I was interested to note that Sam Storms book on divine election is now available - entitled "Chosen for Life". Originally published in the 1980's it has been out of print for a while but is now ready for purchase. It's a small-ish book (240 pages) with a hideous front cover. Don't let that put you off however -the material within it is excellent and has receieved endorsements from a multitude of evangelical Christian theologians and pastors. John Piper is probably the most succint and persuasive; "I can’t know and love and serve God if I don’t know truth about God. This book describes God the way he really is".
Storms takes time at the beginning of the book to sketch out the controversy and I think he is fair to both Calvinists and Arminianists as to why they believe what they do. D A Carson is quite right in commending Storms for being; "clear and courteous" particularly when dealing with something he doesn't agree with. Most importantly Storms gets into the Word of God and works through the Gospels and Acts showing why the issue of divine election is of such encouragement to the believer. He also doesn't shy away from the Romans 9 text. Some will probably disagree with his understanding of the "Order of Salvation" - I know I did, but myriads of theologians can't agree on that, so there's nothing to panic about.
Like me, those who have the 1980's edition have the right to ask why we should go out and add this one to our libraries. Storms has added three appendices which are interesting and persuasive - dealing with;
Appendix A: Three Problem Passages,
Appendix B: Who Can and Who Cannot Pray for God to Save the Lost?,
Appendix C: The Divine Decrees
So, all in all I am pleased that this book has been re-published, I like Storms writing - it is easy to follow and understand but on this topic I must confess I found I Howard Marshall's, "Kept by the Power of God" more useful and challenging. Finally I suppose it is appropriate that Storms dedicates the book to C J Mahaney of Sovereign Grace Ministries who it seems has been bugging Storms to make get the book re-printed.
So enough of book reviews and onto Ern Baxter ...
Some may remember that around Christmas I posted an interview with Dr Ern Baxter about his friendship with William Branham. I have been able to make this interview available in text format but with grateful thanks to my friend I can now provide the actual PDF file of the interview so that anyone interested can see some photos and sketches that may add interest to the interview. That is available through Google Reader here.
Also from the same generous technological friend (!), here is a book that Ern Baxter published on the first 5 chapters of the book of Romans. Ern did extensive study in the book of Romans and the year after he had spoken at our Anglia Bible Week on "The Priestly Clothing", he spoke on this very subject from Romans. Each session was about an hour and a half long - far longer than he normally spoke! I do hope that it provides insight and revelation into this most important of books from the New Testament!
And finally ... I like to let you know what I am currently transcribing and hoping to make available sometimes. There has been much talk about revival, much hope and anticipation. I was tremendously stirred to hear that the dream I had about the tidal wave speeding towards the Brighton seafront is not the only dream - at least two or three others within Newfrontiers have had similar dreams and visions!
But John Piper asked a good question at the Bethlehem Conference for Pastors once; "So revival does come ... what then?". It's a point worth considering. Why do we want revival? Do we really know what we're praying for? Ern Baxter provided a powerful answer to that question in a sermon that I am transcribing called; "What On Earth is God Saying to Us About Discipling the Nations?". Its one of the most powerful Biblical defences I've ever read to holding a positive eschatology. Coming soon!