Dan's life can be summarized in the phrase, "search for truth," be it with truth seeking in his journalistic endeavors or his search for truth with God.As I dug into the book, I discovered that Dan was born in Nigeria, West Africa, on December 19, 1940, to English missionary parents, Alf and Anne Wooding, both of whom came from Liverpool. (Dan reminds me that he is both African, English, and American. Quite a combination.)
n the previous two articles I listed and provided a brief introduction to the first 13 of the 14 best books of 2014 . We've now come to what I consider the best book of the year. I'm sure you'll be surprised by my choice.
This year's list of the best books I've read was difficult because of the vast number of excellent volumes released. A dozen of them are in some way related to biblical and theological themes, with two coming from different genres. I'm sure that you will be somewhat surprised by the book that I found to be far and away the best book of the year. So let's begin, working our way from number 14 to number 1.
The ninth of ten theological trademarks from Piper's long and distinguished ministry concerns biblical manhood and womanhood. For those of you just joining us, we are working our way, chapter by chapter, through his new book, Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014).
The sixth theological trademark identified by John Piper is the Call to Global Missions. If you are just joining us, we are working our way through his new book, Doctrine Matters: Ten Theological Trademarks from a Lifetime of Preaching (Minneapolis: Desiring God, 2014).
Attorney, author and columnist David Limbaugh is a man after my own heart. He's also a man after my own mind. That is to say, as both a fellow member of the bar and follower of Christ, I tremendously appreciate how David approaches the hot button issues of the day. He carefully probes them within the framework of an objective, lawyerly and evidential analysis. He is a master communicator and never fails, in any case, to deliver deeply persuasive closing arguments in the court of public opinion..
In "To Kill a Lion" ($12.99, paperback, 978-0-982785-87-4), author Bruce Lengeman discusses overcoming the power of lust by identifying the root issues behind it. Wanting and maintaining sexual purity more than immorality is a difficult ideal to reach in today's culture, but Lengeman takes on the subject with effective suggestions that go right to the root of the issue. Written for both counselors and strugglers, "To Kill a Lion" provides practical steps toward sexual freedom for men.
The story of the Prodigal Son never gets old. But it is easy to miss the full impact of this parable because it is set in New Testament times within the context of the Jewish culture. A Long Way Off brings the story into a contemporary setting that makes it more relatable.
Back in 1975, during my early days as a reporter in London, England, I was surprised when I received an overseas phone call from a man called Dr. Lonnie Rex, who told me he ran the David Livingstone Missionary Society, which had an office Glasgow run by his son, Royce Rex.
If a thoughtful layman asked me what he should read to understand the doctrine of justification in relationship to the New Perspective on Paul, I would send him to Stephen Westerholm's new book, Justification Reconsidered: Rethinking a Pauline Theme (Eerdmans, 2013).
I was in a long line for a popular ride at an amusement park with ourtwo children, Jonathan and Alexandra, years ago. At first everyone was in a single file, but as we moved closer to the ride we entered this small room about twenty feet by twenty feet. We were the first inside and we walked to the front doors. As we stood there so excited, knowing that we would get the best choice of seats, other people began crowding in behind us. I tried to politely hold our position at the front, but a few t
Places in the Heart is a film about Edna Spalding (Sally Field), a young woman who tries to save her farm from foreclosure after her husband dies. During the course of the film, Edna assembles a surrogate family around her, consisting of Moze, a black sharecropper (Danny Glover); Mr. Will, a blind boarder (John Malkovich); and her precocious children, Frank and Possum (Yankon Hatten and Gennie James). Near the end of the movie, the Klu Klux Klan runs Moze out of town. In the final scene, the tow
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS) -- It isn't easy separating fact from fiction when it comes to heaven, nor is it always easy to see how the afterlife can affect our lives today. After losing his nineteen-year-old son in a car accident, Pastor Steve Berger chose to reject despair and commit himself to studying his son's new, heavenly home. He had no idea how much there was to learn, and his life hasn't been the same since.
NASHVILLE, TN (ANS) -- Is it insane to become a bold disciple of Jesus Christ? Well Nik Ripken (his pen name for security reasons), a missions veteran of 30 years, and a global leading expert on the persecution of believers in Christ, particularly where Islam is concerned, believes that the only true way to be a follower of Christ is to be “Like Sheep Among Wolves”.
Living by Revealed Truth: The Life and Pastoral Theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon, by Tom Nettles (Ross-Shire, Scotland: Mentor, 2013), 683 pp.
Selecting what I believe to be the best book of 2013 is somewhat arbitrary. Virtually any of the volumes listed from 10 to 2 could have made it to number 1. But that doesn't mean I have any reservations whatsoever in placing this biography of Spurgeon at the top of the list. I've known Tom Nettles for a couple of decades and I always enjoy what he w
God's Forever Family: The Jesus People Movement in America, by Larry Eskridge (New York: Oxford University Press, 2013), 386 pp.
There were times, in the reading of this book, that I was brought to laughter, and times where I nearly wept. Those of you who are old enough to remember the Jesus People movement may have a different response, but mine is one of both gratitude and joy.
I was 19 years old in the summer of 1970. Two friends and I drove
I'm not a fan of rap music. I've never had a particular moral objection to it; but outside of a song here and there, it just doesn't appeal to me all that much. So it's been fascinating for me to learn that some Christians get worked up...
And what of her faith? She was now twenty-one, and in the manner of her young professional tribe, she began distancing herself from her Baptist church, if not from belief. She still attended church services but largely because it was tradition, what African Americans are supposed to do. So she went, but it was obvious to all that her faith did not define her as it once had. The words she had written in a high school yearbook those years ago—“there is truly only One Way, Jesus Christ . . .
The fact that hundreds of thousands of books are published annually didn't stop us from daring to cite the best ones in 2010, 2011, or 2012. So why stop now? Some of us on The Gospel Coalition staff have identified several books...
Poverty. Sex trafficking. Gay marriage. Environmentalism. Education reform. These are just some of the causes that vie for our attention as Christians today. Add evangelism, worship, discipleship, and global missions into the mix and we have a bewildering list of things we should "be about" because, of course, Jesus would be about these things.
"The Jesus Storybook Bible" recently passed the critical mark of 1 million copies sold. Sally Lloyd-Jones, the author has never married nor had children of her own, yet is able to write at the place of a child. She is famous for her unique understanding of the power and beauty of storytelling. She said "Sometimes I go into sunday schools and ask two questions of the children. "How many people here think you have to be good for God to love you?" And "How many people here think God will stop lovi