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The Reason for God: Belief in an Age of Skepticism By Timothy J. Keller New York: Dutton, 2008 xxiii + 293 pages, hardcover, $24.95. ISBN: 978 0 52595 049 3 John R. Muether’s fine biography entitled Cornelius Van Til: Reformed Apologist and Churchman suggests that Van Til was marginalized by Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) and […]

Category Book Reviews
Date August 7, 2009
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I have just completed preaching through the twelfth chapter of Romans, thirty years after I had first preached through the letter. It is the Everest of New Testament ethics, corporate and individual, ecclesiastical and personal. I preached fifteen sermons on it and found much helpful material available compared to thirty years ago. There is the […]

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Category Book Reviews
Date June 23, 2009
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The Banner of Truth has published Scottish Puritans: Select Biographies,1 edited by W. K. Tweedie, and when we began to read this set, we expected something similar to the much appreciated Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales,2 We could not have been more mistaken; the two sets are completely different. Yet Scottish Puritans is a real […]

Category Book Reviews
Date June 9, 2009
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‘The believer’s faith, love and hope would all be well-served by prayerful and meditative reading of this little volume . . . it is full of the gospel, and the aroma of Jesus rises from it sweetly.’ (Jeremy Walker on Marcus Loane’s Jesus Himself) Below are links to selected online reviews of Banner titles (mainly) […]

Category Book Reviews
Date June 5, 2009
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The Banner of Truth has printed for the first time in English Songs of the Nativity: Selected Sermons on Luke 1 and 2*, by John Calvin. Calvin was without doubt a great man. Past generations have prized his writings, especially his Institutes and his commentaries. His very name (‘Calvinism’) has become almost synonymous with the […]

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Category Book Reviews
Date June 2, 2009
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‘one of the most beautifully named Puritan books, The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment . . Some of [Burroughs’] insights and comments are challenging. I don’t like some of them! But maybe it’s the ones I don’t like that should instruct me the most! (Lex Loizides). Below are links to selected online reviews of Banner […]

Category Book Reviews
Date May 15, 2009
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A number of you possess and have read a small selection of John Newton’s letters published in paperback by the Banner of Truth. The Letters of John Newton reviewed here is not the same book. This is a much larger and quite separate selection.1 It was first published in 1869 and was edited by Josiah […]

Category Book Reviews
Date April 24, 2009
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The title comes from the premise that ‘Liberal theology offers us a handful of pebbles; the God of the Bible offers us Jesus Christ – ‘the Bread of Life’. In this slim volume Peter Barnes sets out clearly and succinctly what he sees as theological Liberalism, warnings in the Bible that he sees as directly […]

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Date April 9, 2009
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‘Truth For All Time may quite simply be the best, most concise summary of the Christian faith ever written . . . (Calvin’s) writings reflect the love and passion he has for God and for his people . . . a beautiful reminder of both the simplicity and majesty of the redemption we have in […]

Category Book Reviews
Date April 3, 2009
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Apparently extempore, these sermons were delivered in course, in Geneva from the summer of 1549 to the New Year of 1551. Indeed the series went on over the next few years until the Acts of the Apostles was preached through. Only these forty-four sermons survive in this transcribed form, however. The aim is expository, not […]

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Date March 16, 2009
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The author, President of Mid-America Reformed Seminary gives an explanation of the ‘Reformation Perspective on Paul.’ Then he looks at what is known as the ‘New Perspective on Paul’, very clearly setting out what scholars such as E.P.Sanders, James D.G.Dunn, and N.T.Wright have written, before critically assessing these claims and explaining that he remains convinced […]

Category Book Reviews
Date March 12, 2009
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‘Calvinism is not inconsistent with evangelism; it is only inconsistent with certain evangelistic methods . . . In order for evangelism to be pleasing to God, it must be consistent with the whole system of biblical teaching. But what does such evangelism look like? A classic answer to that question is found in R.B. Kuiper’s […]

Category Book Reviews
Date March 3, 2009
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‘A no-fuss, no-nonsense overview of biblical teaching on heaven and hell . . . dedicates equal time to both subjects, first allowing the heart and spirit to recoil at the thought of hell but then comforting it with the knowledge of heaven. Throughout the book Donnelly is pastoral, often challenging the reader and continually returning […]

Category Book Reviews
Date February 6, 2009
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The Banner of Truth has published A Handful of Pebbles, Theological Liberalism and the Church1, by Peter Barnes. Liberalism (also referred to as modernism) is, in this context, ‘a belief system which rejects the orthodox view of the Christian faith as set out in the Bible, and summarised in the historic creeds’. A S Peake, […]

Category Book Reviews
Date January 16, 2009
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The Future of Justification: A Response to N. T. Wright By John Piper Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2007 239 pp, paperback ISBN: 978 1 58134 964 1 To the numerous books that respond to N. T. Wright’s heretical ideas, John Piper, well known pastor at the Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, adds this. The title, […]

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Category Book Reviews
Date January 13, 2009
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