Dr. Steven J. Lawson, Senior pastor, Christ Fellowship Baptist Church, Mobile, Ala.

“Rick Phillips has an unbounded love for the doctrines of grace and writes about them with an enviable simplicity and clarity. Here is persuasive exposition of biblical teaching that captures the thrill of knowing a sovereign God. What’s So Great about the Doctrines of Grace? never loses sight of the grace to which these doctrines point. This is a wonderful book to read, study, lend, and give away.”
— Dr. Sinclair B. Ferguson, Senior minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, S.C.

“Richard “Rick” Phillips has done it again! In summarizing the doctrines of grace in this book, he brings us into the arena of historic Calvinism, which, as C. H. Spurgeon said, “is the Gospel and nothing else.” But what we have here is more than just a re-telling of the doctrines themselves; it is an account of why these truths matter in the church of the twenty-first century. Its enthusiasm is infectious, its urgency compelling, and its logic irrefutable.”
— Dr. Derek W. H. Thomas, Professor of systematic and practical theology, Reformed Theological Seminary Minister of teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Jackson, Miss.

About the Author  Rev. Richard D. Phillips is the senior minister of Second Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C., and he also serves on the board of directors for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He has written numerous books including Jesus the EvangelistHolding Hands, Holding Hearts, and The Reformed Expository Commentary: Hebrews.


Book of the Week

Go over and see the deal at Reformation Heritage Books this month, Francis Turretin- Institutes of Elenctic, in 3 Volumes. For only $70.00!!! This set is retailed at $125.00, and RHB sells it for $80.00, but for only the month of May, they are willing to drop 10 more bucks off of this great set of systematics. 

This is Francis Turretin’s magnum opus, a massive work of Reformed scholasticism. Written originally in Latin with sentences frequently lasting nearly a half a page, Turretin’s Institutes are at once familiar, profound, erudite, thorough and precise, detailed, comprehensive, historically significant, and truly Reformed, etc. Turretin organized his Institutes into 20 topics (loci) that range from “Prolegomena” (that is, very necessary introductory considerations) to “The Last Things.” Each topic (locus) is organized by specific questions. The work is Elenctic (polemic or argumentitive), for a large chunk of this work is written against the Roman Catholics, Arminians, Socinians, Anabaptists, Molinists and others. Translated by George Musgrave Giger Edited by James T. Dennison Jr. Order here


Book(s) of the Week

 

This weeks, book(s) of the week are Herman Bavnick’s, Reformed Dogmatics. Get all four volumes for the best price on the Internet!! Retailing at $180.00, you can order these from Reformation Heritage Books at only $100.00, click here. The Dutch Reformed Translation Society is proud to offer in English for the very first time all four volumes of Herman Bavinck’s complete Reformed Dogmatics. This masterwork will appeal not only to scholars, students, pastors, and laity interested in Reformed theology but also to research and theological libraries. 

 


Book of the Week

Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion—the redemption of God’s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.


Book of the Week

This week’s book(s) of the week can be checked out on Sheperd’s Scrapbook. Take a look at Crossway’s reprinting of the 6 volume Francis Schaeffer’s works!


Book of the Week: Vintage Jesus: How Human was Jesus?

As I started reading chapter two today, right away I thought I was listening to the message preached at the 2006 Desiring God conference. But I was simply reading… I often wonder, when others read my writing if they feel as if I am speaking. No matter what they feel, I see some good in it. Often at times, writer’s can hide behind the pages in their books that keep the reader from seeing the real person. Not with mark Driscoll. You get 100% reality. I enjoyed reading the way Mark paints Jesus as an actual human, someone that actually walked on earth and someone who was normal. Often times it seems that many tend to place Jesus in a category all by himself. Which he is! But he was also human in every way, shape, and form. Mid way through the chapter I found it great that only Mark would have a section title, “Jesus was Funny.” Mark shows the humanity of Christ that what just like that of how many people may act today, irony, sarcasm, and saying things with a cutting edge. Mark goes on to explain that humanity of Christ not only being funny, but being passionate about sheep and that he was a “bum,” (Not being the cardboard box drunkard, but Mark just means homeless.)

At the end of the chapter there is a list of serious questions dealing with the incarnation of Christ. What does the incarnation mean? Can we call Jesus a person instead of a man? Did Jesus have a sin nature? Was Jesus perfect? Could Jesus have sinned? If Jesus never sinned, why were some people mad at him? If you would enjoy reading the answers pick up a copy!


Book of the Week(s) by Horatius Bonar Night of Weeping and Morning of Joy

Horatius Bonar, a well-known nineteenth-century minister called “the prince of Scottish hymn-writers,” was also a prolific writer of scriptural, practical, and experiential Christian literature. Two of his books that bore considerable fruit and have often been reprinted were The Night of Weeping and The Morning of Joy, here reprinted under one cover. The Night of Weeping expounds compassionately and beautifully a biblical view of suffering, showing how it is an integral part of belonging to God’s family, how to cope with it, and how it benefits the believer. The chapters on the purifying and solemnizing fruits of suffering are themselves worth the price of the book. The Morning of Joy shows how God leads believers to rejoice in the present and future joys of the living church, particularly through fellowshipping with the resurrected Christ. The chapters on the majestic kingdom of Christ and the superlative joys of glory are most uplifting. By the Spirit’s grace, both books can be life-changing; they present us with a clear, powerful, profound, and balanced view of the Christian life and of God’s dealings with His people.

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Book of the Week: Jesus Ascended: The Meaning of Christ’s Continuing Incarnation


You can check out the great review at Orthodox Presbyterian Church.


Book of the Week: Select Works of Robert Rollock

“The long overdue republication of Robert Rollock’s Select Works introduces us to one of the greatest Reformed thinkers of the sixteenth century. Robert Rollock (c. 1555–1598), first principal of Edinburgh University, able preacher and philosopher, and a renowned biblical commentator in his own day, was a seminal Reformed theologian particularly as an early exponent of covenant theology in Scotland. His treatises on God’s effectual calling and the passion, resurrection, and ascension of Christ are themselves worth the purchase of this two-volume Select Works. These volumes represent the cream of sixteenth-century Reformed theology, and should be treasured by all who love biblical truth. May they whet the appetite for more of this prolific Scotsman, who wrote five volumes of sermons and nine commentaries.” —Joel R. Beeke

“Partly because of his reluctance to engage in the rough and tumble of church and state relationships, Robert Rollock’s name has been almost unknown outside of a small circle of scholars interested in the history of covenant theology—in which he features significantly. But for all his irenic spirit, Rollock was a powerfully intellectual and spiritual influence in late sixteenth-century Scotland. He was wonderfully endowed with remarkable intellectual gifts, possessed a rare ability to inspire University students, and was an outstanding preacher whom the common people of Scotland’s capital listened to gladly.”

“An added bonus to this edition of Rollock’s long unavailable Select Works is a splendidly informative and sensitive introduction by Dr. Andrew Woolsey—further underlining that the republication of these volumes is an event to be celebrated by scholars, pastors, and ordinary Christians alike.” —Sinclair Ferguson

***New Biographical Introduction by Andrew Woolsey, in 2 Volumes, 1420 pages at the retail price of $95.00, at RHB $68.00. You can order this by calling 616-977-0599.


Book of the Week: The Works of John Owen

For this week’s, book(s) of the week I would like to direct it to a series of post done by Brian Najapfour of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary for Reformation Heritage Books blog, on The Works of John Owen. You can read these reviews over volumes three and six, of John Owen’s works.


Book of the Week: The Law of Kindness


“And be ye kind to another,” begins Ephesians 4:32. Christians are called to this standard, but how seriously do we take it? In “The Law of Kindness,” Mary Beeke examines the idea of kindness, shows how it is developed, and gives helpful advice for putting it into action, with specific chapters addressed to wives, husbands, parents, teachers, and children. Readers will be struck by their own lack of kindness, captivated by God’s kindness toward us in Jesus Christ, and motivated to cultivate more of this precious virtue.
You can read more about this at Reformation Heritage Books Blog. There is an interview done by Mary Beeke about her book and more information about the book. You can purchase this here.


Book of the Week: The Shadow of Christ in the Law of Moses


Check out the review of the “book of the week” on Reformation Heritage Books, Blog. There you can read a review and purchase it.


January 25, 2008: Friday’s Book of the Week reviewed by Nate Pitchford.

Book Review: Understanding Dispensationalists, by Vern S. Poythress

Nate Pitchford has done a review of a book written by Vern Poythress, called Understanding Dispensationalists. I would first off highly recommend reading the review then secondly, purchasing the book to understand and see Dr. Poythress’s clear explanation and examination of Dispensationalists.

  • My plans for the rest of this year in blogging are that i am going to try to repeatably every Friday try to blog a post on a book that i think are important to reading in today’s culture of the 21st century. They may deal with theology, doctrines to just everyday books in dealing with life. whatever it may be, i will from now on Friday’s post the “Book of the Week” of my choosing. But as always if you think, read, of hear of something that needs to be read you can always drop a line at mmdewalt@gmail.com or leave a comment for me here on my blog so that i am aware. thanks!