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Review: Baptized into Christ, by Jordan Cooper

Jordan Cooper, Baptized into Christ: A Guide to the Christian Life, Just and Sinner Publishing (2016). 175 pages. Jordan Cooper is a conservative Lutheran pastor, whose blog and podcast can be found at Just and Sinner. Although I have never personally met Jordan, we have engaged in conversations via social media over the past couple years, […]

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Review: By Faith, Not By Sight, by Richard B. Gaffin, Jr.

As I began preparing to teach a class on the New Perspective(s) on Paul (NPP), I made use of a number of sources to guide my research. Most of my sources were coming from a broadly confessional Reformed perspective, and one stood out as especially worthy of mention. At only 125 pages, Richard Gaffin’s By Faith, […]

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Review: Trinity and Organism, by James Eglinton

James Eglinton, Trinity and Organism: Towards a New Reading of Herman Bavinck’s Organic Motif (T&T Clark, 2012) Evangelicals in America have an identity problem. The current political landscape demonstrates a divide within American evangelicalism on how to put our values into practice. At the heart of this fissure is a lack of coherent theological ethics – […]

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Review: One Kingdom: The Practical Theology of John M. Frame, by John Barber

John Barber. One Kingdom: The Practical Theology of John M. Frame. Lakeland, FL: Whitefield Media, 2015. 346pp. Disclaimer: Although I have never personally met the author, we have been friends via social media for several months. When I heard that his book was being published, I offered to write this review for him. Dr. John […]

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Review: Political Visions and Illusions, by David Koyzis

David Koyzis, Political Visions and Illusions: A Survey & Christian Critique of Contemporary Ideologies (IVP Academic, 2003). All humans long for redemption. We cannot escape the feeling that the world is not as it should be, and things need to be set right. Christians find the answer in Jesus Christ, whose coming kingdom will one day […]

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Review: Spiritual Friendship by Wesley Hill

Wesley Hill, Spiritual Friendship: Finding Love in the Church as a Celibate Gay Christian (Brazos, 2015). As an unmarried seminarian, I found myself surrounded by classmates who were married, many of them with children. It wasn’t uncommon for professors to verbally acknowledge and extend academic grace to students who were behind, tardy, or absent due to a […]

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Review: Cupid Is a Procrastinator: Making Sense of the Unexpected Single Life, by Kate Hurley

I happen to be in a very small minority. I’m in my thirties, I’m an ordained minister in the PCA, and I’m still single. As I get older, I’ve come to see more and more the blessings of singleness. I have learned to appreciate the freedom and simplicity of being able set my own schedule, […]

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Resources on Neo-Calvinism and Two Kingdoms

Books Bavinck, Herman. Reformed Dogmatics. 4 vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker, 2008. Bratt, James. Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013. Frame, John. The Escondido Theology: A Reformed Response to Two Kingdom Theology. Whitefield Media, 2011. Kuyper, Abraham. Lectures on Calvinism. Grand Rapids, M: Eerdmans, 1943. McIlhenny, Ryan, ed. Kingdoms Apart: […]

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Review: When the Kings Come Marching In by Richard Mouw

Richard Mouw. When the Kings Come Marching In: Isaiah and the New Jerusalem. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2002. 131 pp. Over 60 years ago, H. Richard Niebuhr published his seminal work Christ & Culture, which has influenced discussions of the church’s relationship to society ever since. Numerous complaints have been lodged against his […]

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Review: How (Not) to Be Secular by James K.A. Smith

This weekend I had the privilege of delivering a series of talks at a men’s retreat for my church. The theme of my talks was “Christian Calling in a Secular Culture.” My primary text was the Book of Ecclesiastes, which expresses better than any other book I know what it feels like to live in […]

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