February 24, 2021

Review: Doubtless by Shelby Abbott


Doubtless: Because Faith Is HardDoubtless: Because Faith Is Hard by Shelby Abbott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Helpful little book. It's aimed at students, but that only comes through explicitly at a few points, and I would feel comfortable handing it to someone of any age struggling with doubts over the truth of Christianity.

The main point he makes it that doubt, in and of itself, is not the enemy. Lingering over those doubts in a morbid way, being a lazy doubter who won't bother to actually seek answers, or we might say being the wrong kind of doubter, is the issue. Doubts used as motivation to lean into our search for truth, doubts used to push us further into the arms of the loving Father, these can actually become His tools for our joy.

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February 22, 2021

Commonplace Monday

 "We do not rise up to God; he descends to us."

Michael Horton, Pilgrim Theology, pg 31

February 17, 2021

Review: Poirot and Me by David Suchet


Poirot and MePoirot and Me by David Suchet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I enjoyed this book. But I don't think I'll go passing it around to random people. As someone who grew up watching the Poirot movies, hearing Suchet go through almost every single episode brought back all kinds of memories for me and provided a fascinating glimpse inside the life of a character and stage actor. That said, it made for a rather tedious pace, and if you didn't come already interested in hearing all of this stuff, it wasn't necessarily written in a way that would pull you in. Honestly, I would probably give this book two stars, except I listened to the audio book, which is read by Suchet, and if phone books still exited it would be worth listening to him read one. One of the best voices in the business.

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February 15, 2021

Commonplace Monday

 "The final purpose of God's communicative action is to form a people for his treasured possession: not simply a group of holy individuals but a 'holy nation' (1 Peter 2:9)."

Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Hearers & Doers, pg 138

February 10, 2021

Review: The Gospel According to John by D.A. Carson

I previously posted some interaction with a particular part of this commentary here. 

The Gospel According to JohnThe Gospel According to John by D.A. Carson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

DA Carson has been my go-to for the past two years of studying John's gospel. The combination of wise and scholarly interaction with commentators both contemporary and historical, the rich exegetical insights, and the commitment to applying the text as the word of God to the people of God set this commentary apart from the others that I used.

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February 08, 2021

Commonplace Monday

 "Baptism is not necessary for salvation, but it is necessary for obedience."

Sam Allberry, Why bother with church?, pg 51

February 03, 2021

Review: John, Moody Gospel Commentary by J. Carl Laney

John- Moody Gospel CommentaryJohn- Moody Gospel Commentary by J. Carl L. Laney
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Useful cultural and background data; exegesis was pretty thin. Homiletical helps at the end of each chapter were of varying helpfulness. I didn't dislike it, but I probably wouldn't pass it around to friends looking to preach from John's gospel.

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February 01, 2021

Commonplace Monday

 The use of images in worship "begin to corrupt the devotion they trigger."

J.I. Packer, Knowing God, pg 51

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Follower of Jesus. Husband of one. Father of four. Pastor at Remsen Bible Fellowship (remsenbible.com).