Reviews in Brief

As always, I read more than I can write an entire review for. So occasionally I offer briefer reviews in bulk form. Here is the latest volume.

Coronavirus and Christ” by John Piper

Amid the spring’s Coronavirus pandemic, John Piper published a short book explore the how and why of pandemics. The book was clearly written in haste. That is not a criticism, but a recognition that it has its limitations. Writing amid the pandemic is limited by news cycles and a 20/20 hindsight. With that said, Piper’s passion for and hope in the God of the gospel is evident and powerful. His answers are saturated with Scripture and a robust love of God. The work is both theological and pastoral. You can listen to the 2 hour audiobook for free below.

 

What Did the Reformers Believe About the Age of the Earth? by Joel Beeke

I live within an hour of both the Answers in Genesis Creation Museum and the Ark Encounter. I’ve been to both multiple times and appreciate the AiG ministry. Although I am not as dogmatic on young earth creationism as AiG is, I am sympathetic to that theological position. While walking through the Creation Museum with the family, I bought this brief book from the bookstore. The entire volume is only 16 pages and as the title suggests, Beeke (a well-respected scholar) explores the theology of the Reformers on the age of the earth. As one might expect given the publisher, he argues that all the major reformers held to young earth creationism. It makes for a fascinating study and some of the figures he highlights were one’s I’m not familiar with. If this is an issue you care about, give it a try.

 

The Two Towers by J. R. R. Tolkien

I have already posted a longer, more detailed review of this classic work of Tolkien. Suffice it to say that the Middle Earth volumes are worth reading on a regular basis. I have read, thus far, the first two volumes of the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. As always, I have enjoyed re-reading Tolkien. One area of criticism is that Tolkien relies too much on dialogue and world building which stalls the narrative at times. However, it is always worth the investment.

 

Contentment: Seeing God’s Goodness” by Megan Hill

Contentment is one of those values (like joy, love, and peace) that Christians rarely explore. In this 31 day devotion, Hill guides the reader to a life lived with contentment. As devotions go, this is a solid one that highlights a single topic. I do recommend it.

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