Category: Books

Storm Warning by Billy Graham

Storm Warning by Billy Graham is a well-written overview of the problems of the world today including terrorism, natural disasters, economic crisis, and conflicts that we see in today’s headlines. Graham relates these storms to the Christian life. He tells of the coming apocalypse, giving his insights on the four horsemen from the book of Revelation. This book is a revision of the original book from 1992. This was an easy book to read. It was interesting and held my attention through each chapter. Graham tells of personal situations and relates them to current and upcoming events. Graham covers cults and the ways they deceive including spiritual deceptions and the cult of self, giving thoughts and advice on each point. He shows from Scripture the importance of and how to be an over-comer. My favorite parts of the book are Graham’s treatment of the signs of the times and the coming apocalypse. He treats horseman separately, giving examples of how each will affect the world. He finishes the book with the return of Jesus to Earth, ending the reign of Satan. I recommend this book. It is insightful on the signs of the times and shows just how close we are to the end. He goes on to show that we can make it through any storm with God on our side.   Thomas Nelson provided this review copy...

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Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality

Review by JN Anderson of Evidential Faith Mere Churchianity: Finding Your Way Back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality “Fining your way back to Jesus-Shaped Spirituality” is what Mere Churchianity is all about. In over 200 pages Michael Spencer, aka. Internet Monk attempts to show us our need for us to become more Christo-centric. He also wrote the famous essay in the Christian Science Monitor called “The Coming Evangelical Collapse”. This book is the only book Spencer wrote before dying of cancer on April 5, 2010. Frank Viola, author of Jesus Manifesto, says “As someone who has been writing for years on the supremacy of Jesus Christ and its relationship to his church, I found the Christ-centeredness of this book to be profoundly refreshing. We have lost a choice servant of God in Michael, but heaven is the richer. I’m thankful that he left us this excellent contribution.” Spencer introduces the book with “The Dairy Queen Incident”. This title immediately got my attention since Dairy Queen is also in my home town and I also eat there quite a bit after services. Texas is DQ country. At any rate, he recounts a story of him as a youth pastor while his youth group and he frequented the local DQ. As is often reported, sadly, the youth group was not very friendly and damaged their witness. Later Spencer received a letter from a...

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Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum) Volume 2

Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum as it is known in Latin) Volume 2, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation from InterVarsity Press. It was translated by James A. Kellerman and edited by Thomas C. Oden. It is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. This volume continues the Incomplete Commentary on Matthew and includes Matthew chapter 12 through 25. The Ancient Christian Texts series are translations of commentaries and sermons by early Church leaders that are translated into English. They allow anyone to study the writings of the early Christian writers and are intended for general and non-professional use by those that study the Bible on a regular basis. This commentary is called ‘Incomplete’ because the original work was missing everything beyond the end of Matthew 25, and had gaps between Matthew 8:11-10:15 and 13:14-18:35. It was originally written in Latin. The author is unknown, but it was originally believed to be John Chrysostom. The writing style does not match Chrysostom’s and the author refers to the book of Seth (from the apocrypha) in 2:2, which Chrysostom would not have used. Chrysostom wrote a book titled Commentary on Matthew, but it is unrelated to this volume. The Incomplete Commentary on Matthew is believed to have been written in the 5th century. Thomas Aquianas held this volume in high regard and it was very popular in the middle ages....

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Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum) Volume 1

Incomplete Commentary on Matthew (Opus imperfectum as it is known in Latin) Volume 1, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation from InterVarsity Press. It was translated by James A. Kellerman and edited by Thomas C. Oden. It is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. The Ancient Christian Texts series are translations of commentaries and sermons by early Church leaders that are translated into English. They allow anyone to study the writings of the early Christian writers and are intended for general and non-professional use by those that study the Bible on a regular basis. This commentary is called ‘Incomplete’ because the original work was missing everything beyond the end of Matthew 25, and had gaps between Matthew 8:11-10:15 and 13:14-18:35. It was originally written in Latin. The author is unknown, but it was originally believed to be John Chrysostom. The writing style does not match Chrysostom’s and the author refers to the book of Seth (from the apocrypha) in 2:2, which Chrysostom would not have used. Chrysostom wrote a book titled Commentary on Matthew, but it is unrelated to this volume. The Incomplete Commentary on Matthew is believed to have been written in the 5th century. Thomas Aquianas held this volume in high regard and it was very popular in the middle ages. Each verse is given a lengthy treatment of commentary; so much that this translation had...

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Commentary of the Gospel of John

Commentary of the Gospel of John, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation of the commentary by Theodore of Mopsuestia from InterVarsity Press. It is part of their Ancient Christian Texts series. The Ancient Christian Texts series are translations of commentaries and sermons by early Church leaders. The ACT series is the first time these works are translated into English. They are written mostly for general and non-professional use by those that study the Bible on a regular basis. They allow anyone to study the writings of the early Christian writers. Commentary of the Gospel of John, Ancient Christian Texts is a translation of a commentary on the book of John from the late 4th to early 5th century. These writings were written in what is considered the Ecumenical Catholic Age (325-787 A.D.). It is expected that a commentary written within this time-period will defend against doctrines that were prominent at that time, or perhaps be colored by them. It was very interesting to read the views of someone in the 4th and 5th centuries. The commentary itself is largely theological. The book includes a lot of history surrounding Theodore’s writings, setting the scene of the time-period and showing the types of conflicts and opposition that Theodore faced with his theological views. For example, in his descriptions of the Godhead he spends a lot of effort showing the differences between...

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