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Temitope Oyetomi, Does God Truly Exist?

Oyetomi, Temitope O. Does God Truly Exist? Why You Should Optimise Your Personal Relationship With God—And How You Can Do So—If He Truly Exists! Akure: Baal Hamon Publishers, 2006. 356 pp. $17.99. Buy from Amazon.com

Introduction

Temitope is the founder and coordinator of Joy and Truth Christian Ministries which is headquartered in Akure, Nigeria. He devoted his own personal resources and extensive hours daily to the comparative study of religions and beliefs in researching this book. This took more than eleven years of general and academic reading. Temitope believes that knowing God could, and should be, a matter of a personal one-on-one relationship with God. It is evident as you read this book that what is written was rooted in the author’s own personal experience of God.

Summary of Does God Truly Exist?

There is so much in this book that simply summarizing its contents would be an injustice, but for the sake of space, I will do my best. The book is divided into three parts: the root of sin, the kingdom of God, and make a wise choice. The first two parts comprise ninety-eight percent of the book split about even. In other words, you will spend much of your time learning where sin comes from and how God through Christ conquered sin. Continue reading Temitope Oyetomi, Does God Truly Exist?

Stand by John Piper and Justin Taylor

Stand: A Call for the Endurance of the Saints, ed. John Piper and Justin Taylor. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 157 pp. $14.99. Buy from Westminster Books or download as free PDF from Desiring God

Introduction

We have come to expect quality work whenever Justin Taylor and John Piper team up to bring Christendom a Christ-centered book. Stand is no different. With contributions from John MacArthur, Randy Alcorn, Jerry Bridges and Helen Roseveare, the rally cry for the troops is loud and clear—we must stand and face the daily challenges of life and the Christian walk if we are to adhere to the biblical principles of trials and tribulations. This is counter-cultural today when most flee the dangers and hardships.

Summary

Taylor defines the biblical precepts of endurance and perseverance and why these to doctrines are important for every person who calls on the name of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Jerry Bridges offers four essentials for finishing the Christian race well. None of them are completely new, but everyone can use the reminder every now and then.

Piper offers a chapter on getting old to the glory of God. Although many who read Piper “are not there yet,” they will be soon. This is an excellent chapter to begin meditating on even now. John MacArthur offers up several certainties that drive an enduring ministry. Having been at Grace Community Church since 1969, MacArthur can share with the next generation these certainties from his own personal experience.

Randy Alcorn presents a chapter on the importance of one’s daily decision making. He also speaks to having courage for a call (in his case it is the unborn) and standing resolute by your convictions. Finally, Helen Roseveare offers an encouraging word regarding Christ’s walking with His saints through all of trials and tribulations.

Recommendation

One thing I have learned as a seminary student at SBTS is that to be able to drink from the well of experience that our professor’s possess is one of the greatest “perks” of studying on campus. While not everyone can have a mentoring relationship with the contributors to this book, reading and learning from them is the next best thing. Every Christian could use to read this book—we all struggle with endurance and praising God in all things at all times. Pastors will find that this book will become an excellent resource to give away as they seek to minister to the various needs of the congregation God has entrusted to their care.

In the Steps of Paul by Peter Walker

Walker, Peter. In the Steps of Paul: An Illustrated Guide to the Apostle’s Life and Journeys. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2008. 214pp. Hardback, $19.99. Buy From Amazon

Introduction

Peter Walker studied early church history at Cambridge University and has done extensive post-doctoral research on Christian attitudes toward Jerusalem. He has written a sort of “prequel” to this book titled, In the Steps of Jesus upon which he says he assumes knowledge of that information and he therefore “deliberately passes over” that information in this volume (11).

Summary of In the Steps of Paul

The author takes us on a chronological journey of the life of Paul beginning with his “Damascus Road experience” and ending in Rome. However, before he begins with the life of Paul, he presents a very helpful overview of Paul’s ministry including a map of his travels and a table including the date and location of the letters Paul wrote. While it is easy to skim this introductory section, it would be to your advantage to become familiar with it as you will be referencing it as you read the book. Continue reading In the Steps of Paul by Peter Walker

Death by Love by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Driscoll, Mark and Gerry Breshears. Death by Love: Letters from the Cross. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 272 pp. Hardback, $19.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Introduction

Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Wa. He is also the president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network as well as the leader of the Resurgence Missional Theology Cooperative. He also has a series entitled “A Book You Will Actually Read” on various theological topics including God, the Bible and church leadership. Continue reading Death by Love by Mark Driscoll and Gerry Breshears

Game Day for the Glory of God

Altrogge, Stephen. Game Day for the Glory of God: A Guide for Athletes, Fans, & Wannabes. Wheaton: Crossway Books, 2008. 119 pp. $9.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Introduction

Stephen Altrogge currently serves as a pastoral intern at Sovereign Grace Church in Indiana, PA. He is head of the college ministry as well as the worship leader. He is unfortunately a Pittsburg Steelers nut fan. He and his wife have one daughter.

His love for God and sports led to this book. After finding himself feeling guilty for his actions on the playing field, he found himself praying to God asking how he could still play sports and glorify God. That is when it dawned on him that there are in essence two ways to play sports: for the glory of God or for the glory of Self. Continue reading Game Day for the Glory of God

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus ed. Nancy Guthrie.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  142 pp. $12.99. Buy from Westminster Books

Note:  This is not a book review per se because of the genre of the book (devotional) and the seasonal nature of this devotional.

Christmas is that time of year when everyone gets rushed and hurried in the home, in the office, and in the shopping stores.  We go about our daily business with the addition of the Christmas festivities.  It is so easy to get caught up in it all and shove the real reason we celebrate Christmas to the back burner.  Nancy Guthrie has put together a book of 22 meditations from some of the pastoral giants of past and present.  (Joni Eareckson Tada is one of the contributors and is not included in the phrase ‘pastoral giants.’)

Continue reading Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus

Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

Busenitz, Nathan.  Reasons We Believe:  50 Lines of Evidence that Confirm the Christian Faith.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  224 pp.  $14.99. Available from Amazon.com

Introduction to Reasons We Believe

Nathan Busenitz is an associate pastor and assistant to John MacArthur at Grace Community Church.  He also presides over the Shepherds’ Fellowship which is an online resource ministry for pastors and church leaders.  He teaches at The Master’s Seminary where he is also pursuing his Th.D. in historical theology.  He holds an M.Div and Th.M. from there as well.

The book itself is designed to solidify the believer’s faith insofar as an apologetic for the faith is concerned.  Nathan relies heavily upon Scripture and only leaves the Bible as his main source when and where it is appropriate.  The book can be read through cover-to-cover or it can be used as a resource tool for helping the believer to know what and why he believes what he does as well as present a clear and cogent argument when someone attacks his own faith. Continue reading Reasons We Believe by Nathan Busenitz

To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

Storms, Sam. To the One Who Conquers:  50 Daily Meditations on the Seven Letters of Revelation 2-3.  Wheaton:  Crossway Books, 2008.  239 pp.  $14.99. Available From Westminster Bookstore

Introduction

Sam Storms does not need much introduction to many.  He is the founder of Enjoying God Ministries based in Kansas City, Missouri.  However, that may be changing.  According to his website, he just accepted a call to become the senior pastor at Bridgeway Church in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.  He has written numerous books including Chosen For Life and Signs of the Spirit. Continue reading To the One Who Conquers by Sam Storms

The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall

This is a re-post from an entry from another blog I used to maintain. The original with some comments can be found here.

The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall is an out of print book, but it can be found here. It is 34 pages of Joseph Hall’s thoughts regarding meditation and it is worth the time and effort to read it and wrestle with what he is saying. Continue reading The Art of Divine Meditation by Joseph Hall

John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy by David Dockery and Roger Duke

Dockery, David S. and Roger D. Duke. John A. Broadus: A Living Legacy Studies in Baptist Life and Thought, ed. Michael A.G. Haykin.  Nashville:  Broadman and Holman Academic, 2008.  260 pp.  $19.99.

Introduction to John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy

This book is first in a series of books that looks back at the history of Baptist life and thought.  The series editor is Michael Haykin who is Professor of Church History and Biblical Spirituality as well as the Director of The Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

This particular book is edited by David S. Dockery and Roger D. Duke.  Dr. Dockery currently serves as the president of Union University in Jackson, Tennessee.  Dr. Duke is assistant professor of religion and communication at the Baptist College of Health Services in Memphis, Tennessee and is an adjunct assistant professor at Union University.  More importantly, Dr. Duke is a new contributor to Said at Southern Seminary. Continue reading John A. Broadus – A Living Legacy by David Dockery and Roger Duke