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My Year in Books – Jacob York

In Titus, Paul creates an indisputable link between faithful doctrine and faithful living. God’s people must learn to devote themselves to sound doctrine and good works (Titus 1:13-14, 3:8). God’s leaders are to be above reproach in both their teaching and their conduct (Titus 1:7-9, 2:7-8). God’s gospel is to impact not only our minds, but our lives. It trains us to “renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives” (Titus 2:12). In light of these truths, here is a list of six books I read this year. Some teach sound doctrine necessary for Christian...

Review: Jesus and John Wayne by Kristin Kobes Du Mez

Over the last few weeks, I’ve felt it necessary to listen to the Christianity Today Podcast series on the Rise and Fall of Mars Hill. So far, I’ve listened to seven long episodes. I felt it necessary to listen, but I’ve really not enjoyed the experience. The podcast mentions the book Jesus and John Wayne—How White Evangelicals Corrupted a Faith and Fractured a Nation by Kristin Kobes Du Mez (published in 2020). Du Mez, who is a history professor at Calvin University, has written for many US publications, including the New York Times. Her previous book was A New Gospel...

Review: Bullies and Saints by John Dickson

I like reading John Dickson’s books. They are always incisive and yet accessible enough to lend out to members of the congregation without formal theological training. They are always written with one eye turned towards the non Christian reader. If they are not directly speaking to the non Christian, then they are helping the Christian be better equipped to promote the gospel among their non Christian friends. I also like reading church history. The lives of the saints of another era are so helpful in giving us clarity about serving the Lord in our own era. So I came to...

Just Life, No More than That

ARCANE AND GERMANE BOOK REVIEWS #14 “After reading a new book, never allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”“All that is not eternal is eternally out of date.”(C.S. Lewis) We are Not in Control Every age has its own outlook. It is specially good at seeing certain truths and specially liable to make certain mistakes. We all, therefore, need the books that will correct the characteristic mistakes of our own period. And that means the old books … All contemporary writers share to some extent the contemporary outlook—even those like myself, who seem...

Bethel, Jesus, and Dove Dung

Bethel Church in Redding, California, is becoming increasingly influential amongst churches in Australia. This is partly due to its promotion by Hillsong and also because of its influential music label. So I’ve set myself the task of reading through some of Bethel’s books in order to understand their theology. The first book I’ve chosen is The Physics of Heaven: Exploring God’s Mysteries of Sound, Light, Energy, Vibrations, and Quantum Physics (ed. Judy Franklin & Ellyn Davis; Shippensburg, PA; Destiny Image: 2012). The contributors to the book are associated in various ways with Bethel Church, and there are key contributions by Bill and Beni...

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