NEW RELEASE — Literature by Clifford W. Foreman

Lit­er­a­ture by Clif­ford W. Foreman

48 pages | $4.99 | Book­let | Series: Faith­ful Learning

Sum­mary: Some Chris­tians choose to study no lit­er­a­ture except for the Bible, fear­ing the allure of sin in sec­u­lar writ­ing. Yet the Bible itself is a lit­er­ary work; God knew we would best under­stand what he is like through the uni­ver­sal art forms of poetry and story—and so, for our­selves and those we wish to reach with the gospel, there is value in study­ing what lit­er­a­ture is and how it com­mu­ni­cates ideas.

Clif­ford Fore­man, a respected Eng­lish pro­fes­sor for over 25 years, takes us on an explo­ration of lit­er­a­ture and its var­i­ous forms, engag­ing the works of respected sec­u­lar authors to illus­trate each form and to show us the beauty and Scrip­tural poten­tial of an art­ful use of language.

About the Author:

Clif­ford W. Fore­man (MA, PhD, Boston Uni­ver­sity) is pro­fes­sor of Eng­lish and mod­er­a­tor of the fac­ulty at Covenant Col­lege in Look­out Moun­tain, Geor­gia, where he has taught since 1986.

 

 

Other Books in this Series:

1. Soci­ol­ogy by Matthew S. Vos
48 pages
Sum­mary: Christ asks us to be in the world but not of it. Matthew Vos shows us how soci­ol­ogy strength­ens our under­stand­ing of the world’s issues and our rela­tion­ships within it.
2. Phi­los­o­phy by James S. Spiegel
48 pages
Sum­mary: Does phi­los­o­phy have any value for our faith? James Spiegel insists that Chris­tians need phi­los­o­phy to dis­cern wrong ideas and shows us how it can enhance bib­li­cal faith and living.
3. An Invi­ta­tion to Aca­d­e­mic Stud­ies by Jay D. Green
40 pages
Sum­mary: Can aca­d­e­mic study cul­ti­vate and nour­ish our faith, as well as the other way around? Jay Green shows how to embrace aca­d­e­mic study for its poten­tial in study­ing God’s world.

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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October 28th Excerpt from Heart Aflame: Daily Readings from Calvin on the Psalms

The fol­low­ing is an excerpt from Heart Aflame: Daily Read­ings from Calvin on the Psalms.

Octo­ber 28th  -  Day 302

Psalm 115: 12–18

The LORD remem­bers us and will bless us. It is as if it is said here: “We have already, from long expe­ri­ence, been taught how valu­able the favour of our God is, because from this source alone have flowed our pros­per­ity, our abun­dance, and our sta­bil­ity.” The prophet assumes the prin­ci­ple, that we nei­ther enjoy pros­per­ity nor hap­pi­ness fur­ther than it pleases God to bless us. As there is no accep­tance of per­sons before God, our low and abject con­di­tion ought to be no obstruc­tion to our draw­ing near to him, since he so kindly invites to approach him those who appear to be held in no rep­u­ta­tion. God’s lib­er­al­ity is an inex­haustible foun­tain, which will never cease to flow so long as its progress is not impeded by the ingrat­i­tude of men. And hence it will be con­tin­ued to their pos­ter­ity, because God man­i­fests the grace and the fruit of his adop­tion even to a thou­sand generations.

The high­est heav­ens belong to the LORD, but the earth he has given to man. Here the prophet extols the bounty of God, and his pater­nal regard for the human race, in that, though he stood in need of noth­ing him­self, he yet cre­ated the world, with all its full­ness, for their use. How comes it to pass that the earth is every where cov­ered with such a great vari­ety of good things, meet­ing our eye in all direc­tions, unless that God, as a prov­i­dent father of a fam­ily, had designed to make pro­vi­sion for our wants? In pro­por­tion, there­fore, to the com­forts which we here enjoy, are the tokens of his fatherly care. The amount is, that God, sat­is­fied with his own glory, has enriched the earth with abun­dance of good things, that mankind may not lack any thing. At the same time he demon­strates, that, as God has his dwelling-place in the heav­ens, he must be inde­pen­dent of all worldly riches; for, assuredly, nei­ther wine, nor corn, nor any­thing req­ui­site for the sup­port of the present life, is pro­duced there. Con­se­quently, God has every resource in himself.

 

*This is an excerpt from page 302 of Heart Aflame: Daily Read­ings from Calvin on Psalms by John Calvin.

BOOK HIGHLIGHT — Whatever Happened to the Reformation? edited by Gary L. W. Johnson & R. Fowler White

What­ever Hap­pened to the Reformation?

edited by Gary L. W. John­son & R. Fowler White

368 pages | $19.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2001

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

Sum­mary: Bruce Ware, Dar­ryl Hart, John MacArthur, and oth­ers join the edi­tors in call­ing evan­gel­i­cals to recover their Ref­or­ma­tion roots. Too many evan­gel­i­cals believe method­ol­ogy and results trump the­ol­ogy. To reach a post­mod­ern soci­ety, they too read­ily adopt an unbib­li­cal view of God that many Amer­i­cans find more palat­able. Or they sub­sume Bible study and preach­ing to sec­ondary sta­tus. What­ever Hap­pened to the Ref­or­ma­tion? urges us to turn to the the­ol­ogy of the Reform­ers and allow it to shape every aspect of church and fam­ily life. Take it and read!

What Others Say About This Book:

Try­ing to get a han­dle on what’s wrong with the evan­gel­i­cal church and blaze a path out of our the­o­log­i­cal morass? Then this book is nec­es­sary read­ing for you. It is a trum­pet call to return to that bet­ter, higher, purer, and wiser gospel which evn­gel­i­cals once held.”James Mont­gomery Boice

Effec­tively responds to the assault on the Ref­or­ma­tion that is becom­ing one of the most sur­pris­ing, wide­spread, and dan­ger­ous phe­nom­ena of our time. The issues dis­cussed in this book are cru­cial to pre­serv­ing, not just evan­gel­i­cal­ism, but Chris­tian­ity itself.” - W. Robert God­frey Jr.

Every evan­gel­i­cal and Reformed min­is­ter ought to read this book. It offers a sub­stan­tive response to the new Socini­an­ism of the ‘open­ness of God’ writ­ers and pro­vides a strong affir­ma­tion of the bib­li­cal basis of the his­toric Reformed faith.”Richard Muller

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — God the Real Superpower by J. Nelson Jennings

God the Real Super­power: Rethink­ing Our Role in Mis­sions by J. Nel­son Jennings

288 pages | $21.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2007

To read the table of con­tents, click HERE

To read a sam­ple chap­ter, click HERE

Sum­mary: Chris­tians in the United States face com­plex domes­tic and inter­na­tional chal­lenges. We face our own afflu­ence, religious-nationalism, and indi­vid­u­al­ism. God the Real Super­power ana­lyzes our mul­ti­fac­eted assump­tions about mis­sions, sug­gest­ing con­struc­tive per­spec­tives about God, oth­ers, and ourselves.

About the Author:

J. Nel­son Jen­nings is asso­ciate direc­tor of the Over­seas Min­istries Study Cen­ter in New Haven, Con­necti­cut, as well as asso­ciate edi­tor of the Inter­na­tional Bul­letin of Mis­sion­ary Research. He received his MDiv from Covenant Sem­i­nary and his PhD from the Cen­tre for the Study of Chris­tian­ity in the Non-Western World at the Uni­ver­sity of Edinburgh.

What Others Say About This Book:

For North Amer­i­cans to par­tic­i­pate in God’s mis­sion for the twenty-first cen­tury, we must learn not only to see the world as Christ does but to see our­selves as Christ and the world see us. Shar­ing Christ’s sight requires that we share his heart—a heart formed out of humil­ity, com­pas­sion, and suf­fer­ing. Nel­son Jen­nings explores these themes with pas­sion, with hope and, most of all, with a pro­found love for the Gospel of the Lord Jesus. The themes are stretch­ing, trans­form­ing, and ulti­mately empow­er­ing for the new work of God’s mis­sion.” - Bryan Chapell, pres­i­dent, Covenant The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

Some­one once said, ‘I know two things: there is a God, and I am not him.’ Dr. Jen­nings has done a won­der­ful job of remind­ing us that mis­sions belongs to God. He is the Redeemer and he is allow­ing us to be part of it. But it is his work and not ours. We as Amer­i­cans are a ‘can-do’ peo­ple, and we have accom­plished many things because of it. But one does not have to be involved in mis­sions very long to real­ize that when it comes to redeem­ing the world, we ‘can’t do,’ and that is okay. We can relax in the thought that he is in charge and that because of that, mis­sions will not fail.” — John Rollo, inter­na­tional direc­tor for Sub-Saharan Africa, Mis­sion to the World

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Our mis­sion is to serve Christ and his church by pro­duc­ing clear, engag­ing, fresh, and insight­ful appli­ca­tions of Reformed theology.

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Author Interview with Kathleen Nielson

Learn more about Kath­leen Niel­son, author of 11 P&R titles, on this week’s author interview.

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self. . .

I’m a wife, mother, grand­mother, daugh­ter, sis­ter, aunt, cousin, friend, teacher, writer. . . I love think­ing about the blend of call­ings God gives us, grow­ing and enrich­ing all of them through all the rest as they mul­ti­ply through the years.

I’m the wife of a man who knows mul­ti­ple call­ings well, hav­ing worked as a col­lege pro­fes­sor, a trader in the finan­cial mar­kets, a pas­tor, a col­lege pres­i­dent, and now a direc­tor of mul­ti­ple projects in global Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion. My hus­band Niel is obvi­ously impor­tant in my story: the adven­ture of life with him has played a huge part in shap­ing me—and he is my great­est earthly encour­ager in the work I’m priv­i­leged to do. He has shown me and pointed me to the love of Christ. We’ve been joy­fully mar­ried since 1977 and have three grown sons, two beau­ti­ful daughters-in-law, and four absolutely remark­able granddaughters.

For a num­ber of years (most of the years we were rais­ing our sons), I taught col­lege Eng­lish part-time (lit­er­a­ture and writ­ing), but Bible study teach­ing and writ­ing grad­u­ally took over my life! Those two kinds of teach­ing are not at all unre­lated, of course, as they both involve read­ing and ask­ing ques­tions of texts. Those are skills we’re not gen­er­ally so good at in our fast-moving world, and I am grate­ful for the train­ing in Eng­lish which laid an impor­tant foun­da­tion for my work in reading/studying/teaching the bib­li­cal text—and, by God’s grace, in encour­ag­ing oth­ers to do so.

I love teach­ing the Bible to women—both in the local church and in var­i­ous con­fer­ences and other set­tings. I presently serve as direc­tor of women’s ini­tia­tives for The Gospel Coali­tion, which involves con­nect­ing with women in many min­istry con­texts, over­see­ing TGC’s women’s con­fer­ences, and work­ing on var­i­ous pub­lish­ing projects. One of my favorite involve­ments is serv­ing on the board of direc­tors of The Charles Simeon Trust, a min­istry com­mit­ted to train­ing in bib­li­cal expo­si­tion through both work­shops and online courses.

Spare time? If I’m not writ­ing some­thing or speak­ing some­where, I’m prob­a­bly either trav­el­ing in Indone­sia with Niel, play­ing with grand­daugh­ters, doing Bible study or hav­ing cof­fee with a group of women, read­ing a book, or going for a walk—or some com­bi­na­tion of the above!

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — What inspired you to write your books?

I’ll give two dif­fer­ent answers, the first for the Bible stud­ies which I’ve been priv­i­leged to pub­lish with P&R. Those stud­ies were begun years ago as a project just for the women of my church, where I helped lead the women’s Bible study. We were look­ing for cur­ricu­lum that would lead us into the meat of the Word and teach us how to take it in, whole Bible books at a time—the way they are given to us in Scrip­ture. Finally, one of our lead­ers said, “Kathleen—how about if you just write it!” And so began one of the most joy­ful projects of my life.

The sec­ond answer relates to my book Bible Study: Fol­low­ing the Ways of the Word. My hus­band and I were for years blessed to be part of a church where the lead­ers were com­mit­ted to train­ing mem­bers in read­ing and study­ing the Scrip­tures. As I began trav­el­ing and speak­ing here and there, it became clear that many churches were not so involved with bib­li­cal train­ing. I devel­oped a series of talks on just what the Bible is, and what that means for how we should study it—and one of the places I gave these talks was Dubai, in the United Arab Emi­rates, at a women’s con­fer­ence for an inter­na­tional church. The wife of that church’s senior pas­tor (who has since become a good friend) urged me to put that mate­r­ial in a book. I’m thank­ful for her urging—and loved work­ing on that book about study­ing the Word.

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — Tell us about a few of your favorite books

C. S. Lewis’s Till We Have Faces is a favorite and much-read novel, one that delves deep into a story of learn­ing to see what is real and true. It seems to jolt me toward real­ity every time I read it. I’ll also often pull out some poetry—perhaps Ger­ard Man­ley Hop­kins if I’m wide awake, or Amy Carmichael if I’m need­ing encour­age­ment, or George Her­bert at any time. John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress comes off the shelf reg­u­larly. These writ­ers have helped shape my think­ing about God and what it means to fol­low him: they take the stuff of real life and, as they put that stuff into words, find every­where echoes of the story of redemp­tion in Christ.

Some greatly-appreciated bib­li­cal helps would include books by Graeme Goldswor­thy, Edmund Clowney, Derek Kidner, J. Alec Motyer, Dale Ralph Davis, D. A. Car­son, John Frame, Leland Ryken, and Kent Hughes (our pas­tor for many years).

 

Books by Kathleen Nielson:
1. Bible Study: Fol­low­ing the Ways of the Word
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
Liv­ing Word Bible Study series:
2. 1 & 2 Thes­sa­lo­ni­ans: Liv­ing the Gospel to the End
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
3. Colos­sians and Phile­mon: Con­tinue to Live in Him
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
4. Eccle­si­astes and Song of Songs: Wisdom’s Search­ing and Finding
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
5. Isa­iah: The Lord Saves
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
6. John: That You May Believe
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
7. Joshua: All God’s Good Promises
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
8. Nehemiah: Rebuilt and Rebuilding
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
9. Proverbs: The Ways of Wisdom
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
10. Psalms Vol­ume 1: Songs Along the Way
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE
11. Psalms Vol­ume 2: Find­ing the Way to Prayer and Praise
To read a sam­ple chap­ter of this book, click HERE

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