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HOW WILL IT REALLY END?
Eschatology for Young People
Steve Daniels

"Steve Daniels has written a fine book on the last things for young people. It is easy to read, within reach of teenagers, and (best of all) consistently and profoundly biblical in what it teaches. This book would be a fine basis for all sorts of youth Bible studies, youth group situations, and Sunday School classes. One more thing--many older Christians would profit from its teaching as well."--Dr. Sam Waldron, Author of "The End Times Made Simple"

"This is a good book. Steve Daniels answers perplexing questions in plain language and sheds light on difficult passages of Scripture. This work is fast-paced, aptly illustrated and easy to understand. It is true to Scripture and honoring to Christ. It informs the mind and warms the heart with hope. I highly recommend it." - Roger Ellsworth, Pastor and Author

Preface - What About Camping and the Mayans?

Introduction

1. He is coming back!

2. When will he return?

3. Isn't there more to this age?

4. The Last Days - Already and Not Yet

5. Will there be signs before he returns?

6. Can we determine the order of future events?

7. The Resurrection

8. The New Body

9. Meeting Christ in the Air

10. The Judgment, Part 1: The Judge, the Accused, and the Accusations

11. The Judgment, Part 2: Timing and Location

12. Why There Will Be a Judgment

13. Hell - Unending Torment

14. Heaven, Part 1: Is it heaven, or is it God?

15. Heaven, Part 2: Heaven is more like earth than you think.

16. Heaven, Part 3: A New Earth

17. Heaven, Part 4: What will it be like?

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MINISTRY BY HIS GRACE AND FOR HIS GLORY
Essays in Honor of the Ministry of Tom Nettles
Edited by Tom Ascol and Nathan Finn

Contents and Contributors

Foreword (R. Albert Mohler)

Introduction (Tom Ascol)

Part I: Historical

1. Baptists and the Bible: The History of a History Book (Nathan A. Finn)

2. Remembering Baptist Heroes: The Example of John Gill (Michael A.G. Haykin)

3. Crawford H. Toy: Southern Baptists and the Lesson of Controversy (Gregory A. Wills)

4. Evangelicalism from the Beginning: English Baptists of the 17th Century (C. Jeffery Robinson, Sr.)

5. A Distracted Piety: African-American Baptists (Kevin L. Smith)

Part II: Theological

6. The Authority of Scripture: The Bible and Baptists (David S. Dockery)

7. Without One Plea: Human Depravity and the Christian Gospel (Russell D. Moore)

8. God's Sovereign Election (Erroll Hulse)

9. Limited Atonement: A Short Defense (Geoff Thomas)

10. Understanding Effectual Calling (Tom Hicks)

11. Perseverance: The True Nature of Saving Faith (Phil Newton)

12. Justification: The Use of Genesis 15:6 in Romans 4:3 (Sam Waldron)

Part III: Practical

13. The Preacher on Preaching: Wisdom from a Wise Wordsmith (Daniel Akin)

14. An Idol Called Evangelism - And It's Remedy (Roy A. Hargrave)

15. Missions and the Doctrines of Grace (David Sills)

16. 'An Ingenuous Unfolding of Our Principles' Confessionalism Among 17th Century Particular Baptists (James M. Renihan)

17. On Catechizing (Jim Scott Orrick)

18. Recovering Regenerate Church Membership (Tom Ascol)

19. Believer's Baptism: Its Nature, Practice and Importance (Fred Malone)

20. Baptists, Worldview and Focal Practices (Ben Mitchell)

The Writings of Thomas J. Nettles: A Bibliography (Nathan A. Finn and Matthew Emerson)

"Tom Nettles was born to be a teacher, called to be a preacher, and trained to be a scholar. He has produced a library of scholarship and has shaped a generation of Baptist ministers and leaders. He has also done what few scholars ever have the opportunity or courage to do - he has reset the terms of debate for an entire denomination of churches. Thanks to Tom Nettles and his influence, there are important truths that are known and now cannot be denied." - From the Foreword, R. Albert Mohler, Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky

"These essays are offered in honor of Tom Nettles with full recognition that our Triune God is the One who deserves all praise for his life and ministry. Our Lord is the One who gives 'pastors and teachers to equip the saints for works of ministry' (Ephesians 4:11-12). We thank God for raising Tom up in our day and using him mightily in the effort to defend the authority of Scripture and recover the gospel that it reveals. Our hope is that this book, which addresses subjects that Tom himself has emphasized in his teaching and writing, will also prove useful in showing that all that we are and have is truly by God's grace and for His glory." - From the Introduction, Tom Ascol, Senior Pastor, Grace Baptist Church, Cape Coral, Florida


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THE GOSPEL'S POWER & MESSAGE
Recovering the Gospel: Volume One
PAUL WASHER

Publisher's Description:

One of the greatest crimes of this generation of Christians is our neglect of the gospel, and it is from this neglect that all our other maladies spring forth. Absent from too many pulpits are the essential themes that make up the very core of the gospel-the justice of God, the radical depravity of man, and the blood atonement. In The GospelÆs Power and Message, Paul Washer addresses these essential elements of ChristÆs good news and provides a guide to help us rediscover the gospel in all its beauty, scandal, and saving power. May such a rediscovery transform your life, strengthen your proclamation, and bring the greatest glory to God.

Endorsements:

"In these days of insipid, man-centered, ear-tickling preaching, we need Sons of Thunder who fear God and faithfully preach His Word without fear of consequences. My friend Paul Washer is one such man. May God use this book to reach the lost and to glorify His name." - Ray Comfort, author of Hell's Best Kept Secret and The Way of the Master

"In The Gospel's Power and Message, Paul Washer unwraps the gospel and displays its various facets in all their vivid glory. This book is a thoughtful, poignant reminder that the message Christ commissioned us to proclaim is neither spongy nor trivial. Nor can it be improved by human revision. The gospel may be a stumbling block to some and seem like foolishness to others - but to those who are called, it is the power and the wisdom of God." -Phil Johnson, executive director of Grace to You

"I am profoundly thankful for the courageous clarity of The Gospel's Power and Message by Paul Washer. Christians today seem to have the false impression that the gospel is all about us - a wonderful plan for our lives; a means of finding peace, joy, or personal fulfillment; the way to get to heaven. Those blessings (and many more) are aspects of every true gospel-believer's birthright, of course. But they are not the point or the main objective of the message. The gospel is about God and His eternal glory. That is where it starts, and that is where it takes us in the end. Preached rightly, the gospel convicts and humbles every human heart. It underscores the exceeding sinfulness of our sin. It rebukes even our most laudable works of righteousness. The gospel is simple enough for a child to grasp, but its truths are inexhaustible. In short, the gospel is the best of all good news and the most important message anyone has ever proclaimed. Paul Washer strikes all the right notes in this powerful, biblical study." -John MacArthur, pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, and author of The Gospel According to Jesus

Contents:

Preface

PART ONE: An Apostolic Introduction

1. A Gospel to Know and Make Known

2. A Gospel to Be Received

3. A Gospel by Which We Are Saved

4. A Gospel of First Importance

5. A Gospel Handed Down and Delivered

PART TWO: The Power of God for Salvation

6.The Gospel

7. A Scandalous Gospel

8. A Powerful Gospel

9. A Gospel for All Who Believe

PART THREE: The Acropolis of the Christian Faith

10. Making Much of Sin

11. Making Much of God

12. Sinners One and All

13. Sinners Falling Short

14. Sinners Through and Through

15. Righteous Indignation

16. Holy War

17. A Most Costly Gift

18. The Divine Dilemma

19. A Qualified Redeemer

20. The Cross of Jesus Christ

21. The Vindication of God

22. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ

23. The Foundation of Faith in the Resurrection

24. Christ's Ascension as the High Priest of His People

25. Christ's Ascension as the Lord of All

26.Christ's Ascension as the Judge of All

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JESUS, KEEP ME NEAR THE CROSS & COME, THOU LONG-EXPECTED JESUS edited by Nancy Guthrie
Augustine, Begg, Boice, Calvin, Edwards, Lloyd-Jones, Luther, MacArthur, Packer, Owen, Ryle, Spurgeon, Sproul, Tada and many more

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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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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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A FAITH TO CONFESS: The 1689 London Baptist Confession in Modern English
modernized by S.M. Houghton

A NEW EDITION OF THIS MODERNIZED 1689 CONFESSION HAS JUST ARRIVED FROM THE UK.

This is an updated version of the Baptist Confession of 1689. Very helpful to use with those who find the language of the original 1689 to be too difficult.

A FAITH TO CONFESS is designed to present a clear outline of Biblical truth to all interested persons. Since the Bible, the fully inspired Word of God, does not change from one age to another, the truths contained in the Confession, wholly based as they are upon Scripture, are as relevant today as when 'the Elders and Brethren of many congregations of Christians, baptized upon profession of their Faith' stated them in 1677. Charles II was then upon the British throne. It was a time of persecution.

Between the years 1644 and 1648 an Assembly of Puritan Divines of England and Scotland had drawn up the Westminster Confession which was and is highly esteemed by believers. But its church Order was that of Presbyterianism, and Baptists differed from it on important matters such as the nature of the gathered church, baptism, the Lord's supper and church government. Hence, when opportunity arose, they drew up their own Confession of Faith, accepting the fundamental doctrines of the Westminster Confession but making such adjustments to, and correction of, that Confession as seemed to their minds and consciences to be demanded by the pure Word of God. Thus a comparison of the two Confessions will reveal many word-for-word similarities but also sundry changes.

A dozen years after the Baptist Confession was drawn up by persecuted ministers a new era of liberty dawned, and in 1689 thirty-seven leading Baptist ministers re-issued the Confession. In England and Wales it became the definitive Confession of the Particular or Calvinistic churches and remained so for the next two centuries. Its alternative title was the Old London Confession. In 1744 it was adopted by the Calvinistic Baptists of North America, and called by them the Philadelphia Confession of Faith.

The youthful C. H. Spurgeon had been minister of the New Park Street Chapel, London, for a few months only when, in 1855, he determined to strengthen the doctrinal foundations of that and other churches by the re-issue of the 1689 Confession. In this way it was given a new lease of life. The twentieth century has also witnessed to its relevance and usefulness, for in 1958 it was again reprinted, with further editions in 1963, 1966, 1970 and 1974. Recent decades have seen a revival of the Reformed Faith, not least among Baptists. The revivifying of old churches and the planting of new churches in various parts of the world has given renewed emphasis to the need for a Confession which sets forth fundamentals of the Faith in clear and concise language.

Carey Publications Limited felt, however, that the Confession of 1689 in its original form presented certain difficulties. An essential of any doctrinal statement is that it should be capable of being clearly understood by those who are invited to use it. As far as possible its language must be that of the time of its issue; ambiguities must be avoided; clarity must be its hallmark. After nearly three hundred years the Confession of William III's reign no longer meets these requirements, and Mr. S. M. Houghton of Charlbury, Oxford, was invited by the Publishers to rewrite the Confession in a modern style, retaining the exact sense of the original-this is guaranteed!-but transposing phrases and changing words, to render the meaning, as far as possible, crystal clear. It is believed that, in this new form, the Confession will have a still greater usefulness wherever the English language is spoken.

Baptist ministers need experience no hesitation in recommending the Confession to their members as a document that maintains doctrinal precision with a reasonable degree of fullness. It is not, of course, to be held as an infallible and authoritative rule. Believers are bound by Scripture, by the whole of Scripture, and by nothing but the Scripture. At the same time, however, it is highly necessary and undeniably useful to have a clear statement in modern language of the Faith we believe and practice and commend to all men.

Those newly converted to the Christian Faith are not expected at the outset either to know or understand all the great doctrines set out in the Confession. But acquaintance with all facts of the Faith is something to be pursued from the moment of conversion, and the more so because there are many winds of false doctrine in the modern world ready to blow young plants out of the ground. The modern idiom will aid young Christians, and the texts to which they are directed will be a guide for them in Bible study. We have not followed the method of inserting, after every other sentence or so, a figure to guide to a Biblical text, but have adopted the more modern practice of giving textual references at the end of the paragraphs. Those who use the Confession are requested to compare the statements made with the texts to which attention is called, but at the same time to remember-and this is a very important matter-that statements in the Confession do not hinge upon any one text, but are keyed to 'the whole counsel of God'.

While it is hoped that all members of churches will steadfastly believe the doctrines of the Confession, it is unlikely that they will all become expert theologians. But the Reformed awakening of today has given renewed thrust to the Biblical teaching concerning Elders, who are, by definition, expected to possess an aptitude to teach and to be able by sound doctrine to exhort and to convince gainsayers (Titus 1:9). Here, then, is a Faith for churches to be founded upon, and a Faith for church officers to teach, defend, and hand on to future generations (1 Tim. 3:15,16).

We can rightly claim that well-established believers of the Baptist persuasion will find little, if any, difficulty in giving assent to the great truths which are covered by the Confession. Such fundamental doctrines as those of the Trinity, Providence, the Fall of Man, the Atonement, Justification, and Repentance are the common heritage of all who worthily bear the name of Christian. On the other hand, there are matters to which the Confession makes reference which do not command such universal assent, and on which, indeed, opinions are divided. This very fact reminds us that the Confession is not acclaimed as an infallible statement on a par with Scripture. But certainly it expresses in up to date language the sum and substance of the ancient Gospel of martyrs, confessors, reformers and saints, and, as Spurgeon said of the Confession when he republished it in 1856, 'it is the truth of God, against which the gates of hell shall not prevail'.

CHAPTERS

1. The Holy Scripture

2. God and the Holy Trinity

3. God's Decree

4. Creation

5. Divine Providence

6. The Fall of Man: Sin and its Punishment

7. God's Covenant

8. Christ the Mediator

9. Free Will

10. Effectual Calling

11. Justification

12. Adoption

13. Sanctification

14. Saving Faith

15. Repentance unto Life and Salvation

16. Good Works

17. The Perseverance of the Saints

18. The Assurance of Grace and Salvation

19. The Law of God

20. The Gospel and its Gracious Extent

21. Christian Liberty and Liberty of Conscience

22. Religious Worship, and the Lord's Day

23. Lawful Oaths and Vows

24. Civil Government

25. Marriage

26. The Church

27. The Fellowship of Saints

28. Baptism and the Lord's Supper

29. Baptism

30. The Lord's Supper

31. The State of Man after Death and The Resurrection of the Dead

32. The Last Judgment

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HEART'S EASE IN HEART TROUBLE: 'Let Not Your Heart be Troubled'
JAMES BURDWOOD (1626-1693)

A BRAND NEW FIRST TIME TITLE FROM NORTHAMPTON PRESS.

Some teach today that being a Christian exempts a person from trials and suffering. But our Lord Himself said, “In this world you shall have tribulation.” In this rare work, the author shows that trouble is the norm for a Christian. He explains why our hearts are not to be troubled and how faith in God and Christ is the best antidote for a troubled heart.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Publisher's Note

Life of James Burdwood

The Epistle Dedicatory

Introduction

Chapter 1 -The Text Opened

Chapter 2 - God’s Choicest Saints are Liable to All Kinds of Troubles

Chapter 3 - Christ’s Disciples Are Apt to Be Troubled in Their Hearts

Chapter 4 - What This Heart Trouble Is That Christ Forbids

Chapter 5 - Different Kinds of Fear

Chapter 6 - Believing in God and in Christ Is the Best Antidote

Chapter 7 - What Is it to Believe in Christ?

Chapter 8 - Faith Must Be Acted on Everything About Christ

Chapter 9 - Faith in God and Christ Is the Best Remedy for Heart Troubles

Chapter 10 - Who Christ Is and What He Has Promised

Appendix

James Burdwood was born at Yarnacombe in 1626 of religious parents. He had his grammar learning at Kinsbridge School and his later education at Pembroke College, Oxford. He was for a while minister at Plympton St. Mary near Plymouth. From there he moved to Dartmouth at the invitation of the town’s magistrates where he continued till the act of uniformity ejected him.

Having a wife and children he set up a Latin school in Dartmouth but was driven from there by the Five Mile Act. He had thoughts of going to America and sold his estate in order to do so, but was prevented.

He then rented an estate at Batson in the parish of Marlborough, saying often it was better for him and his family to work than to be burdensome to others. There he stayed five years and preached for free in his own house, as long as he was permitted, to great numbers who flocked to hear him from the adjacent areas. And when his house would no longer hold them all they met in his orchard.

He met with some disturbance from the Quakers, of whom there were many in those parts. Some of them occasioned him with much trouble and vexation. They took off his doors, rifled his house, seized and carried away his goods, ripped off the locks on his barn doors and replaced them with their own, and forced his wife and children to seek shelter among their neighbors.

When he could stay no longer at Batson he moved to Hicks Down, about a mile from Bedgebury, where he took another farm. During his seven years residence there his old enemies gave him new trouble. He was fined repeatedly for preaching. Yet he kept preaching anyway.

At length he returned to Dartmouth where, after a brief respite of three years, he met again with hard treatment. After two subsequent years at Bowden, he was seized with a violent fit of bladder stones and frequent urination (strangury). When he was slightly recovered he returned once more to Dartmouth where weakness and pains wholly took him off of public work. He bore his afflictions with admirable patience, acknowledging that they proceeded from a loving Father, that he deserved much worse at His hand, and that he hoped this would be all the hell he would have.

Under very sad circumstances he expressed himself thus: “I have lost estate, relations, and health, and yet God is my God still. I am a broken vessel, fit for no work but suffering. Lord, I submit, I submit.” He often used this remarkable saying: “It is better to be preserved in brine than to rot in honey.” God was pleased at length to release him from his sufferings on August 21, 1693, at the age of 67.

He had good abilities for the pulpit and was a practical, popular preacher. His behavior was exemplary. His counsel was sought by all those around him. He was very humble and eminently faithful, yet prudent in giving reproof.

He had 17 children, though only three outlived him. He was a very tender father to them and was greatly concerned about their souls. He daily put up earnest prayers for them with tears. All of them who lived to years of discretion gave him ground to hope that a good work was wrought in them. He bore the death of those whom God was pleased to take from him with remarkable resignation and preached their funeral sermons himself. He was never imprisoned nor apprehended, though often searched after, and was sometimes strangely preserved. He died in the town in which he was ejected after having endured the most exquisite torments from the strangury. This made him the more able to pen two books:

Heart's Ease in Heart Trouble (1691)

Helps for Faith and Patience in Times of Affliction In Three Parts (1693)

1. Samson’s Riddle Spiritualized

2. Orthodox Paradox, or the Greatest Evil Working the Greatest Eternal Good

3. Heaven and Earth Epitomized, or Invisibilities the Greatest Realities

[This material was taken from Samuel Palmer’s The Nonconformist’s Memorial, Volume 1, printed in London in 1775.]

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HONEY FROM THE ROCK: Daily Devotions from Young Kuyper
ABRAHAM KUYPER, Translated by James De Jong

A BRILLIANT NEW VOLUME OF DEVOTIONAL MEDITATIONS FROM THE HEART AND MIND OF A YOUNG ABRAHAM KUYPER. THE FIRST TIME EVER IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE.

James De Jong introduces this new volume with the following words_

"One cannot understand Abraham Kuyper apart from his meditations. The more one delves into them, the better one comes to know Abraham Kuyper.

…As a theological professor, he produced major theological works, many now being translated into English for the first time. Kuyper's amazing stamina and productivity, seen in these initiatives, were nurtured by the spirituality so transparent in his meditations. Kuyper did not wear his heart on his sleeve, but his meditations are the lens through which we are privileged to look into his soul.

The title Honey from the Rock is based on Psalm 81:16: “But you will be fed with the finest of wheat. I will satisfy you with honey from the rock.” While Kuyper never did write a meditation on this verse, it perfectly captures how he felt about meditating on Scripture. Communion with the Lord is sweet. It feeds the deepest hungers of the human spirit.

Spiritual nourishment comes from all parts of the Bible. This collection draws heavily from the Gospels, Psalms, New Testament Letters, and Old Testament Latter Prophets. But it also includes meditations based on passages from the Pentateuch, Former Prophets, and wisdom literature.

The themes and topics in this collection are rather wide ranging. Emphasis on personal assurance based on God’s covenant promises is prominent. So is God’s patience and long-suffering with his often-indifferent people. The power and glory of the Christian life are frequent motifs. Endurance and perseverance in the face of hardship appear consistently. The responsibilities of Christian parenting are regularly treated, as are the sad consequences of neglecting them. Formal, empty, powerless religious practice is often denounced, as are hypocrisy and religious practice for social recognition.

The meditations are equally emphatic against cultivating subjective religious experience as the basis for assurance; Kuyper unmasks the spiritual peril of such piety. He is graphic and candid about the power of sin in the lives of Christians as well as among unbelievers. For him, the Devil, sin, and hell are looming realities regularly referenced in his material. He emphasized the ministering power of angels in Christian experience. He stressed the urgency of vibrant Christian community, the Sabbath as a time of sacred refuge and renewal, and the centrality of worship and preaching and sacraments in the ministration of grace. Worldly diversion and the pursuit of material gain and human recognition elicit his warnings.

Kuyper does employ theological terms in these meditations: calling, election, adoption, regeneration, sanctification, atonement, and others. But he does so not to teach doctrine; he assumes that readers understand this vocabulary. He uses these terms only to stress the riches of fellowship with God. Kuyper’s handling of his chosen themes and topics, and his occasional use of theological terms, occur in a surprisingly fresh, creative style. His meditations are spiritually gripping and memorable."

ENDORSEMENTS

"Imagine opening a collection of meditations by the young Augustine, a young Martin Luther or John Calvin. In this new volume we find a collection of meditations by the young Abraham Kuyper, never before published in English translation. Here are the devotional thoughts of one of the most significant Protestant thinkers of the last 150 years and from the most formative period of his influential life. This treasure is both timeless and timely." —R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"I have been reading Kuyper's 'Near Unto God' collection of meditations for decades—so much so that I wore out my first copy. He is my favorite devotional writer. And now this wonderful collection of 200 more. I hope all who have come to appreciate Kuyper’s writings on politics and culture in recent years will now taste the spiritual sweetness of Honey from the Rock! —Richard J. Mouw, President emeritus, Fuller Theological Seminary

"Kuyper is best known for his Christian vision of cultural engagement. This is his legacy, but in Kuyper’s times he was beloved among the Reformed people in the first place for his weekly meditations. In these reflections on a Bible verse, Kuyper opened his heart to his readers by meditating about the personal relation with God in a creative, personal, and inspiring way. Of all Kuyper’s publications, his volumes with meditations sold best. His meditations seem largely to have been forgotten, and therefore it is more than apt that James de Jong translated one of the most famous volumes and presents the religious Kuyper to a new audience. If you want to learn to know Kuyper, his meditations are the best entree to his biography and work." - George Harrick, professor of history at the Free University of Amsterdam and Theological University of Kampen

ABRAHAM KUYPER (1837–1920) was one of the most extraordinary individuals of his time. A prolific intellectual and theologian, he founded the Free University in Amsterdam and was instrumental in the development of Neo-Calvinism. He was also an active politician, serving as a member of Parliament in the Netherlands beginning in 1874 and serving as Prime Minister from 1901 to 1905.

At this intersection of church and state, he devoted much of his writing towards developing a public theology. His passion was to faithfully understand and engage culture through a Christian worldview. The most famous example is his articulation of the doctrine of common grace. His work has influenced countless others, including Francis Schaeffer, Cornelius Van Til, and Alvin Plantinga.

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Timothy Dwight

Timothy Dwight (1752-1817) was the grandson of Jonathan Edwards. He was both brilliant and godly. This is the Complete Four Volume Hardcover Set of his Magnum Opus: THEOLOGY: EXPLAINED & DEFENDED in a Series of Sermons. These sermons were preached every four years at the chapel at Yale Divinity School and were the means of incredible blessing to those who heard them.

"Dwight's theological sermons are worthy of careful study. Their clear, scriptural guidelines and experiential warmth promote practical Christianity. Read with discernment, they will still feed the soul today and challenge us to godly living in Christ Jesus." - Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

William Sprague, in the book, 'Letters to a Daughter', page 82 wrote, "There is no work within my knowledge, so well adapted to answer this purpose, as the admirable system of Theology by the late President Dwight. It may look a little formidable to you at first, but I am almost sure that if you once engage in reading it, you will not be impatient to find its close. While the subjects are arranged with philosophical accuracy, they are discussed with a degree of perspicuity, force, and eloquence, for which I think you will look in vain, in any similar work."

Volume One contains 38 sermons on the Existence, Attributes, Decrees and Works of God. Each sermon stands complete in itself, but they together exalt the glory of God in a way intended to humble and bless.

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Volume Three contains sermons 87-131 and begins with four sermons on Regeneration and concludes with 41 sermons on the Perfect Law of God.

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FROM THE FLAG TO THE CROSS: Scenes and Incidents of Christianity in the Civil War
Amos S. Billingsley

The sub-title to this masterpiece is "The conversions, prayers, dying requests, last words, sufferings and deaths of our soldiers, on the battlefield, in hospital, camp and prison and a description of distinguished Christian men and their labors."

Amos Stevens Billingsley was born in 1818, near East Palestine, Columbiana County, OH. He was ordained as a Presbyterian Minister on 10 Jan 1854, and pastored the Slippery Rock Presbyterian Church in Lawrence County until 1857, when he was sent to west as a missionary by the Presbyterian Home Board of Missions. He ministered in the Colorado Gold fields, 1861-62. In 1861 he was elected Chaplain of the Colorado House of Representatives. In 1863, he was assigned as Chaplain of the 101st Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers. He mustered in 9 Jan 1864. He was captured 20 April 1864 at Plymouth, NC, and held captive at Libby Prison in Richmond, VA. He and his wife settled in Statesville, NC, where he pastored at the colored Presbyterian Church. Rev. Billingsley died 12 Oct 1897 in Statesville, NC.

This book is a rivetting account of the work of God in the Civil War. The title of the book, FROM THE FLAG TO THE CROSS, is taken from a letter written from a dying soldier to his brother in which he commends his allegiance to the Flag but urges him to the highest allegiance to the Cross of Jesus Christ.

During the civil war in America, over 600,000 men died serving in a conflict that is hard for us to imagine. A nation birthed in liberty just some 80 years before fought a war on its own soil, between its own people, that nearly destroyed the nation. Only the hand of providence could have re-birthed this young nation out of the ash heap of the civil war, to become one of the greatest nations on the timeline of freedom.

Many theologians, historians and philosophers have debated the providential hand of God and where it acted through this terrible chapter of our history. Few have put down the telescope, in order to pick up the magnifying glass and look into the lives of the men who fought and see not whose side God was on, but where He was.

"Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

I will fear no evil; for you are with me; Your rod and your staff, They comfort me."

-Psalm 23

Even the most cursory reading of civil war history makes apparent the "valley of death" that the soldiers walked through in the civil war. Scenes from Dante's Inferno pale in comparison to the reality of civil war battlefields and hospitals. Brave men on both sides of this struggle walked through the valley of death and stared into the belly of hell. But there is a story woven throughout the civil war that has remained relatively unknown. That is the story of a living God walking among the men, a Savior granting men true and eternal life in the midst of this "shadow of death." And a story of heroic men and women that went to the battlefields, not to fight for the blue or the grey but to fight for the souls of men and for the sake of the gospel. Their instruments of battle were not rifles or bayonets; their instruments of battle were Bibles, bandages and the love of Christ. These were the military chaplains and the men and women of the United States Christian Commission.

One such man was Amos Stevens Billingsley, Chaplain of the 101st Pennsylvania, who in addition to being a lifelong servant of His Master, was a prolific writer. His story from the hospitals and battlefields represents thousands of others, who like Billingsley, went to war under the banner of the Cross.

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Jonathan Edwards on Eternal Damnation
Jonathan Edwards, edited by William Nichols

Hell has fallen on hard times in the modern evangelical church. Many pastors and evangelists do not even mention the word hell in their sermons and when they do it is often described only as a place of separation from God. What unconverted person would not greatly desire to be separated from God in eternity? There is great need to return to the evangelism of Jonathan Edwards who unashamedly preached the biblical doctrine of hell.

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John G. Paton, edited by his brother James Paton

"THIS IS FAR AND AWAY THE MOST POWERFUL MISSIONARY BIOGRAPHY I HAVE EVER READ. IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO OVERSTATE THE POWER AND PASSION CONTAINED IN THE PAGES OF THIS BOOK. ONCE YOU HAVE READ IT YOU CAN NEVER BE THE SAME AGAIN! " -Michael Gaydosh



The autobiography of John G. Paton contains everything necessary to make it a missionary classic. Born into a Christian family near Dumfries in 1824, Paton’s early years were marked by a struggle against poverty. He was self-educated, and the training ground for his life’s work was the slums of Glasgow where he laboured with success as a city missionary. With ‘the wail of the perishing heathen in the South Seas’ continually sounding in his ears, he prepared himself to serve overseas and was ordained as a missionary to the New Hebrides in 1858. This group of thirty mountainous islands, so named by Captain Cook, with its unhealthy climate, was then inhabited by savages and cannibals. The first attempt to introduce Christianity to them resulted in John Williams and James Harris being clubbed to death within a few minutes of landing in 1839. The difficulties that confronted Paton were accentuated by the sudden death of his wife and child within months of their arrival. Against the savagery and the superstition, despite the trials and the tragedies, Paton persevered and witnessed the triumph of the gospel in two of these South Sea islands. His life is almost without parallel in missionary annals and his account of it is moving and gripping.

‘Early in my life I was enduringly impacted by Paton’s autobiography edited by his brother, James. The story was a stunning account of dedication, desperation, sacrifice at the most extreme level, and selfless love to Christ. I was marked for life by the amazing missionary adventure and the far reaching and lasting gospel impact of that one man empowered and protected by the Holy Spirit.’ — JOHN MACARTHUR

‘What sustained John Paton in his missionary zeal? No doubt he had a love for the people. He was certainly burdened for them and had compassion on their souls, knowing that without Christ they were certain to go to hell. As important as compassion is for those who do not know God, I suggest this will not sustain a missionary zeal, whether it be for missionaries serving on the field or for Christians in western churches who pray and support various missionaries. Something more is needed…Only a zeal for the true and living God to receive his due, to receive the glory and commitment in a local church.’ — ALLEN M. BAKER

PART FIRST

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CHAPTER I. THE HOME LIFE 3-18

CHAPTER II. SCHOOL AND EARLY COLLEGE DAYS 19-31

CHAPTER III. IN GLASGOW CITY MISSION 32-51

CHAPTER IV. FOREIGN MISSION CLAIMS 52-61

CHAPTER V. THE NEW HEBRIDES 62-69

CHAPTER VI. LIFE AND DEATH ON TANNA 70-85

CHAPTER VII. MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 86-108

CHAPTER VIII. MORE MISSION LEAVES FROM TANNA 109-148

CHAPTER IX. DEEPENING SHADOWS 149-185

CHAPTER X. FAREWELL SCENES 186-224

CONCLUDING NOTE 225

PART SECOND

PRELIMINARY NOTE 228

CHAPTER I. THE FLOATING OF THE “DAYSPRING” 229-258

CHAPTER II. THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINES 259-275

CHAPTER III. TO SCOTLAND AND BACK 276-293

CHAPTER IV. CONCERNING FRIENDS AND FOES 294-308

CHAPTER V. SETTLEMENT ON ANIWA 309-325

CHAPTER VI. FACE TO FACE WITH HEATHENISM 326-359

CHAPTER VII. THE LIGHT THAT SHINETH MORE AND MORE 360-387

CHAPTER VIII. PEN PORTRAITS OF ANIWANS 388-416

CHAPTER IX. SECOND VISIT TO BRITAIN 417-442

CLOSING TESTIMONY 443-444

PART THIRD

PRELIMINARY NOTE 446

CHAPTER I. ROUND THE WORLD FOR JESUS 447-471

CHAPTER II. THE HOME-LANDS AND THE ISLANDS 472-496

FAREWELL TO THE READER 497

APPENDICES

A. A WHITE-SOULED PEASANT 501-503

B. NOTES ON THE NEW HEBRIDES 503-506

C. THE PRAYER OF THE TANNESE 506-508

INDEX 509-524

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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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DISCOURSES OF REDEMPTION: Addresses on the Unfolding of God's Salvation Plan Through the Scriptures
STUART ROBINSON with New Introduction by Dr. C.N. Willborn

In 1867, Robinson placed before the American public “specimens” of his biblical expositions, which considered a logical development of the gospel as it unfolded historically. In this brief description of his book one learns that redemption (“the gospel”) was in view as it was progressively unfolded. In short, Robinson was presenting to the public the Scriptures as redemptive history, showing sensitivity to the linear-historical nature of revelation…Robinson explained that the mode of the Bible’s revelation is through a series of covenants, each one a larger development of that which precedes it. Successive covenants mark the expansion of revelation as it flows from the gracious hand of God. This idea, as noted above, guided Robinson ten years earlier when he published his work on ecclesiology. Each period of revelation is marked by a divine covenant—Adamic pre-lapsarian, Adamic post-lapsarian, Noahic, Abrahamic, Mosaic, Davidic, and Messianic (New Covenant). During each of these periods there was a development and accumulation of revelatory data regarding what man was to believe concerning God and what God demanded of man.

These expositions were preached to growing congregations in order to display the organic unity of Holy Scriptures and the center of theology —redemption through the Seed promise. Robinson’s rationalization of these expositions should excite every pastor-teacher: “Having, through a ministry of twenty years, to congregations variously composed, in four different cities, been accustomed, in pursuance of the latter theory of preaching, to appropriate one of the public services of the Sabbath to showing the people how to read the scriptures, and to follow the development of the one great central thought of the Book through the successive eras of revelation—the author can testify from practical experience that the people need no other attraction to draw them to the house of God than a simple, rational and practical exposition and illustration of the Bible. And he who may once attract them by such teaching will find no occasion for devising sermons on special subjects, or any other theatrical devices to draw men to the sanctuary,” (Discourses, iv).

TABLES OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTORY DISCOURSES

DISCOURSE I - THE DIVERSITY IN UNITY OF THE REVELATION OF REDEMPTION.

Hebrews i. 1, 2, and ii. 1-4

DISCOURSE II - THE SCRIPTURES OF THE “SUNDRY TIMES” INSPIRED OF GOD:

THE ONLY SOURCE OF SAVING KNOWLEDGE: THE ANTIDOTE TO PERILOUS ERROR.

II. Timothy iii. 1, 16.

SECTION I.

DISCOURSE III. - REDEMPTION AS REVEALED TO THE PATRIARCHS IN THE THEOPHANIES. THE GOSPEL COVENANT AND WORSHIP OF THE LOST EDEN.

Genesis ii. 8-17; iii. 15, 24, and iv. 4

DISCOURSE IV. - THE GOSPEL CHURCH VISIBLE SEPARATELY ORGANIZED: ITS COVENANT CHARTER WITH ITS SEAL: ITS CONSTITUENT ELEMENTS.

Genesis xvii. 4, 7, 10, 11, 13.—Romans iv. 11.—Mark x. 14.

SECTION II.

REDEMPTION AS REVEALED IN THE LAWS AND ORDINANCES OF THE THEOCRATIC ERA.

DISCOURSE V. - THE COVENANT OF THE CHURCH’S REDEMPTION; ITS SEAL AND THE SIGNIFICANCE THEREOF.

Exodus xii. 3, 7, 11-14.—Luke xxii. 15, 20.—I Corinthians v. 7, 8.

DISCOURSE VI. - THE GOSPEL OF THE SINAI COVENANT: ITS RULE OF LIFE TO CONVICT OF SIN: ITS RITUAL TO TEACH THE TAKING AWAY OF SIN: AND ITS MOULDING OF THE SOCIAL ORDER AS A TYPE OF CHRIST’S SPIRITUAL COMMONWEALTH.

Exodus xix. 3-6, xx. 1-17, xxiv. 7-9.—Deuteronomy v. 2, 3, 22, vi. 1-5, x. 1-5.

SECTION III.

REDEMPTION AS REVEALED THROUGH THE SPIRIT OF CHRIST IN THE PROPHETS.

DISCOURSE VII. - THE GOSPEL CHURCH BY COVENANT TYPICALLY SET FORTH AS THE ETERNAL KINGDOM OF DAVID’S SON.

II. Samuel vii. 1-24.—Psalm Ixxii. 1, 8, 17.—xxxix 3, 4.—Luke i. 32.—Acts ii. 30.

DISCOURSE VIII. - THE GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM IN CONFLICT WITH AN APOSTATE CHURCH; AND WITH DESPONDING FAITH.

I Kings xviii. 17-20, and xix. 1-14.

DISCOURSE IX. - THE GOSPEL OF PARDONING MERCY AS PREACHED BY THE PROPHETS OF THE KINGDOM.

Isaiah i. 10-18.

SECTION IV.

REDEMPTION AS TAUGHT BY JESUS THE INCARNATE WORD.

DISCOURSE X. - THE OFFICIAL AUTHORITY, NATURE, LIMITS, AND PURPOSES OF GOSPEL PREACHING.

Luke iv. 16-21.

DISCOURSE XI. - THE GROUND OF OUR SALVATION NOT ETHICAL BUT EVANGELICAL; AND LIES WHOLLY IN THE INFINITE DESIRE OF FATHER, SON AND SPIRIT TO SAVE SINNERS.

Luke xv.

DISCOURSE XII. - THE AWARD OF THE JUDGMENT TO COME TO BE MADE ON PRINCIPLES NOT ETHICAL BUT EVANGELICAL.

Matthew xxv. 31-46.

DISCOURSE XIII. - THE DIVINE TRAGEDY OF EARTH, HEAVEN AND HELL.—HUMANITY IN ITS OWN ESSENTIAL ATTRIBUTES TO INHABIT ETERNITY.

Luke xvi. 19-31

DISCOURSE XIV. - REDEMPTION AS PREACHED AT THE FINAL APOSTASY OF THE TYPICAL KINGDOM, IN THE “LIFTING UP” AND THE “PIERCING” OF JESUS ON THE CROSS.

John xix. 15-37, iii. 14. and xii. 32, 33.

SECTION V.

REDEMPTION AS PREACHED BY APOSTLES UNDER THE DISPENSATION OF THE SPIRIT.

DISCOURSE XV. - THE APOSTOLIC STATEMENT OF THE TERMS OF SALVATION.

Acts. xvi. 29-31.

DISCOURSE XVI. - THE APOSTOLIC SUMMARY OF THE CHRISTIAN CREED.

I Timothy i. 15.

DISCOURSE XVII. - THE APOSTOLIC GROUND OF CHRISTIAN COMFORT AND COURAGE.

Romans viii. 28-31.

DISCOURSE XVIII. - THE GOSPEL DOCTRINE OF IMMORTALITY CONTRASTED WITH THAT OF THE SCHOOLS.

II Timothy i. 10.—I Cor. xv. 22, 53, 54

DISCOURSE XIX. - THE GOSPEL ALARM.—ITS IMPORT.

Ephesians v. 11.

SECTION VI.

REDEMPTION AS PROCLAIMED BY JESUS ASCENDED; CONFIRMING ALL THAT HAD BEEN REVEALED AT THE “SUNDRY TIMES AND IN DIVERS MANNERS.”

DISCOURSE XX. - THE GOSPEL ADAPTED TO THE CONSCIOUS WANTS OF THE HUMAN SOUL; ITS ARGUMENTS, TERMS AND AGENCIES.

Revelations xxii. 16-18.

APPENDIX.

NOTE A. TO DISCOURSE III. - THE RECENT OBJECTION IN THE CHURCH OF SCOTLAND CONCERNING THE PERPETUAL OBLIGATION OF THE SINAI COVENANT, AND ITS SABBATH.

NOTE B. TO DISCOURSE IV. - THE PLACE OF THE CHURCH IN THE SCHEME OF REDEMPTION.

NOTE C. TO DISCOURSE X. - THE ORDINANCES OF PUBLIC WORSHIP AS SET FORTH IN SCRIPTURE; THEIR RELATION TO THE IDEA OF THE CHURCH.

NOTE D. TO DISCOURSE X. - THE RELATION OF THE TEMPORAL AND THE SPIRITUAL POWERS HISTORICALLY CONSIDERED. THE SCOTO-AMERICAN THEORY.

(From the Introduction to the new edition by C N Willborn)

Stuart Robinson was born among the Scots of Strabane, County Tyrone, Ireland, in 1814. As a child he suffered in an accident that left him with a crippled arm. During Stuart’s infancy his father moved the Robinson family to Virginia where the precocious youngster eventually received primary education from the Reverend James M. Brown and the most notable William Henry Foote. His graduate and post-graduate studies took him to Amherst (Massachusetts) College, Union (Virginia) Seminary, and Princeton (NJ) Seminary. From this solid upbringing he went on to become a prominent pastor in Virginia, Maryland, and Kentucky and served for a time as professor with R. J. Breckinridge in the Danville (KY) Theological Seminary. He was a churchman, publisher, author, theologian, and pastor. He died in 1881 after twenty-three years as pastor of Second Presbyterian Church, Louisville, Kentucky. His body rests united to Christ in the beautiful Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville.


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William S. Plumer

"The knowledge of God possessed by angels and by the spirits of just men made perfect in heaven, is very different in degree from that possessed by even good and able men on earth. Here all men are liable to err, and all men do err. No man on this earth is without some wrong view, or some ignorance, which mars his knowledge. This is no reason for sloth or discouragement; but is a good reason why we should be humble and careful and teachable, and pray for divine light and guidance. It is far different in heaven. There they do always hold the face of God. Matthew 18:10. They do not hope for anything, for they already possess all good. Romans 8:24. 'Now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part, but then shall I know even as also I am known.' 1 Corinthians 13:12. Knowledge without any mixture of error belongs only to the heavenly state. And yet a great part of the knowledge which the inhabitants of heaven have - concerns the very things which good men are learning in this world. Those above know perfectly what we know in parcels only." - Wm. Plumer

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JOHN ASHWORTH

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The first section of the book consists largely of extracts from a biography of John Ashworth published in 1875 by A. L. Calman who was a close friend and successor of Mr. Ashworth. Following this biographical section there is a selection of John Ashworth’s ‘Strange Tales’ which have particular bearing on his life and work. These were published by the author in five series containing twelve stories in each book and they first appeared during the years 1865 to 1874. Great pains were taken by the author to ensure that all the accounts were perfectly true since this was questioned in his own lifetime.

“Reading this book proved to be one of the most heart-warming experiences I have enjoyed for a long time. Praise God it is back in print and that it is now in your hands. John Ashworth is a largely forgotten figure, but his exploits in the gospel were wonderfully owned of God. Born into poverty, saved by grace and then with a mighty burden for the poor, he began his evangelism in the Lodging Houses of his home town.

“Whoever heard of a place of worship being called ‘The Chapel for the Destitute,’ but such was the name given by Ashworth to describe his new work. The conversions were many and lasting, so much so, a bigger ‘Chapel for the Destitute’ had to be built. Some of these astonishing stories are told here for our encouragement and spiritual delight. You will not find any difficult theological terms, nor even mention of any denominational affiliation, but just amazing works of God’s good grace in saving those whom many considered to be impossible cases. The book is so very easy and straightforward to read, it was, in another age, used in churches as a Sunday School prize. It will prove a joy, an inspiration and a challenge to all who love God’s work in saving sinners.” — From the Foreword by Alun McNabb

“This is a book for weeping over. There will be tears of shame, that we are not more persuaded of and act upon the saving mercies of God; tears of pity, for the fearful condition of the lost; and, tears of joy, for God’s goodness in bringing those under the power of darkness into his Son’s kingdom.

“A brief biography of Ashworth, founder of the ‘Chapel for the Destitute’ gives way to his records of God’s gracious dealings with needy sinners. While all conversions are amazing, Ashworth—not neglect­ing to tell of difficulties and disap­pointments—nevertheless focus­es on some of the more distinctive and unlikely (humanly speaking) re­generations he saw, accomplished by ordinary means, applied faith­fully, prayerfully, winsomely and patiently. This is a book to stir the soul, give confidence in God, and set the Christian, and especially the preacher, about his regular business with zeal and hope. I commend it vigorously.”—Jeremy Walker in The Banner of Truth Magazine, December 2010

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Is True Romance Possible in the 21st Century?
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Ralph Erskine, edited by Dr. Mike Renihan, Transcribed by Michelle L. Renihan

"Ralph Erskine (1685-1752) was a great man of God, a great preacher, and a great poet. Six of his seven volumes of Works - all of them sermons - have often been reprinted in the last two centuries. The seventh volume - a volume of poetry - has not, yet, ironically, this was the most common Erskine volume reprinted in his own day! SGCB is to be commended for republishing this great book of gospel poetry, so that we can once again have all of Ralph Erskine's extant writings in print. Erskine's poetry excels in certain areas, such as the interrelationship of law and gospel. It will enhance your knowledge of God's Word, imbue your theology with discernment and warmth, and move you to worship the triune God with doxological praise." - Dr. Joel Beeke

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Owen Strachan & Doug Sweeney

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A GOLDEN CHAIN: The Description of Theology Containing the Order of the Causes of Salvation & Damnation, According to God's Word
WILLIAM PERKINS

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A GOLDEN CHAIN, or The Description of Theology Containing the Order of the Causes of Salvation & Damnation, According to God's Word

To the Christian Reader

Christian Reader, there are at this day four several opinions of the order of God's predestination. The first is of the old and new Pelagians; who place the cause of God's predestination in man; in that they hold that God did ordain men either to life or death, according as he did foresee, that they would by their natural freewill, either reject or receive grace offered. The second of them, who (of some) are termed Lutherans; which teach, that God foreseeing, how all mankind being shut up under unbelief, would therefore reject grace offered, did hereupon purpose to choose some to salvation of his mere mercy, without any respect of their faith or good works, and the rest to reject, being moved to do this, because he did eternally foresee that they would reject his grace offered them in the Gospel. The third, of Semipelagian Papists, which ascribe God's predestination, partly to mercy, and partly to men's foreseen preparations and meritorious works. The fourth, of such as teach, that the cause of the execution of God's predestination, is His mercy in Christ, in them which are saved; and in them which perish, the fall and corruption of man: yet so, as that the decree and eternal counsel of God, concerning them both, hath not any cause beside his will and pleasure. Of these four opinions, the three former I have labored to oppugn as erroneous, and to maintain the last, as being a truth, which will bear weight in the balance of the sanctuary.

A further discourse whereof, here I make bold to offer to thy godly consideration: in reading whereof, regard not so much the thing itself, penned very slenderly, as mine intent and affection: who desire among the rest, to cast my mite into the treasury of the Church of England, and for want of gold, pearl and precious stone, to bring a ram's skin or twain, and a little goats' hair to the building of the Lord's tabernacle, Exodus 35:23

The Father of our Lord Jesus Christ grant that according to the riches of His glory, thou mayest be strengthened by his Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in thy heart by faith; to the end that thou being rooted and grounded in love, mayest he able to comprehend with all saints, what is the breadth and length, and height thereof; and to know the love of Christ which passeth knowledge, that thou mayest he filled with all the fullness of God. Amen. Farewell, July 23rd, the year of the last patience of the saints, 1592.

Thine in Christ Jesus, William Perkins

Chapter 1 - Of the Body of Scripture

Chapter 2 - Of God and the Nature of God

Chapter 3 - Of the Life of God

Chapter 4 - Of God's Glory and Blessedness

Chapter 5 - Concerning the Persons of the Godhead

Chapter 6 - Of God's Works, and His Decrees

Chapter 7 - Of Predestination and Creation

Chapter 8 - Of Angels

Chapter 9 - Of Men and the Estate of Innocence

Chapter 10 - Of Sin, and of the Fall of Angels

Chapter 11 - Of Man's Fall and Disobedience

Chapter 12 - Of Original Sin

Chapter 13 - Of Actual Sin

Chapter 14 - Of the Common Punishment of Sin

Chapter 15 - Of Election, and Jesus Christ the Foundation Thereof

Chapter 16 - Of the Union of the Two Natures in Christ

Chapter 17 - Of the Distinction of Both Natures

Chapter 18 - Of Christ's Nativity and Office

Chapter 19 - Concerning the Outward Means of Executing the Decree of Election and the Decalogue

Chapter 20 - Of the First Commandment

Chapter 21 - Of the Second Commandment

Chapter 22 - Of the Third Commandment

Chapter 23 - Of the Fourth Commandment

Chapter 24 - Of the Fifth Commandment

Chapter 25 - Of the Sixth Commandment

Chapter 26 - Of the Seventh Commandment

Chapter 27 - Of the Eighth Commandment

Chapter 28 - Of the Ninth Commandment

Chapter 29 - Of the Tenth Commandment

Chapter 30 - Of the Use of the Law

Chapter 31 - Of the Covenant of Grace

Chapter 32 - Of the Sacraments

Chapter 33 - Of Baptism

Chapter 34 - Of the Lord's Supper

Chapter 35 - Of the Degree of Executing God's Decree of Election

Chapter 36 - Concerning the first Degree of the Declaration of God's Love

Chapter 37 - Concerning the second Degree of the Declaration of God's Love

Chapter 38 - Concerning the third Degree of the Declaration of God's Love

Chapter 39 - Of Repentance and the Fruits Thereof

Chapter 40 - Of Christian Warfare

Chapter 41 - Of the First Assault

Chapter 42 - Of the Second Assault

Chapter 43 - Of the Third Assault

Chapter 44 - Of the Patient Bearing of the Cross

Chapter 45 - Of the Calling Upon God

Chapter 46 - Of the Christian Apology and Martyrdom

Chapter 47 - Of Edification, and Alms Among the Faithful

Chapter 48 - Of the Fourth Degree of the Declaration of God's Love; and of the Estate of the Elect After This Life

Chapter 49 - Of the Elect at the Last Day of Judgment

Chapter 50 - Of the Estate of the Elect After Judgment

Chapter 51 - The Causes of Salvation and Damnation According to Rome's Doctrines

Chapter 52 - Concerning the Decree of Reprobation

Chapter 53 - Concerning the Execution of the Decree of Reprobation

Chapter 54 - Concerning a New Devised Doctrine of Predestination, Taught by Some New and late Divines

Chapter 55 - Of the State and Condition of the Reprobate When They Are Dead

Chapter 56 - Of the Condemnation of the Reprobate at the Last Judgment

Chapter 57 - Of the Estate of the Reprobate in Hell

Chapter 58 - Of the Application of Predestination

"Nearly one hundred Cambridge men who grew up in Perkins's shadow led early migrations to New England, including William Brewster of Plymouth, Thomas Hooker of Connecticut, John Winthrop of Massachusetts Bay, and Roger Williams of Rhode Island. Richard Mather was converted while reading Perkins, and Jonathan Edwards was fond of reading Perkins more than a century later. Samuel Morison remarked that "your typical Plymouth Colony library comprised a large and a small bible, Ainsworth's translation of the Psalms, and the works of William Perkins, a favorite theologian" (The Intellectual Life of New England, 2nd ed., p. 134).

"Anyone who reads the writings of early New England learns that Perkins was indeed a towering figure in their eyes," wrote Perry Miller. Perkins and his followers were "the most quoted, most respected, and most influential of contemporary authors in the writings and sermons of early Massachusetts." (taken from Meet the Puritans)

"Contemporary scholars have called Perkins 'the principal architect of Elizabethan Puritanism,' 'the Puritan theologian of Tudor times,' 'the most important Puritan writer,' 'the prince of Puritan theologians,' 'the ideal Puritan clergyman of the quietist years,' 'the most famous of all Puritan divines,' and have classed him with Calvin and Beza as third in 'the trinity of the orthodox.' He was the first theologian to be more widely published in England than Calvin and the first English Protestant theologian to have a major impact in the British isles, on the continent, and in North America. Little wonder that Puritan scholars marvel that Perkins's rare works remain largely unavailable until now." - Dr. Joel Beeke

"William Perkins' 'A Golden Chain' is a very important work, not only in English theology but in Early Modern thought as well. Anyone interested in Puritanism must be familiar with its contents. For the benefit of the church, it will serve pastors and people alike. Some may be aware that in the last two decades, a theological break between John Calvin and English Puritanism has been advocated in some circles. William Perkins has been suggested as the chief party guilty of introducing ideas John Calvin did not hold into the stream of Puritanism, thus altering its course in a legalistic direction. This primary source evidence will provide a great deal of information demonstrating that this notion simply is not true. Perkins is full of Christ and the gospel. This is a great work, worthy of all accolades it has received. Take and read--you will be the better for doing so." - James M. Renihan, Ph.D., Dean, Professor of Historical Theology, Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies

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SIGHS FROM HELLThe Groans of a Damned SoulBeing an Exposition of Luke 16
John Bunyan, edited by Dr. Don Kistler

SIGHS FROM HELL: The Groans of a Damned Soul by John Bunyan

This book is especially timely in light of Rob Bell's recent book release called "Love Wins," in which he denies a literal hell, other than the one we make for ourselves. But over 300 years ago John Bunyan wrote this little work in which he exposits the story in Luke 16 of Dives and Lazarus, and shows biblically that hell is quite literal---at least Jesus thought so!

This book has been slightly updated as to language and grammar. It is hardbound and printed on acid-free paper. While this work of Bunyan's is not as well known as "Pilgrim's Progress," it is very important, particularly for evangelism. This is what sinners need to be saved from!

An exposition of those words in Luke 16 concerning the rich man and the beggar wherein is discovered the lamentable state of the damned: their cries, their desires in their distresses, with the determination of God upon them; a good warning word to sinners, both old and young, to take into consideration quickly, and to see by faith in Jesus Christ to avoid, lest they come into the same place of torment.

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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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THE BROKEN-HEARTED EVANGELIST
Jeremy Walker

With a 'gutless orthodoxy,' Christians today quickly affirm biblical truth regarding evangelism and mission, but, author Jeremy Walker reminds us, "we cannot pretend that we know and believe the truth about men, souls, heaven, hell, and salvation unless it is making a difference in the way we think, feel, pray, speak, and act."

How do Christians develop this sense of urgency to see lost sinners saved? What motivates our evangelism? We must have the character of the brokenhearted evangelist, the David of Psalm 51, who recognizes the greatness of his own sin, looks to God for forgiveness, then recognizes his undeniable obligation to teach transgressors God's ways. In an engaging style and with pastoral warmth, Walker urges Christians to exercise their obligation and privilege to teach transgressors God's ways, providing both spiritual truth and practical guidance for carrying out this necessary gospel duty.

Table of Contents:

Preface

1. Am I Willing? Our Undeniable Obligation

2. Am I Effective? Our Necessary Equipment

3. Am I Committed? Our Appointed Means

4. Am I Focused? Our Declared Aim

5. Am I Fruitful? Our Great Expectation

Author Jeremy Walker is a pastor of Maidenbower Baptist Church in Crawley, England, and co-author of A Portrait of Paul: Identifying a True Minister of Christ.

ENDORSEMENTS -

"In recent years providence has brought a number of people into my life and ministry who are passionate about evangelism. Some of them are especially keen to win friends, fellow-workers, and family to Christ; others are engaged in various kinds of open-air evangelism, bringing the gospel to people they have never met before. I thank God for all of them and the passion that drives them. This excellent book by Jeremy Walker explains the biblical principles that underlie and provoke such passion, reminding us that time is short, the need is urgent, the laborers are few, and the fields are white unto harvest." - John MacArthur

"Jeremy Walker's book is in the tradition of the Puritan classic, Joseph Alleine's Alarm to the Unconverted, but this is more Jeremy Walker's Alarm to the Converted. It is a pleasant surprise, coming as it does from a part of our world where Christianity has largely entered a 'garrison' (bunker) mode. The book, based on Psalm 51:13, is not meant simply to teach us about evangelism; it demands a verdict. He enlists the help of the great soul winners in history to reinforce his appeals. Even before I finished reading the book, I was already asking myself whether my heart was truly broken about the lost around me - and if it is, what am I doing about it?" - Conrad Mbewe, Pastor, Kabwata Baptist Church, Lusaka, Zambia

"The Broken Hearted Evangelist will refresh, strengthen, and equip the most timid saint for the work of soul winning. Jeremy Walker's consideration of evangelism from the perspective of Psalm 51 is like fresh water drawn from a new well. He does not merely exhort us to greater faithfulness in evangelism and then leave us bewildered and guilty. Instead, he takes us to the very fountain from which all true motivation and strength for evangelism springs forth - the gospel and its glorious impact upon our own lives." - Paul Washer

"The Brokenhearted Evangelist is a challenging call to our great responsibility and glorious privilege of personally sharing the gospel of Christ with others. In this book, Pastor Jeremy Walker does a superb job of showing us from the life of David that mercies received from God are to be a key motivating factor for us telling others about Him. Filled with much practical instruction and penetrating insight, this book is very helpful in teaching us how to become wise in winning souls for Jesus. Would we live up to such a high Biblical calling in our lives? Would we do our Master's bidding as He calls us to? May the Lord be pleased to use this stirring work to these holy and blessed ends." - Rob Ventura, Pastor of Grace Community Baptist Church, Rhode Island

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A PURITAN THEOLOGYDoctrine for Life
Joel Beeke & Mark Jones

Finally, the perfect companion to MEET THE PURITANS, this volume may be the most thorough volume ever produced on PURITAN THEOLOGY. The first printing of this volume sold out within the first few weeks and a second printing is already available.

Pastor Rob Ventura has said the following: ""What did the Puritans believe about God's providence and the perseverance of the saints? What were their views on conscience and Christ's intercession for us? In 'A Puritan Theology' compiled by Dr. Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones, we have the answers to these and many other questions. In this unique one volume work we have a robust systematic theology drawn from the teachings of the most beloved Puritans: an outstanding achievement indeed! This resource is a must read for every pastor, seminarian and serious student of the Reformed Faith. It will be a volume that I turn to again and again."

Joel Beeke begins the Introduction with these words: "The word 'Puritan' originated in the 1560s as a bit of pejorative hurled at people who wanted further reformation in the Church of England. While some social historians think the term should be abandoned due to the various ways it was used during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, others who identify themselves as Reformed or Calvinistic defend the continuing use of the terms 'Puritan' and 'Puritanism.'

This book is about Puritan theology. Its chapters will address various areas of the systematic theology of Puritanism. Fine studies on Puritan theology already exist. Some address the Puritans in general, and some focus on the work of a particular Puritan theologian. To date, however, there has been no single work that provides an overview of Puritan thought concerning Scripture's major doctrines, historically and systematically considered. We hope this book will fill that gap. We will begin by stating what we will and will not cover, and why."

Introduction

PROLEGOMENA

1. The Puritans on Natural and Supernatural Theology

2. Puritan Hermeneutics and Exegesis

3. The Learned Doctor William Ames and The Marrow of Theology

THEOLOGY PROPER

4. Stephen Charnock on the Attributes of God

5. The Puritans on the Trinity

6. John Owen on Communion with the Triune God

7. William Perkins on Predestination

8. Thomas Goodwin and Johannes Maccovius on Justification from Eternity

9. Thomas Goodwin's Christological Supralapsarianism

10. The Puritans on Providence

11. The Puritans on Angels

12. The Puritans on Demons

ANTHROPOLOGY & COVENANT THEOLOGY

13. The Puritans on the Sinfulness of Sin

14. The Puritans on the Covenant of Works

15. The Puritans on the Covenant of Redemption

16. The Puritans on the Covenant of Grace

17. The Puritans on the Old and New Covenants: A Gracious Moses?

18. The Minority Report: John Owen on Sinai

19. The Puritans on Covenant Conditions

CHRISTOLOGY

20. The Puritans on Law and Gospel

21. Puritan Christology

22. The Puritans on Christ's Offices and States

23. The Blood of Christ in Puritan Piety

24. Anthony Burgess on Christ's Intercession for Us

25. Thomas Goodwin on Christ's Beautiful Heart

26. The Puritans on Understanding and Using God's Promises

SOTERIOLOGY

27. Puritan Preparatory Grace

28. The Puritans on Regeneration

29. The Puritans on Union with Christ, Justification, and Regeneration

30. John Owen on Justification by Faith Alone

31. The Puritans on Coming to Christ

32. The Puritans on Living in Christ

33. The Puritans on Adoption

34. The Third Use of the Law

35. Richard Sibbes on Entertaining the Holy Spirit

36. William Perkins and His Greatest Case of Conscience

37. The Puritans on Perseverance of the Saints

ECCLESIOLOGY

38. The Puritans on the Government of the Church

39. The Puritans on the Offices of the Church

40. John Owen on the Christian Sabbath and Worship

41. Puritan Preaching (1)

42. Puritan Preaching (2)

43. John Bunyan's Preaching to the Heart

44. The Puritans and Paedobaptism

45. The Puritans on the Lord's Supper

46. Puritan Prayers for World Missions

ESCHATOLOGY

47. 'The City on a Hill': The American Puritans' Optimistic View of the End Times

48. Thomas Manton on the Judgment According to Works

49. How History Informs the Historicist: Thomas Goodwin's Reading of Revelation

50. Christopher Love on the Glories of Heaven and Terrors of Hell

THEOLOGY IN PRACTICE

51. Puritan Theology Shaped by a Pilgrim Mentality

52. The Puritans on Walking Godly in the Home

53. Matthew Henry on a Practical Method of Daily Prayer

54. The Puritan Practice of Meditation

55. The Puritans on Conscience

56. Puritan Casuistry

57. Puritan Sacrificial Zeal

58. Practical Lessons from Puritan Theology Today

AFTERWORD

59. A Final Word

Bibliography

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BITE-SIZE BIOGRAPHIES: John Chrysostom: The Golden Mouth for Christ
Earl M. Blackburn

It is good that Christ reigns over all, particularly in his church. Otherwise, biblical Christianity would disappear from the earth. Chrysostom is proof positive that the mediatorial Lord of heaven and earth rules and overrules in the affairs of men and that he sometimes takes his servants through dark and soul-jarring providences to cause his Word to triumph at last. Chrysostom also demonstrates that men of God can faithfully (by the sustaining power and grace of Christ) expound the whole counsel of God and leave a lasting mark upon Adam's fallen race, even when wicked people and all the forces of Hell converge against their souls. As long as the history of Christianity is studied, the name Golden Mouth, this preacher mighty in the Word, will never be forgotten.

Upon completion of his theological education, Earl Blackburn has served as a church-planter and pastor in the ordained ministry for over thirty-five years and has travelled extensively preaching in Pastors' Conferences in Europe, Africa and Asia. He authored the book Jesus Loves the Church and So Should You: Studies in Biblical Churchmanship (Solid Ground Christian Books, 2010), and he also contributed to the book Denominations or Associations (Calvary Press, 2001). As a cancer survivor, he now pastors Heritage Baptist Church, a rebuilding inner-city work in Shreveport, Louisiana.

"This is truly a charming, informative and inspiring book. Blackburn, as an experienced pastor himself, has sought out those aspects of Chrysostom's ministry that show the strengths - courage, humility, faithfulness, doctrinal integrity, confidence in the power of proclamation - that every pastor should covet, while pointing to the weaknesses and troubles endemic to the historical context of bishop John. I found not only the subject, but the style of presenting it, to be engaging and provocative of high thoughts.'

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REFORMED CONFESSIONS of the 16th and 17th Centuries: AN ENGLISH TRANSLATION
VOLUME THREE - 1567 - 1599
James T. Dennison

Publisher's Description: This is the third volume of James T. Dennison's Reformed Confessions project, which compiles numerous Reformed confessions of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries translated into English. For many of these texts, this is their debut in the Anglo-Saxon vernacular. It provides the English-speaking world a richer and more comprehensive view of the emergence and maturation of Reformed theology in these foundational centuries; foundational centuries for Reformed thought and foundational summaries of Reformed doctrine for these centuries. Each confessional statement is preceded by a brief introduction containing necessary historical and bibliographical background. The confessions are arranged chronologically, with this third volume presenting thirty-three documents covering the years 1567-1599.

Documents in this volume:

Vol. 3

69. Documents of the Debrecen Synod (1567)

70. The Synod at Sziksz= (1568)

71. Confession of the Synod of Cassov (1568)

72. Confession of Varadiensis/Nagyvßrad (1569)

73. Sandomierz Consensus (1570)

74. The Confession of the Synod of Csenger (1570)

75. The Confession of La Rochelle (1571)

76. The Bohemian Confession (1573)

77. The Synod of Cracow (1573)

78. The Bohemian Confession (1575/1609)

79. The Synod of Hercegszoloski (1576)

80. The Confession of Frederick III (1577)

81. The Nassau (Dillenburger Synod) Confession (1578)

82. The Synod of Piotrkow (1578)

83. CraigÆs Catechism (1581)

84. The King's Confession (1581)

85. The Synod of Wlodislaw (1583)

86. General Synod of Herborn (1586)

87. The Synod of Thorn (1595)

88. The Bremen Consensus (1595)

89. The Lambeth Articles (1595)

90. The Second Confession of the London-Amsterdam Church (1596)

91. The Stafforts Book (1599)

Endorsements:

"A comprehensive collection of the main statements of faith of all Reformed communities considered as orthodox (Waldensian, Zwinglian, Calvinist, and Anglican). A must for every library." -Irena Backus, University of Geneva

"This set is a magnificent achievement that witnesses powerfully to the rich development, harmony, and piety of the Reformed faith." -Joel R. Beeke, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

"These volumes are most useful both for bringing together what has previously been scattered and for making material available in English for the first time." -Anthony N. S. Lane, London School of Theology

"This set is a highly significant collection [and] substantial resource for the study of the rise and progress of the Reformed faith in the early modern era." -Richard A. Muller, Calvin Theological Seminary

About the compiler:

James T. Dennison, Jr. is Academic Dean of Northwest Theological Seminary in Washington, where he also serves as Professor of Church History and Biblical Theology. He is the author of The Market Day of the Soul, editor of Kerux: The Journal of Northwest Theological Seminary, and has also edited various books including Francis Turretin's Institutes of Elenctic Theology, Geerhardus Vos's Old Testament Eschatology, and The Letters of Geerhardus Vos.

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(3) LECTURES ON THE PROPHECIES OF ZECHARIAH by Ralph Wardlaw

“It is the ambition of some to be specially distinguished as ‘students of prophecy.’ To such a distinction my revered father made no claim. But as a student of God’s Word the prophetic page was not neglected by him. He found there a field of pleasant and profit able research; and sought to throw light upon it, and unfold its treasures for the benefit of others.

“Of this he has left abundant evidence, not only in these Lectures on Zechariah, but in numerous other lectures, on most if not all the prophetic books of the Old Testament; and in a complete series of expository discourses on the Apocalypse. And of his mode of handling prophetic questions, lie presented to the Public a specimen or two during his life-time;—one, a Discourse on ‘The Purposes of divine Mercy to the Seed of Abraham;’ the other, a Discourse on ‘The Millennium.’

“These Lectures have been selected, because among the Author’s latest productions—having been composed and delivered when he was in his seventy-second year; because the portion of Scripture which they seek to elucidate, while possessing many points of great interest, is apt to be overlooked; and because it introduces greater variety into the character of these posthumous volumes, and shows the Author’s facility in giving to every theme a practical hearing.” — From the Preface

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Ruth by Bernard & Fuller

Contains a stock of knowledge, and more than a sufficient stock of quotations from the fathers. Torshell printed the book fifteen years after Stock’s death, and finding it to be written for a popular audience only, he added an examination of the original and a few notes in a more learned style, to make a complete commentary. The two authors have thus composed the work on Malachi. —C H Spurgeon

Fuller’s commentary on Ruth: …quaint and pithy, and lit up with flashes of irrepressible wit. —C H Spurgeon

he author depicts Paul in all of his lovely character, which is greatly enhanced by the apostle’s humility as seen in chapter 3. As nearly all will agree, however, the most precious section of this epistle appears in the second chapter where the reader is urged to avoid ‘esteeming himself as surpassing others, but rather to esteem others above self ’ (2:3). Then it is that he pens one of the most sublime sections of the Holy Scriptures as he sets forth the Lord Jesus Christ as the ultimate example, ‘For think this within you which also was in Christ Jesus, who in the form of God subsisting, not thought it robbery to be equal with God,’ etc. (2:5, 6). Hutchinson’s exposition of this section is worth the price of the book.”—Jay Green.

(7) LECTURES ON THE EPISTLE OF JAMES by Ralph Wardlaw

(8) AN EXPOSITION OF THE FIRST EPISTLE OF JOHN by James Morgan

James Morgan was the minister of the influential Fisherwick Place Presbyterian Church in the heart of Belfast, Northern Ireland in the mid-19th century. He presented these lectures to his congregation after 37 years of ministry among them.

There are precisely 52 Lectures covering every verse in this great Epistle, so that one can read a Lecture each Lord's Day and complete the whole in one year. THIS WOULD BE A BRILLIANT WAY TO SPEND EACH LORD'S DAY AFTERNOON FOR A YEAR.

Morgan was also the author of the outstanding exposition of Psalm 51 wisely titled 'THE PENITENT.' Of this book, Spurgeon said, "The excellent doctor first wrote this exposition for his own spiritual benefit, then preached it for the edification of his flock, and lastly published it for the good of us all. This is a worthy pedigree for a book, and the book itself is worthy of the pedigree."

In the Preface he says:

“I would have you not merely to understand what brotherly love is, but to examine whether you possess it, and live in the exercise of it, and have this evidence of your true discipleship. Can you conclude that you are the children of God, seeing you are constrained by the love He bears to you to love all them that are members of His family?

“This practical and personal application of the truth that is taught is a distinguishing feature of the First Epistle of John. It is, indeed, a feature of all the Scriptures, manifesting their sincerity, and truth, and earnestness. It is very pointed in the writings of the Apostle Paul, who is ever illustrating his subject by his own personal history. But in John it is carried to perfection, especially in this epistle. He seems to take his reader by the hand, and to discuss with him, not the truth merely, but his personal interest in it; not only the subject of brotherly love, but the reader’s possession of it, and the evidence thus furnished to him, and enjoyed by him, that he is himself a child of God. Thus, it is, beloved brethren, I present this subject to your attention, and ask your acceptance of my volume as a token of my love, and a memorial of my ministry."

C.H. SPURGEON said the following about Morgan's work: 'Dr. Robert Candlish says that this is a work "of great practical interest and value," and that had it appeared at an earlier date, "he might have abstained from issuing" his own Lectures on this Epistle. We are glad to possess both works.'

(9) DAVID: KING OF ISRAEL by F.W. Krummacher

Through the descriptions by F. W. Krummacher, the scenes and events of David and his times pass before the readers with the vividness of actual events occurring before their eyes. The stimulating, fast pace of his style reflects the tone of his powerful preaching.

Characteristic of his biblical portraits, Krummacher staunchly affirms God’s providential control over the course of human endeavours and richly applies the scriptural narrative to universal human experience.

Frederick Wilhelm Krummacher (1796-1868), a German Reformed pastor, was a powerful preacher with a rich and soaring imagination. He was a master of expository and biographical preaching.

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This small volume was combined originally with Jeremiah Burroughs on the Beatitudes reprinted by Soli Deo Gloria.

Nehemiah Rogers, B.D. (1594-1660) was Pastor of the congregation at Messing in Essex.

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Airay on Philippians: Mr. Grosart says: “You will look in vain in this commentary for erudite criticism or subtle exegesis in the modern sense: but there seems to us to be an instructively true following of the Apostolic thoughts, and a quick insight into their bearings and relative force.” (Quoted by Spurgeon)

Cartwright on Colossians: “This is but a small affair, consisting of scanty and second-rate notes by a hearer. Yet what there is of it has a true ring, and is rich in spirituality.” —Spurgeon

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CROSS ENCOUNTERS: A Decade of Gospel Conversations
Tony Miano with a Foreword by Pastor Geoffrey Kirkland

"DO THE WORK OF AN EVANGELIST" were amongst the last words of admonition the Apostle Paul gave to his young son in the faith Timothy before he died. The church and all those in the ranks of her ministry have wrestled with these words ever since. TONY MIANO is a man with a deep and passionate desire to fulfill those words. In this book he seeks to take you along with him as he shares the glorious gospel with an incredible diversity of people. This is not a book for the faint of heart, but it is a book for those genuinely seeking to understand and obey Paul's words to Timothy. Take up and read!

"A resource such as 'Cross Encounters: A Decade of Gospel Conversations', where conversations are transcribed, proves to instruct, humble, and stir us up to zealous evangelism. Let God's people read this volume with gospel-believing gladness and with humble delight in observing how God uses faithful witnesses to speak His gospel to the lost so that the Spirit of grace may grant new birth!

The Word of God tells us that Jesus went about 'doing good' (Acts 10:38) and we also know from Scripture that Jesus relentlessly devoted Himself to preaching all over Israel (Luke 4:44; 9:6). May we read 'Cross Encounters' with a prayerful heart, a captivated spirit, a lowly gladness, and a renewed resolve, all shrouded with an indomitable confidence in the absolute sovereignty of God to save sinners through the faithful telling of the gospel. And in the end, let us faithfully proclaim Christ and Him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2) and fervently pray that the Word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified (2 Thessalonians 3:1). To God be the glory." - from the Foreword by Pastor Geoffrey Kirkland, Christ Fellowship Bible Church of St. Louis

"Tony Miano's book, 'Cross Encounters' is a gripping account of actual conversations between a gospel-pleading evangelist and those who desperately need to hear the good news that Jesus saves. Knowing myself personally about his ministry of open air preaching, I am genuinely thankful for Tony--and others like him--who stand boldly on the front lines of the world's hostile unbelief, and yet who remain, as Christian preachers, steadfastly unafraid to lovingly proclaim salvation by faith alone in Christ. Would to God that there were many more like Tony who risk inevitable ridicule for their faith (and soon perhaps even strong persecution for their very public testimony). They simply do this in the hopes of seeing sinners bow their knees in humble adoration to God the Father for the gift of His Son! I therefore encourage you, if indeed you are already a Christian, to scrutinize this volume and see for yourself how important and vital evangelism truly is to our decadent and dying culture. If you are not a Christian however, I nevertheless implore you to embark upon a careful reading of this book's many personal experiences of Tony's witnessing to others, and I earnestly pray that you may stake your own eternal destiny solely on the Lord Jesus Christ, personally encountering His glorious cross." - Lance Quinn, Senior Pastor, Thousand Oaks Bible Church, Thousand Oaks, California

"Tony Miano provides something that few do. He provides real life examples from a real life evangelist regarding real life evangelism encounters. Miano is not someone who speaks primarily to professed Christians inside church meeting houses, but is someone who has spent many years proclaiming good news to the lost in the open air. This volume provides just a taste of those many Gospel encounters. From the aspiring evangelist desiring to know how, to the veteran preacher who needs encouragement, this book will be a blessing. Here, a man leaves his footprints in the poorly traveled path of guts-and-grit evangelism, in the hopes that others follow. They should." - Pastor Jordan (JD) Hall, Fellowship Church of Sidney, MT

"'Cross Encounters: A Decade of Gospel Conversations' should be in the hands of every Christian, and in the hands of every lost person those Christians desperately desire to see rescued from the tight and relentless clutches of Satan and his minions. It is an invaluable blueprint for public evangelism, and a captivating clarion for those still in darkness who need to know that others before them, ensnared in the same trap, have been delivered from captivity and death by a gracious, merciful and loving Emancipator, the sinless and holy and righteous King who is a friend of sinners, Jesus the Christ." - Chris Arnzen, Host of Iron Sharpens Iron Radio

"Sadly, there are incalculable amounts of churches in America that are heedlessly abandoning the practice of evangelism. Tony Miano's new book carefully elucidates the necessity of evangelism and adjures his readers to yield and obey the indispensable command of Matthew 28:18-20. Miano provides innumerable illustrations and personal anecdotes of more than a decade of evangelistic ventures that are analogous to Ichabod Spencer's historical classic, 'Pastor's Sketches.' Without reservation, I highly recommend Tony's new book to anyone who has an inexpressible love for sinners, and aspires to see the fruition of evangelism." - Dr. Sonny L. Hernandez, Military Chaplain and Evangelist for JeremiahCry Ministries

"I recently read, with great delight and enjoyment, Tony Miano's latest book entitled 'Cross Encounters: A Decade of Gospel Conversations.' I had a hard time putting down the book. 'Cross Encounters' is a practical, biblical, and theologically accurate book on all sorts of evangelistic methodologies: from open-air preaching, to passing out gospel tracts, to sharing Christ at the local shopping mall. If you are looking for practical ways to do the work of an evangelist and how to engage people in gospel conversations, then this book is for you. Anyone considering the somewhat fearful task of wading into the unknown waters of evangelistic outreach will be inspired, instructed, and motivated to plunge right in and see what God will choose to do. I wholeheartedly commend 'Cross Encounters: A Decade of Gospel Conversations' to you. You will love this book!" - Al Baker, Ordained preacher in the Presbyterian Church in America; Revival and evangelistic preacher with Presbyterian Evangelistic Fellowship

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication

Preface

Foreword by Pastor Geoffrey Kirkland

The Burglar: A Parable of the Gospel

Section I: Street Corner Conversations

Evangelism Tip #1: 'Why Do You Carry a Cross?'

Gaia Defeated at the Cross

Russ and Chanelle: It Doesn't Take a Long Time

Tricia's Trauma and False Hope

Jared's Dinosaur Defense Dismissed

'Should I Still Honor My Father?'

Evangelism Tip #2: Friendship Evangelism

Spiritual Tug-of- War

Wayne Was Compelled to Stop

Section II: Fishing at the Local Mall

Evangelism Tip #3: Mall Evangelism

All He Wanted Was 60 Cents

'I Want to Talk about God'

Did Timothy Become a 'Timothy'?

Maria's Theological Mess

Ten Words in ASL

Section III: The Power of a Bible

400 Bibles Delivered and One Received

Was It the Sound of Salvation?

Section IV: Abortion Clinic (Abortuary) Ministry

My First Abortuary Conversation

Evangelism Tip #4: The 'Parachute' Analogy

Maggie's Informed Decision

Part V: Planes, Trains, and College Campuses - Evangelism Anywhere

Burt, a Broken Man

The Quittance of Quisha

It Happened for Jocelyn's Sake

Evangelism Tip #5: 'Hello, Officer!'

Isaac's Search for Forgiveness

Discipleship at 30,000

Lost Between Catholicism and Christianity

Section VI: Loving Our Muslim Neighbors

Nargis Knows the Way

Making Much of the Messiah to Mohammed

Appendices

Appendix 1: The Gospel According to Satan

Appendix 2: Starting an Abortuary Ministry

Appendix 3: Scriptures for Abortion Clinic Ministry

Appendix 4: Pastor Chuck O'Neal's Roman Catholicism Notes

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JONATHAN EDWARDS, Selected and Edited by Dr. Don Kistler

Grace and Truth: Rare Sermons by Jonathan Edwards is a collection of fifteen sermons on various topics, with the general theme being the gracious warning of God to flee approaching wrath by coming to the Savior for mercy and forgiveness. Readers familiar with the preaching of Jonathan Edwards, as well as those who are new to his ministry, will find encouragement in these pages. These sermons have been carefully edited by Dr. Don Kistler to make them more approachable to the modern reader, while still allowing the original language to retain its full character and impact.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

1) Jesus Christ is Full of Grace and Truth - John 1:16

2) If Persons Ever Tasted the Sweetness of the Word and Grace of Grace, They Will Long for More - 1 Peter 2:2-3

3) There is an Answerableness Between the Greatness of the Misery of Hell and the Happiness of Heaven - John 3:16

4) 'Tis Vain for Any to Expect to Have their Prayers Heard as Long as They Continue in the Allowance of Sin - Psalm 66:18

5) 'Tis Unreasonable to Think that God Will Take No Care to Punish the Wickedness in the World - Jeremiah 5:9

6) There is a Great Difference Between Converted and Unconverted Men - Matthew 15:26

7) Not Everyone Who Says Unto Christ, 'Lord, Lord,' Shall Enter Into the Kingdom of Heaven - Matthew 7:21

8) The Wrath of God Attends All the Concerns of Some Men - Job 18:15

9) God Has Sworn That He Will Be Revenged on Wicked Men - Deuteronomy 32:40-42

10) 'Tis Not Inconsistent with the Attributes of God to Punish Ungodly Men with a Misery that is Eternal - Revelation 19:2-3

11) Unawakened Sinners Heap up to Themselves Wrath Against the Day of Wrath - Romans 2:5

12) The Bodies of Wicked Men as Well as Their Souls Will Be Punished Forever in Hell - Matthew 10:28

13) Wicked Men Will Hereafter Wish to be Turned to Nothing and Forever Cease to be that They May Escape the Wrath of God - Revelation 6:15-16

14) Christian Charity - Deuteronomy 15:7-11

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REFORMED SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY: Volume One, Revelation and God & Volume Two, Man and Christ
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

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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William G.T. Shedd

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THE DOCTRINE OF ENDLESS PUNISHMENT: Its Historical, Biblical and Rational Defense
William G.T. Shedd

This doctrine is so solemn that man's natural instinct is either to ignore it or deny it. From time to time in the history of the Christian church it comes under concerted attack, as it did during the life of W.G.T. Shedd, the noted nineteenth century theologian and preacher. In this work, Shedd carefully expounds the biblical teaching on divine judgment, and sets it in the context of the history of Christian doctrine. He deals carefully and cogently with objections to it.

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Shedd shows that 'The strongest support of the doctrine of endless punishment is the teaching of Christ, the Redeemer of man; without the explicit and reiterated statements of God incarnate, it is doubtful whether so awful a truth would have had such a conspicuous place as it always has had in the creed of Christendom. Christ could not have warned men so frequently and earnestly as he did, had he known there is no future peril.' This book will have a profoundly sobering effect on its readers; but its lasting impression will be to cause a new concern for men and women without Christ, and undying gratitude for 'Jesus, who delivers us from the wrath to come'.

W.G.T. Shedd (1820-1894) was both a congregational and, later, a presbyterian pastor. He had a distinguished career as a Professor of English Literature prior to his work at the theological seminaries of Auburn, Andover, and finally at Union Seminary, New York. He is best known for his three-volume Dogmatic Theology.

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MY MOTHER: Recollections of Maternal Influence
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THE ORIGIN OF PAUL'S RELIGION
J. Gresham Machen

His first book, The Origin of Paul's Religion (1921) was a masterful and forthright defense of the historical truthfulness and supernaturalism of the New Testament. This volume is taken from the James Sprunt Lectures delivered at Union Theological Seminary in Virginia.

Machen is absolutely masterful in dealing with the anti-supernaturalism that was beginning to dominate the church in the early decades of the twentieth century. Although written 85 years ago it remains a model of biblical scholarship and warm piety.

"In an age when the nature and content of Paul's message are once again under scrutiny, evangelical and Reformed readers will benefit immensely from a close reading of Machen's masterwork. This book is an outstanding example of careful, patient scholarship that received high praise when it was first published and continues today to demand attention." - R. Scott Clark

"J. Gresham Machen not only believed, practised, and proclaimed Paul's gospel, he was also able to defend its authenticity at the highest scholarly level. Because 'The Origin of Paul's Religion' penetrates to the heart of the matter it continues to speak to contemporary controversies over the nature of the gospel and the Christian faith." - Sinclair Ferguson

"This is a most important book for our day. The Origin of Paul's Religion is a masterpiece in the defense of epistemological Foundationalism-the belief that there are basic and foundational beliefs upon which man's knowledge should be rightly based. In today's academic circles, this sort of animal is almost extinct. Postmodern Theological Relativists are watching over the zoo. They have no proper foundations.

To have a right understanding of the origin of Paul's Christianity is to have a right understanding of the origins of Christianity and the Church herself and her gospel to be proclaimed int he world. Like a beautiful perfume, if the essence is lost, so is the usefulness. The true origin of Christianity must be revived and taught again. There are foundations with the Lord Jesus Christ as He is revealed in the Word of God being the sure and steady cornerstone. Solid Ground is to be commended for their foresight." - Mike Renihan

"Today questions abound concerning Paul and his relationship to Judaism. Additionally, questions are being raised about the inspiration of Scripture and a non-descript (flash back a hundred years) 'evangelical doctrine of Scripture' is being peddled. In many ways, the current trendy questions reflect the old trends of the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century, to which Machen was forced to relate (for the welfare of the Church). It is good for us recollect the past and learn from the past and, for both recollection and learning, Machen offers much good to pastors and scholars alike." -C.N. Willborn

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1- Introduction of the Subject on the Origins of the Christian Religion (pp. 1-40)

2- The Early Years (pp. 43-68)

3- The Triumph of Gentile Freedom (pp. 71-113)

4- Paul and Jesus (pp. 117-169)

5- The Jewish Environment (pp. 173-207)

6- The Religion of the Hellenistic Age (pp. 211-251)

7- Redemption in Pagan Religion and in Paul (pp. 255-290)

8- The Lordship of Jesus (pp. 293-317)

INDEX (pp. 320-326)

BIBLICAL PASSAGES (pp. 327-329)

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COMMON FAITH, COMMON CULTURE
How Christianity Defeats Paganism
Joseph M. Bianchi

"Joseph M. Bianchi has provided an inspiring aerial overview of Christianity's formative salt and light impact on world history. 'it is a culture that transforms societies by transforming people one by one.' Bianchi provides a tonic for believers disheartened by the contemporary darkness of encroaching postmodernism. Surely the gates of Hell will not prevail, for in Christ, we will triumph as more than conquerors. Well done!" -Rev. Mark Chanski, Pastor of The Reformed Baptist Church of Holland, MI, conference speaker and author of the popular book "Manly Dominion."

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THE GIANTS AND HOW TO FIGHT THEM: Lessons for Children of All Ages
Richard Newton

"There are giants in the earth in these days; and God expects us all to engage in the work of trying to fight them. When I speak of giants now, I do not mean physical giants, but moral giants. I do not mean men with huge bodies, four or five times larger than common-sized men; but I mean great sins of different kinds, which may well be called giants. I want now to speak about five giants that we should all unite trying to fight against. One of these is a good way off from us; but the rest are very near us. Listen to me while I tell you who these giants are, and the way in which we must try to fight them."

I. The first giant I am to speak of is the GIANT HEATHENISM. This giant doesn't live here. He is found in countries where the Gospel is not known. His castles may be seen in Africa, and in India, in China, and in the islands of the sea. He is a huge giant. This giant is very strong, and very cruel. Well, what are we to do to this giant? Why, we must fight him, as David did Goliath. The Bible is the brook to which we must go. The truths which it contains are the stones that we must use.

II. The second giant I would speak of is the GIANT SELFISHNESS. The giant selfishness never sees, or hears, or does anything for anyone but himself if you find that you are getting to think more of yourself than of others, then be sure the giant is after you. We must fight this giant by self-denial.

III. The third giant I want to speak about is the GIANT COVETOUSNESS. This giant is very large in size, and very strong in limb; but he has the tiniest tittle bit of a heart you ever saw, might put it in a nutshell. The only wonder is how so huge a frame can be supported by so little a heart. But this is not all, for little as his heart is, it is hard as stone. He is ashamed of his name, and won't answer to it. He pretends that his right name is — frugality. But this is a great story. Frugality is a very different person. He is a good, true, honest fellow If you ask, How are you to fight him? I answer, by learning to give.

IV. The fourth giant of which I will speak is the GIANT ILL-TEMPER. But how are we to fight against, this giant? I answer, By trying to be like Jesus. We always think of Him as — the "gentle Jesus, meek and mild." Do you suppose that this giant ever got a single link of his chain on Jesus? No.

V. The last giant I wish to speak about is the GIANT INTEMPERANCE. He is a very ugly-looking fellow When he is in a good humor, and feels jolly, he puts on a silly face, and looks very foolish. But when he gets in a passion he is awful looking, and it makes one shudder to see him.

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THE RICHES OF BUNYAN
A Collection of Wise Sayings on Christian Doctrine and Duty
Edited by Jeremiah Chaplin

In 1850 Jeremiah Chaplin compiled this brilliant volume of the sayings of John Bunyan on 29 subjects covering the Doctrine and Duty of the Christian. A revision of this work was done in 1952 by The World Publishing Company, but it left out the following sections, as it deemed them to be "of lesser value for the present age in which we live" -

THE TRINITY

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The Puritan Pulpit: The Sermons of Archbishop James Ussher
James Ussher

James Ussher (1581-1656) was a highly regarded scholar in his own day, and a fearless preacher as well. These 19 sermons were preached in 1640, and they deal with the most crucial issues of the soul: the devastating effects of sin, the purpose of the law, the satisfaction, humiliation, and sacrifice of Christ, saving faith, hell, peace with God, and the seal of salvation, among others.

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John Bunyan

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John Bunyan's famous work, The Pilgrim's Progress is, next to the Bible, the most popular book ever published. It has been widely distributed the world over since originally published in the 17th century. But many aren't familiar with the story in it's original form or it's famous author and his life story. Master Books is now making available this exquisite reproduction of this 125-year-old historical compilation manuscript in it's original 920-page entirety.

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THE BARREN FIG-TREE; (Page 801 - 830) thoughts concerning the doom and downfall of a fruitless life and the signs by which such miserable mortals may be known.

BUNYAN'S LAST SERMON (Page 831 - 834) -Preached, July, 1688, from John 1:3.

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FACING THE DEATH OF SOMEONE YOU LOVE
ELISABETH ELLIOT

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Be every mourner’s sleep tonight?

Like infant slumbers, pure and bright.

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

From the ground there blossoms red?

Life that shall endless be.

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HAS HE BEEN BORN TO YOU? HAS HE BEEN GIVEN TO YOU?
CHARLES H. SPURGEON

On Sunday morning, December 25, 1859 a 25 year old Charles Haddon Spurgeon ascended the pulpit steps and announced his text that Christmas morning as Isaiah 9:6, "Unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." Spurgeon introduced his sermon that morning with these words:

"This morning the principal object of my discourse, and, indeed, the sole one, is to bring out the force of those two little words, "UNTO US." For you will perceive that here the full force of the passage lies. "For UNTO US a child is born, UNTO US a Son is given." The divisions of my discourse are very simple ones.

First, is it so?

Second, if it is so, then what?

Third, if it is not so, then what?

We at Solid Ground are persuaded that this sermon needs to be read again and distributed far and wide during this season of the year. This would make the perfect stocking stuffer, and it would be a great gift to give anyone you know who needs to know the truth about Jesus Christ. Hear the way Spurgeon begins the last passionate point of his powerful sermon:

"Dear hearer, I cannot tell where thou art, but wherever thou mayst be in this hall, the eyes of my heart are looking for thee, that when they have seen thee, they may weep over thee. Ah! miserable wretch, without a hope, without Christ, without God. Unto thee there is no Christmas mirth, for thee no child is born; to thee no Son is given. Sad is the story of the poor men and women, who during the week before last fell down dead in our streets through cruel hunger and bitter cold. But far more pitiable is thy lot, far more terrible shall be thy condition in the day when thou shalt cry for a drop of water to cool thy burning tongue, and it shall be denied thee; when thou shalt seek for death, for grim cold death, seek for him as for a friend, and yet thou shalt not find him. For the fire of hell shall not consume thee, nor its terrors devour thee. Thou shalt long to die, yet shalt thou linger in eternal death, dying every hour, yet never receiving the much coveted boon of death. What shall I say to thee this morning? Oh! Master, help me to speak a word in season, now. I beseech thee, my hearer, if Christ is not thine this morning, may God the Spirit help thee to do what I now command thee to do."

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