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Thinking About He That is Spiritual, Part 1

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 in Books/Reviews, Featured, Spiritual Formation | 2 comments

by Steve Spurlin – Most people, if they know anything at all about Dispensationalism, believe that it really only affects the area of end-times prophecy, and certain books of the Bible such as Daniel and Revelation.  However, it is not possible for this to be the case since each individual area of theology is inextricably connected to and intertwined with each of the other divisions of Biblical Theology, and its systematized cousin, Systematic Theology.  If that is true, as I believe it is, then there should be a Dispensational view of each of the major divisions, and subdivisions of Systematic Theology.  One of these subdivisions is found in the area of the Christian life, or also know as the spiritual life.  I will attempt to demonstrate that truth in this series of posts. Although the topic of the Christian...

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A Review of Covenantal Apologetics, by K. Scott Oliphint

Posted on Feb 28, 2014 in Apologetics, Books/Reviews | 0 comments

by Paul Henebury – Review of Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practices in Defense of Our Faith, by K. Scott Oliphint, Wheaton: Crossway, 2013, 277 pages, pbk. K. Scott Oliphint is Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.  He has written several good books of apologetics and philosophical theology; most notably his Reasons for Faith and God with Us.  He is, as far as my opinion counts, the main successor to Van Til and Bahnsen and their apologetic approach.  This new book, Covenantal Apologetics, is his introductory textbook on how to defend the Christian Faith.  But it is something else too.  It launches the author’s project of re-conceiving Van Til’s presuppositional apologetics as distinctively “covenantal” – meaning grounded within Reformed covenant theology. I shall not say much about the success of this venture in this review, but it seems to me that...

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Book Review: Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 in Books/Reviews, World Religions | 1 comment

by Gary Gilley  – Zealot, the Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan. New York: Random House, 2013. xxxiv + 216 pp., cloth, $27.00.   For some inexplicable reason, Zealot has become a best selling sensation, yet there is absolutely nothing new or profound revealed in the book. Zealot is merely revitalized, liberal theology that has been in existence since German rationalism and higher criticism of the 18th century. Zealot is the same poor scholarship and skepticism that infiltrated the major American denominations toward the end of the 19th century, and resulted in the doctrinal deconstruction of much of Protestant Christianity in the early 20th century. Today, such denominations no longer having a unique reason to exist and are in profound decline; nevertheless, with the appearance of the emergent church in the early 21st century, some...

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Review of Richard Weikart’s Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress

Posted on Nov 15, 2013 in Books/Reviews | 1 comment

by Mark Musser – How evolutionary or Darwinian was Hitler’s Social Darwinism?  Such a question has now been answered by Dr. Richard Weikart’s (Discovery Institute Fellow of Science and Culture and scholarly inspiration behind Ben Stein’s documentary “Expelled”) excellent book entitled, “Hitler’s Ethic: The Nazi Pursuit of Evolutionary Progress (Macmillan Palgrave, 2009).  Even though the answer to this question should have been easily settled long ago, too many scholars and academics committed to Darwinian evolution have obfuscated the clear historical facts on this disturbing truth.  In crucial ways, many Nazis, including the Fuhrer himself, held more radical views on evolution than other western versions of the same precisely because they were most willing to put the theory into political practice.  While such a course of action necessarily politicized evolutionary theory to suit the National Socialist agenda, such a nuance...

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Book Review: The Harbinger

Posted on Oct 23, 2013 in Books/Reviews, News | 0 comments

by Tommy Ice – The Harbinger [1] is a fictional account of what its author, Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Cahn believes is a scenario that is on the verge of happening to America, unless there is national repentance. This New York Times bestseller, though written as a work of fiction, it is clear that Cahn believes his nine harbingers are truly a pronouncement of impending judgment against the United States. At the beginning of the book it says, “What you are about to read is presented in the form of a story, but what is contained within the story is real.” If this was not clear from the book, it is made very clear when one views any number of the one-hour presentations of this material by Cahn on the internet’s YouTube. There is even a two-hour DVD movie entitled:...

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Book Review: Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism

Posted on Oct 22, 2013 in Books/Reviews | 2 comments

by Mark Musser – Journeys of Faith: Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism (Zondervan, 256 pages, March 2012) perfectly showcases the spiritual chaos of the modern church.  Edited by Dr. Robert Plummer of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, the book is an anthology of various theologians and clergymen who have crossed the aisle with regard to their respective religious heritage.  The spiritual journeys described in this book often go beyond Protestant denominational lines and speak of cross-confessional departures into other church pastures. Wilbur Ellsworth journeyed from Evangelicalism to Eastern Orthodoxy.  Dr. Francis Beckwith, though reared a Catholic, later became a strong Evangelical, only to return back to mother church.  Dr. Lyle Dorsett, raised a Lutheran, became an Evangelical, but later transitioned to Anglicanism.  Chris Castaldo, who left Catholicism for Evangelicalism, is the only writer whose changeover is best explained as a...

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