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Hughes’ key verse is 1 Timothy 4:7–8, “Exercise (discipline or train) thyself rather unto godliness.” Rev. Hughes is convinced that godliness and discipline are intrinsically linked. His opening chapter is entitled “Discipline for godliness.” Thereafter the book chapters include the topics of discipline in relationships, discipline of self (soul and character) and discipline in church […]

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God at Work (Book Review)

Book Review: Veith, Gene Edward. God at Work: Your Christian Vocation in All of Life. Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 2011.   A tired ear bends to yet another wail from the bassinet, the dryer buzzes, the full sink beckons to be emptied, boiling water awaits added ingredients, bedspreads lay wrinkled and forlorn, the phone rings, […]

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Learning to Love the Psalms (Book Review)

Book Review: Learning to Love the Psalms, by W. Robert Godfrey. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing, 2017. $14.42. 257 pp (hardcover).   One hundred fifty psalms. Have you ever thought that when the time came to organize this book, they were just randomly put in order based on when they were discovered or when they […]

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What Is the Mission of the Church?: Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission, Kevin DeYoung, Greg Gilbert, Crossway, 2011, paperback, 288 pp.   There is confusion among young people today about the mission of the church. This confusion is being spread by “Reformed” colleges and universities who are presenting cultural redemption, […]

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Book Review: Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men

Book Review: Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men Derek Kuiper   The Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men, by Richard D. Phillips. Sanford, FL: Reformation Trust Publishing. Pp. xi + 220. $12.53 (softcover).   What is your mandate as a man? Is it to spend endless amounts of time on your electronic devices? Is it […]

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The Elusive Virtue of Contentment

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age. Crossway, 2017. 166 pp. $14.99, cloth    Contentment is a virtue that is much easier to discuss than to practice. Whether in the back of church or on social media, the definitions roll easily off our tongues. “It is being satisfied with everything that God […]

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A Solid Resource for the Great Transition  

David. J Engelsma. The Belgic Confession: A Commentary. Vols. I-II. Jenison: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2019. Reviewed by H. David Schuringa      Although at this moment you may not sense an inner call to become a minister, or the wife of a minister, you have a calling to be an “armchair theologian.” That endearing term […]

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Competing Spectacles: Treasuring Christ in the Media Age 

  We are living in an age of spectacles. No, I’m not referring to the fact that people have started to wear eyeglasses for purely fashion purposes. I’m talking about things like YouTube celebrities, political scandals, Super Bowl ads, social media influencers, viral news stories, sports highlights, virtual reality video games, pornography, and the latest […]

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