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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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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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PROVIDENCE: God's Purposeful Sovereignty by which He will be Completely Successful in Achieving His Ultimate Goal for the Universe
JOHN PIPER

From Genesis to Revelation, the providence of God directs the entire course of redemptive history. Providence is “God’s purposeful sovereignty.” Its extent reaches down to the flight of electrons, up to the movements of galaxies, and into the heart of man. Its nature is wise and just and good. And its goal is the Christ-exalting glorification of God through the gladness of a redeemed people in a new world.

Drawing on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry, pastor and author John Piper leads us on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Piper invites us to experience the profound effects of knowing the God of all-pervasive providence: the intensifying of true worship, the solidifying of wavering conviction, the strengthening of embattled faith, the toughening of joyful courage, and the advance of God’s mission in this world.

The providence of God is his purposeful sovereignty by which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe. God’s providence carries his plans into action, guides all things toward his ultimate goal, and leads to the final consummation. Pastor and author John Piper draws on a lifetime of theological reflection, biblical study, and practical ministry to lead readers on a stunning tour of the sightings of God’s providence—from Genesis to Revelation—to discover the all-encompassing reality of God’s purposeful sovereignty over all of creation and all of history. Exploring the goal, nature, and extent of God’s purposes for the world, Piper offers an invitation to know the God who holds all things in his hands yet remains intimately involved in the lives of his people.

Contents

Introduction: Four Invitations

PART 1: A Definition and a Difficulty

1 What Is Divine Providence?

2 Is Divine Self-Exaltation Good News?

PART 2: The Ultimate Goal of Providence

Section 1: The Ultimate Goal of Providence before Creation and in Creation

3 Before Creation

4 The Act of Creation

Section 2: The Ultimate Goal of Providence in the History of Israel

5 Overview: From Abraham to the Age to Come

6 The Exodus Unfolds

7 Remembering the Exodus

8 The Law, the Wilderness, and the Conquest of Canaan

9 The Time of the Judges and the Days of the Monarchy

10 The Protection, Destruction, and Restoration of Jerusalem

Section 3: The Ultimate Goal of Providence in the Design and Enactment of the New Covenant

11 The Designs of the New Covenant

12 Christ’s Foundational Act in Establishing the New Covenant

13 The Entrance of Sin into Creation and the Glory of the Gospel

14 The Glory of Christ in the Glorification of His People

PART 3: The Nature and Extent of Providence

Section 1: Setting the Stage

15 Knowing the Providence of the God Who Is

Section 2: Providence over Nature

16 The Loss and Recovery of a Theater of Wonders

17 Earth, Water, Wind, Plants, and Animals

Section 3: Providence over Satan and Demons

18 Satan and Demons

19 The Ongoing Existence of Satan

Section 4: Providence over Kings and Nations

20 Israel’s Divine King Is King of the Nations

21 Human Kingship and the King of Kings

22 To Know and Rejoice That the Most High Rules

Section 5: Providence over Life and Death

23 A Bath of Truth and the Gift of Birth

24 The Lord Has Taken Away; Blessed Be the Name of the Lord

25 We Are Immortal till Our Work Is Done

Section 6: Providence over Sin

26 Natural Human Willing and Acting

27 Things We Know and Things We Do Not Need to Know

28 Joseph: God’s Good Meaning in a Sinful Act

29 Israel Hated, Pharaoh Hardened, God Exalted, Helpless Saved

30 Broken Families

31 Deception and Dullness of Heart

32 Though He Cause Grief, He Will Have Compassion

33 A Wickedness God Especially Abhorred

Section 7: Providence over Conversion

34 Our Condition before Conversion

35 Three Biblical Pictures of How God Brings People to Faith

36 Saving Faith as the Gift of Providence

37 Driven Back to the Precious Roots of Election

Section 8: Providence over Christian Living

38 Forgiveness, Justification, and Obedience

39 God’s Command-and-Warning Strategy

40 Those Whom He Called, He Also Glorified

41 Blood-Bought Zeal for Good Works

42 Working in Us That Which Is Pleasing in His Sight

43 Killing Sin and Creating Love—by Faith

Section 9: The Final Achievement of Providence

44 The Triumph of Missions and the Coming of Christ

45 New Bodies, New World, Never-Ending Gladness in God

Conclusion: Seeing and Savoring the Providence of God

General Index

Scripture Index

Desiring God Note on Resources

“In what is perhaps his most important book so far, John Piper demonstrates with great cogency and exegetical skill that God’s providence ‘is his purposeful sovereignty in which he will be completely successful in the achievement of his ultimate goal for the universe.’ This book will enlarge your vision of God and thereby strengthen your faith.” - D. A. Carson, Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“John Piper, with his characteristic clarity and focus on the biblical text, shows us the pervasiveness of God’s providence in the Scriptures. Piper lingers over the biblical text, and we see in text after text that God rules over all of reality, from the smallest atom to horrific disasters. As we have come to expect from Piper, he turns our eyes to the infinite greatness and beauty of God, while reminding us that God’s providence constitutes amazing good news for those of us who know Jesus Christ.” - Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“There are many books by John Piper that I would recommend to believers because of the depth and freshness of thought in his writings. Providence will rank among the highest on the list. The breadth of God’s providence that is covered here is breathtaking. Piper leaves no stone unturned! Read it and see for yourself. This is a landmark work!” -Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

“While some see God’s hand only in miracles, and others don’t see his hand at all, providence is the wonderful truth that God is sovereign in and over everything that happens. Combining passion with a curious spirit, John Piper has cherished and proclaimed this truth throughout his ministry. This engaging book is not just about one doctrine, but ranges throughout the alpine vistas of God’s work in our world, our redemption, and our lives today. It is deeply faith invigorating.” -Michael Horton, Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“In this remarkable book, John Piper reveals the personal side of sovereignty, helping us glimpse the intricate complexity, winsome beauty, and ultimate purpose of God’s plans in action. Piper is able to write about a multifaceted doctrine in a way that is easy to grasp and so practical!” -Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder and CEO, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“With the publication of The Justification of God in 1983, John Piper showed that he was a man unflinching in his adherence to the sovereignty of God’s grace. Now, half a generation later, that adherence remains. This massive book affords food for thought in a way that will stretch the minds and hearts of its readers.” -Paul Helm, Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College London

“John Piper’s careful exposition is coupled with insightful theological reflection and pastoral application. Here is hope when health fails, enemies assail, dreams unravel, relationships crumble, and calamities destroy. Here is strength for enduring difficulty, facing uncertainty, and overcoming anxiety. Here is the sweet experience of our Father’s bountiful goodness in the special care and conduct of his providence.” -J. Stephen Yuille, Vice President of Academics, Heritage College and Seminary; Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In my estimation, this book represents the most mature and the fullest biblical-theological reflections of John Piper. As a pastor and teacher, I’m often asked, ‘How can I reconcile what I know about God, man, and creation in the Bible with how I experience them?’ Thanks to Piper, I now have a definitive work to help me answer these questions. This book will move readers to delight in God and in his revealed reality as they wonder at God’s intended purpose for his creation.” -Biao Chen, Chinese Project Coordinator, Third Millennium Ministries

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WHEN WORDS MATTER MOST: Speaking Truth with Grace to Those You Love
CHERYL MARSHALL & CAROLINE NEWHEISER

When a friend or family member is struggling spiritually, do you ever feel uncertain about what to say?

You may sense your loved ones need to hear biblical encouragement or advice but, feeling inadequate for the task, you might simply commiserate or say nothing. God calls you to something more.

In When Words Matter Most, Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser help you discern spiritual needs and give biblical, heartfelt guidance. Through real-life stories and carefully chosen Scripture passages, they model what to say to those who are worried, weary, wayward, or weeping. You’ll learn how to speak truth to others in your sphere of influence and strengthen the body of Christ as a whole.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part 1

Chapter 1: The Call to Speak

Chapter 2: Those We Love

Chapter 3: The Greater Grace

Chapter 4: The Gracious Friend

Chapter 5: When Grace Is Tested

Chapter 6: Truth That Transforms

Part 2

Introduction to Part 2

Chapter 7: Truth for the Worried

Chapter 8: Truth for the Weary

Chapter 9: Truth for the Wayward

Chapter 10: Truth for the Weeping

Chapter 11: Our Confidence to Speak

ENDORSEMENTS

“There are times when actions matter most. There are even times when your mere presence matters most. But as Marshall and Newheiser make clear, our lives are filled with times ‘when words matter most.’ This book is for those times. Written by women and for women, these pages are so saturated with Scripture and biblical wisdom that they can be equally beneficial to men. When Words Matter Most can serve either for small-group study or personal reading. Most of us speak to one or more who are weary, wayward, or worried almost every day. Learning from the lessons and examples of this book will prepare you to be more effective when you do.” -Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; Praying the Bible; and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

“When Words Matter Most is a thoroughly practical and biblical book to help you speak the truth in love to others caught up in a variety of struggles. This book is engaging and very helpful. I highly recommend it.” -Martha Peace, biblical counselor; author, The Excellent Wife

“We need each other to grow in Christ. We also need to hear God's word, and God uses others to speak that word to us. Marshall and Newheiser remind us of this fundamental but often ignored truth in this wonderfully practical book. We are all needy and weak. We all need to be encouraged and challenged, and we need to hear God’s word practically applied to our lives by those who know us. We are confident that the Lord will use this book to help us walk worthily of the Lord who has called us to be like him.” -Thomas and Diane Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; and his wife, Diane

“The riches of God’s word should not be hoarded as a private treasure. This practical, powerful book challenges believers to allow Scripture’s healing balm to flow naturally into our relationships and conversations. God’s words matter more and accomplish more than our own. When the teaching of the Bible permeates our own thoughts, we can gently and powerfully share strengthening truth with one another.” -Deborah Young, Chief Curriculum Officer, Bible Study Fellowship

“From the very beginning, God created mankind with the ability to communicate so man could commune with God and fellow man. However, because of sin, communication has been horribly corrupted. Cheryl Marshall and Caroline Newheiser have written a much-needed book to help restore gracious and loving communication to bring strength, comfort, and sometimes reproof to those who need it. Gracious speech full of truth is a lost art to this generation. When Words Matter Most is a carefully written resource to restore this vital and necessary practice.” -John D. Street, Professor, The Master’s University and Seminary; President, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

“What a challenge it is to speak the truth in love to those whom the Lord places in our lives. It is much easier to just talk about comfortable topics and avoid the tough ones altogether. When Words Matter Most serves as a welcome tool to show us how to do the right thing and choose the words that matter most with utmost prayer and care. Marshall and Newheiser skillfully provide biblically saturated advice coupled with real-life examples from their vast experience. They do not seek to provide a formula for success, but rather carefully suggest methods to encourage the fainthearted and do so with grace. It is exciting to think about how the Lord may choose to use conversations we may be privileged to initiate to transform hearts and bring glory to his name. May we be eager for the task! This helpful book will spur us on in ways yet unseen with its well-organized categories of concern and corresponding biblical truth. I am grateful to both Marshall and Newheiser for this labor of love and gladly recommend it.” -Mary K. Mohler, Director, Seminary Wives Institute, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Growing in Gratitude

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THE PRAYERS OF JESUS: Listening to and Learning from Our Savior
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.

Table of Contents:

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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FAITH. HOPE. LOVE. The Christ-Centered Way to Grow in Grace
MARK JONES

“So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1 Corinthians 13:13

Faith, hope, and love—we hear a lot about each on their own, but how are they related? Why is this triad mentioned so often in the New Testament?

Written in the form of fifty-eight questions and answers, this book reveals how these three theological virtues—also referred to as “three divine sisters”—together serve as the foundation for our whole Christian life. Deeply scriptural, steeped in key theological texts, and modeled after the classic catechisms of church history, this book will instruct our minds, stir our hearts, and motivate us to faith-filled obedience.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Part 1: Faith

Questions 1–17

1. What is the worst sin?

2. What is saving faith?

3. Where does faith come from?

4. What does it mean that faith is supernatural?

5. Are we justified by believing in the doctrine of justification by faith alone?

6. What does our faith lay hold of?

7. Can we lose our justification?

8. Is faith our righteousness?

9. What is the principal exercise of faith?

10. What is the principle of our obedience?

11. In addition to being the object of our faith, is Jesus also the pattern of our faith?

12. Can faith be increased and strengthened?

13. Should those with saving faith fear God and tremble at his threats?

14. Is there such a thing as false faith?

15. What is Satan’s goal in his assaults on God’s children?

16. How should we respond in the trials God sends us?

17. Does true faith always persevere and end in victory?



Part 2: Hope

Questions 18–30

18. How is hope commonly understood?

19. What is Christian hope?

20. What gives rise to Christian hope?

21. Is hope necessary for the Christian?

22. To whom is Christian hope given?

23. How does hope relate to death?

24. What is the supreme object of Christian hope?

25. How does Christian hope relate to our future vision of Christ?

26. In what destination do we long to live forever?

27. Of what use is hope in times of suffering?

28. What hope do we have regarding the salvation of our children?

29. May we have hope regarding the death of infants?

30. What duty flows out of Christian hope?



Part 3: Love

Questions 31–57

31. What is the foundation of the Christian religion?

32. What is love?

33. What is the guide to loving God and our neighbor?

34. How do we fail to show love for God?

35. How do we show our love for God?

36. What makes our obedience acceptable to God?

37. How does faith work through love?

38. What is the context for our love?

39. What is the chief end of our love to others?

40. How can we keep ourselves from idolatry, which manifests hatred toward God?

41. What guards the church from false worship?

42. How should God’s people regard themselves in the Christian life?

43. Does God offer us a particular day in which we may rest and stir up our love for him and others?

44. How do we love those who are in a higher or lower position than ourselves?

45. What obedience should Christian parents expect from their children?

46. Why are we to have love and respect for human life?

47. How are we to show our love and respect for human life?

48. What are our sexual duties in this life, and how does the fulfillment of such manifest love?

49. What is the primary mark of a Christian marriage?

50. Why is adultery such a heinous sin?

51. How does love manifest itself in regard to our worldly goods and name?

52. How is our generosity in love to be shown in the local church?

53. Why is lying so serious?

54. How do we show love with regard to our speech?

55. What keeps us from an inordinate desire for the things of the world?

56. Is love optional for Christians?

57. Of faith, hope, and love, which is the greatest?

Appendix

Question 58

58 Did Jesus possess faith, hope, and love?

Catechism

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Pastor Mark Jones has written an admirable treatise on the heart of biblical ethics: the virtues of faith, hope, and love. His book is based firmly on Scripture, and he has arranged it as a catechism: questions, answers, and commentary. He also digs deep into classic theological expositions, especially among the Puritans. This arrangement, clearly and vividly written, enables readers not only to understand these teachings, but to internalize them, and thus to grow in grace. This book will be a great help to individual and family devotions and to adult Bible study groups. I hope that many will have the opportunity to read it to the glory of God in Christ.” -John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy Emeritus, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Much writing on Christian spirituality is hollow, bereft of theological heft and awash in baptized therapeuticism. By contrast, Faith. Hope. Love. is weightily Puritanesque in the best sense—offering clear, Christ-centered, scriptural ballast for the Christian life. Rooted richly in the Reformed tradition, Jones walks us through the theological virtues and the shape they give to our life in Christ. More importantly, in each chapter he points us to the Christ in whom we place our faith—the one we imitate in love and for whom we wait in hope. I highly commend this work.” -Derek Rishmawy, blogger, Reformedish; cohost, Mere Fidelity podcast

“The old paths are the way into the future. Mark Jones knows this is true for the life and witness of the church of Jesus Christ. He takes us back to the medieval theological virtues, organizes them in a reformational catechism, and uses post-Reformation, orthodox theological distinctions, all to instruct our minds, enflame our hearts, and move us to service. This is as clear as it gets when it comes to the doctrine of justification by faith alone and all that it means for living out a life of faith, hope, and love.” -Daniel R. Hyde, Pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church, Carlsbad/Oceanside, California; Adjunct Instructor of Ministerial Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, Welcome to a Reformed Church

“The questions we ask can be just as important as the answers. Well-meaning Christians often harmfully express the three theological virtues of faith, hope, and love in sentimental tropes devoid of substance. I will be recommending Mark’s excellent book for many to use devotionally. Its catechismal format has provided a superb corrective, moving us to delight in Christ-centered faith, hope, and love, and what they require of us in response.” -Aimee Byrd, author, Theological Fitness and No Little Women

“In this useful work, Jones clearly and practically guides the reader into the virtues of the body of Christ. The book is laid out in catechetical format, which Jones employs with great dexterity. The questions are those that the fides quaerens intellectum (‘faith seeking understanding’) of any believer naturally poses to itself, and the definitions that follow by way of response are elegant and comprehensive. The expositions of the answers are doctrinally profound but expressed very simply and memorably. Steeped in the wisdom of the doctors and the great Puritan guides of the heart, Faith. Hope. Love. is a much-needed map of the path of the Christian’s walk with God.” -Peter Escalante, Fellow of Rhetoric, New St. Andrew’s College

“Mark Jones puts to rest the lie that scholasticism is arid and boring. In a rich display of biblical text, respect for the past, and pastoral sensitivity, Faith. Hope. Love. gives to the church a summary of biblical virtue to help us live our theology in honor of a Savior who loves us so faithfully. This is a worthy addition to Jones’s other works that have made the best of the Great Tradition accessible and enjoyable for a wide Christian audience.” -Ian Hugh Clary, Assistant Professor of Historical Theology, Colorado Christian University; coeditor, Pentecostal Outpourings: Revival and the Reformed Tradition; Senior Fellow, Andrew Fuller Center for Baptist Studies



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CONCISE THEOLOGY: A Concise Introduction to Biblical Doctrine
JAMES I. PACKER

NEXT TO HIS BOOK 'KNOWING GOD' THIS MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT BOOK IN ALL THE WRITINGS OF THE LATE J.I. PACKER. IT IS THE PERFECT GIFT TO A NEW BELIEVER, AND A WONDERFUL BOOK FOR THE SEASONED VETERAN OF THE CROSS, WHO NEEDS TO BE REMINDED OF THE RICHES FOUND IN CHRIST.

"Theology is for doxology and devotion—that is, the praise of God and the practice of godliness.” —From the Preface

Theology is important for the Christian life. And though it is marked by many complex terms and doctrines, there is yet what J. I. Packer calls “the permanent essentials of Christianity.” This concise introduction to these essential doctrines distills theological truths so both scholar and layperson alike can grow to treasure the unchanging pillars of the Christian faith.

Each of the ninety-four chapters explores a different doctrine in a way that is easy to understand and rooted in historic Reformed teaching. As you learn more about the foundational teachings of the faith, you will grow in the knowledge of God and will worship him as your Creator, Redeemer, and sovereign Lord.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Publisher's Foreword

Preface

Part 1: God Revealed as Creator

Chapter 1: Revelation: Scripture Is the Word of God

Chapter 2: Interpretation: Christians Can Understand the Word of God

Chapter 3: General Revelation: God’s Reality Is Known to All

Chapter 4: Guilt: The Effect of General Revelation

Chapter 5: Inward Witness: Scripture Is Authenticated by the Holy Spirit

Chapter 6: Authority: God Governs His People through Scripture

Chapter 7: Knowledge: True Knowledge of God Comes through Faith

Chapter 8: Creation: God Is the Creator

Chapter 9: Self-Disclosure: This Is My Name

Chapter 10: Self-Existence: God Has Always Been

Chapter 11: Transcendence: God’s Nature Is Spiritual

Chapter 12: Omniscience: God Sees and Knows

Chapter 13: Sovereignty: God Reigns

Chapter 14: Almightiness: God Is Omnipresent and Omnipotent

Chapter 15: Predestination: God Has a Purpose

Chapter 16: Trinity: God Is One and Three

Chapter 17: Holiness: God Is Light

Chapter 18: Goodness: God Is Love

Chapter 19: Wisdom: God’s Twofold Will Is One

Chapter 20: Mystery: God Is Surpassingly Great

Chapter 21: Providence: God Governs This World

Chapter 22: Miracles: God Shows His Presence and Power

Chapter 23: Glory: God’s Glory-Showing Requires Glory-Giving

Chapter 24: Idolatry: God Demands Total Allegiance

Chapter 25: Angels: God Employs Supernatural Agents

Chapter 26: Demons: God Has Supernatural Opponents

Chapter 27: Satan: Fallen Angels Have a Leader

Chapter 28: Humanness: God Made Human Beings in His Image

Chapter 29: Humankind: Humans Are Body and Soul, in Two Genders

Part 2: God Revealed as Redeemer

Chapter 30: The Fall: The First Human Couple Sinned

Chapter 31: Original Sin: Depravity Infects Everyone

Chapter 32: Inability: Fallen Human Beings Are Both Free and Enslaved

Chapter 33: Covenant: God Takes Sinful Humans into a Covenant of Grace

Chapter 34: Law: God Legislates, and Demands Obedience

Chapter 35: Law in Action: God’s Moral Law Has Three Purposes

Chapter 36: Conscience: God Teaches and Cleanses the Heart

Chapter 37: Worship: God Gives a Liturgical Pattern

Chapter 38: Prophets: God Sent Messengers to Declare His Will

Chapter 39: Incarnation: God Sent His Son to Save Us

Chapter 40: Two Natures: Jesus Christ Is Fully Human

Chapter 41: Virgin Birth: Jesus Christ Was Born by Miracle

Chapter 42: Teacher: Jesus Christ Proclaimed God’s Kingdom and Family

Chapter 43: Sinlessness: Jesus Christ Was Entirely Free from Sin

Chapter 44: Obedience: Jesus Christ Fulfilled His Father’s Redemptive Will

Chapter 45: Vocation: Jesus Christ’s Mission Was Revealed at His Baptism

Chapter 46: Transfiguration: How Jesus Christ’s Glory Was Revealed

Chapter 47: Resurrection: Jesus Christ Was Raised from the Dead

Chapter 48: Ascension: Jesus Christ Was Taken Up into Heaven

Chapter 49: Session: Jesus Reigns in Heaven

Chapter 50: Mediation: Jesus Christ Is the Mediator between God and Man

Chapter 51: Sacrifice: Jesus Christ Made Atonement for Sin

Chapter 52: Definite Redemption: Jesus Christ Died for God’s Elect

Part 3: God Revealed as Lord of Grace

Chapter 53: Paraclete: The Holy Spirit Ministers to Believers

Chapter 54: Salvation: Jesus Rescues His People from Sin

Chapter 55: Election: God Chooses His Own

Chapter 56: Effectual Calling: God Draws His People to Himself

Chapter 57: Illumination: The Holy Spirit Gives Spiritual Understanding

Chapter 58: Regeneration: The Christian Is Born Again

Chapter 59: Works: Good Works Are an Expression of Faith

Chapter 60: Repentance: A Christian Changes Radically

Chapter 61: Justification: Salvation Is by Grace through Faith

Chapter 62: Adoption: God Makes His People His Children

Chapter 63: Sanctification: The Christian Grows in Grace

Chapter 64: Liberty: Salvation Brings Freedom

Chapter 65: Legalism: Working for God’s Favor Forfeits It

Chapter 66: Antinomianism: We Are Not Set Free to Sin

Chapter 67: Love: Loving Is Basic to Christian Behavior

Chapter 68: Hope: Hoping Is Basic to the Christian Outlook

Chapter 69: Enterprise: A Christian Lives to Please God

Chapter 70: Prayer: Christians Practice Fellowship with God

Chapter 71: Oaths and Vows: Christians Must Be Truthful

Chapter 72: The Kingdom of God: Christians Must Manifest Kingdom Life

Chapter 73: Apostles: Jesus’s Representatives Exercised His Authority

Chapter 74: Church: God Plants His People in a New Community

Chapter 75: Word and Sacrament: How a Genuine Church Is Identified

Chapter 76: Elders: Pastors Must Care for the Church

Chapter 77: Sacraments: Christ Instituted Two Seals of God’s Covenant

Chapter 78: Baptism: This Rite Exhibits Union with Christ

Chapter 79: The Lord’s Supper: This Rite Exhibits Communion with Christ

Chapter 80: Discipline: The Church Must Uphold Christian Standards

Chapter 81: Mission: Christ Sends the Church into the World

Chapter 82: Spiritual Gifts: The Holy Spirit Equips the Church

Chapter 83: Marriage: Matrimony Is Meant to Be a Permanent Covenant Relationship

Chapter 84: The Family: The Christian Household Is a Spiritual Unit

Chapter 85: The World: Christians Are in Society to Serve and Transform It

Chapter 86: The State: Christians Must Respect Civil Government

Part 4: God Revealed as Lord of Destiny

Chapter 87: Perseverance: God Keeps His People Safe

Chapter 88: Unpardonable Sin: Only Impenitence Cannot Be Forgiven

Chapter 89: Mortality: Christians Need Not Fear Death

Chapter 90: Second Coming: Jesus Christ Will Return to the Earth in Glory

Chapter 91: General Resurrection: The Dead in Christ Will Rise in Glory

Chapter 92: Judgment Seat: God Will Judge All Mankind

Chapter 93: Hell: The Wicked Will Be Banished into Endless Misery

Chapter 94: Heaven: God Will Welcome His People into Everlasting Joy

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“J. I. Packer’s Concise Theology is the best simple guide to Christian doctrine that I know. Because it is systematic, precise, and saturated with Scripture, I often use this book to introduce young people and new believers to the basics of their faith.” -Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“J. I. Packer has the gift to write theology that is simple without being superficial. Concise Theology puts the food on the bottom shelf where we can reach it, but to our delight, it is not sugar cookies but steak and potatoes for the soul.” -Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology

“Concise Theology is poetry to Christian ears: the best words in the best order about the best news there is—the gospel of grace poured out in Jesus Christ. Packer here sets forth with lucid brevity everything Christians need to know to become biblically literate and to grow in wisdom and understanding. Doctrine and doxology here walk hand in hand. I am delighted to see this new edition, for Packer’s description of the ‘permanent essentials’ of the Christian faith remains as relevant today as when this book was first published.” -Kevin J. Vanhoozer, Research Professor of Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, Is There a Meaning in This Text?; The Drama of Doctrine; and Biblical Authority after Babel

“J. I. Packer is one of our greatest theologians and he does something remarkable in this classic compendium: he illuminates the deep things of God in lucid language that makes sense. I have had this volume at hand for nearly three decades, and I welcome this new edition.” -Timothy George, Research Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“Although this book was published decades ago, its introduction to Christian theology remains focused, clear, and especially valuable for its deep immersion in the biblical record. J. I. Packer's ‘concise theology’ is, as he states forthrightly, reformational and evangelical, which means that some readers will be Bereans checking the Scriptures to see ‘if these things are so.’ All, however, should find the book valuable for illumination and understanding but even more for doxology and devotion.” - Mark A. Noll, author, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind

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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

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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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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. "

EDITOR TIM CHESTER Introduces this book with the following words:

"For as long as I can remember, my father has had a plaster bust of Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834–1892) in his study. Like my father and me, Spurgeon was a Reformed Baptist pastor, and Spurgeon has always been one of our heroes. When, in 2017, my father preached his last sermon, he passed the bust on to me. So, as I write these words, Spurgeon is looking down on me.

Known as “the Prince of Preachers,” Spurgeon attracted large crowds, often speaking to over ten thousand people at a time before the days of amplification. His preaching was characterized by the directness of his address and the vividness of his language. In 1861, his congregation moved to the specially-built Metropolitan Tabernacle with seating for five thousand people and standing room for a further thousand. It would remain his base for the next thirty-eight years until his death in 1892.

Spurgeon founded a pastor’s college to train church planters, opposed slave ownership, and opened an orphanage. He also fiercely opposed liberal theology. He paid a price for this workload and the controversies it brought, suffering for many years physically with gout and emotionally with depression. It is to these struggles that he alludes in his preface for this volume.

Spurgeon reached a still wider audience through his writings. His sermons were transcribed by stenographers as he spoke and on sale for a penny the following day. Among his many works was The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith.

It was not Spurgeon’s first book of daily devotional readings. In 1865, he published Morning by Morning, followed three years later by Evening by Evening. Soon they were combined into Morning and Evening, selling over 230,000 copies during his lifetime and many more since.

Twenty years or so later, Spurgeon wrote The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith as a follow-up. And this was my father’s favorite. He used to read it to our family during my childhood.

In The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith, Spurgeon likens the promises of God in the Bible to checks (or “cheques” as Spurgeon himself would have spelled it). A check is a promise in written form. It promises

to give the recipient the stated sum whenever they present it at a bank.

The promises of God, says Spurgeon, are like checks waiting to be cashed in “the bank of faith.”

In 2003, Crossway published an edition of Morning and Evening updated by Alistair Begg using the English Standard Version of the Bible.

I have taken the liberty of doing the same with The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith. I have replaced archaic words, shortened sentences, used modern word ordering, and added references to biblical allusions. I have also changed the title, partly because checks are becoming dated and partly to prevent a fight with my publishers over the spelling of “cheque” (the UK spelling) and “check” (the US spelling)! Apart from this, the content is the same. Only occasionally have I retained an archaic phrase to retain the poetic power of the original text. My aim has been to let Spurgeon speak to a new generation. Why? Not as an historical curiosity. But so the promise-making and promise-keeping God of the Bible speaks

words of comfort to his people. As Spurgeon says in his preface,

'I have written out of my own heart with the view of comforting their hearts. . . . May the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, inspire the people of the Lord with fresh faith!'

Many thanks to Richard Chester (my father) and Tamsin Faiers for reading my draft to ensure it sounded contemporary while retaining the “voice” of Spurgeon."

Tim Chester, 2018

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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GOD IS: A Devotional Guide to the Attributes of God
MARK JONES

“This is Mark Jones at his best. In twenty-seven concise chapters, God Is invites, equips, edifies, comforts, and challenges God’s people to know God better and love him more.” —Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

God has revealed many things about himself in his Word. But God’s manifold attributes shine most clearly in his Son, Jesus Christ, who came to reveal his Father. Through Christ’s saving work on the cross, we are able to know and worship God rightly.

This book aims to help us study and understand the attributes of God so that we delight in and love him with all our heart, soul, strength, and mind. Each chapter explains one attribute, shows how it is most clearly manifested in Christ, and provides practical application for the Christian life.

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Introduction

Chapter 1: God Is Triune

Chapter 2: God Is Simple

Chapter 3: God Is Spirit

Chapter 4: God Is Infinite

Chapter 5: God Is Eternal

Chapter 6: God Is Unchangeable

Chapter 7: God Is Independent

Chapter 8: God Is Omnipresent

Chapter 9: God Is Omniscient

Chapter 10: God Is Omnipotent

Chapter 11: God Is Yahweh

Chapter 12: God Is Blessed

Chapter 13: God Is Glorious

Chapter 14: God Is Majestic

Chapter 15: God Is Sovereign

Chapter 16: God Is Love

Chapter 17: God Is Good

Chapter 18: God Is Patient

Chapter 19: God Is Merciful

Chapter 20: God Is Wise

Chapter 21: God Is Holy

Chapter 22: God Is Faithful

Chapter 23: God Is Gracious

Chapter 24: God Is Just

Chapter 25: God Is Angry

Chapter 26: God Is Anthropomorphic

Epilogue

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Mark Jones serves as the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in British Columbia, Canada, and research associate at the University of the Free State in South Africa. He has authored several books and speaks all over the world on Christology and the Christian life.

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BE THOU MY VISION: A Liturgy for Daily Worship
JONATHAN GIBSON

Every Christian knows the importance of a daily quiet time with the Lord. But anyone who’s been a believer long enough has likely experienced seasons that feel more mundane or routine, leading to aimlessly skimming a couple of Bible verses or praying the same prayer over and over.

In Be Thou My Vision, Jonathan Gibson has created a 31-day liturgical guide designed to provide structure to the daily worship of individuals and families. Each daily reading includes a call to worship, adoration, confession, assurance, creed and catechism, the Gloria Patri, a prayer of illumination, Bible reading, intercessory prayer, and the Lord’s Prayer. Designed to be read in 15–20 minutes a day, this beautifully produced liturgy will give readers focus and purpose to their daily quiet time while teaching them historical prayers, creeds, and catechisms that point them to Christ.

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“Jonny has gifted us with a project not only of theological and historical retrieval but also, more deeply, retrieval of our own hearts, often wayward and wandering, distracted and distressed. This simple but rich liturgy takes our hearts and leads them back to the Lord with pastoral care and theological integrity. A deeply edifying and useful guide.” -Dane C. Ortlund, Senior Pastor, Naperville Presbyterian Church; author, Gentle and Lowly and Deeper

“We believers sometimes stumble our way through the steps of spiritual devotion, especially in private or family worship. This liturgy for daily worship lets us hold the well-tested handrails of faithful worshipers, carved out deeply and well to help us on. Creeds, prayers, catechisms, hymns, and, most of all, God’s breathed-out word lead us profitably and beautifully to worship the triune God in spirit and in truth. I look forward to using and sharing this book.” -Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker

“To use the rich traditions of biblical worship such as prayers, confessions of faith, catechisms, Scripture readings, praise, and more conveys a remarkable freshness in the context of personal worship. Gibson guides you through each of these elements in a thirty-one-day cycle, and provides a familiar one-year Bible-reading plan. With some adjustments it can also serve as a family worship resource. All in all, Be Thou My Vision is perhaps the best, and certainly the most thorough and meaty, daily devotional guide I’ve ever read.” -Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; Praying the Bible; and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

“What if you took thirty-one days and enveloped your Bible reading in a cocoon of riches? Make no mistake—this book is not a replacement for the living and active word of God. But how might it deepen and enliven your morning meditation to lead into it and out of it by drawing on centuries of wisdom? Both the sequence and the carefully crafted prayers and creeds will freshly inform your mind and stir your heart. This is not a book of shortcuts for those looking to abbreviate their time in God’s word. These daily liturgies invite us to give more for a season and hold out the promise of great reward. How might God renovate your soul in these thirty-one days?” -David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

“When it comes to daily personal worship, Christians are finding it harder to stay disciplined in today’s swipe-scroll-click-search-tap culture. Many have lost the art of staying focused. In the meantime, our souls cry out for authentic worship that lasts more than two minutes. It’s why the book you hold in your hands is so necessary. I love this book! Having been raised in the Reformed Episcopal church, I enjoy the rhythms of liturgical adoration of God in all its depth, discipline, and exaltation of the word. Be Thou My Vision will educate you in personal worship that is truly worthy of our great God. I highly recommend this important guide for your personal devotions.” -Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“Jonny Gibson is helping a new generation of Christian believers and pastors find language and structure that will enrich their daily devotional life and weekly worship services. I personally find Be Thou My Vision both helpful and inspiring, and warmly commend it to all.” -Keith Getty, hymn writer

“What a go-to source this volume will be for both individual devotion and family worship, with its carefully arranged daily liturgy featuring select Scripture readings, prayers culled from church history, luminous sections of the creeds and confessions, plus the ringing lyrics of sacred hymnody. Those who take the time for an appropriation of the measured riches and disciplines of this book will experience an intensification of worship that will fill their existence. We believe that Be Thou My Vision will grace today’s church and generations to come!” -Kent and Barbara Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton; authors, Disciplines of a Godly Man and Disciplines of a Godly Woman

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THE PASTOR'S BOOK: A Comprehensive and Practical Guide to Pastoral Ministry
R. Kent Hughes & Douglas Sean O'Donnell

Pastors are tasked with the incredibly demanding job of caring for the spiritual, emotional, and, at times‚ physical needs of their people. While seminary is helpful preparation for many of the challenges pastors face, there’s far more to pastoral ministry than what can be covered in the classroom. Designed as a reference guide for nearly every situation a pastor will face, this comprehensive book by seasoned pastors Kent Hughes and Doug O’Donnell is packed full of biblical wisdom and practical guidance related to the reality of pastoral ministry in the trenches. From officiating weddings to conducting funerals to visiting the sick, this book will equip pastors and church leaders with the knowledge they need to effectively minister to their flocks, both within the walls of the church and beyond.

Authors

R. Kent Hughes (DMin, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is senior pastor emeritus of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, and visiting professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Hughes is also a founder of the Charles Simeon Trust, which conducts expository preaching conferences throughout North America and worldwide. He serves as the series editor for the Preaching the Word commentary series and is the author or coauthor of many books. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Wyncote, Pennsylvania, and have four children and an ever-increasing number of grandchildren.

Douglas Sean O'Donnell (MAs, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and Wheaton College) is a senior lecturer in biblical studies and practical theology at Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia, after spending nearly twenty years in pastoral ministry. He is currently obtaining his doctorate at Trinity College Bristol through the University of Aberdeen. He is the author of a number of books, including The Beginning and End of Wisdom, The Song of Solomon and Matthew in the Preaching the Word commentary series, and Psalms in the Knowing the Bible series.

Endorsements

“Everyday Latin phrases spring to mind to describe The Pastor’s Book: It is a magnum opus—a major work for all ministers, incorporating one and a half lifetimes of gathered pastoral resources. It will be a vade mecum—the go-to book and faithful companion for younger ministers, to guide, inform, and sometimes correct and restrain. It should prove to be a sine qua non for all who are engaged in gospel ministry over the long haul—the very book needed to help re-calibrate and refresh. These pages constitute a love-gift to their fellow under-shepherds from Kent Hughes and Douglas Sean O’Donnell. They have put all who love Christ’s church in their lasting debt.” —Sinclair B. Ferguson, Professor of Systematic Theology, Redeemer Seminary, Dallas, Texas

“This is an immensely helpful, Scripture-saturated resource for busy pastors, explaining the practical ‘how to’s’ of leading weddings, funerals, baptisms, the Lord’s Supper, personal counseling, and weekly worship services. It reflects the accumulated wisdom of decades of ministry, and it comes from the pen of a godly, wise senior pastor for whom I have the highest appreciation and respect.” —Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary

“Pastors must be prepared for almost any imaginable situation. From weekly sermons and counseling to hospital visitations and funerals, the pastoral tasks vary from day to day, even from hour to hour. Kent Hughes provides the type of theologically rich handbook every minister needs on his shelf. Hughes is a sagacious guide to the many facets of pastoral ministry, and his program for ministry is deeply rooted in Scripture. I am confident that pastors will be greatly served by this book and better equipped for faithful ministry in every avenue of life.” —R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL: A Theology of Mark
PETER ORR, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

Understanding Mark in the Context of the Old and New Testaments

The book of Mark—the first and shortest Gospel written—serves as both a historical and theological account, connecting Jesus to the whole storyline of the Bible. Mark writes against the backdrop of the Old Testament and draws from other New Testament writers, specifically Peter and Paul, to articulate many themes that are found in the rest of the New Testament.

In this addition to the New Testament Theology series, scholar Peter Orr offers an accessible summary of the theology of Mark, examining its relationship to both the Old and New Testaments. Each chapter focuses on a key theological theme—the identity of Christ, the announcement of the kingdom, the call to follow, and more—and explains how it is relevant for the church today.

Part of the New Testament Theology Series: Other volumes include The Joy of Hearing; The Mission of the Triune God; and United to Christ, Walking in the Spirit

Ideal for Anyone Wanting to Study the Bible More Deeply: Perfect for pastors, seminarians, college students, and laypeople

Written by Peter Orr: New Testament lecturer and author of Fight for Your Pastor

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Series Preface

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction: The Beginning of the Gospel: Mark as Backstory

Chapter 1: Divine Identity: Jesus Christ, the Son of God

Chapter 2: Revelation: Written, Proclaimed, Received

Chapter 3: The Kingdom of God Is at Hand: Jesus and the New Creation

Chapter 4: Repent and Believe the Gospel: Salvation through Jesus

Chapter 5: Follow Me: Being a Disciple of Jesus

Chapter 6: What Moses Commanded: Jesus, the Law, and the People of God

Chapter 7: Died, Buried, and Raised: The Death and Resurrection of Jesus

Epilogue: The End of the Beginning

Recommended Resources

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“This is maybe the best short theology of Mark I’ve read. Unique to Orr’s book is how he places Mark in conversation with both Peter and Paul. When Mark composed his work, Peter and Paul were already preaching aspects of Mark’s Gospel. Mark more fully narrates the story of this great hero who is more than the Jewish Messiah. He is the divine Son.” -Patrick Schreiner, Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross and The Visual Word

“Peter Orr offers readers a rich biblical-theological treatment of the Gospel of Mark, which summons us to follow Christ, the Son of God and servant King. Orr insightfully calls Mark ‘the beginning of the gospel,’ drawing historical and theological links between this foundational narrative of Jesus’s life and the apostolic preaching of Paul and Peter. This is essential reading for all who study and teach Mark’s Gospel.” -Brian J. Tabb, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies, Bethlehem College & Seminary

“Peter Orr offers a brief, accessible, and insightful survey of the theology of Mark’s Gospel. Orr emphasizes in The Beginning of the Gospel what Mark emphasizes—the gospel of Jesus Christ—and invites readers to see connections between this Gospel and the epistles of the apostle Paul. This book will equip both specialists and general readers to read and reread Mark’s Gospel with deeper understanding and appreciation.” -Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament and Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson



THE NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY SERIES CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING FIVE VOLUMES:

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(4) UNITED TO CHRIST, WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: A Theology of Ephesians by Benjamin Merkle

(5) THE JOY OF HEARING: A Theology of the Book of Revelation by Thomas Schreiner

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FROM THE MANGER TO THE THRONE: A Theology of Luke
Benjamin Gladd, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

An Introduction to the Dominant Biblical-Theological Themes of the Gospel of Luke

The Gospel of Luke is a wonderfully detailed account of the ministry and miracles of Jesus Christ. What many readers don’t realize is that Luke, who was likely a Gentile, wrote his Gospel with a thorough knowledge of the Old Testament—pointing to Jesus’s life, ministry, and death as the culmination of Old Testament expectations and prophecy.

In this addition to the New Testament Theology series, Benjamin L. Gladd explains the dominant biblical-theological themes in the Gospel of Luke, including the defeat of evil, peace in heaven and earth, the incorporation of the nations, and the kingdom of God. This resource is perfect for those looking to dig deeper into studying the interconnectedness of Scripture.

For Those Interested in Biblical Theology: Ideal for college and seminary students, laypeople, and pastors

Helpful Bible Study Resource: A great companion to commentaries on Luke

Part of the New Testament Theology Series: Other volumes include The Joy of Hearing: A Theology of the Book of Revelation and The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Tables

Series Preface

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Great Reversal

Chapter 2: Peace on Earth and in Heaven

Chapter 3: Israel, the Gentiles, and Isaiah’s Servant

Chapter 4: The Way of Life

Chapter 5: The Success of the Last Adam

Chapter 6: The Son of Man’s Rule and the Ancient of Days

Chapter 7: The Year of Jubilee

Epilogue

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“If you love Luke’s Gospel, which exalts Jesus and shows him as the fulfillment of the Old Testament, you will love this treatment of Luke’s message. Full of insight and sensitive to Luke’s own hermeneutic of the wider message of Scripture, this book is a treasure.” -Craig S. Keener, F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Open up Luke anew with the help of this fresh and faithful tour from a knowledgeable guide. Adam, the exodus, the wilderness, angels and demons, the Son of Man—it’s all there in the Gospel of Luke. Gladd considers these, and more, to help us see the rich Old Testament contours of our great Savior and his great work on our behalf.” -Brandon D. Crowe, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“The length, breadth, and depth of Luke’s Gospel can be daunting. Blending careful exegesis, theological synthesis, and canonical sensitivity, Benjamin Gladd provides an accessible and faithful exploration of some of its most significant themes, paying particular attention to their Old Testament roots. This book is ideal for enhancing one’s personal study, preparing to preach or teach, or even as a supplemental textbook in a class on Luke. Highly recommended!” -Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College and Theological Seminary; author, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible

“From the Manger to the Throne is required reading for students of Luke’s Gospel! Benjamin Gladd ably guides readers to see how Jesus fulfills Old Testament expectations as true Israel, the long-awaited messianic king, the incarnate Lord, and more, leading us to greater confidence in Christ and joyful participation in his kingdom.” -Brian J. Tabb, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Studies, Bethlehem College & Seminary

“The Third Gospel takes us from incarnation to ascension, or as Benjamin Gladd puts it, from the manger to the throne. We need to take this journey with Luke so that we might hear and rejoice in the good news—with Mary in her humble estate, with shepherds in a field, with tax collectors and sinners at meals, with Zacchaeus in a tree, and with the penitent criminal on the cross. Gladd discerns major themes and motifs to help us get our bearings, and he is a faithful guide who has insights to share and Old Testament connections to disclose. The theology of Luke’s Gospel ultimately reveals the person and work of Christ to us. Gladd’s work is clear, accessible, and edifying. Read it not only to understand more about Luke’s Gospel but also to join the angels in celebrating good news of great joy for all people.” -Mitchell L. Chase, Preaching Pastor, Kosmosdale Baptist Church, Louisville, Kentucky; Associate Professor of Biblical Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Benjamin Gladd has provided a rich resource for readers of Luke’s Gospel. Following the lead of Luke, and Jesus himself, Gladd shows that the patterns and promises of the whole of Scripture enrich our appreciation and understanding of the saving rule of the Lord Jesus. An expert guide who knows and loves his subject, Gladd deepens our understanding of who Jesus is and what he accomplished with a stimulating investigation into how Luke’s portrait of the Lord Jesus is tied to the Old Testament. Fresh insights abound. By God’s grace, the end result for readers of this volume will be, like the disciples at the end of Luke’s Gospel, joyful worship of the Lord Jesus.” -Alan J. Thompson, Head of New Testament Department, Sydney Missionary and Bible College, Australia

“This deft and insightful thematic reading of Luke’s Gospel majors on Jesus, the Old Testament, and fulfillments of the latter by the former. But Gladd extends the sweep of God’s work from creation and the fall, through Jesus, to the church across the centuries, and into the age to come. If there is a richer, better informed, and more concise biblical-theological reading of the Third Gospel, I have not come across it. Students, pastors, and scholars alike will profit immensely.” -Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary



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(4) UNITED TO CHRIST, WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: A Theology of Ephesians by Benjamin Merkle

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O LOVE THAT WILL NOT LET ME GO: Facing Death With Courageous Confidence in God
Edited by Nancy Guthrie Contributions by John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Timothy Keller, Joni Eareckson Tada, J. I. Packer, and many more

What does it look like for a believer to face the difficult reality of death through the ultimate reality of Christ? How do we live and die like we really believe the gospel is true? Readers at every stage of life will find comfort and hope as well as challenge in this collection of twenty-two short meditations drawn from the sermons and writings of classic and contemporary pastors and theologians ranging from Abraham Kuyper, Martin Luther, and Jonathan Edwards to Tim Keller, J. I. Packer, and John Piper.



Contributions by John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Timothy Keller, Joni Eareckson Tada, J. I. Packer, Michael Horton, R. C. Sproul, John Calvin, Martin Luther, Jonathan Edwards, John Owen, B. B. Warfield, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Charles H. Spurgeon, Joseph Bayly, Richard Baxter, Abraham Kuyper, Richard Sibbes, R. L. Dabney, Jeremy Taylor, Thomas Boston, John Eaves

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1. Only When You Know How to Die Can You Know How to Live by J.I. Packer

2. Death's Sting is Removed but its Bite Remains by Michael Horton

3. He Called Death Sweet Names by John Piper

4. Not of the World by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

5. Is Christ Our Sickness-Bearer? by B.B. Warfield

6. Our Faith is in God, Not in Healing by Joseph Bayly

PART TWO: AN AIM THAT KEEPS ME PRESSING ON

7. Finishing with Few Regrets by Randy Alcorn

8. My Father Taught Me How To Die by R.C. Sproul

9. Spiritual Light Shining from Your Deathbed by Abraham Kuyper

10. A Witness in the Way We Die by John Eaves

11. Sickness: The Soul's Undressing by Jeremy Taylor

PART THREE: A HOPE THAT SAVES ME FROM DESPAIR

12. Rubbing Hope into the Reality of Death by Tim Keller

13. Hope is a Glorious Grace by John Owen

14. Directions for a Peaceful Departure by Richard Baxter

15. What More Should God Do to Persuade You to Accept Death Willingly? by Martin Luther

16. Comfort Against Fears of the Dying Hour by Thomas Boston

PART FOUR: A FUTURE THAT WILL NOT DISAPPOINT

17. Suffering Hurries the Heart Toward Heaven by Joni Eareckson Tada

18. To Despise This Present Life by John Calvin

19. The Day of a Godly Man's Death by Jonathan Edwards

20. Let Us Say in Dying, "Lord Jesus, Receive My Spirit" by R.L. Dabney

21. Those Who Die Daily Die Easily by C.H. Spurgeon

22. God Reserves the Best for the Last by Richard Sibbes

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THE MISSION OF THE TRIUNE GOD: A Theology of Acts
Patrick Schreiner, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

Understanding Luke’s Narrative in the Book of Acts

The book of Acts is unlike any other in Scripture; it has no rival in terms of a book spanning so many different lands. Written by a Gentile, it recounts the birth of the church age and the lives of early Christians that serve as lasting examples for the church today. When believers see how these events worked together to fulfill God’s promises, they gain a better understanding of the Trinitarian heart of Acts.

In The Mission of the Triune God, author Patrick Schreiner argues that Luke’s theology stems from the order of his narrative. He shows how the major themes in Acts, including the formation of the church, salvation offered to all flesh, and the prolific spread of the gospel, connect. Through Schreiner’s clear presentation and helpful graphics, readers follow the early church as it grows “all under the plan of God, centered on King Jesus, and empowered by the Spirit.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Acts as a Renewal Document

Chapter 1: God the Father Orchestrates

Chapter 2: Christ Lives and Rules

Chapter 3: The Spirit Empowers

Chapter 4: The Word Multiplies

Chapter 5: Salvation Spreads to All Flesh

Chapter 6: The Church Is Established

Chapter 7: Witness to the Ends of the Earth

Conclusion: Renewal through Retrieval

ENDORSEMENTS

“Given the size and complexity of the book of Acts, scholars have proposed various candidates for the main theological themes and offered analysis for how they all fit together. In this engaging work, Patrick Schreiner shows that the idea of God as Trinity is foundational to the entire book of Acts and that Luke’s other emphases develop and cohere in light of this central truth. This study would be an excellent resource for anyone wishing to delve more deeply into the message and intention of Acts.” -David Peterson, Emeritus Faculty Member, Moore College; author, The Acts of the Apostles

“Patrick Schreiner offers here a valuable and beautifully wrapped gift to every serious reader of the book of Acts. Not only does Schreiner discuss each major theological theme of Acts in depth, which is itself a significant contribution, but he is careful to show how Luke integrates these various themes into an overarching, powerful, and rich theological message that resonates with the church in every age as it desperately seeks renewal. Schreiner’s lively writing style makes this book a joy to read, his many graphs and images render the work easily understandable, and his allusions to contemporary popular culture reinforce his underlying conviction that the message of Acts is every bit as relevant today as when it first burst onto the scene.” -David R. Bauer, Ralph Waldo Beeson Professor of Inductive Biblical Studies; Dean, School of Biblical Interpretation, Asbury Theological Seminary

“Patrick Schreiner has given us a solid look at the theology of one of the most underappreciated books of the New Testament: the book of Acts. He shows clearly how Luke’s look at history and the promise that is at the heart of the early church is not about the acts of the apostles but about the unfolding acts of God that are still at work in our world. This work will develop your appreciation for what God has done and is doing, and who we are called to be as members of his church.” -Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary

THE NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY SERIES CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING FIVE VOLUMES:

(1) THE BEGINNING OF THE GOSPEL: A Theology of Mark by Peter Orr

(2) FROM THE MANGER TO THE THRONE: A Theology of Luke by Benjamin L. Gladd

(3) THE MISSION OF THE TRIUNE GOD: A Theology of Acts by Patrick Schreiner

(4) UNITED TO CHRIST, WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: A Theology of Ephesians by Benjamin Merkle

(5) THE JOY OF HEARING: A Theology of the Book of Revelation by Thomas Schreiner



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THE PROMISE: The Amazing Story of Our Long-Awaited Savior
Jason Helopoulos, Illustrated by Rommel Ruiz

Inviting Children to See Jesus from Creation to the Manger

In the beginning God created the whole world. After six days of work, he had created the stars in the sky, the mighty oceans, tall trees, beautiful flowers, mighty sea creatures, and the most prized of all creation—Adam and Eve. Created in God’s image, Adam and Eve were friends with him. But one day “the worst of all days came”—the serpent deceived them and they sinned against God. Adam and Eve’s relationship with God was broken.

But God gave mankind a promise.

And what a great promise it was!

The promise of salvation! He promised that one would come who would crush the head of the lying serpent, one who would deliver mankind from their sin, one who would restore man and woman’s relationship with God.

But who has the power to do that? Does Abraham, a great man of faith? Does Moses, a great prophet? What about Joshua, the great conqueror?

Jason Helopoulos invites you to join him on a journey through the pages of the Bible in search of the promised Savior, from the garden of Eden to a manger in Bethlehem. With captivating illustrations by Rommel Ruiz and easy-to-read language, children and parents alike are invited to come to know the promised one—Jesus Christ.

ENDORSEMENTS

“What a great way to help kids (and their parents!) grasp where the story of the Bible is headed from the very beginning. This engaging book artfully presents the superiority and perfections of Jesus even as it puts the ‘heroes’ of the Old Testament story in their appropriate place.” -Nancy Guthrie, author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament Bible study series

“The Promise by Jason Helopoulos is a stunning book with a powerful message for both children and adults. Each beautifully illustrated page takes young readers on a journey through the Old Testament, helping them understand how all the stories fit together into one grand and glorious story of redemption. This wonderful book helps children to see Jesus as the perfect prophet, priest, and king who fulfills all the promises of God.” -Melissa B. Kruger, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition

“The whole message of the Bible is contained in one promise in one verse: Genesis 3:15. Now here is that promise simply explained and stunningly illustrated for our children with drama and tension. This is a book I’ll definitely be reading to my kids over and over and over.” -Jonathan Gibson, Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“It is, from the very beginning right up to its glorious end, the greatest story ever told. The Promise weaves together the beautiful prose of Jason Helopoulos and the stunning illustrations of Rommel Ruiz to tell that story with fresh wonder and delight. So settle into a comfy chair, pull the children into your lap, and relish the rich history of this story. I hope you will love it as much as I do.” -George Grant, Pastor, Parish Presbyterian Church, Franklin, Tennessee

“At a time when many Christian books for children are all too ready to provide moralistic accounts, Jason Helopoulos introduces the simple story of sin and redemption with studied economy of words and skillful repetition. Coupled with Rommel Ruiz’s masterful illustrations, this book is sure to grab the children’s attention, fix it on Christ, and provide an invaluable key for a proper understanding of Scripture. Parents can use it as a springboard for family devotions and a reinforcement to Sunday’s sermons, and children will return to it again and again to let their minds wander through the treasures of the wisdom and knowledge of God.” -Simonetta Carr, author, Christian Biographies for Young Readers

“What a wonderful resource for children! Jason Helopoulos’s The Promise—complemented by Rommel Ruiz's riveting illustrations—teaches kids that Jesus is our perfect Savior.” -Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author, Great Kings of the Bible



AUTHOR

Jason Helopoulos (ThM, Dallas Theological Seminary) serves as the senior pastor of University Reformed Church (PCA) in East Lansing, Michigan. He regularly contributes to Tabletalk, the Gospel Reformation Network, the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, and the Gospel Coalition. Jason has authored books such as Let the Children Worship and A Neglected Grace: Family Worship in the Christian Home. Jason and his wife, Leah, have two children, Gracen and Ethan.

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Rommel Ruiz is an illustrator and designer from the Dominican Republic whose work has been featured in a variety of publications, children’s books, films, and animated series for companies such as Cartoon Network, Amazon, Facebook, and Oracle. He lives in the evergreen Pacific Northwest with his wife and their two girls.

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FIGHT FOR YOUR PASTOR: Practical Ways to Support and Care for Your Pastor
PETER ORR, with a Foreword by Dane Ortlund

Do you pray for your pastors? Do you encourage them? Do you have realistic expectations for them? The office of pastor is simultaneously a rewarding and draining position. Pastors today have immense pressure on their shoulders and they need the support of their congregations.

Peter Orr has written Fight for Your Pastor as an exhortation for church members to stand behind their pastors through the difficulties of ministry. Orr specifies ways in which congregations can be intentional in caring for church leaders, including prayer, encouragement, generosity, and forgiveness. Featuring stories from current pastors about their struggles, this book is perfect for thoughtful church members eager to understand the weight of their pastors’ positions and support leaders in their important ministry.

For Thoughtful Christians: Specifically those wanting to know more about their pastors and how to care for them

Current: Features insight from pastors about their personal experiences in ministry

Applicable: Gives practical examples of how to love and care for pastors, including specific prayers for church leaders and the best ways to encourage them

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Dane C. Ortlund

Introduction

Chapter 1: Fight!

Chapter 2: Encourage!

Chapter 3: Listen!

Chapter 4: Give!

Chapter 5: Forgive!

Chapter 6: Submit!

Chapter 7: Check!

Conclusion

Appendix 1: What If I Differ from My Pastor on Politics?

Appendix 2: When and How Should I Leave a Church?

Acknowledgments

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“As a pastor’s wife, I see how prayerfully and methodically my husband fights for the spiritual vitality of those we love and serve. I praise God when a man or woman in our church encourages him, prays for him, gently questions him, and thanks him, because each time it is a cup of cold water to a thirsty soul. My husband always says, ‘No one is suffering from too much encouragement.’ Least of all our pastors. This book, if read and practiced, will not only be a blessing to your pastor (and his wife!), but will strengthen your entire church and community.” -Christine Hoover, author, How to Thrive as a Pastor’s Wife; host, The Ministry Wives Podcast

“A single preposition can make a world of difference! This book is entitled Fight for Your Pastor not Fight Your Pastor. Peter Orr wisely and winsomely helps us to see the for and then provides practical ways to make it a reality—and all with a touch of humor thrown in. Given everything that has unfolded for churches and their pastors in the last few years, this timely book will encourage church members to be faithful sheep as they seek to encourage faithful shepherds. The content carried even more weight for me since I personally know Peter as a Christian brother who has modeled a genuine love for Christ’s church—for both its pastors and its people.” -Jonny Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary; Teaching Elder in the International Presbyterian Church, United Kingdom

“It is to our advantage—to our own benefit and joy, says Hebrews 13:17—to have happy pastors, not groaning clergy. Of course, at the end of the day, the pastors’ gladness and resilience is not the church’s final responsibility. But we can pray for them. We can fight for them instead of against them. Joyless pastors plague the church! Dear God, make them truly, deeply happy and be pleased to use their congregants to be some small but real ingredient in their joy. Peter Orr’s wise and timely book is a great place to start for how we can do our part.” -David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Workers for Your Joy: The Call of Christ on Christian Leaders

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DAILY STRENGTH: A Devotional for Men
Contributions by Sam Storms, Drew Hunter, Philip Graham Ryken, Graeme Goldsworthy, Alistair Begg, Christopher Ash, Dane Ortlund, R. Kent Hughes

A 365-Day Devotional for Men, Perfect for Gift-Giving and Daily Reading

Daily Strength, a year-long devotional, walks Christian men through Scripture passages that speak to their most pressing issues. Featuring content from the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, each single-page daily reading features a short summary of a Bible passage with a thought-provoking message from one of more than forty contributors. Arranged canonically from Genesis to Revelation with short introductions to each Bible book, Daily Strength encourages and enlightens men throughout the year while equipping them for moral and spiritual transformation.

INTRODUCTION

THE AUTHOR OF the epistle to the Hebrews reminds us that “it is good for the heart to be strengthened by grace” (13:9). 'Daily Strength: A Devotional for Men' is uniquely designed for men to achieve that very goal. Based on the daily devotionals originally appearing in the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible, this new book presents those devotionals in a “one a day” format for regular reading throughout the calendar year.

This resource does more than inform the mind. Its aim is to equip and encourage men who long to experience spiritual and moral transformation in the depths of their heart. More than fifty men who serve as pastors, professors, and Christian leaders have contributed 365 daily devotional studies on biblical themes of practical importance to the lives of men today.

Perhaps never before in the history of the church have men faced the intensity of temptation and relentless assault from the world, the flesh, and the devil that we are witnessing in our day. The essence of biblical masculinity is being undermined as we are repeatedly told that a “real man” must be wealthy, influential, autonomous, self-made, sexually liberated, and self-reliant. The result is that marriages are being destroyed, families are in crisis, and countless men are increasingly losing their sense of identity

in Jesus Christ. 'Daily Strength' speaks pointedly to men who long for lives of integrity, self-sacrifice, love, and passionate devotion to their families and, above all, to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our goal is to strengthen and transform the hearts of men through the power of the Spirit-inspired word of God. 'Daily Strength' provides daily insights into Scripture that not only enlighten the mind but especially feed, nurture, and empower the hearts of men to enjoy all that God is for them in Jesus Christ. Each daily devotional study is tied to a particular biblical passage that speaks to the most pressing needs and concerns that men face today. The contributors are themselves men who understand the unique challenges we encounter in today’s world, and they have written with an eye to the application of Scripture to our most practical needs. Their insights are theologically rich, honest, vulnerable, penetrating, and always gospel-centered.

The devotionals included in Daily Strength follow the biblical text from Genesis through Revelation. The devotionals are not arranged topically or thematically but rather are tethered closely to the text on which each is based. To get the most out of the devotional readings, we strongly recommend that you read the Bible text for each day before you read the related devotional. There is at least one devotional for each book of the Bible, connected with the passages that most clearly capture key themes of that book. If the 365 devotionals are read consecutively throughout the year, along with the passages on which they are based, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, the reader will have gained by the end of the year an extensive overview of Scripture and the history of salvation.

May the Lord’s grace strengthen and encourage you as you immerse yourself in his life-changing word.

SAM STORMS, General Editor

365 Devotionals: Topics include resting in God’s word, wisdom, forgiveness, prayer, God’s purposes, living a life of integrity, salvation, confessing Christ, forgiveness, discipleship, and maturity

Covers the Bible from Genesis to Revelation: Includes at least one devotion for every book of the Bible

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DAILY JOY: A Devotional for Women
Contributions by Lydia Brownback, Lauren Chandler, Elyse Fitzpatrick, Gloria Furman, Kristyn Getty, Nancy Guthrie, Trillia Newbell, Dane C. Ortlund, Jani Ortlund, Joni Eareckson Tada, Ann Voskamp, Jen Wilkin and more

A 365-Day Women’s Devotional, Perfect for Gift-Giving and Daily Reading

The Daily Joy devotional inspires women to engage with God’s word every day, allowing the truth of the gospel to transform their lives throughout the year. Featuring content from the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible, Scripture reflections and articles are written by more than 50 Christian writers and pastors including Joni Eareckson Tada, Lydia Brownback, Dane C. Ortlund, Jen Wilkin, Sam Storms, and Nancy Guthrie. Focused on biblical teaching and God’s transforming grace, these resources motivate women to apply God’s word while strengthening their hearts and nurturing their souls.

INTRODUCTION

THE READINGS IN Daily Joy: A Devotional for Women are carefully designed to connect important passages in the Bible with the heart and life of the reader in a gospel-rich, biblically responsible, and warmly accessible way. Simply put, these readings, which appeared earlier in the ESV Women’s Devotional Bible, are intended to help God’s people understand and apply his word in their everyday lives.

Every day of the year supplies a devotion written by a thoughtful voice in today’s church on a given passage of Scripture. More than fifty women and men who have proven themselves to be faithful leaders and servants in the church have contributed readings. A complete list of the contributors appears following this introduction.

The devotional readings are not arranged topically or thematically, but rather are tied closely to the biblical texts on which they are based. At least one reading is drawn from every book of the Bible, and all are connected with the passages that most clearly capture the key themes in the various biblical books. If the 365 devotions are read consecutively throughout the year, along with the passages on which they are based, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation, by the end of the year the reader will have gained an extensive overview of Scripture and the history of salvation.

Whether read sequentially, occasionally, or as a supplement to the study of a particular book, the devotionals are designed to enhance your study of God’s word by helping you reflect deeply on the biblical text and its meaning for us today.

Our prayer is that Daily Joy will nurture women in their relationship with the Lord by guiding them in daily, prayerful reading of the Bible and by deepening their understanding of Scripture through theologically rich devotional content that inspires heart-engaging application of God’s word to all of life.

365 Devotionals: Topics include God’s grace, redemption, idolatry, worship, God’s wrath, justice, Jesus and the law, persecution, and sin

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RADICALLY WHOLE: Gospel Healing for the Divided Heart- An Expository Journey through the Book of James
DAVID GIBSON

An Expository Journey through the Book of James Helps Christians Move from Double-Mindedness to Wholeness

Everyone longs for wholeness and honesty in their lives. In reality, people are often double-minded—pulled between good and evil—in their speech, actions, and character. These rifts can be spiritually and relationally devastating. So how does God heal a fractured heart?

This exploration of the New Testament book of James helps readers identify double-mindedness in their own lives and understand God’s grace as he “pulls apart the divided heart to make it whole.” Explaining James’s challenging epistle chapter by chapter, David Gibson helps readers embrace the painful yet profound process of redemption, defeat double-mindedness, and experience wholeness in every area of their lives.

Theologically Rich: Thoroughly examines major themes in the book of James, including double-mindedness, pride, spiritual maturity, suffering, and God’s grace

Winsome and Accessible: This clear, expository study is ideal for pastors and laypeople, including college students and those involved in small groups or adult Sunday School

Written by David Gibson: Author of Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End

Includes Study Questions: Each chapter ends with questions for deeper reflection

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Getting Your Bearings

Chapter 1: Perfection

Chapter 2: Doing

Chapter 3: Love

Chapter 4: Seeing

Chapter 5: Words

Chapter 6: Wisdom

Chapter 7: Presumption

Chapter 8: Wealth

Chapter 9: Suffering

Postscript

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“The purpose of your consultation at the James clinic is to help you toward full spiritual health. You already know that you will first meet a different physician, a Dr. Gibson, who has studied under Dr. James for many years. He is a somewhat younger man, but his familiarity with Dr. James’s inspired insights is impressive, as is the way he seems able to express the spirit and atmosphere of his teaching, as well as the central truth that Jesus Christ makes you whole. It is an idea that will recur in different ways as Dr. Gibson leads you, gently but firmly, through a comprehensive assessment process. And it begins with the first pages of Radically Whole. In its series of enriching consultations, David Gibson surefootedly provides the diagnosis, prescriptions, and prognosis we all need if we are to be made whole in Jesus Christ.” -Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“David Gibson has given the church a guide to the book of James and the issues it raises that is biblical, pastoral, accessible, reliable, wise, and patient. While focusing on James, Gibson helpfully explores its great topics by drawing on all of Scripture, wise reading, and pastoral experience to lead the reader into the gospel-based wholeness that the Lord desires to form in his people.” -Dan Doriani, Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Covenant Theological Seminary; Founder, Center for Faith and Work St. Louis

“No one ever says, ‘When I grow up I want to be a hypocrite.’ Yet most of us would have to admit that there are areas in our lives that simply don’t line up with what we say we believe. In Radically Whole, David Gibson ably applies the straight-talk wisdom of the book of James to the areas of our lives that need to become conformed to the gospel we believe and the Savior we love.” -Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author

“If Martin Luther had been granted a future look at the pages of David Gibson’s Radically Whole so that he could glimpse the overarching theme of the book of James and its symmetries (its ‘melodic line’), he would not have voiced his infamous conclusion that it was ‘a right strawy epistle’ but would have recognized James as a profoundly substantial letter consonant with the gospel of grace. Gibson’s penetrating exposition reveals that the grand unifying theme and purpose of James’s letter is the perfection—the singular wholeness—of God’s people. The book’s nine chapters are laced with gripping theological insights and life-giving applications that lead toward biblical wholeness. Gibson is a devoted, hands-on pastor, so Radically Whole sparkles with memorable analogies and aphorisms that help the reader understand and put to work its truths. And, in doing this, it focuses us on Jesus, the only man in history who not only knew God’s word but did it. This is a marvelous book, one that will be read, reread, underlined, and taken to heart—with enduring benefits.” -R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“This excellent book gets right to the heart of James’s message and his method. It is beautifully written, and David’s exegetical skill and pastoral wisdom make it not only a compelling exposition of the letter but also a searching examination of the heart. I recommend it thoroughly for anyone who wants to understand James better, and to benefit spiritually in the process.” -Andy Gemmill, Director of the Pastors’ Training Course, Cornhill, Scotland

DAVID GIBSON (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is minister of Trinity Church in Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a coeditor of From Heaven He Came and Sought Her and the author of Living Life Backward: How Ecclesiastes Teaches Us to Live in Light of the End. He is married to Angela, and they have four children.





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REPENTANCE: THE FIRST WORD OF THE GOSPEL
Richard Owen Roberts with a Foreword by Henry Blackaby

It is a serious problem when society misunderstands or disregards sin and repentance. But when the church neglects these doctrines, the impact is profound. This book unfolds the nature and necessity of biblical repentance, but for the church in particular. Roberts' in-depth study heavily references both he Old and New Testaments, and includes chapters on the myths, maxims, marks, models, and motives of repentance, as well as the graces and fruits that accompany it. There is also wise warning about the dangers of delayed repentance.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Henry Blackaby

A Letter to the Reader

Introduction

1. Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel

2. Repentance in the Old Testament

3. Repentance in the New Testament

4. Seven Myths of Repentance

5. Seven Maxims of Repentance

6. Seven Marks of Repentance

7. Seven Motives to Repentance

8. Repentance and its Accompanying Graces

9. Seven Fruits of Repentance

10. Seven Models of Repentance

11. Seven Dangers of Delayed Repentance

12. Seven Words of Advice to the Unrepentant

13. Repentance in All its Breadth

14. Repentance and the Character of God

15. Repentance in Dust and Ashes

Richard Owen Roberts is president and founding director of International Awakening Ministries. He pastored churches in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and California, and assisted in the formation of the Billy Graham Center Library. He has authored, edited, and published numerous volumes relating to revival and revivalism.

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UNFOLDING GRACE & UNFOLDING GRACE STUDY GUIDE
Explore God's Unfolding Plan of Redemption

The single most popular book in the world—the Bible—came to us over many centuries from many authors and in many different literary styles. Yet every part fits together into a coherent whole. Its pages tell a unified story of grace—a story that climaxes in the triune God of love redeeming sinners and sufferers through his Son, Jesus.

In Unfolding Grace, discover the overarching storyline of God's Word as it is revealed through 40 Scripture readings drawn from key points in the biblical narrative. Each passage, coupled with brief and accessible commentary, will help you follow God's grace as it unfolds from Genesis through Revelation.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part 1: The Story Begins (Genesis)

1. God’s Creation and Humanity’s Fall (Genesis 1–4)

2. The Flood and God’s Covenant with Noah (Genesis 6–9)

3. Babel and the Promise to Abraham (Genesis 10–12)

4. Abraham and the Promise of Isaac (Genesis 15–18)

5. The Promise to Isaac and the Blessing of Jacob (Genesis 25–28)

6. Israel Comes to Egypt (Genesis 45–48)

Part 2: God’s People Redeemed (Exodus–Joshua)

7. Israel’s Oppression and Moses’ Call (Exodus 1–3)

8. God’s Judgment of Egypt (Exodus 7–10)

9. God’s Deliverance of Israel (Exodus 12–15)

10. God’s Covenant with Israel (Exodus 18–20)

11. The Idolatry of Israel and the Heart of God (Exodus 32–34)

12. Israel’s Journey and Rebellion (Numbers 10–14)

13. Israel Enters the Land (Joshua 1–4)

Part 3: God’s Kingdom Established (Judges–Kings)

14. Israel’s Cycle of Sin and Restoration (Judges 1–4)

15. Israel Needs a King (Judges 17–21)

16. Israel Receives a King (1 Samuel 7–11)

17. The Rejection of Saul and Anointing of David (1 Samuel 15–17)

18. The Covenant with David (2 Samuel 5–8)

19. The Kingdom Established Through Solomon (1 Kings 1–4)

20. The Temple Built by Solomon (1 Kings 6–9)

Part 4: God’s Kingdom Declined and Partially Restored (Kings–Nehemiah)

21. The Kingdom Divided (1 Kings 11–14)

22. Judah Exiled (2 Kings 21–25)

23. Exiles Return and Rebuild the Temple (Ezra 1–3)

24. Israel Recommits to Obey God (Nehemiah 8–10)

Part 5: The Hope of Restoration (The Prophets)

25. The Hope of a New Exodus (Isaiah 52–55)

26. The Hope of a New Creation (Isaiah 63–66)

27. The Hope of a New Covenant (Jeremiah 30–33)

28. The Hope of New Life (Ezekiel 34–37)

Part 6: The Dawning of the Kingdom (Mark)

29. Jesus’ Ministry Begins (Mark 1–4)

30. Jesus’ Ministry Continues (Mark 5–8)

31. Jesus’ Journey to Jerusalem (Mark 9–12)

32. Jesus’ Death and Resurrection (Mark 13–16)

Part 7: The Gospel Spreads and All Is Made New (Acts, Ephesians, Revelation)

33. The Church’s Mission Begins (Acts 1–4)

34. The Church Multiplies in Jerusalem and Beyond (Acts 5–8)

35. The Gospel Begins to Spread to the Gentiles (Acts 9–12)

36. The Gospel Continues to Spread (Acts 13–15)

37. The Gospel Explained (Ephesians 1–3)

38. The Gospel Applied (Ephesians 4–6)

39. The King Speaks to His Churches (Revelation 1–3)

40. The Return of the King and the Restoration of All Things (Revelation 19–22)

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ENDORSEMENTS

“Each turning of the page of this beautiful book draws its readers ever-deeper into the breathtaking flow of the Bible’s epic story of redemption where the reward is, in Jesus’s words, ‘grace upon grace.’ Here the story of grace is rendered transparent by the dignified precision of the English Standard Version, the fine introductions by Drew Hunter, and the exquisite illustrations and headers of German artist Peter Voth. This book will surely be used to introduce many readers to ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.’ Read it, and give it!” - R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois



“The Bible contains the one narrative that serves as the context for every other narrative in human history. Unfolding Grace puts on full display this overarching narrative of the Bible in the context of the gospel of God’s grace in Jesus Christ. This guided reading will remind and reassure Christians that there is a plan and a purpose for our history that will culminate in the grand restoration of all things.” - Miles V. Van Pelt, Alan Belcher Jr. Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Languages, Reformed Theological Seminary



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SHORT STUDIES IN SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: Glorification, Scripture, Trinity, Person of Christ, Attributes of God
Graham Cole, Mark Thompson, Scott Swain, Stephen Wellum, Gerald Bray

(1) GLORIFICATION: An Introduction by Graham Cole

How Sanctification Transforms Christians Into Glorified Beings

Facing sin, suffering, and an uncertain future, it’s easy to become pessimistic, but believers in Christ know the best is yet to come. God promises that one day he will redeem his image bearers and renew the earth. Few books are written on the doctrine of glorification, but its promise of restoration brings urgent hope for Christ followers.

In this addition to the Short Studies in Systematic Theology series, Graham A. Cole examines the concept of divine glory as well as God’s plan for redeeming individual believers, the church, and the universe. Identifying two phases of glorification—one in this life and a final transformation into Christlikeness—Cole defines the role of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the sanctification process. Through careful study of Scripture, he shows Christians how their future identity as glorified beings should impact their perspective today.



(2) THE DOCTRINE OF SCRIPTURE: An Introduction by Mark Thompson

A Clear and Concise Exploration of the Christian Doctrine of Scripture

The Bible is the written word of the living God. He speaks through this word, working in and through human agents as he reveals himself to his people. His word is trustworthy, yet many Christians struggle to articulate why they believe that to be true. Centered in the words of Scripture and especially the teaching of Jesus himself, this volume unpacks the doctrine of Scripture as taught by the church through the ages, helping to strengthen readers’ confidence in God’s word.

Despite the challenges that are often leveled against the Bible, Thompson clearly articulates what Jesus taught about the Scriptures, how God speaks to his people through the written word, the crucial work of the Holy Spirit to apply the word, and the vital attributes of Scripture—its clarity, truthfulness, sufficiency, and efficacy. Readers will find encouragement to walk according to the word and to delight in the God who speaks.



(3) THE TRINITY: An Introduction by Scott Swain

The Trinity is one of the most essential doctrines of the Christian faith.

The eternal God existing as three distinct persons—Father, Son, and Spirit—can be difficult to comprehend. While Christians often struggle to find the right words to describe this union, the Bible gives clarity concerning the triune God’s being and activity in nature (creation), grace (redemption), and glory (reward). In this concise volume, theologian Scott Swain examines the doctrine of the Trinity, presenting its biblical foundations, systematic-theological structure, and practical relevance for the church today.



(4) THE PERSON OF CHRIST: An Introduction by Stephen Wellum

“From beginning to end, Scripture unveils from shadow to reality that Jesus is God the Son incarnate.”

Some people think of Jesus as a great prophet or a wise philosopher; others see him as an important religious leader or even a revolutionary. In this addition to the Short Studies in Systematic Theology series, Stephen Wellum challenges these claims as he argues for the divinity of Jesus according to Scripture and in line with creedal Christianity. In this brief introduction, we are invited to rejoice in the centrality of Christ—who as both God and man reconciles us to God.



(5) THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD: An Introduction by Gerald Bray

How can we (created beings) know God (the Creator)?

Throughout history, the church has recognized the importance of studying and understanding God’s attributes. As the Creator of all things, God is unique and cannot be compared to any of his creatures, so to know him, believers turn to the pages of Scripture. In The Attributes of God, renowned theologian Gerald Bray leads us on an exploration of God’s being, his essential attributes, his relational attributes, and the relevance of his attributes to our thinking, lives, and worship. As we better understand God’s attributes, we will learn to delight in who God is and how he has made himself known to us in Scripture.

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CREEDS, CONFESSIONS & CATECHISMS: A Reader's Edition
Edited by Chad Van Dixhoorn

Understand Foundations of the Christian Church through These Historic Statements of Faith

For centuries, followers of Jesus have used creeds and confessions to express their Christian beliefs. Summarizing key truths from Scripture into succinct statements, these words have shaped the church for generations and continue to teach and inspire believers today.

Creeds, Confessions, and Catechisms gathers 13 historic statements of faith—including the Apostles’ Creed, the Belgic Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism—into one beautiful collection. Each text includes an introduction from editor Chad Van Dixhoorn that explains its origins and significance to the early church. By learning and revisiting these timeless confessions of faith, readers can grow spiritually and learn more about Christian history.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

The Apostles’ Creed

The Nicene Creed

The Athanasian Creed

The Chalcedonian Definition

The Augsburg Confession

The Belgic Confession

The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion

The Canons of Dort

The Westminster Confession

The London Baptist Confession

The Heidelberg Catechism

The Westminster Larger Catechism

The Westminster Shorter Catechism

General Index

Scripture Index

**Great Resource for Daily Reading and Study: Includes early church creeds and major Protestant statements, historical context from editor Chad Van Dixhoorn, and a Scripture index

**Accessible: Useful for pastors and laypeople, seminary students, church groups, or anyone seeking to learn about the foundations of Christianity

**13 Christian Creeds and Confessions: Includes The Apostles’ Creed, The Nicene Creed, The Athanasian Creed, The Chalcedonian Definition, The Augsburg Confession, The Belgic Confession, The Thirty-Nine Articles of Religion, The Canons of Dort, The Westminster Confession of Faith, The London Baptist Confession, The Heidelberg Catechism, The Westminster Larger Catechism, and The Westminster Shorter Catechism

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THE STORY-CHANGER: How God Rewrites Our Story by Inviting Us into His
DAVID MURRAY

How Jesus Changes Our Story with His Story

Each person’s life tells a story. These stories have happy chapters, sad chapters, boring chapters, and exciting chapters. Some people seem to author their own stories, while others have the pens snatched from their hands. Some stories feel hopeless. Can our stories ever be rewritten? Will they have a happy ending?

David Murray introduces readers to the StoryChanger, Jesus Christ—the only one who can rewrite human stories with his better Story. Both Christians and non-Christians will discover how God's Story can transform their own messy stories into stories worth telling.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1: Our Messy Stories

Chapter 2: The First Story

Chapter 3: The Story-Shredder

Chapter 4: The Failed Authors

Chapter 5: The StoryChanger

Chapter 6: The New Story

Chapter 7: The Endorsements

Chapter 8: The Inside Story

Chapter 9: The Book Club

Chapter 10: The Storytellers

The End

Scripture Index

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**Biblical: Tells the first story of God’s good and beautiful creation, how sin and Satan—the StoryShredder—ruined human stories, and how Jesus rewrites and redeems those stories.

**Personal: Shares Murray’s testimony of how God changed his story and points readers toward specific ways Jesus can change their stories as well

**For Individual or Group Study: Includes questions for further reflection or discussion at the end of each chapter

ENDORSEMENTS

“Is it up to me to craft my life story? Is there a greater power that has determined my story that leaves me with no control over it? Is it possible that the story of my life could take a dramatic turn in another direction? These are the kinds of questions David Murray addresses in this inviting book, which serves as an invitation to discover all that we were created to be in the context of a far greater story.” -Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden

“The StoryChanger is a book about three characters and their stories. The first is a Scotsman named David Murray. I have known him for years, but until reading these pages I had no idea how his story was changed. The second character is anyone who picks up this book, reads it, and discovers how helpful it is to understand the story of their life written thus far. And the third character? Well, he’s the StoryChanger—who is pretty aptly named. But I should leave it to David Murray to introduce you to him.” -Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“Are you trying to make sense of your life or the lives around you? Are you looking for purpose? What matters? What matters the most? David Murray’s The StoryChanger will give you answers and might even change your story. He writes as a man who understands people, but even more importantly, who understands God. Prepare to be encouraged and to see your life as part of a much grander and more important story than you can imagine.” -Jason Helopoulos, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church; author, The Promise: The Amazing Story of Our Long-Awaited Savior

“David Murray has given us a practical, accessible, and personal guide to show us how the Bible’s big story transforms the stories of our lives. Jesus alone can change our stories—moving us from sadness to satisfaction, from loneliness to belonging, and from despair to hope. What a relief to know that we’re part of a bigger story and that there’s hope for us even after we’ve made a mess of life. I’m eager to see how this book will transform many people by introducing them to the divine author and StoryChanger we all need." -Drew Hunter, Teaching Pastor, Zionsville Fellowship, Zionsville, Indiana; author, Made for Friendship

“Can the story of my life be rewritten? If you or a friend is feeling trapped in a story that seems messy and meaningless, let David Murray introduce you to the StoryChanger who is rewriting the story of David’s life and can do the same for you.” -David Sunday, President, WordPartners; Teaching Pastor, New Covenant Bible Church, Saint Charles, Illinois



David Murray (PhD, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam) is the senior pastor of First Byron Christian Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan. He is also a counselor, a regular speaker at conferences, and the author of Reset and Exploring the Bible. David has taught Old Testament, counseling, and pastoral theology at various seminaries.

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GROWING IN CHRIST: A Crystal Clear Outline of Basic Christianity
J.I. PACKER

A Clear Outline of Basic Christianity from Theologian J. I. Packer

Followers of Christ grow spiritually by learning and living out the essentials of their faith, which are often taken for granted or overlooked in daily life. Renowned theologian J. I. Packer believed that Christianity is not automatic and must be learned by new believers and mature Christians alike.

In Growing in Christ, Packer offers readers an easy-to-follow road map for studying theological topics, including the Apostles' Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Ten Commandments, and baptism. Each chapter helps both new and lifelong believers examine what Packer calls “the intellectual ABCs” of the gospel so they can grow in faith.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part 1: Affirming the Essentials: The Apostles’ Creed

Preface

Chapter 1: I Believe in God

Chapter 2: The God I Believe In

Chapter 3: The Father Almighty

Chapter 4: Almighty

Chapter 5: Maker of Heaven and Earth

Chapter 6: And in Jesus Christ

Chapter 7: His Only Son

Chapter 8: Born of the Virgin Mary

Chapter 9: Suffered under Pontius Pilate

Chapter 10: He Descended into Hell

Chapter 11: The Third Day

Chapter 12: He Ascended into Heaven

Chapter 13: He Shall Come

Chapter 14: I Believe in the Holy Spirit

Chapter 15: The Holy Catholic Church

Chapter 16: Forgiveness of Sins

Chapter 17: Resurrection of the Body

Chapter 18: The Life Everlasting

Part 2: Entering In: Baptism And Conversion

Preface

Chapter 1: The Lord’s Command

Chapter 2: What the Sign Says

Chapter 3: A Sacrament of Good News

Chapter 4: Conversion and Baptism

Chapter 5: Baptized in Jesus’s Name

Chapter 6: Washing

Chapter 7: United with Christ

Chapter 8: Baptism and the Holy Spirit

Chapter 9: Basic Christianity

Chapter 10: Baptism and Infants

Chapter 11. Baptism, Confirmation, Confession

Chapter 12. Baptism and Body life

Chapter 13: Baptism Improved

Chapter 14: Third Birthday

Part 3: Learning to Pray: The Lord’s Prayer

Preface

Chapter 1: When You Pray

Chapter 2: Pray Then Like This

Chapter 3: Our Father

Chapter 4: Which Art in Heaven

Chapter 5: Hallowed Be Thy Name

Chapter 6: Thy Kingdom Come

Chapter 7: Thy Will Be Done

Chapter 8: On Earth As It Is in Heaven

Chapter 9: Our Daily Bread

Chapter 10: Forgive Us

Chapter 11: Not into Temptation

Chapter 12: Deliver Us

Chapter 13: From Evil

Chapter 14: The Kingdom and the Power

Chapter 15: And the Glory

Chapter 16: Amen

Part 4: Design for Life: The Ten Commandments

Preface

Chapter 1: Blueprint for Behavior

Chapter 2: I and You

Chapter 3: Law and Love

Chapter 4: The Lord Your God

Chapter 5: Who Comes First?

Chapter 6: Imagination

Chapter 7: Are You Serious?

Chapter 8: Take My Time

Chapter 9: God and the Family

Chapter 10: Life Is Sacred

Chapter 11: Sex Is Sacred

Chapter 12: Stop, Thief!

Chapter 13: Truth Is Sacred

Chapter 14: Be Content

Chapter 15: Learning from the Law

Chapter 16: The Cement of Society



Index

**Covers Christian Themes in Depth: Including Christian convictions, communion with God, and code of conduct

**Great for Individual or Group Study: Each chapter ends with study questions and Bible passages

**Accessible: Written for Christians of all backgrounds and denominations, as well as the newly converted

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THE DAWNING OF REDEMPTION: The Story of the Pentateuch and the Hope of the Gospel
Ian J. Vaillancourt

An Accessible Introduction to the Pentateuch and Why It Matters for the Rest of the Biblical Story

When starting a new Bible-reading plan, many readers begin enthusiastically in Genesis but then lose momentum when they encounter the Old Testament laws and genealogies. But the Pentateuch—the first five books of the Bible—has much to offer today’s Christian; it is the foundation for understanding the rest of the Bible, pointing forward to the coming Savior, Jesus Christ, in profound ways.

In this accessible book, Ian J. Vaillancourt offers readers a helpful introduction to the Pentateuch as the essential first act in the Bible’s grand story of redemption. The chapters cover the whole of Genesis through Deuteronomy, examining themes such as creation, salvation, genealogies, and biblical covenants. Each chapter concludes with discussion questions, making this book a useful resource for individuals or groups who are looking to dive deeper into biblical study.

Ideal for the Thoughtful Christian: Written for those looking for tools on how to read the Bible as Christocentric, such as Bible students and laypeople looking to dive deeper into God’s word

Gospel Oriented: Written in light of gospel fulfillment in Christ and current applications for the church

For Individual or Group Study: Each chapter ends in discussion questions, perfect for individuals or groups who are looking to dive deeper into biblical study

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Acknowledgments

Introduction: Getting Oriented to Moses’s Book of Redemption

Chapter 1: Creation: The Theater of Redemption

Chapter 2: Eden: The Promise of Redemption

Chapter 3: Genealogy: The Lineage of Redemption

Chapter 4: Covenant: The Guarantee of Redemption

Chapter 5: Exodus: Redemption Accomplished (and Foreshadowed)

Chapter 6: Torah: Living as the Redeemed

Chapter 7: Tabernacle, Priesthood, and Sacrifice: Provisions for the Redeemed

Chapter 8: Unbelief: Delay for the Redeemed

Chapter 9: Blessings and Curses: Warning the Redeemed

Conclusion: Take Up and Read!

Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“The Pentateuch seems forbidding and alien to many believers. But, Ian Vaillancourt has written a user-friendly introduction to the theology of the Pentateuch that will enable readers to get a big picture of the theology of the first five books of the Bible. He also shows in each chapter how the Pentateuch points forward to and is fulfilled in Jesus Christ. Readers will see more clearly how the entire Bible fits together in this fine work.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“You can’t make sense of a musical if you don’t hear the opening songs; you can’t make sense of a book if you don’t read the opening chapters; you can’t make sense of a trial if you don’t listen to the opening arguments; and in much the same way, you won’t ever make sense of the Bible if you don’t understand the themes of its opening books, the Pentateuch. What my friend Ian does so well in The Dawning of Redemption is introduce the major themes that begin at the beginning and extend all the way to the end. If you’ll read it, you won’t better understand just those five books, but also the sixty-one that follow. You’ll better understand the Pentateuch, to be sure, but also the entire Bible.” -Tim Challies, author, Seasons of Sorrow: The Pain of Loss and the Comfort of God

“An engaging, accessible entry into the five books that launch the story of the Bible. The Dawning of Redemption is sure to mobilize many in the church to dust off ‘Moses’s book’ and see in its pages the opening act of a beautiful story of redemption.” -Andrew Abernethy, Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College; author, Savoring Scripture

“This wonderful introduction to the first five books of the Bible—the book of Moses—is popular-level, easy to read, and extremely helpful in putting the storyline together so that modern-day readers can appreciate material that seems otherwise irrelevant by today’s standards. I wholeheartedly recommend this little volume to anyone interested in the Bible, whether as beginner or serious student. Readers will be assisted in understanding how these early parts of the Bible point forward to the coming of a redeemer, Jesus Christ.” -Peter J. Gentry, Senior Professor of Old Testament, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Old Testament and Senior Research Fellow of the Text and Canon Institute, Phoenix Seminary

“Affirming the Pentateuch as Moses’s book and as God’s living word, Vaillancourt shows how the Bible’s initial portrait of redemption foreshadows Christ’s person and saving work. The Dawning of Redemption overviews nine stages in the Bible’s opening story and at every point celebrates Christ as the climax of history, the substance of all shadows, and the bestower of restoration blessings. Vaillancourt rightly recognizes that the Pentateuch is Christian Scripture, and he clearly and faithfully invites new readers into the message of the Bible’s first five books.” -Jason S. DeRouchie, Research Professor of Old Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Content Developer and Global Trainer, Hands to the Plow Ministries

Ian J. Vaillancourt (PhD, University of St. Michael’s College) is an associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew at Heritage Theological Seminary. He is the author of The Multifaceted Saviour of Psalms 110 and 118: A Canonical Exegesis (2020 RBY Scott Award winner). He and his wife, Natalie, have two children and are members at West Highland Baptist Church in Hamilton, Ontario.

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THINGS NOT SEEN: A Fresh Look at Old Stories of Trusting God's Promises
JON BLOOM with Foreword by Ann Voskamp

God is doing far more than we can see in our pain.

We plead for God’s deliverance from our pain and wonder why he keeps letting it go on. We are not alone. A cloud of witnesses surrounds us and they help us understand. In these 35 creative retellings of Bible stories, Jon Bloom explores the hope and joy that Abraham, Moses, Naomi, John the Baptist, and others experienced in the painful process of discovering that God’s promises really are more trustworthy than our perceptions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Ann Voskamp

A Word to the Reader

Gratitude

1 Your Sin Is No Match for God’s Grace- Joseph’s Brothers and Grace

2 “He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease”- John the Baptist and Humility

3 “I Will Not Let You Go unless You Bless Me”- Jacob and Wrestling with God

4 Be Generous with Your Master’s Money- Simon the Zealot, Matthew, and Generosity

5 Hard, Heartbreaking, Hopeful Spiritual Leadership- Moses and Leadership

6 You Obey the One You Fear- King Saul and Fear of Man

7 Whom Are You Really Serving?- Martha, Mary, and Serving

8 Jesus Comes When You Least Expect- The Woman at the Well and Persevering Prayer

9 What God Is Building through All the Inefficiencies of Life- Nehemiah and Adversity

10 Don’t Feel Qualified for Your Calling?- Moses and Inadequacy

11 Failure Doesn’t Have to Be the Last Word- Demas, Mark, and Failure

12 God Is Merciful Not to Tell Us Everything- The Disciples and Trust

13 Jesus Is Turning Your Shame into a Showcase of His Grace- The Hemorrhaging Woman and Shame

14 God’s Mercy in Making Us Face the Impossible- Abraham, Sarah, and Faith

15 God Will Never, Never Break His Promise- Abraham, Isaac, and God’s Faithfulness

16 Watch Your Mouth- Peter and Being Slow to Speak

17 How Jesus Exposes Our Idol of Self-Glory- The Jewish Leaders and Reputation

18 The Impoverishing Power of Financial Prosperity- The Rich Young Man and Wealth

19 The Powerful Glory of Yielding Power- Jonathan and Power

20 When It Seems Like God Did You Wrong- Naomi and Tragedy

21 When a Sword Pierces Your Soul- Mary and Grief

22 The Weakness of the World’s Strongest Man- Samson and Unfaithful Faith

23 What Dead Abel Speaks to Us- Abel, Cain, and Faith

24 The Folly of What Noah Preached- Noah and Gospel Boldness

25 Why God Gives Us More Than We Can Handle- Gideon and the Impossible

26 Imitate, Don’t Idolize, Your Leaders- Barak and Misplaced Faith

27 When Fear Attacks- Joshua and Courage

28 God Makes Our Misery the Servant of His Mercy- Naaman, the Servant Girl, and Sovereign Mercy

29 Escaping the Suicidal Slavery of Selfish Ambition- The Disciples and Selfish Ambition

30 When Wasting Your Life Is Worship- Judas, Mary, and Worship

31 Judas Carried the Moneybag?- Judas and the Love of Money

32 If You Want to Be Happy, You Must Deny Yourself- The Disciples and Self-Denial

33 Jesus Wants You to Be You- Peter and Calling

34 The Treasure Makes All the Difference- The Man Who Found the Treasure and the Resurrection

35 Don’t Give Up- All of Us and Endurance

General Index 213

Scripture Index 215

ENDORSEMENTS

“Vivid, nourishing sketches of Bible characters learning to live with their sometimes startling Lord.” - J. I. PACKER

“Bloom shows you with powerful clarity how to weave gospel-priorities through all your work and all your moments." -Ann Voskamp, New York Times best-selling author, The Broken Way and One Thousand Gifts

“Jon Bloom has an extraordinary gift for mining rare gems hidden in familiar Bible stories and characters. His insights are imaginative, biblical, and practical. Jon prompts readers to see with new eyes, examine their hearts, and face life’s challenges with renewed perspective and joy. I enthusiastically recommend Things Not Seen!” -Randy Alcorn, author, Heaven; If God Is Good; and Hand in Hand

“I trust a writer who not only sees deeply into the treasures of Scripture, but takes what he sees into his soul, and with it serves his family, church, and friends. Jon Bloom is one of those writers. And one of my treasures is to be one of those friends. We welcome you into this circle of joy.” -John Piper, Founder and Teacher, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary; author, Desiring God

“Jon Bloom unpacks the deepest truths about God in a way that every human can receive. You don’t want to miss anything he writes—this book is no exception. Prepare for your faith to expand.” -Jennie Allen, New York Times best-selling author, Get Out of Your Head; Founder, IF: Gathering

“The Bible is full of stories not just so we have something to read to our children at night, but to help us understand what it is like to walk with God in a broken world. Jon Boom revives the age-old tradition of using biblically informed fictional additions to creatively retell the Bible’s most familiar stories. He also intersperses pastoral insights as a skilled soul physician. This book will stir and encourage your faith.” -Adrian Warnock, author, Hope Reborn and Raised with Christ

JON BLOOM (BA, Bethel University) is the cofounder and president of desiringGod.org, where he contributes regularly. He is also the author of several books. Bloom and his wife, Pam, live in Minneapolis with their five children.

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OLD MADE NEW: A Guide to the New Testament Use of the Old Testament
GREG LANIER

Greg Lanier Presents a Simple Method for Studying Old Testament Citations in the New Testament

Many Bible readers have difficulty understanding the Old Testament’s connection to the New Testament, and some even believe it’s obsolete in light of God’s new covenant. In reality, New Testament writers alluded to earlier books of the Bible roughly 300­–400 times. The Old Testament isn’t outdated; it’s critical to understanding the rest of Scripture.

In Old Made New, Greg Lanier explains how New Testament authors used the Old Testament to communicate the gospel and present the person and work of Jesus. He also explains what the Old Testament teaches Christians today about the church’s identity and ethics. Writing for a broad range of readers, Lanier distills thorough research into simple, descriptive examples and tips. His 3-step method explains how to identify and explore an Old Testament passage and see how it’s “remixed” in the New Testament to thoughtfully engage with Scripture.

Accessibly Written: Clear language and easy-to-follow methods make this resource helpful for laypeople, Sunday school leaders, and students

Effective Bible Study Method: Includes the most recent research on Old Testament references in the New Testament, complete with a simple 3-step study plan to help readers apply it

Comprehensive: Tables, worksheets, case studies, and notes guide readers through exciting, thorough Scripture study

Appendices Included: Features the most agreed-upon citations, quotations, and allusions to the Old Testament in the New Testament, along with a Bible reading plan

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Illustrations

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: Tools of the Trade

Chapter 2: The Old Testament and the Gospel

Chapter 3: The Old Testament and Jesus Christ

Chapter 4: The Old Testament and the Church

Conclusion

Appendix: Inventory of New Testament Uses of the Old Testament

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Here’s a book that doesn’t just tell you how to rightly interpret the Bible; it shows you with example after example of how to read and compare Old Testament texts to their citations or allusions in the New Testament in a way that will lead to insight and understanding. Not only is this a book worthy of working through to develop skills for use in the text, but this is also a book I will pull off the shelf again and again to reference whenever I see an Old Testament quote or allusion arise in a New Testament text.” -Nancy Guthrie, author; Bible teacher

“Greg Lanier has produced a fine, accessible manual on the apostles’ use of the Old Testament. Old Made New wisely instructs the reader through the maze of inner-biblical exegesis. New Testament authors carefully draw from the Old Testament to signal the fulfillment of the Bible’s story in Christ and his people.” -Benjamin L. Gladd, Associate Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary

“The use of the Old Testament in the New Testament is one of the most exciting and productive aspects of the interpretation of Scripture. Yet, it is undoubtedly one of the most challenging for the lay student of the Bible. In Old Made New, Greg Lanier breaks down a complex subject into its essential elements resulting in a one-of-a-kind, user-friendly exegetical and theological guide. The avid student of Scripture will benefit from a clear, jargon-free explanation of the method—including examples—and from rich theological insights that will enable a deeper understanding of the most common ways the authors of the New Testament use the Old Testament. From pastors to people in the pews, this book will be received with much excitement.” -Mateus F. de Campos, Academic Dean and Assistant Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, Resisting Jesus

“Exciting advances and discoveries have marked the use of the Old Testament in the New Testament in recent years. Unfortunately, most of these studies are technical and not accessible to ordinary readers. Greg Lanier has now bridged the gap with this remarkably clear and useful study, showing us with multiple examples how New Testament writers appropriated the Old Testament. As readers we are also given illuminating studies on the gospel, Christology, and the church.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Greg Lanier’s goal with this book is to entice modern readers to read the New Testament in light of the Old. This is a tricky wood where many of us without a skilled and understanding guide might lose our way or perhaps find the going so tedious that we run away screaming and never return. But Greg is a teacher as well as a scholar. He is sensitive to his reader’s need for clarity and encouragement, and he brings both to the table. His guidance is not only insightful, it is reproducible. A reader armed with this book will gain the confidence to enter this wood himself. At the same time, Greg takes us to a height from which, surveying the whole wood, we are able to marvel at how both Testaments are wonderfully woven together.” -Randall R. Greenwald, Pastor, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Oviedo, Florida; author, Something Worth Living For

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CULTURAL COUNTERFEITS: Confronting 5 Empty Promises of our Age and How we were Made for So Much More
JEN OSHMAN with Foreword by Christine Hoover

Jen Oshman Helps Women Reject Idols and Discover God's Good Purpose for Their Lives

In today’s culture, women and girls are influenced by idols that promise purpose and meaning for their lives—outward beauty and ability, sex, abortion, and gender fluidity. Christian women aren’t exempt from these temptations either, and can even elevate good things like marriage and motherhood to the status of idolatry. Women may sense that these idols are hollow and leave them feeling unsettled, but where should they turn instead?

In Cultural Counterfeits, Jen Oshman encourages women to reject the empty, destructive promises these idols offer and embrace something much more satisfying. She casts a vision for women to experience real hope and peace in Jesus, calling them to recognize their unshakable and eternal identities in him. This timely and compelling resource will help women find freedom and joy as they explore God’s good design and purpose for their lives.

Culturally Relevant: Addresses current topics such as the #MeToo movement, LGBTQIA+, social media, and feminism

Explains “How We Got Here”: Gives a brief history of the sexual revolution up to today

Written by Jen Oshman: Author of Enough about Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self

For Group or Individual Study: Includes discussion questions at the end of each chapter

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Christine Hoover

Introduction

Part 1: You Are Here

Chapter 1: Waking Up in a Far Country

Chapter 2: The Sexual Revolution Meets #MeToo

Chapter 3: A Timeless Lens for Changing Trends

Part 2: Confronting the Empty Promises of our Age

Chapter 4: Obsessed: Bodies, Beauty, and Ability

Chapter 5: Selling Out for Cheap Sex

Chapter 6: Abortion Has Not Delivered

Chapter 7: Trending: LGBTQIA+

Chapter 8: When Marriage and Motherhood Become Idols

Part 3: We Were Made for So Much More

Chapter 9: It’s Good to Be a Girl

Chapter 10: Home

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“In Cultural Counterfeits, Jen Oshman addresses some of the most significant and sensitive issues of our day with a combination of informed integrity, biblical insight, and godly compassion. In these pages you will find a winsome call away from the world’s false promises and toward what is real, true, and beautiful.” -Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden

“Jen Oshman is a clear and trusted voice of wisdom in our current age. She thinks deeply and biblically about the issues that bombard us—and helps us to do the same. In Cultural Counterfeits, Jen pulls back the curtain to reveal the empty promises offered by five idols of our day. Jen’s words are full of insight, compassion, and truth. Whether you are combating these lies in your own soul or coming alongside those you love, this book will expose how the idols not only fail us, but actually betray and harm us. She then reminds us that there is ultimately only one who can truly satisfy the longing in our souls—Jesus, the one in whom all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge are found.” -Courtney Doctor, Coordinator of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; author, From Garden to Glory and Steadfast: A Devotional Bible Study on the Book of James

“This book is provocative in all the right ways. Jen Oshman wants to ensure that women don’t settle for less than God’s good and glorious intention for their life. Jen takes on some of the most pressing issues of our day, boldly proclaiming biblical truth while overflowing with gospel grace that soothes the sinner’s heart and breaks the Pharisee’s pride.” -Trevin Wax, Vice President of Research and Resource Development, North American Mission Board; author, This Is Our Time

“This is an important and much-needed book. With boldness and wisdom, Jen thoughtfully unpacks the prevailing cultural lies about what it means to be a woman and beautifully points to the truth of whom God created us to be. Cultural Counterfeits strikes the rare balance of grace and truth and I recommend it to anyone who is tired of the empty promises of this age and is looking for something lasting.” -Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

“Jen’s voice is a herald for believers, equipping us with biblical truth to confront the unsatisfying messages of the world and the damaging lies of our enemy. She proclaims a better message, one full of abundant life in Jesus Christ. Cultural Counterfeits is a valuable read for everyone in our churches, whether men and women, young or old.” -Tony Merida, Lead Pastor, Imago Dei Church, Raleigh, North Carolina; author, Ordinary

“Women are confronted with all sorts of ideas in today’s culture. It’s hard to know what is true and what truth is to be believed. Jen Oshman unpacks the most common ideas women face with care, research, and a more beautiful vision of God’s plan for us. Jen has years of experience as a ministry worker of the gospel, as a student of the word, and as a mom of daughters. As a mom of sons and as someone who ministers to women, I’m thankful for her work! This is a book I plan to give to the women I minister to, and I hope you will do the same.” -Courtney Reissig, author, Teach Me to Feel and The Accidental Feminist

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DEMYSTIFYING DECISION-MAKING: A Practical Guide
AIMEE JOSEPH

Drawing Closer to God One Decision at a Time

On an average day, people make countless decisions: Should I get out of bed or hit the snooze button? What should I have for breakfast? Where should we go for this year’s vacation? While some decisions are easy to make, others can leave individuals paralyzed and full of anxiety. As Christians living in an increasingly individualistic society, what’s the best strategy for making decisions that honor God while becoming more like him in the process?

Writing from her own experience and pointing to biblical examples, Aimee Joseph offers a biblical and theological framework for decision-making. She explains God’s design for humans as decision-makers, the biblical model for making choices, common wrong approaches, practical tips, and what to do when you’ve made a poor decision. With the philosophy that “as we shape our decisions, our decisions shape us,” Joseph teaches readers how to worship and draw closer to Christ through their daily decisions.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: Ubiquitous Decisions

Chapter 1: The Drama of Decisions

Chapter 2: The Design of Decisions

Chapter 3: Theological Foundations for Decisions

Chapter 4: The Dashboard of Decisions

Chapter 5: Practical Preparation for Decisions

Chapter 6: Practical Paradigms for Decisions

Chapter 7: You’ve Decided, So Now What?

Conclusion: The Destination of Decisions

Acknowledgments

Study Questions

Appendix: Visual Summaries

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“I’ve often wished that God would skywrite his will for me, but after reading Demystifying Decision-Making, I see that the process of seeking God is as important as the outcome. This book draws extensively from Scripture and will be a trusted guide to navigate life’s choices, from everyday decisions to life-changing ones. Aimee does not offer a pat formula, but rather a robust framework to help gather and fit together the puzzle pieces in our decisions, drawing closer to the Lord as we do. I will refer to this wonderful book often!” -Vaneetha Rendall Risner, author, Walking Through Fire: A Memoir of Loss and Redemption

“We wake up every day to hundreds of decisions. We must decide what to have for breakfast, what to wear to work, and what to do with our free time. The sheer number of choices can be overwhelming. Add to those smaller decisions the bigger questions of calling, relationships, and goals—and we almost don’t want to get up in the morning. Thankfully, Aimee Joseph is a faithful guide as we navigate both large and small dilemmas. In the pages of this book, we learn to weigh our choices according to God’s word and his will and come away with a renewed trust in the God who sovereignly ordains all things. Whatever you are trying to decide, I trust you will find this book a helpful resource.” -Megan Hill, author, Praying Together and A Place to Belong; Managing Editor, The Gospel Coalition

“Whatever big decision you’re facing right now, Aimee cannot make it for you. This book won’t tell you the one clear and easy answer. But in Christ, informed by the word of the living God, Aimee does have some vital principles to share. Scripture doesn’t give us quick answers to our hardest decisions, but we’re not left in the dark. And when we learn what God has to say about our moments of conscious decision, we’re not only better prepared to face future anxious junctures, but also to become the kind of person who instinctively and sometimes almost effortlessly discerns the will of God. This book will help now, and later.” -David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

“In the modern and wealthy West, we all know the paralyzing power of endless choice. Our cultural mantra that we are self-made causes decision-making to be all the more intimidating. Aimee Joseph gives us both a theological framework and practical steps for making good choices. This book will serve anyone who has to make any decision—all of us! And it will be especially helpful to those who help others make decisions: pastors, professors, counselors, friends, and mentors. I love Joseph’s prioritization of the character and goodness of our God, the reliability of his word, and the unshakable grace on which we stand when we make choices both large and small. Her words are both a bulwark and a comfort, pointing us to God’s eternal wisdom and matchless grace.” -Jen Oshman, author, Enough about Me: Find Lasting Joy in the Age of Self

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FOR THE CHILDREN'S SAKE: Foundations of Education for Home and School
SUSAN SCHAEFFER MACAULAY with Foreword by Fiona Fletcher

An Effective, Holistic Guide for Teaching Children in Any Educational Setting

Every parent and teacher wants to give his or her children the best education possible. They hope that the teaching they provide is a joyful adventure, a celebration of life, and preparation for living. But sadly, most education today falls short of this goal.

For the Children’s Sake imagines what education can be based on a Christian understanding of the meaning of life and what it means to be human—a child, a parent, a teacher. The central ideas have been proven over many years and in almost every kind of educational situation, including ideas that author Susan Schaeffer Macaulay and her husband, Ranald, have implemented in their own family and school experience. Includes a foreword by daughter and educator Fiona Fletcher.

Simple and Practical: This user-friendly guide helps educators build a stable, enriching, and intellectually stimulating environment for children and also includes a list of additional resources

Immersive Teaching: Shows parents and teachers how children’s learning experiences can be extended to every aspect of life

Proven Methodology: Used in school settings for 14 years, these easily applicable ideas will benefit parents and teachers in homeschooling, public school, or private school

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter 1: What Is Education?

Chapter 2: “Children Are Born Persons”

Chapter 3: Authority and Freedom

Chapter 4: A New Perspective

Chapter 5: Education: A Science of Relationships

Chapter 6: The Way of the Will, Reason, and the Unity of the Whole

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Resource List

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SONGS OF SUFFERING: 25 Hymns and Devotions for Weary Souls
Joni Eareckson Tada, Foreword by Keith and Kristyn Getty

Joni Eareckson Tada Offers 25 Hymns for Worship for Difficult Times

As an author, speaker, and advocate for people with disabilities, Joni Eareckson Tada has inspired people around the world with her story of faith in the midst of suffering. In this beautiful collection of hymns and devotions she acts as a “song leader,” guiding readers through their own painful seasons with heartfelt praises to God.

Songs of Suffering includes 25 hymns with accompanying devotions and photography designed to spark hope in hardship. Opening with a special message from hymn writers Keith and Kristyn Getty, this book is a source of comfort for anyone who needs biblical encouragement, prompting readers to seek refuge in the Lord and rejoice in his goodness.

**A Beautifully Designed Book from Joni Eareckson Tada: Includes 25 hymns with sheet music, devotionals, and photography

**An Uplifting Call to Worship: Emphasizes the Bible’s command to sing and leads readers in hope-filled praise

**Comfort for the Hurting: Makes a thoughtful gift for friends or family dealing with pain, illness, or loss

**Opens with a Message from Keith and Kristyn Getty: Read their reflections on worship and Joni Eareckson Tada’s inspiring ministry

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword: Personal Reflections from the Gettys

Before You Begin

Part 1: SONGS OF COMFORT

Be Still My Soul

Jesus, Lover of My Soul

Abide with Me

It Is Well with My Soul

Come, Ye Disconsolate

Wonderful Peace

Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right

Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting

Part 2: SONGS OF STRENGTH

O Church, Arise

Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise

Dear Refuge of My Weary Soul

Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord)?

Stricken, Smitten and Afflicted

When I Survey the Wondrous Cross

O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

Faith Is the Victory

Part 3: SONGS OF HOPE

O the Deep, Deep Love of Jesus

I Must Tell Jesus

Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus

Standing on the Promises

Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah

For All the Saints

Far from My Heavenly Home

Face to Face with Christ, My Savior

When We All Get to Heaven

A Reprise

Acknowledgments: Thankful for These

Notes

More for You

Scripture Index

About Joni and Friends

About the Photography

ENDORSEMENTS

“Where would we be without hymns? Where would we be without songs to express our sorest griefs and deepest sorrows? I hope you'll allow Joni Eareckson Tada to introduce you to some of the best and most powerful of them all, to explain how they have been a blessing and comfort to her—and to encourage you to get to know them, to commit them to memory, and to sing them before the Lord, so they can be a blessing and comfort to you as well.” --Tim Challies, author, Seasons of Sorrow

“If you take the time to open up this book, be warned: It will grow your faith. It will help you fall in love with Christ more, as you learn to sing hymns that will sustain you and uphold you through days of misery and suffering. I was greatly encouraged by Joni’s Songs of Suffering, and you will be too.” --Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“Joni’s gorgeous writing, as poetic as the hymns she champions and cherishes, helped me stare into the time-honored texts, many of which I’ve sung all my life, and discover depths and beauties I’d not seen before. Reading this book was truly illuminating and inspiring to my heart.” --Fernando Ortega, hymn writer; recording artist; worship leader

“Joni has given us a gift: to learn to sing through our sorrows and all the days of our lives. Through historical hymns and biblical reflections, we are reminded to go to our Savior, who cares for us more deeply than we could ever imagine. Join Joni and the choir of those who have gone before us to sing of the excellencies of our God. Your heart will be glad as your tongue rejoices (Ps. 16:9).” --Trillia Newbell, author, A Great Cloud of Witnesses; If God Is For Us; and Sacred Endurance

Joni Eareckson Tada is CEO of Joni and Friends, a global ministry that serves the practical and spiritual needs of people with disabilities. She is also an artist and the author of numerous bestselling books, including Joni; A Place of Healing; and When God Weeps. Joni and her husband, Ken, reside in Calabasas, California.

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10 QUESTIONS EVERY TEEN SHOULD ASK (AND ANSWER) ABOUT CHRISTIANITY
Rebecca McLaughlin

How can we believe the Bible is true? Why can’t we just agree that love is love? Isn’t Christianity against diversity?

Going to school, hanging out with friends, or scrolling through social media feeds, teenagers are sure to face real challenges to faith in Jesus Christ. And whether you consider yourself a Christ follower or not, these questions can seem like deal breakers.

Backed by state-of-the-art research, personal stories, Harry Potter illustrations (warning: spoilers!), and careful biblical study, this book doesn’t dodge tough questions. Instead, it invites teenagers to ask their hardest questions about Christianity and to find surprising, life-giving answers.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Note to Parents, Grandparents, Guardians, and Friends

Introduction

1. How Can I Live My Best Life Now?

Mental and Physical Health Benefits of the Christian Life

2. Isn’t Christianity against Diversity?

Racism / Slavery / Christianity as the Most Diverse Movement in History

3. Can Jesus Be True for You but Not for Me?

Universal Truth / Relativism / Evangelism

4. Can’t We Just Be Good without God?

God as the Basis for Morality / 9/11 / Hitler / Stalin / Human Identity / Abortion

5. How Can You Believe the Bible Is True?

Evidence for the Gospels / Evidence for the Resurrection / True versus Literal

6. Hasn’t Science Disproved Christianity?

Origins of Science / Science and Faith Controversies / Christian Scientists Today

7. Why Can’t We Just Agree That Love Is Love?

Marriage / Sex / Singleness / Friendship / Same-Sex Attraction / Pornography / Abuse

8. Who Cares If You’re a Boy or a Girl?

Gender / Feminism / Transgender and Non-Binary Identities

9. Does God Care When We Hurt?

God’s Sovereignty in Suffering / God’s Care for Us / Prayer / Purpose

10. How Can You Believe in Heaven and Hell?

Meaning of Heaven and Hell / Sin and Judgment / Salvation / Invitation

A “Thank You” Note

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“This is a really clear, compelling, understanding, and engaging response to the biggest objections people have to Christianity today. Read it, wrestle with it, and see what your friends make of it.” -Sam Allberry, pastor; author, 7 Myths about Singleness

“Rebecca McLaughlin doesn’t shy away from difficult conversations about heaven, hell, sexuality, and racism but handles them with gentleness, humility, and a refreshing humor that preteens and young teens will appreciate. Best of all, she presents the gospel so clearly and beautifully. I’m thankful for this winsome resource that I can recommend to young Christians and non-Christians alike.” -Quina Aragon, spoken-word artist; author, Love Made: A Story of God’s Overflowing, Creative Heart and Love Gave: A Story of God’s Greatest Gift

“Young people might not always articulate their questions about life. But they are wondering. 10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity can help them both express and satisfy their emerging questions and longings. We wish we’d had this book when we were raising our children! But now we can give it away—confidently—starting with our own grandchildren.” -Ray and Jani Ortlund, President and Executive Vice President, Renewal Ministries

“10 Questions Every Teen Should Ask (and Answer) about Christianity is the book every parent, teacher, youth worker, and young person has been waiting for. In her down-to-earth, relatable, winsome, and brilliant manner, Rebecca McLaughlin tackles the major questions confronting this generation, showing that Jesus is still the answer to our greatest needs and longings. If we don’t want to lose a generation, we must have the courage to wrestle with hard questions and show that Christianity is relevant in our rapidly changing world.” -Christine Caine, Founder, A21 and Propel Women

“Our world is complex. Growing up today and having to confront that complexity is not easy. In this short book, McLaughlin helps young people confront, understand, and interpret the complexity of our world in continual dialogue with the central claims of the Christian faith. Readers will have their minds challenged and illuminated; by struggling through these issues, they will be brought closer to the truth.”

Tyler J. VanderWeele, John L. Loeb and Frances Lehman Loeb Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard University

“As a father of five, I was so excited to know about this book. My excitement only grew as I read the truths Rebecca McLaughlin engages in such an accessible manner—many references to Harry Potter and Disney films! Most of all, I was excited to have a theologically rich book that deals with challenging questions that I could place in the hands of my children. This is such an important tool to disciple the next generation!” -John Perritt, Director of Resources, Reformed Youth Ministries

Rebecca McLaughlin holds a PhD in renaissance literature from Cambridge University and a theology degree from Oak Hill College in London. She is the cofounder of Vocable Communications and the author of Confronting Christianity, named Christianity Today's 2020 Beautiful Orthodoxy Book of the Year.

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IN MY PLACE CONDEMNED HE STOOD: Celebrating the Glory of the Atonement
J.I. PACKER & MARK DEVER

An important anthology that reaffirms the classic doctrine of substitutionary atonement and counters the ongoing attacks against it.

If ever there was a time and a need for an enthusiastic reaffirmation of the biblical doctrine of substitutionary atonement, it is now. With this foundational tenet under widespread attack, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever's anthology plays an important role, issuing a clarion call to readers to stand firm in the truth.

In My Place Condemned He Stood combines three classic articles by Packer-"The Heart of the Gospel"; his Tyndale Biblical Theology Lecture, "What Did the Cross Achieve"; and his introductory essay to John Owen's The Death of Death in the Death of Christ-with Dever's recent article, "Nothing but the Blood." It also features a foreword by the four principals of Together for the Gospel: Dever, Ligon Duncan, C. J. Mahaney, and Al Mohler. Thoughtful readers looking for a compact classic on this increasingly controversial doctrine need look no farther than this penetrating volume.

"Here is vintage J. I. Packer accompanied by some younger friends. The magisterial but too-little-known essay 'What Did the Cross Achieve?' is itself worth the price of the whole book. And there is much more besides. Here, then, are gospel riches, and In My Place Condemned He Stood marks the spot where the buried treasure lies. Start digging!" - Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor's Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

"This book contains some of the finest essays that have ever been written on the death of Christ." -David F. Wells, Distinguished Senior Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World

"Writing with the precision of learned theologians and the passion of forgiven sinners, J. I. Packer and Mark Dever explain the meaning of atonement, substitution, and propitiation-not just as words, but as saving benefits we can only receive from a crucified Savior." -Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

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THE LOVELIEST PLACE: The Beauty and Glory of the Church
DUSTIN BENGE with Series Preface by Michael Reeves

How Christians Can Rediscover the Beauty and Glory of the Church

Dear. Precious. Lovely. The Bible describes the church in extraordinary ways, even using beautiful poetry and metaphors. How does this compare to how Christians today describe the church? Unfortunately, many believers focus more on its mission, structure, or specific programs than on its inherent beauty. It’s time to spark a renewed affection for the church.

In The Loveliest Place, Dustin Benge urges Christians to see the holy assembly of God’s redeemed people in all its eternal beauty. He explains what makes the church lovely, including the Trinitarian relationship, worship, service, and gospel proclamation. For those who have never learned to view the church as God sees it, or have become disillusioned by its flaws, this book is a reminder that the corporate gathering of believers is a reflection of God’s indescribable beauty.

Part of the Union Series: Inviting readers to experience deeper enjoyment of God; other volumes include Rejoice and Tremble and Deeper

Concise Version Also Available: The Loveliest Place is the full version of Why Should We Love the Local Church?

Looks Beyond Methodology: Focuses on the beauty, not just the biblical function, of the church

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Series Preface

Introduction

Chapter 1: You Are Beautiful

Chapter 2: The Household of God

Chapter 3: Our Father and Friend

Chapter 4: Our Savior and Head

Chapter 5: Our Helper and Beautifier

Chapter 6: A Pillar and Buttress of Truth

Chapter 7: In Spirit and Truth

Chapter 8: Shepherding the Flock

Chapter 9: Feeding the Flock

Chapter 10: Good News

Chapter 11: In Remembrance

Chapter 12: Walking Worthy

Chapter 13: Blessed Persecution

Chapter 14: We Are One

Epilogue

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Dustin Benge provides us with an absolute gem—a beautiful condensation of all that is good about the local church. With ease of prose, Benge introduces us to the multicolored facets of what the church is and how she functions to grow us into the people of God. A marvelous read.” -Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“The true and faithful church is the beautiful bride of Christ. In the experience of reading this refreshing treatment, all who love the church will rejoice in the realization of her beauty. Many people are concerned about how the world views the church. The world will never have the right perspective until the church itself sees her beauty. Surely this is what the apostle Paul meant when he said in 2 Corinthians 11:2 that he desired to present the church as a chaste virgin to Christ. This book is a much-needed gift to the people of God.” -John MacArthur, Pastor, Grace Community Church, Sun Valley, California; Chancellor, The Master’s University and Seminary

“This is a rich reflection upon the nature of the church. Benge rightly shows us the way the church is viewed from heaven and from the eschaton. If we could only grasp the glorious beauty of the church in the light of these two perspectives, the negativity that too often crosses our lips and permeates our minds about the triune God’s beloved would be replaced with wonder and awe. Warmly recommended.” - Michael A. G. Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“A little more than a decade ago I said I’d never seen such a profound unity in the church. What has happened? Leadership failures, unresolved conflicts, high-profile apostasies, political division, social upheaval, a global pandemic, theological controversy, and more. Is greater church unity possible again? Of course it is, but any movement toward unity must be dependent on the Holy Spirit and based on God’s truth. May the Lord use The Loveliest Place, in which Dustin Benge faithfully sets forth the glories of God’s truth about the church, to rebuild our unity.” -Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Do you consider the church to be lovely? Jesus does. He looks at his blood-bought bride with deep delight and desires that we do the same. In The Loveliest Place, Dustin Benge introduces us afresh to the church in a way that rekindles affection and renews commitment. Many books tell us about the church, but few help us love the church. This important work refreshes the soul and inspires worship." -Garrett Kell, Lead Pastor, Del Ray Baptist Church, Alexandria, Virginia

“Beholding the true beauty of the church can often be a challenge because many times she is torn asunder by various scandals and divisions. Dustin Benge nevertheless calls us to view the church from the divine perspective as the chosen bride of Christ. Only through this corrective lens can we recognize how precious she is in the sight of our triune God. May God give us eyes to see her radiant glory as she is clothed with the glistening garments of Christ.” -Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

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BUSINESS FOR THE GLORY OF GOD: The Bible's Teaching on the Moral Goodness of Business
WAYNE GRUDEM

Can business activity in itself be morally good and pleasing to God? Sometimes business can seem so shady—manipulating the “bottom line,” deceiving the consumer, or gaining promotions because of whom you know.

But Wayne Grudem introduces a novel concept: business itself glorifies God when it is conducted in a way that imitates God’s character and creation. He shows that all aspects of business, including ownership, profit, money, competition, and borrowing and lending, glorify God because they are reflective of God’s nature. Though Grudem isn’t naïve about the easy ways these activities can be perverted and used as a means to sin, he knows that Christians can be about the business of business.

This biblically based book is a thoughtful guide to imitating God during interactions with customers, coworkers, employees, and other businesses. See how your business—and your life in business—can be dedicated to God’s glory.

ENDORSEMENTS

"A thoughtful review of the purpose and meaning of business and a fresh way to look at honoring and glorifying God in doing business." - C. William Pollard, Chairman Emeritus, The ServiceMaster Company

"What a great reminder that your business life can be a critical part of how you serve God and impact lives for eternity." -Dave Browne, Former CEO, Lenscrafters



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction: A Neglected Way to Glorify God

1. Ownership

2. Productivity

3. Employment

4. Commercial Transactions

5. Profit

6. Money

7. Inequality of Possessions

8. Competition

9. Borrowing and Lending

10. Attitudes of Heart

11. Effect on World Poverty

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

Wayne Grudem (PhD, University of Cambridge) is Distinguished Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies at Phoenix Seminary. He is a member of the Translation Oversight Committee for the English Standard Version of the Bible, the general editor of the ESV Study Bible, and the author of over twenty-five books.

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AFFIRMING THE APOSTLE'S CREED; KEEPING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS; and PRAYING THE LORD'S PRAYER
JAMES I. PACKER

ALL THE GREAT REFORMED CATECHISMS COVER THE LEADING DOCTRINES OF THE FAITH; EXPOUND AND APPLY THE TEN COMMANDMENTS AND EXPLAIN THE LORD'S PRAYER. THIS IS J.I. PACKER'S MODERN ATTEMPT TO COVER ALL THESE ESSENTIAL AREAS OF FAITH AND LIFE.

(1) AFFIRMING THE APOSTLE'S CREED

The Apostles' Creed is the oldest, most beautiful succinct summary of Christian beliefs. Though often recited in unison during worship services, the creed begins with the phrase "I believe," making it a deeply personal profession of faith. But when was the last time you examined it closely?

In Affirming the Apostles' Creed, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, noted Bible scholar and author J. I. Packer explains the meaning and implications of each phrase of this great creed. Each concise chapter serves as an invitation to dive further into the creed-and as a result, into the essentials of the Christian faith-by concluding with discussion questions and Bible passages for further study.



(2) KEEPING THE TEN COMMANDMENTS

They're often mistakenly considered God's "rules"-his outdated list of do's and don'ts that add up to a guilt-ridden, legalistic way of life. But as beloved author and Bible scholar J. I. Packer probes the purpose and true meaning of the Ten Commandments, you'll discover that these precepts can aptly be called God's blueprint for the best life possible. They contain the wisdom and priorities everyone needs for relational, spiritual, and societal blessing-and it's all coming from a loving heavenly Father who wants the best for his children.

Not only does Packer deliver these truths in brief, readable segments, but he includes discussion questions and ideas for further study at the end of each chapter. This book will challenge you to view the commandments with new eyes and help you to understand-perhaps for the first time-the health, hope, and heritage you're offered there.



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Praying is a problem for many people. Christians often go through the motions of prayer because it is expected of them, but they are often left wondering, "Did God hear me? Does he even care?"

In his book Praying the Lord's Prayer, an excerpt from Growing in Christ, J. I. Packer presents a powerful truth: prayer is a natural activity between the Heavenly Father and his children. As Packer works through each phrase of Christ's pattern of prayer, readers will begin to grasp the basic principles and guidelines of prayer. As readers apply the truths of this book to their prayer lives, they will experience intimate communication with God and will strengthen their own conversations with their Father in heaven.



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The Truth of Romans 1 - 8
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"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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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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SURVIVING RELIGION 101: Letters to a Christian Student on Keeping the Faith in College
MICHAEL KRUGER

“I can’t imagine a college student—skeptic, doubter, Christian, struggler—who wouldn’t benefit from this book.” —Kevin DeYoung

For many young adults, the college years are an exciting period of self-discovery full of new relationships, new independence, and new experiences. Yet college can also be a time of personal testing and intense questioning— especially for Christian students confronted with various challenges to Christianity and the Bible for the first time.

Drawing on years of experience as a biblical scholar, Michael Kruger addresses common objections to the Christian faith—the exclusivity of Christianity, Christian intolerance, homosexuality, hell, the problem of evil, science, miracles, and the reliability of the Bible.

If you’re a student dealing with doubt or wrestling with objections to Christianity from fellow students and professors alike, this book will equip you to engage secular challenges with intellectual honesty, compassion, and confidence—and ultimately graduate college with your faith intact.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: I’m Worried about Being a Christian at a Secular University—How Will I Survive?

Chapter 2: My Professors Are Really Smart—Isn’t It More Likely That They’re Right and I’m Wrong?

Chapter 3: There Are a Lot of Different Views Here—How Can We Say That Christianity Is the Only Right Religion?

Chapter 4: My Christian Morals Are Viewed as Hateful and Intolerant—Shouldn’t I Be More Loving and Accepting?

Chapter 5: I Have Gay Friends Who Are Kind, Wonderful, and Happy—Are We Sure That Homosexuality Is Really Wrong?

Chapter 6: The Concept of Hell Seems Barbaric and Cruel—Wouldn’t a Loving God Save Everyone?

Chapter 7: There’s So Much Suffering in the World—How Could a Good God Allow Such Evil?

Chapter 8: Science Seems Like It Can Explain Everything in the Universe—Do We Really Need to Believe in God?

Chapter 9: I’m Finding It Harder to Believe Events Like the Resurrection—How Can I Believe in Miracles If I’ve Never Seen One?

Chapter 10: Everything I Believe Seems to Hinge on the Truth of the Bible—How Do We Know It’s Really from God?

Chapter 11: My Professor Keeps Pointing Out Contradictions in the Gospels—Can I Still Trust Them?

Chapter 12: I’m Being Told That Ancient Scribes Changed the Words of the New Testament Thousands of Times—Is That True?

Chapter 13: My Professor Says That Books Were Left Out of Our Bibles—Can We Be Sure We Have the Right Ones?

Chapter 14: Some Parts of the Bible Seem Morally Troubling—How Can a Book Be from God If It Advocates Oppression or Genocide?

Chapter 15: Sometimes It Feels Like My Faith Is Slipping Away—How Do I Handle Doubts about What I Believe?

Postscript: What Do I Do If It Feels Like Christianity Just Isn’t Working for Me?

ENDORSEMENTS

“This is a great book! I can’t imagine a college student—skeptic, doubter, Christian, struggler—who wouldn’t benefit from it. In fact, I’m sure almost anyone would be helped by this warm and intelligent apologetic for the Christian faith. I will recommend this book often, after first giving it to my own children.” -Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“Having sent four children off to large state schools for their college years, I am thankful that Michael Kruger has written this book. With compassion and clarity, he addresses key questions that often precipitate a crisis of faith for young believers. This accessible book equips families for good conversations about challenges to our faith, helping us trade panic and doubt for blessed assurance.” -Jen Wilkin, Bible teacher; author, Women of the Word; None Like Him; and In His Image

“Every fall, untold thousands of young Christians step onto the college campus and are instantly engaged in the battle of ideas. They need help and encouragement, and Michael Kruger offers a wealth of both in this timely book. The help comes in his serious and faithful confrontation with the big questions that are unavoidable on campus. The encouragement comes from a wise author who is also a father and friend. The chapters are written as letters, and every college student you know needs every letter in this book. Where was this book when I went to college?” -R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Surviving Religion 101 is a crucial book for all Christians to read because the world that we inhabit has become the university culture of Michael Kruger’s twenties. An epistolary book composed of letters from a loving Christian father to a faithful daughter entering the university, it invites us to ask crucial questions that help us make our calling and election sure. Are we intellectually prepared to understand and respond to the non-Christian thinking that surrounds us? If we believe that personal conversion and personal piety are enough for the Christian college student to survive, we are dangerously wrong. Our lack of intellectual preparation may explain why so many faithful Christians have had their faith shipwrecked by so-called progressive Christianity, living now with cultural change and social activism as proof of holiness. And for this reason, this book is as necessary for students entering Christian colleges as it is for those entering secular ones. Thanks be to God for this book. May it be used by God to preserve the faith of our college students and bring their unbelieving professors into the kingdom of God.” -Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

“The move from home to college and those influences that grip the mind from the age of eighteen to twenty-two play an absolutely decisive role in shaping the rest of our lives. The need for us to claim the Christian faith as our own at that point—and not as something we have merely absorbed from our parents or school friends—is exhilarating; but the process of so doing is often conflicted and intellectually, morally, and socially difficult. Michael Kruger is a well-known scholar, but he is also a parent with a vested interest in this issue and someone who himself experienced the range of challenges as a young student. In this clearly written book, he draws on all this to engage with the panoply of challenges that people face at college. While he covers the ‘usual suspects’—the intellectual challenges to faith—what is so brilliant and helpful about this book is the way in which he understands and addresses the form of challenges to faith as they manifest themselves in today’s therapeutic culture. Many students struggle with the claims of their faith because the moral tastes of our modern world make it seem so implausible. Kruger understands this and has written a book that speaks precisely to the kinds of problems that afflict college culture today. Students—and their parents—will find this work most helpful and enlightening.” -Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College

Michael J. Kruger (PhD, University of Edinburgh) is the president and Samuel C. Patterson Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a leading scholar on the origins and development of the New Testament canon. He blogs regularly at michaeljkruger.com.

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MEN & WOMEN IN THE CHURCH: A Short, Biblical, Practical Introduction
Kevin DeYoung

A Biblical Primer on Men and Women in the Church

There is much at stake in God making humanity male and female. Created for one another yet distinct from each other, a man and a woman are not interchangeable—they are designed to function according to a divine fittedness. But when this design is misunderstood, ignored, or abused, there are dire consequences.

Men and women—in marriage especially, but in the rest of life as well—complement one another. And this biblical truth has enduring, cosmic significance. From start to finish, the biblical storyline—and the design of creation itself—depends upon the distinction between male and female. Men and Women in the Church is about the divinely designed complementarity of men and women as it applies to life in general and especially ministry in the church.



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: What If? How Come? Where Are We Going?

Part 1: Biblical Exploration

Chapter 1: A Very Good Place to Start (Genesis 1–3)

Chapter 2: Patterns that Preach (Old Testament Survey)

Chapter 3: Revolution and Repetition (Jesus and the Gospels)

Chapter 4: Of Heads and Hair (1 Corinthians 11:2–6; 14:33–35)

Chapter 5: A Marriage Made in Heaven (Ephesians 5:22–33)

Chapter 6: The Heart of the Matter (1 Timothy 2:8–15)

Chapter 7: Leaders, Servants, and Life Together (1 Timothy 3:1–13)

Part 2: Questions and Application

Chapter 8: Common Objections

Chapter 9: Growing Up as Boys and Girls

Chapter 10: Following Christ as Men and Women

Appendix: Should Complementarian Churches Allow a Woman to Give the Sunday Sermon?

Notes

General Index

Scripture Index

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with solid exegesis and faithful theology.” -THOMAS R. SCHREINER, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Men and Women in the Church is readable, accessible and—despite its brevity—covers all the main texts and common questions. It is an excellent introduction to the goodness of the Bible’s teaching about men and women, and about how to live faithfully today.” -CLAIRE SMITH, New Testament scholar; author, God’s Good Design: What the Bible Really Says about Men and Women

KEVIN DEYOUNG (PhD, University of Leicester) is the senior pastor at Christ Covenant Church in Matthews, North Carolina, and assistant professor of systematic theology at Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte. He serves as board chairman of the Gospel Coalition and blogs at DeYoung, Restless, and Reformed. He is the author of several books, including Just Do Something; Crazy Busy; and The Biggest Story. Kevin and his wife, Trisha, have nine children.

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SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY
ROBERT LETHAM

This comprehensive systematic theology by respected theologian Robert Letham covers the whole field of Reformed Christian doctrine from biblical, historical, and theological angles.

Letham begins with God’s ultimate self-revelation as the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in indivisible union, continuing on with the works of God in creation, providence, and grace. He draws deeply from Scripture and important voices from the church to provide a clear and concise articulation of the Reformed faith. He also addresses current issues such as feminism, charismatic gifts, sexual ethics, environmentalism, other religions, the nature of truth, and civil liberties. Each chapter is followed by discussion questions, with a glossary of terms included at the end.

This work grounds theological understanding and practice in the life and ministry of the church, accessible to pastors, students, scholars, and anyone who desires to understand, believe, and live scriptural doctrine more fully.

“In this impressive systematic theology, Robert Letham sets before us the ripe fruit of a long career of devoted scholarship. He does so with clarity, confidence, and thoughtful judgment. The result is an elixir drawn from Scripture into which he has carefully stirred ingredients from Patristic orthodoxy, medieval theology, and Reformation and post-Reformation confessionalism. These are judiciously mixed by a theologian conscious that he is writing for the twenty-first century. Systematic Theology is Letham’s personal bequest to the church of Jesus Christ. A magnum opus indeed—which students, ministers, and scholars will find to be a real stimulation to their theological taste buds!” -Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“This is a first-class volume, impressively erudite, yet eminently readable. Scrupulously biblical, but at the same time recognizing the value of Christian tradition, it draws extensively, but judiciously, on the insights of the early church fathers, the Reformed confessions, and federal theology, while remaining in constant dialogue with the world of contemporary theological scholarship. The overall organization reflects Letham’s independence of judgment, and the end product is not only a Reformed systematic theology of enduring value but also an encyclopedic reference work for both historical and systematic theology. Unsurpassed in its field.” -Donald MacLeod, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Edinburgh Theological Seminary; author, A Faith to Live By and The Person of Christ

“Robert Letham has blessed us with a systematic theology that is sure to stimulate reflection, discussion, and deeper understanding of both the Holy Scriptures and the church’s interpretations of them to formulate its theology over the last two millennia. One does not need to agree with every detail of Letham’s magnum opus to realize that here is a treasure house of Christian wisdom on the whole counsel of God that will inform your mind and move your heart and affections to serve your Savior and Lord more single-mindedly and zealously than ever before.” -Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology

“Robert Letham writes systematic theology as it should be written. His work is marked by a careful dialogue between the Bible and the great creedal and confessional traditions of the church, always aided and abetted by a panoply of great theologians from the past and the present. This work is marked by clarity of thought and ecumenicity of spirit. Here we have the full fruits of a lifetime of thinking theologically.” -Carl R. Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College

“Robert Letham’s Systematic Theology is located within the great tradition of Christian theology, drawing upon Patristic, medieval, Reformational, and contemporary sources. Letham keeps his focus where it belongs—upon the unfathomable richness of the triune God in his being and works. He expounds difficult topics in simple, concise prose, yet without being simplistic. Where Letham occasionally offers fresh formulations of doctrinal topics, he invariably does so in a way that is respectful toward more traditional treatments. Theologians, students of theology, and church members alike will find Letham’s work a wonderful gift to the church.” -Cornelis P. Venema, President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, Christ and Covenant Theology and Chosen in Christ

“A systematic theology written from a classical Reformed perspective that takes a fresh approach and aims to reach an audience not schooled in the technical terminology of the discipline—it is a tall order, but Robert Letham has triumphed with a text that is both readable and reliable. Not only pastors and students but also ordinary churchgoers will grow in their faith as they study a book with such depth and clarity of vision. A masterpiece.” -Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History, and Doctrine, Beeson Divinity School; author, God Is Love and God Has Spoken

“Robert Letham has produced a substantial Reformed systematic theology which is not so much multum in parvo as multum in magno. He starts with the doctrine of God and the Holy Trinity rather than with the necessity and sufficiency of special revelation. In this sense it may be said that he stresses the catholicity of Reformed doctrine and does justice to the place of natural theology in it, reflecting his own Trinitarian expertise. Letham’s style is not only clear but also fair-minded, giving space to alternative views. Letham is good at the big doctrinal pictures and sensitive to the need to drill down at particular points. He judges between central and peripheral issues. He is to be warmly congratulated on this new book.” -Paul Helm, Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College London

“Robert Letham writes as no novitiate but as one who has given his life to understanding and explaining the Christian faith, addressing not only theologians and pastors but also the intelligent man and woman in the pew. I appreciate his contextualized treatment of topics, particularly his appropriation of historical figures often absent in confessionally Reformed approaches to theology. One may differ with him here or there, but I appreciate what he brings to many difficult matters, offering correctives to certain tendencies that even good Reformed thinkers might indulge. It is good to have one so thoroughly conversant with the history of the church, as well as the Bible, to write a systematic theology that resonates for our times as does this one. I heartily commend this new work to all. Tolle lege!” -Alan D. Strange, Professor of Church History, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, The Doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church in the Ecclesiology of Charles Hodge and The Imputation of the Active Obedience of Christ in the Westminster Standards

“Robert Letham’s Systematic Theology is the fruit of demanding exegetical work wrapped in a deep appreciation for all the great theology that God has provided for his people through ecumenical creeds and doctrinal standards. It is meant to be faithful to the past and grandly succeeds in that intention. While Letham clearly embeds his theology in properly understood church tradition, he is not afraid to address current theological trends. The text is exceptionally well written, easily comprehended, massively researched, and a drink of cool water for those thirsting for more of God and his word.” -Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“Systematic Theology tells the story of the gospel and brings it to bear on Christian faith and life. This fresh approach is catholic in its scope and distinctly Reformed in its teaching. It is refreshingly nonpolemic, taking the best of the entire Christian tradition with great charity and deep discernment. The fact that I do not agree with everything in the book is part of what makes studying a systematic theology like this so humbling. We are pilgrims on the path to glory, walking in communion with the triune God and longing to see Christ as he is. Letham’s work persuasively and winsomely helps us along this path.” -Ryan M. McGraw, Morton H. Smith Professor of Systematic Theology, Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“I enthusiastically welcome the publication of this volume by Robert Letham. Keenly informed by the richness of his own Reformed tradition, Systematic Theology engages the best of Christian thought—Patristic, medieval, Reformation, modern, and contemporary—on a deep and fruitful level. There is nothing parochial about this book; reading it will be a joyous education for students and pastors. It deserves a wide audience among Reformed Christians and beyond.” -William B. Evans, Younts Professor of Bible and Religion, Erskine College; author, Imputation and Impartation and A Companion to the Mercersburg Theology

“Robert Letham writes with a teacher’s knack for illustration, a preacher’s liveliness and warmth, and a scholar’s breadth—all of these in exemplary service to what certain Reformers called ‘prophecy’: the powerful conveyance of the word of God that enlivens and purifies the saints’ worship. Extended throughout these chapters is the doctrine of union with Christ. Letham’s Protestant account of theosis near the end of the volume, articulated as a perfecting of this union, not only culminates his book-long engagement with Eastern Orthodox authors and traditions but also goes a long way in addressing the need felt by many young evangelicals for thicker connection to early-church formulations and writings. Avoiding easy answers at every turn, Letham’s contagious enthusiasm for the simple genius of the Christian tradition will inspire readers to live, believe, and preach Scripture more earnestly and fully.” -Andrew Keuer, Professor of Theology and Ethics, Greek Bible College



TABLE OF CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Permissions

Abbreviations

Introduction

Part 1: The Triune God

1. The Revelation of God

2. The Trinity: Biblical Basis

3. The Trinity: Church Formulation

4. The Trinity: Ongoing Questions

5. The Attributes of God

Part 2: The Word of God

6. The Doctrine of Scripture

7. Scripture and Tradition

8. The Interpretation of Scripture

Part 3: The Works of God

9. Creation

10. Providence

Part 4: The Image of God

11. Humanity in Creation

12. Humanity in Covenant

13. Humanity in Sin

Part 5: The Covenant of God

14. Election and the Counsel of Redemption

15. The Covenant of Grace

Part 6: Christ, the Son of God

16. Incarnation: Biblical Teaching

17. Incarnation: Church Formulations

18. Incarnation: Ongoing Questions

19. Christ Our Great High Priest

20. Christ Our King

Part 7: The Spirit of God and the People of God

21. Union with Christ

22. Salvation and the Church

23. The Beginning of the Christian Life: Regeneration and Effectual Calling

24. The Beginning of the Christian Life: Justification

25. The Progress of the Christian Life: Adoption, Assurance, Sanctification

26. The Progress of the Christian Life: The Lord’s Supper and Theosis

27. The Church and Its Offices

Part 8: The Ultimate Purposes of God

28. The Future

29. The Parousia and the Resurrection

30. The Final Judgment and Hell

31. The Life of the World to Come

Appendix 1:Main Interpretations of Genesis 1

Appendix 2: Historic Creeds

Glossary

Bibliography

Name Index

Subject Index

Scripture Index



Robert Letham (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of systematic and historical theology at Union School of Theology. A Presbyterian minister with twenty-five years of pastoral experience, he is the author of books such as The Work of Christ; The Holy Trinity; and Union with Christ, and a range of articles published in encyclopedias and journals.

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THE DAWNING OF INDESTRUCTABLE JOY: Daily Readings for Advent
John Piper

Advent is for adoring Jesus.

The Christmas season is one of the busiest times of the year. But it is also a season of reflection and preparation for that special day when we mark Immanuel’s coming—the arrival of our eternal God in our own frail humanity.

This is the greatest of history’s many wonders, something too stupendous to celebrate just on one day. Advent is a way of lengthening and intensifying the joy of Christmas.

These 25 brief devotional readings from John Piper begin on December 1 and carry us to Christmas Day. Our hope is that God would use these meditations to deepen and sweeten your adoration of Jesus and help you keep him at the center of your Christmas season.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Introduction Praying for Fullness This Christmas (John 1:14–16)

December 1 The Search-and-Save Mission (Luke 19:10)

December 2 Prepare Your Heart for Christ (John 5:44)

December 3 Draw Near to the Savior (Heb. 13:20–21)

December 4 What Advent Is All About (Mark 10:45)

December 5 Why Christmas Happened (1 John 3:5, 8)

December 6 God’s Passion for God at Christmas (John 12:27–28)

December 7 He Comes to Bless Us (Acts 3:22–26)

December 8 God Can Be Trusted (Acts 3:22–26)

December 9 Why the Son of Man? (John 1:51)

December 10 What Christmas Came to Destroy (1 John 3:8)

December 11 The Celebration of God’s Love (John 3:16)

December 12 The Glory of the Word Made Flesh (John 1:1)

December 13 Christmas Cut History in Half (Acts 3:24)

December 14 The Mercy He Promises (Rom. 15:8–9)

December 15 Our Truest Treasure (Matt. 2:10)

December 16 Freed to Be Part of God’s Family (Mark 10:45)

December 17 He Came to Serve (Mark 10:44)

December 18 Graciously and Tenderly Frustrating (Rom. 3:25–26)

December 19 The Gift You Cannot Buy (Acts 17:24–25)

December 20 Receive His Reconciliation (Rom. 5:11)

December 21 Get Your Eyes Ready for Christmas (Matt. 16:15–17)

December 22 Something Worth Singing About (Heb. 8:4–10)

December 23 Our Deepest Need at Christmas (Mic. 5:4–5)

December 24 Enjoy All the Promises of God (Mic. 5:2–4)

December 25 Grace: The Dominant Note of Christmas (John 6:51)

Conclusion A Savior Is Born! God Gets the Glory, You Get the Peace (Luke 2:11–14)

A Word of Thanks

Desiring God: A Note on Resources

This is my prayer for you this Christmas—

that you would experience the fullness of Christ;

that you would know in your heart the outpouring of grace upon grace;

that the glory of the only Son from the Father would shine into your hearts;

that you would be amazed that Christ can be so real to you.

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UNPACKING FORGIVENESS: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds
Chris Brauns





"Offenses will come. It's a given. Unpacking Forgiveness wisely prepares us for the aftermath. Grieving the loss of our six children in a van accident and then being reminded of that loss throughout thirteen years of subsequent battles forced us to search the Scriptures concerning the issue of forgiveness. Chris not only has confirmed answers that we had found but has thoroughly sorted out what it takes to be right with God and man. This is a diligent work with heart."

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"There is no more common or urgent pastoral need in the church today than to cultivate the gospel practice of forgiveness. Christians need to know what the Bible teaches and live it out, radically. Unpacking Forgiveness: Biblical Answers for Complex Questions and Deep Wounds is an engaging, convicting, but emphatically encouraging treatment of this hugely important (and sometimes mind-bogglingly challenging) part of life. Dr. Brauns writes from the standpoint of a faithful, wise, experienced, and caring pastor who has seen the heartbreak of an unforgiving spirit at work in the lives of people, but also the power of grace in the hearts of Christians who have learned to forgive and be forgiven."

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"There are few things more unnatural and few things more holy than forgiveness. Living as we do in a fallen world, we are given endless opportunities both to extend and to seek forgiveness. In Unpacking Forgiveness, Chris Brauns eschews the easy answers and looks to the Bible to provide God's wisdom on how and when we are to forgive. Relying on his experience as a pastor and his deep knowledge of Scripture, he provides what is a logical, well-illustrated book on the subject. With humor at times and appropriate gravitas at others, Brauns leads the reader first to understand and then to apply what the Bible teaches on forgiveness. Because it deals biblically with a subject of universal importance, any reader can benefit from reading Unpacking Forgiveness. I recommend that you do just that."

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SEVEN GREAT BOOKS BY NANCY GUTHRIE
NANCY GUTHRIE

(1) 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.



(2) 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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make new discoveries of Jesus as seen in the shadows of the Old Testament;

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

develop your longing for what is ahead when the world is once again made new.

Gain a fresh perspective on the book of Genesis, a broader understanding of Jesus as the fulfillment of Scripture, and much more, when you join with Nancy on this incredible journey to see Jesus in the Old Testament!



(3) 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.

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

in the person of Moses as a great deliverer, mediator, and prophet;

in the manna, the water from the rock, and the bronze serpent on the pole;

and in the priesthood, tabernacle, and sacrificial system.

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(4) 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:

the greater Joshua who leads his people into rest;

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

the greater King who will sit on David’s throne forever;

the greater Restorer who is building his church from ruined stones.

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(5) 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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(6) 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:

Hosea's willingness to redeem his unfaithful bride from slavery

Isaiah's divine King and suffering Servant, who will be punished for his people

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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AFTER EMMAUS: How the Church Fulfills the Mission of Christ
BRIAN J. TABB

“The church’s mission does not begin with the Great Commission, but is integrally related to the grand storyline of Scripture.”

Did the Old Testament simply point to the coming of Christ and his saving work, or is there more to the story? After his resurrection, the Lord Jesus revealed how his suffering, glory, and mission plan for the nations are in fact central to the biblical story of redemption.

After Emmaus shows how Christology and missiology are integrally connected throughout Scripture, especially in the teaching of Jesus and the apostles. Brian Tabb explains what Luke 24:46–47 reveals about God’s messianic promises in the Old Testament, their fulfillment in the New Testament, and the purpose of the church. By understanding Jesus’s last words to his disciples, Christians today will be motivated to participate in the Messiah’s mission.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Preface

Chapter 1: Christ’s Exposition after Emmaus

Chapter 2: The Rejected Cornerstone: The Messiah’s Suffering in Luke

Chapter 3: Hope on the Third Day: The Messiah’s Resurrection in Luke

Chapter 4: A Light for the Nations: Salvation and Mission in Luke

Chapter 5: The Incorruptible Christ: The Apostles’ Preaching in Acts

Chapter 6: To the Ends of the Earth: The Apostles’ Mission in Acts

Chapter 7: The Hope of the Nations: New Testament Soundings on the Messiah and His Mission

Chapter 8: Participating in the Messiah’s Mission

ENDORSEMENTS

“Brian Tabb takes us back to the sources, showing us the fulfillment of the Scriptures in Jesus’s ministry. What stands out is the relationship between Christology and mission. Often these two themes are studied separately, but Tabb shows us that they are intertwined. This deft and insightful study shines a fresh light on what God accomplished through his Spirit in Christ, and it inspires us today when we recognize that God’s great promises are still being fulfilled.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In After Emmaus, Brian Tabb clarifies what Jesus was getting at when he said that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer before entering his glory and what that will mean for all who seek to follow him. With careful scholarship as well as scriptural insight, Tabb helpfully connects the mission of God through the person and work of Christ to the mission we’ve been commissioned to carry out.” -Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden

“The last few decades have witnessed an abundance of studies on the rich ways in which the two Testaments are properly tied together. According to Luke, the resurrected Jesus held and taught strong views along these lines. Starting with a focus on Luke 24:46–47, and concentrating especially on the depiction of Jesus in Luke and the depiction of the church in Acts, Brian Tabb demonstrates how deep the links are: the Old Testament does not simply sidle up to the line and point to Jesus, but unpacks the narrative of redemption so powerfully and coherently that thoughtful readers cannot help but see how the narrative is truly fulfilled in the mission of Jesus and the mission of the church—a connection that Acts 1:1 makes explicit. This book will enrich your grasp of biblical theology while calling your heart to worship.” -D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“After Emmaus beautifully blends the best features of evangelical biblical theology, exemplifying the hermeneutical benefit to be gained from following the New Testament’s redemptive-historical reading of the Old Testament. Tabb surveys major motifs in the theology of Luke-Acts, displaying how its Christology, ecclesiology, and missiology are enriched by Luke’s Spirit-enlightened saturation of heart and mind in God’s ancient Scriptures. Moreover, After Emmaus applies the Spirit’s instruction through Luke to the faith and life of Christians today. I enthusiastically recommend this study.” -Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Him We Proclaim; Walking with Jesus through His Word; and Journeys with Jesus

Brian J. Tabb (PhD, London School of Theology) is academic dean and professor of biblical studies at Bethlehem College & Seminary. He is general editor of Themelios and the author of All Things New, Suffering in Ancient Worldview, and 1–2 Timothy and Titus: A 12-Week Study. Brian lives with his wife, Kristin, and their four children in St. Paul.

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A DOZEN THINGS GOD DID WITH YOUR SIN (And Three Things He Will Never Do)
SAM STORMS with Foreword by Ray Ortlund

What Did God Do with Your Sin?

Every Christian has experienced days or even seasons of feeling extreme guilt over past or present sins, thinking that God is angry or disgusted with them—sometimes even wondering if they’re truly saved. This often happens when believers fixate on their sins while forgetting what Christ has already done on their behalf at the cross. Sam Storms explains it this way: “What consumes us is what we have done by sinning. What ought to consume us is grateful meditation on what God has done with our sinning.”

In his latest book, Storms addresses this anxiety over sin by reminding believers of the good news of the gospel. Beginning with an explanation of the glory of penal substitution, he walks through 12 things God did with their sin, including forgiving it, passing over it, and casting it into the depths of the sea. He also explains 3 things God will never do with their sin, such as counting it against them. Walking through the Bible’s teaching, Storms helps believers find freedom, joy, and peace in knowing what God has done (and will never do) with their sin through the redemptive sacrifice of Jesus.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction: What Can Be Done about My Dirty and Defiled Conscience?

Chapter 1: How Hebrews Helps

Chapter 2: He Laid Your Sin upon His Son

Chapter 3: He has Forgiven You of Your Sins

Chapter 4: He has Cleansed You of Your Sin

Chapter 5: He has Covered Your Sin

Chapter 6: He has Cast All Your Sin behind His Back

Chapter 7: He Removed Your Sin as Far as the East Is from the West

Chapter 8: He Has Passed Over Your Sin

Chapter 9: He Trampled Your Sin Underfoot

Chapter 10: He Cast Your Sin into the Sea

Chapter 11: He Blotted Out Your Sin

Chapter 12: He Turned His Face Away from Your Sin

Chapter 13: He Has Forgotten Your Sin and Refuses to Remember It

Chapter 14: And Three Things He Doesn’t and Never Will Do with Your Sin

Chapter 15: The Gospel

Chapter 16: “Uttermost” and “Always”!

Conclusion

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Sam Storms has written a wonderful book on the cross of Jesus and how to live in the power of God’s forgiveness.” -Jack Deere, Associate Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Dallas Theological Seminary; author, Surprised by the Power of the Spirit

“For Christians who are being sanctified, wrestling with sin is an ongoing, never-ending struggle. This book beautifully underlines, makes bold, and highlights what God tells us he’ll do with our sins. If you’re struggling with a secret sin, battling a recurring sin, or continually regretting a past sin, this book will ease your soul and lift your head.” -Sarah Eekhoff Zylstra, Senior Writer and Faith-and-Work Editor, The Gospel Coalition

“Sin and salvation are inextricably linked. Failing to understand or believe what Christ has done with our sins can cause us to question the validity of our salvation. That is not what God intended. Read this stellar book by Sam Storms to rediscover what it means to be cleansed. Start to dance with joy when you remember God trampled your sins underfoot, and draw near to him as you embrace the profound truth that he remembers your sins no more. Settle the issue of sin in your life, learn what God has done for you, and start rejoicing in your salvation! Storms will teach you how." -Janet Parshall, Host and Executive Producer, In the Market with Janet Parshall

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Our world presents daily distractions that can easily displace Christ as the center of a man’s heart and life. The goal of the ESV Men’s Devotional Bible is to strengthen and encourage men through the life-giving Word of God and sound devotional content aimed at nurturing godliness.

With 365 theologically rich and gospel-centered devotions drawn directly from the Bible, this all-new resource was created under the editorial oversight of Dr. Sam Storms with contributions from over fifty Christian leaders. Introductions orient men to each book of the Bible, exploring its unique contribution to a man’s walk with God. Thoughtful and instructive articles address the importance of sound doctrine, life in the local church, leadership, the heart, calling, and a host of other relevant issues for today.

The Men’s Devotional Bible will strengthen men in their walk with Christ, helping them apply the gospel and the truth of God's Word in their homes, churches, and workplaces.

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SAMPLE FROM INTO TO GENESIS

KEY THEME: The theme of Genesis is creation, sin, and re-creation. God made the world very good, but cursed it after the fall and then destroyed it in the flood because of man’s disobedience. The new world after the flood was also spoiled by human sin. The call of Abraham, through whom all nations would

be blessed, gives hope that God’s purpose will eventually be realized through Abraham’s descendants.

GENESIS AND A MAN’S HEART: The story of Genesis begins the story of the world. It introduces the first plotline movements of the Bible, which reflect the plotline of history. The drama unfolds along the movements of the creation of the world (Genesis 1–2), the fall of humanity into sin (Genesis 3), and God’s promise of redemption (3:15), which subsequently unfolds through God’s covenants with his people (12:1–3). As such, this story tells us what we were made for, what is wrong with the world, and what God is doing to restore all things. Genesis places us within the only story that makes sense of life.

All men need to know that our smaller narratives are part of a greater one, an epic drama that reaches back to creation and stretches ahead to the new creation to come. We need to know that we were made for more than trying to make ourselves look great; we were made in God’s image to reflect his greatness (1:26–27). We need to know that our world is one wherein men kill their brothers (4:8), wickedness is great (6:5), and pride swells to the heavens (11:1–9). It hasn’t always been this way, nor will it remain so. God has promised to decisively deal with evil and restore blessing to the world through a coming Redeemer-King (3:15; 12:1–3; 49:9–10). The men of faith in Genesis—Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph—found that God took them in their weakness, accepted them by grace, and proved faithful to his promises.

Much has transpired in God’s plan since the days of Genesis. Still, we are part of this same story. Jesus has now come as the last Adam to undo all the damage the first one unleashed. Like the men of old we continue to find our place in this story by hoping in our Redeemer.

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Applicable for women in any stage of life, the Women’s Devotional Bible is theologically rich in content while remaining accessible and practical.

The Women’s Devotional Bible features materials designed especially for women. The book introductions, character sketches of key figures, all-new daily devotions, and all-new articles have been written by both women and men. These contributors include professors, musicians, authors, counselors, homemakers, and conference speakers.

With specially prepared features and thoughtfully written material, the Women’s Devotional Bible is designed to help women pursue a deeper, transformational understanding of Scripture.

Sign up for a free 30-day email devotional through the Old Testament adapted from the Women's Devotional Bible at crossway.org/dailyWDB.

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ENDORSEMENTS

"The ESV Women’s Devotional Bible provides a welcoming table setting in its devotional material, allowing the reader to drink more deeply from the Word because its historical context, literary genre, and theological underpinnings are made accessible to the reader. The men and women who craft the devotional material become old friends, whose voices, wisdom, and infectious love of the Lord invite us to apply faith to our trials." -Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

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"The ESV Women's Devotional Bible is a wonderful tool for women to experience the unfolding (explaining, opening up) of God's rich Word. Through Spirit led study and the Bible-centered devotional readings, God can use this tool to nurture the hearts of women in their love for him and the holy Scriptures." -Ellen Mary Dykas, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Harvest USA; editor, Sexual Sanity for Women

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MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

The book of Acts records some of the most important events in the New Testament: the birth of the church, the coming of the Holy Spirit, bold preaching and dramatic missionary journeys. In addition to providing incredible insights into the growth of the apostolic church, Acts also encourages and challenges Christians today, spurring readers on to wholehearted devotion to Christ. In this newly revised, three-volume collection of sermons, famed preacher Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones explains the message of the first eight chapters of Acts with clear language and pastoral warmth. From Peter’s bold preaching to the dramatic stoning of Stephen, Lloyd-Jones points readers back to the foundational figures and key events of the Christian faith, emphasizing the basic truths undergirding genuine belief.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Table of Contents

Part 1: Acts 1:1-5:14 (partial)

1. Christianity—The Only Hope (1:1–3)

2. The God Who Acts (2:1–2)

3. The Great Fact of Prophecy (2:14–36)

4. Becoming a Christian (2:37–40)

5. Mind, Heart, and Will (2:37–47)

6. Separation (2:37–42)



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1. The Irrationality of Unbelief (5:17–32)

2. “All the Words of This Life” (5:19–20, 29)

3. The Content of the Message (5:29–32)

4. Man’s Great Problem (5:29–32)

5. Repentance—the Door to Forgiveness (5:29–32)

6. The Savior (5:29–32)



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1. The God Who Intervenes (7:29–30)

2. The Miracle of Salvation (7:30–33)

3. God Has Come Down (7:30–35)

4. Complete Victory (7:35–36)

5. God Has Spoken (7:37–38)

6. The Word of God (7:37–38)

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JOB: THE HEART OF THE CROSS (Preaching the Word Series)
CHRISTOPHER ASH author of 'Trusting God in the Darkness'

Life can be hard, and sometimes it seems like God doesn’t even care. When faced with difficult trials, many people have resonated with the book of Job—the story of a man who lost nearly everything, seemingly abandoned by God.

In this thorough and accessible commentary, Christopher Ash helps us glean encouragement from God’s Word by directing our attention to the final explanation and ultimate resolution of Job’s story: the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Intended to equip pastors to preach Job’s important message, this commentary highlights God’s grace and wisdom in the midst of redemptive suffering.

Taking a staggeringly honest look at our broken world and the trials that we often face, Ash helps us see God’s sovereign purposes for adversity and the wonderful hope that Christians have in Christ.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part 1: Job and What Happened to Him (1—3)

Welcome to a Well-Run World (1:1–5)

The Testing of Your Faith (1:6—2:10)

The Loneliness of Job (2:11–13)

Weep with Those Who Weep (3)

Part 2: Job and His Friends (4—31)

Introducing Job’s Comforters: What Not to Say to the Suffering Believer

Eliphaz’s First Speech: A Useless Sermon from a Kind Friend (4, 5)

Job’s First Reply to Eliphaz: The God-Forsaken Living Death (6, 7)

Bildad’s First Speech: The System at Its Simplest (8)

Job’s First Reply to Bildad: The Trouble-Maker Maker (9, 10)

Zophar’s First Speech: The Cruelty of the System (11)

Job’s First Reply to Zophar: A Longing for Resurrection (12—14)

Eliphaz’s Second Speech: On the Scandal of Redemptive Suffering (15)

Job’s Second Reply to Eliphaz: Drinking the Cup of God’s Wrath (16, 17)

Bildad’s Second Speech: The Road to Hell (18)

Job’s Second Reply to Bildad: Is God for Me or against Me? (19)

Zophar’s Second Speech: Another Portrait of Hell (20)

Job’s Second Reply to Zophar: The Good Life (21)

Eliphaz’s Third Speech: Repent and Prosper (22)

Job’s Third Reply to Eliphaz: Your Kingdom Come (23, 24)

Bildad’s Third Speech: A Mortal Cannot Hope to Be Right with God (25)

Job’s Third Reply to Bildad: The Difference between Religion and Wisdom (26)

Job Begins to Sum Up: The Danger of Opposing the Gospel (27)

Why God Won’t Answer My Question (28)

The Longing: A Nostalgia for Paradise (29)

The Lament: The Stripping of Dignity (30)

Job’s Last Word (31)

Part 3: The Answers to Job (32:1—42:6)

Elihu and the Justice of God (32:1–5)

Elihu’s First Speech: The God Who Speaks (32:6—33:33)

Elihu’s Second Speech: Is God Fair? (34)

Elihu’s Third Speech: What’s the Point of Being Good? (35)

Elihu’s Fourth Speech: Cosmic Grandeur and Cosmic Justice (36, 37)

The Lord’s First Speech, Part 1: What Wonderful Knowledge (38:1–38)

The Lord’s First Speech, Part 2: Nature, Red in Tooth and Claw? (38:39—40:5)

The Lord’s Second Speech: Terrifying Evil (40:6—42:6)

Epilogue: The End Comes at the End (42:7–17)

Conclusion: So What Is the Book of Job All About?

ENDORSEMENTS

“If like me, you have shied away from the book of Job, daunted by its structure and length, do not despair, help has arrived! Christopher Ash has performed a noble service by ‘bashing his head’ against the text and providing us with such a lucid, wonderfully helpful commentary. It is both mind-stretching and heart-warming as it reminds us that like the rest of the Bible, Job is ultimately a book about Jesus.” -Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio



“This is one of the finest Biblical commentaries I have had the privilege to read, and certainly the best I know on the wonderful but perplexing book of Job. Christopher Ash takes us into the depths of this book, taking no shortcuts. He guides us through the details, helping us to see the brilliance of the poetry and the profundity of the questions raised. More than this he helps us to see how the sufferings of Jesus shed brilliant light into the darkest corners of Job’s experience. In turn the book of Job deepens our understanding of Jesus’ blameless suffering, and the suffering and darkness experienced by those who share in the sufferings of Christ. This is a powerfully edifying exposition.” -John Woodhouse, Former Principal, Moore Theological College



“This is the book for any who, like me, have been both fascinated and frightened by Job. Christopher Ash brilliantly engages with the interpretive challenge of understanding the text and the emotional challenge of being confronted by the awful reality of suffering and evil in the world. His exposition combines sober realism about what we can expect in the life of faith and great encouragement as we are pointed to the sufferings and glory of Christ.” -Vaughan Roberts, Rector, St Ebbe’s, Oxford, England; Director, The Proclamation Trust; author, God's Big Picture



“Christopher Ash writes beautifully—this book is a delight to read! But that isn’t its greatest strength. Nor is the fact that these pages are filled with nuanced and fresh exegetical insights. Christopher has succeeded in producing the richest, most moving, most deeply cross-centered and God-glorifying treatment of Job I have ever read. This book marries brilliant explanation with powerful gospel-driven application. It is simply a ‘must-have’ resource for anyone intending to preach through Job.” -J. Gary Millar, Principal, Queensland Theological College, Australia; author, Calling on the Name of the Lord and Now Choose Life; coauthor, Saving Eutychus



“A magnificent study of one of the least read and understood books of the Bible. Here is meticulous, detailed exploration of the text, its vocabulary and poetic structure, which opens up its richness and complexity with interpretive sensitivity. This in turn produces a narrative reading that illuminates the revelatory argument of the book as a whole, with its conflict between redemptive grace and religious systems. ‘Honest grappling’ is its characteristic as the imponderable questions of the human condition are played out through the drama of Job’s individual agony. But this is also a preacher’s book, full of human empathy and applicatory wisdom providing nourishment for the deepest recesses of the soul. Supremely, it is a book not about Job’s suffering, but about Job’s God, which leads us to the ultimate answers to all our human enigmas in the reality of Jesus Christ and him crucified. This is a book to return to again and again as a valuable tool to unpack the message of Job in a generation to whom it is strikingly relevant.” -David Jackman, Former President, The Proclamation Trust

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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO JOB: An Honest Look at Pain and Doubt from the Life of One Who Lost Everything
MIKE MASON, the author of 'The Mystery of Marriage'

Anyone who has suffered knows that there is no such thing as "getting a grip on oneself" or "pulling oneself up by the bootstraps. The only bootstrap in the Christian life is the Cross," says Mason. "Sometimes laying hold of the cross can be comforting, but other times it is like picking up a snake."

Job knew this firsthand. From him we learn that there are no easy answers to suffering. That the mark of true faith is not happiness, but rather, having one's deepest passions be engaged by the enormity of God. And through Job we learn the secret of the gospel: that "mercy is the permission to be human." The Lord never gave Job an explanation for all he had been through. His only answer was Himself. But as Job discovered, that was enough.

The Gospel According to Job sensitively brings the reader to this realization, using a devotional commentary format that reminds them that it's all right to doubt, to be confused, to wonder–in short, to be completely human. But what will heal us and help us endure is a direct, transforming encounter with the living God.

ENDORSEMENTS

"The profundity of the insights into spiritual life that Mike Mason draws from Job is stunning. What Oswald Chambers once did well, though briefly, Mason has now done better, and on a grander scale. THIS IS IN EVERY WAY A FIVE STAR BOOK!" - J.I. Packer, author of 'Knowing God'

"A keen probing of that personal encounter with God, which cannot take place except through the mystery of suffering. Blunt, bold, shocking, yet humble, and--who can deny it?--the straight truth. Mike Mason has paid the price." - Elisabeth Elliot

MIKE MASON lives with his wife, Karen, in British Columbia, Canada. Mason received a BA with honors and an MA in English from the University of Manitoba. His other books include The Mystery of Marriage, The Mystery of the Word, and The Furniture of Heaven. He now writes full-time and divides his attention equally between fiction and devotional writing.

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THE SEPTUAGINT: WHAT IT IS and WHY IT MATTERS
GREGORY R. LANIER & WILLIAM A. ROSS

A Thorough, Accessible Introduction to the Greek Translation of the Old Testament

Scholars and laypeople alike have stumbled over Bible footnotes about the Septuagint, the Greek translation of the Old Testament. Many wonder, What is it? Why do some verses differ from the Hebrew text? Is it important to Scripture?

In this introduction to the Septuagint, Gregory R. Lanier and William A. Ross clarify its origin, transmission, and language. By studying its significance for both the Old and New Testaments, believers can understand the Septuagint’s place in Judeo-Christian history as well as in the church today.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part 1: What Is the Septuagint?

Chapter 1: What (If Anything) Is the So-Called Septuagint?

Chapter 2: Who and Where Did the Greek Old Testament Come From?

Chapter 3: How Was the Greek Old Testament Translated?

Chapter 4: How Did the Greek Old Testament Develop?

Part 2: Why Does It Matter?

Chapter 5: Why Does the Septuagint Matter for Studying the Old Testament?

Chapter 6: Why Does the Septuagint Matter for Studying the New Testament?

Chapter 7: What Kind of Authority Does the Septuagint Have?

Appendix: The Septuagint: Ten Key Questions

ENDORSEMENTS

“It is good to have Lanier and Ross as reliable guides to the tricky but fascinating domain of the Greek Old Testament. Their short introduction is a rare achievement: introducing the complexities behind the term ‘Septuagint’ in a simple way without compromising accuracy. An excellent book.” -Peter J. Williams, Principal, Tyndale House, Cambridge

“Pastors and seminary students regularly ask me about the Septuagint and its significance for a modern, English-speaking Christian. The Septuagint: What It Is and Why It Matters is my new number-one recommended resource for these inquiries. The book is informed by a scholarly knowledge of the subject, yet it remains accessible and a pleasure to read.” -Robert L. Plummer, Collin and Evelyn Aikman Professor of Biblical Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Founder and Host, Daily Dose of Greek

“Interested in the Septuagint? Start here. This accessible introduction carefully navigates the what and the so what of the Septuagint, charting a steady course through a quagmire of complex issues. Tricky matters are treated with scholarly precision and theological sensitivity, and readers will find a corrective both to an overemphasis and to an under-emphasis on the Septuagint. This book will be useful to the beginning student, the graduate student, the pastor, and anyone interested in learning more about how we got the Bible.” -Brandon D. Crowe, Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“In class I’m regularly asked how much value and authority we should attribute to the Septuagint. The answer is complex, but students are looking for clear answers. As a teacher, I had yet to come across a clear yet precise resource explaining the origins and role of the Septuagint—until now. Lanier and Ross have produced a book I will be recommending each time this question is posed. I highly recommend it.” -Patrick Schreiner, Associate Professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“The Septuagint is unfamiliar and intimidating to most Bible students. I don’t know of a more accessible introduction than this book.” -Andrew David Naselli, Associate Professor of Systematic Theology and New Testament, Bethlehem College & Seminary; Pastor, Bethlehem Baptist Church

“The Septuagint is a minefield of quandaries for both Bible scholar and devoted layperson: Why is the Septuagint in my Bible’s footnotes, offering a different reading from the main text or the source for the reading in the main text? Why do the New Testament authors quote from the Septuagint and not the Hebrew? In this book, Lanier and Ross know the minefield and ably guide readers through the potential dangers related to terminology, the task of ancient translation, textual and translational histories, canonical formation, and biblical authority and lead them safely to the other side. I happily recommend this book!” -John D. Meade, Associate Professor of Old Testament; Codirector, Text & Canon Institute, Phoenix Seminary; coauthor, The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity

AUTHORS

William A. Ross (PhD, University of Cambridge) is assistant professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. His research and publications focus on the Septuagint, Judaism, and linguistics. He coedited the T&T Clark Handbook of Septuagint Research and is a contributor to the ongoing Historical and Theological Lexicon of the Septuagint project. Will and his wife, Kelli, have four children.

Greg Lanier (PhD, University of Cambridge) is associate professor of New Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He also serves as associate pastor of River Oaks Church (PCA). He has published multiple books and scholarly articles on early Christology, the Gospels, the Septuagint, and other topics. Greg and his wife, Kate, live in Florida with their three daughters.

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COVENANTAL APOLOGETICS: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith
K. Scott Oliphint, Foreword by William Edgar

Defending the faith can be daunting, and a well-reasoned and biblically grounded apologetic is essential for the challenge. Following in the footsteps of groundbreaking apologist Cornelius Van Til, Scott Oliphint presents us with an introduction to Reformed apologetics as he sets forth the principles behind a distinctly “covenantal” approach. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal apologetics and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers—helping Christians to boldly, knowledgeably, and winsomely proclaim the gospel.

TABLE OF CONENTS

Foreword by William Edgar

Acknowledgments

Introduction

CHAPTER 1: ALWAYS READY

Christian Truth

Required to Respond

What Is Covenantal Apologetics?

The Ten Tenets

Tenets and Texts

CHAPTER 2: SET CHRIST APART AS LORD

"I Am"

Condescension and Apologetics

He Who Is Not with Me

CHAPTER 3: PROOF TO ALL MEN

Paul at Athens

Where Shall I Flee?

Proving the Proofs

What a Burden

How Do You Know?

CHAPTER 4: WE PERSUADE OTHERS

“Trivial” Matters

Conclusion

CHAPTER 5: WE DESTROY ARGUMENTS: The Achilles’ Heel

The Good Fight

Negative Apologetics

Positive Apologetics

CHAPTER 6: WALK IN WISDOM TOWARD OUTSIDERS

The Wisdom of Persuasion

The Spirit of Persuasion

Dennett, Dawkins, and Doubt

A Concluding Word to the Wise

CHAPTER 7: YOU ARE VERY RELIGIOUS

Idol Worship

God Is (Not?) Great

Conclusion

Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“A major undertaking in Christian apologetics, this volume makes a most timely and welcome contribution. By labeling the apologetic task ‘covenantal,’ Scott Oliphint highlights throughout that the presuppositions of ‘presuppositional apologetics’ are the clear and indubitable teachings of Scripture and not a postmodern understanding of presuppositions. Comprehensive in its scope, this balanced mix of principles and practice provides valuable instruction to a broad range of readers. I commend it most highly, especially to those concerned with responding to the challenges of unbelief, both present and perennial, in growing fidelity to Scripture as God’s Word.” -Richard B. Gaffin Jr., Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary

“In a day marked by shallow thinking, weak reasoning, and arguments lacking in both theological and biblical depth, Oliphint offers an arsenal of apologetic insight. His affirmation and exposition of a covenantal apologetic brings a vital biblical and theological dimension to the apologetic task. Believers seeking to give an answer for the hope that is in us will enthusiastically receive this book.” -R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“K. Scott Oliphint has done a service for the church in wonderfully translating the venerable Van Tillian apologetic approach into more accessible categories. By laying out the principles and practice of covenantal apologetics, Oliphint moves beyond mere description to the actual practice of apologetics in the contemporary world. Grounded in Scripture and Reformed theology, upholding the lordship of Christ in all of life, eschewing neutrality in our thinking, and tackling the hard cases of the problem of evil, naturalistic evolution, and Islam, Oliphint in a step-by-step way teaches us how to defend Christianity in a biblically faithful and persuasive manner. I highly recommend this work for anyone who is serious about engaging people with the truth of the gospel.” -Stephen J. Wellum, Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, God the Son Incarnate; Kingdom through Covenant; and Christ from Beginning to End

“Whatever your view and practice of defending your faith, Covenantal Apologetics will both motivate and equip you for the task in a way that is persuasive, winsome, clearly structured, thoroughly biblical, and most importantly, Christ-exalting. Dr. Oliphint explains how much we lose by seeking to engage unbelievers on their own turf of rational skepticism. He compares it to trying to get out of Oz by simply following the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ of unbelief. Rather than giving a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach to apologetics, he roots us in the unequivocal authority of God’s existence and his self-revelation, and brings principles down to earth by providing potential conversations with a humanist, an atheist, an evolutionist, and a Muslim. If you want to grow in your confidence in Scripture, your evangelistic fruitfulness, and your love for the Savior, read this book.” -Bob Kauflin, Director, Sovereign Grace Music; author, Worship Matters and True Worshipers

“Engaging unbelief is the work of every believer in a post-Christian culture. In everyday conversations (offline and online) pluralism demands we give equal value to all religious beliefs. To stabilize us in this culture, we turn to God’s revelation in Scripture. Drawing from his own experience and offering concrete dialogues, apologist Scott Oliphint models a Christian response to unbelief and has delivered the type of book we desperately need—biblically grounded, God-centered, jargon-pruned, and clearly written. Covenantal Apologetics is an essential tool to meet unbelief with the hope inside us—the hope of the gospel.” -Tony Reinke, journalist; author, 12 Ways Your Phone Is Changing You

“With seismic changes in our society’s perception of life—and especially of human rights—the need for Christians to give reason for their faith is even greater today. Scott Oliphint comes to our aid by bringing what is often food that only giraffes can eat (the field technically called apologetics) right down to the grasp of Christ’s lambs. Here is a book that will enable you to argue intelligently from Scripture, in the midst of a plethora of false philosophies and religions, as to why the world needs Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord. So come to the table, O lambs of Christ, and enjoy a culinary experience you once only wistfully watched at a distance!” -Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

“Covenantal Apologetics places the defense of the Christian faith where it belongs: in a rich texture of appropriate contexts, beginning with the self-revelation of the triune God in the Bible and his created universe, and the covenantal relationship of all people (rebellious and redeemed) with their personal Creator. Instead of offering formulaic arguments to win debating points, Oliphint urges Christians to bring a full-orbed theology of God and humanity, of creation and redemption, along with dependence on the sovereign Spirit of God, as we winsomely and forthrightly engage proponents of unbelief and other beliefs. Especially helpful is the opportunity to hear principles translated into practice by listening in on sample dialogues with spokespersons for humanism, atheism, and Islam.” -Dennis E. Johnson, Professor Emeritus of Practical Theology, Westminster Seminary California; author, Him We Proclaim; Walking with Jesus through His Word; and Journeys with Jesus

“Few people have thought as deeply and carefully as Scott Oliphint about the relationship between confessional Reformed theology and Christian apologetics. There has been much talk in recent years about ‘covenantal apologetics,’ but it has consisted mainly of informal discussions scattered across the blogosphere. What has been sorely needed is a definitive book-length exposition by a well-regarded scholarly advocate. No one is better qualified than Dr. Oliphint to take on that task, and he has not disappointed. This book clearly explains the theological foundations of covenantal apologetics and illustrates its application in real-world conversations with unbelievers.” -James N. Anderson, Carl W. McMurray Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“Oliphint’s refreshingly Christ-centered approach to persuasively engaging unbelievers with the truth of God equips readers not merely for an intellectual contest of demolishing arguments, but also for a spiritual battle against the suppression of truth in the human heart.” -Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden

“I am grateful to see Oliphint taking Reformed apologetics in a more accessible, less technical, and richly biblical-theological direction. His approach to apologetics is uniquely centered on God’s revelation in Christ and emphasizes persuasion aimed at the heart over argumentation targeting the head alone. The book goes beyond merely discussing principles to presenting thorough case studies demonstrating how the principles of covenantal apologetics can be put into practice. As a professor and pastor, I will recommend this to many people and assign it in my apologetics courses.” -Justin S. Holcomb, Episcopal Priest; Adjunct Professor of Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando; coauthor, Rid of My Disgrace and God Made All of Me; editor, Christian Theologies of Scripture

“In attempting to put to rest the term ‘presuppositional,’ Oliphint integrates the best insights from his philosophical expertise in the Westminster Seminary tradition with the best insights from the Westminster Assembly theological tradition. The result: a book that aims at both the mind and the heart. As a pastor, I welcome books that offer a consistently Reformed approach to a defense of Christianity, for they are few and far between. This may be the best one yet.” -Mark Jones, Teaching Elder, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, British Columbia

“Dr. Oliphint has given us a very important presentation of Christian apologetics for our day. His discussions draw heavily from Scripture in ways that are accessible to a wide range of Christian readers. He stands in the stream of presuppositional apologetics, and he makes great strides toward dealing with contemporary challenges to the faith. Followers of Christ who want to reach the lost will find this book invaluable.” -Richard L. Pratt Jr., Cofounder and President, Third Millennium Ministries

K. Scott Oliphint (PhD, Westminster Theological Seminary) is professor of apologetics and systematic theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia and has written numerous scholarly articles and books, including God With Us. He is also the coeditor of the two-volume Christian Apologetics Past and Present: A Primary Source Reader and Revelation and Reason: New Essays in Reformed Apologetics.

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REDEEMING OUR THINKING ABOUT HISTORY: A God-Centered Approach
VERN S. POYTHRESS

Why Is It Critical for Christians to Study the Past?

How does knowledge of the past shape Christians’ views of God, Christ’s redemption, and humanity as a whole? In his new book, Vern S. Poythress teaches Christians how to study and write about the past by emphasizing God’s own command to remember his works and share them with the next generation. Readers will explore concepts such as providentialism, Christian historiography, divine purpose, and the 4 basic phases of biblical history: creation, fall, redemption, and consummation. By learning how to appropriately study history, believers will begin to recognize God’s lordship over all events and how even minor incidents fit into his overarching plan.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: The Importance of History



Part 1: What We Need in Order to Analyze History: Essential Resources That God Supplies

Chapter 2: Experiencing History

Chapter 3: Foundations for Historical Analysis

Chapter 4: Spiritual Antithesis: Darkness and Light

Chapter 5: Reductionistic Historical Analysis

Chapter 6: Understanding People

Chapter 7: Understanding Historical Causes

Chapter 8: Miracles



Part 2: History in the Bible: How the Bible Goes about Writing History

Chapter 9: Unity in Biblical History

Chapter 10: Diversity in Biblical History

Chapter 11: The Uniqueness of the Bible



Part 3: Understanding God's Purposes in History: Divine Purposes—and Our Limitations—in the Study of History

Chapter 12: God in Biblical History

Chapter 13: Cautions in Understanding Divine Purposes

Chapter 14: The Value of Recognizing Divine Purposes

Chapter 15: Biblical Principles Guiding Historical Understanding

Chapter 16: Academic Historical Analysis

Chapter 17: Pressure toward Religious “Neutrality”

Chapter 18: Applying Principles from Revelation



Part 4: What Does History Writing Look Like? Examples of Challenges in Writing about Particular Periods

Chapter 19: Christianity in the Roman Empire

Chapter 20: Interpreting the Reformation and Beyond

Chapter 21: Histories of Other Civilizations



Part 5: Alternative Versions of How to Think about History: Competing Ways of Doing History among Christians

Chapter 22: Five Versions of Historiography

Chapter 23: Evaluating Providentialism

Chapter 24: Other Versions of Christian Historiography

Chapter 25: Perspectives on Historiography

Chapter 26: Further Reflection on Providentialism

Appendix: Providence according to Mark Noll

Bibliography

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Vern Poythress has written carefully about how a proper Christian doctrine of providence should (and should not) shape a believer’s understanding of human history. His book is particularly welcome in showing that ‘history’ includes a wide range of possibilities and that most of them can contribute (though in different ways) to Christian study of the past.” -Mark A. Noll, author, Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind

“Can we think Christianly about history in its two senses of the events of the past and the written account of those events? Vern Poythress affirms that we can. He seeks guidance from the Bible about how the past should be understood by believers and about how Christian historians should undertake their vocation. He places God at the center of both.” -David Bebbington, Emeritus Professor of History, University of Stirling

“Redeeming Our Thinking about History continues Vern Poythress’s penetrating analysis of various fields of human intellectual endeavor. In continuity with his previous volumes, Poythress writes on why history is important and how best to read history—whether biblical or secular—in a God-honoring fashion. While capable of stratospheric thinking and communication, the author in this delightful volume simply takes the reader by the hand and leads him or her to the innumerable problems and issues of historical analysis, then resolves those vast and complicated topics. This approach taps into Poythress’s decades of examining and interpreting the Bible and presents very clear paths for readers to follow. Those insights are combined with practical principles to help us understand events in our own lives. Highly recommended.” -Richard C. Gamble, Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary

“With a lucid brevity that Calvin might envy, Poythress covers a broad array of relevant topics in his treatment of redeeming our thinking about history. He strikes just the right balance between common grace and the antithesis as it applies to meanings, events, and people, arguing against all reductionistic approaches (such as Marxism or logical positivism) and covering matters as widespread as the unity, diversity, and uniqueness of the Bible; providence; and the limits of our understanding. He demonstrates the inescapability of a religious stance in writing history and urges that it be done from a truly biblical perspective, arguing for a multi-perspectival approach that will yield the richest and most textured historical account—one that acknowledges God’s providence while remembering our creaturely limits in discerning the meaning of his superintendence of history.” -Alan D. Strange, Professor of Church History, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, The Doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church in the Ecclesiology of Charles Hodge



Vern S. Poythress (PhD, Harvard University; ThD, University of Stellenbosch) is Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Biblical Interpretation, and Systematic Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he has taught for four decades. In addition to earning six academic degrees, he is the author of numerous books and articles on biblical interpretation, language, and science.

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THE EXISTENCE AND ATTRIBUTES OF GOD: Two Volume Tru-Tone Over Board
STEPHEN CHARNOCK, Edited by Mark Jones

A Classic Work on the Nature of God by Stephen Charnock

Stephen Charnock was a highly regarded seventeenth-century English Puritan theologian whose writings have continued to influence the church for centuries. He is known for his sophisticated approach to topics such as the existence and attributes of God, the person and work of Christ, and the doctrine of sin.

This two-volume set, edited by Mark Jones, contains an updated and unabridged edition of Charnock's classic work, Discourses upon the Existence and Attributes of God, written to instruct and encourage Christian pastors, theologians, and laypeople. Jones precedes each discourse with an introductory summary that explains Charnock’s general approach. In this clear, modernized presentation of this classic work, readers will experience his skillful exegesis, his influential way with words, his insight into human nature, his concern with the practical implications of who God is, and his Christ-focused approach to theology.

Modernized Language: Archaic punctuation, words, and phrases have been updated for the modern reader

Updated Bibliographic Information: In the footnotes, Charnock’s sources have been located and updated with fuller bibliographic information, showing how widely read he was

Chapter Summaries: Each discourse begins with a summary of the chapter to follow

Extensive: Covers Charnock’s defense of God’s existence and 11 attributes of God

Includes In-Depth Chapter on the Life of Stephen Charnock by William Symington

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor’s Introduction

Life and Character of Stephen Charnock

Volume 1: Discourses 1–8

Discourse 1: On God’s Existence

Discourse 2: On Practical Atheism

Discourse 3: On God’s Being a Spirit

Discourse 4: On Spiritual Worship

Discourse 5: On the Eternity of God

Discourse 6: On the Immutability of God

Discourse 7: On God’s Omnipresence

Discourse 8: On God’s Knowledge

Volume 2: Discourses 9–14

Discourse 9: On the Wisdom of God

Discourse 10: On the Power of God

Discourse 11: On the Holiness of God

Discourse 12: On the Goodness of God

Discourse 13: On God’s Dominion

Discourse 14: On God’s Patience

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“God and his infinite excellencies are endlessly engrossing. What wisdom, insight, comfort, and challenge are found in Charnock’s voluminous ruminations! Unpublished in his lifetime, they are amassed here and augmented by Mark Jones’s expert notations. Charnock provides food for the soul, tonic for the intellect, impetus for worship, and biblical conviction for everyday life.” -Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Nothing purifies the mind and inflames holiness in the heart like meditation on the perfections of God. Charnock’s classic work on the divine attributes, which he wrote the last three years of his life, has never been matched in its profound and practical approach to this rich subject. This work is a treasure of sound theology and humble adoration of God. The author’s exposition on the goodness of God is alone worth the purchase of these volumes; it is unsurpassed in all English literature. Lightly edited for the modern reader and studded with insightful introductions to each discourse, this new edition by Mark Jones will be a great help to all who seek diligently to know the Lord.” -Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology

“Stephen Charnock’s work on the existence and attributes of God is perhaps the most thorough and detailed contribution to the topic in the post-Reformation period. Charnock’s pastoral instincts, his incisive grasp of scholastic literature, his theological precision, and his sensitivity to the biblical foundations of his subject made this an outstanding contribution to the church of his day. It is a great pleasure to see a complete and updated version in print and accessible to a new readership.” -Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology; author, Systematic Theology

“As a true labor of love and scholarship, Mark Jones offers the church not another reprint but a new edition of Charnock’s best-known work. In this edition, explanatory essays, judicious comments, and expanded citations make Charnock more accessible and intelligible than ever before. As the nineteenth-century introduction notes, compared to many Puritans, Charnock ‘is more theological than any of them, and his theology, too, is more sound than that of some.’ As Jones’s introduction intimates, the same can be true when Charnock is compared to writers in our day. So start a book group and read about the existence and attributes of God with Charnock and his editor as your godly guides.” -Chad Van Dixhoorn, Professor of Church History, Westminster Theological Seminary; author, Confessing the Faith and God’s Ambassadors

Stephen Charnock (1628–1680) was a prominent English Puritan theologian and preacher in England and Ireland during the seventeenth century. Trained at Cambridge and Oxford, he served as chaplain to Henry Cromwell, the chief governor of Ireland, and is known for his discourses on the existence and attributes of God.

Mark Jones (PhD, Leiden Universiteit) serves as the pastor of Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church (PCA) in British Columbia, Canada. He has authored many books, including Living for God and God Is, and speaks all over the world on Christology and the Christian life. Mark and his wife, Barbara, have four children.

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STRANGE NEW WORLD: How Thinkers and Activists Redefined Identity and Sparked the Sexual Revolution
CARL TRUEMAN with Foreword by Ryan T. Anderson

From Philosophy to Technology, Tracing the Origin of Identity Politics

How did the world arrive at its current, disorienting state of identity politics, and how should the church respond? Historian Carl R. Trueman shows how influences ranging from traditional institutions to technology and pornography moved modern culture toward an era of “expressive individualism.” Investigating philosophies from the Romantics, Nietzsche, Marx, Wilde, Freud, and the New Left, he outlines the history of Western thought to the distinctly sexual direction of present-day identity politics and explains the modern implications of these ideas on religion, free speech, and personal identity.

For fans of Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Strange New World offers a more concise presentation and application of some of the most critical topics of our day. Individuals and groups can work through the book together with the Strange New World Study Guide and Strange New World Video Study, sold separately.

*Cultural Analysis from a Christian Perspective: Explores the history of the sexual revolution and its influence today

*A Concise Version of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Offers an approachable presentation of the points in Trueman’s popular book

*A Great Resource for Individual and Small-Group Study: Each chapter ends with thought-provoking application questions

*Part of the 'Strange New World Suite': Can be used with the Strange New World Video Study and Strange New World Study Guide

AUTHOR'S PREFACE

This short book is not a precise précis of my larger work, 'The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self', but covers the same ground in a briefer and (hopefully) more accessible format. Readers who want the full argument, along with the detailed footnotes, should consult the longer work.

As always, I have incurred numerous debts along the way. Ryan Anderson first encouraged me to think about putting the argument of the larger book into a concise form so that it might be more useful to hard-pressed Washington staffers. He also generously provided the foreword. As always, Justin Taylor and the staff at Crossway were incredibly supportive of the project. Special thanks is also due to the following: Paul Helm for reading and commenting on drafts of chapters 5 and 6 in light of helpful criticism he made of the earlier book; the Institute for Faith and Freedom at Grove City College for generously funding not one but two research assistants during the academic year, 2020–21; Emma Peel and Joy Zavalick, the two aforementioned assistants, whose infectious enthusiasm, diligent editing, and work on the study questions and glossary—the latter of which I encourage you to consult if you encounter an unfamiliar term—greatly improved the final product; and, as always, my wife, Catriona, whose support of my work these many years has proved essential.

The book is dedicated to David and Ann Hall for their faithful ministry and dear friendship.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: Welcome to This Strange New World

Chapter 2: Romantic Roots

Chapter 3: Prometheus Unbound

Chapter 4: Sexualizing Psychology, Politicizing Sex

Chapter 5: The Revolt of the Masses

Chapter 6: Plastic People, Liquid World

Chapter 7: The Sexual Revolution of the LGBTQ+

Chapter 8: Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

Chapter 9: Strangers in This Strange New World

ENDORSEMENTS

“Carl Trueman is one of the truly vital thinkers of our time. In Strange New World, he explains just how the West’s preoccupation with a navel-gazing concern for emotional ‘authenticity’ has crippled our ability to think—and is consequently undermining the future of our civilization. A true must-read.” -Ben Shapiro, Host, The Ben Shapiro Show; Editor Emeritus, The Daily Wire; author, The Authoritarian Moment

“At last, one of the most important books of the century is available in a more accessible format for the general reader! If you are confused about the moral and spiritual chaos overtaking Western civilization, and anguished over the seeming impotence of Christianity to stop the collapse, Strange New World is the book you absolutely must read. Here, in a single volume, is the best diagnosis of our cultural crisis. Anyone who wants to get themselves and their children and communities through this new dark age with their faith and sanity intact needs to read Carl Trueman’s blockbuster.” -Rod Dreher, author, The Benedict Option and Live Not by Lies

“As I have traveled the world, I have often hired tour guides to lead me through unfamiliar locations. Their expertise has always proven helpful in explaining what I am seeing and experiencing. And in much the same way, Strange New World is essentially a guided tour to modern times. Trueman acts as a wise and trusted guide to a culture that has become increasingly uncomfortable and unfamiliar. I highly recommend you take the tour.” -Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

“An essential primer on how the world went mad. Trueman traces the origin and history of our worst ideas so that the nonscholar can understand why so many intellectuals are talking complete nonsense with such absolute conviction. A good read, a smart read, and an important read.” -Andrew Klavan, author, The Great Good Thing; host, The Andrew Klavan Show

“Carl Trueman is one of the most important public intellectuals of our time, and this book, Strange New World, should be required reading for anyone seeking to understand our present age. Trueman offers a brilliant analysis of the modern mind, the autonomous self, identity politics, and the sexual revolution. This book demonstrates courage on every page, and the reader will draw courage from reading it. Read it and tell your friends about it.” -R. Albert Mohler Jr., President and Centennial Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In a rare combination of erudition and clarity, Carl Trueman explains us to ourselves. From Rousseau and the Romantics, through Nietzsche, Marx, and Freud, to today’s increasingly incoherent gender theorists, Trueman outlines the history of ideas that brought us almost ineluctably to this moment. But he doesn’t leave us here; by revealing the wrong turns, he maps out a way forward, all the while manifesting the integrity and charity of a true gentleman. In a world of confusion, Strange New World is crystal clear; its author, the teacher we need today.” -Erika Bachiochi, author, The Rights of Women: Reclaiming a Lost Vision

“This book is a You Are Here marker for disoriented pilgrims in postmodernity. Its sober analysis of where we are and how we got here will equip readers to engage contemporary confusion over identity. Strange New World makes the important argument of Carl Trueman’s earlier work, The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, widely accessible and an excellent resource for classrooms, small groups, and individual inquiry.” -Jennifer Patterson, Director of the Institute of Theology and Public Life, Reformed Theological Seminary

AUTHOR

CARL R. TRUEMAN (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?
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."

-C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

"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."

-James MacDonald, Senior Pastor, Harvest Bible Chapel, Chicagoland Area; radio teacher, Walk in the Word

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EXPLORING THE BIBLE: A Bible Reading Plan for Kids
DAVID MURRAY with Foreword by Don Whitney and Illustrations by Scotty Reifsnyder

A Journey through the Bible for Kids

Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God's story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it's easy to get lost.

Exploring the Bible leads kids ages 6–12 through the Bible one day at a time over the course of a year. For use alongside any Bible, this workbook will help them see the overarching story of God's Word and lay the foundation for a lifetime of discovering truths about God, humanity, and the gospel.

Each weekly entry includes:

Daily Bible readings

Prayer points

Memory verse

Discussion questions

Space for sermon notes and reflections

ENDORSEMENTS

“There is so much I could say to commend Exploring the Bible, but any praise would pale in comparison to this, the ultimate parental endorsement: I gave all three of my children Exploring the Bible as their very first experience of personal devotions. All three used it, all three enjoyed it, and all three benefited tremendously from using it. I wholeheartedly recommend it for your children, too.” -Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

“This Bible reading plan has it all—engaging graphics, kid-sized reading assignments, space for reflection, and helpful commentary. What an exciting endeavor—to help children read (for themselves!) an overview of the Bible in a year! I can’t wait to give away copies of Exploring the Bible to the kids in my life.” -Gloria Furman, author, Alive in Him and Labor with Hope

“Too many times children are told about the Bible without ever being encouraged to read the text themselves. In his book Exploring the Bible, David Murray has given a gift to disciple-making parents everywhere. This resource will help children and families dig into the riches of the Bible while subtly teaching the necessity of daily reading and learning with God’s people. I can see individual children using it or whole families sharing their discoveries around the dinner table. As you seek to raise disciples who are hungry for and knowledgeable of the Word, this resource will be invaluable.” -Chap Bettis, author, The Disciple-Making Parent

“Exploring the Bible has been carefully crafted. The passages selected, the layout and design, and the opportunities given for children to reflect and respond will work in concert to guide them into an understanding of what the Bible is all about. I hope it is widely used.” -Kenneth Berding, Director, Bible Fluency; Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University; author, Bible Revival: Recommitting Ourselves to One Book

“Encouragingly brief, carefully chosen passages lead explorers through the main ideas of the entire Bible in 365 days, with captions and questions to sharpen their focus. Wonderful weekly peaks connect the Old and New Testaments, pointing to Jesus, reinforcing the big picture, and urging personal application. This treasure is at the top of my gift list for new Bible explorers!” -Gail Schoonmaker, illustrator, The Big Picture Story Bible; author, Big Picture Bible Crafts

“Without guidance and a plan, children will flounder when trying to read and understand the Bible on their own. That’s why resources like David Murray’s book are so important. I don’t even want to imagine what my Christian life and my ministry would have been without the encouragement and structure for daily Bible reading I received as a child. But if I’d had something like Exploring the Bible, I think my scriptural foundations would have been even stronger.” -Donald S. Whitney, Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Associate Dean, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Family Worship; Praying the Bible; and Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life

“An important, but often neglected, part of the education we provide for our children is instruction in the actual contents of the Bible. We give our children math flashcards and grammar workbooks, we enroll them in music lessons and put them on sports teams, but we often don’t know where to begin to teach them what’s in the Bible. Exploring the Bible will get elementary-school-aged children started reading Scripture on their own, giving them a grasp of its overall big picture as they read.” -Starr Meade, author, Training Hearts, Teaching Minds; The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study; and Give Them Truth

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POLLY AND THE SCREEN TIME OVERLOAD
BETSY CHILDS HOWARD with Illustrations by Samara Hardy

Introducing Kids to the Importance of Boundaries with Technology

Technology can be a helpful tool and source of enjoyment for many families—a way to aid children with learning, to connect with loved ones, and to provide entertainment. But as with many good gifts from God, tech devices are best used in moderation.

In this new picture book, readers meet Polly while on a trip to her grandparents’ farm. During her visit she spends all her time on her new tablet instead of enjoying the farm animals and playing with her cousins. A chat with her grandfather teaches her that, though screen time can be good, it can also keep kids away from better things. Using simple language and beautiful illustrations, children ages 3–7 are introduced to the idea that technology is best enjoyed within boundaries. A TGC Kids book.

Makes A Great Gift for Kids Ages 3–7: The second book in a series of picture books from TGC Kids, which also includes Arlo and the Great Big Cover Up

A Fun Story with an Important Message: One of few books written for children about the influence of technology, it also addresses current issues of moral formation and discernment

Advice for Parents and Guardians: A “Note to Grown Ups” gives adults tips for how to help their children learn self-control and moderation in tech habits



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THE KING AND THE DRAGON: The Story of Christ's Defeat of Sin, Death and Evil
JAMES SHRIMPTON with Illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia

Picture Book for Kids Ages 3–5 Celebrates God’s Ultimate Victory Over Sin and Death

When the knight slays the dragon in any story, readers and listeners all cheer in celebration. We rejoice because it echoes the Bible—the victory of good over evil is a prominent theme because the Lord came to have final victory over the devil.

In this imaginative story, James Shrimpton teaches children the story of redemption in the Bible through the lens of dragon slaying. With a memorable rhyming style, engaging artwork, and theologically grounded storytelling, this book is perfect for teaching children the story of Christ’s defeat of sin, death, and evil.

Ideal for Children Ages 3–5: Teaches children about the arc of victory and defeat in a memorable rhyming style

Short Enough for Bedtime: Approachable length makes it ideal for younger children

Colorful and Whimsical: Artwork by Helena Pérez Garcia will help capture the imagination of its readers

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SOPHIE AND THE HEIDELBERG CAT
ANDREW WILSON with Illustrations by Helena Perez Garcia

he Bible tells stories of hundreds of people, and all of them disobey God . . . except one. So hope doesn’t come from the good things we do. It comes as a gift, from what Jesus has done.

Sophie, a little girl upset after disobeying her parents, learns the basics of the gospel of grace from a neighborhood cat through a conversation based on the first question and answer of the Heidelberg Catechism: What is your only comfort in life and in death? That I am not my own, but belong . . . to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ.

Weaving accessible truths with whimsical illustrations and engaging rhymes, this book will help both you and your children understand grace in a fresh way.

“I think kids of all ages will enjoy the intriguing dialogue between Sophie and her neighbor’s cat. It gives parents a lot to think about, too. Even better— everyone will remember the most comforting, time-tested answer to the question of all questions: What is your only comfort in life and in death?” -Gloria Furman, author, Alive in Him and Labor with Hope

“Outstanding! A beautifully written and illustrated book. Sophie and the Heidelberg Cat engages the youngest child with its splendid color and images. Written in poetic style, the dialogue between Sophie and the cat visualizes for little ones what guilt, forgiveness, and hope in Christ look like. Our six-year-old was simply riveted.” -David and Shona Murray, authors, Refresh: Embracing a Grace-Paced Life in a World of Endless Demands

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GOD'S MIGHTY ACTS IN CREATION & GOD'S MIGHTY ACTS IN SALVATION
STARR MEADE



GOD'S MIGHTY ACTS IN CREATION...

Nature reveals majestic truths about God—truths that help us know him better. God’s Mighty Acts in Creation helps children recognize those wonders, and what they tell us about their Creator.

As Starr Meade, author of Mighty Acts of God, guides young readers through the six days of creation, she points to how creation displays the wisdom and power of God. She also helps readers explore and apply other references to nature in the Bible by answering questions such as: What did Jesus mean when he claimed to be the true vine? How is all flesh like grass, and how should that affect the way we live? What was God revealing about himself when he made the sun stand still for Joshua? Each reading includes a key verse, stimulating questions, and engaging activities, all geared toward elementary-aged children.

Whether parents use this book for family devotions or children read it for themselves, all will learn how God’s glory, wisdom, sovereignty, and power are revealed in all of creation. This is a companion volume to God’s Mighty Acts in Salvation.

GOD'S MIGHTY ACTS IN SALVATION...

Long before we reach adulthood, the gospel ought to be shaping our lives. Paul taught the core truths of the gospel in his letter to the Galatians, and this collection of interactive readings for preteens applies those truths in understandable ways.

Each reading begins with a key verse and then highlights one element of the gospel in everyday terms, followed by questions and activities that reinforce Paul’s teaching. Meade guides young readers to a full picture of God’s saving work, as well as a real understanding of other doctrinal concepts such as justification by faith alone, the priority of Scripture, the requirements for apostleship, and the relationship between the old and new covenants.

For parents and teachers who want to awaken young hearts to a lifelong commitment to the gospel, God’s Mighty Acts in Salvation is a great resource. This is a companion volume to God’s Mighty Acts in Creation.

Starr Meade served as the director of children’s ministries for ten years at her local church and taught Latin and Bible for eight years at a Christian school. She is a graduate of Arizona College of the Bible and has authored a number of books. Starr lives in Arizona with her husband, where she currently teaches homeschool students and is mother to three grown children and six grandchildren.

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THE SOWER: An Engaging Story of Creation, Redemption and Final Reconciliation
SCOTT JAMES with Illustrations by Stephen Crotts and Foreword by Andrew Peterson

Beautifully Illustrated Children’s Book Celebrates God’s Creative Cultivation

From creation to final restoration, Scripture paints a vivid picture of God as a gardener—sowing seeds, planting gardens, and bringing life through the power of his word. The Sower introduces this biblical imagery to young readers to help them understand the story of redemptive history and look forward to future reconciliation.

Vibrant illustrations complement the book’s lyrical style to engage a child’s imagination and display God’s cultivating work in creation and in the hearts of his people.

Ideal for Children Ages 5–10: Introduces the grand story of redemption in an artistic, imaginative way

Introduction to Biblical Theology: Traces the theme of God as a gardener, cultivator, and vinedresser throughout the Bible

Engaging and Elegant: Vivid illustrations by Stephen Crotts inspire wonder at God’s creative work in our hearts and in the world

“The Sower is a lovely, lyrical gift. Its accessible blend of truth and beauty, in words and images, is nourishing and timely. I love it.” -S. D. Smith, author, The Green Ember Series

“The imagery of our Lord as the glorious gardener of our hearts comes to life through the pages of The Sower. Kids will begin to imagine the Lord as he truly is—the one who creates, tends, prunes, and cares.”

Trillia Newbell, author, The Big Wide Welcome and God’s Very Good Idea

“I love reading Scott James’s books to my kids. He retells the gospel story in creative, compelling ways. This is another beautiful book that will help plant the seed of faith in my children and in many others.”

Collin Hansen, Vice President for Content and Editor in Chief, The Gospel Coalition; Host, Gospelbound podcast

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THE BIG PICTURE BIBLE VERSES: Tracing the Storyline of the Bible
DAVID R HELM author of 'The Big Picture Story Bible'

Help Your Kids Learn the Big Picture of the Bible

Make Scripture memorization part of your family life with this easy-to-use resource aimed at helping children hide God’s Word in their hearts.

Designed as a complementary resource to the best-selling The Big Picture Story Bible, this kid-friendly catechism features 45 questions with answers drawn directly from Scripture—making memorizing the Bible fun and easy!

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THE BARBER WHO WANTED TO PRAY: Using the Lord's Prayer, Ten Commandments & Apostles' Creed to Learn How to Pray
R.C. SPROUL with beautiful illustrations by T. Lively Fluharty

'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.

"This book is so visually attractive and so smooth in its storytelling, young readers will be entertained by it while also being educated by it." Dr. Dennis E. Hensley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com

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WHEN WORLD'S COLLIDE: Where is God When Terror Strikes?
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.

R. C. Sproul presents a challenging analysis that no Christian can afford to ignore. Only when we begin to understand the nature of God can we hope to trust in His sovereignty during times of terror or sorrow. Only when we trust in His sovereignty can we confidently say, “Though He slay me, yet will I trust . . .”

Chapter 1: A WAR OF IDEAS

Chapter 2: PEACE AND CALAMITY

Chapter 3: PURPOSE IN SUFFERING

Chapter 4: GRAPES OF WRATH

Chapter 5: FINDING PEACE

EPILOGUE: RESOLVE IN WARFARE

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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.

PART ONE: OUR DYING CULTURE

1. The New Pragmatism

2. The Pattern of This Age

PART TWO: DOCTRINES THAT SHOOK THE WORLD

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4. Christ Alone

5. Grace Alone

6. Faith Alone

7. Glory to God Alone

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REPENTANCE TRILOGY: THE GRACE OF REPENTANCE; DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE & REPENTANCE: The First Word of the Gospel
Sinclair Ferguson; Thomas Watson & Richard Owen Roberts

(1) THE GRACE OF REPENTANCE by Sinclair Ferguson

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.



(2) THE DOCTRINE OF REPENTANCE by Thomas Watson

A good case could be made out for believing that ‘repentance’ is one of the least used words in the Christian church today. In a world that will not tolerate the mention of sin, and in churches where it has been defined only in sociological terms, the biblical teaching on repentance has inevitably been ignored.

Knowing what repentance is, and actually repenting are essential to true Christianity. Jesus Christ himself said that if we do not repent, we will perish! It is vital, therefore, to read and study what Scripture has to say about this theme.

Few better guides have existed in this or any other area of spiritual experience than Thomas Watson. He was a master of both Scripture and the human heart, and wrote with a simplicity and directness that keeps his work fresh and powerful for the twenty-first century.

The Epistle to the Reader 7

A Preliminary Discourse 11

Counterfeit Repentance 15

The Nature of True Repentance (1) 18

The Nature of True Repentance (2) 39

The Reasons Enforcing Repentance, with a Warning to the Impenitent 59

A Serious Exhortation to Repentance 63

Powerful Motives to Repentance 76

Exhortations to Speedy Repentance 86

The Trial of Our Repentance, and Comfort for the Penitent 93

The Removing of the Impediments to Repentance 99

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(1): Serious Consideration 106

Prescribing Some Means for Repentance

(2): Compare Penitent and Impenitent Conditions 119



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PROVERBS: Daily Wisdom - 365 Readings from the ESV Translation of Proverbs
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A WONDERFUL WAY TO BECOME A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE WISDOM FOUND IN PROVERBS.

The message of the Bible is God’s wisdom for sinful fools. From the first sin of Adam and Eve right up to the present time and on through history until the second coming of Christ, fallen humans foolishly choose their own way rather than gladly yielding to the wise ways of God in accord with how he has made the world to run. Mercifully, however, Jesus Christ “became to us wisdom from God” (1 Cor. 1:30). By faith alone his perfectly wise life becomes ours by sheer grace. Yet the question remains: as we move through this world as forgiven yet still inclined toward foolishness, how do we grow in wisdom?

The book of Proverbs exists to meet us at this point of need. Here wisdom comes to us in concentrated form. This tightly packed book is a treasure trove of help and counsel for any who will open up to it. Unfortunately, however, this book of the Bible is easily neglected. In many Bible reading plans, Proverbs is approached like other books of the Bible, with a whole chapter or two expected to be read in a single sitting. This way of reading Proverbs certainly has its benefits. But the proverbs are meant not to be quickly downloaded but to be slowly chewed on, meditated over, and considered in an unhurried way, one at a time.

For this reason we have created ESV Proverbs: Daily Wisdom, which provides brief portions of this book for independent readings. This edition is designed to take the reader through this book of the Bible in one year, as there are 365 readings; however, the readings are not given dates, so that the proverbs can be engaged however the reader wishes. If one desires to read the Proverbs according to date over the course of one year, a reading plan has been provided accordingly in the back of this book (pp. 210–213). In either case, Daily Wisdom is designed to supplement regular Bible reading. This brief, meditative time in Proverbs can be added meaningfully to fill out broader reading of Scripture. In this way we can continue to live in all the Bible while also growing, bit by bit and day by day, in divine wisdom.

It is our pleasure to offer to the church ESV Proverbs: Daily Wisdom, trusting that the Lord will draw you more deeply into the path of wisdom as you walk with him through the pages of Proverbs.

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MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for thirty years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

WE HAVE CHOSEN THIRTEEN VOLUMES OF SERMONS THAT DISPLAY THE POWER AND DIVERSITY OF THE PREACHING MINISTRY OF DR. MARTYN LLOYD-JONES

(1) THE GOSPEL IN GENESIS: From Fig Leaves to Faith ($18.00)

In this series of never-before-published sermons, beloved teacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones walks readers through the early chapters of Genesis. The Gospel in Genesis starts with the fall of man and ends with the call of Abram as it examines portions of chapters 3-12. Along the way Lloyd-Jones talks of serpents and sin, of the Word of God and the Babel of man. But the destination of The Gospel in Genesis is clear: readers will be moved from fig leaves in the garden to faith in the gospel.

Thus Lloyd-Jones preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ from the pages of Genesis. These nine sermons will snap nonbelievers out of their apathy toward God and will embolden believers to share the only gospel that offers answers to life's biggest questions.

(2) LIVING WATER: Studies in John 4 ($40.00)

This substantial volume includes more than fifty never-before-published expository sermons on John 4 from one of the twentieth century's greatest preachers.

It was just a conversation between two people by the side of a well in Samaria. One, a local woman, came to perform her daily task of drawing water. Another, a Jewish man tired from traveling, sat down for a drink. But he wasn't just any Jewish man, and this wasn't just any conversation. The man, Jesus, revealed himself as the Messiah, leading to the conversion of not only the Samaritan woman but many from her town.

Now, for the first time, fifty-six sermons by Martyn Lloyd-Jones on this passage of Scripture are available in Living Water. Lloyd-Jones, known for his ability to clearly communicate profound theological concepts, digs into this familiar passage from the fourth chapter of the Gospel of John, exposing fresh layers of truth. His perceptive analysis is helpful for all who thirst for the living water that only Jesus can provide.

(3) A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST: Studies in the Book of Hebrews ($20.00)

The book of Hebrews was written to magnify the supremacy of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and our Great High Priest. It exhorts and encourages the church to hold fast to its faith, persevering through persecution and trials because of the great salvation found in Christ. This collection pulls together sermons from Martyn Lloyd-Jones on the book of Hebrews, helping readers understand how it applies to their daily lives. Lloyd-Jones walks readers through Hebrews 2 and other important passages in this book, pointing Christians to their need of salvation and their identity as the people of God.

(4) LET NOT YOUR HEART BE TROUBLED: Studies on John 14:1-12 ($18.00)

In 1951, with the Second World War not long over and the menace of the Cold War generating anxiety in the West, Martyn Lloyd-Jones preached eight sermons on John 14:1-12 at Westminster Chapel in London.

These sermons, presented in Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, were intended to comfort, strengthen, and build up Christians in their "most holy faith" and to bring unbelievers to a knowledge of the only way men and women can face matters of life and death. Lloyd-Jones went through these verses carefully, showing that the way to deal with our fears is first to recognize and confront them and then to realize that the answer is only to be found in the great and unchanging truths of the gospel.

Pastors, Lloyd-Jones readers, and anyone needing encouragement will benefit from this work by one of the twentieth century's foremost preachers.

(5) EXPERIENCING THE NEW BIRTH: Studies in John 3 ($30.00)

Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, the famed Welsh minister, is widely hailed as one of the greatest preachers of the last 100 years. Over the course of his career, “the Doctor” preached 24 sermons on the third chapter of the Gospel of John. However, until now, these sermons have remained unpublished and largely out of reach of today’s Christians.

Reflecting on the powerful story of Jesus’s encounter with Nicodemus and what it means to be “born again,” this collection of biblical expositions highlights God’s stunning love for the world as expressed through his unique Son, Jesus Christ. Readers will be encouraged to turn to the One who promises eternal life to all who trust in him.

(6) THE ASSURANCE OF OUR SALVATION: Exploring the Depth of Jesus' Prayer for His Own, Studies in John 17 ($40.00)

Just hours before his betrayal and arrest, Jesus offered his famous High Priestly Prayer?one of the most intimate moments between Christ and his Father recorded in Scripture. John 17 has thus greatly encouraged Christians for millennia as it boldly affirms our connection to Christ.

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(7) SETTING OUR AFFECTIONS ON GLORY: Nine Sermons on the Gospel and the Church ($17.00)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones stands as one of the preeminent preachers of the 20th century. An ardent opponent of liberalism and a defender of orthodoxy, “The Doctor’s” legacy is still being felt today throughout the Protestant world. This collection of 9 previously unpublished sermons, originally delivered during his final visit to the United States, challenges us to reevaluate the focus of our lives and the object of our affections. Covering topics such as prayer, evangelism, and the church, this timely anthology serves as a wakeup call to the church, exhorting all of us to remain faithful to the Word of God and fostering a spirit of renewed devotional fervor.

(8) SEEKING THE FACE OF GOD: Nine Reflections on the Psalms ($18.00)

"One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to enquire in his temple."

-Psalm 27:4, KJV

The Psalms are treasures from those who earnestly sought the face of God. They are honest messages of sorrow, joy, praise, and wisdom from real people who experienced real struggles. In the psalmists' words we see their hearts open before God.

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Can we receive salvation from God unless we know what it is to repent? Is it possible for a person to be a Christian without true repentance?

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This moving study gives readers a fuller understanding of the importance of repentance both for the unsaved and for Christians. Enlightening and practical, Out of the Depths is necessary reading for the earnest seeker who wants to take that first step on the road to salvation, and for the troubled Christian desiring to find again the path to a restore relationship with God.

(10) THE CROSS: Studies on the Atonement of our Lord ($23.00)

"Superficial views of the work of Christ produce superficial human lives." Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Ever since his first sermon in 1925, Martyn Lloyd-Jones consistently emphasized the significance of Christ's sacrifice for our sake.

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The Cross explains how Christ's crucifixion works for our redemption, and why this even is the cornerstone of the Christian life.

From one of this century's greatest preachers, excellent reading for ministers and anyone seeking a closer walk with Christ. Meditative, easily understandable, and biblically sound.

(11) THE KINGDOM OF GOD: The Only Kingdom That Cannot Be Shaken ($20.00)

In a culture that views Christianity and the entire gospel message as a tedious religion or just a set of social mores, Lloyd-Jones acts as a herald to bring readers back to the basics. In describing what the kingdom of God is, Lloyd-Jones expresses the importance of looking back to Jesus, living a life dependent on him, and looking toward a future with God.

First preached in the 1960s, a time of widespread doubt and uncertainty much like our own, these twelve sermons unfold the necessity and beauty of Scripture, the truth of what our hearts look like when we understand what the kingdom of God really is, and practical suggestions on how our lives have been changed by that truth. Anyone desiring to uncover-or rediscover-the heart of the Christian faith will be blessed by reading this book.

(12) REVIVAL: The Only Hope for the World with Foreword by J.I. Packer ($30.00)

In every era the church needs revival—certainly today as much as ever. And in the heart of every committed Christian there is the longing for personal revival—to know the quality and depths of spiritual reality, and the presence of God in one's personal life.

This was the deepest desire of Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, one of the great 20th-century Bible expositors. It was also the purpose behind this series of messages which were first given on the 100th anniversary of the Great Revival which started in Wales, and swept across England and throughout the United States and to the far corners of the world. As Dr. Lloyd-Jones recognized, it is a rare time in the history of the church when there is a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit— and a time of special interest of every Christian who longs for revival today.

As Dr. J. I. Packer writes in his foreword, Dr. Lloyd-Jones believed in "the necessity of revival—that is, a quickening divine visitation—as the only vent that can avert ultimate spiritual disaster. The thrustful urgency of the sermons in this book testifies to the depth of his conviction that without revival in the church there is really no hope for the Western world at all."

Dr. Lloyd-Jones deftly draws principles from the lives of Old and New Testament characters as well as expounding some of the great prayers of the Bible. Clearly and forcefully, he presents a masterful exposition of the circumstances accompanying revival in the past, why each generation needs it, and how it will come about today. We must come to the sovereign God, forsake our sin, and wait upon Him for this special, essential outpouring. God, bring us revival!

(13) THE PLIGHT OF MAN AND THE POWER OF GOD ($12.00)

Martyn Lloyd-Jones' preaching always had an emphasis on the desperate plight of man and the power of God to save. His preaching was crystal clear on the sovereignty of God in the salvation of sinners, a concept that does not sit comfortably in our day of pragmatism, programs and self-help books. Nevertheless it remains at the core of what the world needs to hear. Based on Romans chapter 1, this wonderful book will help you understand what the gospel is. As we live in a world that seems to be spiraling out of control, you will want to hear this message again and again.

The Religious History of Mankind

Religion and Morality

The Nature of Sin

The Wrath of God

The Only Solution



Martyn Lloyd-Jones (1899–1981), minister of Westminster Chapel in London for thirty years, was one of the foremost preachers of his day. His many books have brought profound spiritual encouragement to millions around the world.

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THE HEART IN PILGRIMMAGE: A Treasury of Classic Devotionals on the Christian Life
Leland Ryken

A Beautiful Collection of 50 Classic Devotionals

Christians throughout the ages have written devotionals as a way to bend their souls toward God and teach about him, communicating rich truths and encouraging readers to grow in grace and godliness. In this collection of 50 devotionals and creeds by figures such as Augustine, John Calvin, and Nathaniel Hawthorne, literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to insightful selections of their classic writings. Each entry contains a devotional passage from a historical figure, analysis by Ryken, and a concluding Bible passage that sums up the devotional passage and its analysis. Literary-inclined readers and first-time devotional readers alike will relish this one-of-a-kind anthology carefully compiled to help them encounter God in fresh ways.

Written by Leland Ryken: A literary expert with over 50 years of teaching experience

Perfect for Daily Devotions: With a ribbon marker to keep your place in the book, each entry includes a historical devotional passage, analysis by Ryken, and a concluding Bible passage

Features 50 Devotionals and Creeds from Church History: Features writers such as John Calvin, Jonathan Edwards, George MacDonald, Thomas à Kempis, Jane Austen, and J. I. Packer

Editor’s Introduction

1. Finding Rest for Our Restless Heart: Augustine

2. How Jesus Is Our Hero: Gerard Manley Hopkins

3. Exhortation to Christlike Living: Florence Nightingale

4. For Whom the Bell Tolls: John Donne

5. Communing with God through Nature: George Washington Carver

6. Preface to Galatians: Martin Luther

7. Waiting on God: Andrew Murray

8. The Foundational Principles of the Christian Life: The Westminster and Heidelberg Catechisms

9. The Imitation of Christ: Thomas à Kempis

10. Two Prayers: Samuel Johnson

11. Jesus Our Guide and Guardian: John Henry Newman

12. Bidding Prayer: Lessons and Carols

13. True and Substantial Wisdom: John Calvin

14. What Christians Believe: The Apostles’ Creed

15. Following the Steps of the Master: Harriet Beecher Stowe

16. A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life: William Law

17. Practicing the Presence of God: Brother Lawrence

18. The Saints’ Everlasting Rest: Richard Baxter

19. What Makes the Bible the Greatest Book: Samuel Taylor Coleridge

20. Holy Living: Jeremy Taylor

21. Earthly and Divine Beauty: Jonathan Edwards

22. The Morning Prayer: The Book of Common Prayer

23. Reflections on the Supreme Loveliness of Christ: Dostoyevsky, Edwards, and Watson

24. On Loving God: Bernard of Clairvaux

25. The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment: Jeremiah Burroughs

26. Nature as God’s Signpost: Nathaniel Hawthorne

27. Thoughts on the Mission and Greatness of Jesus: Blaise Pascal

28. Holy Dying: Jeremy Taylor

29. Trusting and Praising God in Extremity: William Bradford

30. Evening Prayer: Jane Austen

31. What the Bible Means to a Believer: The Geneva Bible and King James Version

32. The Almost Christian: John Wesley

33. The Estate of Marriage: Martin Luther

34. Death as a Welcome Sleep: John Donne

35. Morning and Evening: Charles Spurgeon

36. The Mystery of Providence: John Flavel

37. The Believer’s New Name: George MacDonald

38. Reflections on Mortality and Immortality: The Prayer Book’s Burial Service

39. The World as the Theater of God’s Glory: John Calvin

40. Holiness: J. C. Ryle

41. Death Is the Gate of Life: Lilias Trotter

42. Three Puritan Exhortations to Remember God’s Visitations: Bunyan, Baxter, and Pringle

43. A Believer’s Last Day Is His Best Day: Thomas Brooks

44. Charity and Its Fruits: Jonathan Edwards

45. Reflections on Providence: The Westminster Confession and Heidelberg Catechism

46. The Pursuit of God: A. W. Tozer

47. The Care of the Soul Urged as the One Thing Needful: George Whitefield

48. Edification from Last Wills and Testaments: Shakespeare, Park, and Keayne

49. All Things Shall Be Well: Julian of Norwich

50. Knowing God: J. I. Packer

Notes on Sources

Person Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Having already opened the eyes of the body of Christ to its treasury of devotional poetry in The Soul in Paraphrase, Leland Ryken now widens our vision to take in the depth and breadth of two millennia of devotional prose. Running the gamut from the giants of the genre (Augustine, John Donne, Jonathan Edwards, Martin Luther, Brother Lawrence, Blaise Pascal, Julian of Norwich, Bernard of Clairvaux) to writers we do not usually identify with devotional writing (Florence Nightingale, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George MacDonald, Jane Austen, George Washington Carver), The Heart in Pilgrimage conducts its readers on a spiritual journey that is well worth taking.” -Louis Markos, Professor in English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University; author, The Myth Made Fact: Reading Greek and Roman Mythology through Christian Eyes

“This collection gives the gift of informed access to a great mixed chorus of voices with often surprising words that prick our imaginations and our hearts of faith. Even as we read and celebrate a glorious heritage of devotional expression, we are drawn ultimately to worship the glorious Lord God of the Scriptures who created us human beings and redeemed us through his Son.” -Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker

“This is an edifying volume of diverse devotional texts skillfully excerpted and each followed by a brief overview. The texts span centuries, and Ryken’s editing makes them very accessible. The texts are marked by artful and clear expression, and all invite readers to open their hearts to God and experience his grace.” -James C. Wilhoit, Professor of Christian Education Emeritus, Wheaton College

“Whenever I am asked to recommend a volume that combines literary study with sound Christian teaching, I recommend Leland Ryken. His new collection of rich devotional literature will move to the top of my list of recommended works. The Heart in Pilgrimage is a treasury of wisdom and beauty to which readers will return again and again.” -Karen Swallow Prior, author, On Reading Well: Finding the Good Life through Great Books

“Like cool water to a parched throat, Leland Ryken has produced a soul-quenching gift with this collection of devotionals. Filled with beautiful writing devoted to an even more beautiful subject, The Heart in Pilgrimage delivers the truths of the Christian faith through masterful expression, promising to awaken fresh affections for the Lord among believers of every stripe.” -Collin Huber, Senior Editor, Fathom Magazine

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly fifty years. He served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible and has authored or edited over sixty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible.

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THE SOUL IN PARAPHRASE: A Treasury of Classic Devotional Poems
Leland Ryken

Christians throughout the ages have written poetry as a way to commune with and teach about God, communicating rich truths and enduring beauty through their art. These poems, when read devotionally, provide a unique way for Christians to deepen their spiritual insight and experience. In this collection of over 90 poems by poets such as Emily Dickinson, T. S. Eliot, Ralph Waldo Emerson, Robert Frost, William Shakespeare, and over 30 more, literary expert Leland Ryken introduces readers to the best of the best in devotional poetry, providing commentary that helps them see and appreciate not only the literary beauty of these poems but also the spiritual truths they contain. Literary-inclined readers and first-time poetry readers alike will relish this one-of-a-kind anthology carefully compiled to help them encounter God in fresh ways.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Editor's Introduction

Caedmon's Hymn (Caedmon)

The Dream of the Rood (Anonymous)

O What Their Joy and Their Glory Must Be (Abelard)

Canticle of the Sun (St. Francis)

Sunset on Calvary (Anonymous)

I Sing of a Maiden (Anonymous)

Hand in Hand We Shall Take (Anonymous)

Leave Me, O Love, Which Reachest but to Dust (Sidney)

Most Glorious Lord of Life (Spenser)

O Gracious Shepherd (Constable)

When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes (Shakespeare)

That Time of Year Thou Mayest in Me Behold (Shakespeare)

Let Me Not to the Marriage of True Minds Admit Impediments (Shakespeare)

Poor Soul, the Center of My Sinful Earth (Shakespeare)

The Quality of Mercy Is Not Strained (Shakespeare)

Yet If His Majesty (Anonymous)

Thou Hast Made Me, and Shall Thy Work Decay? (Donne)

As Due by Many Titles I Resign (Donne)

Oh My Black Soul (Donne)

This Is My Play's Last Scene (Donne)

At the Round Earth's Imagined Corners (Donne)

Death, Be Not Proud (Donne)

Spit in My Face, You Jews (Donne)

Batter My Heart (Donne)

Wilt Thou Love God as He Thee? (Donne)

A Hymn on the Nativity of My Savior (Jonson)

Aaron (Herbert)

Redemption (Herbert)

Prayer (Herbert)

Virtue (Herbert)

The Pulley (Herbert)

The Agony (Herbert)

Love (Herbert)

The Twenty-Third Psalm (Herbert)

The Elixir (Herbert)

Easter (Herbert)

The Collar (Herbert)

Sunday (Herbert)

He Bore Our Griefs (Revius)

His Savior's Words, Going to the Cross (Herrick)

His Litany to the Holy Spirit (Herrick)

On Time (Milton)

How Soon Hath Time (Milton)

Lady That in the Prime of Earliest Youth (Milton)

When Faith and Love (Milton)

Avenge, O Lord, Thy Slaughtered Saints (Milton)

When I Consider How My Light Is Spent (Milton)

Methought I Saw My Late Espouséd Saint (Milton)

Greatly Instructed I Shall Hence Depart (Milton)

Verses upon the Burning of our House (Bradstreet)

Poverty (Traherne)

Peace (Vaughan)

Easter Hymn (Vaughan)

The Dawning (Vaughan)

The Waterfall (Vaughan)

They Are All Gone into the World of Light (Vaughan)

When in Mid-Air, the Golden Trump Shall Sound (Dryden)

Veni, Creator Spiritus ["Come, Creator Spirit"] (Dryden)

The Spacious Firmament on High (Addison)

When Rising from the Bed of Death (Addison)

The Dying Christian to His Soul (Pope)

Huswifery (Taylor)

Infinity, When All Things It Beheld (Taylor)

The Resignation (Chatterton)

The Lamb (Blake)

And Did Those Feet (Blake)

The Destruction of Sennacherib (Byron)

Lines Written in Early Spring (Wordsworth)

Earth Has Not Anything to Show More Fair (Wordsworth)

To a Waterfowl (Bryant)

The Snow-Storm (Emerson)

Strong Son of God, Immortal Love (Tennyson)

Crossing the Bar (Tennyson)

In the Bleak Midwinter (Rossetti)

Good Friday (Rossetti)

Up-Hill (Rossetti)

Pied Beauty (Hopkins)

Spring (Hopkins)

The Windhover (Hopkins)

God’s Grandeur (Hopkins)

O World Invisible, We View Thee (Thompson)

A Prayer in Spring (Frost)

Journey of the Magi (Eliot)

Two Poems on Death and Immortality (Dickinson)

Nature as God's Revelation (Lanier and Coleridge)

Sunday Worship (Smart and Coleridge)

Christmas Day (Anonymous and Milton)

Nature as a Religious Experience (Wordsworth)

The Consolations of Providence (Milton and Shakespeare)

Certainty of Faith (Brontë and Dickinson)

Our Only Secure Home (Anonymous)

Biographical Notes

Sources and Acknowledgments

Scripture Index

Person Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Leland Ryken has performed a great service by gathering these poems into a volume that yields counsel, challenge, and comfort to Christians of all stripes. These poems will be faithful companions to every thoughtful believer.” -Alan Jacobs, Distinguished Professor of Humanities, Honors College, Baylor University

“Leland Ryken has gifted us with a much-needed anthology that not only presents the finest devotional poetry in English, but provides incisive commentary that allows the reader to understand each poem’s various layers of meaning and to participate in its wrestling with God, faith, and the human condition.” -Louis Markos, Professor of English and Scholar in Residence, Houston Baptist University; author, From Achilles to Christ and Literature: A Student’s Guide

“Leland Ryken’s The Soul in Paraphrase is a stunning collection of timeless devotional poems that—just like the Bible—rewards the patient, careful reader. Every Christian should add this volume to their library, enjoying it slowly and savoring its riches in the daily rhythms of devotional life.” -Brett McCracken, Senior Editor, The Gospel Coalition; author, Uncomfortable and Hipster Christianity

“This timeless treasury reads like a devotional on devotional poetry. With the fruits of a long career served in the love of God and of literature, Leland Ryken informs and illumines each poem’s contribution to the thoughtful Christian’s pursuit of beauty, grace, and truth. Perfect as a guide or a gift.” -Carolyn Weber, Faculty Member, Brescia University College, Western University, London, Ontario; author, Surprised by Oxford and Holy Is the Day

“I have long desired a book just like this fine collection of poems. I am constantly seeking to encourage prospective pastors, teachers, and Christians in the church to read good poetry. Leland Ryken has compiled exactly what I need: a treasury of great devotional poems that I can regularly recommend to others. He includes many of my own favorites by Shakespeare, Donne, Herbert, Hopkins, and Eliot, so I was fascinated to read his valuable commentaries introducing those poems. He has also chosen less familiar works, making this a book I will return to again and again. Thank you for such an excellent work!” - Jerram Barrs, Resident Scholar, The Francis Schaeffer Institute; Professor of Christian Studies and Contemporary Culture, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Leland Ryken is a leading literary scholar of our time, and in these pages offers a timeless collection that couldn’t be timelier. The Soul in Paraphrase presents masterful poems that nourish heart, mind, and soul, along with commentary that is learned, lucid, and inviting. This is a volume that will delight poetry enthusiasts and skeptics alike.” -Karen Swallow Prior, Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture, Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, On Reading Well

“Some of the most profound devotional exercises—perhaps second only to the reading of Scripture—come from reading and contemplating Christian poetry. But readers today are ill-equipped to do so, knowing poetry only as either greeting-card verse or undecipherable puzzles. In this collection, Leland Ryken, the dean of Christian literary scholars, gives back to contemporary Christians their rich literary heritage. First, he selects works of the highest aesthetic and spiritual quality; and, second, he offers brief commentary that unpacks each poem’s meaning, artistry, and theological depths. In showing how poetry is a ‘trap for meditation’ (as Denis de Rougemont called it), Ryken has given us a resource that will greatly enhance our Christian devotions.” -Gene Edward Veith Jr., author, Loving God with All Your Mind and Post-Christian

“For most modern people, poetry is hard to read and not immediately rewarding. And yet, it is precisely that difficulty and the contemplation that it requires that makes reading poetry such a valuable exercise in a world of distractions. Leland Ryken has produced a volume that will aid Christians, even those not well versed in poetry, in delighting in the rich history of devotional poetry.” -O. Alan Noble, Assistant Professor of English, Oklahoma Baptist University; author, Disruptive Witness

Leland Ryken (PhD, University of Oregon) served as professor of English at Wheaton College for nearly fifty years. He served as literary stylist for the English Standard Version Bible and has authored or edited over sixty books, including The Word of God in English and A Complete Handbook of Literary Forms in the Bible.

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SCRIBES & SCRIPTURE: The Amazing Story of How we Got The Bible
John D. Meade & Peter J. Gurry

Answers to Common Questions about the Writing, Copying, Canonizing, and Translating of the Bible

There are many common questions and misconceptions surrounding the formation and history of the Bible: Why is the Bible composed of the current 66 books instead of others? Why are there so many translations? How are we to understand both the human and divine elements of the Bible? In Scribes and Scripture, scholars John D. Meade and Peter J. Gurry answer these questions and give readers tools to interpret the evidence about God’s word.

Beginning with the history of the Bible—from the invention of the alphabet to the most recent English translations—the book focuses on three main areas: the writing and copying of the Bible, the canonization of the Bible, and the translation of the Bible. Using Old and New Testament scholarship, Meade and Gurry help God’s people better appreciate the story of the Bible as a way to better appreciate the stories in the Bible.

Engaging Visual Content: Contains maps, charts, sidebars, and pictures

Collaboration of Old Testament and New Testament Scholarship: Written by experts in both Old Testament (Meade) and New Testament (Gurry) textual scholarship

Answers Common Questions: Specifically regarding textual criticism, the canon, and Bible translations

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Illustrations

Preface

Introduction

Part 1: Text

Chapter 1: Writing the Bible

Chapter 2: Copying the Old Testament

Chapter 3: Copying the New Testament

Part 2: Canon

Chapter 4: Canonizing the Old Testament to the Reformation

Chapter 5: The Old Testament in the Reformation Period

Chapter 6: Canonizing the New Testament

Part 3: Translation

Chapter 7: Early and Medieval Bible Translation

Chapter 8: English Bible Translation to the King James

Chapter 9: The English Bible after the King James

Conclusion

Appendix 1: Modern Canons

Appendix 2: Early Christian Canon Lists

Glossary

Illustration Credits

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Questions proliferate today on the Bible as scholars, and even laypeople, debate whether the Scriptures were accurately copied and transmitted, whether the books accepted as canonical are the right ones, and whether our many translations are accurate or needed. Meade and Gurry give us a sane and responsible tour on all these questions. One of the striking features of the book is its fairness and its reasonableness. No book, of course, is written without a perspective, but Meade and Gurry aren’t trying to win a debate or to demonize opponents. They carefully present and analyze the evidence so that readers can make their own judgments. I can’t think of another book that introduces in such a brief and illuminating way matters of text, canon, and translation.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“This is the book I've been waiting for! With skeptical claims against the Bible readily available online, this book will be a resource I will refer to again and again. Looking for an accessible yet thorough explanation of how you got your Bible? Look no further than Scribes and Scripture.” -Alisa Childers, author, Another Gospel? and Live Your Truth and Other Lies; Host, The Alisa Childers Podcast

“Many Christians love the Bible and yet know little of the fascinating story of what happened between its original composition and the book we can hold in our hands today. In Scribes and Scripture, John Meade and Peter Gurry provide a succinct and yet amazingly detailed overview of how the Bible was written and copied, canonized, and translated. This book will enable Christians to understand why Protestants have a different canon than Roman Catholics and the Eastern Orthodox. It will teach them how to respond to secular critics who claim the Bible has been hopelessly corrupted over time or that the process of canonization was the arbitrary result of power struggles in the early church. And it will encourage them that we can trust our Bibles without ignoring or downplaying the messy realities of scribal errors, variant manuscripts, or disagreements about canonicity in the church. Properly considered, these ‘human’ elements in the story of the Bible in no way detract from the Bible’s authority as the word of God. I enthusiastically recommend this timely, unique, wise, and God-honoring book to anyone who wonders how we have received the Bible we have today. It will be the first book I recommend on the subject to any curious inquirer.” -Gavin Ortlund, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai; author, Finding the Right Hills to Die On

“Misconceptions and myths about the Bible’s origins lead many to reject it and continue to confuse sincere believers. Now, at last, we have a book that shatters these misconceptions. This impressively informative book is based on solid scholarship, yet it is accessible, easy to read, and profitable for any reader at any level. Not for a generation have we seen such a helpful book on this topic! I heartily recommend it to everyone.” -Peter J. Gentry, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Old Testament and Senior Research Fellow of the Text & Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary

“The history of the Bible is complex: it involves multiple languages (ancient and modern), and it divides into two very much distinct (but also overlapping) branches we call the Old and New Testaments. Christians need trusted guides to lead us through that history. This is why I am so grateful for the work of Old Testament specialist John Meade, New Testament specialist Peter Gurry, and their Text & Canon Institute. They represent the newest generation of evangelical historians of the Bible, and they are both able and eager to keep a foot in the academy and a foot in the church. There are many threats to the orthodox viewpoint on text, canon, and translation. Scribes and Scripture is their attempt to serve the church by guiding Christians toward an accurate and faith-filled grasp of the Bible’s history.” -Mark Ward, Editor, Bible Study Magazine; author, Authorized: The Use and Misuse of the King James Bible

John D. Meade (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is professor of Old Testament and codirector of the Text & Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary. He is the coauthor of The Biblical Canon Lists from Early Christianity: Texts and Analysis and the author of A Critical Edition of the Hexaplaric Fragments of Job 22–42. He and his wife, Annie, have four children and are members at Camelback Bible Church.

Peter J. Gurry (PhD, University of Cambridge) is associate professor of New Testament and codirector of the Text & Canon Institute at Phoenix Seminary. He is the author of A Critical Examination of the Coherence-Based Genealogical Method in New Testament Textual Criticism. He and his wife, Kris, have six children and are members at Whitton Avenue Bible Church.

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THE DOCTRINE ON WHICH THE CHURCH STANDS OR FALLS: Justification in Biblical, Theological, Historical and Pastoral Perspective
edited by Matthew Barrett with Foreword by D.A. Carson

Many factors contributed to the Protestant Reformation, but one of the most significant was the debate over the doctrine of justification by faith alone. In fact, Martin Luther argued that justification is the doctrine on which the church stands or falls. This comprehensive volume of 26 essays from a host of scholars explores the doctrine of justification from the lenses of history, the Bible, theology, and pastoral practice—revealing the enduring significance of this pillar of Protestant theology.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Illustrations

Foreword (D. A. Carson)

Abbreviations

Introduction

The Foolishness of Justification (Matthew Barrett)

PART ONE

Justification in Biblical Perspective

“He Believed the Lord” The Pedigree of Justification in the Pentateuch (Stephen Dempster)

Singing and Living Justification by Faith Alone: The Psalms and the Wisdom Literature (Allan Harman)

Salvation Is the Lord’s: Prophetic Perspectives (Willem VanGemeren)

Setting the Record Straight: Second Temple Judaism and Works Righteousness (Robert J. Cara)

What Does Justification Have to Do with the Gospels? (Brian Vickers)

The Righteous God Righteously Righteouses the Unrighteous: Justification according to Romans (Andrew David Naselli)

By Grace You Have Been Saved through Faith: Justification in the Pauline Epistles (Brandon Crowe)

An Epistle of Straw? Reconciling James and Paul (Dan McCartney)

The New Quest for Paul: A Critique of the New Perspective on Paul (Timo Laato)

What’s Next? Justification after the New Perspective (David A. Shaw)

PART TWO

Justification in Theological Perspective

“Behold, the Lamb of God” Theology Proper and the Inseparability of Penal-Substitutionary Atonement from Forensic Justification and Imputation (Stephen J. Wellum)

Raised for Our Justification: The Christological, Covenantal, Forensic, and Eschatological Contours of an Ambiguous Relationship (Matthew Barrett)

The Theology of Justification by Faith: The Theological Case for Sola Fide (Mark Thompson)

The Passive and Active Obedience of Christ: Retrieving a Biblical Distinction (Brandon Crowe)

A Contested Union: Union with Christ and the Justification Debate (David VanDrunen)

Faith Works: Properly Understanding the Relationship between Justification and Sanctification (R. Lucas Stamps)

Justification, the Law, and the New Covenant (Jason Meyer)

PART THREE

Justification in Church History

Reformation Invention or Historic Orthodoxy? Justification in the Fathers (Gerald Bray)

The Evolution of Justification: Justification in the Medieval Traditions (Nick Needham)

Can This Bird Fly? The Reformation as Reaction to the Via Moderna’s Covenantal, Voluntarist Justification Theology (Matthew Barrett)

The First and Chief Article: Luther’s Discovery of Sola Fide and Its Controversial Reception in Lutheranism (Korey Maas)

The Ground of Religion: Justification according to the Reformed Tradition (J. V. Fesko)

Not by Faith Alone? An Analysis of the Roman Catholic Doctrine of Justification from Trent to the Joint Declaration (Leonardo De Chirico)

The Eclipse of Justification: Justification during the Enlightenment and Post-Enlightenment Eras (Bruce P. Baugus)

PART FOUR

Justification in Pastoral Practice

Justification and Conversion: Attractions and Repulsions to Rome (Chris Castaldo)

The Ground on Which We Stand: The Necessity of Justification for Pastoral Ministry (Sam Storms)

Contributors

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“The tide is definitely turning. No longer can it be taken for granted that the New Perspective has the last word on the ‘chief article.’ With essays by specialists in various fields, this volume is a wonderful defense of the gospel, and I heartily recommend it.” -Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“A thoughtful, thorough, and important set of essays on the current ‘state of the union’ on the perennial issue of justification by faith. The introductory essay by Matthew Barrett is worth the price of admission itself—outlining in detail the wide range of biblical-theological issues at stake in the current discussions about the nature of justification, now forty years on from the advent of the New Perspective on Paul. It is hard to imagine a single volume covering virtually every single aspect of the controversy surrounding Protestant—and, to a lesser extent, Roman Catholic—scholarship on the doctrine, but this large collection of essays comes very close. This volume reflects well a core conviction throughout Reformed Protestantism that the Word must be heard afresh in every generation, most especially because it is the Word of Life. This book also takes seriously and graciously the voices of opposition. If you want to dive deep into the doctrine of justification, this volume ought to be at the top of your list.” -Richard Lints, Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology, Provost Emeritus, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

“The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls is a sterling contribution to a biblically informed, theologically deep, historically sensitive, and pastorally astute engagement with the doctrine of justification by faith alone—sola fide. Controversies past and present relating to the doctrine are deftly explored, whether it is the Council of Trent on view or the New Perspective on Paul or the apocalyptic reading of Paul. An invaluable resource and stimulus to careful thought about a crucial doctrine provided by a galaxy of eminently able scholars.” -Graham A. Cole, Emeritus Dean and Emeritus Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, He Who Gives Life and Faithful Theology

“Into a world literally hell-bent on self-justification through better performance, the biblical doctrine of justification of sinners through faith in Jesus Christ brings a refreshing, ever re-creating breeze. In this volume, twenty-seven essays examine this doctrine from exegetical, systematic, historical, and practical perspectives. The authors stimulate readers to return to the rich resources of Scripture and enable them to proclaim God’s way of restoring sinners to their God-given relationship with their Creator. This volume provides readers with insights mined from the Bible and from the pastoral needs of people today, aiding personal reflection and material for bringing the saving presence of Christ into everyday life.” -Robert Kolb, Emeritus Professor of Systematic Theology, Concordia Seminary

“The breadth and depth of this new work on justification is quite astonishing. An array of scholars from various backgrounds assess the biblical witness, the theological profile, the historical backdrop, and the pastoral application of justification. A most impressive achievement.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“We’ve just celebrated the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation and at the same time have passed through about fifty years of questioning (and reformulation) of the classic Reformation doctrine of justification by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone. This makes The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls timely indeed. As someone who has been engaged in both the academic and ecclesiastical defense of the historic Reformation doctrine, I welcome this sturdy volume. I have already learned much from the authors and will return to this book again as a resource as I continue to explain and address this crucial topic.” -Ligon Duncan, Chancellor and CEO, Reformed Theological Seminary

“With a distinguished cast of scholars representing a wide range of competencies and traditions, this book ices the cake of the five hundredth anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. Not only are the biblical data (Old and New Testaments) and Second Temple writings thoroughly covered, topics like the New Perspective, justification in Patristic writings, the Reformation, Roman Catholic teaching on justification, and justification since the rise of the Enlightenment all come under careful scrutiny. No new book can be declared a classic. Yet in an era when post-Christian Westerners—even in the church—have tended to devalue doctrine in exchange for the worship of experience, this book’s timely and skilled affirmations of doctrine generally and justification in particular make it a contender for classic status in coming years. It will not only inform but reinvigorate all careful readers desiring to plumb the depths of justification’s priceless truth.” -Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary

“Thoroughly rooted in Scripture and classical Protestant theology, the essayists in The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls passionately and accessibly demonstrate the truth manifest in the classical Reformers’ commendation of the doctrine of justification by grace alone: God imputes Christ’s righteousness to sinners for Jesus’s sake. In light of current obfuscations of this doctrine from so many quarters—misplaced ecumenism, liberal Protestantism, and faulty exegesis—this book is a welcome, indeed vital, resource for all gospel preachers and teachers. This volume promises to carry forward the achievements of the Reformers beyond the five hundredth anniversary of the Reformation to future generations.” -Mark Mattes, Department Chair and Professor of Theology and Philosophy, Grand View University

“Justification is ‘the heart of the matter,’ as Luther called it in his debate with Erasmus. Faith, church, and theology all depend on this doctrine. This topic thus needs attention and—although it sounds odd—deserves a great book like this one edited by Matthew Barrett. The wide spectrum of issues surrounding justification is opened up by a team of top scholars and is written down in a clear and sound biblical style. This book is a very helpful guide for students and pastors but will also help the Christian church rediscover why there is a church and what her core business is all about.” -Herman Selderhuis, President, Theological University Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; Director, Refo500; President, Reformation Research Consortium

“The doctrine of justification by faith alone was not invented by the Reformers of the sixteenth century, but it was the centerpiece of their program to renew the church on the basis of the Word of God. It remains no less crucial today. I welcome this new collection of essays—scholarly, substantial, engaging—which moves the discussion forward in a helpful way.” -Timothy George, Distinguished Professor of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University

“The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls is a robust survey of the doctrine of justification. Assembled is an outstanding team of scholars and pastors whose research and reflection afford rich fare to readers hungering to know more of the grace of justification. Whether you want to know more of the doctrine’s foundations in biblical teaching, the relationship of justification to other theological doctrines, the ways in which the doctrine has been formulated throughout the history of the church, the ancient and modern controversies and disagreements concerning the doctrine, or justification’s implications for Christian life and ministry, you will find yourself informed and challenged by the servings of this volume. The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls is nothing less than a full-course meal, well served. Bon appétit!” -Guy Prentiss Waters, James M. Baird, Jr. Professor of New Testament and Academic Dean, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson

“How can a person be right with God? In this stellar, well-conceived volume, the contributors’ collective answer to this question is, ‘One is right with God only by trusting in the righteousness of another, namely, in the sinless substitute, Christ Jesus, alone’—the ‘great exchange.’ In this, they stand in a powerful biblical and historical tradition, as the volume amply demonstrates. Highly recommended!”

Andreas J. Köstenberger,

“Obscuring the doctrine of justification has been one of the devil’s most effective weapons against the church. This landmark study calls us back to a God-glorifying, loving, missional faith in the God who justifies. As justification depends on and determines so much of life and theology, it is only fitting that this book so ably incorporates wide-ranging exegesis, church history, doctrine, and pastoralia. I warmly commend it to all who wish to be better equipped for life and ministry.” -Peter Sanlon, Director of Training, The Free Church of England

“Intrinsic to the heart of the Protestant tradition is the confession of justification by faith alone. Rooted in the Reformation response to the faith-and-works orientation of the basis of salvation, this doctrine has been rightly seen as utterly biblical. Matthew Barrett also knows that this core doctrine of true Christianity can never be taken for granted—hence this excellent treatment of what this doctrine entails and how it relates to other areas of the Christian life. Warmly recommended.” -Michael A. G. Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“In The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls, Matthew Barrett and more than twenty other capable and gifted thinkers have offered a thorough and persuasive case for the doctrine of justification by grace through faith. Exploring this vital theological concept from the perspective of the Hebrew Scriptures, the teaching of the New Testament, and the history of Christian doctrine, as well as from the vantage point of systematic and pastoral theology, the authors offer a comprehensive and symphonic chorus for readers of this outstanding volume. The exposition, explication, and application of this essential Christian teaching found in this impressive book should become essential reading for theologians, biblical scholars, pastors, students, and interested laypersons. Barrett is to be commended and congratulated for putting together this much-needed work at this important time.” -David S. Dockery, Distinguished Professor of Theology, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Since justification by grace alone through faith alone on account of Christ alone is truly that doctrine on which Christ’s church stands or falls, this wonderful doctrine cannot be studied enough or too deeply. Barrett has assembled a solid group of faithful and first-rate scholars to tackle this subject from biblical, theological, historical, and pastoral perspectives. While some ask the question, ‘Why the Reformation?’ this volume provides the answer. This is the doctrine by which the church stands or falls because this doctrine is the gospel! A feast awaits the reader.” -Kim Riddlebarger, Senior Pastor, Christ Reformed Church, Anaheim, California

“Looking at this substantial work, the expression ‘kid in a candy store’ comes to mind—at least if the candy you seek is a thorough, in-depth, sophisticated, and biblically faithful treatment of the doctrine of justification. I commend Matthew Barrett for assembling a team of exceedingly competent biblical scholars, church historians, and theologians who have canvassed this enormously important doctrine from multiple angles, theoretical and practical. I highly recommend this book to scholars and pastors alike who are looking for the latest thinking on justification from an orthodox Protestant perspective. This book has it all!” -Alan W. Gomes, Professor of Theology, Talbot School of Theology; Senior Research Fellow, Phoenix Seminary


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THE RISE AND TRIUMPH OF THE MODERN SELF: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution
CARL TRUEMAN with Foreword by Rod Dreher

“Carl Trueman explains modernity to the church, with depth, clarity, and force. The significance of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self . . . is hard to overstate.”

—Rod Dreher, from the Foreword

Modern culture is obsessed with identity. Since the landmark Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision in 2015, sexual identity has dominated both public discourse and cultural trends—yet no historical phenomenon is its own cause. From Augustine to Marx, various views and perspectives have contributed to the modern understanding of the self.

In this timely book, Carl Trueman analyzes the development of the sexual revolution as a symptom—rather than the cause—of the human search for identity. Trueman surveys the past, brings clarity to the present, and gives guidance for the future as Christians navigate the culture in humanity’s ever-changing quest for identity.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Rod Dreher

Preface

Introduction

Part 1: Architecture of the Revolution

Reimagining the Self

Reimagining Our Culture

Part 2: Foundations of the Revolution

The Other Genevan: Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Foundations of Modern Selfhood

Unacknowledged Legislators: Wordsworth, Shelley, and Blake

The Emergence of Plastic People: Nietzsche, Marx, and Darwin

Epilogue to Part 2: Reflections on the Foundations of the Revolution

Part 3: Sexualization of the Revolution

Sigmund Freud, Civilization, and Sex

The New Left and the Politicization of Sex

Epilogue to Part 3: Reflections on the Sexualization of the Revolution

Part 4: Triumphs of the Revolution

The Triumph of the Erotic

The Triumph of the Therapeutic

The Triumph of the T

Epilogue to Part 4: Reflections on the Triumphs of the Revolution

Concluding Unscientific Prologue

Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“I don’t think there will be a better-researched or more fascinating book in all of 2020.” Tim Challies, blogger, Challies.com

“This is a characteristically brilliant book by Carl Trueman, helping the church understand why people believe that sexual difference is a matter of psychological choice. Indeed, Trueman shows how the story we tell ourselves about normalized LGBTQ+ values is false and foolish. With wisdom and clarity, Trueman guides readers through the work of Charles Taylor, Philip Rieff, British Romantic poets, and Continental philosophers to trace the history of expressive individualism from the eighteenth century to the present. The rejection of mimesis (finding excellence by imitating something greater than yourself) for poiesis (finding authenticity by inventing yourself on your own terms), in addition to the Romantic movement’s welding of sexual expression as a building block of political liberation, ushers in the modern LGBTQ+ movement as if on cue. This book reveals how important it is for thinking Christians to distinguish virtue from virtue signaling. The former makes you brave; the latter renders you a man pleaser, which is a hard line to toe in a world where there are so few real men left to please.” Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

“Moderns, especially Christian moderns, wonder how our society arrived at this strange moment when nearly everything about the self and sexuality that our grandparents believed is ridiculed. This genealogy of culture, clearly and elegantly written, will help all of us understand how we got to where we are, so that we can plot our own futures with more clarity and confidence. This book is a must-read for Christians and all others who are disturbed by the dictatorship of relativism that surrounds us.” Gerald R. McDermott, Former Anglican Chair of Divinity, Beeson Divinity School

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is an esteemed church historian and previously served as the William E. Simon Fellow in Religion and Public Life at Princeton University. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. Trueman is a member of The Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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GOD'S DESIGN FOR THE CHURCH: A Guide for African Pastors and Ministry Leaders
CONRAD MBEWE with Foreword by Glenn Lyons

What Is the Church? Foundational Truths from God’s Word

At the beginning of the twentieth century, Christians in Africa numbered approximately nine million—by the end, that number had grown to more than 380 million. As the number of Christians continues to grow, African pastors are often overwhelmed and in desperate need of guidance.

Drawing from three decades of pastoral experience in Zambia, Conrad Mbewe has written a comprehensive handbook specifically for African pastors and church leaders. Structured around twenty commonly asked questions about God’s design for the church, this helpful resource covers topics ranging from the definition of church and the role of church members to the importance of doctrine. Through this book, Mbewe aims to equip pastors and leaders with biblical principles that will “permeate the landscape of Africa and transform its churches for generations to come.”

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword by Glenn Lyons

Acknowledgments

Introduction

What Is the Church?

Who Is the Church’s Founder and Head?

What Is the Church’s Task in the World?

Why Is the Gospel So Important to the Church?

Who Should Be in the Church’s Membership?

What Is the Role of Church Members?

Who Should Lead the Church?

Why Practice Baptism and the Lord’s Supper?

What Should Happen during Worship Services?

How Should the Church Raise Its Money?

Should Your Church Be Involved in Missions?

Should Your Church Be Involved in Training Pastors?

What about Church Discipline?

Does It Matter What Your Church Believes?

How Should Your Church Grow Spiritually?

How Should Your Church Grow Numerically?

How Should Your Church Relate to Other Churches?

How Should Your Church Relate to the State?

How Does the Church Offend or Please God?

How Can You Help in Reforming Your Church?

Epilogue

Index of Scripture References

ENDORSEMENTS

“This book is Conrad Mbewe’s equivalent of Paul’s pastoral letters. It is the wisdom of the Scriptures steeped in decades of personal experience. It is delivered in fresh African illustrations and applications that help even this North American pastor understand God’s Word better. Having known Mbewe for a quarter of a century, having been in his church and he in mine, I could not think of a better person to write such a volume. This book well reflects the teaching of the Bible in ways that both encourage and challenge today’s readers. Mbewe’s writing is clear and simple, elegant and gospel-celebrating. This book is delightful. Enjoy and be edified. The last chapter is gold.” Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC

“It’s the subtitle of this book that explains its vision: Conrad Mbewe is not only laying out a biblical and practical exposition of the church but is doing so for ‘African pastors and ministry leaders.’ Mbewe, longtime pastor of Kabwata Baptist Church in Lusaka, Zambia, points out that he writes as ‘a son of the African soil,’ and therefore he has earned the right to challenge his fellow Africans in frank ways that missionaries could never deploy without being dismissed as foreigners. In twenty short but probing chapters, Mbewe writes with such clarity and prophetic faithfulness that the book deserves wide study not only in Africa but around the world.” D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“I love Conrad Mbewe, and I love this book! This is a faithful, readable, and practical exploration of the doctrine of the church. As a Presbyterian, I might quibble with a Baptist point here or there, but that doesn’t take away from my overall enthusiasm. Mbewe has written an excellent book that is attuned to the cultural dynamics of Africa but beneficial for Christians everywhere. I hope this wise and accessible work finds a wide audience.” Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, Christ Covenant Church, Matthews, North Carolina; Assistant Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte

“With biblical insight and down-to-earth illustrations, Conrad Mbewe’s God’s Design for the Church takes us on an insider’s exploration of the nature, character, and challenges of the rapidly expanding church in Africa. His comprehensive but easy-to-read analysis confirms much of what is visible and does not shy away from often hidden ‘hot potatoes,’ such as money matters, issues of discipline, and other trends that define, enhance, or undermine the life and witness of the church. His perspective has implications for the future of the body of Christ, not only in Africa but also in other parts of the world.” Femi B. Adeleye, Director, Langham Preaching Africa, Ghana

“This is a timely book! It addresses with clarity the confused identity and practices of the church in Africa. As a grace carrier, and as a bold, honest, and effective communicator, Conrad Mbewe has vindicated the concerns of the leaders of the church on our continent by addressing the elephant in the room. He has called by name what appeared to be a no-go area and described it as unacceptable. But he has also demonstrated that there is still a remnant who have not ‘bowed their knees to Baal.’ Above all, Mbewe has offered practical, Bible-based solutions to the current weaknesses and problems of the church. A thoroughly readable and thought-provoking book, it has left me with renewed hope for the church in Africa. I enthusiastically recommend it to all church leaders on our continent and especially to our leadership training institutions.” Paul E. Mususu, President, Evangelical Fellowship of Zambia

“The church is the bride of Christ. It is God’s plan ‘A’ in his work of redemption. As such, it is paramount that we know and understand God’s design for the church. In this volume, Conrad Mbewe has done yeoman’s work in that regard. In an age when pragmatism and innovation are held in higher esteem than doctrine and theology, this book is a breath of fresh air. With the accuracy of a theologian and the tender heart of a shepherd, Mbewe weaves a tapestry that combines timeless truths and contemporary insights into a helpful resource for Christians of every stripe. In this time of biblical and ecclesiological illiteracy, the usefulness of this book cannot be overestimated.” Voddie Baucham Jr., Dean of the School of Divinity, African Christian University

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WHEN THE STARS DISAPPEAR & GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING THAT I MAY LIVE (Suffering and the Christian Life, Vols. 1 & 2)
MARK TALBOT

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(1) WHEN THE STARS DISAPPEAR: Help and Hope from Stories of Suffering in Scripture

“If you are a Christian who is experiencing suffering—or who is weighed down by the suffering of someone you love—then this book is for you. It offers profound, biblical reflections that do not dodge the hard questions or try to minimize the sometimes overpowering reality of pain and loss.”

—Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

When suffering overwhelms us, it is easy to despair and even doubt God’s goodness. As the clouds of suffering roll in, we can lose sight of everything but our pain. In these moments, when the stars disappear, we must turn to Scripture to find assurance that God can and will carry us through. In this book, Mark Talbot recounts the suffering of some of the Bible’s greatest saints. They show us what it means to remain faithful and hopeful through life’s darkest times—and thus help us cling to God’s sure promise that he will never leave us or forsake us but will be with us and sustain us until the storms subside and the stars reappear.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

To My Readers

When the Stars Disappear

Suffering Saints: God’s People May Suffer Terribly

Breathing Lessons: How to Survive Great Suffering

The Rest of Their Stories: God’s Steadfast Love for Naomi, Job, and Jeremiah

Epilogue: Living within the Full Christian Story

Acknowledgments

A Reader’s Guide

Notes

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Talbot’s experience of suffering gives him a heart of empathy for anyone who struggles to understand the hard ways of God. His rigor as a Christian philosopher equips him to voice the most disturbing questions we have about human pain without minimizing their difficulty or giving in to despair. Talbot uses stories from Scripture to offer the clear practical and theological guidance that suffering believers need to move forward in hope. This beautiful book will comfort readers with the assurance that we are never alone in our suffering but sustained by our ever-loving Savior.” -Philip Graham Ryken, President, Wheaton College

“Books offering palliatives to the problem of pain are ten a penny. But this splendid study is different. It is a careful, spiritual, sensitive treatment that does not shirk the emotional and imaginative dimensions of our lives. More importantly, it has to do with human expectations: Jesus said to his disciples, ‘In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Talbot sets a high standard of fidelity to Scripture as he considers three Old Testament figures—Naomi, Job and Jeremiah—and the New Testament passages that follow in that vein. So here Talbot is paying particular attention to suffering and the Christian life. This is not a purely theoretical approach to the issues, though it is very thoughtfully written. The discerning reader will have his appetite whetted for the other studies to follow. Unreservedly recommended.” -Paul Helm, Former Professor of the History and Philosophy of Religion, King’s College London

“If you are a Christian who is experiencing suffering—or who is weighed down by the suffering of someone you love—then this book is for you. Talbot—a philosopher-theologian who is also a wheelchair-bound, chronic sufferer—knows what he is talking about. He offers profound, biblical reflections that do not dodge the hard questions or try to minimize the sometimes overpowering reality of pain and loss. When the Stars Disappear is a gift to every Christian who is hoping for a reason to hope.” -Timothy Larsen, McManis Professor of Christian Thought, Wheaton College

“Through decades of quadriplegia and chronic pain, the Bible has been my source of great comfort and encouragement. And I don’t mean only the Psalms or verses about affliction. For me, it’s been the stories of godly men and women in the Bible who radiate courage and perseverance despite unthinkable suffering. I have learned how to trust God from their examples, even when painful challenges try to drag me down. It’s why I love this new book, When the Stars Disappear. Mark Talbot gives the reader a remarkable study of suffering saints and how their mistakes and victories teach us lessons of endurance. I highly recommend this stellar discussion of true Bible stories that will inspire and refresh your heart!” -Joni Eareckson Tada, Founder, Joni and Friends International Disability Center

“When the Stars Disappear leads us through a deep, sobering, and powerful encounter with the depths of suffering experienced by three pivotal Old Testament figures. To those who suffer, it offers new hope, comfort, and insight into how to understand and endure such trials with biblically rooted and wise instruction regarding the indwelling grace of God and the ultimate outcome of our journeys. Talbot’s unique combination of wisdom, pastoral discernment, biblical fluency, and philosophical and theological mastery combines with his long personal experience of suffering to inform this unique work.” -Stanton L. Jones, Provost Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Psychology, Wheaton College

“Anyone who has suffered, regardless of how much, should read this book. It ministered to me. We are reminded to be honest with God in prayer about how we feel about our suffering by, for example, asking God questions like the suffering psalmists do. But then Talbot places our suffering within Scripture’s overall storyline of creation, fall, redemption, and new creation, reminding us always to try to understand how God is using our suffering to fulfill that storyline. He explains how our suffering helps us better understand our relationship to Christ and his suffering. By continually going to Scripture, he shows us how saints such as Naomi, Job, and Jeremiah worked through their suffering and came to ultimate trust and hope in God about it.” -G. K. Beale, J. Gresham Machen Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Many and varied are the books that wrestle with suffering and evil, but in his projected four volumes on the subject Mark Talbot has found some fresh approaches. In this first volume he avoids philosophical and abstract questions, but focuses close attention on a handful of people in the Bible who went through suffering. Their suffering was highly diverse: Naomi, Job, Jeremiah, and some of the psalmists. By leading us through their darkest hours, Talbot lends a personal realism to their sorrow while showing that God often provides life-transforming grace to his suffering people in the midst of their pain, rather than simply taking it all away as fast as possible.” -D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition



(2) GIVE ME UNDERSTANDING THAT I MAY LIVE: Situating Our Suffering within God's Redemptive Plan

Since creation’s fall, suffering has been part of earthly life. At times, it can feel overwhelming, even for believers who trust in the Lord. The Suffering and the Christian Life series provides help and hope from Scripture for those who are suffering.

In volume 2 of this series, Mark Talbot explores Scripture’s account of the origin, spread, and eventual end of suffering, giving Christians the perspective they need to get through life’s difficult times. He encourages readers to see themselves within the Bible’s storyline (creation, rebellion, redemption, and consummation), finding the courage to endure and taking comfort that God is at work for their good.

ENDORSEMENTS

“This may just be the finest treatment of biblical-theological perspectives on the nature, significance, and purpose of suffering that I have ever read. The exegetical roots of Talbot’s work run deep, his theological reflections are profound, his grasp of wide-ranging secondary literature is extraordinary, and his pastoral passion is transparent. We pray that this book will challenge, comfort, and inspire many whose experiences have landed them in the swamp of confusion and despair, and that it will be a helpful resource for those whom God calls to walk—or swim—with those in this state.” -Daniel I. Block, G. H. Knoedler Professor Emeritus of Old Testament, Wheaton College; author, The Triumph of Grace and For the Glory of God

“Suffering is the greatest mystery of life, and God’s people have struggled with it since the days of Job. There is much about it that we shall never be able to understand, but Christians can know that whatever happens to us, we are children of God, and he will not allow us to fall away from his loving care. That is where we must begin, and the Scriptures offer us a rich resource for establishing our faith on a firm foundation. Mark Talbot takes us where we need to be.” -Gerald Bray, Research Professor of Divinity, History, and Doctrine, Beeson Divinity School; author, God Is Love and God Has Spoken

“None of us make it through this life without seeking to make sense of its inherent suffering. To help us in this pursuit, Mark Talbot takes us to the central story that helps us make sense of the suffering in our individual stories, the story of creation impacted by the curse because of sin. With insight and analysis of the original goal, original order, and original goodness of creation, he helps us to see not only how the impact of the curse has disrupted that order and goodness, but also what God is doing through Christ to redeem, restore, and bring us into the life of goodness and glory he intends to share with us forever.” -Nancy Guthrie, author, Even Better than Eden

“With this volume, Mark Talbot continues what looks set to be a tour de force on Christianity and the suffering Christian. In his first book, he pressed the existential power and importance of individual narratives of pain and anguish. Here he steps back and sets those stories within the larger framework of the great narrative of God’s dealings with his people. If it is true that every story of human suffering has its unique pain for those involved, Talbot demonstrates with characteristic conviction and authority that all redemption from suffering must be understood in terms of the unique revelation of God in Christ.” -Carl Trueman, Professor of Biblical and Religious Studies, Grove City College

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WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO FEAR THE LORD?
Michael Reeves

The Surprising Good News of the Fear of the Lord

“Let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.” —2 Corinthians 7:1

We all have experienced fear at some point. And if we are honest, we don’t usually think of fear as a good thing. So why does the Bible call us to fear the Lord? In this book, Michael Reeves explains that the fear of God is not a gloomy fear marked by anxiety but a heartfelt and happy enjoyment of God as Creator and Redeemer. As we learn more about the surprising good news of the fear of the Lord, we will discover the vital role we play in displaying to the world the awesomeness of our God.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: Do Not be Afraid!

Chapter 2: Sinful Fear

Chapter 3: Right Fear

Chapter 4: Overwhelmed by the Creator

Chapter 5: Overwhelmed by the Father

Chapter 6: How to Grow in This Fear

Chapter 7: The Awesome Church

Chapter 8: Eternal Ecstasy

ENDORSEMENTS

“Modern people often view the fear of God with disdainful suspicion, but Michael Reeves shows us that godly fear is really nothing other than love for God as God. Reeves also helps us to see that the greatest factor in promoting the fear of God is knowing his grace in Christ. As John Bunyan said, ‘There is nothing in heaven or earth that can so awe the heart as the grace of God.’ This wonderful book not only teaches but sings, leading us to ‘rejoice with trembling’ (Ps. 2:11).” -Joel R. Beeke, President and Professor of Systematic Theology and Homiletics, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Reformed Preaching; coauthor, Reformed Systematic Theology

“We used to sing a hymn that said, ‘O how I fear Thee, living God! With deepest, tenderest fears.’ No longer. But the hymn’s first lines remind us of what we are missing: ‘My God, how wonderful Thou art, Thy majesty, how bright.’ Only those who find God to be ‘wonderful’ and his majesty ‘bright’ experience the ‘tenderest’ fear. So we have a problem; but thankfully help is at hand in What Does It Mean to Fear the Lord? Like an elder brother, Michael Reeves guides us into a fresh understanding of the fear of the Lord. On the way, he introduces us to some of his friends—masters in the school of discipleship—who have walked the path before us. Join him on the journey. You will soon discover why ‘the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him’ (Ps. 147:11).” -Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom, the Bible says, and reading this book will make you wise—wise to who God is and what God requires of us by way of loving, responsive discipleship. Packed full of historical nuggets, What Does It Mean to Fear the Lord? deserves to be widely read. ‘Walking in the fear of the Lord’ is language that has largely disappeared from the contemporary church. The result is the insipid quality of a great deal of current Christianity. Recapturing the sense of God’s incomprehensible greatness and holiness is the needed antidote this book provides. An absolute gem of a book.” -Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries; Chancellor’s Professor, Reformed Theological Seminary

“Ours is a day of great fears—fear of financial collapse, fear of terrorist attacks, fear of climatic disasters, fear of a deadly pandemic—all kinds of fears, except the most important of all: the reverential fear of God. How needed then is this marvelous study of a much-neglected theme, one that is central to the Scriptures and vital to human flourishing.” -Michael A. G. Haykin, Chair and Professor of Church History, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

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It's unquestionable that the apostle Paul is the most significant theologian in church history. He solidified his theology in letters to early churches—texts that remain as challenging and relevant today as they were to their original recipients. The ESV Reader's Letters of Paul was produced in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation—a period of time in which the reformers rediscovered the vital theological truths within Paul's epistles that have shaped Christian theology ever since. The text of Paul's thirteen letters is presented without verse and chapter numbers in a clean, single-column format on thick, cream-colored paper to encourage extended reading. An introductory article explains how the letters fit within the rest of the Bible as well as the important role they have played in the history of the church.

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REACHING YOUR MUSLIM NEIGHBOR WITH THE GOSPEL: How to Better Engage and Share the Gospel with Muslims
A. S. Ibrahim



Muslims are coming to Christ more than ever before, which is why having a robust, Christ-centered foundation for evangelism is essential. However, many Christians know very little about Muslims and their beliefs, which often results in misconceptions and a decreased ability to clearly and effectively proclaim the gospel.

In Reaching Your Muslim Neighbor with the Gospel, A. S. Ibrahim seeks to provide readers with insight and practical tips to engage and share the gospel with Muslim friends and neighbors. Ibrahim divides the book into two sections: (1) a Christian understanding of the strands of Islam and the diversity of Muslims, and (2) practical ways for Christians to connect with Muslims and effectively communicate the gospel. This book also incorporates true stories about Muslims coming to Christ and answers common questions.

Ideal for Christians Interested in Cross-Cultural Missions: Especially those interested in evangelizing to Muslims or wanting to learn more about the Muslim community

Perfect for Group or Personal Study: Each chapter ends with practical information about Islam and Muslims and questions to prompt discussion

Practical Guidance: Includes true stories, answers to common questions, proper responses to Muslim questions, and common pitfalls to avoid during evangelism

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Part 1: Understanding Muslims and Islam

Chapter 1: Islam or Islams? Why It Matters

Chapter 2: Is Islam Really the Fastest-Growing Religion in the World?

Chapter 3: A Christ-Centered Approach to Islam and Muslims

Chapter 4: Developing a Christlike Love for Your Muslim Neighbor

Chapter 5: Understanding the Muslim Paradigm: Mindset or Worldview?

Chapter 6: Basic Muslim Misconceptions about Christians and Christianity: Clearing the Air

Part 2: Tools for Evangelizing Muslims

Chapter 7: How to Communicate the Gospel to Muslims

Chapter 8: The Role of Intercessory Prayer in Evangelism

Chapter 9: Raising Questions and Answering Them: Using the Jesus Method

Chapter 10: Proclaiming Christ: Specific Biblical Stories for Muslims

Chapter 11: Avoiding Pitfalls

Chapter 12: Treading Carefully: Speaking about the Quran and Muhammad with a Muslim

Final Thoughts

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“A. S. Ibrahim is a gift to the body of Christ and a writing machine! This book, Reaching Your Muslim Neighbor with the Gospel, so well combines his comprehensive understanding of the Islamic faith with his pastoral heart for reaching Muslims with the life-changing gospel message. I highly recommend this work.” -Adam W. Greenway, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary

“‘I want you to join the work of God among Muslims today—we are his workers.’ With that invitation, A. S. Ibrahim brings the Christian world a book that will equip us to do just that: become a part of sharing the hope of the gospel with Muslims. Even if you are not preparing for missions work overseas, Reaching Your Muslim Neighbor with the Gospel is far more relevant than most of us realize, as the Muslim population continues to grow not only worldwide but also in the United States. To this reality, Ibrahim grants insights and practical advice that will spur optimism for anyone desiring to share Christ with those who remain captive to the false religion of Islam. More importantly, time with this book will make you a better disciple maker.” -Paul Chitwood, President, International Mission Board

“If you struggle to share Christ with your Muslim coworker or neighbor, you need this book from A. S. Ibrahim. Divided into two parts, it offers valuable insights into understanding Islam and Muslims while providing a practical toolbox for witnessing. Ibrahim says we should make it our ‘practice to open the Bible with Muslims,’ and that’s what he does in this excellent book. Recognizing that there is no one-size-fits-all method to reaching Muslims, Reaching Your Muslim Neighbor with the Gospel points to the authority of Scripture as its foundation. From the role of prayer before, during, and after evangelism to asking questions as Jesus did, Ibrahim constantly turns us to the Bible as our guide to being effective witnesses and loving examples to Muslims around us. A recommended read for all who seek to be salt and light to the nations.” -Carol B. Ghattas, author and speaker, with over thirty years in cross-cultural ministry among Muslims

“As I have taught evangelism in colleges and seminaries for the past thirty-five years, I have fielded many questions about witnessing to Muslims. I am grateful for this helpful new resource from my friend and colleague A. S. Ibrahim. Ibrahim knows Islam. He is rightly viewed as one of the leading scholars on Islam in our day. But he also understands the gospel and has a passion for Muslims to hear this salvific message. I wish this book had been available to me years ago. I am glad it is available today. It is an incredibly helpful resource!” -Timothy K. Beougher, Billy Graham Professor of Evangelism and Church Growth, Associate Dean, Billy Graham School of Missions, Evangelism, and Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“With almost two billion Muslims in the world, it is essential that Christians today not only understand Islam but are able to clearly communicate the message of the gospel with those who follow Islam. In this book, A. S. Ibrahim has provided an invaluable guide that will help Christians share the good news of Jesus Christ with Muslims all around the world. Lord willing, this book will serve the global church by giving Christians the tools and the confidence to faithfully share the gospel of Jesus Christ with Muslim family members, friends, neighbors, and coworkers.” -Paul M. Akin, Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Ibrahim encourages us to ‘be prepared, preach the word, and reach the world,’ and this incredibly helpful book gives very practical tools and training to help us proclaim Christ clearly to our Muslim friends. This is a much-needed resource both for Christians heading to serve overseas and for those who desire to share Christ with their neighbors down the street.” -Cyndi Logsdon, Director of Church Groups, McLean Bible Church; former missionary to central Asia



A. S. Ibrahim (PhD, University of Haifa; PhD, Fuller Theological Seminary) is a professor of Islamic studies and the director of the Jenkins Center for the Christian Understanding of Islam at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is the author of Conversion to Islam and Basics of Arabic.

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(1) REFORMATION THEOLOGY: A Systematic Summary edited by Matthew Barrett with Prologue by Michael Horton

Five hundred years ago, the Reformers were defending doctrines such as justification by faith alone, the authority of Scripture, and God's grace in salvation—some to the point of death. Many of these same essential doctrines are still being challenged today, and there has never been a more crucial time to hold fast to the enduring truth of Scripture.

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Prologue: What Are We Celebrating? Taking Stock after Five Centuries - Michael Horton

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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.



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THE FRANCIS SCHAEFFER TRILOGY: The God Who is There; Escape from Reason & He Is There and He Is Not Silent
FRANCIS A SCHAEFFER with Publisher's Preface by Lane Dennis and Foreword by J.I. Packer

Few Christians have had a greater impact during the last half of the twentieth century than Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer. A man with a remarkable breadth of cultural interest, with penetrating insight into modern life, and with a clear sense of spiritual reality, Schaeffer was also a man who cared deeply about people and their search for truth and reality in their lives.

With the publication of this Trilogy, Dr. Schaeffer's three foundational books are available for the first time in one volume. Schaeffer himself considered these three books to be essential to everything he wrote (twenty-three books in all), and it is here especially that we see his ability to understand the deep need of modern man for truth, beauty, and meaning in life.

In the first book, The God Who Is There, Schaeffer shows how modern thought has abandoned the idea of truth with tragic consequences in every area of culture–from philosophy, to art, to music, to theology, and within culture as a whole.

Escape from Reason, the second book, explains especially how the disintegration of modern life and culture grows from corrupted roots that reach far into the past.

In the last book, He Is There and He Is Not Silent, Schaeffer contrasts the silence and despair of modern life with the Christian answer that God can indeed be known because He is there and He is not silent. In addition to the convenience of having Schaeffer's three foundational books in one volume, the Trilogy is especially valuable in that it uses the text revised and updated by Schaeffer shortly before his death.

Why was Schaeffer able to understand and communicate so effectively to a generation? The best way to know is to find out firsthand, by reading his essential works as found in this Trilogy. Few who begin this journey will come to the end without having their life profoundly changed.

"What is the long-term significance of Francis Schaeffer? I am sure... that I shall not be at all wrong when I hail Francis Schaeffer--who saw so much more... and agonized over it so much more tenderly than the rest of us do--as one of the truly great Christians of my time." --J. I. Packer, Late Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College

"There is no other important Christian thinker of our era who has tackled as many fundamental intellectual, philosophical, and theological issues as Schaeffer did, and no one else has so revealed their relevance to us."--Harold O. J. Brown, Professor Emeritus of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

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For the reflective Christian: all twenty-two books of Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer's life's work in a beautifully crafted five-volume set. Revised and indexed. ECPA Gold Medallion winner.

Dr. Schaeffer was one of the 20th century's champions of reasoned faith. Though he died in 1984, his influence continues through his writings. This affordable set contains all 22 of Schaeffer's books. Five indexed 6" x 9" softcovers, from Crossway Books.

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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

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-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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THE CREEDAL IMPERATIVE
CARL TRUEMAN

What if “No creed but the Bible” is unbiblical?

The role of confessions and creeds is the subject of debate within evangelicalism today as many resonate with the call to return to Christianity’s ancient roots. Advocating for a balanced perspective, Carl Trueman offers an analysis of why creeds and confessions are necessary, how they have developed over time, and how they can function in the church of today and tomorrow.

Table of Contents

1. The Cultural Case Against

2. The Foundations of Creedalism

3. The Early Church

4. Classical Protestant Confessions

5. Confession as Praise

6. On the Usefulness of Creeds and Confessions

ENDORSEMENTS

“It is commonplace among many church leaders to dispute the need for confessions of faith on the grounds of the supreme authority of the Bible. In this timely book, Trueman demonstrates effectively how such claims are untenable. We all have creeds—the Bible itself requires them—but some are unwritten, not open to public accountability, and the consequences can be damaging. Trueman’s case deserves the widest possible hearing.” -Robert Letham, Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Union School of Theology

“Herein is a truly inspiring vision, that churches be freed from the vapid, the fickle, and the dysfunctional by a deeper enjoyment of the faith we have received. Trueman has shown that use of the creeds is both necessary and beautifully enriching. Informative and compelling, this book has what it takes to do great good.” -Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, UK

“I know of few people better equipped to write this book. As both a scholar and a pastor, Trueman combines his expertise as a historian with some important biblical observations to make a convincing case for The Creedal Imperative. This book will prove to be immensely useful in today’s ecclesiastical climate.” -Mark Jones, Teaching Elder, Faith Vancouver Presbyterian Church, Vancouver, British Columbia

“Trueman, again, has given us a stimulating book. He manages to demonstrate the relevance of creeds by showing how new the old ones are. The book is not only a must-read for those who stick to creeds without knowing why or those whose creed it is to have no creed, but for everyone who tries to practice the Christian faith.” -Herman Selderhuis, President, Theological University Apeldoorn, the Netherlands; Director, Refo500; President, Reformation Research Consortium

“This is an engrossing survey, sparklingly contemporary yet eruditely historical. But it is also an urgent wake-up call, which, if heeded, would deliver Evangelicalism from its current isolation, shallowness, and confusion—and from the autocracy of private empire-builders. Informative, readable, and stimulating all at once.” -Donald MacLeod, Professor Emeritus of Systematic Theology, Edinburgh Theological Seminary; author, A Faith to Live By and The Person of Christ

“In its creeds and confessions, the church affirms its allegiance to the God of the gospel and commits itself to think, speak, and govern its life in ways shaped by the gospel. This lively books, full of vigorous argument and biblical good sense, tells us why.” -John Webster, Professor of Systematic Theology, University of Aberdeen

“Trueman states that creeds and confessions are both necessary for the well-being of the church and are, in fact, required by the Bible. His arguments are wide-ranging and include biblical exposition, lessons from church history, and modern cultural factors that may be unconsciously influencing one’s view of the issue. In addition, there is the typical Trueman humor and odd examples sprinkled throughout the book. In the end, I agree with him and will require this book for my seminary course on creeds.” -Robert J. Cara, Provost, Chief Academic Officer, and Hugh and Sallie Reaves Professor of New Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary; author, Cracking the Foundation of the New Perspective on Paul; contributor, A Biblical-Theological Introduction to the New Testament

“The apostle Paul once told Timothy that a minister was to be kind, able to teach, patient, and gentle (2 Tim. 2:24). In The Creedal Imperative, Carl Trueman demonstrates that he is not only able to teach the Word and how it has come down to us throughout history, but also how to do so with kindness, patience, and gentleness—precisely the qualities that are needed to convince in our creedless, ahistorical, and shallow age. As one whose entire ministry of preaching, teaching, and writing has been taken up with the Word as confessed in the great creeds and confessions of Christendom, I wholeheartedly recommend this book.” -Daniel R. Hyde, Pastor, Oceanside United Reformed Church, Carlsbad/Oceanside, California; Adjunct Instructor of Ministerial Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, Welcome to a Reformed Church

“Today there is a challenge to the authority of the church including the authority of Scripture. The Creedal Imperative speaks to the necessity of creeds and confessions, which tend to save us from attempts to privately interpret the Scripture. Trueman demonstrates how creeds and confessions are strategic checkpoints, intended not only to enable us to express our beliefs, but also to keep us from misunderstanding God’s truth. Properly used, creeds and confessions, under the authority of God’s Word, enable us to hear God’s voice—they are our speaking what we understand God has spoken to us in Scripture. For those who maintain, ‘We have no creed or confession but the Bible,’ this book is a must-read. For those who understand the place of creeds and confessions in the life of Christian faith, this book is also a must-read. It is all about understanding God’s truth. I commend Trueman for his careful demonstration of clear exegesis, sound theology, understanding of church history, and, consequently, his ability to understand the times in which we live. You will be blessed by this book.” -Charles H. Dunahoo, Editor, Equip to Disciple Magazine; Former Coordinator, PCA CEP; Chairman, Westminster Theological Seminary Board of Directors; author, Making Kingdom Disciples: A New Framework

“Though it might sound a bit hackneyed for a book commendation, this is a book I would love to have written! Carl Trueman’s case for what he terms ‘the creedal imperative’ of the Christian faith is spot-on. Trueman not only identifies but also deftly rebuts a number of traditional as well as more recent objections in contemporary culture to creeds and confessions. On the one hand, he shows the untenability of the ‘no creed but Christ, no book but the Bible’ position of many evangelical Christians. And on the other hand, he defends the use of creeds and confessions that summarize and defend the teaching of Scripture without supplementing Scripture or diminishing its authority.” -Cornelis P. Venema, President and Professor of Doctrinal Studies, Mid-America Reformed Seminary; author, Christ and Covenant Theology and Chosen in Christ



Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is professor of biblical and religious studies at Grove City College. He is a contributing editor at First Things, an esteemed church historian, and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Trueman has authored or edited more than a dozen books, including The Creedal Imperative; Luther on the Christian Life; and Histories and Fallacies. He is a member of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

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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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

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?

15. Definite Atonement and the Divine Decree (Donald Macleod)?

16. The Triune God, Incarnation and Definite Atonement (Robert Letham)

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)?

IV. Definite Atonement in Pastoral Practice?

21. Slain for the World? The 'Uncomfortability' of the 'Unevangelized' for a Universal Atonement (Daniel Strange)

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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ROMANS: A Concise Guide to the Greatest Letter Ever Written
ANDREW DAVIS NASELLI

A Concise, Verse-by-Verse Commentary on the Book of Romans, Perfect for Individual or Group Study

Martin Luther called the book of Romans the “chief part of the New Testament” and “the purest gospel.” The apostle Paul’s letter to the Romans has had arguably the largest influence on believers throughout church history. Paul systematically and formally articulates the gospel of Jesus Christ—the righteousness God gives to sinful humans through faith.

Scholar and author Andrew David Naselli traces Paul’s argument for the gospel throughout this concise and accessible guide to the book of Romans. Designed to be read alongside the epistle itself, it provides accessible, standalone commentary unpacking the text verse by verse. This volume dives into the key themes of righteousness, peace, and God’s promises, accompanied by reflection questions on interpretation and application—perfect for individual or group study.

**For New Believers and Seasoned Saints: Ideal for thoughtful laypeople, pastors, and teachers wanting to learn more about God’s word

**Perfect for Group or Individual Study: Includes interpretation and application questions at the end of the book

**Accessible: Straightforward and clear writing

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Illustrations

Preface: Six Ways to Use This Book

Introducing Romans

Outline

Chapter 1: Introduction (1:1–17)

Chapter 2: The Universal Need for God’s Righteousness (1:18-3:20)

Chapter 3: The Means of Obtaining God’s Righteousness (3:21-4:25)

Chapter 4: Benefits of Obtaining God’s Righteousness (5:1-8:39)

Chapter 5: The Vindication of God’s Righteousness (9:1-11:36)

Chapter 6: Living in Light of God’s Righteousness (12:1–15:13)

Chapter 7: Conclusion (15:14–16:27)

Recommended Resources on Romans

Study Guide

Acknowledgments

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Andy Naselli has given us a remarkably clear and faithful exposition of Romans by carefully tracing the argument of this great epistle. Don’t be misled by the size of this book. The truths unpacked in it are life changing and thrilling. How gratifying to see that the message of Romans is communicated in such an accessible way. I hope many will read and study this helpful work—an ideal book for home Bible studies, Sunday school, or personal study.” -Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; Cochair, CSB; author, Romans

“It’s only a slight exaggeration to say that if you understand Paul’s letter to the Romans you understand the Bible. Said otherwise, the person with no knowledge of the rich truths of Romans will necessarily have a weak understanding of the Christian faith. If you wish to know Romans better, and especially to understand it as a cohesive and coherent work of literature, you will benefit tremendously from this book. Andy Naselli is a skilled and trustworthy guide who will lead you deep into the greatest letter ever written. Through it, the Lord will inform your mind, shape your heart, and change your life.” -Tim Challies, author, Seasons of Sorrow

“Naselli’s book on Romans gives believers a brief and accessible overview of Paul’s great letter to the church in Rome. While written for a general audience, this book is rooted in a broad acquaintance with the many issues in recent interpretation of the letter.” -Douglas J. Moo, Kenneth T. Wessner Professor of New Testament, Wheaton College; Chair, Committee on Bible Translation (NIV); author, The Epistle to the Romans

“Naselli’s work on Romans combines brevity and depth. If you are an individual in need of a tutor, this book will enrich your study. If you are leading a group through a study of Romans, this book will prove invaluable in its attentiveness to the text, its helpful visual aids, and the discussion questions provided at the end. It is rare to find a volume that is both meaty and succinct, while also leading its readers to worship God as they study. The epistle to the Romans contains the firmest of the firm foundations on which believers stand. Let Naselli ably lead you through its magnificent and life-changing truths.” -Abigail Dodds, author, (A)Typical Woman and Bread of Life

ANDREW DAVID NASELLI (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of systematic theology and New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of Bethlehem Baptist Church.

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UNITED TO CHRIST, WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: A Theology of Ephesians
BENJAMIN L. MERKLE with a Series on NT Theology Edited by Thomas Schreiner and Brian Rosner

Join New Testament Scholar Benjamin Merkle as He Explores the Major Themes of the Book of Ephesians

Paul wrote Ephesians as instruction and encouragement for the church in Ephesus, and it has continued to influence the church for centuries. This New Testament book specifically focuses on the believer’s union with Christ and our inability to stand before God without the work of Jesus Christ and the Spirit, both of which are still essential today.

In this addition to the New Testament Theology series, scholar Benjamin Merkle offers an accessible summary of the theology of Ephesians that highlights God’s work in salvation and how Christians should respond. Each chapter focuses on a key theological theme—the plan of God, union with Christ, walking according to the Spirit, unity of the church, and spiritual warfare in the present age—and why it is relevant for the church today.

**Part of the New Testament Theology Series: Other volumes include The Joy of Hearing: A Theology of the Book of Revelation and The Mission of the Triune God: A Theology of Acts

**Ideal for Anyone Wanting to Study the Bible More Deeply: Perfect for pastors, seminarians, college students, and laypeople

**Written by Benjamin Merkle: New Testament scholar and author of Ephesians in the ESV Expository Commentary

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Series Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction

Chapter 1: The Plan of God

Chapter 2: Union with Christ

Chapter 3: Walking according to the Spirit

Chapter 4: Unity of the Church

Chapter 5: Spiritual Warfare in the Present Age

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“United to Christ, Walking in the Spirit clearly and concisely presents the themes of Paul’s short but majestic letter to the Ephesians. The themes of individual union with Christ, the teaching about the church, and the call to walk well are all well handled. If you desire to understand the theme of this letter, this book is for you.” -Darrell L. Bock, Executive Director of Cultural Engagement, The Hendricks Center, Dallas Theological Seminary

“Few books of the Bible lay out the height, depth, and breadth of the gospel like Ephesians. Benjamin Merkle puts the riches of this beloved Pauline epistle on full display, offering fresh insights into God’s plan, union with Christ, life in the Spirit, the unity of the church, and spiritual warfare. Whether you are a pastor, teacher, small-group leader, or simply someone who wants to better understand Ephesians, this accessible book will deepen your love for Christ and show you how to live out the gospel more faithfully.” -Matthew S. Harmon, Professor of New Testament Studies, Grace College and Theological Seminary; author, Asking the Right Questions: A Practical Guide to Understanding and Applying the Bible

“With strong exegetical support of his biblical theology, and with equally strong biblical theology considerations guiding his exegetical analysis, United to Christ, Walking in the Spirit is a gift to the body of Christ. In this small volume, Benjamin Merkle gives a masterful reading of Ephesians’ argument and individual themes. He reads in concert with the best scholarship on Ephesians as he explains Paul’s understanding of the role of the church in the decree of God—in redemptive history—and the treasures of the individual elements that are part of the web of our salvation. Anyone wishing to enjoy the book of Ephesians with greater depth and joy should have this work close at hand.” -Eric C. Redmond, Professor of Bible, Moody Bible Institute

“The theology of Ephesians is rich, inspiring, and transformative. Benjamin Merkle has put together a concise and helpful summary of the key theological themes of Ephesians in this volume. His description is not only an enriching book to read but the perfect complement to a commentary in a course on Ephesians.” - Clinton E. Arnold, Research Professor of New Testament, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

THE NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY SERIES CURRENTLY CONSISTS OF THE FOLLOWING FIVE VOLUMES:

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(4) UNITED TO CHRIST, WALKING IN THE SPIRIT: A Theology of Ephesians by Benjamin Merkle

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THE JOY OF HEARING: A Theology of the Book of Revelation
THOMAS SCHREINER, Series edited by Thomas R. Schreiner, Brian S. Rosner

Join New Testament scholar Thomas Schreiner as he explores the meaning and purpose of the book of Revelation.

The book of Revelation can feel more intimidating to read than other books of the Bible. It invites readers into a world that seems confusing and sometimes even strange: golden lampstands, seven seals, a dragon, and a rider on a white horse. But at its core, Revelation is a message of hope written to Christians facing hardship, and it’s worth the effort to read it and understand it.

In this first volume in the New Testament Theology series, trusted scholar Thomas Schreiner walks step-by-step through the book of Revelation, considering its many themes—the opposition believers face from the world; the need for perseverance; God as sovereign Creator, Judge, and Savior—as well as its symbolic imagery and historical context. The Joy of Hearing brings clarity to the content and message of Revelation and explores its relevance for the church today.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

List of Tables

Series Preface

Preface

Abbreviations

Introduction: The Truth Apocalyptically Revealed

Chapter 1: The Deafness of Those Living on Earth

Chapter 2: The Saints Hear and Heed

Chapter 3: The Declaration That God Rules on His Throne

Chapter 4: The Good News of the Lion and the Lamb

Chapter 5: The Testimony of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 6: The Promise of Blessing and the New Creation

Chapter 7: Reigning with Christ for One Thousand Years

Epilogue

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Believers, pastors, and students who look for a reliable guide to the last, and climactic, book of Scripture are superbly served by Tom Schreiner’s volume on Revelation. The Joy of Hearing prepares readers for an encounter with a text some deem to be the most difficult book in the Bible. This encounter focuses on the foundational and central theme of Scripture more generally: God’s people not only do well to listen to God in whom they believe, they also experience the joy of God’s holy presence and sustaining faithfulness even, and especially, in the midst of suffering while remaining committed to the sure hope of one day living in God’s very presence. Tolle, lege—take and read.” -Eckhard J. Schnabel, Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, Paul the Missionary

“The church has always needed the message of the book of Revelation, but it is as urgent now as ever before. Yet many today find Revelation confusing and even intimidating. Enter Tom Schreiner, a scholar who has spent a lifetime in careful exegesis of the New Testament. In The Joy of Hearing, Schreiner uses his considerable skills to present the reader with an overview of Revelation’s message in a clear, winsome, and compelling fashion that is an absolute joy to read. His treatment is balanced and thoughtful, which displays a solid grasp of the central message of this vital biblical book. While it is possible that not everyone who reads this book will agree with the author on some minor details, it is impossible for anyone not to appreciate his warm and fair treatment of differing views and especially his presentation of the central truths of Revelation. This is the book’s great strength and makes it an indispensable guide for today’s church.” -S. M. Baugh, Professor Emeritus of New Testament, Westminster Seminary California

“Tom Schreiner has provided a lucid and well-balanced overview of the book of Revelation—no small feat! He draws on the best contemporary scholarship treating the book but does not burden the reader with excessive scholarly debate. He is clear in his own convictions but charitable to those with whom he disagrees, and he is honest enough to admit when a given text remains perplexing. Anyone looking to understand the Apocalypse will greatly benefit from Schreiner’s discussion.” -Sean M. McDonough, Professor of New Testament, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary; author, YHWH at Patmos

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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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A GRIEF SANCTIFIED: Through Sorrow to Eternal Hope, Including Richard Baxter's Timeless Memoir of His Wife's Life and Death
J.I. Packer with Contributions from Richard Baxter

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.

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Greg Beale, Andrew Naselli, William Osborne, Sidney Greidanus, Patrick Schreiner, Graeme Goldsworthy, Frank Thielman, Mitchell Chase

A BRAND NEW SERIES OF SHORT STUDIES IN BIBLICAL THEOLOGY edited by Dane C. Ortlund, Miles V. Van Pelt is designed to help readers see the whole Bible as a unified story culminating in Jesus Christ. Written by trusted scholars, each volume traces an important topic through God's Word and explores its significance for the Christian Life.



(1) REDEMPTIVE REVERSALS AND THE IRONIC OVERTURNING OF HUMAN WISDOM by G.K. Beale

“But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” —Matthew 19:30

The Bible is full of ironic situations in which God overturns the world’s wisdom by doing the opposite of what is expected—people are punished by their own sin, the persecution of the church is the catalyst for its growth, Paul claims to have strength through weakness, and more. In this book, biblical scholar G. K. Beale explores God’s pattern of divine irony in both judgment and salvation, finding its greatest expression in Jesus’s triumph over death through death on a cross. Unpacking this pattern throughout redemptive history, Beale shows us how God often uses what is seemingly weak and foolish to underscore his own strength and power in the lives of his people today.

G. K. Beale (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary. In recent years he has served as president and member of the executive committee of the Evangelical Theological Society. He has written several books and articles on biblical studies.



(2) THE SERPENT AND THE SERPENT SLAYER by Andrew Naselli

“I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” —Genesis 3:15

We’ve all heard this story: the hero fights a dragon in an epic battle, and just as it appears the dragon is going to prevail, the hero saves the day. Best-selling novels and blockbuster movies are filled with this type of story, but did you know that this is the main theme of the Bible too?

Tracing the theme of serpents and dragons through both Testaments, trusted scholar Andrew David Naselli demonstrates that these stories reflect our desire to know the ultimate story—the struggle between God’s offspring and the offspring of the serpent. As we come to experience this captivating, unifying narrative, we will rejoice in the ultimate victory of Jesus—the serpent slayer—over the devouring dragon in Revelation.

Andrew David Naselli (PhD, Bob Jones University; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is associate professor of systematic theology and New Testament at Bethlehem College & Seminary in Minneapolis and one of the pastors of Bethlehem Baptist Church.



(3) DIVINE BLESSING AND THE FULLNESS OF LIFE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD by William Osborne

“He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things” —Romans 8:32

As Christians, “blessing” pervades our everyday lives—from testimonies recounting God’s provision, to praise songs, to wishing someone well. The term has been so integrated into our everyday vocabulary that it is rarely considered carefully. Many people think that blessing is described as either physical (Genesis 1:22) or spiritual (Ephesians 1:3), but a fuller biblical-theological approach reveals that God’s blessing has always been physical, spiritual, and—ultimately—relational. Unpacking this pattern throughout redemptive history, William Osborne shows that divine blessing is not just a good gift here or there, but the fullness of all we were created to be, in relationship with our Creator.

William R. Osborne (PhD, Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as associate professor of biblical and theological studies at College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Missouri. He is the author of Trees and Kings, coauthor of A Book-by-Book Guide to Biblical Hebrew Vocabulary, and coeditor of Riddles and Revelations. He is on the editorial board of the Journal for the Evangelical Study of the Old Testament, a publication he co-founded, and has authored many articles and reviews.



(4) FROM CHAOS TO COSMOS: CREATION TO NEW CREATION by Sidney Greidanus

“I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the LORD, who does all these things.” —Isaiah 45:7

When God created the world, he brought perfect order out of what was “without form and void.” But with human rebellion against God leading to God’s curse, disorder was introduced into creation—disorder that we still see all around us today. Tracing the chaos to cosmos theme from Genesis 1 to Revelation 22, pastor-scholar Sidney Greidanus reveals how God is restoring his creation through Jesus Christ, who has already begun to shine light into the darkness and will one day return to bring peace, order, and restoration once and for all. With discussion questions at the end of each chapter and a fourteen-session reading plan, this book is ideal for small groups as well as individual study.

Sidney Greidanus (PhD, Free University of Amsterdam) has taught at Calvin College, Calvin Theological Seminary, and The King’s College. Since his retirement from full-time teaching in 2004, he has devoted his time to writing commentaries specifically for preachers. He is the author of many books, including Sola Scriptura; Preaching Christ from the Old Testament; and The Modern Preacher and the Ancient Text.



(5) THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND THE GLORY OF THE CROSS by Patrick Schreiner

“The kingdom of heaven is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his field. It is the smallest of all seeds, but when it has grown it is larger than all the garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and make nests in its branches.” —Matthew 13:31–32

When Jesus began his ministry, he announced that the kingdom of God was at hand. But many modern-day Christians don’t really understand what the kingdom of God is or how it relates to the message of the gospel.

Defining kingdom as the King’s power over the King’s people in the King’s place, Patrick Schreiner investigates the key events, prophecies, and passages of Scripture that highlight the important theme of kingdom across the storyline of the Bible—helping readers see how the mission of Jesus and the coming of the kingdom fit together.

Patrick Schreiner (PhD, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is assistant professor of New Testament Language and Literature at Western Seminary in Portland, Oregon. He is the author of The Body of Jesus and The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross.



(6) THE SON OF GOD AND THE NEW CREATION by Graeme Goldsworthy

"Truly this was the Son of God!" -Matthew 27:54

The theme of divine sonship stretches across the pages of the Bible: from Adam in the garden of Eden, through the nation of Israel and King David, and ultimately to Jesus Christ in the New Jerusalem—the Son of God par excellence. In this volume, renowned biblical scholar Graeme Goldsworthy shows what Christ's fulfillment of the divine sonship motif means for all who are sons and daughters of God.

Graeme Goldsworthy (PhD, Union Theological Seminary) previously served as a lecturer in biblical theology, Old Testament, and hermeneutics at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia. Graeme lives in Brisbane, Australia, with his wife, Miriam. They have four adult children.



(7) THE NEW CREATION: And the Storyline of Scripture by Frank Thielman

A Biblical Theology of the New Creation from Genesis to Revelation

“Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God.” —Revelation 21:3

The Bible begins with the story of one perfectly good God creating a perfectly good universe. Forming two perfectly good human beings in his own image—Adam and Eve—was the crown jewel of his creative expression. Through humanity’s sin, however, God’s creation fell into a fallen state—yet he promised to bring restoration. In this book, Frank Thielman traces the theme of the new creation through the Bible, beginning in Genesis and ending in Revelation. He shows us that at every turn, God invites his people to be a “kingdom of priests” (Exodus 19:6), exemplifying the new creation to a needy and watching world until the return of Jesus.



(8) RESURRECTION HOPE AND THE DEATH OF DEATH by Mitchell L. Chase

A Biblical Theology of Resurrection Hope from Genesis to Revelation

Death is a powerful and sobering reality. While everyone must face death, it is not the end for those united with Christ. Followers of Jesus Christ have resurrection hope—the proclamation that Christ has defeated death and the promise that believers shall share in his victory. The resurrection is essential to the Christian faith and is rooted in the faithfulness of God.

With scholarly insight, Mitchell L. Chase traces the theme of resurrection hope throughout Scripture, walking through each section of the Bible from the Law to Revelation. Having a proper understanding of death and resurrection will not only stir up our soberness for the reality of sin and death, but it will also motivate our praise to God.

Founded on Scripture: Highlights the interconnectedness of the Bible

For Learners: Ideal for students or anyone looking to grow in their knowledge of God and the Scriptures

Part of the Short Studies in Biblical Theology Series: Other volumes include The New Creation and the Storyline of Scripture, The Lord’s Supper as the Sign and Meal of the New Covenant, and The Kingdom of God and the Glory of the Cross

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NEW CROSSWAY SERIES OF SHORT CLASSICS FROM THE PAST
Jonathan Edwards, Thomas Chalmers, Charles H. Spurgeon, Benjamin B. Warfield, J.C. Ryle, Henry Scougal & Francis Schaeffer

A NEW SERIES OF GREAT CLASSICS FROM GIFTED PASTORS IS BRAND NEW.

The Crossway Short Classics series seeks to serve two purposes. First, it aims to beautifully preserve these short historic pieces of writing through new high-quality physical editions. Second, it aims to transmit them to a new generation of readers, especially readers who may not be inclined or able to access a larger volume. Short-form content is especially valuable today, as the challenge of focusing in a distracting, constantly moving world becomes more intense. The volumes in the Short Classics series present incisive, gospel-centered grace and truth through a concise, memorable medium. By connecting readers with these accessible works, the Short Classics series hopes to introduce Christians to those great heroes of the faith who wrote them, providing readers with representative works that both nourish the soul and inspire further study...

Our prayer is that the Holy Spirit will use these short works to arrest your attention, preach the gospel to your soul, and motivate you to continue exploring the treasure chest of church history, to the praise and glory of God in Christ.



(1) HEAVEN IS A WORLD OF LOVE by Jonathan Edwards w/ Foreword by Sam Storms

In this classic exposition of 1 Corinthians 13:8–10, Jonathan Edwards exhorts Christians to ponder the love of God—both here in the world and in expectation of heaven. The things of this world are temporary, but “love never ends” (1 Cor. 13:8). God’s love is a foretaste of future glory, made available through communion with the Holy Spirit. Each page is rich with pastoral insights that will leave readers hungry to experience more of God’s love in eager anticipation of heaven.

Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758) was a pastor, theologian, and missionary. He is generally considered the greatest American theologian. A prolific writer, Edwards is known for his many sermons, including "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God," and his classic A Treatise Concerning Religious Affections. Edwards was appointed president of the College of New Jersey (later renamed Princeton University) shortly before his death.



(2) THE EXPULSIVE POWER OF A NEW AFFECTION by Thomas Chalmers w/ Foreword by John Piper

In this powerful sermon, Thomas Chalmers inspires Christians to remove the snares and tangles of sin—not through legalistic obedience but through the power of a new and greater affection for God. Chalmers reminds God’s saints that as sojourners living in this world, true power over the trials and sins of this life is found only in desiring Jesus Christ.

Thomas Chalmers (1780–1847) was a Scottish preacher, theologian, and author who served as professor of theology at the University of St. Andrews and the University of Edinburgh. His many writings were primarily focused on the application of Christian ethics to the social issues of his day.



(3) ENCOURAGEMENT FOR THE DEPRESSED by Charles H. Spurgeon w/ Foreword by Randy Alcorn

In this classic sermon, Charles Spurgeon gently urges those struggling with depression to cast their burdens upon the Lord, who will not forsake his people. Having battled depression and discouragement himself for most of his years in ministry, Spurgeon encourages the downtrodden to hold fast to the promises of God, for he is steadfast and will comfort his children as they walk faithfully with him.

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.

Like the apostle Paul, the often jovial Spurgeon was “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Cor. 6:10 ESV). Near the end of his words that you’re about to read, Spurgeon says, “Glory be to God for the furnace, the hammer, and the file. Heaven shall be all the fuller of bliss because we have been filled with anguish here below, and earth shall be better tilled because of our training in the school of adversity.”



(4) THE EMOTIONAL LIFE OF OUR LORD by Benjamin B. Warfield with Foreword by Sinclair B. Ferguson

In the search to understand the deity of Christ, Christians might overlook what the Bible reveals about his humanity. Did Jesus really feel emotions? What grieved him? What delighted him? How did Jesus—fully human and fully God—react to the world and people around him? Throughout Scripture, Jesus displays a range of emotions that can help believers understand him more intimately.

In 'The Emotional Life of Our Lord', theologian B. B. Warfield explains how Christ’s complex emotions and personality proved his humanity. It was necessary for Christ to be born in the likeness of mankind to bear their griefs, carry their sorrows, take their infirmities, and ultimately redeem their lives. In this encouraging book, readers learn to see Christ as a compassionate Savior through his sinless expressions of emotions—from righteous anger to abiding love.

This brand new edition of Warfield's classic is beautifully introduced by Sinclair B. Ferguson, a brilliant theologian in his own right, who says the following: "The work that has left the deepest impression on me is this essay on 'The Emotional Life of Our Lord'. It is the hidden jewel of his writings. I say “hidden” because although it first appeared in 1912, it was not included in the ten-volume set of his works and therefore has not had the prominence it deserves. More significantly, it is also a “jewel.” The subject matter—our Lord’s emotions—is one that Christians have often neglected, and in doing so have deprived themselves of a vital element in the gospel...So, here is 'The Emotional Life of our Lord'. I hope that by its closing sentences you will have a sense that as you have read it, Christ himself has walked toward you from the pages of Scripture"



(5) FIGHTING FOR HOLINESS by J.C. Ryle with Foreword by Andrew Atherstone

“True Christianity is a fight,” wrote J. C. Ryle in 1870. He argued that from the day of their conversion until the day they die, Christians are called to be soldiers for Christ in a war for their holiness. This inspiring call to action written over 150 years ago continues to be a source of great encouragement and inspiration for believers today.

In this addition to the Crossway Short Classics series, Ryle explains why the fight for holiness is one of absolute necessity for Christians. Identifying the three main enemies of every believer—the world, the flesh, and the devil—he emboldens them to “either fight or be lost” in their daily battle and offers biblical and historical examples of notable Christian “soldiers.” 'Fighting for Holiness' is a bold reminder for believers to daily put on the whole armor of God and train their eyes on Christ.

In his helpful Foreword Andrew Atherstone gives the following helpful background to this material: "Are You Fighting? was written in December 1870, when armed conflict between Prussia and France was engulfing continental Europe. French forces were starved into submission in the Siege of Metz and routed at the Battle of Sedan. Napoleon III, Empereur des Français, was captured and deposed, and German troops encircled Paris. The British government maintained a studied neutrality, but the newspapers were filled every day with dramatic reports from across the English Channel. It presaged the Great War of the next generation... But Ryle saw the opportunity to drive home a spiritual lesson. The Franco-Prussian War was the preacher’s hook to lay hold of an audience and challenge them about fighting the Christian war. His tract was designed to be highly engaging, and easy to give away to friends and neighbors, sold in bulk at two shillings per dozen... Ryle’s writing has an urgent, evangelistic heartbeat. He pleads with us to take seriously the pursuit of holiness. In an age when the character and conduct of Christians are often indistinguishable from the secular world—as endemic today as in the 1870s—it is an appeal we desperately need to hear."



(6) THE LIFE OF GOD IN THE SOUL OF MAN by Henry Scougal w/ Foreword by Joel Beeke

A Classic Guide for Christians Who Want to Move from Empty Religion to Authentic Faith

Writing to a friend who was disillusioned by religion, minister and theologian Henry Scougal created what would become a classic text on Christian living. Compassionately explaining what true religion is and isn’t, Scougal shares biblical practices that lead to real spiritual transformation.

In The Life of God in the Soul of Man, Scougal cuts through false ideas about religion and demonstrates how to pursue true unity with God. He explains that religion shouldn’t be primarily focused on restraining or dictating outward behavior, but living a divine life characterized by faith, a love for God and others, purity, and humility. As it did for the recipient of Scougal’s original letter, this book challenges believers to turn from empty religion and allow the Holy Spirit to conform them into Christ’s glorious image.



(7) THE LORD'S WORK IN THE LORD'S WAY & NO LITTLE PEOPLE by Francis Schaeffer w/ Foreword by Ray Ortlund

A Collection of Sermons on Christian Leadership from Theologian Francis A. Schaeffer

Christians serving the Lord can fall into two traps: depending too heavily on their own power or underestimating their God-given purpose. In this collection of classic sermons, renowned theologian and philosopher Francis A. Schaeffer teaches believers how to rely on the Holy Spirit—not personal effort or status—in matters of service and leadership.

This short book includes an excerpt from Schaeffer’s sermon, “The Lord’s Work in the Lord’s Way,” plus 2 sermons from the book No Little People. Covering topics including humility and servanthood, Christian office, spiritual battles, and trusting God’s methods, Schaeffer encourages pastors, students, and church members to live as consecrated people, working humbly for God’s approval instead of human praise.

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(1) HEAVEN IS A WORLD OF LOVE by Jonathan Edwards with Foreword by Sam Storms
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Having battled depression and discouragement himself for most of his years in ministry, Spurgeon encourages the downtrodden to hold fast to the promises of God,.

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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

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Acknowledgments

Notes

Recommended Reading

General Index

Scripture Index

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(1) SUFFERING: Gospel Hope When Life Doesn't Make Sense

Sometimes life doesn’t make sense. When death, illness, unemployment, or a difficult relationship challenges everything we thought we knew, we can feel utterly unprepared to cope. Best-selling author Paul David Tripp weaves together his personal story, years of counseling experience, and biblical insights to help us in the midst of suffering, identifying 6 traps to avoid—including doubt, discouragement, and denial—and 6 comforts to embrace—including God’s presence, God’s people, and God’s grace. Exploring a wide range of common experiences, this raw yet hope-filled book will empower readers to cling to God's promises when trials come and then move forward with the hope of the gospel.

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Humans are hardwired for awe. Our hearts are always captured by something—that’s how God made us. But sin threatens to distract us from the glory of our Creator. All too often, we stand in awe of everything but God.

Uncovering the lies we believe about all the earthly things that promise us peace, life, and contentment, Paul Tripp redirects our gaze to God’s awe-inducing glory—showing how such a vision has the potential to impact our every thought, word, and deed.

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365 Gospel-Centered Devotions for the Whole Year

Mornings can be tough. Sometimes, a hearty breakfast and strong cup of coffee just aren’t enough. Offering more than a rush of caffeine, best-selling author Paul David Tripp wants to energize you with the most potent encouragement imaginable: the gospel.

Forget “behavior modification” or feel-good aphorisms. Tripp knows that what we really need is an encounter with the living God. Then we’ll be prepared to trust in God’s goodness, rely on his grace, and live for his glory each and every day.

(4) PARENTING: 14 Gospel Principles That Can Radically Change Your Family

Winner of the ECPA Book of the Year Award for Christian Living

What is your calling as a parent?

In the midst of folding laundry, coordinating carpool schedules, and breaking up fights, many parents get lost. Feeling pressure to do everything “right” and raise up “good” children, it’s easy to lose sight of our ultimate purpose as parents in the quest for practical tips and guaranteed formulas.

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Freed from the burden of trying to manufacture life-change in our children’s hearts, we can embrace a grand perspective of parenting overflowing with vision, purpose, and joy.

(5) WHITER THAN SNOW: Meditations on Sin and Mercy from Psalm 51

What do you do when you've really blown it? Is sin really as dangerous and is grace really as powerful as the Bible says they are? Is there such a thing as a new beginning?

Sin and grace-these are the two themes of our lives. We all blow it and we all need to start over again. In Psalm 51, David tells his story of moral failure, personal awareness, grief, confession, repentance, commitment, and hope. And because David's story is every believer's story, Psalm 51 is every believer's psalm. It tells how we, as broken sinners, can be brutally honest with God and yet stand before him without fear.

Whiter Than Snow unpacks this powerful little psalm in fifty-two meditations, reminding readers that by God's grace there is mercy for every wrong and grace for every new beginning. Designed for busy believers, these brief and engaging meditations are made practical by the reflection questions that conclude each chapter.

(6) REDEEMING MONEY: How God Reveals and Reorients Our Hearts

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.

In this practical and hopeful book, best-selling author Paul David Tripp shows us how to view and interact with money in a God-honoring way. Through chapters that expose the depths of our heart struggles and our need for grace, this book offers a roadmap to find peace, generosity, and joy in the world that God created.

(7) SEX & MONEY: Pleasures That Leave You Empty and Grace That Satisfies

Pleasure.

We live in a world obsessed with finding it, passionate to enjoy it, and desperate to maintain it. Chief among such pleasures are sex and money—two pleasures unrivaled in their power to captivate our attention, demand our worship, and drive us to hide or to despair.

You don't have to look far to see that we are in big trouble in both areas. Many of us see the battle. We feel the strain of the war. And we are eager for freedom in a world gone mad.

Seasoned counselor and pastor Paul David Tripp pulls back the curtain on the lies that surround us and on the distortions we often overlook. As Tripp thoughtfully exposes the insanity of our culture, he also wisely speaks to our own tendencies to fall prey to sexual and financial idolatry.

Sex and Money ultimately directs us to God’s Word and the liberating power of the gospel, offering real-world advice, and giving us the guidance we need to find true joy and enduring satisfaction.

(8) SEX IN A BROKEN WORLD: How Christ Redeems What Sin Distorts

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

Sexuality is a fundamental part of what it means to be human—part of God’s beautiful design when he created all things. And yet, sex in our world today looks nothing like the way that God intended it to be. Sexual brokenness surrounds us and, in one way or another, affects us all.

This sexual brokenness reveals our deep need for redemption—something quick fixes, mere behavior modification, or a set of rules can’t provide. Honest and direct yet kind and caring, this book points us to the only place we can find help for sexual brokenness—the transforming grace of Jesus Christ. Only this grace offers hope for a life of freedom, purity, and joy as God intended.

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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.

“As with a timeless hymn lyric, Tripp has the great ability to grasp the vast riches of biblical truth and distill it for us in creative, compelling, and wonderfully practical ways. His writing has regularly shaped how we think as individuals, parents, and songwriters.” -Keith and Kristyn Getty, hymn writers; recording artists

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THE SUPREMACY OF GOD IN PREACHING: Revised and Expanded Edition
JOHN PIPER

A Revised and Expanded Edition of John Piper’s Enduring Work

People are starving for the greatness of God. Where will their souls be fed? Can they say, “I have looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory”? As we look out over the wasteland of a secular society, do we not ask, “Who but Christian preachers will say to the people, ‘Behold your God!’?” Who will paint for them the landscape of God’s grandeur? Who will remind them with tales of wonder that God has triumphed over every foe? Who will cry out above every crisis, “Your God reigns!”?

John Piper pleads for preachers to make the supremacy of God the bracing air of their sermons. He longs to see a new generation of preachers, and a revived band of seasoned brothers, set aflame with the grandeur of God—his glory as the goal of preaching, his cross as the ground of preaching, his Spirit as the power of preaching.

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Part 1: Why God Should Be Supreme in Preaching

Chapter 1: The Goal of Preaching: The Glory of God

Chapter 2: The Ground of Preaching: The Cross of Christ

Chapter 3: The Gift of Preaching: The Power of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 4: The Gravity and Gladness of Preaching

Part 2: How to Make God Supreme in Preaching: Guidance from the Ministry of Jonathan Edwards

Chapter 5: Keep God Central: The Life of Jonathan Edwards

Chapter 6: Submit to Sweet Sovereignty: The Theology of Edwards

Chapter 7: Make God Supreme: The Preaching of Edwards

Part 3: After Thirty-Three Years: God Still Supreme in Preaching and Ministry

Chapter 8: Jonathan Edwards Thirty-Three Years Later: Clarifications and Confirmation

Chapter 9: In Honor of Tethered Preaching: John Calvin and the Entertaining Pastor

Chapter 10: Preaching as Concept Creation, Not Just Contextualization

Chapter 11: Thirty Reasons Why It Is a Great Thing to Be a Pastor

Conclusion

ENDORSEMENTS

“Here’s a book that every preacher should read at least once a year. This book is a powerful antidote to the unbalanced, self-centered preaching of today.” -Erwin W. Lutzer, Pastor Emeritus, The Moody Church, Chicago

“This book calls us back to a biblical standard for preaching, a standard exemplified by many of the pulpit giants of the past, especially Jonathan Edwards and Charles Spurgeon.” -Warren W. Wiersbe, Former General Director, Back to the Bible

“The Bible is not a book of practical suggestions on how to live a better adjusted life. The Bible is a revelation of God. The Supremacy of God in Preaching reminds preachers of what we easily forget to our peril and the peril of the people in our care.” -Haddon Robinson, Former Professor of Preaching, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary

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“John Piper passionately and prophetically calls all preachers to make God supreme over any method and in every message. The plan is too simple for a fallen world to notice and too powerful for a faithful preacher to ignore.” -Bryan Chapell, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

JOHN PIPER is founder and lead teacher of desiringGod.org and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary. He served for thirty-three years as the pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and is the author of more than fifty books, including Desiring God; Don’t Waste Your Life; and Reading the Bible Supernaturally.

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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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(1) COME. LET US ADORE HIM: A Daily Advent Devotional by Paul David Tripp

The wonder and awe of the Christmas season can easily get overshadowed by lights, tinsel, bows, and paper—not to mention last-minute trips to the mall and visits to the in-laws. In all the hustle and bustle, we often lose sight of what’s most important. This book of daily readings for the month of December by best-selling author Paul David Tripp will help you slow down, prepare your heart, and focus on what matters most: adoring our Savior, Jesus.

“It's not uncommon for me to hear friends and members of the church I pastor talk of how ‘Christmas snuck up on them.’ Paul David Tripp has written a fantastic Advent devotional for individuals or families, and it's the perfect solution for preparing our hearts and homes to celebrate what's really going on underneath the tinsel and the trees.” -Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel

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“In the chaos, inadequacies, and fears that all too often overshadow the Advent season, it is easy to forget that this day, above all other days, speaks of stillness, welcome, and assurance. It tells us that we have been, and are now, completely loved—no matter if we remember all the presents or if the lights on our tree won’t work. This devotional will help us remember the great love with which we have been loved. Read its pages, share it with your family. Enter into that manger scene. And breathe.” -Elyse Fitzpatrick, author, Give Them Grace

Introduction to the Readings

December 1 - Luke 2:13,14; Rev. 5:8-11

December 2 - Hebrews 12:1-3

December 3 - Micah 5:1-6

December 4 - Revelation 19:1-10

December 5 - Ephesians 2:1-10

December 6 - 2 Corinthians 5:17-21

December 7 - Hebrews 1:1-4

December 8 - Ephesians 2:11-22

December 9 - Philippians 3:12-20

December 10 - John 14:1-14

December 11 - Matthew 6:19-33

December 12 - Romans 5:6-11

December 13 - Galatians 4:4-7

December 14 - 2 Corinthians 5 14-16

December 15 - Isaiah 9:6,7; 7:14,15

December 16 - Isaiah 53:2-5; Luke 24:24-25,46-49

December 17 - James 4:1-10

December 18 - Philippians 2:5-8; 1 Peter 1:3-5

December 19 - Romans 5:1-5

December 20 - James 1:22-24

December 21 - Luke 18:9-14; Philippians 3:1-11

December 22 - Romans 8:31-39

December 23 - Psalm 95

December 24 - Genesis 3:1-7; Matthew 4:1-11; Ephesians 6:10-20

December 25 - 1 Corinthians 1:20-31; Titus 3:1-11

December 26 - Psalm 33:7; Jeremiah 14:22; Psalm 67:4; Proverbs 21:1; Acts 17:26; Daniel 4:34,35

December 27 - Ephesians 2:1-9

December 28 - Psalm 22:26; John 6:1-14

December 29 - 2 Peter 1:3-9

December 30 - 1 John 3:1-3

December 31 - Romans 3:10-23; 5:6-11



(2) GOOD NEWS OF GREAT JOY: 25 Devotional Readings for Advent by John Piper

25 Advent Readings by Pastor and Author John Piper

'Come, let us adore him.' This beloved Advent refrain captures the heart of the season. Advent is for adoring Jesus. It is a season of preparation to ready our hearts for the glory of Christmas Day as we celebrate the coming of the eternal God in our frail humanity. These twenty-five short devotional readings from John Piper aim to help you keep Christ at the center of the Advent season.

Introduction: What Does Jesus Want This Christmas?

December 1: Prepare the Way (Luke 1:16–17)

December 2: Mary’s Magnificent God (Luke 1:46–55)

December 3: The Long-Awaited Visitation (Luke 1:68–71)

December 4: For God’s Little People (Luke 2:1–5)

December 5: No Detour from Calvary (Luke 2:6–7)

December 6: Peace to Those with Whom God’s Pleased (Luke 2:12–14)

December 7: Messiah for the Magi (Matthew 2:1–2)

December 8: Bethlehem’s Supernatural Star (Matthew 2:2)

December 9: Two Kinds of Opposition to Jesus (Matthew 2:3)

December 10: Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh (Matthew 2:10–11)

December 11: Why Jesus Came (Hebrews 2:14–15)

December 12: Replacing the Shadows (Hebrews 8:1–2)

December 13: The Final Reality Is Here (Hebrews 8:1–2)

December 14: Making It Real for His People (Hebrews 8:6)

December 15: Life and Death at Christmas (John 10:10)

December 16: God’s Most Successful Setback (Philippians 2:9–11)

December 17: The Greatest Salvation Imaginable (Jeremiah 31:31)

December 18: The Christmas Model for Missions (John 17:18)

December 19: Christmas Is for Freedom (Hebrews 2:14–15)

December 20: Christmas Solidarity (1 John 3:8)

December 21: The Birth of the Ancient of Days (John 18:37)

December 22: That You May Believe (John 20:30–31)

December 23: God’s Indescribable Gift (Romans 5:10–11)

December 24: The Son of God Appeared (1 John 3:7–8)

December 25: Three Christmas Presents (1 John 3:7–8)

Conclusion: My Favorite Christmas Text

Appendix: Old Testament Shadows and the Coming of Christ

Endorsements:

“These Advent devotions from the pen of John Piper may be brief, but you will find in them the depth and richness of thought that Piper is well-known for. With a sense of joyful reverence, he holds us by the hand and takes us into the inner sanctuary of the incarnation. As we pause at the fountainhead of the Son born to us in Bethlehem, we are primed to appreciate even more the gushing floods of love in his mangled form on Calvary. If you want your Christmas season to be spiritually enriched, marinate it with thoughts from this book!” -Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

“Good News of Great Joy brings within our reach a fresh discovery of the glory of Christmas. What a relief, for busy people like every one of us, to sit down for 10 minutes each day in Advent and think about Jesus our Savior—and rest, rejoice, revive!” -Ray Ortlund, Pastor to Pastors, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“How can we experience Advent in a way that is advantageous to our souls after December 25? By beholding and enjoying the glory of God in the incarnate Christ, your Savior, your Lord, your brother, your friend. John Piper’s Good News of Great Joy takes you on an exploration of the good news of Christmas, inviting you to join him in wonder, awe, and a joy that surpasses holiday cheer. This book is about everlasting joy, and Piper will point you to it, to him, Jesus Christ.” -J. A. Medders, author, Humble Calvinism; Pastor, Risen Church, Houston, Texas



(3) COME, THOU LONG EXPECTED JESUS: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas edited by Nancy Guthrie

Join Christians Past and Present in Celebrating the Promise of Christmas

Between purchasing presents and planning travel, enjoying holiday pageants and attending parties, it is all too easy for the busyness of Christmas to crowd out a quiet anticipation of this sacred season. This anthology edited by Nancy Guthrie draws from the works and sermons of classic theologians such as George Whitefield, Martin Luther, Charles Spurgeon, and Saint Augustine, and from leading contemporary teachers such as John Piper, Randy Alcorn, Tim Keller, and Joni Eareckson Tada to help readers enter into the wonder of Jesus’s incarnation and birth.

1. Contemplating Christmas by George Whitefield

2. Tabernacled Among Us by Joseph 'Skip' Ryan

3. The Maiden Mary by Martin Luther

4. Conceived by the Holy Spirit by John Piper

5.The Gifts of Christmas by Tim Keller

6. The Great Fulfillment by Martyn Lloyd-Jones

7. Joseph: Righteous & Kind by J. Ligon Duncan

8. To Be More Blessed Than Mary by Jonathan Edwards

9. Have You Any Room? by Charles H. Spurgeon

10. The Word Was Made Flesh by Saint Augustine

11. For Your Sakes He Became Poor by J.I. Packer

12. Unto Us a Child is Born by John Calvin

13. Wrapped in Humility by Alistair Begg

14, Shepherd Status by Randy Alcorn

15. Glory Revealed by John MacArthur

16. Good News of Great Joy by Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.

17. Seeing Jesus with the Shepherds by Francis Schaeffer

18, The Lessons of the Wise Men by J.C. Ryle

19. Gifts of Faith by James Montgomery Boice

20. Embarking on a Course of Redemption by R.C. Sproul

21. Those to whom Christ Comes by R. Kent Hughes

22. A Christmas Longing by Joni Eareckson Tada



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REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: Volume One, Revelation and God; Volume Two, Man and Christ; Volume Three: Spirit & Salvation
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

The aim of systematic theology is to engage not only the head but also the heart and hands. Only recently has the church compartmentalized these aspects of life—separating the academic discipline of theology from the spiritual disciplines of faith and obedience. This multi-volume work brings together rigorous historical and theological scholarship with spiritual disciplines and practical insights—characterized by a simple, accessible, comprehensive, Reformed, and experiential approach.

In this volume, Joel R. Beeke and Paul M. Smalley shift from the doctrine of God (theology proper) to the doctrine of humanity (anthropology) and the doctrine of Christ (Christology). This extensive reformed theology explores the Bible’s teaching about who we are and why we were created, as well as who Jesus is and why his divinity is essential to the Christian faith.

VOLUME TWO: MAN & CHRIST

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Part 3: Anthropology: The Doctrine of Man

Analytical Outline: Anthropology

Chapter 1: Introduction to Anthropology

Section A: The Doctrine of Creation

Chapter 2: The Creation of the World, Part 1: God the Creator

Chapter 3: The Creation of the World, Part 2: Historical and Theological Questions

Chapter 4: The Creation of the World, Part 3: Exegetical Questions

Chapter 5: The Creation of the World, Part 4: Scientific Questions

Section B: The Doctrine of Man’s Creation and Nature

Chapter 6: The Creation of Man by God

Chapter 7: The Controversy over the Historical Adam

Chapter 8: The Image of God, Part 1: Exegetical and Biblical Theology

Chapter 9: The Image of God, Part 2: Historical and Polemical Theology

Chapter 10: The Image of God, Part 3: Systematic and Practical Theology

Chapter 11: The Gender and Sexuality of Man

Chapter 12: The Constitution of Man, Part 1: Unity and Duality

Chapter 13: The Constitution of Man, Part 2: Body and Soul

Chapter 14: God’s Covenant with Adam, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Chapter 15: God’s Covenant with Adam, Part 2: Historical and Systematic Theology

Chapter 16: God’s Covenant with Adam, Part 3: Practical Implications

Section C: The Doctrine of Sin

Chapter 17: Introduction to the Doctrine of Sin

Chapter 18: The Fall of Man into Sin and Misery

Chapter 19: The State of Sin, Part 1: Historical Theology of Original Sin

Chapter 20: The State of Sin, Part 2: Universal Sin, Imputed Guilt, and Lack of Righteousness

Chapter 21: The State of Sin, Part 3: Total Depravity and Inability

Chapter 22: The Free Choice of the Will

Chapter 23: Actual Sins: The Diverse, Poisonous Fruit of Original Sin

Chapter 24: The Punishment of Sin by God

Chapter 25: Sin and the Believer

Chapter 26: Suffering and the Believer

Part 4: Christology: The Doctrine of Christ

Analytical Outline for Christology

Section A: The Doctrine of the Covenant of Grace

Chapter 27: Introduction to the Covenant of Grace

Chapter 28: Historical Perspectives on God’s Covenants

Chapter 29: The Perpetual Continuity of God’s Gospel

Chapter 30: The Eternal Covenant with God’s Son and Those in Union with Him

Chapter 31: The Diverse Administrations of God’s Covenant of Grace, Part 1: Noah, Abraham, and Moses

Chapter 32: The Diverse Administrations of the Covenant of Grace, Part 2: David and the New Covenant

Chapter 33: The Essential Unity of God’s Covenant of Grace

Chapter 34: The Abiding Duty to Obey God’s Moral Law

Chapter 35: The Church’s Union with Her Covenant God through Faith

Section B: The Doctrine of the Person of Christ

Chapter 36: Introduction to the Study of Christ’s Person and Work

Chapter 37: The Names of Christ

Chapter 38: The Deity of Christ

Chapter 39: Christ’s Incarnation, Part 1: The Coming of the Incarnate Son

Chapter 40: Christ’s Incarnation, Part 2: Humanity and Relations

Chapter 41: Christ’s Incarnation, Part 3: Historical Development of Orthodox Christology

Chapter 42: Christ’s Incarnation, Part 4: Theological Questions and Practical Applications

Section C: The Doctrine of the Work of Christ

Chapter 43: The Threefold Office of the One Mediator

Chapter 44: The Two States of Our Prophet, Priest, and King

Excursus: He Descended into Hell

Chapter 45: Christ’s Prophetic Work, Part 1: Introduction and Typology

Chapter 46: Christ’s Prophetic Work, Part 2: Revelation by the Word

Chapter 47: Christ’s Prophetic Work, Part 3: Illumination for His Prophetic People

Chapter 48: Christ’s Priestly Work, Part 1: Introduction to Christ’s Priestly Office

Chapter 49: Christ’s Priestly Work, Part 2: Penal Substitution for the Satisfaction of God’s Justice

Chapter 50: Christ’s Priestly Work, Part 3: Christ’s Sacrificial Obedience

Chapter 51: Christ’s Priestly Work, Part 4: The Perfections of Christ’s Sacrificial Accomplishment

Chapter 52: Christ’s Priestly Work, Part 5: Intercession for a Priestly People

Chapter 53: Christ’s Kingly Work, Part 1: Introduction, Victory, and Triumph

Chapter 54: Christ’s Kingly Work, Part 2: Power, Grace, and Glory

Chapter 55: Christ’s Kingly Work, Part 3: Christ’s Kingly People

Chapter 56: Practical Conclusion to Christology: The Centrality of Christ



VOLUME THREE: THE SPIRIT & SALVATION

Part 5: Pneumatology and Soteriology: The Doctrine of Salvation Applied by the Holy Spirit

Analytic Outline: Pneumatology and Soteriology

Section A: The Holy Spirit and the History of Salvation (Historia Salutis)

Chapter 1: Introduction to the Doctrine of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 2: The Work of the Holy Spirit in Creation and Common Grace

Chapter 3: The Spirit of God with Old Covenant Israel

Chapter 4: The Spirit and God the Son Incarnate

Chapter 5: Pentecost and Paraclete: Baptized with the Spirit

Chapter 6: The Gifts of the Spirit in the Church

Chapter 7: The Signs and Wonders of the Spirit

Chapter 8: The Holy Spirit and the New Creation

Section B: The Holy Spirit and the Order of Salvation (Ordo Salutis)

Chapter 9: Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 1: Biblical Themes

Chapter 10: Union with Christ by the Spirit, Part 2: Theological and Practical Considerations

Chapter 11: The Order of the Application of Salvation

Chapter 12: General Calling, Part 1: The Free Offer of the Gospel

Chapter 13: General Calling, Part 2: Preparatory Grace and the Spirit of Conviction

Chapter 14: General Calling, Part 3: Resisting, Testing, and Blaspheming the Holy Spirit

Chapter 15: Effectual Calling, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Chapter 16: Effectual Calling, Part 2: Theological Controversy

Chapter 17: Regeneration, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Chapter 18: Regeneration, Part 2: Theological Questions and Practical Application

Chapter 19: Conversion, Part 1: Repentance unto Life

Chapter 20: Conversion, Part 2: Faith in Jesus Christ

Chapter 21: Conversion, Part 3: The Exercise and Necessity of Faith

Chapter 22: Justification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Chapter 23: Justification, Part 2: Historical and Polemical Theology (Reformation)

Chapter 24: Justification, Part 3: Historical and Polemical Theology (Modern)

Chapter 25: Adoption, Part 1: Biblical Theology

Chapter 26: Adoption, Part 2: Systematic and Practical Considerations

Chapter 27: Sanctification, Part 1: Biblical Teaching

Chapter 28: Sanctification, Part 2: Theological Controversies

Chapter 29: Sanctification, Part 3: Practical Applications

Chapter 30: Preservation and Perseverance, Part 1: Biblical Promises and Warnings

Chapter 31: Preservation and Perseverance, Part 2: Resting and Running

Section C: The Holy Spirit and the Experience of Salvation (Experientia Salutis)

Chapter 32: The Indwelling, Leading, and Filling of the Holy Spirit

Chapter 33: Assurance of Salvation, Part 1: A Balanced, Biblical, Reformed Approach

Chapter 34: Assurance of Salvation, Part 2: The Sealing, Earnest, Witness, and Firstfruits of the Spirit

Chapter 35: The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 1: The Beatitudes

Chapter 36: The Marks of Grace in Christian Character, Part 2: The Fruit of the Spirit

Chapter 37: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 1: Introduction and the First Two Commandments

Chapter 38: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 2: The Third and Fourth Commandments

Chapter 39: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 3: The Fifth through Seventh Commandments

Chapter 40: Obedience to God’s Law, Part 4: The Eighth through Tenth Commandments and Conclusion

Chapter 41: The Fear of the Lord, Self-Denial, Sober Watchfulness, and Recovery from Backsliding

Chapter 42: Prayer and the Hope of Glorification

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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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.

Table of Contents:

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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(1) JESUS, KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS: Experiencing the Passion and Power of Easter

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Chapter 1: True Contemplation of the Cross (Martin Luther)

Chapter 2: He Set His Face to Go to Jerusalem (John Piper)

Chapter 3: An Innocent Man Crushed by God (Alistair Begg)

Chapter 4: The Cup (C. J. Mahaney)

Chapter 5: Gethsemane (R. Kent Hughes)

Chapter 6: Betrayed, Denied, Deserted (J. Ligon Duncan III)

Chapter 7: Then Did They Spit in His Face (Charles Spurgeon)

Chapter 8: The Silence of the Lamb (Adrian Rogers)

Chapter 9: The Sufferings of Christ (J. C. Ryle)

Chapter 10: Father, Forgive Them (John MacArthur)

Chapter 11: With Loud Cries and Tears (John Owen)

Chapter 12: That He Might Destroy the Works of the Devil (Martyn Lloyd-Jones)

Chapter 13: I Am Thirsty (Joseph “Skip” Ryan)

Chapter 14: God-Forsaken (Philip Graham Ryken)

Chapter 15: Cursed (R. C. Sproul)

Chapter 16: Into Your Hands I Commit My Spirit (James Montgomery Boice)

Chapter 17: Blood and Water (John Calvin)

Chapter 18: He Descended into Hell and Ascended into Heaven (J. I. Packer)

Chapter 19: A Sweet-Smelling Savor to God (Jonathan Edwards)

Chapter 20: The Most Important Word in the Universe (Raymond C. Ortlund Jr.)

Chapter 21: Resurrection Preview (Francis Schaeffer)

Chapter 22: Peace Be unto You (Saint Augustine)

Chapter 23: Knowing the Power of His Resurrection (Tim Keller)

Chapter 24: Sharing His Sufferings (Joni Eareckson Tada)

Chapter 25: Crucified with Christ (Stephen F. Olford)



(2) COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS: Experiencing the Peace and Promise of Christmas

TABLE OF CONTENTS WITH CHAPTER SUMMARY

Chapter 1: George Whitefield: Contemplating Christmas-An encouragement to pull away from frivolous holiday celebrations to truly contemplate the gift of the Incarnation.

Chapter 2: Skip Ryan: Tabernacled Among Us-An exposition of John 1:14 about what it means that Jesus became flesh and “dwelt” among us.

Chapter 3: Martin Luther: The Maiden Mary-An examination of Mary’s humility as a Jewish maiden, and her glad response to what God brought into her life.

Chapter 4: John Piper: Conceived by the Holy Spirit-An exploration of the work of the Holy Spirit in the conception of Jesus in Mary’s womb and what the angel told Mary about the child in her womb.

Chapter 5: Tim Keller: The Gifts of Christmas-Keller suggests four gifts we are given through Christmas—vulnerability for intimacy, comfort for suffering, passion for justice, power over prejudice.

Chapter 6: Martin Lloyd-Jones: The Great Fulfillment-A presentation of Jesus as the great fulfillment of all the prophecies and promises of the Old Testament.

Chapter 7: Ligon Duncan: Joseph: Righteous and Kind-A look at the character and faith of Joseph, Jesus’ earthly father.

Chapter 8: Jonathan Edwards: To Be More Blessed Than Mary-An exposition of Luke 11:27-28 in which Jesus said that the person who hears and keeps the Word of God is more blessed than Mary who bore and nursed the Son of God.

Chapter 9: Charles Spurgeon: Have You Any Room?-A sermon that presents all of the places where there was no room for Jesus—the inn, halls of government, temples of religion, places of business—and an invitation to make room for Jesus in your life.

Chapter 10: Saint Augustine: The Word Was Made Flesh-A meditation on what it means that the Word was With God and Was God and then was made flesh.

Chapter 11: J. I. Packer: For Your Sakes He Became Poor-Packer suggests that the key text for understanding the incarnation is 2 Corinthians 8:9: ‘ye know that grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might become rich.’

Chapter 12: John Calvin: Unto Us A Child is Born-A consideration of the promises of Isaiah 9 phrase by phrase.

Chapter 13: Alistair Begg: Wrapped in Humility-A view of the incarnation through Philippians 2:5-7 and what it means that the God of glory poured himself into the humble form of a human servant.

Chapter 14: Randy Alcorn: Shepherd Status-A history lesson on the place shepherds held in society and the implications of these lowly people being chosen as the first to hear about the birth of Jesus.

Chapter 15: John MacArthur: Glory Revealed-Isaiah promised that the glory of God would be revealed, and it was revealed fully in the person and work of Jesus Christ who was “the radiance of the glory of God.”

Chapter 16: Ray Ortlund, Jr.: Good News of Great Joy-Five reasons the birth of Jesus should give us joy just as the angels announced that the birth of Jesus was “good news of great joy,”

Chapter 17: Francis Shaeffer: Seeing Jesus With the Shepherds-Significant ways seeing Jesus changed the lives of simple shepherds forever, and how seeing Jesus should change our lives.

Chapter 18: J.C. Ryle: The Lessons of the Wise Men-The example of faith shown to us by the wise men who came to worship Jesus.

Chapter 19: James Boice: Gifts of Faith-An examination of gold, frankincense and myrrh and what each gift given to Jesus meant.

Chapter 20: R.C. Sproul: Embarking on a Course of Redemption-An exposition of the circumcision and naming of Jesus in the temple on his eighth day.

Chapter 21: R. Kent Hughes: Those To Whom Christ Comes-Insights into Simeon and Anna and their longing to see the Savior.

Chapter 22: Joni Eareckson Tada: A Christmas Longing-A connection of our Christmas longings to see Jesus to our longings for him to come again.

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WHY I LOVE THE APOSTLE PAUL: 30 Reasons
JOHN PIPER

“Besides Jesus, no one has kept me from despair, or taken me deeper into the mysteries of the gospel, than the apostle Paul.” —John Piper

No one has had a greater impact on the world for eternal good than the apostle Paul—except Jesus himself. For John Piper, this impact is very personal. He does not just admire and trust Paul. He loves him. Piper gives us thirty glimpses into why his heart and mind respond this way.

Can a Christian-killer really endure 195 lashes from a heart of love? Can a mystic who thinks he was caught up into heaven be a model of lucid rationality? Can an ethnocentric Jew write the most beautiful call to reconciliation? Can a person who lives with the unceasing anguish of empathy be always rejoicing? Can a man’s description of the horrors of human sin be exceeded by his delight in human splendor? Can a man with a backbone of steel be as tender as a nursing mother?

If we know this man—if we see what Piper sees—we too will love him. Paul’s testimony is a matter of life and death. Piper invites you into his relationship with Paul in the hope that you will know life, forever.

Table of Contents

Introduction: Liar, Lunatic, or Loved?

Part 1: The Beautiful Transformation

1. From Angry Killer to Apostle of Christ

2. Beyond Rational Persuasion to the Revelation of Glory

3. Steady in His Calling through Incomparable Sufferings

4. Unwavering Love for Those Who Scourged Him

5. Unshakeable Contentment Whether Abased or Abounding

Part 2: Loving the Man Who Shaped My Life

6. Magnifying Christ through a Satisfying Death

7. Love for People as the Overflow of Joy in God

8. From Rabid Ethnic Arrogance to Herald of Deepest Reconciliation

9. My Friend with the Best News during Cancer

10. Learning Late in Life to Know and Kill My Most Besetting Sins

Part 3: A Mind for Logic, a Heart for Love

11. Rigorous in Reasoning, Transparent in Feeling

12. Speaking with Feeling about the Glory of Christ, Not Religious Activity

13. From Logic on Fire to Lyrics of Love

14. Turning High Thoughts to the Help of the Lowly

Part 4: Making the Mysteries Sing

15. More Awed by the Glory Revealed than the Glory Concealed

16. Reveling in God’s Power in and through Ours

17. A Global Grasp of Suffering and a Heart of Personal Empathy

18. The Horror of Human Sin, the Hope of Human Splendor

19. Showing the Truth of Christian Freedom, but Not in a Simplistic Way

Part 5: A Personal Passion for Precious Community

20. Not Lonely at the Top, but Linked with Precious Friends

21. Christ Was All-Sufficient, and Community Was Crucial

22. Backbone, Blunt, and Beautifully Affirming

23. Zeal for Gospel Accuracy, Slow to Take Personal Offense

24. Not a Conforming Chameleon, and Not a Ministering Maverick

Part 6: Counting Others More Significant than Himself

25. Lover of God’s Sovereignty with Tears for the Lost

26. Apostle of the Happy God and the Hard Life of Spreading Joy

27. Admitting Imperfections and Turning Them for Love

28. Unrivaled Success as a Missionary, with No Conceit

29. The Pursuit of Pure Doctrine and Passion for the Poor

Part 7: The Best Gift Paul Could Give

30. The Greatest Chapter in the Bible and the Most Important Promise in My Life

A Final Commendation: Paul’s Christ-Embodying Love for Me

General Index

Scripture Index

Desiring God Note on Resources

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MAN OF SORROWS, KING OF GLORY: What the Humiliation and Exaltation of Jesus Mean for Us
JONTY RHODES

What the Person and Work of Jesus Really Means

Christians, rightly called “people of the cross,” look to Jesus’s death and resurrection as the central points of his earthly mission. But in order to understand more fully the person and work of Christ, it’s important for believers to fix their minds on his entire ministry—his life, death, resurrection, and ongoing ministry today—and not solely on his work on the cross.

In Man of Sorrows, King of Glory, Jonty Rhodes uses the traditional roles of Jesus as prophet, priest, and king (often referred to as his “threefold office”) to show how his whole life—in humiliation on earth and now exaltation in glory—is lived for us. As believers explore Jesus’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension, they will develop a holistic portrait of the Messiah and a deeper appreciation for God’s plan to reclaim sinners.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Part 1: The Journey of the Son of God

Chapter 1: Man of Sorrows! What a Name: The Whole Christ and the Whole Cross

Chapter 2: For the Son of God, Who Came: The Person of Christ

Part 2: To the Far Country: Christ's Humiliation

Chapter 3: Bearing Shame and Scoffing Rude: The Humiliation of Christ

Chapter 4: "It Is Finished!" Was His Cry: The Humiliation of Christ Our Prophet

Chapter 5: In My Place Condemned He Stood: The Humiliation of Christ Our Priest

Chapter 6: Ruined Sinners to Reclaim: The Humiliation of Christ Our King

Part 3: To the Father's Right Hand: Christ's Exaltation

Chapter 7: Now in Heaven Exalted High: The Exaltation of Christ

Chapter 8: Then Anew This Song We'll Sing: The Exaltation of Christ Our Prophet

Chapter 9: Sealed My Pardon with His Blood: The Exaltation of Christ Our Priest

Chapter 10: When He Comes Our Glorious King: The Exaltation of Christ Our King

Acknowledgments

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Too often, Christians think narrowly about Jesus’s saving work, as though saying ‘Christ died for our sins’ exhausts the gospel. Jonty Rhodes gives us a more full-orbed view of the work of Christ, taking us back to classical formulations of Christ’s threefold office (prophet, priest, and king) and twofold state (humiliation and exaltation). Man of Sorrows, King of Glory is theologically rich while remaining accessible and devotional. This edifying book will help Christians understand Jesus more fully and love him more deeply.” -Gavin Ortlund, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church of Ojai; author, Finding the Right Hills to Die On

“As soon as we begin to speak of Jesus, we’re doing the work of theology. This book provides sound teaching for that task, exploring the person and work of Christ with a fresh sense of wonder. Man of Sorrows, King of Glory is rich without being dense, theological without being stuffy, and corrective without being combative.” -Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden

“This book is full of biblical insight and draws on a rich stock of historic Reformed theologians. In Man of Sorrows, King of Glory, we move from Adam to the new creation and see how in Christ’s exaltation he becomes the human king the world has been awaiting. Jonty Rhodes shows that the death and resurrection of Jesus have so much more importance for Christians than we usually recognize.” -Simon Gathercole, Professor of New Testament and Early Christianity, University of Cambridge

“Some people think that being Reformed means believing in the five solas of the Reformation or the five points of Calvinism. In his book Man of Sorrows, King of Glory, Jonty Rhodes shows us that the Reformed faith is deeper and broader, as he invites us to look at the person and work of Christ from the perspective of his twofold state (humiliation and exaltation) and threefold office (prophet, priest, and king) set within the drama of the relationship between Father and Son. This book helps us understand the gospel through new eyes as we see the rich structures that undergird Reformed theology. I hope all Christian ministers will encourage every church member to read it!” -Jonathan Gibson, Associate Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary

“Rare are the books that make forgotten theology accessible. Rarer still are those that do so while retaining their sense of wonder. In Man of Sorrows, King of Glory, we dive deep into ancient truths concerning the person and work of the Lord Jesus Christ. Combining biblical insight with devotional application, this book is one to read slowly, prayerfully, and joyfully. And as we do so, we can’t fail to find ourselves in awe and love and praise at the humiliation and exaltation of so great a Savior.” -Dave Gobbett, Lead Minister, Highfields Church, Cardiff, Wales; Trustee, World Alive

AUTHOR

JONTY RHODES is minister of Christ Church Central Leeds, a congregation of the International Presbyterian Church in Leeds, United Kingdom. He has spent the last ten years planting churches in England and is the author of Covenants Made Simple. Jonty is married to Georgina, and they have four children.

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DEEPER: Real Change for Real Sinners & HOW DOES GOD CHANGE US? (Companion Volume to 'DEEPER')
DANE C. ORTLUND

“Grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” —2 Peter 3:18

How do Christians grow? Few question the call of the Bible to grow in godliness, but the answer to exactly how this happens is often elusive.

In this book, Dane Ortlund points believers to Christ, making the case that sanctification does not happen by doing more or becoming better, but by going deeper into the wondrous gospel truths that washed over them when they were first united to him.

Drawing on wisdom from figures throughout church history, Ortlund encourages readers to fix their gaze on Jesus in the battle against sin, casting themselves upon his grace and living out their invincible identity in Christ.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Chapter 1: Jesus

Chapter 2: Despair

Chapter 3: Union

Chapter 4: Embrace

Chapter 5: Acquittal

Chapter 6: Honesty

Chapter 7: Pain

Chapter 8: Breathing

Chapter 9: Supernaturalized

Conclusion

ENDORSEMENTS

“This lovely, easy-to-read primer by Dane Ortlund grounds our discipleship in the glowing center of Christianity—our Lord Jesus. It’s easy to think that as we grow as Christians, we move on to ‘higher things’ (whatever that means!), when in fact we simply need to learn the beauty and depth of Jesus and all that he’s done for us. That’s what Ortlund helps us do here. This book will bless you!” -Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

“That angst in your soul for more is a part of the growing process—a gift of hunger and thirst that Jesus, the inexhaustible well, will fill. In Deeper, Dane Ortlund reminds us that the angst is satisfied not by behavioral modification or some quick fix but by the beauty of friendship with Jesus and the peace more deeply accepted in our souls. If you are hungry and thirsty for more life, more joy, more peace, and more Jesus, this is a book for you.” -Matt Chandler, Lead Pastor, The Village Church, Dallas, Texas; President, Acts 29 Church Planting Network; author, The Mingling of Souls and The Explicit Gospel

“Having marinated in the wisdom, beauty, and encouragement of Dane’s new book, I totally understand why my friend chose deeper as the primary image for the title. How does God change us as his beloved daughters and sons? Think less of climbing a mountain and more of swimming in a deep ocean of the always-more-ness of Jesus. If you’ve ever wondered what the Bible really means by ‘fixing our gaze on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith,’ this should be the next book you spend time with. Dane helps us understand that the gospel is more of a person to adore and know than theological propositions and categories to master.” -Scotty Ward Smith, Pastor Emeritus, Christ Community Church, Franklin, Tennessee; Teacher in Residence, West End Community Church, Nashville, Tennessee

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A QUEST FOR GODLINESS and TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY
JAMES I. PACKER

A QUEST FOR GODLINESS: The Puritan Vision of the Christian Life

By J. I. Packer

A Quest for Godliness explores the depth and breadth of Puritan spiritual life. Drawing on a lifetime of study, Packer surveys the lives and teachings of great Puritan leaders such as John Owen, Richard Baxter, and Jonathan Edwards. He examines the Puritan view of the Bible, spiritual gifts, the Sabbath, worship, social action, and the family. The Puritans’ faith, Packer argues, stands in marked contrast with the superficiality of modern western Christianity.

In a time of failing vision and decaying values, this powerful portrait of the Puritans is a beacon of hope that calls us to radical commitment and action, both desperately needed today. Beautifully written, A Quest for Godliness is a moving and challenging exploration of Puritan life and thought. Here is J. I. Packer at his very best.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

PART ONE- THE PURITANS IN PROFILE

Why We Need the Puritans

Puritanism as a Movement of Revival

The Practical Writings of the English Puritans

PART TWO- THE PURITANS AND THE BIBLE

John Owen on Communication from God

The Puritans as Interpreters of Scripture

The Puritan Conscience

PART THREE- THE PURITANS AND THE GOSPEL

'Saved by His Precious Blood': An Introduction to John Owen's 'The Death of Death in the Death of Christ'

The Doctrine of Justification in Development and Decline Among the Puritans

The Puritan View of Preaching the Gospel

PART FOUR- THE PURITANS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT

The Witness of the Spirit in Puritan Thought

The Spirituality of John Owen

John Owen on the Spiritual Gifts

PART FIVE- THE PURITAN CHRISTIAN LIFE

The Puritans and the Lord's Day

The Puritan Approach to Worship

Marriage and Family in Puritan Thought

PART SIX- THE PURITANS IN MINISTRY

Puritan Preaching

Puritan Evangelism

Jonathan Edwards and Revival

Afterword

(2) TAKING GOD SERIOUSLY: Vital Things We Need to Know

By J. I. Packer

Explaining the essentials of the faith, renowned theologian and author J. I. Packer outlines the core commitments that are common to those of us who profess belief in Jesus. Here is a call to discipleship in mere Christianity—the business of taking God seriously.

Table of Contents

1. Taking Faith Seriously

2. Taking Doctrine Seriously

3. Taking Christian Unity Seriously

4. Taking Repentance Seriously

5. Taking the Church Seriously

6. Taking the Holy Spirit Seriously

7. Taking Baptism Seriously

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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

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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

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IN THE LORD I TAKE REFUGE: 150 Daily Devotions through the Psalms
DANE C. ORTLUND

Experience the Depth of the Psalms with Pastor and Author Dane Ortlund

The Psalms could be called the Bible’s devotional. Each psalm reflects on the greatness of who God is and how he cares for his people. Written with profound emotion, each psalm sheds light on the raw experiences of the human heart, revealing how God’s people should turn to him in times of anguish, pain, remorse, joy, and thanksgiving.

In the Lord I Take Refuge invites readers to experience the Psalms in a new way through heartfelt devotional content written by Dane Ortlund. Each reading is short enough to read in five minutes or less and will encourage believers to thoughtfully ponder and pray through each of the 150 Psalms. To further enhance the reading experience, this book features the full text of the English Standard Version Psalms; a large font; and thick, cream-colored paper. All of these features, along with a helpful introduction on how to read the Psalms devotionally, encourage believers to pause and reflect on the riches of each text as they commune daily with the Lord.



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ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-7770-3

Published: July 27, 2021



“Here it is! A devotional book based on the Bible’s own devotional book. It is an idea so obvious we may have missed it because—unlike our spiritual forefathers, who often read through the book of Psalms every week—we have allowed ourselves to be obsessed with the short term and the quick fix and to become devoted to the latest thing. But now the author whose Gentle and Lowly has helped so many to see Christ more clearly takes us gently by the hand to Jesus’s own devotional manual, the prayer book he loved, and the blueprint for his own life and ministry, and leads us to him all over again, day after day. Thank you, Dane Ortlund, for more treasure!” --Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“A book like this is hard to find: not a commentary on the Psalms but a brief model, from a trusted voice, on how to meditate on them. Come to be fed by Dane’s meditations and learn how to meditate for yourself; to take a word or phrase in context and linger over it to obtain food, in Christ, for your soul; and to enrich and deepen your own communion with Christ in the Bible’s songbook. Take up and feed.” --David Mathis, Senior Teacher and Executive Editor, desiringGod.org; Pastor, Cities Church, Saint Paul, Minnesota; author, Habits of Grace

“This world has beauty and delight as well as brokenness and pain. As joy and sorrow mingle together, we long for words to express both our cries for deliverance and our songs of rejoicing. Dane Ortlund’s new devotional, In the Lord I Take Refuge, invites us to commune with God through the words of the Psalms. These encouraging daily reflections will guide your prayers, refresh your heart, and strengthen your soul as you walk with God in the ups and downs of life.” --Melissa B. Kruger, Director of Women’s Initiatives, The Gospel Coalition; author, Growing Together

“This devotional book beautifully reminds us that we need no better devotional material than the Psalms themselves. Dane Ortlund is pointing the way, serving as a wise and restrained guide to help us enter and join the prayers and praises of the psalter. He never fails to point us to Christ, the Savior who shines through the Psalms from beginning to end.” --Kathleen Nielson, author; speaker; Senior Adviser, The Gospel Coalition

“This is a book to keep by your bed, to begin or end each day feeding on these words God has given to us to pray and sing back to him. Dane’s brief insights into each psalm help us to bridge the gap between the psalmist’s time and our own, between his battles, questions, joys, desires, and laments and our own, leading us to love and worship.” --Nancy Guthrie, Bible teacher; author, Even Better than Eden



Dane C. Ortlund (PhD, Wheaton College) serves as senior pastor of Naperville Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Illinois. He is the author of Gentle and Lowly: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers and Deeper: Real Change for Real Sinners. Dane and his wife, Stacey, have five children.

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GENTLE AND LOWLY: The Heart of Christ for Sinners and Sufferers
DANE C. ORTLUND

Christians can easily feel that Jesus is perpetually disappointed and frustrated, maybe even close to giving up on them. They know what Christ has done for them—but who is he? How does he feel about his people amid all their sins and failures?

In Matthew 11, Jesus describes himself as “gentle and lowly in heart,” longing for his people to find rest in him. This book reflects on his words, diving deep into Bible passages that speak of Christ’s affections for sinners and encouraging believers as they journey, weary and faltering, toward heaven.

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Published: April 07, 2020

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

1. His Very Heart

2. His Heart in Action

3. The Happiness of Christ

4. Able to Sympathize

5. He Can Deal Gently

6. I Will Never Cast Out

7. What Our Sins Evoke

8. To the Uttermost

9. An Advocate

10. The Beauty of the Heart of Christ

11. The Emotional Life of Christ

12. A Tender Friend

13. Why the Spirit?

14. Father of Mercies

15. His “Natural” Work and His “Strange” Work

16. The Lord, the Lord

17. His Ways Are Not Our Ways

18. Yearning Bowels

19. Rich in Mercy

20. Our Law-ish Hearts, His Lavish Heart

21. He Loved Us Then; He’ll Love Us Now

22. To the End

23. Buried in His Heart Forevermore

Epilogue

Acknowledgments

General Index

Scripture Index

ENDORSEMENTS

“Gentle and Lowly comes from the pen of someone who has not just profited from reading the Puritans—but who, more importantly, has read the Bible under their tutelage. One short book can never be enough to convey all the glory of the character of Christ, but this book deftly unpacks something we often overlook: Christ is meek and lowly in heart and gives rest to those who labor and are burdened. Written with pastoral gentleness and quiet beauty, it teases out what twenty biblical texts contribute to this portrait of the heart of Christ, all of it brought together to bring comfort, strength, and rest to believers.” --D. A. Carson, Cofounder and Theologian-at-Large, The Gospel Coalition

“The title of this book immediately evoked within me a sense of longing, hope, and gratitude. The message it contains is a balm for every heart that feels pierced by sin or sorrow—whether from within or without. It is an invitation to experience the sweet consolations of a Savior who moves toward us with tenderness and grace, when we know we deserve just the opposite from him.” --Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth, author; Founder, Revive Our Hearts and True Woman

“On the rough, rocky, and often dark path between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet,’ there is nothing your weary heart needs more than to know the beauty of the heart of Jesus. It is that beauty that alone has the power to overwhelm all the ugly you will encounter along the way. I have read no book that more carefully, thoroughly, and tenderly displays Christ’s heart than what Dane Ortlund has written. As if I was listening to a great symphony, I was moved in different ways in different passages but left each feeling hugely blessed to know that what was being described was the heart of my Savior, my Lord, my Friend, and my Redeemer. I can’t think of anyone in the family of God who wouldn’t be greatly helped by spending time seeing the heart of Jesus through the eyes of such a gifted guide as Ortlund.” --Paul David Tripp, President, Paul Tripp Ministries; author, New Morning Mercies and My Heart Cries Out

“The Puritans breathed Christ-centered practices: they embraced the Bible as a lifeline, exercised it like a muscle, and relied upon it like a bulletproof vest. They knew how to hate their sin without hating themselves because they understood that Christ’s grace is an ever-present Person, a Person who understands our situation and our needs better than we do. They understood that we suffer because of sin. Dane Ortlund masterfully handles a treasure trove of Puritan wisdom and deftly presents it to the Christian reader. Read this book and pray that the Holy Spirit reveals Christ to you as the Puritans understood him, and you will be refreshed to understand God’s grace in a whole new way.” --Rosaria Butterfield, Former Professor of English, Syracuse University; author, The Gospel Comes with a House Key

“‘He is so strong that he can afford to be gentle.’ That old movie line is more than a throwaway sentiment when we consider the theological precision and pastoral heart of Dane Ortlund describing God’s heart toward those who are weak, weary, sin-sick, and despairing. The insights of Gentle and Lowly are truly a river of mercy flowing from the throne of God, through great pastors of the past, and into precious and powerful ministry for today.” --Bryan Chapell, Pastor Emeritus, Grace Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Illinois

“My life has been transformed by the beautiful, staggering truths in this book. Dane Ortlund lifts our eyes to see Christ’s compassion-filled heart for sinners and sufferers, proving that Jesus is no reluctant savior but one who delights in showing his mercy. For any feeling bruised, weary, or empty, this is the balm for you.” --Michael Reeves, President and Professor of Theology, Union School of Theology, UK

“Only a few pages in I started to realize how unusual and essential this book is—it is an exposition of the very heart of Christ. The result is a book that astonishes us with the sheer abundance and capacity of his love for us. Breathtaking and healing in equal measure, it is already one of the best books I’ve read.” --Sam Allberry, pastor; author, 7 Myths about Singleness

“Dane Ortlund writes about what seems too good to be true—the Lord delights to show mercy to you and to me—so he works very carefully through key texts and enlists the help of saints past. I was persuaded, and I look forward to being persuaded again and again.” --Ed Welch, Counselor and Faculty Member, Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation

“Dane Ortlund leads us into the very heart of God incarnate—not only what Jesus did for us, but how he feels toward us. That’s right: feels toward us. Anchored in Scripture and drawing on the Puritan Thomas Goodwin, this book is medicine for broken hearts.” --Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California

“Dane Ortlund helps us rediscover the heart of Jesus that is the very heart of the gospel. This delightful book opens up the sheer immensity of Jesus’s tender love for us. As you immerse yourself in Christ’s very heart, you’ll find your own heart warmed at the fire of the love of God. Ortlund opens up a neglected theme among the Puritans (in bite-sized chunks that won’t overwhelm you), where you’ll discover their grasp of the beauty of Jesus’s love. Your soul needs this book. I highly recommend it.” --Paul E. Miller, author, A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

“Gentle and Lowly is drawing me to the heart of Christ. It is helping me to draw the hearts of my counselees to Christ. Gentle and Lowly is the best book of the twenty-first century.” --Bob Kellemen, Academic Dean and Professor of Biblical Counseling, Faith Bible Seminary; author, Grief: Walking with Jesus

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STUDY GUIDES FOR MARK & 2 CORINTHIANS (12 WEEK BIBLE STUDIES)
DANE C. ORTLUND

Mark: A 12-Week Study

By Dane C. Ortlund, General Editor J. I. Packer, Series edited by Lane T. Dennis, Dane C. Ortlund

The Gospel of Mark paints an important portrait of Jesus as Israel’s promised Messiah. Mark’s account also makes clear how Jesus’ kingship confounds public expectations by emphasizing his humility, suffering, and sacrifice.

This accessible guide is filled with wise reflections on the biblical text and helps us understand what vibrant faith and authentic discipleship look like as we follow a rejected king.

Part of the Knowing the Bible series.

Table of Contents

Week 1: Overview

Week 2: Introduction (1:1–20)

Week 3: Jesus’ Early Galilean Ministry (1:21–3:12)

Week 4: Jesus’ Later Galilean Ministry (3:13–6:6)

Week 5: Jesus’ Work beyond Galilee (6:7–8:26)

Week 6: True Discipleship and Transfiguration (8:27–9:50)

Week 7: Instruction on Discipleship (10:1–52)

Week 8: Entering and Judging Jerusalem (11:1–12:44)

Week 9: Jesus and the Coming Judgment (13:1–37)

Week 10: Jesus’ Betrayal and Trial (14:1–15:15)

Week 11: Crucifixion and Resurrection (15:16–16:8)

Week 12: Summary and Conclusion

2 CORINTHIANS: A 12 WEEK STUDY

The Knowing the Bible series is a resource designed to help Bible readers better understand and apply God’s Word. These 12-week studies lead participants through books of the Bible and are made up of four basic components: (1) reflection questions help readers engage the text at a deeper level; (2) “Gospel Glimpses” highlight the gospel of grace throughout the book; (3) “Whole-Bible Connections” show how any given passage connects to the Bible’s overarching story of redemption, culminating in Christ; and (4) “Theological Soundings” identify how historic orthodox doctrines are taught or reinforced throughout Scripture. With contributions from an array of influential pastors and church leaders, these gospel-centered studies will help Christians see and cherish the message of God’s grace on every page of the Bible.

In his second letter to the church at Corinth, the apostle Paul defends the authenticity of his authority and teaching, helping his readers see that the gospel is full of seemingly paradoxical truths—strength from weakness, life through death, and comfort in affliction. Highlighting how the gospel confronts our own culture’s expectations and drawing implications for all of life, Dane C. Ortlund helps us discover the truth that the gospel humbles the powerful while strengthening the weak.

Part of the Knowing the Bible series.

Table of Contents

Series Preface: J. I. Packer and Lane T. Dennis

Week 1: Overview

Week 2: The Strange Path of Comfort (1:1-11)

Week 3: Paul's Pastoral Strategy (12-2:17)

Week 4: The New Covenant (3:1-18)

Week 5: Life through Death (4:1-18)

Week 6: Reconciliation with God (5:1-21)

Week 7: True Relationships and True Repentance (6:1-7:16)

Week 8: Where Real Generosity Comes From (8:1-9:15)

Week 9: True versus False Leadership (10:1-11:15)

Week 10: Strength through Weakness (11:16-12:10)

Week 11: A Final Pastoral Plea (12:11-13:14) Week 12: Summary and Conclusion

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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 NOW 11 OF THE PROJECTED 12 VOLUMES IN PRINT

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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

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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)

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(1) CHRISTIAN WORLDVIEW by Herman Bavinck, translated and edited by Sutanto, Eglinton & Brock

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