Miscellaneous

  • Written by John Fesko

Book Review When Grace Comes Home: How the doctrines of grace change your life

The Reformed Community is known for its ability to plumb the depths of theological knowledge.  There are many great books by Reformed scholars that testify to this fact.  Whether one reads the works of B. B. Warfield, Louis Berkhof, Meredith Kline, or Cornelius Van Til.  More often than not, though, many of these authors deal with issues on a very technical level.  The practicality of their work is sometimes obscured by the technical nature in which they deal with their subject matter.  This, however, is not the case with Terry Johnson’s When Grace Comes Home.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Book Review Robert Letham, The Holy Trinity: In Scripture, History, Theology, and Worship,

Letham begins with the biblical data and surveys various texts beginning with the Old Testament confirming the doctrine of the trinity from Scripture.  In the section on historical development Letham traces the doctrine from the early church, through both the western and eastern churches, culminating with a chapter on John Calvin’s (1509-64) understanding.  In the section on the modern discussion, Letham explores the trinitarian thought of several important contemporary theologians, such as Karl Barth (1886-1968), Karl Rahner (1904-84), Jürgen Moltmann (1926-), and Wolfhart Pannenberg (1928-).  In the last section, Letham treats the implications of a trinitarian understanding of the incarnation, worship, prayer, creation, missions, and persons.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Book Review John Piper, A Hunger for God: Desiring God Through Fasting and Prayer.

All Christians know that prayer is an important aspect of the Christian life.  Yet, prayer is often ignored.  Well, if prayer is often ignored, we can well imagine that fasting is ignored to an even greater degree.  John Piper is well aware of this fact because of our hunger for the things of this world.  He writes that “the greatest enemy of hunger for God is not poison but apple pie.  It is not the banquet of the wicked that dulls our appetite for heaven, but endless nibbling at the table of the world.  It is not the X-rated video, but the prime-time dribble of triviality we drink in every night. . . . the most deadly appetites are not for the poison of evil, but for the simple pleasures of earth.  For when these replace an appetite for God himself, the idolatry is scarcely recognizable and almost incurable” (p. 14).  It is with this knowledge of the dangers of the pleasures of life that Piper makes his case for Christian fasting, which he says is “the hunger of a homesickness for God” (ibid).

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  • Written by John Fesko

Book Review John Piper, Counted Righteous in Christ

Currently there are three major controversies surrounding the doctrine of justification: (1) the ecumenical question raised by ‘Evangelicals and Catholics Together,’ (2) the debate surrounding the rise of the New Perspective on Paul, and (3) the Norman Shepherd controversy.  In each of these debates questions surround the doctrine of justification: (1) Do Evangelicals and Catholics believe the same thing regarding justification, (2) What is the relationship between justification and the Law, and (3) what is the relationship between justification and good works?  It is in midst of this tempestuous time that John Piper has written a book defending the traditional Reformed understanding of justification, especially as it relates to the doctrine of the imputation of the righteousness of Christ.  Piper bypasses debates (1) and (3), and deals with the challenges of the New Perspective on Paul.

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  • Written by John Fesko

Book Review Bruce Hunt, For a Testimony

Persecution for being a Christian is something that most Americans Christians seldom, if ever, experience.  How often do American Christians get imprisoned for their faith in Christ.  Though this is something that is largely foreign to American Christianity, it does not therefore mean that we should be ignorant of those who have suffered persecution for the sake of the name of Christ.  For a Testimony is the story of Bruce Hunt, an OPC missionary to Korea during the final two months leading up to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.

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From the Outside In

The word “pilgrim” is one that should characterize all Christians, as the Scriptures say that the people of God from the earliest days and even now are “strangers and pilgrims” on this earth (Heb 11.13; 1 Pet 2.11; KJV).  As the people of God, the church, we pilgrim through this world until we arrive at the heavenly city, new Jerusalem, the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (Heb 11.10).  While we as a corporate people pilgrim together, each one of us travels a different road.

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