As I mentioned before, 2017 is celebrated across Protestantism as the 500 year anniversary of the Reformation and Martin Luther's nailing of the 95 theses on the church door in Wittenberg. Browsing the shelves of the Christian book section at my local thrift book store, I came across a biography of Luther that had been recommended in a lecture I listened to. So, guess what, I bought it.
Have you ever found that although you follow Jesus and have been washed in His blood and cleansed by His Spirit (1. Cor 6:11), you still do what you do not want to do (Rom 7:21), that is, you still sin in so many ways (Jam 3:2)? If you've ever wrestled with the beast of sin in your heart and lost, you will find this book extremely helpful and full of teaching and gospel.
2017 marks the 500 year anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. What better year is there to read some of Martin Luther's writings? While I've read many a quote from Luther in other books, I'd never actually read any of his own books or treatises until now. So I started with his Treatise on Good Works, … Continue reading My library: Martin Luther’s Treatise on Good Works
"Christ was made like unto us, that He might be tempted; and we are tempted that we may be made like unto Christ." I read John Owen's Sin & Temptation and couldn't recommend it any more highly.
The objective of this book is to provide parents with the biblical tools they need to shepherd their children as the God-given authorities in their life. This idea of shepherding sets Tripp's book apart from popular parenting books that mainly deal with behavior modification that is based on human philosophy apart from God and the gospel.
The premise of the book is this: Technology, that is, the easy everywhere attitude of the 21st century has gotten alarmingly out of place and is rendering homes and individuals characterless and without real wisdom for real life. In the worst instances, technology even contributes to tearing families and homes apart. The remedy: Put technology back in its proper place, just like everything else in life.
About a month ago, I was talking to a missionary in Ukraine about work ethics, or more precisely, about the reason for work. Why do we work? In the conversation, he mentioned an essay by Dorothy L. Sayers called "Why work?" To my shame, I had never heard of her before, but have since learned … Continue reading My Library: Dorothy Sayers – Why work?
What is the greatest achievement of the Western world? How did education become a thing? What do monks and technological milestones have in common? How come Western cultures, in particular, consider some things morally worse than other cultures? What does the Bible have to do with hospitals? How did the Bible promote prosperity in the West? … Continue reading My Library: The Book that Made Your World
I recently got a hold of an interesting read from the library. A few years ago, reformed scholar David Murray published a book with the title, "Jesus on every page: 10 simple ways to seek and to find Christ in the Old Testament." Having wrestled with how to find Jesus in the Old Testament for … Continue reading My Library: Jesus on every page
After the intro to reading guides last week, I would like to introduce my two favorite reading guides (so far, it might change in the future). Disclaimer: I personally own both of these books, and literally do not receive anything for this brief review. Number One: Unlocking the Bible, by David Pawson. David Pawson is a … Continue reading My Library: Top Two Reading Guides