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Our Secure Salvation: Preservation and Apostasy, by Robert A. Peterson. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2009. Pp xi + 239. $14.99. Soft cover. ISBN 9781596380431. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. Do you question whether God will certainly preserve you in your faith to the end of your life? Are you afraid of falling away from His saving grace? Confessing Reformed believers know that, due to God’s irresistible grace, this is not possible. But where in the Bible are we assured of this? And what of the Arminian spin on various Scripture texts, making them appear to teach that my...

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Neither Calendar nor Clock: Perspectives on the Belhar Confession, by Piet J. Naude. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., 2010. 255 pages. $25.00. Soft cover. ISBN9780802862594. Reviewed by Mark H. Hoeksema. This book deals with a subject unfamiliar to most of us in the Protestant Reformed Churches. Its setting is in South Africa, located on the other side of the world from us, and in a theological context that few understand. More specifically, its subject matter concerns the issue of apartheid, the centuries-long discrimination against native Africans both by the civil authorities and by the church, which was...

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A Queer Thing Happened to America: And What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been, by Michael L. Brown. Concord, NC, EqualTime Books, 2011. 691 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10-0615406092. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] A Queer Thing Happened to America is a carefully researched, and very disturbing, account of the development of the GLBT6 movement, from the Stonewall riots (June 1989), through the reception (June 2009) by President Obama of 300 gay activists at the White House, to its vision of the future. Brown lifts the lid on militant homosexual activism, especially in America, and uncovers an agenda that pervades every part of...

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Natural Law and the Two Kingdoms: A Study in the Development of Reformed Social Thought, by David Van Drunen. Grand Rapids, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2010. 466 pages. Softcover. ISBN978802864437. Reviewed by Mark H. Hoeksema. David Van Drunen is Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics at Westminster Seminary California. As is evident from this and other of his writings, he stands in the conservative tradition of Reformed and Presbyterian theology, and is therefore a voice that needs to be heard. When I was assigned this book for review, its title intrigued me because of the questions it raised...

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Rev. Langerak is pastor of Southeast Protestant Reformed Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When People are Big and God is Small: Overcoming Peer Pressure, Codependency, and the Fear of Man, by Edward T. Welch. P&R Publishing, 1997. ISBN 978-0-87552-600-3. 240 pages. Softcover. $14.99. Available at Reformed Book Outlet, or online at christianbook.com and the publisher at prpbooks.com. Reviewed by Barb Dykstra. Whom do you fear? Whom do you strive to please? God’s word instructs us to fear him alone. Proverbs 19:23 teaches us: “The fear of the Lord tendeth to life: and he that hath it shall abide satisfied.” To...

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Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, by Eric Metaxas. Nashville, Tennessee: Thomas Nelson, 2010. Pp. xvi+591. $29.99 (cloth). [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] If ever resistance to civil authority could be excused, it was Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s. If ever the attempt to assassinate the ruler of a nation could be justified, it was the attempt by Bonhoeffer and his fellow conspirators. Bonhoeffer resisted the monstrously evil Nazi Germany. He and his co-conspirators made an attempt on the life of the presage of the man of sin, the Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler. On this resistance culminating in the attempt to assassinate Hitler, this splendid...

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Written in Stone: The Ten Commandments and Today’s Moral Crisis, by Philip Graham Ryken. Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Publishing, 2010. 240 pages. $14.99. Softcover. ISBN 9781596382060. Reviewed by Douglas J. Kuiper. This book is highly recommended. Every Christian family should have at least one book that explains the ten commandments and helps us apply them to our daily life. This book does that. Those desiring to study the ten commandments in Bible study would also do well to use this book. Its questions at the end of each chapter are an aid, not just in studying the book, but...

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Mrs. Griess is a member of Calvary Protestant Reformed Church in Hull, Iowa. Twilight series, by Stephenie Meyer. New York: Little, Brown. ISBN 0-316-16017-2. Reviewed by Lael Griess. No doubt many readers have seen or heard of the fantastically popular Twilight series. These recent best-sellers, whose basic story line is a love affair between a teenage girl and her vampire boyfriend, have inspired a cultural vampire mania complete with movies, copycat books, television series, and even a new shade of lipstick suggestively called “just-bitten.” Teachers in our Christian schools have reported that these books are popular among our young people as well, and...

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Welcome to a Reformed Church: A Guide for Pilgrims, by Daniel R. Hyde, 178 pages, paper. Published by Reformation Trust of Ligonier Ministries. Retail price is $12. Reviewed by Rev. J. Kortering. First of all, we say a word about the author. He serves as pastor of the Oceanside United Reformed Church in Carlsbad/Oceanside, CA. He earned his Master of Divinity degree from Westminster West and his Master of Theology degree from Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, MI. His qualification to write this book is not limited to his formal theological studies. He became a Christian in high...

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Mr. Looyenga is a member of the Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. Who Made God? Searching for a Theory of Everything, Edgar Andrews. Evangelical Press, 304 pages, hardcover. $17.95. Reviewed by Brendan Looyenga. Atheistic humanism, with its twin gods of science and philosophy, rules the day in academic circles the world round. The cornerstone of this movement is logical skepticism, which has been largely directed at the question of God’s role in creating the material world, in an effort to undermine any need for His existence at all. Both this movement and its chief proponents are key targets...

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