This blog is a salute to a pastor that I have yet to meet face-to-face. Several months ago, I was contacted thru Twitter by Pastor Tony Mansinho who is serving his church, Calvary Apostolic Church, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am unsure as to how that he found me but he has been an incredible blessing to me because at this point, he has sent me nearly 200 books. The books that he has sent to me are not your pop Christianity sorts of books that litter the bookshelves of most chain bookstores. Rather he has sent me some of the richest volumes from the New International Commentary on the New Testament (NICNT) and OldTestament (NICOT), IVP commentaries, a host of books on preaching, hermeneutics, and even several specialty study Bibles. Because I love books on preaching, I have benefited tremendously from that genre of books he has sent to me. I thought that I should do a book review/recommendation on one of the many he has sent. Obviously as he and I both would affirm that everything we read needs to be done so carefully and with discernment.
This book is one written by Joel Beeke. Joel Beeke is a familiar author with me as I have enjoyed his book on spiritual warfare, backsliding, history of the Puritans, and theology of the Puritans. Beeke is the president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary and the pastor of Heritage Reformed Congregation in Grand Rapids. The book that he has recently written is Reformed Preaching and is part historical and part instructional. The book is so good that I even found the beginning written endorsements to be good.