Recommended Reading

The Next Story

by Tim Challies

The Masculine Mandate

Even the least technical among us are being pressed from all sides by advances in digital technology. We rely upon computers, cell phones, and the Internet for communication, commerce, and entertainment. Yet even though we live in this 'instant message' culture, many of us feel disconnected, and we question if all this technology is really good for our souls.

In a manner that's accessible, thoughtful, and biblical, author Tim Challies addresses questions such as:

  • How has life—and faith—changed now that everyone is available all the time through mobile phones?
  • How does our constant connection to these digital devices affect our families and our church communities?
  • What does it mean that almost two billion humans are connected by the Internet ... with hundreds of millions more coming online each year?

Providing the reader with a framework they can apply to any technology, Tim Challies explains how and why our society has become reliant on digital technology, what it means for our lives, and how it impacts the Christian faith.


Essential Beliefs and Common Myths by: Michael J. Vlach

The Masculine Mandate

Perhaps no theological system is as misunderstood as Dispensationalism. That is why Michael Vlach, Assistant Professor of Theology at The Master's Seminary, has released Dispensationalism: Essential Beliefs and Common Myths. Dr. Vlach argues that the heart of Dispensationalism consists of six "essential beliefs." He also points out that there are five "myths" about Dispensationalism that needed to be discarded.

Dr Michael J. Vlach is a professor of Theology at The Master's Seminary in Los Angeles, CA and has published numerous articles scholarly journals on topics relating to dispensationalism, church history, apologetics and the Christian worldview.

Has the Church Replaced Israel?

A Theological Evaluation by Michael J. Vlach

The Masculine Mandate

The relationship between Israel and the church continues to be a controversial topic led by this question: Does the church replace, supersede, or fulfill the nation of Israel in God's plan, or will Israel be saved and restored with a unique identity and role?

In Has the Church Replaced Israel?, author Michael J. Vlach evaluates the doctrine of replacement theology (also known as supersessionism) down through history but ultimately argues in favor of the nonsupersessionist position. Thoroughly vetting the most important hermeneutical and theological issues related to the Israel/church relationship, Vlach explains why, "there are compelling scriptural reasons in both testaments to believe in a future salvation and restoration of the nation Israel."