Book Review: The ESV Men’s Devotional Bible

A couple of weeks ago I did a guest review of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible for the blog of a friend and fellow Trinity Evangelical Divinity School student, Jennifer Guo. Below is the review. Click here to visit Jennifer Guo’s blog.

For centuries, there have been commentaries, cross references, study notes, and doctrinal articles written in the margins of published Bibles. It seems today that this has become the norm. Every major Bible translation has its own study Bible. Beyond that, the modern world has seen the advent of many more interesting specialty Bibles: journaling Bibles, note-taking Bibles, waterproof fishermen’s Bibles and much more. All of these things are great resources, as they put seemingly limitless amounts of knowledge and insight into the hands of lay people everywhere. This, I believe, is one of the most important things happening right now in terms of Biblical education. If it had not been for my first study Bible, I might never have come to know the the gospel of God’s grace. Continue reading

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Sovereignty: In Charge or in Control? Part 1: Thoughts from Scripture

I like watching sermons—a lot. It edifies me, both as a Christian and as someone who feels called to preach/teach. But, every now and then, perhaps when I find a feisty urge rising up in my soul, I’ll watch a sermon of someone with whom I know I will disagree, be it by a little or great deal. Now, to assure you, I do not go seeking these sermons out (most of the time). Many times (as is the case with the sermon under discussion), these sermons show up in my “Recommended for You” section on my YouTube front page. And, if it’s a preacher with whom I know I will disagree preaching on a topic about which I am passionate, I certainly can’t resist watching it. Needless to say, this was one of those times. Now, believe it or not, I actually recommend this practice of listening to disagreeable sermons. Hopefully, it will challenge your interpretation of Scripture or, if they are bad, further bolster them. Now, of course, this has its dangers, as it can lead to the encouragement of a cynical or critical attitude toward preachers in general. This is not what any of us want, so we have to be mindful of the risk.

Now, to the topic at hand. This particular sermon, entitled “The Sovereignty of God,” was hard to resist, as God’s sovereignty is the doctrine about which I am probably most passionate. I will not name the preacher, as my only interest is discussing the theology that was asserted. That said, I will deal with numerous quotes from the sermon.

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