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Depression: A Stubborn Darkness, Edward T. Welch, Greensboro, NC: New Growth Press, 2004. Paperback, 279 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] In the October 1, 2014 edition of the SB, I reviewed a book on depression, entitled Broken Minds by Steve and Robyn Bloem. Welch’s book takes a different approach, or, at least, has a different emphasis. While Welch does not discount that depression is a disease, his counsel in this book is mainly spiritual. Depression is a complex subject, and there is seldom a meeting of minds on the issue. I would advise readers interested in the subject to...

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The Reformed Baptism Form: A Commentary, Bastiaan Wielenga. Ed. David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2016. Hardcover. 425 pp., $39.95. [Reviewed by David J. Engelsma.] This is the title of a book that is hot off the presses of the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA). The book is an unusual publication of the RFPA. It is not authored by a Protestant Reformed man or woman. Nor is it an original piece of writing. Rather, it is the translation into English for the first time of a commentary on the Reformed Baptism Form. The commentary was originally written in the Dutch...

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Christianizing the World: Reformed Calling or Ecclesiastical Suicide? David J. Engelsma. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2016. Hardcover. 192 pages. $19.95. [Reviewed by Craig Ferguson.]   Mr. Ferguson is a member of Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, MI. What a fresh and insightful book this is! As always, Prof. David Engelsma is thorough; in this case, his thoroughness is much to the chagrin of the (many) advocates of Abraham Kuyper’s common grace theory. Today we are witnesses to a sprawling, nebulous support for the idea of Christianizing the world, one that has seeped into the broader church world,...

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As part of this special Standard Bearer issue on Martin Luther, I was asked to submit an article featuring some of the classic works on Luther as well as some of the new works being produced in connection with next year’s 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses. It is not difficult to feature books on Luther. The difficulty is in knowing where to end the list. There is, indeed, a plethora of good ones. But we can and will highlight a few of the best for you here, so that you can begin or continue to do...

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Mr. Kortus is a member of Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, MI, and a second-year student at the Protestant Reformed Seminary. Humble Orthodoxy, Joshua Harris. Colorado Springs, CO: Multnomah Books, 2013. Pp. 83. [Reviewed by Matt Kortus.] In the apostle Paul’s second letter to Timothy, he urges Timothy to “Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus” (1:13). By these words, Paul encourages the young pastor to orthodoxy. In the same letter, Paul exhorts Timothy to instruct in meekness those who are in opposition (2:25)....

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Mr. Doezema is a member of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, by Richard J. Smit. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing, 2012. 155 pages (paper). [Reviewed by Don Doezema.] A friend of mine told me recently that she was reading, and profiting from, Rev. Smit’s little book entitled The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. She went on to tell me that she planned therefore to share it with an acquaintance of hers, who, because of circumstances in her life, would surely find it as beneficial as she had....

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Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion, Gerald M. Bilkes. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Paperback, 187 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] This is a brief, accessible, and helpful commentary on two neglected books of the Old Testament. Ezra and Nehemiah are post-exilic writings, that is, they were written after and describe life after the Babylonian captivity. For many Christians that history is strange and unfamiliar. We treat it at the end of the Old Testament History catechism season, when students are looking forward to the summer break. It does not...

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Mr. Leep is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014).[Reviewed by Bill Leep, Jr.] We are in a war of the most serious nature. As Reformed Christians, we have a tendency to ignore or downplay this reality, probably due to fear. Not the fear of being caught up in a war—far from it. More often it is the fear of the opposite extreme. That is to say, we may be guilty of the error of ignoring the power...

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The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis, Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2013. Paperback, 169 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] I enjoy the Old Testament commentaries of Dale Ralph Davis. He has written quite a number, mostly on Old Testament narrative texts (Joshua, Judges, I-II Samuel and I-II Kings). He has also written on the prophets Micah and Daniel, all of which commentaries I have read. This new commentary on Daniel does not disappoint. It is vintage Davis. Davis interacts—only when necessary—with the higher critics in order to defend the inspiration and authority of the...

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The Triple Knowledge: An Exposition of the Heidelberg Catechism. Herman Hoeksema. 2nd edition. 10 vols. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing Association, 2015. Cloth. $179.95. [Reviewed by Rev. Joshua D. Engelsma.] I must admit that, when I first caught wind that the Reformed Free Publishing Association (RFPA) was putting out a second edition of Hoeksema’s Triple Knowledge, I was a bit skeptical. I already possessed the hefty three-volume set; was it really necessary to replace them? But any lingering doubts I may have had were put to rest when I received my copies of the first five volumes. The project is...

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