Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Blog...........You're it!

Ok, Nathan has tagged me and explained the rules of engagement. So I'll take up the challenge. I just posted on a few recommendations from the past few months, but I understand that this particular post is to be about specific books in my life. So here they are:

One book that changed your life:
The Fulfilled Family by John MacArthur

One book that you’ve read more than once:
Grace Unknown by R. C. Sproul, Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

One book you’d want on a desert island:
The Scriptures

One book that made you laugh:
Ten Peas in a Pod, Arnold Pent III. This book made me do a lot of things:)

One book that made you cry:
The Highland Chairman & Hans the Crucified. Yes this is one book put out by Lamplighter publishers. I might also add the third in the series of Crown and Covenant books, Rebel's Keep. I was so choked up that I honestly couldn't read for 5 minutes and so was Denise and a couple of kids.

One book that you wish had been written:
I would love to have a compilation of what early church fathers understood collectively on the subject of eschatology. I think it would be helpful not only in eschatology, but also pertaining to the cessationism discussion. Maybe if I had the time............:)

One book that you wish had never been written:
Chosen But Free. Dr. Geisler is in our immediate local, an is immensely gifted in many areas, but this has to be one of the worst books put out on the subject of God's sovereignty and man's responsibility I have ever read. If he had only written the first chapter and stopped, it would simply be a very, very fine booklet that would glorify God. Sadly, his word processor continued to function and the result was the utter demolishment of any foundation for the first chapter. Talk about a confusing book. I honestly got a headache (which I very rarely get) just trying to understand it, sort of like reading Dave Hunt's responses in Debating Calvinism.

One book you’re currently reading:
The Church Effeminate, various authors (Calvin, Lloyd-Jones, Luther, Spurgeon). Days of Vengeance, David Chilton. Kingdom Prologue, Meredith Kline. A Journey in God's Sovereignty, Richard Belcher

One book you've been meaning to read:
The Letters of Stonewall Jackson to His Wife

Now tag four people:
I would love to hear Hank's lines on this, but since he doesn't actually blog, I thought I might tag Gordan.


Gordan said...

Okay, you got me.

Y'know, I had this sense as I was clicking to come to your site this morning...

Gordan said...

Okay, Tim, I'm all for a creative waste of time, but you mention "rules of engagement" at the beginning. Wha...?

Tell me the rules so I can play fair.

Tim said...


I just copied the headings and then filled in the blanks concerning the names and authors of books. You really don't have to do it brother. It did bring back some fond memories though. Then you are supposed to tag 4 others, but I think one is sufficient:)

Eye said...


I Have to TOTALLY disagree with you on Dr. Geisler's Chosen But Free. I personally think it is a fine and scholarly effort that casts much needed light on those who are hyper/extreme with regard to Calvinism and Arminianism.

In Him,


Tim said...


Thanks for your comments. While I respect that you do have the right to that opinion, it is amazing that anyone who has any understanding of history realizes that Geisler doesn't know the history of the debate or the definition of terms. As a matter of fact, a simple reading of the Synod of Dort would conclude that Dr. Geisler is clearly a 4.5 pt Arminian, nothing close to a "moderate" Calvinist, of which we cannot clearly define from either his book, nor history. Those he seeks to call out as extreme Calvinists are simply those who have held to the historic and well documented doctrines of grace. Maybe Dr. Geisler could use a little history lesson in this area. I suggest you might benefit from it as well. You can check out what the synod of Dort said by doing a Google search and find out exactly who is on what side and who is seeking to change the sides.

DOGpreacher said...

Well said Tim.

Scholarly...are you kidding?