John G. Paton, Banner of Truth, 1897/2013, 538 pp. 5 of 5 stars
This is the story of an island of cannibals, their journey out of darkness, and the man who led them to the light.
John G. Paton stands as one of the great missionaries in church history. He was an icon in his day—a household name in Great Britain and Australia. Contemporaries such as C. H. Spurgeon called him the ‘King of the Cannibals’. Continue reading
John MacArthur, Thomas Nelson, 2010, 225 pp. 3 of 5 stars
What is the most unforgivable notion in today’s world? Slavery is good.
In Slave, John MacArthur explores the paradox that people never stop being slaves. Pre-conversion, we are slaves to sin. Post-conversion, we are slaves to Christ. “Although you used to be slaves of sin…you became enslaved to righteousness” (Rom. 6:17-18, HCSB). Continue reading
Charles J. Brown, Banner of Truth, 2006, 112 pages, 3 of 5 stars
Charles Brown (1806-1884) was a gifted preacher and faithful minister in the Free Church of Scotland for over a half century. Continue reading
Iain Murray, Banner of Truth, 2015, 168 pages, 4 of 5 stars
If I may audaciously use a baseball analogy for a book published in a country not at all sympathetic to “America’s pastime”, Iain Murray’s Amy Carmichael was an unexpected curveball.
As perhaps the premier Christian biographer of our day, Murray has specialized in lengthy tomes on the lives of Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Jonathan Edwards, and J.C. Ryle. Carmichael, then–barely 150 pages–was a pleasant surprise. I suspect this brevity was in part due to Elisabeth Elliot’s already lengthy bio of Amy. Continue reading
David Wells, Eerdmans, 2008, 253 pages, 5 of 5 stars
The Courage to Be Protestant condenses the central points of the author’s previous four volumes (No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue, and Above All Earthly Powers) and emphasizes the same five themes: Truth, God, Self, Christ, and Church. Wells argues it takes no courage to call oneself a Protestant but much of it to live Protestant truths. This book is a damning and unfettered critique of modern-day evangelicalism. Continue reading
Paul Moon, Penguin, 2008, 304 pages, 3 of 5 stars
Exactly 130 years ago some Swiss missionaries living just a stone’s throw from our village drew attention to some particularly gruesome scenes of cannibalism in Elim.
The missionaries recorded most of these accounts in their private journals. And yet, the modern author (and revisionist) I was reading–now looking back at such claims–believes this material was most likely invented. “Missionaries embellish,” he would say cynically. “Foreign churches expect dramatic stories.” On and on. Continue reading
Eds. Beeke and Benge, Reformation Heritage, 2016, 188 pages, 4 of 5 stars
We named one of our sons Lawson, so I was eager to read a book penned in Steve Lawson’s honor. Foundations of Grace is among the most influential books I have read. He is in the top three preachers I have ever heard and has always been a model of kindness in his conversations with me. Continue reading