Books That I Read in June 2015

#1 – One Thing You Can’t Do In Heaven by Mark Cahill. This is a good resource if you are looking for some helpful tips or pointers on how to transitions normal conversation to Gospel-oriented conversation. Cahill’s love for witnessing is infectious. You will be encouraged, convicted and admonished to share the Gospel more as you read Cahill’s enthusiasm for sharing the Gospel. BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#2 – The Kingdom and the Power edited by Gary S. Grieg and Kevin N. Springer. While I am still not convinced the views expressed in this book (non-cessasionist), I did find it a helpful tool to understanding other views on miraculous gifts. The use of Scripture for arguments for continuation were helpful and it was refreshing to find a book on miraculous gifts that did not argue from experience alone. BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#3 – The Healing Promise: Is It Always God’s Will to Heal by Richard Mayhue. Here is a book by a cessasionist that believes that God still heals today. Too many modern-day cessasionists react wrongly to the continuationism and seem to “limit” what the Holy Spirit can do. Mayhue’s book is helpful in that it addresses just about every passage that mentions or addresses healing. I would commend this book especially to the laymen looking for synthesized answers to complicated questions about the modern claim of men healing other men. BOOK RATING: 8 out of 10 stars.

#4 – In Defense of the Bible: A Comprehensive Apologetic for the Authority of Scripture edited by Steven B. Cowan and Terry L. Wilder. You can read my review here. BOOK RATING: 10 out of 10 stars.

#5 – Strange Fire: The Danger of Offending the Holy Spirit with Counterfeit Worship by John MacArthur. This is my 2nd read of this book in as many years. I have been reading my books on miraculous gifts in preparation for teaching through I Corinthians 12-14 later in the fall. After having a few discussions with some non-continuationists (or cessasionists) that were not very encouraged by the book or conference on this subject, I can see some of their concerns. While I pretty much agree with most, if not all, of MacArthur’s biblical conclusions on miraculous gifts, I am concerned about the level of accountability he ascribes to men like Grudem, Piper, the Sovereign Grace “guys”, etc. His critiques of their non-cessastionist views seemed a little harsh at times, but I would still commend this book to anyone wanting a flavor of the modern Charismatic movement.   BOOK RATING: 9 out of 10 stars.

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