Review: A new introduction to Luther’s 95 Theses (Matthew Barrett)

October 26, 2016Book Notes, Matthew Barrett, Reviews

Timothy J. Wengert. Martin Luther’s 95 Theses with Introduction, Commentary, and Study Guide. Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2015. If you are unfamiliar with the events leading up to October 31, 1517, then Wengert’s brief introduction will prove to be a helpful and insightful guide. Wengert is a leading Luther scholar and the historical clarity and perceptivity … Read More

My Favorite Book for Discipling New (and Old) Christians (Timothy Raymond)

July 27, 2016Reviews

The other day one of my church members asked me for recommended resources for grounding new and young Christians in both basic Bible doctrine and practical Christian living.  I mentioned a few different resources which had different strengths.  For example, one was strong on theology but didn’t happen to address Christian living.  Another was helpful … Read More

A Pastor’s Reading Plan

April 21, 2016Reviews

So you’re a pastor. You might be interested to know that the Schleitheim Confession, an early Anabaptist creed, specified that the first duty of the pastoral office “shall be to read.” The Anabaptists were right. Nearly everything a pastor does in shepherding the flock—preaching, instructing, encouraging, admonishing, counseling—depends upon his growth through reading. That remains … Read More

What is the Incarnation? (Michael A.G. Haykin)

January 12, 2016Michael Haykin, Reviews

I have a long-standing tradition of reading a book relating to Christology around the time of Christmas. This year it was a booklet rather than a book, a part of the series Basics of the Faith, whose general editor is Sean Lucas, namely, What is the Incarnation? (P&R), by William B. Evans, the Eunice Witherspoon Bell Younts … Read More

Book Review: Candle in the Wind (Paul Helm)

November 5, 2015Paul Helm, Reviews

Gary Brady is a present-day John Flavel. Like Flavel the Puritan, a minister in Dartmouth, Gary has been the pastor of an urban church for many years, and as Flavel became used to the ups and downs of such a life so no doubt has Gary. He has been pastor of Childs Hill Baptist Church … Read More

Bonhoeffer’s Letters to London (Michael Haykin)

June 23, 2015Michael Haykin, Reviews

Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Letters to London: Bonhoeffers Previously Unpublished Correspondence with Ernst Cromwell, 1935-1936. Ed. Stephen J. Plant and Toni Burrowes-Cromwell. Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2014. The discovery of this bundle of letters written in the years 1935 and 1936 from the justly-famous German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) to a then-young Anglo-German by the name of Ernst … Read More