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CANON REVISITED
Establishing the Origins and Authority of the New Testament Books
Michael Kruger

This study of the New Testament canon and its authority looks deeper than the traditional surveys of councils and creeds, mining the biblical text itself for direction in understanding what the original authors and audiences believed the canon to be. Canon Revisited distinguishes itself by placing a substantial focus on the theology of canon as the context within which the historical evidence is evaluated and assessed. In effect, this work successfully unites both the theology and the historical development of the canon, ultimately serving as a practical defense for the authority of the New Testament books.

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"This book fills a lacuna in evangelical scholarship. Rarely does academic specialization in canon studies converge with thorough commitment to biblical authority. In this work, close evaluation of the history of approaches to the canon is matched by a richly theological interpretation of what it means to call Scripture our æcanon.Æ Careful, accessible, and wise in his explorations, Michael Kruger has given us a gift that will keep on giving for generations to come." -Michael S. Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

"The Christian canon of Scripture is under fire now more than ever. Sadly, even as so much of this fire has been issuing from academic quarters, we are left with more smoke than light. Stepping into the gap with a fresh synthesis is Michael Kruger's Canon Revisited. Gracefully uniting theology and history, Kruger invokes the chief Reformed argument for canon and gives it fresh wings." -Nicholas Perrin, Franklin S. Dyrness Chair of Biblical Studies Associate Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College; author, Lost in Transmission? What We Can Know about the Words of Jesus



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THE GODLY HOME
Selected from A Christian Directory
RICHARD BAXTER, Edited by Randall Pedersen, Intro. by J.I. Packer

In twenty-first century America, at a time when the family structure is crumbling, divorce rates are at an all-time high, and respect for parents is diminishing, The Godly Home serves as a balm for those seeking God's plan for the family. With an introduction by J. I. Packer, this book includes topics for those passionate about families or those teaching on the characteristics of a godly family. Richard Baxter covers topics such as marriage, children, and family worship methodically and comprehensively through both hypothetical and real-life questions and concerns that arise in family dynamics. He uses arguments, objections, and frequent Scripture to help husbands, wives, and children to live godly lives.More than three centuries ago, Puritan church leader Baxter compiled a 1,143-page tome entitled Christian Directory, which included a section on family life. The Godly Home is the only stand-alone version of that section of Christian Directory. Editor Randall Pederson has updated the language and syntax to make this seventeenth-century collection of words one that will continue on for generations to come.



Endorsement: "The Puritans elevated the concept that our homes and families should be like little churches and godly enclaves more than anyone else in church history. They preached scores of sermons and wrote numerous books on how to live as Christian husbands, wives, and children. One of the most important among these books was written by Richard Baxter and has long been buried in miniscule print in his A Christian Directory. In The Godly Home, Randall Pederson has masterfully edited Baxter's tour de force on the duties of husbands, wives, children, and teenagers in building God-glorifying homes. Though a few items in this book may seem outdated, the vast majority of it provides solid, convicting, and instructive biblical advice. If every Christian family, by the Spirit's grace, conscientiously practiced the godly piety Baxter commends in this book, homes, churches, and nations would be truly transformed for good and we would see better days ahead." - Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

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ROMANS COMMENTARY
Righteousness from Heaven
R. Kent Hughes

Few Christians would dispute that the book of Romans is one of the most powerful and in?uential books ever written. After all, Paul's epistle has been the written force behind some of the most significant conversions of church history: St. Augustine was convicted of his sin after reading some verses from the thirteenth chapter; Martin Luther recovered the doctrine of salvation by faith from his study of Romans 1:17; John Wesley felt his heart 'strangely warmed' and transformed while listening to the reading of Luther's preface to the book of Romans; and John Bunyan was so inspired as he studied the great themes of Romans that he wrote the immortal Pilgrim's Progress. There is no doubt about the power of the book of Romans.



Pastor Kent Hughes invites us now to experience the same power that was exhibited in the lives of great Church leaders such as Augustine, Luther, Wesley, and so many others. The fundamental truths expressed in Paul's letter; the themes of justification by faith, abounding grace, and freedom from sin; come to life as we explore the book that has so challenged and nourished followers of Christ for centuries.

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THE HERESY OF ORTHODOXY
Andreas J. Kostenberger, Michael J. Kruger

In the 1930's world famous and renowned lexicographer Walter Bauer argued that Christian belief emerged out of myriad theologies that existed within the church during the Patristic era. Out of this context, he argued, Rome emerged as the theology with the most political favor and thus became the "true" or "orthodox" theology of the church. However, Bauer provided little evidence to substantiate his claims other than the theory upon which they were built. In fact, Bauer was refuted by many scholars when his theory was first translated into English. The evidence simply does not fit the theory Bauer propounded.

Nevertheless in our current pluralist culture, which assumes that those who have power unjustly establish hegemonies in their favor whenever possible, this theory is still being propagated by scholars like Bart Ehrman. Again, this theory states that Christian orthodoxy arose from within the context of many theologies that later fell prey to the centralized and dominant Roman Church.

In this book The Heresy of Orthodoxy prolific and leading NT scholar Andreas J. Kostenberger along with Michael J. Kruger argue to the contrary showing that Christian orthodoxy was established and adhered to in-at least-the first half of the second century. To do this Kostenberger and Kruger open two fronts, one historical and the other canonical. First, the authors establish historical situation of early Christianity and show, via historical sources, an early orthodoxy that geographically diverse. They also demonstrate the consistency of the biblical witness to this context in relationship to other historical documents. Finally, they also show the logical and historical impossibility of developed heresies prior to the 3rd century-even the largest and most widespread heresy, Gnosticism.

Moving onto Canon, Kostenberger and Kruger explain what modern scholarship, that does not put theories before evidence has routinely shown, namely that the NT books that later constituted the Canon were understood as authoritative revelation by a majority of the church before many of the other books of "alternative Christianities" were even written.

But Kostenberger and Kruger, even after making their arguments from the evidence, not theory, remain uncomfortable with the scholarship that supports the Bauer-Ehrman thesis. They contend, in polemical fashion, that Bart Ehrman is ignoring evidence that is not only strongly against him, but obvious to any person who does not have a cultural agenda that demands all perspectives are equal no matter how unequal the historical record in fact may be.

The Heresy of Orthodoxy is a much needed correction to the scholarship and popular writings of Bart Ehrman and his unsubstantiated attacks on the integrity of the NT canon, his manipulation of history, and his patent disdain for orthodox belief. It should be read widely by Christians who want the best scholarship, that being scholarship that allows the evidence to dictate the results of the inquiry, and who want to learn where they can go to find the primary sources.


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THE INERRANT WORD: Biblical, Historical, Theological, and Pastoral Perspectives
Edited by John MacArthur, Foreword by R.C. Sproul

Christians are called to stand firm on the inerrancy of Scripture. Sadly, more and more people—not only from outside the church but also from within—are denying the complete truthfulness of God’s Word.

Edited by pastor John MacArthur, these commissioned essays by a host of evangelical pastors, theologians, historians, and biblical scholars contend that the Bible is completely true and without error—a foundational belief for those who claim to honor God. Exploring key Bible passages, events from church history, common criticisms, and pastoral applications, the contributors in this volume instill Christians with both certainty and courage to defend the inerrancy of God’s Word.

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Foreword - R. C. Sproul

Introduction: Why a Book on Biblical Inerrancy Is Necessary - John MacArthur

Part 1: Inerrancy in the Bible: Building the Case

The Sufficiency of Scripture (Psalm 19) - John MacArthur

“Men Spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:16–2) - Derek W. H. Thomas

How to Know God: Meditate on His Word (Psalm 119) - Mark Dever

Christ, Christians, and the Word of God (Matthew 5:17–20) - Kevin DeYoung

Jesus’s Submission to Holy Scripture (John 10:35–36) - Ian Hamilton

The Nature, Benefits, and Results of Scripture (2 Timothy 3:16–17) - J. Ligon Duncan III

Let the Lion Out (2 Timothy 4:1–5) - Alistair Begg

Part 2: Inerrancy in Church History: Showing the Precedent

The Ground and Pillar of the Faith: The Witness of Pre-Reformation History to the Doctrine of Sola Scriptura - Nathan Busenitz

The Power of the Word in the Present: Inerrancy and the Reformation - Carl R. Trueman

How Scotland Lost Her Hold on the Bible: A Case Study of Inerrancy Compromise - Iain H. Murray

How Did It Come to This?: Modernism’s Challenges to Inerrancy - Stephen J. Nichols

Part 3: Inerrancy in Theological Perspective: Answering the Critics

Foundations of Biblical Inerrancy: Definition and Prolegomena - John M. Frame

Rightly Dividing the Word of Truth: Inerrancy and Hermeneutics - R. Albert Mohler Jr.

The Use of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15: Inerrancy and Genre - G. K. Beale

Is Inerrancy Inert? Closing the Hermeneutical “Loophole”: Inerrancy and Intertextuality - Abner Chou

Can Error and Revelation Coexist?: Inerrancy and Alleged Contradictions - William Barrick

The Holy Spirit and the Holy Scriptures: Inerrancy and Pneumatology - Sinclair B. Ferguson

How the Perfect Light of Scripture Allows Us to See Everything Else: Inerrancy and Clarity - Brad Klassen

Words of God and Words of Man: Inerrancy and Dual Authorship - Matt Waymeyer

Do We Have a Trustworthy Text?: Inerrancy and Canonicity, Preservation, and Textual Criticism - Michael J. Kruger

Part 4: Innerancy in Pastoral Practice: Applying to Life

The Invincible Word: Inerrancy and the Power of Scripture - Steven J. Lawson

The Mandate and the Motivations: Inerrancy and Expository Preaching - John MacArthur

Putting Scripture Front and Center: Inerrancy and Apologetics - Michael Vlach

“All That I Have Commanded”: Inerrancy and the Great Commission - Miguel Núñez

Afterword: Keep the Faith - John MacArthur

Appendix: The Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy

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ESV EXPOSITORY COMMENTARIES: Presently 5 Volumes of 12 in Print
Series edited by Iain M. Duguid, James M. Hamilton Jr., Jay Sklar,

Designed to strengthen the global church with a widely accessible, theologically sound, and pastorally wise resource for understanding and applying the overarching storyline of the Bible, this commentary series features the full text of the ESV Bible passage by passage, with crisp and theologically rich exposition and application. Editors Iain M. Duguid, James M. Hamilton, and Jay A. Sklar have gathered a team of experienced pastor-theologians to provide a new generation of pastors and other teachers of the Bible around the world with a globally minded commentary series rich in biblical theology and broadly Reformed doctrine, making the message of redemption found in all of Scripture clear and available to all.

THERE ARE ONLY 5 OF THE PROJECTED 12 VOLUMES IN PRINT (MORE EXPECTED NEXT FALL)

VOLUME THREE: 1 Samuel - 2 Chronicles Contributions by John L. Mackay, John Olley, J. Gary Millar

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VOLUME TWELVE: Hebrews - Revelation Contributions by Dennis E. Johnson, Robert L. Plummer, Sam Storms, Matthew S. Harmon, Ray Van Neste, Matthew S. Harmon, Thomas R. Schreiner



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FACING THE DEATH OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE
ELISABETH ELLIOT

THIS IS A 25 PACK TRACT FOR USE WITH THOSE WHO ARE GRIEVING.

Elisabeth Elliot's practical words of comfort will guide others through their sorrow at the time of loss and give them reassurance that their God will never abandon them.

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It’s gone. I could see the yellow-spoked wheel of the spare tire, perched on the back of a 1934 Plymouth , disappear over the hilltop. The car in which I might have gotten a ride home from elementary school on this rainy day had gone and I was left behind.

“It’s gone.” The trainman stood at the only lighted gate in Penn Station. The train had gone, leaving me behind to figure out how on earth I was to make a speaking engagement on Long Island in an hour and a half.

We’ve all experienced the desolation of being left in one way or another. And sooner or later many of us experience the greatest desolation of all: he’s gone. The one who made life what it was for us—who was, in fact, our life.

And we were not ready. Not really prepared at all. We felt, when the fact stared us in the face, “No. Not yet.” For however bravely we may have looked at the possibilities (if we had any warning at all), however calmly we may have talked about them with the one who was about to die (and I had a chance to talk about the high risks with my first husband, and about the human hopelessness of the situation with my second), we are caught short. If we had another week, perhaps, to brace ourselves… a few more days to say what we wanted to say, to do or undo some things, wouldn’t it have been better, easier?

But silent, swift, and implacable the Scythe has swept by, and he is gone, and we are left. We stand bewildered on the sidewalk, on the station platform. Yet, most strangely, that stunning snatching away has changed nothing very much. There is the sunlight lying in patches on the familiar carpet just as it did yesterday. The same dishes stand in the rack to be put away as usual, his razor and comb are on the shelf, his shoes in the closet (O the shoes! Molded in the always recognizable shape of his feet). The mail comes, the phone rings, Wednesday gives way to Thursday and this week to next week, and you have to keep getting up in the morning (“Life must go on, I forget just why,” wrote Edna St. Vincent Millay) and combing your hair (for whom, now?), eating breakfast (remember to get out only one egg now, not three), making the bed (who cares?). You have to meet people who most fervently wish they could pass by on the other side so as not to have to think of something to say. You have to be understanding with their attempts to be understanding, and when they nervously try to steer you away from the one topic you want so desperately to talk about you have to allow yourself to be steered away—for their sakes. You resist the temptation, when they say he’s “passed away,” to say “No, he’s dead, you know.”

After a few months you’ve learned those initial lessons. You begin to say “I” instead of “we” and people have sent their cards and flowers and said the things they ought to say and their lives are going on and so, astonishingly, is yours and you’ve “adjusted” to some of the differences—as if that little mechanical word, a mere tinkering with your routines and emotions, covers the ascent from the pit.

I speak of the “ascent.” I am convinced that every death, of whatever kind, through which we are called to go must lead to a resurrection. This is the core of Christian faith. Death is the end of every life and leads to resurrection, the beginning of every new one. It is a progression, a proper progression, the way things were meant to be, the necessary means of ongoing life. It is supremely important that every bereaved person be helped to see this. The death of the beloved was the beloved’s own death, “a very private personal matter,” Gert Behanna says, “and nobody should ever dare to try to get in on the act.” But the death of the beloved is also the lover’s death, for it means, in a different but perhaps equally fearsome way, a going through the Valley of the Shadow.

I can think of six simple things that have helped me through this valley and that help me now.

First, I try to be still and know that He is God. That advice comes from Psalm 46, which begins by describing the sort of trouble from which God is our refuge—the earth’s changing, or “giving way” as the Jerusalem Bible puts it, the mountains shaking, the waters roaring and foaming, nations raging, kingdoms tottering, the earth melting. None of these cataclysms seem an exaggeration of what happens when somebody dies. The things that seemed most dependable have given way altogether. The whole world has a different look and you find it hard to get your bearings. Shadows can be very confusing. But in both psalms we are reminded of one rock-solid fact that nothing can change: Thou art with me. The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. We feel that we are alone, yet we are not alone. Not for one moment has He left us alone. He is the one who has “wrought desolations,” to be sure. He makes wars cease, breaks bows, shatters spears, burns chariots (breaks hearts, shatters lives?), but in the midst of all this hullabaloo we are commanded, “Be still.” Be still and know.

Stillness is something the bereaved may feel they have entirely too much of. But if they will use that stillness to take a long look at Christ, to listen attentively to His voice, they will get their bearings.

There are several ways of looking and listening that help us avoid being dangerously at the mercy of our (heaven forfend!) “gut-level” feelings. Bible reading and prayer are the obvious ones. Taking yourself by the scruff of the neck and setting aside a definite time in a definite place for deliberately looking at what God has said and listening to what He may have to say to you today is a good exercise. And if such exercises are seen as obligations, they have the same power that other obligations—cooking a meal, cleaning a bathroom, vacuuming a rug—have to save us from ourselves.

Another means of grace is repeating the creed. Here is a list of objective facts that have not been in the smallest detail altered by what has happened to us. Far from it. Not only have they not been altered; they do actually alter what has happened—alter our whole understanding of human life and death, lift it to another plane. We can go through the list and contemplate our situation in the light of each tremendous truth. It is simply amazing how different my situation can appear as a result of this discipline.

The second thing I try to do is to give thanks. I cannot thank God for the murder of one or the excruciating disintegration of another, but I can thank God for the promise of His presence. I can thank Him that He is still in charge, in the face of life’s worst terrors, and that “this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us [not ‘us for’] an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen.” (2 Corinthians 4:17 , 18) I’m back to the creed again and the things unseen that are listed there, standing solidly (yes, solidly, incredible as it seems) against things seen (the fact of death, my own loneliness, this empty room). And I am lifted up by the promise of that “weight” of glory, so far greater than the weight of sorrow that at times seems to grind me like a millstone. This promise enables me to give thanks.

Then I try to refuse self-pity. I know of nothing more paralyzing, more deadly, than self-pity. It is a death that has no resurrection, a sink-hole from which no rescuing hand can drag you because you have chosen to sink. But it must be refused. In order to refuse it, of course, I must recognize it for what it is. Amy Carmichael, in her sword-thrust of a book If, wrote, “If I make much of anything appointed, magnify it secretly to myself or insidiously to others, then I know nothing of Calvary love.” That’s a good definition of self-pity—making much of the “appointed,” magnifying it, dwelling on one’s own losses, looking with envy on those who appear to be more fortunate than oneself, asking “Why me, Lord?” (remembering the “weight of glory” ought to be a sufficient answer to that question). It is one thing to call a spade a spade, to acknowledge that this thing is indeed suffering. It’s no use telling yourself it’s nothing. When Paul called it a “slight” affliction he meant it only by comparison with the glory. But it’s another thing to regard one’s own suffering as uncommon, or disproportionate, or undeserved. What have “deserts” got to do with anything? We are all under the Mercy, and Christ knows the precise weight and proportion of our sufferings— He bore them. He carried our sorrows. He suffered, wrote George Macdonald, not that we might not suffer, but that our sufferings might be like His. To hell, then, with self-pity.

The next thing to do is to accept my loneliness. When God takes a loved person from my life it is in order to call me, in a new way, to Himself. It is therefore a vocation. It is in this sphere, for now anyway, that I am to learn of Him. Every stage on the pilgrimage is a chance to know Him, to be brought to Him. Loneliness is a stage (and, thank God, only a stage) when we are terribly aware of our own helplessness. It “opens the gates of my soul,” wrote Katherine Mansfield, “and lets the wild beasts stream howling through.” We may accept this, thankful that it brings us to the Very Present Help.

The acceptance of loneliness can be followed immediately by the offering of it up to God. Something mysterious and miraculous transpires as soon as something is held up in our hands as a gift. He takes it from us, as Jesus took the little lunch when five thousand people were hungry. He gives thanks for it and then, breaking it, transforms it for the good of others. Loneliness looks pretty paltry as a gift to offer to God—but then when you come to think of it so does anything else we might offer. It needs transforming. Others looking at it would say exactly what the disciples said, “What’s the good of that with such a crowd?” But it was none of their business what use the Son of God would make of it. And it is none of ours. It is ours only to give it.

The last of the helps I have found is to do something for somebody else. There is nothing like definite, overt action to overcome the inertia of grief. The appearance of Joseph of Arimathea to take away the body of Jesus must have greatly heartened the other disciples, so prostrate with their own grief that they had probably not thought of doing anything at all. Nicodemus, too, thought of something he could do—he brought a mixture of myrrh and aloes—and the women who had come with Jesus from Galilee went off to prepare spices and ointments. This clear-cut action lifted them out of themselves. That is what we need in a time of crisis. An old piece of wisdom is, “Dow the next thynge.” Most of us have someone who needs us. If we haven’t, we can find someone. Instead of praying only for the strength we ourselves need to survive, this day or this hour, how about praying for some to give away? How about trusting God to fulfill His own promise, “My power is made perfect in weakness”? (2 Corinthians 12:9) Where else is His power more perfectly manifested than in a human being who, well knowing his own weakness, lays hold by faith on the Strong Son of God, Immortal Love?

It is here that a great spiritual principle goes into operation. Isaiah 58:10-12 says, “If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually and satisfy your desire in scorched places, and make your bones strong; and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail, and… you shall be called the repairer of the breach, the restorer of streets to dwell in [or, in another translation, ‘paths leading home’].”

The condition on which all these wonderful gifts (light, guidance, satisfaction, strength, refreshment to others) rests is an unexpected one—unexpected, that is, if we are accustomed to think in material instead of in spiritual terms. The condition is not that one solve his own problems first. He need not “get it together.” The condition is simply “if you pour yourself out.”

Countless others have found this to work. St. Francis of Assisi put the principle into other words in his great prayer, “Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace. Where there is darkness let me sow light, where there is sadness, joy…. Grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console…. For it is in giving that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.” The words of this prayer were like a light to me in the nights of my husband’s last illness, and I wondered then at the marvel of a man’s prayer being answered (was I the millionth to be blessed by it?) some seven hundred years after he had prayed it. St. Francis was most certainly during those nights in 1973 an instrument of God’s peace.

Perhaps it is peace, of all God’s earthly gifts, that in our extremity we long for most. A priest told me of a terminally ill woman who asked him each time he came to visit only to pray, “The peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7)

I have often prayed, in thinking of the many bereaved, the words of the beautiful hymn “Sun of My Soul”:

Be every mourner’s sleep tonight?

Like infant slumbers, pure and bright.

There they are—six things that, if done in faith, can be the way to resurrection: be still and know, give thanks, refuse self-pity, accept the loneliness, offer it to God, turn your energies toward the satisfaction not of your own needs but of others’. And there will be no calculating the extent to which

From the ground there blossoms red?

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GOD, REVELATION & AUTHORITY: A 6 Volume Set
CARL F.H. HENRY

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Dr. Henry's case for the revealed authority of God offers the wisdom you need to minister to a generation that has forgotten who God is and what he's done. This series discusses the history of Christianity, confronts alternatives to evangelical Christianity, and shows how God's revelation of himself is uniquely personal and redemptive. 3054 pages total, six soft-covers from Crossway.

This is a monumental six-volume set that presents an undeniable case for the revealed authority of God to a generation that has forgotten who he is and what he has done.

Carl F. H. Henry (1913-2003) was widely considered one of the foremost evangelical theologians of the twentieth century. He was the founding editor of Christianity Today, the chairman of the World Congress on Evangelism in Berlin in 1966, and the program chairman for the Jerusalem Conference on Biblical Prophecy in 1970. Henry taught or lectured on America’s most prestigious campuses and in countries on every continent, and penned more than twenty volumes, including The Uneasy Conscience of Modern Fundamentalism (1948), Evangelicals at the Brink of Crisis (1967), and the monumental six-volume work, God, Revelation, and Authority (1976–1983).


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THE FINISHED WORK OF CHRIST
The Truth of Romans 1 - 8
FRANCIS A SCHAEFFER

"What is the long-term significance of Francis Schaeffer? I am sure that I shall not be at all wrong when I hail him as the one trult great Christian of my time." - J.I. Packer

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AUGUSTINE. LUTHER. WESLEY.

Three great leaders of the churchall traced their spiritual awakenings to the book of Romans. To this day, Paul's letter continues to amaze and awaken those who seek to plumb its depths, including one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the twentieth century, Francis Schaeffer. Here we see Schaeffer's love for the Gospel and passion for the truth on full display. No one can read these pages and wonder how this man had suich a profound impact on the church in the latter half of the twentieth century.

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HOPE: The Best of Things
Joni Eareckson Tada

One thing has saved her: the heaven-sent hope found only in Christ.

If hope is scarce in your life, this special booklet will draw you - toward a fresh perspective on suffering, true scriptural encouragement, and this beloved author's hard-won insights about the goodness of God.

In her life's journey Joni has learned to meet suffering on GodÆs terms. She has learned that joy is for real. And most of all, she has learned that hope is the best of things when we give it a chance. This book powerfully communicates all these truths from someone who has lived them, so that you can live them too, no matter what youÆre going through.

JONI EARECKSON TADA is founder and CEO of the Joni and Friends International Disability Center, which ministers to thousands of disabled people and their families through programs of practical encouragement and spiritual help. She is also an artist and the author of numerous best-selling books such as Joni; Heaven: Your Real Home; and When God Weeps. This is her twelfth book with Crossway.

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ARLO AND THE GREAT BIG COVER-UP: Teaching Children About Repentance and Forgiveness
By Betsy Childs Howard, Illustrated by Samara Hardy

Beautiful Illustrations | Simple Story | A Lesson for Kids on Repentance and Grace

Arlo knows better than to get out of bed during rest time. And he definitely isn’t allowed to draw on the wall. But Arlo does it anyway, and then desperately attempts to cover up his disobedience before his mom finds out. When his efforts fail, Arlo discovers not only the misery that comes from hiding his sin but also the relief that comes through confessing it. With easy-to-understand language and engaging illustrations, children will learn important lessons with Arlo about repentance and the forgiveness found only in Jesus.

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“What happens when you’ve made a mess that you can’t clean up? This is Arlo’s problem, and, as the story unfolds, we realize that it’s the fundamental problem of every human heart. But thankfully, Arlo is not left on his own. A wise mother points Arlo—and his readers—to the source of true cleansing. With its captivating illustrations, accessible language, and engaging plot, Arlo and the Great Big Cover-Up will delight young readers and warm the hearts of parents. This book is also fun to read aloud, which is a very good thing because its lesson of repentance and grace is one that we all need to hear again and again.” - Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and A Place to Belong; Editor, The Gospel Coalition

“Real. Relatable. Restorative. I look forward to reading this book to my kids and savoring the conversations that follow. What a wonderful opportunity to talk to kids about God’s amazing grace!”-Emily Jensen, coauthor, Risen Motherhood: Gospel Hope for Everyday Moments; Cofounder and Content Director, Risen Motherhood

“We’ve all experienced times when we tried so very hard to cover up our sins rather than confess them. In our pride, we believed that we could mask our sin, when all we really did was make a bigger spiritual mess of our hearts and our lives. Arlo’s mom reflects the heart of God toward our sin, both in the way she allows Arlo to experience the consequences of his actions, and in how she lovingly restores him when he repents. This may be a kid’s book, but the lessons it contains are for us all.” - Kristie Anyabwile, wife and mom; editor, His Testimonies, My Heritage

“My six-year-old son loves this story, told simply and with beautiful artwork. As a dad, I’m happy for stories that help my kids know how much better it is to have our sin cleaned up than covered up!” -Trevin Wax, author, This Is Our Time

Betsy Childs Howard (MA, Beeson Divinity School) is an editor for the Gospel Coalition. She is the author of Seasons of Waiting and served as an editor for The New City Catechism. Betsy lives with her husband, Bernard, in Manhattan, where they planted Good Shepherd Anglican Church in 2017.

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Greg Gilbert with Foreword by D.A. Carson

"Greg Gilbert is one of the brightest and most faithful young men called to serve the church today. Here he offers us a penetrating, faithful, and fully biblical understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ. There is no greater need than to know the true gospel, to recognize the counterfeits, and to set loose a generation of gospel-centered Christians. This very important book arrives at just the right moment."

-R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Two realities make this a critically important book: the centrality of the gospel in all generations and the confusion about the gospel in our own generation. What Is the Gospel? provides a biblically faithful explanation of the gospel and equips Christians to discern deviations from that glorious message. How I wish I could place this book in the hands of every pastor and church member."

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"Greg Gilbert contends that the current evangelical understanding of the gospel is lost in a fog of confusion. He burns away that fog by shining fresh light on an old subject. Gilbert writes in a clear, concise, and colloquial style that will especially appeal to young adults. What Is the Gospel? will sharpen your thinking about the gospel, etching it more deeply on your heart so you can share the good news of Jesus Christ with boldness. It will leave you pondering the extent to which the gospel has impacted your own life. It will cause you to cry out with thankfulness to God for what Christ has accomplished."

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THE BARBER WHO WANTED TO PRAY
R.C. SPROUL

'The Barber Who Wanted to Pray' by R. C. Sproul is a marvelous book on at least three different levels. First, the artwork by T. Lively Fluharty is so realistic it makes you feel as though you can step into the story. Shaded beards on men's cheeks, ornate buttons on shirts, reflections in mirrors, fur on pet cats -- the attention to details is so phenomenal, the paintings rival photography (but are much warmer and far more alluring).

Second, the story is an interesting blend of modern times and historical records. As a contemporary family does its devotions and prayer time each night, one of the family's six children asks her father how he learned to pray so earnestly and how she might learn to pray with more passion and sincerity. The father then tells the ancient story of how Rev. Martin Luther was asked by the barber in his town how he might become an effective man of prayer. To respond to this request, Luther spent several days composing a book he titled A Simple Way to Pray, the first copy of which he presented to Master Peter, his barber. The book explains how to use The Lord's Prayer, The Ten Commandments, and The Apostles' Creed as foundations for showing love, respect, tribute, honor, and obedience to God through heart-felt prayers.

Third, the book functions as a teaching text. At the back, it has copies of the three key documents used in Luther's book. It also explains throughout the book how families can have meaningful times of Bible reading and memorization, discussion, and group prayer.

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WHATEVER HAPPENED TO THE GOSPEL OF GRACE? Rediscovering the Doctrines That Shook the World
James M. Boice with Foreword by Eric Alexander

Church numbers are down and it's increasingly difficult to distinguish believers from their non-Christian neighbors—these are not good days for evangelicalism. Offering a serious assessment of today's church, Boice calls us to reclaim the truths of the Reformation—Scripture, Christ, grace, faith, and glory to God alone—in order to ignite renewal among God's people. 224 pages, softcover from Crossway.

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THE WHOLE CHRIST: Legalism, Antinomianism & Gospel Assurance - Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters
SINCLAIR FERGUSON

Since the days of the early church, Christians have wrestled with the relationship between the law and gospel. If, as the apostle Paul says, salvation is by grace and the law cannot save, what relevance does the law have for Christians today?

By revisiting the 'Marrow Controversy' - a famous but largely forgotten eighteenth-century debate related to the proper relationship between God's grace and our works - Sinclair B. Ferguson sheds light on this central issue and why it still matters today. In doing so, he explains how our understanding of the relationship between law and gospel determines our approach to evangelism, our pursuit of sanctification, and even our understanding of Godáhimself.

Ferguson shows us that the antidote to the poison of legalism on the one hand and antinomianism on the other is one and the same: the life-giving gospel of Jesus Christ, in whom we are simultaneously justified by faith, freed for good works, and assured ofásalvation.

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"This book has three things I'm very interested in: eighteenth-century Scottish church history, doctrinal clarity on the gospel, and learning from Sinclair Ferguson. As fascinating as this work is as a piece of historical analysis, it is even more important as a careful biblical and theological guide to the always-relevant controversies surrounding legalism, antinomianism, and assurance. I'm thankful Ferguson has put his scholarly mind and pastoral heart to work on such an important topic." - Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, Michigan

"This book could not come at a better time or from a better source. Sinclair Ferguson brings to life a very important controversy from the past to shed light on contemporary debates. But 'The Whole Christ' is more than a deeply informed survey of the Marrow Controversy. It is the highest-quality pastoral wisdom and doctrinal reflection on the most central issue in any age." - Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author,Core Christianity: Finding Yourself in God's Story

TABLE OF CONTENTS

How a Marrow Grew

Grace in the Gospel

Preparation, Distortion, Poison

Danger! Legalism

The Order of Grace

Suspicious Symptoms

Faces of Antinomianism

Causes and Cures

The Marrow of Assurance

How Assurance of Christ becomes Assurance of Salvation

'Hindrances Strew All the Way'

Conclusion

Appendix: Thomas Boston on Faith

Sinclair B. Fergusoná(PhD, University of Aberdeen)áis professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas, Texas, and the former senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia,áSouth Carolina.áHe is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.

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THE GRACE OF REPENTANCE
Sinclair Ferguson

About The Grace of Repentance

Out of the Protestant Reformation came several important doctrines, including a renewed understanding of repentance. Instead of viewing repentance as a one-time confession, the reformers began to teach what the Bible teaches; that it is both radical and perpetual.

In this redesigned, concise volume Sinclair Ferguson examines how the Bible defines repentance and how the doctrine has fared in today's evangelical churches. He finds many sorely lacking in proper theological understanding: "Once again we need to proclaim the full-orbed doctrine of repentance within an evangelical world that has begun to manifest symptoms of the same medieval sickness." This reversion to a kind of medieval theology includes the viewing of repentance as an isolated, emotional event.

Ferguson combats this trend by pointing us toward repentance in the Bible. As we embrace continual confession and turning from sin, we will find our spiritual walk transformed and our fellowship with Christ renewed. This is an important book for every Christian who wants the grace of repentance to regain rightful prominence in evangelical churches, and in their own lives as well.

Sinclair B. Ferguson is the senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. He is the author of several books, the most recent being In Christ Alone: Reflections on the Heart of the Gospel, and Westminster Directory of Public Worship (co-authored with Mark Dever). Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.

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NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES: Thoughtful and Worshipful Reflections on the Identity and Ministry of Jesus
Sinclair Ferguson and Alistair Begg

Jesus Christ has been given the name above all names, the highest seat of honor, the right to reign and rule. Yet the busyness of our lives and the diversions of this world often distract us from knowing the most important person we could ever know. Perhaps we need some help to see Jesus afresh.

In this thoughtful study and worshipful reflection, two influential pastors draw on decades of pastoral experience in order to guide us through the whole sweep of Scripture and examine seven key qualities of Jesus's identity and ministry:

-Jesus as the True Prophet

-Jesus as the Great High Priest

-Jesus as the Conquering King

-Jesus as the Seed of the Woman

-Jesus as the Son of Man

-Jesus as the Suffering Servant

-Jesus as the Lamb on the Throne

'Name above All Names' helps us to see and meditate on the incomparable character of Christ; a spiritual exercise that enables us to readily respond to the exhortations of Scripture, to focus our gaze upon the King of kings, and to better understand just how great Jesus really is.

"No biblical or theological subject captivates my heart and stimulates my mind more than the glory of Christ. One day every knee with bow at the mention of His name. If you want to understand why (and have your won heart humbled, filled with gratitude, and aroused to worship), nourish your soul with this simple yet profound overview of who Jesus is and what He has accomplished." - John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California

"As Christians, we find it easy to talk about God's work in our communities and around the world. It's easy to describe our growth in Christ and what we are learning from him. But how many of us simply delight in talking about Jesus? The art of contemplating the loveliness of Christ; and infusing those admirations into everyday conversation; is a dying discipline. But in 'Name above All Names', my friends Alistair Begg and Sinclair Ferguson invite us to meditate afresh on our wonderful savior and all that makes him beautiful and praiseworthy. I highly recommend this remarkable volume!" - Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

Sinclair B. Ferguson is the senior minister of the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and professor of systematic theology at Redeemer Seminary in Dallas. He is the author of several books, the most recent being By Grace Alone: How the Grace of God Amazes Me. Sinclair and his wife, Dorothy, have four grown children.

Alistair Begg served two churches in his native Scotland before answering the call in 1983 to become senior pastor at Parkside Church in suburban Cleveland, OH. A graduate of the London School of Theology, he has written several books and is heard daily on the national radio program Truth For Life.

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DELIGHTING IN THE LAW OF THE LORD
God's Alternative to Legalism and Moralism
Jerram Barrs

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God's people have neglected God's law.

We are steeped in a culture in which people hate being told how to live and idolize uninhibited "freedom." What's more, many Christians seem to think the law only leads to legalism and therefore doesn't have a role to play in the Christian life. Yet, regardless of what society or even fellow believers say, we need guidance to truly honor God in everything we think, say, and do.

Professor Jerram Barrs helps us recognize and articulate the immense importance of God's commands for godly living as he clears away unbiblical ideas that have crept into our thinking. Looking to the teachings of Jesus, this book will lead you to delight in the eternal beauty and life-changing significance of God's perfect law.

"Jerram expounds the true nature and purpose of GodÆs law from the Psalms, which extol GodÆs law in light of the Bible story of creation and redemption, and he draws primarily on the Gospels for stories to illustrate how this perspective on GodÆs law works out in practice. All will find this book challenging and helpful, but I recommend it especially to those engaged in communication of the truth that is in Jesus, particularly preachers, Bible study groups, parents, and Christian schools." - David Clyde Jones, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology and Ethics, Covenant Theological Seminary; author, Biblical Christian Ethics

"Jerram Barrs gently but decisively charts a course that falls into neither the ditch of meaningless moral relativism, on the one side, nor the choking grip of Christian legalism, on the other. He convincingly shows the biblical importance of the law as an essential guide to Christian discipleship, service, and happiness, both personally and within the larger realities of the church and society. This catechesis of the way of the Lord should be in every ministry toolbox and is an absolute must-read by every Christian who wants to find greater integrity of life and deeper relationship with Christ, our fellow human beings, and GodÆs good creation." - Michael Williams, Professor of Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary

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FROM HEAVEN HE CAME AND SOUGHT HER: Definite Atonement in Historical, Biblical, Theological and Pastoral Perspective
Edited by David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson

There is a palpable sense of confusion, and sometimes even embarrassment, with regard to so-called Limited Atonement today, pointing to the need for thoughtful engagement with this controversial doctrine. Incorporating contributions from a host of respected theologians, 'From Heaven He Came and Sought Her' stands as the first comprehensive resource of Definite Atonement as it examines the issue from historical, biblical, theological and pastoral perspectives.

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1. Sacred Theology and the Reading of the Divine Word: Mapping the Doctrine of Definite Atonement (David Gibson and Jonathan Gibson)

DEFINITE ATONEMENT IN CHURCH HISTORY

2. "We Trust in the Saving Blood" - Definite Atonement in the Ancient Church (Michael Haykin)

3. "Sufficient for All, Efficient for Some" - Definite Atonement in the Medieval Church (David Hogg)

4. Calvin, Indefinite Language, and Definite Atonement (Paul Helm)

5. Blaming Beza: The Development of Definite Atonement in the Reformed Tradition (Raymond Blacketer)

6. The Synod of Dort and Definite Atonement (Lee Gatiss)

7. "Controversy on Universal Grace": An Historical Survey of Moise Amyraut's 'Briief Traitte de la Predestination (Amar Djaballah)

8. Atonement and the Covenant of Redemption: John Owen on the Nature of Christ's Satisfaction (Carl Trueman)

DEFINITE ATONEMENT IN THE BIBLE

9. "Because He Loved Your Forefathers": Election, Atonement and Intercession in the Pentateuch (Paul Williamson)

10. "Stricken for the Transgression of My People": The Atoning Work of Isaiah's Suffering Servant (J. Alec Motyer)

11. For the Glory of the Father and the Salvation of His People: Definite Atonement in the Synoptics and Johannine Literature (Matthew Harmon)

12. For Whom Did Christ Die? Particularism and Universalism in the Pauline Epistles (Jonathan Gibson)?

13. The Glorious, Indivisible, Trinitarian Work of Godin Christ: Definite Atonement in Paul's Theology of Salvation (Jonathan Gibson)

14. 'Problematic Texts' for Definite Atonement in the Pastoral and General Epistles (Thomas R. Schreiner)

III. DEFINITE ATONEMENT IN THEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE?

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17. The Definite Intent of Penal Substitutionary Atonement (Garry J. Williams)?

18. Punishment God Cannot Twice Inflict: The Double Payment Argument Redivivus (Garry J. Williams)?

19. The New Covenant Work of Christ: Priesthood, Atonement, and Intercession (Stephen J. Wellum)?

20. Jesus Christ the Man: Toward a Theology of Definite Atonement (Henri A. G. Blocher)?

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22. 'Blessed Assurance, Jesus is Mine? Definite Atonement and the Cure of Souls (Sinclair B. Ferguson)?

23. 'My Glory I Will Not Give to Another': Preaching the Fullness of Definite Atonement to the Glory of God (John Piper)

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LOVING JESUS MORE
Philip Graham Ryken

Do you love Jesus more than your spouse? Your reputation? Your kids? Your health? Your job? Your money?

As Christians, we're called to love Jesus more than anyone or anything else. But do we really do this? Emphasizing that God's love for us is the source of our love for him, Phil Ryken challenges us to take Jesus's words seriously and think carefully about where our affections truly lie.

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1.Where Love Comes From

2.This I Know

3.With All We Have

4.What Makes Love Extravagant

5.What Love Does

6.Love's Greatest Test

7.When I DonÆt Love Jesus

8.Sight Unseen

9.Loving Jesus Perfectly

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A GRIEF SANCTIFIED: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope, Including Richard Baxter's Timeless Memoir of His Wife's Life and Death
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Their love story is not one of fairy tales. It is one of faithfulness from the beginning through to its tragic ending.

Richard and Margaret Baxter had been married only nineteen years before she died at age forty-five. A prominent pastor and prolific author, Baxter sought consolation and relief the only true way he knew- in Scripture with his discipline of writing. Within days he produced a lover's tribute to his mate and a pastor's celebration of God's grace. It is spiritual storytelling at its best, made all the more poignant by the author's unveiling of his grief.

J. I. Packer has added his own astute reflections along with his edited version of this exquisite memoir that considers six of life's realities-love, faith, death, grief, hope, and patience. He guides you in comparing and contrasting the world's and the Bible's ideals on coping with these tides of life. The powerful combination of Packer's insights and Baxter's grief gives you a beacon if you are searching for God, a pathfinder for your relationships, and a lifeline if you are grieving.



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WORLDINESS: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World
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THE GOSPEL COMES WITH A HOUSE KEY: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World
Rosaria Butterfield

The word “hospitality” can often create various levels of anxiety because of the perfect images of fashionably dressed hosts and impeccable homes that media and culture bombard us with. Yet, Rosaria Butterfield, in The Gospel Comes with a House Key, casts a far more reassuring and ordinary vision for what hospitality should actually look like. Using engaging stories from her own experiences of being on the receiving end of radically ordinary hospitality, Butterfield shows how one’s simple, but authentic, welcome can become a bridge for the gospel to reach the lost friends and neighbors in your life. This type of hospitality views our homes as God’s tools where authentic love and grace can be seen in action, revealing what true Christian faith looks like.

"One of the hallmarks of the people of God is supposed to be hospitality. But in an age of commuter churches, towns disemboweled by shopping malls, and lives that are overscheduled and full of ceaseless activity, hospitality is something which, like true friendship, is at a premium. In this book, Rosaria Butterfield makes a bold case for putting hospitality back into the essential rhythm of the church’s daily life. She sets the bar very high—and there is plenty of room here for disagreement on some of the proposals and details—but the basic case, that church is to be a community marked by hospitality, is powerfully presented and persuasively argued." -Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College

"This book isn’t for those who want to live the comfortable Christian life. Rosaria proves there is no such thing. She has a unique way of blending personal story and theological teaching that challenges the reader to engage in areas of both agreement and disagreement. I was sharpened well in both cases." -Aimee Byrd, author, 'Why Can't We Be Friends?' and 'No Little Women'

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Priceless: The Merit of Hospitality

The Jesus Paradox: The Vitality of Hospitality

Our Post-Christian World: The Kindness of Hospitality

God Never Gets the Address Wrong: The Providence of Hospitality

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: The Seal of Hospitality

Judas in the Church: The Borderland of Hospitality

Giving up the Ghosts: The Lamentation of Hospitality

The Daily Grind: The Basics of Hospitality

Blessed Are the Merciful: The Hope of Hospitality

Walking the Emmaus Road: The Future of Hospitality

Conclusion: Feeding the Five Thousand: The Nuts and Bolts and Beans and Rice

Acknowledgments

Notes

Recommended Reading

General Index

Scripture Index

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Money. The thought of it can be overwhelming, and the pursuit of it can be addicting. Our society constantly promises us that money will provide what we want—success, comfort, peace, and happiness—leading our fickle hearts to trust money for things it was never intended to give us. Even if we think we know what the Bible says about money, there seems to be a gap between our theology and our everyday money struggles.

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Pleasure.

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We live in a deeply broken world . . . but there is hope.

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The birth of Jesus stands as a pivotal moment in the history of the world, marking a dramatic turning point in God’s plan to redeem creation from sin and death. Much to the world’s surprise, redemption had arrived . . . in the form of a lowly baby.

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REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: Volume One, Revelation and God
JOEL BEEKE & PAUL SMALLEY

The first volume in the Reformed Systematic Theology set of four projected volumes that draws on the historical theology of Reformed tradition, exploring the first two of eight central points of systematic theology—the doctrines of revelation and the character of God—with an accessible and comprehensive approach that is biblical, doctrinal, experiential, and practical.

"We believe that the experiential application of doctrine is paramount for doing good systematic theology. Systematic Theology should minister to the whole person," write Beeke and Smalley. "We hope that this work will help prepare God's servants to nurture spiritual knowledge and saving faith in God's people according to the riches of Christ. We aim not only to educate you as the reader, but also to edify you and to equip you to tell others the wonders of our God"

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Abbreviations

Tables

Preface

Part 1: Prolegomena: Introduction to Theology and the Doctrine of Revelation

Analytical Outline: Prolegomena

Section A: Introduction to Theology

What Is Theology? Part 1: An Academic Discipline

What Is Theology? Part 2: A Spiritual Discipline

Who Does Theology? Where? When?

Which Theology Do We Do? Part 1: Christian, Catholic, Evangelical

Which Theology Do We Do? Part 2: Reformed: Historical, Confessional, Theological, and Hermeneutical Perspectives

Which Theology Do We Do? Part 3: Reformed: Polemical and Experiential Perspectives

Why Do We Do Theology?

How Do We Do Theology? Part 1: Spiritual Dynamics

How Do We Do Theology? Part 2: Academic Methods

Section B: The Doctrine of Revelation

Theological Fundamentals of Divine Revelation

General Revelation, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

General Revelation, Part 2: Philosophy and Science

General Revelation, Part 3: Natural Theology and Theistic Arguments

Excursus: Some Historical Perspective on Natural Theology and Theistic Proofs

Special Revelation: Biblical Teaching

Errors Regarding Special Revelation, Part 1: Romanism and Liberalism

Errors Regarding Special Revelation, Part 2: Liberalism’s Offspring

The Bible as the Word of God

The Properties of the Written Word, Part 1: Authority and Clarity

The Properties of the Written Word, Part 2: Necessity, Unity, and Efficacy

The Properties of the Written Word, Part 3: Inerrant Veracity

The Properties of the Written Word, Part 4: Objections to Inerrancy

The Properties of the Written Word, Part 5: Sufficiency

The Cessation of Special Revelation, Part 1: Charismatic Continuationism

The Cessation of Special Revelation, Part 2: Prophecy Today

Applied Revelation for Practical Fruit

Part 2: Theology Proper: The Doctrine of God

Analytical Outline: Theology Proper

Section A: The Doctrine of God’s Triune Glory

Introduction: The True Knowledge of God

Introduction to God’s Nature and Attributes, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Introduction to God’s Nature and Attributes, Part 2: Theological Issues

The Name of “the Lord” (YHWH)

The Holiness of the Lord

Gods That Are Not God

God’s Spirituality

God’s Simplicity: “The Lord Our God Is One Lord”

God’s Infinity, Part 1: Incomprehensibility, Aseity, and Immensity

God’s Infinity, Part 2: Eternity: Infinity with Respect to Time

Excursus: Problems of Time and Eternity

God’s Immutability, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

God’s Immutability, Part 2: Theological Questions

God’s Knowledge, Part 1: Omniscience and Wisdom

God’s Knowledge, Part 2: Foreknowledge

God’s Sovereignty: An Introduction to Omnipotence

God’s Moral Excellence, Part 1: Goodness and Love

God’s Moral Excellence, Part 2: Truth and Righteousness

God’s Moral Excellence, Part 3: Jealousy, Impassibility, and Joy

God’s Moral Excellence, Part 4: Wrath and Compassion

The Trinity, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

The Trinity, Part 2: Historical Development

The Trinity, Part 3: Theological and Practical Considerations

Section B: The Doctrine of God’s Sovereign Purpose

The Decree of God: General Considerations

Predestination, Part 1: Election and Reprobation

Predestination, Part 2: Historical Development through Reformed Orthodoxy

Predestination, Part 3: Questions and Uses

God’s Providence, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

God’s Providence, Part 2: Problems and Applications

Section C: The Doctrine of Angels and Demons

The Holy Angels of God

Satan and the Demons

Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“‘Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God!’ This expression of praise from Paul’s great doxology is a fitting response to reading this wonderful work of doctrine and devotion. Though the Reformed faith is often caricatured as merely intellectual, this work demonstrates that Reformed theology is also profoundly experiential, as no chapter fails to move from theology to doxology. This resource will instruct the mind and inflame the heart.” - John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; President, The Master’s University and Seminary

“Joel Beeke is a rare gift to the church, a noted Christian leader who combines the skills of a learned theologian, master teacher, noted historian, and yet also a caring pastor. Joined by Paul Smalley, this first volume of Reformed Systematic Theology, focusing upon revelation and God, is a virtual gold mine of biblical doctrine that is systematically arranged, carefully analyzed, historically scrutinized, and pastorally applied. I am not aware of another book quite like this invaluable work. This theological treasury is certain to become a timeless standard for years to come.” -Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“Already the most prolific Reformed author of his generation, Joel Beeke (helped by his theological Barnabas, Paul Smalley) now harvests the fruit of a lifetime of study, reflection, teaching, and writing in this impressive magnum opus. Throughout the centuries, theologians have debated whether systematic theology is an intellectual or practical discipline. Reformed Systematic Theology rightly treats it as both, for the Great Theologian of the church underlined that we cannot love the Lord our God with our mind unless we also love him with heart, soul, and strength. Thus, in these pages, doctrine leads to doxology and also to further enquiry. Each locus is expounded biblically, is understood ‘together with all the saints,’ and leads to practical implications and applications, with psalms, hymns of praise, and probing questions for further reflection. This is catechesis at its best, in the great tradition of Augustine, Anselm, and Calvin, where ‘faith seeks understanding’ and leads to worship and obedience. Here is a major contribution to the education of theological students, but also a work for preachers to have close by as a constant go-to resource, and indeed for every Christian family to own and frequently consult. While today it may seem that ‘of the making of systematic theologies there is no end,’ Reformed Systematic Theology makes a distinctive, deeply engaging, and welcome contribution and deserves a place of honor. Many will be grateful to Joel Beeke and Paul Smalley for giving this immensely valuable gift to the twenty-first-century church.” - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

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DARK CLOUDS, DEEP MERCY: Discovering the Grace of Lament
By Mark Vroegop, Foreword by Joni Eareckson Tada

Lament is how you live between the poles of a hard life and trusting God’s goodness.

Lament is how we bring our sorrow to God—but it is a neglected dimension of the Christian life for many Christians today. We need to recover the practice of honest spiritual struggle that gives us permission to vocalize our pain and wrestle with our sorrow. Lament avoids trite answers and quick solutions, progressively moving us toward deeper worship and trust.

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Foreword: Joni Eareckson Tada

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Life in a Minor Key | A Personal Journey

Part 1: Learning to Lament | Psalms of Lament

Keep Turning to Prayer | Psalm 77

Bring Your Complaints | Psalm 10

Ask Boldly | Psalm 22

Choose to Trust | Psalm 13

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A Broken World and a Holy God | Lamentations 1-2

Hope Springs from Truth Rehearsed | Lamentations 3

Unearthing Idols | Lamentations 4

A Roadmap to Grace | Lamentations 5

Part 3: Living with Lament | Personal and Community Applications

Making Lament Personal

Let Us Lament

Conclusion: Dark Clouds, Deep Mercy | The Journey Ahead

Appendix 1 Twenty Complaints

Appendix 2 Psalms of Lament

Appendix 3 Learning-to-Lament Worksheet Appendix 4 But, Yet, And

Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“I had never read a book like this before. If you are hurting or trying to help someone who is, or if you are attempting to lead your church to recover and experience what God’s Word teaches about lament, this is a book you will want to read.” - Daniel L. Akin, President, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Profound. Tender. Strengthening. Crucial. Wise. This book helped me see something that’s basic to Christianity that I hadn’t fully grasped as basic. I began rereading it with my wife before finishing it the first time. Every pastor, counselor—and indeed, every Christian—should read it.” -Jonathan Leeman, Editorial Director, 9Marks; author, The Rule of Love

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Mark Jones

“If your soul is dry and your prayers are dead, here is living water to revive and refresh you.” — David Murray

Jesus’s ministry on earth as a human was marked by a devotion to prayer. Through his prayer life, we see what it means to truly depend on God. Examining all of Jesus’s prayers recorded in the New Testament, this book reflects on the content and structure of the Son of God’s words to his Father— helping us imitate his example as we commune with our heavenly Father as adopted sons and daughters in Christ.

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Acknowledgments

Introducing Our Praying Lord

Jesus Prayed from His Mother’s Breasts (Psalm 22:9–10)

Jesus Prayed “Abba! Father” (John 17:1)

Jesus Prayed in Secret (Luke 5:16)

Jesus Prayed the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9–13)

Jesus Prayed Joyfully in the Spirit (Luke 10:21)

Jesus Prayed Knowing He Would Be Heard (John 11:41–42)

Jesus Prayed for His Father’s Glory (John 12:27–28)

Jesus Prayed for His Own Glory (John 17:1)

Jesus Prayed concerning Eternal Life (John 17:1–2)

Jesus Prayed for Us to Know God and Himself (John 17:3)

Jesus Prayed for the Glory He Had Before the World Existed (John 17:4–5)

Jesus Prayed concerning God’s Self–Disclosure (John 17:6–8)

Jesus Prayed for the Elect to Glorify Him (John 17:9–10)

Jesus Prayed That the Father Would Protect the Church (John 17:11–12)

Jesus Prayed for His Disciples To Be Joyful (John 17:13)

Jesus Prayed for His Disciples in the World (John 17:14–16)

Jesus Prayed for His Disciples to Be Sanctified (John 17:17–19)

Jesus Prayed for Church Unity (John 17:20–21)

Jesus Prayed for Us to Receive His Glory (John 17:22–23)

Jesus Prayed for His People to Be with Him (John 17:24)

Jesus Prayed with Confidence (John 17:25–26)

Jesus Prayed in Great Distress (Mark 14:32–34)

Jesus Prayed for Deliverance (Mark 14:35–36)

Jesus Prayed for His Enemies (Luke 23:34)

Jesus Prayed with a Loud Cry (Mark 15:34)

Jesus Prayed His Final Prayer (Luke 23:46)

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS:

“This is a book primarily about Jesus and secondarily about prayer. That is reflected in the subtitle Listening to and Learning from Our Savior. Jones guides us in listening to the prayers of Jesus for what they tell us about Jesus, and then what they tell us about prayer. Think of it as a Christology viewed through the lens of Jesus’s prayers. Jones’s purpose is much deeper than just drawing principles of prayer from the prayers of Jesus; he takes us into a deeper understanding of who Jesus is and what he has done for us, and then applies that to the prayer life of the believer in Christ.” - Donald S. Whitney, Associate Dean and Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible

“Mark Jones has done it again. He distills the beauty, majesty, and mystery of Jesus into accessible and transformative food for the soul. No other writer today says so much about Christ in such profound, readable, provocative, and rich ways. The humanity, vulnerability, authority, and glory of our Lord jump out of every page. Read this book.” - Dan MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Grace Toronto Church

“What a wonderful idea—to access the person and work of our Savior through his prayers. The result is a beautiful and soul-satisfying book that will not only teach you more about Jesus but also teach you how to pray. If your soul is dry and your prayers are dead, here is living water to revive and refresh you.” -David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“Christians with an appetite for knowing Jesus will find a feast in The Prayers of Jesus. Mark Jones serves up the finest in devotional food, teaching us how to come to the Father by observing the prayer life of his Son. I heartily commend not only the bite-size chapters but also Jones’s meaty historical and theological introduction.” - Chad Van Dixhoorn, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary

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BE STILL MY SOUL: Embracing God's Purpose & Provision in Suffering
Edited by Nancy Guthrie w/ Contributions by Ferguson, Packer, Sproul, Newton etc.

A POWERFUL RESOURCE TO MINISTER TO THOSE IN THE MIDST OF SUFFERING.

Since the beginning of humanity, the question of suffering-why it happens and how God works in it-has existed. What are you doing, God? Why is this happening? Where are you? These questions fill our thoughts when we experience deep pain and tragedy. Having lost two young children who suffered from a rare and incurable disease, editor Nancy Guthrie has put together this helpful collection of short readings exploring the question of suffering.

This anthology includes essays from both classic and contemporary theologians, Bible teachers, and missionaries such as John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, John Piper, Corrie ten Boom, Joni Eareckson Tada, and Helen Roseveare. Each entry expounds on a Bible verse, leading readers to see and be comforted by God's perspective, purpose, and provision in suffering.

CONTRIBUTIONS BY: Joni Eareckson Tada, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, John Calvin, J. I. Packer, John Piper, Jerry Bridges, R. C. Sproul, Charles H. Spurgeon, Helen Roseveare, John Newton, D. A. Carson, Martin Luther, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Jonathan Edwards, Timothy Keller, Sinclair B. Ferguson, Philip Yancey, Augustine, Os Guinness, A. W. Tozer, Abraham Kuyper, Wilson Benton, Jeremiah Burroughs, Thomas Manton

CONTENTS

PART ONE: GOD'S PERSPECTIVE ON SUFFERING

1. Suffering: The Servant of our Joy by Tim Keller

2. The Gift of Pain by Philip Yancey

3. God's Plan A by Joni Eareckson Tada

4. When We Don't Know Why, We Trust God Who Knows Why by Os Guinness

5. Is There Such a Thing as Senseless Tragedy? by R.C. Sproul

6. Illumined by the Light of God's Providence by John Calvin

7. A Profound Answer to the Pressing Question, 'Why?' by Wilson Benton, Jr.

8. Bearing Suffering by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

9. No Sorrow Like Jesus' Sorrow by John Newton

PART TWO: GOD'S PURPOSE IN SUFFERING

10. The God We Had We Lose by Abraham Kuyper

11. When Cost Becomes Privilege by Helen Roseveare

12. Prepared for Usefulness by A.W. Tozer

13. The Test of a Crisis by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

14. Too Good to Suffer? by St. Augustine

15. Faith Tried and Proved by Charles Haddon Spurgeon

16. Choosing Trust by Jerry Bridges

17. Dying Well by D.A. Carson

GOD'S PROVISION IN SUFFERING

18. Just What You Need, Just in Time by Corrie Ten Boom

19. Dark Valleys by Sinclair Ferguson

20. Hoped-for Healing by J.I. Packer

21. Happy in Affliction by Thomas Manton

22. Power in Weakness by John Piper

23. To Suffer as Christ Did by Martin Luther

24. Learning to be Content by Jeremiah Burroughs

25. Refuge and Rest in Christ by Jonathan Edwards

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THEREFORE I HAVE HOPE: 12 Truths That Comfort, Sustain & Redeem in Tragedy
Cameron Cole

Winner of WORLD's 2018 Book of the Year Award for Accessible Theology!

"This book will be of such immense encouragement and help, not just because it’s hopeful but because it’s human." Jen Pollock Michel, author, Teach Us to Want and Keeping Place

"Throughout the journey of my worst nightmare—my descent into a dark, sad valley—the Holy Spirit would remind me of truths that comforted my soul and sustained my life."

After the sudden death of their three-year-old son, Cameron Cole and his wife found themselves clinging to Christ through twelve key theological truths—truths that became their lifeline in the midst of unthinkable grief. Weaving together their own story of tragic loss and abiding faith, Cole explores these twelve life-giving truths to offer hope and comfort to those in the midst of tragedy.

Table of Contents:

Foreword

Introduction

Section 1: The Initial Shock

1. Grace

2. Gospel

3. Resurrection

4. Faith

Section 2: The New Normal

5. Empathy

6. Providence

7. Doubt

8. Presence

9. Sin

Section 3: The Long Haul

10. Joy

11. Service

12. Heaven

The Narrative of Hope

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Cameron Cole candidly offers practical and biblical advice for those who mourn in Therefore I Have Hope. An easy-to-read work without heavy theological language, this book can be understood and immediately applied to make a difference in a mourner’s life. Cole openly shares lessons he's learning following the tragic loss of his son and does not shy away from gradually and carefully pulling back the curtain on very real and present pain. The principles he shares apply to those who suffer various losses—the loss of a job, a parent, a child, one’s identity, one’s confidence, or one’s friends.” -Robert Smith Jr., Charles T. Carter Baptist Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“With both sensitivity and skill, Cameron Cole proves in this book that the central truths of the Bible actually matter for those of us who have ever encountered the often unspeakable tragedies of life. While our words to ourselves and to those who encounter suffering and loss sometimes fall flat, Cole reminds us that the profound realities found in the person and work of Jesus Christ and his resurrection can lift us to new heights of faith, hope, and love. Every Christian needs to read this book to discover anew that God is both great and good—no matter what may befall us.” -Julius J. Kim, Dean of Students and Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

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WHEN TROUBLE COMES: What Will You Do?
PHIL RYKEN

What will you do when trouble comes?

It’s not a question of if, but when—at some point, everyone faces grief, pain, broken relationships, sin, or persecution. What hope do we have? Sharing honestly from his own life and looking at stories of men and women in the Bible who experienced many kinds of trouble, Phil Ryken offers hope from Scripture aimed at reminding us that we’re never alone in our pain. Though hardships and trials will come, God is our very present help in times of trouble.

“Written by a sufferer who is also a skilled theologian-exegete, this book is honest, tender, full of grace, and bursting with the street-level wisdom of God’s Word. With story after story from Scripture, Dr. Ryken shows how the Bible accurately portrays our sufferings and how God meets us in the midst of them. Since suffering really is a universal human experience between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet,’ this is a book worth getting and living with. I found it to be enormously helpful, and you will too.” -Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and Suffering

“When trouble comes, most Christians want to escape it, deny or divorce it, or medicate or avoid it—we do everything but actually try to live with it! Thankfully, Dr. Ryken takes great pains in this remarkable book to show us how to live gladly and gloriously through our troubles. Rather than take us on a detour around our hardships, he serves as our guide through them. If you are finding it hard to ‘welcome trials as friends,’ this is the book for you.” -Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends

“As much as we hate to admit it, trouble inevitably marks every one of our lives. The Preacher was right when he wrote in Ecclesiastes that all our ‘days are full of sorrow.’ When Trouble Comes assumes that trouble will come—and not just to people who are living in rebellion against God, but to those, even especially to those, who are seeking to live for God’s glory. With deep wisdom and broad scriptural insight, Dr. Ryken identifies the sources of our troubles and calls us to faith in the Son who endured suffering and enters into all our sorrows.” -Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Give Them Grace

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Prologue: Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen (Psalm 37:39–40)

(1) "Woe Is Me!": Isaiah's Sin and Guilt (Isaiah 6:1–8)

(2) "I’ve Had Enough": Elijah's Desperate Depression (1 Kings 19:1–18)

(3) "Where You Die I Will Die": Ruth's Grief and Poverty (Ruth 1:1–18)

(4) "You Are the Man!": David's Deadly Temptation (2 Samuel 11:1–5; 12:1–15)

(5) "Cursed Be the Day I Was Born!": Jeremiah's Disheartening Persecution (Jeremiah 20:1–18)

(6) "A Sword Will Pierce Your Own Soul Too": Mary's Troubled Soul (Luke 1:26–38; 2:22–35)

(7) "Now Is My Soul Troubled": The Savior's Suffering unto Death (John 12:20–33)

(8) "We Are Afflicted in Every Way": Paul's Light and Momentary Troubles (2 Corinthians 4:7–18)

Epilogue: Here Comes Trouble! (John 16:25–33)

Study Guide

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

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THE PROMISES OF GOD: A New Edition of the Classic Devotional Based on the English Standard Version
CHARLES H. SPURGEON revised and edited by Tim Chester

"God has given no pledge that he will not redeem and encouraged no hope that he will not fulfill." —Charles Spurgeon

For over 150 years, Charles Spurgeon’s classic daily devotional on God’s promises has comforted the hearts of God’s people. For each day of the year, Spurgeon reflects on a specific promise of God from Scripture that strengthened his heart in times of severe depression and suffering. Each daily meditation testifies to the goodness, faithfulness, and power of God.

In this volume, Tim Chester helps Spurgeon speak to a new generation, updating archaic words, shortening sentences, and streamlining sentence structure—all without losing Spurgeon’s passionate and pastoral voice. These devotional readings will inspire you with fresh faith in the promise-making and promise-keeping God of the Bible.

"The Promises of God" is a 365 day devotional by Charles Spurgeon that was originally titled "The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith." Tim Chester has updated archaic words and used more modern sentence structure to make reading easier while still maintaining the feel of the original. He also used a modern version of the Bible (English Standard Version) rather than the original KJV except when the KJV wording is directly referenced in the devotion. This does make the devotions easier to read and understand.

Each day's devotion started with a verse or two from the Bible, then Spurgeon gave a mini-sermon on that verse--what the verse means for us and how we live. I read an ebook version, but it looked like each day was only a page or two long. I enjoyed reading Spurgeon's insights and thoughts about the selected verses. "

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century's most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.

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Since his Reformed Dogmatics was translated into English in the last decade, 19th-century Dutch theologian Herman Bavinck has gained wide popularity among pastors and theologians in the 21st century. Christian Worldview, another of his foundational works, is here translated into English for the first time, introducing more of Bavinck's ideas to a contemporary audience. This book was originally written in response to the challenges of modernity, such as the loss of unity of the self, increasing political tension, the rise of scientism, the reduction of humanity to the merely physical, and more—challenges that continue to reverberate in our day and age.

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The debate over the ultimate source of truth in our world often pits science against faith.

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"My hope is that this volume will help you to see the Savior more clearly, to understand his grace more deeply, to confess your struggle more honestly, to worship him more fully, and to find in these meditations the motivation to continue to follow the Savior even when he’s leading you into unexpected and hard places.” —Paul David Tripp

Best-selling author Paul David Tripp invites you into his personal reflections on his experience of God’s ever-present grace through the ups and downs of his life. He shares his celebrations, disappointments, cries for help, confessions, and confusions in the form of 120 meditations that were written over many years through various joys and struggles.

Vulnerable yet pastoral and wise, these meditations in the form of verse showcase how God’s amazing grace intersects with the mundane, unexpected, messy, and beautiful moments of everyday life.

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The Bible is full of ironic situations in which God overturns the world’s wisdom by doing the opposite of what is expected. In this new volume from respected New Testament scholar G. K. Beale, readers will see how God’s pattern of divine irony is exhibited in both judgment and salvation, finding its greatest expression in Jesus’s triumph over death through death on a cross. God has designed redemptive history to unfold in a way that challenges human wisdom in order to put his own wisdom and glory on display, using what is seemingly weak and foolish to show his power in the lives of his people today.

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Preface: A Most Unlikely Revival

Introduction

1. God Judges People by Their Own Sin

2. People Resemble the Idols That They Worship

3. The Irony of Salvation

4. The Christian Life: Power Is Perfected in the Powerless

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JOHN CALVIN: For a New Reformation
Edited by Derek W. H. Thomas, John W. Tweeddale, Afterword by R. C. Sproul

More than 500 years ago, 16th-century Reformer John Calvin was born—a theologian whose teachings set the stage for reformation of the church around the world. The modern world is in continual need of his Christ-exalting doctrine and vision of the Christian life. In 20 essays by leading Reformed pastors and scholars, this primer explores Calvin’s life, teaching, and legacy for a new generation. This book is a clarion call to Christians everywhere to take seriously the ongoing need of theological reformation across the globe.

“Thomas and Tweeddale have brought together an impressive team of sympathetic scholars to provide us with this wonderful in-depth exposition of many important aspects of Calvin’s life and teaching. The contributors to John Calvin not only highlight but also understand the profound contemporary relevance of his theological and pastoral emphases. Here is a genuine Calvinian treat! May it encourage twenty-first-century pastors and teachers—indeed, all serious Christians—to think, worship, serve, and live in the kind of dependence on God and confidence in his word that Calvin so courageously exhibited in his day.” --Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“John Calvin: For a New Reformation bears witness to the vastly significant contributions made by the famous French Reformer, pastor, and theologian. Not only have the editors assigned topics that represent the many foci of Calvin’s thought—and they are great in both number and quality—but they have also chosen widely respected authorities to write on them. In addition, they have allotted to them a generous page limit to explore the topics in depth. This volume will whet the appetite of those who are in the initial stages of exploring Calvin and will also satisfy those who have long studied the legacy of Reformed thought.” --W. Andrew Hoffecker, Professor of Church History Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface by Derek W. H. Thomas and John W. Tweeddale

Abbreviations

PART ONE: The Life and Work of John Calvin

1. The Young Calvin by Michael A. G. Haykin

2. The Call to Geneva and the Struggle for Orthodoxy by Stephen J. Nichols

3. Calvin the Pastor by David B. Calhoun

4. Calvin and the Consistory by Douglas F. Kelly

5. Calvin and Friends by W. Robert Godfrey

6. The Expository Pulpit of John Calvin by Steven J. Lawson

7. The Development of the Institutes from 1536 to 1559 by Derek W. H. Thomas

PART TWO: The Teaching of John Calvin

8. The Divinity and Authority of Scripture by K. Scott Oliphint

9. Creation and Humanity by J. V. Fesko

10. The Providence of God by Burk Parsons

11. The Law of God by Guy Prentiss Waters

12. The Person and Work of Christ by Paul Wells

13. The Holy Spirit by Joel R. Beeke

14. The Christian Life by Edward Donnelly

15. Knowing God through Adversity by Derek W. H. Thomas

16. Predestination by Paul Helm

17. The Church as Mother by John W. Tweeddale

18. The Sacraments by Keith A. Mathison

19. God’s Preservation of His Saints by Robert A. Peterson

20. The Last Things by Cornelis P. Venema

Afterword by R. C. Sproul

Appendix: Reading Calvin and His Interpreters

John W. Tweeddale

Contributors

General Index

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CREATED TO DRAW NEAR: Our Life as God's Royal Priests
Edward T. Welch

You are a royal priest.

That Reality Will Change Your Life

Human beings are wired for connection. We long for deep relationships and real intimacy—both of which reflect our fundamental desire to be close to God. But all too often, whether because of our sin or our failures, we imagine that God prefers to keep his distance.

In this book, Edward T. Welch shows us the purpose for which we were created: to be brought near to God as a kingdom of priests. He traces the priestly identity throughout the entire Bible, showing us how holiness leads to closeness to God. Through the blood of Jesus, God extends his invitation for all to draw near with open arms. And in his presence, we discover what it means to be truly human: known, unashamed, and wise, full of meaning, purpose, and abundant life.

“‘You are a royal priest. That reality will change how you live.’ With this huge claim, Ed Welch introduces Created to Draw Near. I wanted to be persuaded, but I was doubtful. My doubts have now been blown away. How did I not see the significance and influence of this truth before? This book will indeed change the way you live by changing your view of God, yourself, and the gospel.” --David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

“You have your grace books and your older holiness books. At times, they exist in two different worlds. Not for Ed Welch. In a book full of rich insights that link the Old and New Testaments, Welch paints a picture of holiness and intimacy with God that makes you want to be holy. He widens our view of holiness, working to craft it into a vision of beauty. You’ll want to obey after reading this book.” --Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

“I treasure Ed Welch’s writings. I don’t know another counselor who can write a book like this—Ed has built for us a rich biblical theology of God’s presence. Created to Draw Near helped me to understand my Old Testament better, and it grew my love for Jesus as Savior and High Priest of my soul.” --Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, The Pastor and Counseling and She’s Got the Wrong Guy

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Longing for Closeness

PART 1: OUR PAST

Eden

1. In the Garden of God

2. In God’s Image

3. Not Yet Dressed

4. Discern Right from Wrong

5. An Intruder

6. Discernment Lost

7. Life Outside the Most Holy Place

Israel

8. Sanctuaries and Ladders

9. Jacob

10. Moses

11. A Nation of Priests

12. Holy

13. A Meal with God

14. In God’s House

15. Priests Clothed

16. Job Descriptions

17. Priests at Work

18. “Be Holy as I Am Holy”

19. In God’s Courtroom

20. A Tumultuous Interlude

PART 2: JESUS OUR TABERNACLE

21. The Holy One Descends

22. Jesus our Passover Lamb

23. Interrupted by a Wedding

24. Jesus the Temple

25. Jesus the High Priest

26. Believe

27. Descending Further

28. The Lamb Slain

29. Jesus Ascends, the Spirit Descends

PART 3: ALMOST TRULY HUMAN

30. Priests in Plain Clothes

31. Priests Descend and Ascend

32. Saints

33. Shining Faces

34. Living Stones, Flowing Fountains

35. Enter In

36. Be Sent Out

37. Walking Uphill

38. The High Priest Prays for You

Epilogue

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has been counseling for more than 35 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include When People Are Big and God Is Small, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, and Side by Side. He blogs regularly at CCEF.org.

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CHRISTIAN ETHICS: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning
WAYNE GRUDEM

What does the Bible teach about how to live in today’s world?

Best-selling author and professor Wayne Grudem distills over forty years of teaching experience into a single volume aimed at helping readers apply a biblical worldview to difficult ethical issues, including wealth and poverty, marriage and divorce, birth control, abortion, euthanasia, homosexuality, business practices, environmental stewardship, telling the truth, knowing God’s will, understanding Old Testament laws, and more.

“Insightful, encyclopedic, biblical, and distinctively evangelical, this new book from Wayne Grudem is a massive contribution to Christian ethics. It will stand as one of the most important and definitive works of this generation. Readers should engage it chapter by chapter, and then keep it close at hand for continuing consultation.” --R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Wayne Grudem and I have always been on the same page, both in theology and in theological method. Christian Ethics: An Introduction to Biblical Moral Reasoning has all the excellent features of his Systematic Theology: biblical fidelity, comprehensiveness, clarity, practical application, and interaction with other writers. His exhortations drive the reader to worship the triune God. I hope the book gets the wide distribution and enthusiastic response that it deserves.” --John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Wayne Grudem is a master at cutting into meaty intellectual topics, seasoning them, and serving them up in flavorful, bite-sized morsels for the ordinary person to savor and digest. Don’t let the size of this book deter you! This rich feast will help you figure out what the Bible says about how to live today. Dig in. Taste the wisdom that is sweeter than honey. Eat from the bread that will bring health to your spirit and life to your bones.” --Mary A. Kassian, author, Girls Gone Wise

“This nearly exhaustive treatment of Christian ethics is destined to become the standard evangelical text for many years to come. It is wide-ranging, thoughtful, and unafraid to engage with controversial issues and with those who take a different approach. Regardless of whether one can side with Grudem on each topic, all of us can benefit immensely from his lucid presentation. There is hardly an ethical issue he doesn’t address, and I will be consulting his work regularly for wisdom and guidance on a variety of matters that the church faces in a morally decadent and confused world. Highly recommended!” --Sam Storms, Senior Pastor, Bridgeway Church, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Abbreviations

Illustrations

Preface

PART 1: INTRODUCTION

1. Introduction to Christian Ethics

2. The Ultimate Basis for Ethics: The Moral Character of God

3. Our Source of Ethical Standards: The Bible

4. The Goal of Ethics: Living for the Glory of God

5. The Joys and Blessings of Obedience to God and the Harmful Consequences of Sin

6. How to Know God’s Will: Factors to Consider in Making Ethical Decisions

7. Christians Will Never Have to Choose the “Lesser Sin”

8. How Should Christians Use the Old Testament for Ethical Guidance?

PART 2: PROTECTING GOD'S HONOR

“You shall have no other gods before me.”

9. No Other Gods

10. No Carved Images

11. Purity of Speech

12. Lying and Telling the Truth

13. The Sabbath Commandment

Part 3: Protecting Human Authority

“Honor your father and your mother.”

14. Authority of Parents

15. Equality and Leadership in Marriage

16. Civil Government

17. Other Authorities

Part 4: Protecting Human Life

“You shall not murder.”

18. Capital Punishment

19. War

20. Self-Defense

21. Abortion

22. Euthanasia

23. Suicide

24. Aging and Death

25. Racial Discrimination

26. Health

27. Alcohol and Drugs

Part 5: Protecting Marriage

“You shall not commit adultery.”

28. Marriage

29. Birth Control

30. Infertility, Reproductive Technology, and Adoption

31. Pornography

32. Divorce and Remarriage

33. Homosexuality and Transgenderism

Part 6: Protecting Property

“You shall not steal.”

34. Property: The Goodness and Necessity of Private Ownership of Property

35. Work, Rest, Vacations, and Retirement

36. Increasing Prosperity: Is More Prosperity a Good Thing?

37. Poverty and Wealth

38. Personal Financial Stewardship

39. Borrowing, Lending, and the Question of Debt

40. Business Ethics

41. Stewardship of the Environment

Part 7: Protecting Purity of Heart

“You shall not covet.”

42. Purity of Heart

Appendix A: Should We Move Beyond the New Testament to a Better Ethic? An Analysis of William J. Webb's Slaves, Women & Homosexuals: Exploring the Hermeneutics of Cultural Analysis

Appendix B: Scripture Versions Cited

Glossary

Name Index

Hymn Index

Scripture Index

Subject Index

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Ligon Duncan with Foreword by Mark Dever

"In the midst of our suffering we need a wake-up call to the truth that God’s steadfast love never ceases.” —Dave Furman, Senior Pastor, Redeemer Church of Dubai; author, Being There and Kiss the Wave

Are you feeling despondent, depressed, or discouraged? When we encounter severe trials and suffering, we are often tempted to think

that our situation is somehow out of God’s hands. In these dark times, God seems silent, and we feel isolated, confused, and alone. Everyone experiences suffering; even the biblical writers expressed anguish at times. This emotion is clearly captured in the Psalms. Through these brief meditations on Psalms 88 and 89, Ligon Duncan shows us how to respond to our own suffering with the assurance of our heavenly Father’s mercy, which sustains us even in the darkest circumstances.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Mark Dever

1 Psalm 88

2 Psalm 89

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

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SAINTS & SCOUNDRELS In the Story of Jesus by Nancy Guthrie

“Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus is convicting and comforting at once, reminding all true believers that God’s family is rough around the edges and held together by grace.” —Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

The story of Jesus in the Gospels includes all kinds of interesting people—some who claimed to be saints but proved to be scoundrels, as well as scoundrels who were transformed into saints. In Saints and Scoundrels in the Story of Jesus, Nancy Guthrie provides a fresh look into what shaped and motivated people such as John the Baptist, Peter, the Pharisees, Zacchaeus, Judas, Caiaphas, Barabbas, Stephen, and Paul. Join her as she reintroduces us to these biblical characters, helping us to see more clearly the ways in which they reveal the generous grace of Jesus toward sinners.

THE PROMISED ONE: Seeing Jesus in Genesis

After the resurrection, when Jesus used Scripture to explain who he was and why he came, where did he start? In the Old Testament. And this is where The Promised One begins to look for Christ, finding him in the people, promises, and patterns of the Old Testament scriptures.

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apply the gospel found in Genesis to issues such as shame, fear, and the desire for security and significance;

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THE LAMB OF GOD: Seeing Jesus in Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy

Jesus's declaration that Moses wrote of him frames this study of four books of the Pentateuch—Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy—as we discover the many ways that Moses spoke about Christ. Seasoned Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie shows that the Bible's story from beginning to end is the story of the Lamb—the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.

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THE SON OF DAVID: Seeing Jesus in the Historical Books

What kind of king and what kind of kingdom are we asking for when we pray this prayer Jesus taught us to pray? A study of the Old Testament Historical Books—Joshua through Esther—enables us to see the kingdom of God not only as it once was, but also as it is now, and as it will be one day.

Over ten weeks of guided study, relevant teaching, and group discussion, seasoned Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie traces the history of the people of God from the time they entered the Promised Land through a series of failed kings, exile, and finally their return to await the true King. Readers will see Jesus as:

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the greater Boaz who has done all that is necessary to redeem;

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THE WISDOM OF GOD: Seeing Jesus in the Psalms and Wisdom Books

Wouldn't you love to be wise and know the God who is Wisdom himself? This 10-week study of Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon mines the Wisdom Literature not only for wise principles for living, but also for the wise person these books point to through their drama, poetry, proverb, and song—Jesus.

Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie provides clear commentary and contemporary application of biblical truths found in the Wisdom Books regarding:

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how we can make sense of our suffering and our dissatisfaction in life

how to deal with our uneven emotions, our need for security, and our longing to be loved

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THE WORD OF THE LORD: Seeing Jesus in the Prophets

In the Old Testament, God spoke to his people through prophets—men specially called to speak God’s Word to his people. The New Testament makes it clear that such prophets, whether chastising or comforting, testified to Israel’s final redemption and ultimate hope: Jesus the Messiah.

Over ten weeks of guided personal Bible study, relevant teaching, and group discussion, Bible teacher Nancy Guthrie will help you see the person and work of Christ in:

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Daniel's stone, not hewn by human hands, that will crush every human kingdom

Ezekiel’s vision of a city where we will enjoy Jesus’s presence forever

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WHAT GRIEVING PEOPLE WISH YOU KNEW: About What Really Helps (and what really hurts) by Nancy Guthrie

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THE FINAL DAYS OF JESUS: The Most Important Week of the Most Important Person Who Ever Lived by Kostenberger & Taylor

Walk With Jesus During His Last Week on Earth

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OVERCOMING SIN AND TEMPTATION by John Owen

John Owen’s writings, though challenging, are full of rich spiritual insights. In this unabridged volume, editors Justin Taylor and Kelly Kapic have edited three of Owen's classic works?Of the Mortification of Sin in Believers, Of Temptation: The Nature and Power of It, and The Nature, Power, Deceit, and Prevalency of Indwelling Sin. They have updated the author’s language, translated the Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, and footnoted difficult or unknown phrases, all without sacrificing any of Owen’s original message. These three treatises on temptation, sin, and repentance are theologically robust and insightful while also being accessible to modern readers. Overcoming Sin and Temptation will help a new generation benefit from the writings of this remarkable Puritan. Now redesigned with a new cover.

DEFENDING YOUR FAITH: An Introduction to Apologetics by R.C. Sproul

There is a widespread belief that reason and faith are incompatible and opposed to each other. Faith is viewed as subjective, emotional, a crutch for those who find the real world too hard. Though many of the world’s finest minds hold this view, the Bible teaches that it is the fool who says there is no God.

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6 WAYS THE OLD TESTAMENT SPEAKS TODAY: An Interactive Guide by Alec Motyer

What does the Old Testament have to do with us today?

To many of us, the Old Testament can seem distant, foreign, and confusing, with difficult language and events disconnected from our present-day lives. But with a little guidance, it is quickly evident that the Old Testament still speaks today.

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DEPRESSION, ANXIETY AND THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: Practical Wisdom from Richard Baxter with Intro. by J.I. Packer and Notes by Michael Lundy

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R.C. SPROUL

Where is God when worlds collide?

Name any catastrophic event in the course of history, and it seems as if God has abandoned the human race. Where was He while the Israelites groaned in oppressive slavery for 400 years? Where was He during the Holocaust when millions of people died horrific deaths? Where was He on 9/11, when thousands lost their lives because of terrorists? It sometimes seems that God is silent, watching the horrors of life on earth without pity or concern.

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CORONAVIRUS AND CHRIST
JOHN PIPER

"This is a time when the fragile form of this world is felt. The seemingly solid foundations are shaking. The question we should be asking is, Do we have a Rock under our feet? A Rock that cannot be shaken—ever?" —John Piper

On January 11, 2020, a novel corona-virus (COVID-19) reportedly claimed its first victim in the Hubei province of China. By March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization had declared a global pandemic. In the midst of this fear and uncertainty, it is natural to wonder what God is doing.

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The Occasion: Coron-avirus

Part 1: The God Who Reigns over the Coron-avirus

1. Come to the Rock

2. A Solid Foundation

3. The Rock Is Righteous

4. Sovereign over All

5. The Sweetness of His Reign

Part 2: What Is God Doing through the Coronavirus?

Preliminary Thoughts: Seeing and Pointing

6. Picturing Moral Horror

7. Sending Specific Divine Judgments

8. Awakening Us for the Second Coming

9. Realigning Us with the Infinite Worth of Christ

10. Creating Good Works in Danger

11. Loosening Roots to Reach the Nations

A Closing Prayer

Notes

Scripture Index

Desiring God Note on Resources

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COME LET US ADORE HIM: A Daily Advent Devotional
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