Love Has A Name by Adam Weber – Book Review


In his second book Love Has A Name, following his 2017 release “Talking with God,” (See my book review here) Adam Weber once again delivers a thoughtful, down-to-earth, conversational approach to interacting well with other people.

In Love Has A Name Weber turns each chapter into a story about real human beings, real interactions, and how he learned from each one.  Each individual person/chapter became another opportunity for Weber to not only learn to love, show compassion, exercise empathy, but also the opportunity for him to grow into a more Christian, more Christ-centered person.

In a similar way to his first book, Weber weaves humor, emotion, difficult situations, and other personal accounts to connect with the reader and create a beautiful, yet vulnerable place, to learn and grow.

Do you want to take some steps towards loving more like Jesus?  Then this book is a welcomed and non-intimidating place to start.

2019 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards – Finalist Voting Now Open


2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Vote for Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!

Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. It’s that time of year for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!

Nomination voting is over, but now IVP is happy to announce their 2019 Readers’ Choice Awards finalists and it’s time for you to choose the winners!


Voting will close on Friday, February 7 at 12:00 PM CT.

John M.G. Barclay’s New Grace Book —Coming Nov 2020

Crux Sola

In 2015, Prof. John Barclay wrote Paul and the Gift (Eerdmans), an important monograph that rocked Pauline studies and has widely been hailed the most important book on Paul in the last two decades.

In 2020, Barclay will publish another book on the theme of grace. From what I can gather, this book revisits and summarizes his key arguments (it is much shorter than PatG), and Barclay engages with the critical feedback he has received in the last few years. If you read Paul and the Gift, you will be interested in the way Barclay responds to the ongoing conversation about Pauline theology. If you did not read Paul and the Gift, this book will serve as a nice condensed summary (it would seem).

The title of the new book is Paul and the Power of Grace (Eerdmans, Nov 2020).


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2019 IVP Reader’s Choice Awards


2019 IVP Readers’ Choice Awards
Nominate Your Favorite IVP Books of 2019!

Between November 2018 and December 2019, IVP published more than 130 new titles. They need your help to select the fan favorites for their 6th annual Readers’ Choice Awards!


The deadline to nominate is Friday, January 24 at 12:00 pm.

The finalists will be selected and voting will be live on Monday, January 27!

Christmas: a bad ritual?

Dru Johnson

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(An excerpt fromHuman Rites: The Power of Rituals, Habits, and Sacraments, ch. 9 “Riting Our Wrongs”)

“We know that all Christians in the early church celebrated Easter, and that Jesus commanded us to celebrate other rituals like the Lord’s Supper. But the birth of Jesus was not celebrated—either by Jesus or his apostles. And we read about Jesus’s birth in only two of the four Gospels. Still, we celebrate the birth of Jesus every year.

But are we really doing that—or have the commercial attractions of Christmas completely overtaken our remembrance of Christ? We should give some careful thought to our Christmas rituals and what effect they have on us. What might we be able to do to change this?

We all know of the Christmas gift rituals that powerfully overtake a child’s entire being year after year. And how about the Santa Claus myth?

I couldn’t…

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Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ by Matthew W. Bates – Book Review


Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ

Wow! Coming off his last book, Salvation by Allegiance Alone, Matthew W. Bates dives right back into the subject with momentum and augmented detail.

The specific focus found in Gospel Allegiance: What Faith in Jesus Misses for Salvation in Christ breaks down the walls, barriers, and misunderstandings behind centuries of gospel definitions and misinterpretations.

Bates has no trouble getting straight to the point, comparing Scripture to the teachings of some well-known theologians, and clearing the clutter from erroneous tradition.

This is a must-read for pastors, lay-people, and anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of what “believing” in Christ Jesus truly means. You’ll walk away motivated, challenged, and with a refreshed outlook which will help grow your allegiance toward King Jesus.

Highly recommended!

Check it out on Amazon and Christianbook