Notes on some recently finished books

Deere, Jack.  Surprised by the voice of God.  I had found this book at a  used sale for .50.   It’s an easy read and while it might look like Evangelical fluff (published by Zondervan and such), it is written by a seminary professor and so retains a modicum of scholarship.    Here is what I am taking away from it:  even if you do not believe the gifts happen today, you could very well still profit from this book.  He goes into how to keep small group settings from ending disastrously and how to deal with difficult members in the church.  The exegesis in the book is not easily dismissed.   Unfortunately, Deere could use a lot of Reformed ecclesiology.  For all of the hang ups about Presbyterianism, the latter really does protect you from stupid stuff.

Recovering the Reformed Confesssion by Scott Clark.  Mostly really good.  Lots of excellent technical theology in here. If all people take from this book is a recovery of the ectypal/archetypal distinction, then we should sing his praises.  Unfortunately, I do not think Clark has fully escaped the Calvin/Calvinists paradigm, seeing that he never hesitates to play off Edwards and Ames against Calvin and de Bres (which is more than ironic since he has so mightily combated it).  While valuable, I think his QIRC/QIRE model will function more to filter out anything he doesn’t like (similar to Reformed types in eschatology always saying “Already-Not Yet” when what they really mean is “Not Yet/Not Never”).