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.

Contents

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

Notes

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.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Daily Light

"Daily Light" Devotional Thoughts from the New Testament by Mr. Dave Olson is a newly formatted and released yearlong devotional that is sure to be a keeper. Whether you use it for your own private quiet time or family altar you will not be disappointed. Each entry is tied to a chapter in the New Testament which the reader is encouraged to read. Therefore by the end of the year, the reader has not only read the helpful devotional but also the entire New Testament!  It even features a "Daily Bible Reading Schedule" chart at the back of the book.

Published by Help4U Publications, (c) 2013, soft cover, 204 pages of good reading.

Contact: Mr. Dave Olson at (219) 771-0189.

email: help4uministries@gmail.com.

$12.00 per copy + shipping and handling.

Saturday, November 30, 2013

My 2013 Christmas Book Wish List

This year, mainly due to the nature of my missionary deputation ministry, I would like to say that an Amazon/Kindle gift card or a Google Play gift card would be most appreciated.  I would purchase books with it by the following authors (no particular order): Peter Masters, Douglas Wilson, Joel Beeke, D.A. Carson, Tedd Tripp, David Cloud, Mark Jones, David Murray, just about any classic Puritan divine, and so on and so forth.  So you can see there's no end to the possibilities of authors and books via electronic means.  Having said that, there are some books that I wish to have but are not (oddly enough) in electronic format (which is a crying shame - - for real, people, this is 2013 you know, and soon to be 2014 - but I digress).  As usual, the asterisk indicates the books that I really, really, really like. A triple asterisks borders on bibliophile inordinatus, if you think it is superfluous verbiage, it ain't.

1. The God-Centered Preacher by Robert L. Raymond*
2. Voices From the Past by Richard Rushing*
3. To the Seven Churches by Thomas Strouse (available on Dec. 23)
4. Daily Light Devotional by David Olson
5. Help Me pray in one special set of rare ebooks*** - I won't say anything more, but if the right blessings line up, then I know it was meant for me to get.  What I want you to do...is pray.  And pray clear to the end which will be on 12/31/13 (I have a few things in place that will get me within reach of a good deal).

UPDATE: (12/27/13)...well, HO! HO! HO! I have placed a strikethrough on the names and titles that I am acquiring as a result of the blessings that many have given this Christmas.  I am thankful to God and thankful to those who gave...what a blessing! 

UPDATE (01/01/14)...No, I wasn't able to get the one special set of rare books, but at least I tried. There will be plenty of other opportunities all through life, I am sure. Be well!