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Volume 14, Issue 01

August 2015

30 ways to learn, live, and love in Fall 2015

You’ve registered for courses and bought your textbooks, but you may not feel ready for the thrill of starting a new semester. That’s because being a student on the campus of one of the world’s largest seminaries presents a host of challenges in adapting to new surroundings and choosing extracurricular activities. To help you prepare…

Responding to Islam with gospel proclamation, not fear: Ayman Ibrahim encourages ministry to Muslims

Ayman Ibrahim knows Arab and Muslim culture as intimately as anyone. The newly appointed assistant professor of Islamic studies grew up in a Coptic Orthodox family in Cairo, Egypt, and he wants more American evangelicals to reshape the way they think about their Muslims neighbors. That starts by not being afraid of them. “Among Westerners…

The hymns of Anne Steele: Boyce Centennial Library Archives acquires first edition

If Benjamin Keach was the liberator of Baptist hymnody, Anne Steele was its biggest voice. Steele, who lived 1717-1778, was the daughter of Particular Baptist preacher and timber merchant William Steele. She spent her entire life in Broughton, Hampshire, near the southern coast of England, and devoted much of her time to writing. Some accounts…

Praying with the ‘fire of God’s Word’: Whitney revives ancient spiritual discipline

EDITOR’S NOTE: In what follows, Donald S. Whitney, professor of biblical spirituality at Southern Seminary, discusses his book Praying the Bible with Towers editor S. Craig Sanders.  CS: You introduced the concept of praying Scripture in your book Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life. What’s the story behind how that section became the material for this…

Feature book review: ‘Praying the Bible’

Praying the Bible, Donald S. Whitney (Crossway 2015, $13.99) Review by S. Craig Sanders If prayer is the “chief exercise of faith” or “faith … breathed out in words” as John Calvin and Jonathan Edwards wisely expressed, why are so many genuine Christians out of shape and breathless? When Christians feel bored in prayer, the problem…

Reviews: ‘The Prodigal Church,’ ‘Forward,’ ‘Blindspots,’ ‘Talking with Catholics about the Gospel’

The Prodigal Church: A Gentle Manifesto Against the Status Quo, Jared C. Wilson (Crossway 2015, $15.99) Review by Andrew J.W. Smith In The Prodigal Church, Jared C. Wilson pushes back against the prevalent attractional church model and argues for a simple ecclesiology fully molded by the gospel. Wilson, author of Your Jesus is Too Safe, has…

Towers | August 2015