Entries from November 2009

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

A Thanksgiving lesson

Janelle and I were up before just about everybody else this morning.  As I sitting on the steps that go down from the kitchen to the den and playing with Janelle, she spied several boxes of Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. “I want macaroni and cheese, Daddy,” she said. Kraft Macaroni and Cheese for breakfast?  On […]

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

A brief review of The Religious Life of Theological Students by B. B. Warfield

At fifteen pages, I anticipate this will be the shortest book I will read for CRSC.  (Many magazine articles are longer.)  Warfield packs a lot of punch into his brief address originally delivered at the Autumn Conference at Princeton Theological Seminary on October 4, 1911.  He exhorts the seminarians regarding the type of spiritual lives […]

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

A brief review of Thoughts for Young Men by J.C. Ryle

This is must reading for any young man.  Ryle’s exhortation to young men is timeless, succinct (62 pages in this edition), and wise.  The only real qualm that I have with Ryle is that he seems to have a latent gnostic streak with regards to the material world.  (The phrase “immortal soul” shows up quite […]

Wednesday, November 25th, 2009

A brief review of “A Little Exercise for Young Theologians” by Helmut Thielicke

This little 41 page booklet is essentially an adaptation of the first lecture Thielicke would give to new students.  It warns new theological students of the “spiritual sicknesses” that frequently befall theology students.  He compares the period of theological training to puberty in that there are a lot of changes going on and the maturity […]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2009

A brief review of Protestant Biblical Interpretation by Bernard Ramm

Protestant Biblical Interpretation is a textbook of hermeneutics, which the author defines as the “science and art of Biblical interpretation.”  This was assigned reading as part of my “Thinking Biblically I” class at Christus Rex Study Center.  There is a lot of good material in this book, and there are only a couple of untranslated […]

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Brief review of Back to Basics

This is a great summary of Biblical Christianity (a.k.a. “Calvinism”).  There are four sections of this book.  “Back to Conversion” is written by Doug Wilson, an able and concise presentation of the reformed view of soteriology (the doctrine of salvation).  “Back to the Covenant” is written by Doug Jones and presents the basics of thinking […]