Winter 2018

God and the Transgender Debate

Andrew T. Walker
The Good Book Company
144 pages

Andrew Walker's God and the Transgender Debate unpacks an unavoidable topic when sharing Jesus with friends and neighbors. Never has it been more crucial for the Church to exalt Christ in its approach to conversations on gender and sexuality, yet often it's hard to know where to begin! This book equips the reader with clear definitions and truth without sacrificing nuance and compassion. One will be informed, not only on how the Bible addresses gender identity, but challenged with what that means for ourselves, and how our church can better love the LGBT community. 

- Ben Bell


Fall 2017

Church History in Plain Language

Bruce L. Shelley
Thomas Nelson, 2013 (4th Edition)
560 pages

For some, the thought of reading a history book for fun might seem like Inquisition-level torture. If that sounds familiar, Church History in Plain Language is for you. The late Professor Bruce Shelley does a great job of highlighting a major theme each chapter, explaining key movements like the Reformation and the Great Awakening, and offering brief biographies of spiritual giants who still influence us today. It's not bogged down with tons of arcane details and dates, but aims to help you see how the Church has both floundered and flourished in times of persecution and prosperity. This is an excellent read for you to gain a fresh perspective on issues facing the Church today and to grow in your gratitude for the saints who God has used to carry the Gospel forward for two thousand years. 

- Ben Bell


Summer 2017

Trusting God

Jerry Bridges
NavPress, Reprinted 2017
368 pages

Is God's sovereignty good news? This question lies at the heart of Trusting God, a book born out of an especially difficult time in Jerry Bridges' life. A helpful resource to prepare for the inevitable periods of hardship in life, it also equips readers to care for others navigating adversity on any scale. With a thorough discussion guide at the back, this book could also be a great study with a friend or small group to reflect on God's dominion over everything from politics to people to pain... and how that frees us to trust Him completely.

- Ben Bell


SPRING 2017

None Like Him

Jen Wilkin
Crossway, 2016
176 pages

Beginning with our birth, one fact is clearly made evident to us: We are not God. However, in so many areas of our lives, we think we are. Or at least, we try to act like Him. In her book, None Like Him, Jen Wilkin explores 10 ways God is infinitely greater than us. In the midst of life’s burdens and worries, Wilkin illustrates how knowing these aspects of God will drive us to a deeper awe and understanding of Him.

- Michael Chan


Winter 2017

The Soul Winner: Advice on Effective Evangelism

Charles H. Spurgeon
Christian Focus, 2008
256 pages

C. H. Spurgeon, oft recognized as the “prince of preachers,” was fiercely evangelistic. Under his ministry, Victorian London saw revival on a scale never seen since. His book, The Soul Winner, isn’t a “step-by-step” process on evangelism, but a collection of lectures meant to encourage the apathetic or timid Christian. Lambasting gimmicks and fads, Spurgeon challenges his readers to be about the business of winning souls with characteristic wisdom and wit.

- Stephen Chen


Fall 2016

Discipling: How to Help Others Follow Jesus

Mark Dever
Crossway, 2016
112 pages

Disciples of Jesus disciple others—this is the premise of Mark Dever’s challenging and immensely practical book, Discipling. Every church should have a culture of being intentional in encouraging and training disciples of Jesus in deliberate, loving relationships. I have waited a long time for a primer like this to put into the hands of every church member. If you are a follower of Christ, read this book and prayerfully apply it!

- Stephen Chen


Summer 2016

Delighting in the Trinity

Michael Reeves
InterVarsity Press, 2012
135 pages

Many are reluctant to ponder the Trinity because it seems like an inaccessible doctrine that is difficult to comprehend. But Delighting in the Trinity is a highly readable, yet theologically substantial book that will cause you to appreciate and worship our Triune God. Weaving together Scripture, historical insights, and apologetic arguments, Michael Reeves shows how the Trinity is absolutely foundational to our Christian faith and how it gives us great reason to rejoice. Highly recommended. 

- Daniel Chan


Spring 2016

What Is the Mission of the Church?

Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert
Crossway, 2011
288 pages

God has saved us, but for what purpose? Is it for global renewal through societal and environmental reform? Should we establish God’s kingdom by championing equality and justice? Or are we simply called only to proclaim the Gospel? As a young believer, I never achieved much clarity with these questions. People had different takes on accomplishing “God’s mission” (and they all sounded good!). They also blurted out terms like “kingdom,” “shalom,” and “social justice,” but never defined them the same way. Gilbert and DeYoung’s book is a wonderfully balanced, yet thoroughly biblical attempt at clearing up some of the muddiness of “mission”. Not only did it address my questions, but it also lit in me a fire of optimism for the task at hand. I highly commend it to anyone who seeks to be in sync with God’s mission for the Church. 

- Tim Chang


Winter 2016

What's Best Next

Matt Perman
Zondervan, 2014
351 pages

Our culture of work is in a state of flux. New technology is rapidly redefining the who, what, when, where, how, and why of our work, for better and for worse. In our fast-paced, success-driven world, it’s easy to become overwhelmed. Enter Matt Perman's book, What's Best Next: How the Gospel Transforms the Way You Get Things Done. Perman defines productivity from a gospel centered perspective and focuses our hearts and minds on generosity—the key for productivity, meaning, and fulfillment. He offers useful, practical strategies to unleash our effectiveness for not simply our jobs, but everything we do. This is a book you will find yourself referring back to multiple times as you "work" these principles into your life to better live out Christ's call to do good works. 

- Sam Ji


Fall 2015

One-to-One Bible Reading

David Helm
Matthias Media, 2011
103 pages

David Helm has provided the church with a wonderfully practical resource that explains how to read the Bible with others for the purpose of evangelism and discipleship. If you’ve ever struggled to use the Scriptures in sharing the gospel or pondered how to make God’s Word a bigger component of your Christian friendships, One-to-One Bible Reading is here to help! The simple principles outlined by Helm should be required learning for all believers. I hope many in our church will read and implement this booklet, and I look forward to the gospel fruit that will result. 

- Daniel Chan


Summer 2015

Truth for all Time

John Calvin
Banner of Truth, 1998
90 pages

John Calvin is arguably the most influential theologian in Protestant Church history. He was instrumental in defining and propagating the biblical truths of the Reformation. Though many Christians today hold to the doctrines he championed, few have actually read his writings. This is where the relatively unknown gem, Truth for All Time, fills a needed gap. Written by a 29-year old Calvin for the ordinary person, this brief and warm outline of the Christian faith summarizes the great doctrines contained in his better known (and much longer!) Institutes of the Christian Religion. If you haven't read Calvin before, this is a wonderful way to begin. It is a perfect resource for those new to the faith, yet rich enough to instruct the most seasoned of Christians. 

- Daniel Chan


Spring 2015

Finally Free

Heath Lambert
Zondervan, 2013
176 pages

According to a recent survey, ninety percent of children ages 8-16 have viewed porn. Seventy percent of men age 18-34 visit porn sites monthly. One out of every six women struggles with porn addiction. How shall the church respond? Enter Heath Lambert's, Finally Free: Fighting for Purity with the Power of Grace. An Associate Professor of Biblical Counseling at Southern Seminary, Lambert approaches this ugly topic with dignity and a pastor's heart. The book is all about "the amazing power of Jesus Christ to free you from pornography," yet it connects the dots between gospel grace and works so well that it's a must-own book for any Christian. Every chapter of Finally Free digs into one or two biblical texts and pulls the reader into God's vision for sexual health and holiness. Throw away all your other books on the topic. Whether you are struggling with purity or know of someone who does, this book is the one you will want to have on your shelf. 

- Stephen Chen


Winter 2015

Taking God at His Word

Kevin DeYoung
Crossway, 2014
144 pages

Kevin DeYoung is one of the finest and clearest evangelical authors of the day. His latest book, Taking God at His Word, is no exception. In eight short chapters, he provides an extremely easy to read, yet comprehensive understanding of the nature and importance of the Bible. This isn't so much a book about how to study the Bible, as it is an engaging and convincing argument for why to study the Bible. In an age when the Bible is being attacked from every conceivable angle, this is a simple book that will assuredly grow your confidence and commitment to God's Word. 

- Daniel Chan


Fall 2014

Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health

Donald Whitney
NavPress, 2001
131 pages

All of us periodically take the time out of our busy lives to visit the doctor in order that we might diagnose our overall physical health. The Christian life is no different. The Scriptures exhort us to examine whether or not we are in the faith. Part of this process involves asking the questions that Scripture would ask of us. In Ten Questions to Diagnose Your Spiritual Health, Donald Whitney masterfully probes and challenges the reader to honestly assess where he or she stands relationally before God. Acting like a physician of the soul, Whitney knows the right questions to ask to help us gain an accurate picture of ourselves in light of the Bible. Simultaneously convicting and encouraging,Ten Questions will both prompt you to look unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, and encourage you to press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Ten questions, one book. How is your spiritual health doing? 

- Ryan Cheung


Summer 2014

The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
Crown and Covenant, 2012
154 pages

The author of The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert is Rosaria Champagne Butterfield, a woman married to a pastor in the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, a denomination marked by its practice of singing only unaccompanied metrical psalms in worship. But that's not what makes this autobiography worth reading. What makes it so interesting is the author's career before marriage: she was a successful English literature professor at Syracuse University who specialized in Queer Theory and was herself a committed lesbian. The book is the story of how she came to be who and where she is now. This isn't your grandfather's biography! Providing rich insight of how gays and lesbians perceive Christianity and the "comprehensive chaos" of conversion, this page-turner provides stimulating analyses of both Christian and non-Christian culture. Though there are a few quibbles with what she says, I cannot recommend this book highly enough, and it ought to be required reading for the age in which we live. 

- Stephen Chen


Spring 2014

George Whitefield

Arnold Dallimore
Crossway, 2010
224 pages

One of my favorite things to do is read biographies of faithful men and women who have been used greatly by God. Arnold Dallimore's two-volume study of the life and ministry of George Whitefield is simply the best biography I have ever read. Whitefield is perhaps the most dynamic preacher and evangelist to have walked on American soil, and his legacy has been captured in a memorable way by Dallimore, a masterful Christian biographer. In this version, Dallimore has condensed his magisterial work (which is over 1200 pages!) into a much more accessible format that moves quickly and highlights the key events of Whitefield's life. If you love biographies, you need to read this book. If you have never heard of Whitefield, you need to read this book. If you desire to be moved and enthralled by the wonderful ways in which God has worked revival in years gone by, you need to read this book. I trust that you will not be disappointed.

- Daniel Chan


Winter 2014

A Call to Prayer

J. C. Ryle
Banner of Truth, 2005
32 pages

What is the most defining mark of a true Christian? Is it the fact that he or she attends church, reads the Bible, or helps the poor? In this concise pamphlet by renowned Christian author J.C. Ryle, we see that beyond having strong theological foundations, solid relationships with other believers, or consistent church attendance, it is one's prayer life that unmistakably identifies him or her as a Christian. Far from being a legalistic call to spend more time in prayer, Ryle's book encourages us to examine the implications of prayer upon our daily lives, thereby helping us to better examine the depth and authenticity of our Christianity. Whether you are a new or veteran Christian, I would highly recommend this short read, as it will challenge you to grow in your walk with God through cultivating a more disciplined and intentional prayer life. 

- Richard Mu


Fall 2013

Is God Anti-Gay?

Sam Alberry
The Good Book Company, 2013
88 pages

There is no getting around the fact that homosexuality is the preeminent social issue facing this generation. From the classroom to the locker room, the conference room to the living room, the playground to the pew, the topic of homosexuality simply cannot be avoided. And yet Christians often seem to be incapable of properly addressing it. Isn't it ok for two people who love each other to be together? Does God really hate gay people? Is there such a thing as a homosexual Christian? Is there anything the church can do? Thankfully, Sam Alberry has written a brief and very readable book that cuts through the confusion and answers these questions with biblical clarity. As a pastor, Sam is theologically grounded and gospel centered. And as one who himself struggles with same-sex attraction, he is also compassionate and sensitive. Is God Anti-Gay? is an outstanding book that I trust will serve you well. 

- Daniel Chan


Summer 2013

The Bruised Reed

Richard Sibbes
Banner of Truth, 2008
138 pages

First published in 1630, The Bruised Reed by Richard Sibbes is a Christian classic and rightly so. Meant to encourage the discouraged Christian, it finds its premise in Isaiah 42:3, "A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth." Sibbes shows how believers are like reeds bruised by sin and like pieces of fibrous flax that are lit by grace, but corrupted with the smoke of sin. Yet while we are weak in our flesh, Christ will not allow us to break or quench the small spark of faith within us. In his writing, Sibbes is gentle, but firm; theological, but also pastoral. If you have struggled with discouragement or simply want to be refreshed by the work of Christ, this book is for you. Though not an easy read, I trust that if you take the time to enjoy this exquisitely prepared meal, you will come away full on biblical truth and satisfied in the sweet work of Christ our Savior. 

- Daniel Chan


Spring 2013

Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books

Tony Reinke
Crossway Books, 2011
208 pages

I have loved books ever since I was a child. As a lifelong book lover, I thought that I knew what I needed to know about reading...until I read Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books by Tony Reinke. Whether you love to read, hate to read, or are indifferent to it, this book will be helpful to you. Written from a distinctly Christian perspective, this book explains why you should read, what you should read, and how you should read. I encourage you to grab a copy of it...and read it! I trust that you will become a more discerning reader and, more importantly, a more thoughtful Christian because of it.

- Daniel Chan


Winter 2013

The Cross He Bore

Frederick Leahy
Banner of Truth, 1996
100 pages

The Cross He Bore by Frederick Leahy is a powerful collection of meditations on the sufferings of Christ. Through 13 brief chapters, Leahy demonstrates the unique ability to draw out biblical truths surrounding the sacrifice of the Son of God and funnel them through the sieve of a sanctified imagination. The results are profound. This is a book to be read slowly and worshipfully. In his forward, Edward Donnelly writes that "in rereading these chapters, I found myself more than once compelled by emotion to stop - and then to worship." It is my hope that this book will help you to have a deeper appreciation for our Lord and Savior and cause you to stop and worship him.

- Daniel Chan


Fall 2012

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God

J. I. Packer
IVP Books, 2012
122 pages

Evangelism and the Sovereignty of God is a concise, yet powerful exploration of how the truth that God is in control relates to the responsibility that we have as Christians to share the gospel. J. I. Packer excels at explaining difficult concepts in a way that is easy to understand, logically sound, and biblically supported. Ever wondered how a sovereign God can hold humans responsible for their actions? Interested in learning about what evangelism truly entails? Want a careful example of how to handle theological debate? You will be hard pressed to find a more helpful resource. My hope is that this book will not only help many of you think more deeply about divine realities, but also challenge you to go out and proclaim the majesties of our sovereign God! 

- Daniel Chan


Summer 2012

The Unquenchable Flame

Michael Reeves
B&H Academic, 2009
207 pages

The Unquenchable Flame is simply one of the best introductions I have ever read on the Reformation. Reeves. balanced content of history and theology, his bed-time story style of writing that is at times humorous, is a gift to the Church. We are foolish to cut ourselves off from the wisdom and lessons of church history; the spirit and message of the Reformation continue to be the lifeblood of the Church's health today. This easy to read page-turner will not only sharpen the reader's doctrinal precision, but give him or her appreciation of how we are all torchbearers in a long line of godly men and women. It is my prayer that many in our congregation will read this book and as a result, we will not be silent on the gospel of God's gift of righteousness. 

- Stephen Chen


Spring 2012

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism

Mark Dever
Crossway Books, 2007
124 pages

The Gospel and Personal Evangelism serves as a powerful tonic to what ails us in our evangelism. In several short chapters, easily accessible to readers of all ages, the book is a shot in the arm, filled with encouragement, instruction, rebuke, and challenge. It is my prayer that many in our congregation will read it and as a result, many more will hear the good news of Jesus Christ.

- Stephen Chen


Winter 2012

The Treasure Principle

Randy Alcorn
Multnomah Books, 2005
128 pages

Randy Alcorn's book, The Treasure Principle, is one that I have unabashedly recommended again and again over the years. Full of biblical principles and memorable statements, Alcorn helps believers unlock the joy of giving by correcting our often misguided perspectives on money and possessions and helping us to embrace giving as a happy honor rather than a dreary duty. Read this book and allow yourself to experience the thrilling delight of biblical giving! 

- Daniel Chan