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Our Favorite Books in 2017

by Theological Commission

Members of the Commission for Theological Integrity enjoy a good book as much as anyone. This year has afforded each of us the opportunity to read a number of titles, some published more recently and others published in prior years. This post features a couple of favorite books by each Commission member. Note that while our mention of these books doesn’t represent a blanket endorsement of their entire content, we felt they were significant, interesting, and/or enjoyable. We commend them accordingly unto our readers.

Kevin Hester

Since this year was the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I read several books on this topic. I reread two classics: Timothy George’s Theology of the Reformers and Roland Bainton’s, Here I Stand: A Life of Martin Luther. Of particular interest on this topic was Zondervan’s Five Solas Series: Christ Alone (Stephen Wellum), Faith Alone (Thomas Schreiner), God’s Glory Alone (David VanDrunen), God’s Word Alone (Mathew Barrett), and Grace Alone (Carl Trueman), all of which are to be commended for theological clarity and attention to the continued practical relevance of these Protestant principles.

One of the more interesting books I read related to the Protestant Reformation was Matthew Levering’s Was the Reformation a Mistake: Why Catholic Doctrine is not Unbiblical (Zondervan, 2017). Unlike most Roman Catholic apologetics, this one was aimed squarely at Evangelical Protestants. Levering, in a rather irenic spirit, strives (unconvincingly) to demonstrate the biblical background of nine Roman Catholic doctrines including: justification, Mary, monasticism, purgatory, the Saints, and the papacy among others. Continue reading Our Favorite Books in 2017

Discipleship in Biblical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspective

by Theological Commission

At last week’s National Association meeting in Grand Rapids, the Commission for Theological Integrity was pleased to sponsor our annual Convention seminar on the subject of discipleship. The subject was of great interest to many, which was evidenced by the large turnout. Dr. Robert Picirilli and Reverend Michael Locklear both gave substantial presentations which we are now making available to followers of the Commission blog.

You may listen to Dr. Picirilli’s presentation of “Discipleship in Biblical & Theological Perspective” by clicking here, or you may download the outline of his presentation by clicking here. You may also purchase a copy of Picirilli’s Discipleship: The Expression of Saving Faith (Randall House, 2013) by clicking here. Next Tuesday, Reverend Locklear’s presentation on the pastoral dimensions of discipleship will be available.