In this book, R.C. Sproul set's out to give a brief, yet relatively thorough, overview of theology, specifically, systematic theology. After devotingIn this book, R.C. Sproul set's out to give a brief, yet relatively thorough, overview of theology, specifically, systematic theology. After devoting a couple of chapters defining theology and it's scope and purpose, Sproul spends a few more introductory chapters setting up the authority of Scripture. Following this introduction, Sproul divides the book into seven parts each discussing a major doctrine, specifically Theology Proper (God), Anthropology and creation, Christology, Pneumatology, Soteriology, Ecclesiology and Eschatology. Under each main doctrine there are several short chapters. One of the nice features of this book is that the chapters are short and focused. Breaking up a relatively lengthy book into bite-size, easy to read pieces.
Overall, this is a great book for Christians at any stage of their Christian walk. It's both a great introduction to theology for the new Christian and a good refresher for those already versed in theological concepts. ...more
Title: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God Author: J.I. Packer Forward: Mark Dever
The title of this book may seem to be a paradox to some. In some cirTitle: Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God Author: J.I. Packer Forward: Mark Dever
The title of this book may seem to be a paradox to some. In some circles it seems quite normal to pit God’s sovereignty up against evangelism, or vice versa, as if you can have only one and not the other.
However, in this relatively short, four chapter book, J.I. Packer takes the reader through the pages of Scripture to discover how evangelism is not only biblically compatible with Divine sovereignty, but depends on it. The four chapters cover “Divine Sovereignty”, Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility”,” Evangelism, Divine Sovereignty and Evangelism.” While the first two chapters set a good foundation, the third and fourth chapters are worth the time to read and re-read. In dealing with evangelism Packer spells out clearly and succinctly what the gospel is and isn't, and therefore what evangelism is and isn't. For this reason alone I would recommend this book to every Christian! ...more
Overall Carson takes us from understanding who Christ is, the importance of His atoning work on the cross, His triumph over Satan, His triumph over deOverall Carson takes us from understanding who Christ is, the importance of His atoning work on the cross, His triumph over Satan, His triumph over death and even His triumph over doubt. Each chapter is firmly grounded in Scripture and Carson does a good job of letting the reader know how it affects their life today. Carson doesn’t shy away from saying things that the intelligentsia of modern (liberal/emergent) Christianity think as scandalous or idiotic. Carson quotes a former atheistic philosopher J. Budziszewski “When I fled from God…my way of fleeing was to get stupid. Though it always comes as a surprise to intellectuals, there are some forms of stupidity that one must be highly intelligent and educated to achieve.” Carson confronts head-on some of the modern (yet old) heresies surrounding the work of Christ on the cross – most of which seem to come from looking at the worlds problems primarily from a socio-economic vantage-point. “Have you noticed the categories we have used in this discussion of what ails the church in the west?” Carson asks (Page 78), “They are all sociological, historical, occasional, demographic, economic, psychological, medical. They are all performance-related, circumstance related. There is nothing about the Devil – and nothing about God.” And while Carson states that there is value to learning from such categories he insists that “if all of our analysis are restricted exclusively to such categories, the huge danger is that our solutions will be cast in such categories too.”
If there is one thing that this book gets across it’s that the one solution — the primary need of mankind, the only solution that is permanent and without it all other solutions are temporary fixes at best — that man needs is that atoning work of Christ applied to his account, to appease the just wrath of a Holy God who is the one most offended by every sin we commit, the just judge, and the one who provides the gracious way of escape through Christ....more