I’ve been wanting to reorganize the blog lately and was happy to discover that Blogger has made some serious improvements. The present look may or may not be final, but it will do for now. I had the day off today for my birthday (which was over a week ago but fell on a non-work day) so was able to knock some things off my to-do list and play with the blog. I’ve reorganized my links – though they could be further tweaked as I consider organizational schemes and the like. I’m happy to hear any hints, suggestions, or ideas you may have. The links are a combination of people I know, my “blog friends,” and other blogs I read sometimes. I try to avoid overly political blogs and have stepped away from the SBC blogosphere, though some of those I link to have not. A season of turbulence and transition seems to be easing up as things are settling down for now. We are grateful to have a sense of direction and confidence in where we are and in some of the decisions we’ve made. I’ll write more on that later I suppose.
I have a lot of books on my shelves, and I have come to the realization that many of them will not be read or, in some cases, re-read. So I’ve decided that, rather than letting them collect dust and take up space, I’ll offer them for sale to someone who may need and/or want them. Perhaps you’ll find an early Christmas present or something you’ll need next semester. Besides, I could use the money.
The list is below. The prices are based on what the books are going for used on Amazon (as of about two weeks ago). In addition to the price listed, the buyer will pay shipping – whatever it costs me. The titles are linked to the Amazon description. All of them are in very good condition – some are basically brand new. (For some books I left the condition in parenthetical comments.) We are on the honor system here. If you want to purchase one, leave a comment below and email me (alexforrest@yahoo). If more than one person wants a particular title, whoever comments first will get the book in question.
BOOKS FOR SALE:
Perspectives on Church Government – ed. Chad Brand, $10 (like new)
Five Views on Law and Gospel – ed. Stan Gundry, $10 (new)
Four Views on Eternal Security – ed. Gundry/Pinson, $7 (new)
Five Views on Sanctification – ed. Gundry, $7 (new)
Readings in the History of Christian Theology, Volume 1 – William Placher, $12 (very good)
The Kingdom of Christ – Russell Moore, $10 (new)
Evangelical Ecclesiology – John Stackhouse, $8 (good)
Beyond Foundationalism – Stanley Grenz and John Franke, $15 (very good)
The Church in Emerging Culture – ed. Leonard Sweet, $11 (very good)
Philosophy and Apologetics:
Van Til’s Apologetic – Greg Bahnsen, $25 (very good)
Body & Soul: Human Nature & the Crisis in Ethics – Moreland and McRae, $15 (new)
Faith and Rationality – Alvin Plantinga and Nicholas Wolterstroff, $15 (like new)
The Rationality of Theism – eds. Paul Copan and Paul Moser, $30 (good)
Augustine to Freud – Kenneth Boa, $9 (new)
A Matrix of Meanings – Craig Detweiler and Barry Taylor, $7 (like new)
Science and its Limits – Del Ratzsch, $5 (very good)
Ethics for a Brave New World – Feinberg and Feinberg, $7
The History of Apologetics – Avery Dulles, $12
These books are used in PhD classes like Research Methods and the like:
The Modern Researcher, Fifth Edition, Jacques Barzun and Henry Graff, $4
Too Busy Not to Pray – Bill Hybels, $4
The Seven Checkpoints – Andy Stanley and Stuart Hall, $7 (book on youth ministry)
Evangelism and Missions
Creating Communities of the Kingdom – David W. Shenk and Ervin R. Stutzman, $8
Evangelism for a Changing World – Tim Beougher and Alvin Reid, $5
Surprising Insights from the Unchurched – Thom Rainer, $12
Missiology – John Mark Terry, $18
World Religions and New Religions:
Cults in Context: Reading in the Study of New Religious Movements – Lorne Dawson, $15
Buddhist Spirituality II – Takeuchi Yoshinori, $28
The Venture of Islam, Volume 3: The Gunpowder Empires and Modern Times – Marshall Hodgson, $20
Islamic Fundamentalism – Sidahmed and Ehteshami, $15
The Place of Tolerance in Islam – Khlaed Abou el Fadl, $5
The End of Days: Fundamentalism and the Struggle for the Temple Mount – Gorenberg, $8
Aspects of Islam – Ron Geaves, $12
I really wanted to attend the Desiring God national conference, which took place a week or two ago in Minneapolis. Obviously that didn’t happen. I’m grateful, then, to tell you that the audio from all the talks and the panel discussions has been made available online for free. Conference speakers include John Piper, David Wells, Mark Driscoll, Voddie Baucham, DA Carson, and Tim Keller. The topic was “Beyond All Earthly Powers: The Supremacy of Christ in a Postmodern World.” Click here to get it.
I love the ESV translation of the Bible, and so am pleased to see that Crossway is releasing an ESV with a one-year reading plan that utilizes a much better format then other one-year Bibles I’ve seen. Justin Taylor explains it and links to examples of what it looks like. If you’re looking for a one-year Bible, this is the way to go.
Christianity Today has posted last month’s cover story, “Young, Restless, Reformed” on their website. It is an interesting and balanced look at the rise of Reformed doctrine among younger Christians like, well, me.
One of the better books I’ve ever read is John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life. It is an outstanding book for all ages, but especially for those in or recently out of college. During the month of September, the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association is offering the book for free on their website. If you haven’t read it, please do yourself a favor and get it. Trust me.