Midweek Roundup - 1/22/14

Each Wednesday we like to share some recent links that we found informative, insightful, or helpful. These are often related to Crossway books, Bibles, or authors—but not always. We hope this list is an interesting break for the middle of your week, encouraging your faith and equipping you for life and ministry.

1.  The Gospel Coalition reviews Wesley on the Christian Life by Fred Sanders

The new emphasis on confessionalism among evangelical Protestants is a welcome one. Evangelicalism has long needed to engage in what Timothy George has called “renewal through retrieval.” But there seems to be an unintended side effect of the retrieval of our respective confessional traditions: a sort of tribalism that’s driving us into our confessional ghettos and keeping us from being able to accomplish together what we never could apart.

That’s why I was delighted when The Gospel Coalition asked me to review Fred Sanders’s book, Wesley on the Christian Life: The Heart Renewed in Love, and more delighted that Crossway Books has published it. The publication of this book (and author) by a broadly Reformed publishing house, and the consideration of it on a broadly Reformed website, is a hopeful sign for the future of confessional evangelicalism.

2. K. Scott Oliphint speaks at ETS 2013 about "covenantal apologetics"

K. Scott Oliphint gives an address at the annual meeting of the Evangelical Theological Society on November 19, 2013. Dr. Oliphint speaks about covenantal apologetics, a Reformed approach to apologetics indebted to Cornelius Van Til. Dr. Oliphint previously joined us on Christ the Center to speak about his book on the subject titled, Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith. 

3. Michael Kruger highlights James Anderson's new book, What's Your Worldview?

Every once in a while a book is published that is so helpful, so original, and so needed, that it makes one wonder, Why was this book not written before now?  James Anderson, associate professor of theology and philosophy here at RTS Charlotte, has written such a book: What’s Your Worldview? An Interactive Approach to Life’s Big Questions (Crossway, 2o14).

This is a wonderful little book for a number of reasons. ...

4. Robert Tracy McKenzie recommends Jesus Made in America by Stephen J. Nichols

Nichols’ Jesus: Made in America seeks to edify as well as educate.  Repeatedly, he challenges evangelical readers to find lessons in the story that he tells.  If, after reading his book, we simply click our teeth in judgment of our ancestors for their blindness to the ways that they conformed to the culture, Nichols knows that he has failed.  Rather, he wants us to see ourselves–at least potentially–in the pages he has written.  His insists that his account should serve “as a parable for contemporary American evangelicals.”  The trap that ensnared previous generations can capture us as well.  What arrogance to think that we will be immune to the temptation to let the culture shape our faith!  In this sense, the movement away from an orthodox understanding of Jesus across American history should make us fearful rather than judgmental.

5. Aaron Armstrong reviews the Gospel Transformation Bible

What makes the Gospel Transformation Bible different from other study Bibles?

The answer really comes down to purpose. This is a study Bible intended to go after the hearts of readers, to aid in their worship of the Lord. While the notes included definitely explain the text, they’re less technical than those of the ESV Study Bible and geared toward application in light of the gospel. The goal of the authors is not to simply give readers more information, but to encourage heart transformation.