BobBeckyMy friend Bob Gonzales shares what he calls “Confessions of a Recovering Legalist.”

He identifies three areas of “remaining legalism”:

  1. Elevating My Own Opinions
  2. Looking Down at Others
  3. Trusting in Human Tradition

He explains why he calls himself a “recovering legalist”: Continue Reading…

The latest edition of Themelios released this morning.

Here’s one of my book reviews (pp. 417–18):

Douglas Wilson. Evangellyfish. Moscow, ID : Canon, 2012. 228 pp. $21.00.

So far this year I’ve read eight books by Douglas Wilson, and reading him usually evokes one of three responses:

  1. I strongly agree. Witty, pithy, insightful. I wish I would’ve written that.
  2. I strongly agree, but an improved tone could win others over. (Think Tim Keller.)
  3. I strongly disagree, and the tone is off-putting. (For example, in March 2012 he called the NIV a “gender bender” translation, asking, “Who wants a Bible translation with hormone shots and breast implants?”)

Evangellyfish evokes the first two responses but with a few caveats. Continue Reading…

I recently worked on a project on 2 Peter and Jude (more on that later), and I read a stack of commentaries from cover to cover (actually, I read a lineup of commentaries in Logos Bible Software from top to bottom). These two served me best:

1. Doug Moo

mooDouglas J. Moo. 2 Peter, Jude NIV Application Commentary. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1996. 316 pp.

Just outstanding. The NIVAC volumes have three categories in each section: original meaning, building contexts, and contemporary significance. Moo’s exegetical work in the first category is judicious as we’d expect, but what pleasantly surprised me is how edifying the other two categories are. The “contemporary significance” categories at the end of each section are so wise. Continue Reading…

Killing Calvinism

Andy Naselli —  July 27, 2012 — 1 Comment

John Piper tweeted of this book, “When this kind of critique and warning come from within a movement, it is a sign of health.”

Greg Dutcher. Killing Calvinism: How to Destroy a Perfectly Good Theology from the Inside. Adelphi, MD: Cruciform, 2012. 111 pp.

Sam Storms compares it to medicine: “Many Calvinists will find reading this book to be a painful experience. But medicine is like that.” Continue Reading…

A concise and helpful new book on a controversial issue:

Lee Gatiss. For Us and For Our Salvation: “Limited Atonement” in the Bible, Doctrine, History, and Ministry. London: Latimer Trust, 2012. 134 pp.

It’s endorsed by J. I. Packer, Carl Trueman, Mark D. Thompson, Alec Motyer, D. A. Carson, Julian Hardyman, Michael S. Horton, and David Instone-Brewer. Here’s what D. A. Carson says about it:

The last thing Lee Gatiss wants to accomplish by this short book is to renew theological conflict characterized by more heat than light. Continue Reading…

Two preachers talk shop:

Mark Dever and Greg Gilbert. Preach: Theology Meets Practice 9Marks. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2012. 212 pp. 27-page sample PDF.

Excerpts:

What expositional preach is and is not (pp. 36–38):

Expositional preaching is preaching in which the main point of the biblical text being considered becomes the main point of the sermon being preached. . . . Continue Reading…

Mark Dever. The Church: The Gospel Made Visible. 9Marks. Nashville: Broadman & Holman, 2012. 16-page sample PDF.

This book is intended as a popular primer on the doctrine of the church, especially for Baptists but also, in so far as the arguments are convincing, for all of those who see Scripture alone to be the sufficient authority for the doctrine and life of the local church.

The book grew out of a chapter I wrote almost a decade ago on the doctrine of the church. [Note 8: Daniel Akin, ed., A Theology for the Church (Nashville: B&H, 2007); see chap. 13, “The Church,” 766–856.] The volume containing that chapter imposed a certain structure that is retained here. (p. xii) Continue Reading…