My Recent Blogs External to DrBarrick.org

Over the past month I have produced some blog posts for ParkingSpace23’s blog and The Master’s Academy International (TMAI). The following listing and links will take you to those blogs on the topic of Pauline missions strategy (and methodology) and the subject of the Christian living in a time of violence (engaging in politics and/or governmental response (war, peacemaking, military service, and police).

Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 1 (Oct 9, 2017)
Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 2 (Oct 23, 2017)
Peace-Loving Believers in an Age of Violence, Part 3 (Final) (Nov 13, 2017)

Practical Pauline Missions: Paul’s Mission to Philippi (Oct 20, 2017)
Practical Pauline Missions: Paul’s Mission to Pisidian Antioch (Nov 10, 2017)
For another blog post in this series, but on a different web site, see Practical Pauline Missions: Athens (Sept 25, 2017).

My Recommendations: Book of the Week, November 12

Phil Parshall’s The Cross and the Crescent: Understanding the Muslim Heart and Mind was published fifteen years ago, but I find it still speaks with contemporary clarity. Parshall served for years as a missionary among Muslims in the country of Bangladesh–that’s where I first met him and became aware of his published works. Through the years I have continued to read his volumes and to watch his development of the picture every Christian needs in order to witness to Muslim friends and neighbors at home or abroad in a Muslim country. No one describes the phenomenon of folk Islam better than Parshall. In this volume he explores the spirituality of both Islam and Christianity — comparing, contrasting, explaining, and drawing significant conclusions. Readers will find this book filled with insight, compassion, humility, and a Gospel-driven heart to proclaim Christ.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, November 5

OK, I admit it — I have favorite authors and theologians. When it comes to the New Testament and the doctrines of grace, Schreiner never disappoints. Thomas Schreiner’s Faith Alone: The Doctrine of Justification lives up to my lofty expectations. This volume addresses the issue with thoughtfulness, clarity, biblical exegesis, and theological insight. It is part of The 5 Solas Series superbly edited by Matthew Barrett (one of the best editors I’ve ever worked with). Contrary to the disappointing disappearance of indexes from hard copy books nowadays, this volume includes both Scripture and Subject Indexes, making it handy for future reference. Schreiner covers the historical background of Sola Fide from the Early Church through to John Wesley. He comprehensively examines the biblical and theological details and implications of the doctrine of justification by faith alone. He concludes with a look at the contemporary challenges to this biblical teaching.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 29

History informs the wise. Those who do not consider history’s lessons are doomed to repeat those same mistakes and failures. In the Christian church we often feel like we are the first to face certain theological issues having a significant bearing upon how we live for Christ in today’s world. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Sinclair Ferguson’s The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance — Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters examines and draws contemporary implications from a debate taking place in the Church of Scotland early in the 1700s. It addresses some of the issues we often encounter in our churches today: works and grace, law and grace, law and gospel, justification and sanctification, legalism, antinomianism, and biblical assurance. This volume will challenge the reader — it is not a light read. However, it will reward the diligent reader with a greater understanding of the perennial issues it addresses. Read it — learn from church history — avoid repeating the theological errors of the past.

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My Recommendations: Book of the Week, October 15

9Marks produces a lot of good books for pastors and church leaders. Jeramie Rinne’s Church Elders: How to Shepherd God’s People Like Jesus stands out as one of the best. Our board of church elders chose this book to read individually and discuss as a group chapter by chapter. We have found this little volume worth far more than its size. The “Introduction” sets the tone: “I’m an elder. Now what?” Eight chapters walk us through the answer: 1 – “Don’t Assume”; 2 – “Smell Like Sheep”; 3 – “Serve Up the Word”; 4 – “Track Down the Strays”; 5 – “Lead without Lording”; 6 – “Shepherd Together”; 7 – “Model Maturity”; and, 8 – “Plead for the Flock.” This is a must read for men wanting to prepare for church leadership and for those who already lead.

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