Month: June 2007

The Bible, Baptists, and Beer

Christianity Today has an article {with extra links} about the situation “brewing” among some Baptists…

My thoughts on drinking alcohol always come down to the fact that John the Baptist abstained but Jesus didn’t! I guess everyone falls somewhere between, but the core issues must be 1} Don’t get drunk 2} Don’t force ideas/thoughts that cannot be backed up definitively by Scripture 3} Don’t drink cheap beer, if you’re gonna drink…

More From Ligonier

While Desiring God is wrapping up their $5 Piper book sale, Ligonier Ministries has a book sale going as well. Not of the $5 variety, but certainly there are some good deals.

Ligonier/Reformation Trust will also be releasing in January 2008 2 books:

Contending For the Truth” by John MacArthur, Al Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Ravi Zacharias.

John MacArthur, Al Mohler, John Piper, R.C. Sproul, and Ravi Zacharias join forces to refute the claims made against the biblical worldview and to arm believers for the cogent presentation of orthodox Christianity.
Taken from Ligonier Ministries’ 2007 National Conference, these lectures will equip believers to answer the false claims of postmodernism, naturalism, and our culture’s other atheistic theories.

Also, the 2nd installment of Steve Lawson’s series, “A Long Line of Godly Men” {volume #1 is Foundations of Grace} is scheduled for next January- “Pillars of Grace.”

Dr. Steven J. Lawson continues his Long Line of Godly Men series, which began with Foundations of Grace, published in 2006. In this volume, Dr. Lawson begins a joyous survey of church history, showing that the teaching of the doctrines of grace was not a minority report but that it found a steady stream of proponents even in some of the darkest centuries.

The Truth of the Cross


R.C. Sproul has a new book coming out in next month called, “The Truth of the Cross.” Here’s a brief description:

Dr. R.C. Sproul surveys the great work accomplished by Jesus Christ through His crucifixion—the redemption of God’s people. Dr. Sproul considers the atonement from numerous angles and shows conclusively that the cross was absolutely necessary if anyone was to be saved. Opening the Scriptures, Dr. Sproul shows that God Himself provided salvation by sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross, and the cross was always God’s intended method by which to bring salvation. The Truth of the Cross is an uncompromising reminder that the atonement of Christ is an absolutely essential doctrine of the Christian faith, one that should be studied and understood by all believers.

Also, check out these “shout outs” by some respected scholars!

“The Truth of the Cross is the best book on the cross I have read. It is a ‘must’ for every church library and a book that I will give away many times to friends. This is so because it is sober (i.e., it contains historically informed reflections on salient biblical texts), sensible (i.e., it is well-argued), simple (i.e., it holds the reader’s attention through grabbing illustrations and even a seventh-grader can its substance), and spiritual (i.e., it comes from a heart set ablaze by the Spirit).”
— Dr. Bruce K. Waltke, Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“The cross stands at the very center of our Christian lives. Still, many Christians are confused about the heart of the gospel, for many deviant views are in the air. R.C. Sproul blows the fog away in this wonderfully clear, theologically profound, and pastorally rich work. Learn afresh or anew what God has accomplished in the cross, so that you will boast only in the cross of Jesus Christ.”
— Dr. Thomas R. Schreiner, Professor, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“The gospel is a message of good news that something extraordinary has happened. At the heart of that message is that Jesus, God the Son incarnate, has atoned for the sins of all His people, turning away the righteous wrath of God. The gospel is a cross-shaped message. Sadly, in our day, this message is being re-shaped into other forms, and the results are not happy. We can give thanks for this volume by R.C. Sproul, however, because in it he steps into the breach once more to provide a clear, concise, and thoughtful case for the biblical and historic Christian gospel of the cross.”
— Dr. R. Scott Clark, Associate Professor, Westminster Seminary California

Sounds promising!

9 Marks News: July/August

The latest 9 Marks newsletter is available at the 9 Marks website.

The focus this time around is on the Gospel. Here’s what’s available on the website, or you can read it in pdf format here.

The Therapeutic Gospel
The therapeutic gospel limits itself to giving people what they want, instead of calling for a change of what they ultimately want.
By David Powlison

Brian McLaren and the Gospel of Here & Now
This emerging leader is alright on the “already,” but neglects the “not yet.”
By Greg Gilbert

Satanism, Starbucks, and Other Gospel Challenges
The medium is the message, and theologian David Wells says the gospel message is increasingly compromised by “relevant” methods.
A 9Marks Interview with David Wells

Leaving Home, Returning Home
This biblical theology of the Fall identifies precisely why a gospel is necessary.
By Michael Lawrence

The Devil’s Favorite Domino—the Penal in Penal Substitution
Here’s why the penal in penal substitution is all precious, and why the devil always topples it first.
By Jonathan Leeman

Gospel Coalition Travelogue
A report from the frontline of Carson and Keller’s Gospel Coalition Conference.
By Michael McKinley

Book Review:
The Nature of the Atonement: Four Views
edited by James Beilby and Paul R. Eddy
Reviewed by Greg Gilbert

A Pastors’ and Theologians’ Forum

We asked a roundtable of pastors and theologians how they would explain the gospel universally and how they would explain it in their neighborhood.
Answers from Peter Adams, Greg Gilbert, Liam Goligher, Michael Horton, Michael Nazir-Ali, Frank Retief, “Ed Roberts,” Mack Stiles, and Adrian Warnock

Book Review:
Simply Christian
by N.T. Wright
Reviewed by Andrew Davis

Book Review:
The Gospel According to Starbucks
by Leonard Sweet
Reviewed by Byron Straughn

Book Review:
Soul Cravings
by Erwin McManus
Reviewed by Jonathan Leeman

Third Mark of a Healthy Church MEMBER: Gospel Saturated
One pastor’s six tips for church members on remaining gospel centered.
By Thabiti Anyabwile

Good Friday Meditation: A Fitting Crown
Stop and listen to the Bible’s story of thorns and discover why such a crown was fit for the King of kings.
By Michael Lawrence

Evangelism and the Gospel with Will Metzger
posted: 6/1/2007
Author and evangelist Will Metzger, who helped shaped Mark Dever’s understanding of evangelism, discusses the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to evangelism today.