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Ten Books for ’22

Every year in December, Christian blogger Tim Challies posts his annual “Reading Challenge,” with the goal of helping his followers set reading goals for the coming year. The 2022 Reading Challenge is now available and offers plans for readers of varying degrees of voraciousness. While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I wanted to share a list of 10 books I’ve chosen to read in 2022 and offer some reasons for each selection. I hope to…

New Testament Puritanism

The Puritans are often maligned as “legalistic” or even “gloomy and morose” by those who, it would seem, have little familiarity with their writings, or with the depth of their pastoral sensitivity and devotion to God. B. B. Warfield was a professor at Princeton Seminary during the great controversy between biblical Christianity and theological liberalism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. He was a beloved professor and friend of J. Gresham Machen, who would, along with others in…

The Wonderful Works of God

One of the books I have committed to reading this year is The Wonderful Works of God, by Herman Bavinck. The book is Bavinck’s own abridgment of a much more thorough exposition of systematic theology, his four volume Reformed Dogmatics. Bavinck’s desire is to put a full textbook of the Christian faith into the hands of ordinary believers. The title of the book comes from Acts 2:11, which summarizes the testimony of the early church as a proclamation of “the wonderful works of God.”…

Ten Books for 2021

Every year in December, Christian blogger Tim Challies posts his annual “Reading Challenge,” with the goal of helping his followers set reading goals for the coming year. The 2021 Reading Challenge is now available and offers plans for readers of varying degrees of voraciousness. While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I wanted to share a list of 10 books I’ve chosen to read in 2021 and offer some reasons for each selection. I hope to…

Ten Books for 2020

Every December, Reformed blogger Tim Challies posts his “Reading Challenge,” offering a creative approach to setting reading goals for the new year. The “2020 Reading Challenge” is now online and provides alternatives for readers ranging in voraciousness from “Light” to “Obsessed.” While I don’t plan to follow Challies’ reading program this year, I thought I’d share 10 books I’ve selected to read in 2020 and give reasons for each choice. I hope to read more books than these in the coming year…