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GGG Blog Tour

I am pleased today to be hosting the Gum, Geckos & God blog tour here and at Oversight of Souls. I previously listed all the stops Jim Spiegel, the author, would be making on his blog tour.This is an excellent book that I commend to all my readers, particularly those with children or grandchildren. It […]

For the Heart of Holland

For the Heart of Holland, Piet Prins Struggle for Freedom Series, vol. 4 (Inheritance Publications, 2008; English translation), pb., 162 pp. Ages 8+ I have commented on the previous three volumes of this series here, here and here. Our favorite one is still the first volume. When we heard that the fourth volume was out […]

Persecution in Kenya

My Friend Phil Eyster, at the mission organization EPI, has just posted portions of communication he has had with a believer who is working with Muslims in northern Kenya.Here is a brief excerpt from the note from Kenya: On Friday 11th July 2008, Moslems invaded our training center in Kenya. The Moslems attacked the team […]

Faith Comes by Hearing

Faith Comes by Hearing: A Response to Inclusivism, ed. C. Morgan and R. Peterson (IVP; pb., 256 pp.) I have begun looking over this book and am quite impressed with it. It must be pretty good if D. A. Carson says about it: For those who are more interested in faithful alignment with what Scripture […]

Chaucer’s Pastor

This is long but well worth reading to note what was considered to be a good pastor in Chaucer’s day. Note that this man is not merely a speaker but a shepherd visiting all of his flock. Note also the point about not always travelling elsewhere to “get enrolled” in a “brotherhood.” Rather, “He stayed […]

Role of the Pastor’s Wife

I have commented a number of times already on Kent & Barbara Hughes’ book, Liberating Ministry from the Success Syndrome. This time, I’ll point out that chapter 16 of that book, “How the Pastor’s Wife Can Help,” is probably the best brief piece I have ever seen on the role of the pastor’s wife. I […]

What Is a Healthy Church Member

What is a Healthy Church Member? By Thabiti Anyabwile (Crossway, 2008), hb., 127 pp. I received my copy of this book last Friday and read it over the weekend. It is excellent! I plan to buy several copies of this book to give away. This book will be immensely helpful to individuals and churches. Anyabwile […]

Reading the Bible and Praying in Public

Reading the Bible and Praying in Public, by Stuart Olyott(Banner of Truth, 2008), pb., 22 pp. This brief little booklet is an excellent tool to help pastors think through how our doctrine should shape these elements of leading public worship. Public reading of scripture has especially fallen on hard times in my circles, and I […]

C. S. Lewis on the Importance of Imagination

Just yesterday I came across this quote from a letter by C. S. Lewis. It captures a truth important to me about reading to children, and the sorts of things they need exposure to. Of course Lewis also argues elsewhere that stories themselves have a keen power in pointing us to Christ. So awakening the […]

Church: The Glory and the Shame

Said one demon to another: “One of our great allies at present is the church itself. Do not misunderstand me. I do not mean the Church as we see her spread out through all time and space and rooted in eternity, terrible as an army with banners. That, I confess, is a spectacle which makes […]