Book Reviews


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Warren Wiersbe. On Being a Leader for God.
Grand Rapids: Baker, 2011. 137 pages.
Reviewed by David Lingle.

Wiersbe is consistently worth reading and this short book is no exception. Wiersbe considers this the sequel and companion to his previous book On Being a Servant of God.

Wiersbe maintains that “Christian leaders are people who, by faith, willingly use their character, abilities, authority, and opportunities to serve others and to help them reach their fullest potential, Read more…

The Spirit and Prayer: Romans 8:26–27


The work of the Spirit is a prominent theme in Romans 8. Romans 8:26 and 27 are the final explicit installment in Paul’s discussion of the ministry of the Spirit, and the main focus of these two verses is prayer. “No passage of Scripture provides greater encouragement for prayer. The Spirit comes to the aid of believers baffled by the perplexity of prayer and takes their concerns to God with an intensity far greater than we could ever imagine.”

Henry Dunster: Harvard’s Baptist President


The freedoms enjoyed by Baptists today were obtained at a great price. The cost of conviction has often been costly, as it was in the New World. Henry Dunster was a man of influence whose convictions cost him dearly. The first real president of Harvard, Dunster was initially an Anglican, then a Separatist, and finally a Baptist. His influence in his day was tremendous. His influence today should be just as great.

Background in England

Henry Dunster was born in approximately 1612 at Bury, Lancashire, England. His father, Henry, was a religious man with Puritan sentiments, so the child Henry was raised in a godly Read more…

A Critique of David Hume’s On Miracles


Are miracles possible? Or at least can we ever know if one has graced the pages of history? This is the question David Hume attempts to answer in section ten of his Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding. Hume is anything but humble when he asserts that he has found a refutation for miracles: “I flatter myself, that I have discovered an argument of a like nature, which, if just, will, with the wise and learned, be an everlasting check to all kinds of superstitious delusion, and consequently, will be useful as long as the world endures.” He further hopes that his claims will “silence the most arrogant bigotry and superstition, and free us from their impertinent solicitations.”

Hume is not the only one who has thought highly of his argument. Antony Flew calls Hume’s argument a “formidable force.” The sheer amount of writing dedicated to Hume’s argument also testifies to its historical importance. In fact, nearly every treatment of the topic, even to this day, uses Hume as a starting point in the discussion. Therefore, if miracles will have a biblical defense, Read more…

When Leviathan Strikes


Answering Tough Questions When We Do Not Know the Answers

 

Pamela, a 27 year old college graduate, is facing a hopeful future as a budding graphic artist. The firm for whom she works quickly recognized her talent and has consistently entrusted her with more important accounts. Her creativity and precision in design, her eye for color and composition, and her astute insights into the clients’ needs have made her a favorite for many. Likewise, her personal accomplishments match her professional skills. Her friend­liness and joyful spirit endear her to the church’s senior citizens, while her playfulness and child-like enthusiasm capture the Read more…