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February 2010 Reading Log

March 1, 2010
  • The Secret Providence of God, by John Calvin.  Its a book by Calvin on the providence of God – its like reading Einstein on math.  You should read it.
  • Liberating Black Theology: The Bible and the Black Experience in America, by Anthony Bradley.  I’m very grateful for Anthony Bradley’s unique book. Its a good lesson on how to not only engage with Black and Liberation Theology, but with any theological system. Students and pastors should take note. This book deserves some significant attention
  • The Church and the Surprising Offense of God’s Love: Reintroducing the Doctrines of Church Membership and Discipline, by Jonathan Leeman. The Gospel is offensive to our culture and Leeman doesn’t take the offense out of it. He argues, convincingly, that we must not take the offense out of Church membership and discipline either, for the sake of the Gospel.
  • The Providence of God, by Paul Helm. Helm is, more and more, becoming the contemporary God-father of a classically reformed understanding of God. In this book, “The Providence of God”, Helm hovers over some major issues, often making the remark, “There is not space here to go much deeper….” Yet, Helm successfully, in my opinion, makes his case for a “no risk”, Compatiblistic understanding of the providence of God. For some further discussion on his understanding, see his article in the new John Frame festschrift “Speaking the Truth in Love.”
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