My Review of Burk & Lambert’s “Transforming Homosexuality”

Transforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and ChangeTransforming Homosexuality: What the Bible Says about Sexual Orientation and Change by Denny Burk
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was given an advanced copy (without page numbers) of this book in exchange for an honest and voluntary review on Goodreads. “Footnote” citations do not explicitly include chapter number; in actually, they are endnotes, which was somewhat aggravating, if understandable, for me. Also, I have put in boldface where I mention each chapter. Quotations are to be understood to belong to their respective chapters, unless otherwise explicitly cited. Continue reading

My Review of “Antinomianism” by Mark Jones

AntinomianismAntinomianism by Mark Jones

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

  • What is antinomianism?
  • What is the role of the law in the life of a true Christian?
  • What is the role of good works in the life of a true Christian?
  • Can we actually do genuine good works that can please God? (*Yes*)
  • Does Jesus “need” our good works? (*Yes*)
  • Are good works necessary for salvation (broadly conceived)? (*Yes*)
  • Are we able to keep the commands of Christ? (*Yes*)
  • Is the third use of the law primary? (*Yes*)
  • Does God love everyone equally? (*No*)
  • Is it bad to be motivated by future/potential reward in heaven? (*No*)
  • Does God see sin in the justified? (*Yes*)
  • Can he be displeased with those who are justified in Christ? (*Yes*)
  • Am I an antinomian? In Word or Deed?

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My Review of “Extravagant Grace” by Barbara Duguid

Extravagant GraceExtravagant Grace by Barbara R. Duguid

My (Goodreads) rating: 5 of 5 stars

UPDATE (2014 Sept 30): I believe that while many may benefit from this book and while it does address many pastoral issues, I would like to clarify that I find this book’s view of justification and sanctification as pastorally incomplete. See my review of Mark Jones’ Antinomianism, which I believe offers a more nuanced and fuller perspective. The link is provided at the end of this post.

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First, I would like to thank the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals for rewarding me with this free book from their book giveaway hosted on the Mortification of Spin Podcast Series (you can see my name there). Now I can’t say I don’t win giveaways anymore (though forsooth, I would have preferred winning something like Amazon’s $5000 giveaway, but I must learn gratitude and contentment! I am thankful for winning this book).
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My Review of “The Masculine Mandate” by Rick Phillips

The Masculine Mandate: God's Calling to MenThe Masculine Mandate: God’s Calling to Men by Richard D. Phillips

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

[The review on this blog is and updated and revised and is therefore more current and not identical with the older version found on Goodreads. Other reviews on this blog can be found under the category aptly called “Reviews.”]

In his book, The Masculine Mandate, Richard Phillips* challenges society’s understanding of sexuality, marriage, and gender roles (especially manhood, as the title suggests) with the portrait given us by Scripture in the beginning chapters of Genesis. His thesis is that men are called to work and keep God’s creation. They are to be productive nurturers and cause things to grow and come into fruition under God’s divine plan and economy. And they are also called to protect, main, and guard that which they have lovingly nurtured. Interestingly, he completely rejects society’s notion that women should be the primary nurturers in the family! Instead, the Bible, he contends, “calls men to be cultivator, and that includes a significant emphasis on tending the hearts of those given into his charge” (14). Continue reading