A Review of ‘The Poverty of Nations’ by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus

Barry Asmus and Wayne Grudem, The Poverty of Nations: A Sustainable Solution. Wheaton: Crossway, 2013. 402 pp. $23.97. I had heard some good things about The Poverty of Nations, and one of its co-authors (Wayne Grudem) is practically a legend in theological circles.  So, when the book popped up as an option on my Beyond the Page account,Continue reading “A Review of ‘The Poverty of Nations’ by Wayne Grudem and Barry Asmus”

‘Is God Anti-Gay?’ by Sam Allberry

Is God anti-gay?  No question is more relevant in our culture.  No question raises more rancor and outrage.  No question divides churches more quickly.  And yet Sam Allberry, associate pastor of St. Mary’s Church in Maidenhead, UK, has managed to handle this loaded question with aplomb, accuracy, and plainness in just 85 pages.  And theContinue reading “‘Is God Anti-Gay?’ by Sam Allberry”

‘Christianity and Liberalism’ by J. Gresham Machen

[J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1923. 189 pp. $15.00.] Definitions.  In order for two people to have a coherent and constructive discussion, they must first agree on basic definitions.  Language itself is built on commonly held words and meanings.  Christianity and Liberalism is a dictionary of sorts–one that seeksContinue reading “‘Christianity and Liberalism’ by J. Gresham Machen”

‘Taking God at His Word’ by Kevin DeYoung

Few Christians would pick up a book entitled Doctrines of the Holy Scripture.  And that is precisely why Kevin DeYoung’s latest book is entitled Taking God at His Word.  With ease and clarity, DeYoung spends 144 brief pages explaining why the Scriptures are sufficient, clear, authoritative, and necessary for the Christian life.  Ultimately, DeYoung demonstrates his own submission toContinue reading “‘Taking God at His Word’ by Kevin DeYoung”

‘The Art of Biblical Narrative’ by Robert Alter

Some books you read straight through from cover to cover in one sitting.  Some books you struggle through over the course of several months, eventually giving up long before the end.  Some books require that you consume them in small chewable amounts. The Art of Biblical Narrative by Robert Alter is of the last variety. Continue reading “‘The Art of Biblical Narrative’ by Robert Alter”

Child Abuse: The Greatest Argument Against God’s Existence

Two nights ago, I struggled as I read the chapter entitled “Rebellion” from Dostoyevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov.  I didn’t struggle in that I had a crisis of faith, but I struggled because I was confronted with the fact that the question of evil is not merely an intellectual exercise but an engagement with a brokenContinue reading “Child Abuse: The Greatest Argument Against God’s Existence”

The Black Dwarf, MMA, and The Cross

I know it may be difficult to believe, but there are actually books written before 2005 that are worth reading.  In fact, there are a multitude of Christian books written more than 100 years ago that are of more value than nearly everthing you could find in Lifeway or on that hip Christian online bookstoreContinue reading “The Black Dwarf, MMA, and The Cross”