Book Review – The 10 Commandments by Kevin DeYoung


Title:   The 10 Commandments: What They Mean, Why They Matter, and Why We Should Obey Them
Author: Kevin DeYoung
Publisher: Crossway
Publishing Year: 2018
Pages: 203
My Rating: 5 out of 5 (1 meaning I hated the book, 5 meaning I loved the book)

Often when you hear about the Ten Commandments today it is part of an urgent plea to hang up a picture or erect a statue of them in a public place, courthouse or classroom.  After all, they are part of our Judeo-Christian tradition here in America. But, when was the last time we really studied them or thought about how they apply to our everyday lives?  In this book released last year, Kevin DeYoung urges us to recall what we may have memorized years ago from a Sunday School flannelgraph and reconsider them light of how we live and serve today.

DeYoung begins with a introduction reminding us that just because these are found way back in the Old Testament, they are still vital in these New Testament times.  In fact, these commands remind us about who God really is and how He is to be served. These are timeless principles. Yet, they are not steps to gain salvation or favor with God.  Ultimately it is Jesus who obeys and fulfills each one perfectly and on our behalf. Then through the rest of the book, the author walks through each commandment using personal anecdotes, parallel passages and New Testament principles that help us in ultimate applying them in practical ways.

This is book is not a difficult read, but certainly challenges us with difficult and convicting reminders of what the Lord expects from us.  This book serves as a reminder of some basic principles that often get neglected of forgotten.

You can purchase the book here.


069 – New Year’s Eve Edition – A Year End Review of Books


What better way to ring in the new Year than with Ray Jewell and I?  In this episode we discuss books that we read this past year.  But wait, there’s more!  In this special extended hour-long edition I ask several others what books impacted them this year.  So you will also hear from other great guests such as:  Ray Rhodes, Jesse Beernink, Jordan Cernek, Aaron White, Mark Ward, Bob Bixby and Phil Allen.

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Recommended Resources:

The Next Evangelicalism: Freeing the Church from Western Cultural Captivity by Soong-Chan Rah
Strong and Weak: Embracing a Life of Love, Risk and True Flourishing by Andy Crouch
This Present Darkness by Frank Peretti
What Time is Purple? By Tom Hammond
The Prayer That Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution by R. Albert Mohler
The Secret Battle of Ideas about God: Overcoming the Outbreak of Five Fatal Worldviews by Jeff Myers
The Character of the Church: The Marks of God’s Obedient People by Joe Thorn
The Heart of the Church: The Gospel’s History, Message, and Meaning by Joe Thorn
The Life of the Church: The Table, Pulpit, and Square by Joe Thorn
H. Spurgeon’s Autobiography by Charles H. Spurgeon
The Insanity of God: A True Story of Faith Resurrected by Nik Ripken
Romans by R.C. Sproul
Depression, Anxiety, and the Christian Life: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter by Michael S. Lundy
Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
The Experience of God by David Bentley Hart
Atomic Habits: An Easy & Proven Way to Build Good Habits & Break Bad Ones by James Clear
Trusting God by Jerry Bridges

066 – Bonus Episode – The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon


In this special bonus episode we invite Pastor Ray Rhodes Jr. who is the author of the great new book, Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon. Many of are already familiar with the Prince of Preachers himself, Charles Spurgeon, but what do we know about his wife? “Susannah Spurgeon was a remarkable woman in her own right. She rode nobody’s coattails and was as instrumental in the gospel ministry of the Spurgeon family as her husband, if less well-known. In this well-crafted and thoroughly researched biography, Ray Rhodes Jr. paints a portrait of Susie’s own life – her growth in faith, her joyful marriage, her strength in suffering, her devoted ministry, and her lasting legacy.” Listen in as we chat about Susie Spurgeon, her life, legacy and what it all means for us today. I guarantee you’ll learn something you didn’t know before and you might even be surprised about a few things.

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Recommended Resources:

Susie: The Life and Legacy of Susannah Spurgeon, wife of Charles H. Spurgeon by Ray Rhodes Jr.
Mrs. C. H. Spurgeon by Charles Ray


Free E-Book – Luke 1-12 For You Commentary


The fine folks at have a nice little gift for you – a free e-book.  Luke 1-12 For You: For reading, for feeding, for leading by Mike McKinley is part of a commentary series that I have really enjoy and recommend.  So, you won’t want to miss this deal.  Here’s the Amazon summary of the book:

Luke wrote his Gospel to offer his first readers, and his readers today, certainty over the truth of the gospel, and joy that God’s promises have been fulfilled with the coming of his King.

With a close attention to the text and a focus on real-life application, Mike McKinley brings face to face with Jesus in a way that is fresh and compelling for both experienced and new readers of the first twelve chapters of Luke’s Gospel.

So, download the book, for a limited time only, here.