What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (Book Review)

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Kevin DeYoung writes with his clear and insightful style, a concise yet competent volume on a hotly debated topic. This is a topic that Christians need to be greatly informed of so that they will be gracious and godly in their witness. I believe this book is just the tool for that. Continue reading What Does the Bible Really Teach about Homosexuality? (Book Review)

We Cannot be Silent (Book Review)

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Dr. R. Albert Mohler is the president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. For those who take time to read his blog or listen to The Briefing, you will know that Al Mohler is up-to-date with events and issues, and how he provides biblically informed clear thinking from a Christian worldview. It is for this reason I was very excited when I heard about the release of We Cannot be Silent and for a friend who surprised me with a copy of it a few days ago. Continue reading We Cannot be Silent (Book Review)

A Review of “Father Hunger” by Douglas Wilson

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Douglas Wilson, pastor of Christ Church in Moscow, Idaho, has written a much needed book on the biblical view of fatherhood, the impact of fathers on their families, and the impact of fathers on society. Father Hunger (Thomas Nelson, 2012) is the title, and the subtitle sums it up well: “Why God calls men to love and lead their families.” In an age where male headship and fatherhood is under attack from all angles, this is a timely book.

Wilson takes the reader through a number of stages. Firstly, and most importantly, the theological. Wilson explains how fatherhood is viewed in the Bible, and what fathers are for. Then he begins to unpack what the Bible has to say about the woes of contemporary fatherhood and it’s impact on society. The culture of absenteeism is analysed, and feminism Continue reading A Review of “Father Hunger” by Douglas Wilson

Crazy Busy (Book Review)

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Kevin DeYoung. Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book about a (Really) Big Problem. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2013. 128 pp.

Are you ever crazy busy? Busyness is something we are all familiar with. There is so much to do with so little time. We get things done and sometimes things get neglected. We heap into our life “things” that are supposed to make it easier but everything is just so busy!

This brings us to Kevin DeYoung’s recent book “Crazy Busy”. I had heard about this book a while ago but had not found time to read it (a reason I needed to read this book). A friend gave it to my wife so I quickly had a read (Di, you can have it back now).

I really like Kevin DeYoung. He writes with clarity making it an easy and enjoyable book to read. As I read through this book I really appreciated his wit and humour. Kevin is a funny guy. On a more serious note, this book clearly is grounded in scriptural principles and is written by a man who unmistakably loves Christ and is very pastoral.

After a great introduction (chapter 1), in chapter 2 DeYoung provides the reader with three dangers to avoid concerning busyness: (1) Busyness can ruin our joy, (2) Busyness can rob our hearts, and (3) Busyness can cover up the rot in our souls (pp. 30-32).

The bulk of the book (chapters 3-9) offers seven diagnoses for consideration. In this section DeYoung shows how pride can be the cause and maintainer of a lot of our busyness (ch. 3). In chapter 4 he wisely speaks about the importance of knowing our limits while also encouraging those who are lazy to get busy. Chapter 5 looks at the importance of setting priorities that will help prevent us from getting busy doing others things. Chapter 6 he encourages parents to stop freaking out about their kids. He carefully identifies how our modern family routine fills our families with stressful busyness. In chapter 7, DeYoung recognizes the place and influence of modern technology, but provides a helpful balance in not letting it control us. Chapter 8 deals with the importance of rest so as to help with productivity. The final diagnosis (chapter 9) is summarised by how he opens the chapter, “the reason we are busy is because we are supposed to be busy” (p. 101). This chapter helps the reader to have the right expectations and entrust themselves to the Lord.

The book concludes with Keven being honest in saying that he hasn’t worked it all out yet. He exhorts the reader with a one-point plan designed to help bring us closer to Jesus. For those who may be a little frustrated with Kevin’s ending, and desire to see how these points of wisdom work out, be sure to read Kevin’s blog post “Am I still Crazy Busy?” which I found very helpful.

Whether you are a pastor, employer, employee, parent, or student, you are not immune to busyness. I believe if you find time to read this it will prove to be helpful.

The Great Exchange: My Sin for His Righteousness

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“My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly trust in Jesus’ Name”

The doctrine of substitutionary atonement continues to undergo criticism and redefinition. Many are buying into a watered down interpretation of this doctrine, while others simply ignore this valuable doctrine and emphasise “user-friendly” doctrines. Is this even an important issue? Does there need to be  entire books discussing the issue of the atonement? It is the argument of the authors of The Great Exchange that the doctrine of the substitutionary atonement of Jesus Christ is the centre of the gospel. Therefore, it is of paramount importance.  This book was written back in 2007, but it continues to be an important and valuable book on this topic.

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Thomas Watson and Divine Providence – Part 1

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Meet Thomas Watson
The date and place of Thomas Watson’s birth are unknown. However, it is believed that he was likely born in Yorkshire, England. Watson earned both a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1639 and a Master of Arts degree in 1642 at Emmanuel College, Cambridge. After this, Watson was a lecturer for about ten years and served as pastor at St. Stephen’s in Walbrook, London. In his early years at St. Stephen’s, he married Abigail Beadle. In 1662, as a result of the Act of Uniformity, Watson, along with two thousand other ministers, was ejected from his ministry. However, he continued to preach in private settings whenever the opportunity was available.  Continue reading Thomas Watson and Divine Providence – Part 1

Children’s Book Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

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The Plot

Based on -5 this book tells the story of a young priest named Jonathan. He was granted special priestly clothes and was then invited to the King’s castle to preach his first sermon. On the way to the castle his clothes got dirty. As he stood before the king, Malus, the court magician began to mock and malign him. The king had compassion on Jonathan and told him that he could not preach with dirty clothes and was granted a second chance. Unable to make his clothes clean, Jonathan was told about the great Prince. The great Prince told Continue reading Children’s Book Review: The Priest with Dirty Clothes

3:1 Then he showed me Joshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord, and Satan standing at his right hand to accuse him.

The Book That Made Your World

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Book Review – written by Lindsay

The Book That Made Your World* by Vishal Mangalwadi, published by Thomas Nelson 2011

I am grateful to a missionary friend for drawing my attention to this remarkable book. It is subtitled How The Bible Created The Soul of Western Civilization and as the back-cover says: “will transform your perception of the Bible’s influence on virtually every facet of Western Civilisation”.

So much that we take for granted in our own society, such as education, human dignity, the social and economic empowerment of women, human rights, the passion for scientific, medical and technological advancement – all these and more can be traced back to the Bible and the godly men and women who took the Bible seriously and whose lives were transformed by its message of the Saviour of the World. Continue reading The Book That Made Your World

Consider others better than yourselves

LuckyIn his new book about important shifts in Australian culture, entitled The Lucky Culture, Nick Cater writes about the Australian view of class and merit. Before (say, pre-1970s) Australia was a society structured by merit and individual ability. It was a relatively united meritocracy. Cater notes that our culture is now divided along class lines, but not in the Marxian paradigm of workers and bosses (or “labour and capital”).  He writes, “There has always been divisions in Australia … but this was of a different order. For the first time there were people who did not simply feel better off but better than their fellow Australians.” (p. 6)

Cater describes a society divided, no longer by merit and lack of merit, but by moral superiority and inferiority. He longs for the older ethic of the meritocracy, where people did not consider themselves better than others, but merely better off. However, the Christian ethic is even more radical than that. Continue reading Consider others better than yourselves