Book review: From Heaven He Came and Sought Her

From Heaven He Came and Sought Her: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective (Crossway, 2013). by David and Jonathan Gibson Genre: Biblical Reference / Christian Theology Size: 704 pages What’s the big idea: This is a well-researched resource on definite atonement (i.e. Christ’s death actually secured the salvation of those whom the Father elects and the […]

Book review: Going Deeper with New Testament Greek

  Going Deeper with New Testament Greek: An Intermediate Study of the Grammar and Syntax of the New Testament (B&H Academic, 2016). by Andreas Köstenberger, Benjamin Merkle and Robert Plummer Genre: Biblical Reference / Language Study Size: 550 pages. What’s the big idea: The book aims to “stir in you a passion, and to provide you with the necessary […]

The best 1600 words on church history I’ve read

I’ve just read a breathtaking summary of 2000 years of church history by Bruce Shelley. It’s from his Epilogue to “Church History in Plain Language”. The way the author flows through the warp and weft of two millennia of Christianity is a sheer masterclass of writing. I can’t share the whole epilogue here – for that you […]

The best contents page I’ve ever read – Thomas Brooks, Precious remedies against Satan’s devices

Our church has been going through the book of Ephesians. We’re at the part where the Apostle Paul gives final instructions (more like marching orders) to his readers: “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the full armour of God, that you may be able to stand against […]

Thinking about Christian books I’ve read

“What Christian books have you read?” That was one of the questions on my application form for bible college (more on that here). I scanned the rest of the form and decided that the two lines provided wouldn’t be enough space. So one night, I sat down, trawled through my memory, our library catalogue, e-book purchase history, and typed out […]

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