Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Pre-publication news about my third book: #TOTT

My third book is soon to arrive! It is entitled "#TOTT - Think On These Things," and it is mainly developed from a compilation of my morning tweets with adequate improvements so as to be transformed into a daily reader.

#TOTT features a mixture of devotional & doctrinal succinct entries (Bible verse and annotation).  The reader is encouraged to think about each daily entry spanning the entire year. It can easily be used as a devotional tool or even as a short topical Bible study.

My desire is that readers would be strengthened in the Lord, and think or meditate upon His Word which is our source of conviction and comfort.

Please feel free to follow me on Twitter (@hardecker) or keep an eye on this blog for further news or updates on #TOTT.

Thursday, October 09, 2014

A short list

A short list of Bible study tool listings:

Akin, Daniel L. “Building a Theological Library” (Revised Edition). Southeastern Baptist Theo. Sem. 2011.

Barber, Cyril J. “The Minister’s Library” Vols. 1 & 2. Moody press, 1985. – I think both volumes and possibly a third volume is accessible online.

Barber, Cyril J. and Krauss, Robert M. “An Introduction to Theological Research” (2nd Edition). University Press of America, 2000.

*Bauer, David R. “Essential Bible Study Tool for Ministry. Abingdon, 2014.

Carson, Don A. “New Testament Commentary Survey” (7th Edition). Baker Academic, 2013.

Custer, Stewart. “Tools for Preaching & Teaching the Bible” (2nd Edition). BJU Press, 1998. First Pres Press, 2006.

*Danker, Frederick W. “Multipurpose Tools for Bible Study.” Fortress Press, 2003.

*Evans, John F. “A Guide to Biblical Commentaries & Reference Works (9th Edition). Doulos Resources, 2010.

Glynn, John. “Commentary & Reference Survey” (10th Edition). Kregel, 2007. Kress Christian Publications, 2004.

*Ken, Malmin. “Bible Research.” City Christian Publishing AAAV, 1995.

Longman III, Tremper. “Old Testament Commentary Survey” (5th Edition). Baker Academic, 2013.

Martens, Elmer A. “Old Testament Theology.” Baker Books, 1997.

Rosscup, Jim. “Commentaries for Biblical Expositors” (Revised & Enlarged).Kress Christian Publications, 2004.

Spurgeon, Charles H. “Commenting and Commentaries.” Solid Ground Classic Reprint, 2006.

Thomas, Derek W.H. “The Essential Commentaries for a Preacher’s Library” (Revised & Expanded). First Pres Press, 2006.

*Thorsen, Donald A.D. “Theological Resources for Ministry: A Bibliography of Works in Theological Studies.” Evangel Pub House, 1996.

The asterisk (*) indicates titles that I do not have in possession, as of yet.

Other online listings:

Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary (Basic Library Booklist) 2014.

Tabernacle Bookshop New Books & Discount Reviews 2014.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The New Calvinists: Changing the Gospel

"The New Calvinists" by Dr. E.S. Williams (Wakeman Trust - publishers) is a succinct and informative booklet highlighting some of the current proponents of a phenomenon called "new Calvinism." This movement "has been called a growing perspective within conservative evangelicalism that embraces the fundamentals of 16th-century Calvinism while also trying to be relevant in the present-day world." I think that description is putting it very mildly. This term was popularized by Time magazine in 2009 with an article on "ten ideas changing the world right now" since "New Calvinism" made that list. Dr. Williams deals with advocates of New Calvinism like Tim Keller, John Piper, Mark Driscoll, Proclamation Trust (UK), and the Porterbrook Network (UK). Every point of contention and information is carefully documented in the end notes so as to adequately substantiate critical points of information. This book is a welcomed resource of current information (albeit - things are on the move constantly, for ex. Mahaney's scandal and leaving The Gospel Coalition; TGC asking Tullian Tchividjian to leave bec. of differing views on the issue of sanctification, etc. are all so fluid that to capture it in a book is nearly impossible). But Dr. Williams' book having been published in March of this year is still informative and insightful. There are hints of moderate Calvinism in the book since Dr. Williams embraces "reformed theology" and therefore it is the theological framework reflected in his booklet.


1. The Phenomenon of New Calvinism: The Resurgence of Worldly Christianity

2. Tim Keller: the Intellectual Populist of New Calvinism

3. John Piper and Theological Flexibility

4. Mark Driscoll: Proponent of "Cultural Relevance"

5. New Calvinism in the UK: the Proclamation Trust

6. The Porterbrook Network and New Calvinism

7. A Voice From the Past


74 pages of good reading. (C) 2014. You can order a copy here: http://www.tabernaclebookshop.org/
or go on Amazon and purchase a used copy. (I think they only have one used copy available, FWIW).

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sacred Betrayal

     This book has been re-titled: "Sacred Betrayal: The Coming Destruction of the Baptist People."
     The late Pastor James Beller has to be applauded for covering or rather uncovering much historical information which champions
the humble yet strong proponents of religious liberty and Biblical convictions rooted among the Baptist people. This book is only 122 pages, historical and yet it isn't a cumbersome read. Pastor Beller covers three major issues in this book: The Ancient Ancestry (refuting the "spiritual kinship view" promoted by Whitsitt). The Revival Heritage (contrasting the Evangelical Alliance Fundamentalist revivals, and refuting "catholic-reformed" Reconstructionism). And The American Principles (exciting information on how and who influenced our founding fathers towards political and religious freedom for all). The epilogue of the book covers three important clarifications: David Barton's Omissions, Theocracy, Antichrist and the Coming Destruction of the Baptist People, and Repairing America through Her Principles of Liberty. 
     I gave this book 5 stars on the Amazon.com review site for the gravity of the topic and the excellent manner which the late Pastor did his work. This book also comes with 6 pages of helpful index. I do regret that this isn't in electronic format, at least for now.

You may purchase a copy by calling: 314-606-7326 or online at Amazon or Challenge Press
(c) 2005; ISBN: 978-0-9668766-4-2.