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The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die
The Passion of Jesus Christ: Fifty Reasons Why He Came to Die
by John Piper
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful explaination of the gospel, July 12 2004
The salvation offered in the gospel is so much more than simply the forgiveness of our sins. Salvation is Jesus Christ also includes our justification, union with Christ indwelling of the Holy Spirit, new nature and many other benefits. Lewis Sperry Chaefer, the first president of Dallas Seminary, once wrote that there are 33 things that are applied to you the moment you believe all based upon the work of Christ on the cross. While John Piper is not trying to demonstrate the truthfulness of Chaefer's thesis, his book "The Passion" does much the same thing. Piper unfolds for the reader many of the salvation benefits won for the believer by Christ death on the cross. One of the strengths of Piper's book is that he has written it for the average reader with easy vocabulary and short chapters. With skill and insight, Piper chapter explains why Christ died and how that effects the sinner. This is a GREAT book for a new believer. It also is a wonderful tool to use with a non-Christian who is wanting to know more about the gospel. It could be used as a study on the gospel, meeting weekly to talk through the nature of salvation offered in Christ's gospel. The only weakness of the book is that some of the chapters can seem redundant but this is only a very minor issue.

Let It Be... Naked
Let It Be... Naked
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars For the real Beatle fan!, July 9 2004
This review is from: Let It Be... Naked (Audio CD)
There will always be some who will prefer the original release of Let It Be, while others will like this one better. It is a matter of taste. However, I will make a case for why this new release, though it may not be any better, is a lot of fun for the true Beatle fan. This "new" version is fun because this is what the Beatles wanted you to hear. As most of you likely already know, the Fab Four were already on the brink of breaking up. They wanted to "Get Back" to their roots and play some good ol' fashion rock and roll - their way. This new version truly captures some of that old Beatle fun. Songs like "The Two of Us" (one of my personal favorites) display their love for music and joy in playing the music. Second, the sound on this CD is outstanding. I love to play this loud and listen to the different instruments playing off each other. The guitars are clear and crisp in part because of newer technology and in part because of the missing over-dubs by Phil Spector's production of the album. Like it or not, Spector's work really does cover up some of the Beatles' music at times. For example, there is a tremendous difference between the version of "Long and Winding Road" on the original album and this new release. While Spector's version is wonderful - and made it to # 1 on the charts - according to Paul, it does not reflect what he and the other Beatles wanted. Finally, as a result of the first two stated reasons and the way the Beatles recorded much of the album, this may be the closest we will ever have to a good "live" recording. No, it is not truly a live recording. I don't mean to mislead anyone who has not heard the album before. However, because of their desire to get away from all the over-production and get back to the basic playing some of the songs were recorded with very little over-dubs. For example, "Get Back" is pretty much the way it would sound if you were hearing it live. So don't let other negative reviewers talk you out of listening to this new release of "Let It Be." If you are a pureist - you will love this album. If you want to hear the Beatles as they wanted to be heard - this is it. If you want to give something to a Beatle fan who has it all but not this version - it will make a great gift. While some will debate which release of "Let it Be" is the best, for me they both have their own place in my record collection. While I have always liked Spector's version, I also really like hearing these songs as the Beatles wanted us to hear them - and now with the bonus of enhanced digital sound. Turn it on, turn it up and enjoy!

Knowing God
Knowing God
by J.I. Packer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe Packer's best book, July 1 2004
This review is from: Knowing God (Paperback)
This book you will find Dr. Packer at his finest. The book is written for the average church-goer, but there is much here for the pastor or serious Bible student. Jesus says in John 17:3 that eternal life is knowing the only true God. Well, this book seeks to set out for the reader who that God is and what He is like. Packer, with the skill of an artist and the insight of a trained theologian who truly know his subject puts God's attributes on display for the reader. The Bibical data of God's own self-revelation is laid out for everyone to read and enjoy. One way to evaluate a book, especially in today's profit driven book market, is how many reprints it goes through. Already a Christian classic, his is one that people will be reading for generations to come.

Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God
Evangelism & the Sovereignty of God
by J.I. Packer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars God's sovereignty and Man's responsibility, July 1 2004
One of the many ways the sovereignty of God is misunderstood is the believe that somehow it destroys evangelism. Dr. Packer show that this idea is not only false, but that the contrary is true, it is God's sovereignty that empowers evangelism. Almost all of the usual question people have concerning this important question, Packer graciously deals with. The book is both informative and helpful. He wrote it back in the 1960's and has continued to be in print and go through several printings. This little work has been helping Christians for some 40 years. It may not be that last word on the subject but it has been the first book on this subject for many thoughtful Christians. Agree or diagree, with the author, but you will still find a lot of help and be edified by working through this book. Its a keeper!

Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology
Grace Unknown: The Heart of Reformed Theology
by R.C. Sproul
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5.0 out of 5 stars What is Calvinism - or TULIP, July 1 2004
There may be no subject in Christiandom that is more misunderstood by the average church-goer than Calvinism or TULIP. It is sad to see so many who reject Calvinism based upon such wrong information. In this book, Dr. Sproul helps the reader understand the key issues of the Reformation and walks you through the so-called 5 points of Calvinism - Total Depravity, Unconditional election, Limited atonement, Irresistable grace and Perseverence of the Saints. Dr. Sproul not only unfolds the historic meaning of these doctrines but explains how they have been misunderstood. This book is longer and more developed than his earlier "Chosen by God." In the earlier work he was dealing with election in particular. In this work he tackles a broader set of related issues. As always, Dr. Sproul is gracious and instructive even for those who disagree with him. The positions he rejects, he deals with Christian grace and love. He has the ability to instruct not only those how agree but also those who disagree. If you want to know the real meaning of Calvinsim or TULIP - regardless of your accepting it or not, you will profit from reading this book.

Chosen By God
Chosen By God
by R. C. Sproul
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Introduction to a difficult issue, July 1 2004
This review is from: Chosen By God (Paperback)
Agree or disagree with the thesis of the book, but you will get a clear, straight forward presentation of the doctrine of election. Dr. Sproul is a churchman. By this I mean Sproul has a healthy respect for all Christians and it shows in this book. While he presents the Calvinist view of election, he does so without making light of those who disagree. If you are interested in knowing what the issuses are, the Biblical bases for election and have your questions answered, you will benefit from this book. This is true even if you don't agree with the conclusions. For a deeper presentation on the subject by the same author see "Willing to Believe" and/or "Grace Unknown." Dealing with subjects such as election, it is necessary that we have more light than heat. Dr. Sproul's unique gift to the church is helping take difficult issues and making them understandable by all. Again, agree or disagree with the author, but if you read this you will be armed with an understanding of the issue that will help you draw informed conclusions.

Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World
Ashamed of the Gospel: When the Church Becomes Like the World
by John MacArthur
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars MacArthur's Most Important Book, June 30 2004
John MacArthur is one of today's most influencial pastor-teachers. In today's church where political correctness reigns supreme Dr. MacArthur is willing to say things that challenge the status quo. He has written many books but this may be his most important. Using Spurgeon and the Down Grade controversy of the late 1800 as a background, MacArthur shows how much of today's evangelical church functions as if it is ashamed of the gospel. It raises questions about the church growth movement and modern evangelistic practices. MacArthur is not against large churches, being a pastor of a very large ministry in Southern California. But, MacArthur makes it clear that large churches is not defacto good if truth has been compromised. This is a book that all pastors, lay leaders and the church in general.

Her Hand in Marriage
Her Hand in Marriage
by Douglas Wilson
Edition: Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars Helpful but not the final word, June 21 2004
This review is from: Her Hand in Marriage (Paperback)
Doug Wilson likes to take his readers where they have never gone before. He greatest gift to today's church might very well be his willingness to ask the questions that most need to be asked. While some may disagree with his positions, there is always food for thought. In the case of this book, there is a high need for some fresh thinking. All too often today's church-going parents allow there children to pick their dates and future mates in grossly unbiblical ways. The modern American dating system is about a far away from building Biblical relationships as can be. Wilson offers an alternative that may or may not be the final answer but is certainly miles ahead of what is the common practice. But this book ought to be read by parents of the very young. There is some planning and building to do and its best not to start in a vaccum. What is best about the book is the emphasis it puts on partents - fathers - to be involved in the lives of their kids as the covenantal head God has called him to be. This is not an easy fix-it book or one that will give you ten easy steps to date like a pagan while remaining a Christian. You may have to change much of what you are doing. Worth the reading and thinking.

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2-Disc Collector's Edition) (Bilingual)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ol' Erroll Flynn meets high tech., June 21 2004
This is a good, fun movie. Though there is alot of special effects, unlike many modern movies, the story does not stand or fall on them. There is a lot of great acting. Depp got a best actor nomination and Rush certainly could have had best supporting actor nomination as well. Depp just doesn't develop a character, but creates one. His eyes, mannerisms and lines are wonderful. If you like old Erroll Flynn movies, great music and wonderful special effects you won't want to miss this. It is full of all sorts of rememberable lines that you will find yourself repeating. Don't be fooled, there is a lot going on that you won't see until the second showing. Plots, twists and story line are much more complex and the more you watch the more you will see. This is a keeper.

Bondage of the Will, The
Bondage of the Will, The
by J. I. Packer
Edition: Paperback
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, June 21 2004
Luther wrote extensively about every possible issue facing the church, from theology proper to how to teach children to read so they can use the Bible. But of all his works, this one was the book he hoped would be read by subsequent generations. The message of the book really boils down to this - who saves whom. For Luther, salvation was all about what God did to save sinners who can not even prepare themselves to receive saving grace. In this work Luther is interacting with Erasmus, a Roman Catholic Humanist (in the good sense of that word) who also wanted reformation of the church. However, while Luther's reformation focused on the gospel and how a sinner is saved, Erasmus' view was more about moral improvement and abuses in the church. To the modern reader, Luther might sound harsh and mean spirited. However, he was writing in a tone that was part of that day. So don't get turned-off by the language and look to the argument. There is much for us to learn today by this great master of the past! Sola Fide!!

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