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Book Log: November 2013

  1. By Faith, Not By Sight: Paul and the Order of Salvation – Richard B. Gaffin Jr. This is the second edition of a book that had gone out of print. Written at an intermediate reading level that requires a little bit of background knowledge, this is a masterful summary of Pauline soteriology and ordo salutis that is rooted in Reformation tradition and the Vos-Ridderbos tradition of biblical theology. My full review is here.
  2. Joseph and the Gospel of Many Colors – Voddie Baucham Jr.  Written at a popular/general level, this is a great exposition of the story of Joseph in Genesis 37-50 from a redemptive-historic perspective. Contra the popular moralistic interpretation of the story, Baucham helps us to see and exult in God’s work of redemption at every turn. Full review here.
  3. Antinomianism: Reformed Theology’s Unwelcome Guest? – Mark Jones. There are popular teachings in our day that are subtly influenced by antinomianism. This intermediate-level book largely geared toward pastors and thoughtful laypersons is a great resource for understanding the complexities of the historic debates and differences between Reformed orthodoxy and antinomianism. Full review here.
  4. Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith – K. Scott Oliphint. A product of decades of thought and teaching on Van Tillian presuppositional apologetics, this is a remarkable contribution to Reformed apologetics that brings Van Til to the masses. Less technical and more practical than Van Til, this is a great introduction to presuppositional apologetics (or, covenantal apologetics, the new label that Oliphint argues for). Full review here.
  5. One to One Bible Reading: A Simple Guide for Every Christian – David Helm. This is a very short and readable book, and is a great field manual for discipling Christians to evangelize and make disciples through one-on-one Bible reading. Full review here.

Disclosure of Material Connection: The above books were received for free from the publishers for review. I was not obligated to provide favorable reviews, and the opinions expressed are entirely my own.

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