NEW RELEASE — On the Brink by Clay Werner

On the Brink: Grace for the Burned-Out Pas­tor by Clay Werner

Pages: 144 | $12.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: As we learn from Christ’s cru­ci­fix­ion, any deci­sion to sac­ri­fi­cially love sin­ners is going to hurt—really hurt. And our own sin makes things even messier. Pas­tors and church lead­ers know both sides of this well. In fact, many pas­tors leave the min­istry after only five years, and one study found that 1,400 pas­tors leave the min­istry each month “due to stress, dis­il­lu­sion­ment, or forced termination.”

Why is this? Min­istry has many unique chal­lenges. When the pain, frus­tra­tion, and exhaus­tion of min­istry build up in a pastor’s heart, it’s easy for him to lose sight of the incred­i­ble gifts given to him in Jesus Christ: hope and res­ur­rec­tion power that will strengthen him to carry on. Acknowl­edg­ing the unique chal­lenges of min­istry, Pas­tor Clay Werner helps us reopen our eyes to the gospel’s soul-sustaining and heart-renewing com­fort for church leaders.

About the Author: 

CLAY WERNER (MDIV, WESTMINSTER SEMINARY CALIFORNIA) is senior pas­tor at Lex­ing­ton Pres­by­ter­ian Church (PCA) in Lex­ing­ton, South Car­olina, where he lives with his wife, Liz, and their five children.

 

 

What Others Are Saying About this Book:

Life infus­ing, heart enflam­ing, and min­istry anchor­ing.” - Joe Noven­son, Senior Pas­tor, Look­out Moun­tain Pres­by­ter­ian Church

Real­is­tic, gospel-grounded, grace-saturated encour­age­ment for embat­tled and weary pas­tors. . . . The anti­dote to the temp­ta­tion to drop out of the shepherd’s costly call­ing is not renewal of our own teeth-gritted res­o­lu­tion, but a fuller view of the panorama of Jesus and his costly love for me.” Den­nis E. John­son, PhD, Pro­fes­sor of Prac­ti­cal The­ol­ogy, West­min­ster Sem­i­nary California

I com­mend this won­der­ful book to the many wounded war­riors in Gospel min­istry I meet every day—clergy and laity.” Michael A. Mil­ton, PhD, Fourth Pres­i­dent & Chan­cel­lor, Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

A pow­er­ful real­ity check for those just enter­ing the min­istry as well as a valu­able source of encour­age­ment to those who are strug­gling in the trenches after many years of ser­vice.” Iain M. Duguid, Pro­fes­sor of Old Testament, Westminster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Philadelphia

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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 William Evans

This week’s inter­view is with William Evans, author of the Basics of the Faith book­let: What Is the Incarnation?

  • Ques­tion #1 — Tell us a lit­tle bit about your­self: where you’re from, fam­ily, job, per­sonal inter­ests, unique hob­bies, what do you do in your spare time, etc.

I’m a third-generation Pres­by­ter­ian min­is­ter.  Born in North Car­olina, I was raised in the Mid­west, and have since lived in the North­east and in the South.  Cur­rently I’m the Younts Pro­fes­sor of Bible and Reli­gion at Ersk­ine Col­lege in Due West, SC, and a min­ster in the Asso­ciate Reformed Pres­by­ter­ian Church.  In my spare time I enjoy play­ing the gui­tar poorly and cycling.

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — When did you first want to write a book?

When I went into acad­e­mia, I real­ized that writ­ing books is what aca­d­e­mics do.  The die was cast!

 

  • Ques­tion #3 — What inspired you to write this book?

I was asked to do it, and the topic was a good fit for my teach­ing and research interests.

 

  • Ques­tion #4 — Do you have a spe­cific spot that you enjoy writ­ing most?

I do a lot of writ­ing at both the office and at home.  But I find that the office has admin­is­tra­tive dis­trac­tions and a tele­phone that rings at inop­por­tune times, so I’m more com­fort­able find­ing a quiet place at home and writ­ing there.

 

  • Ques­tion #5 — What book are you read­ing now?

John Milbank’s The­ol­ogy and Social The­ory.

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — What famous per­son (liv­ing or dead) would you like to meet and why?

The Apos­tle Paul.  I have a long list of ques­tions that I want to ask him at the heav­enly Starbucks.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Do you have a favorite book that you have written?

Impu­ta­tion and Impar­ta­tion: Union with Christ in Amer­i­can Reformed The­ol­ogy (Pater­nos­ter, 2008).

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Want to learn more about William Evans?

Visit his web­site: http://theecclesialcalvinist.wordpress.com/

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BOOK HIGHLIGHT — “Right Reason” and the Princeton Mind by Paul Kjoss Helseth

“Right Rea­son” and the Prince­ton Mind: An Unortho­dox Proposal
by Paul Kjoss Helseth

304 Pages | $21.99 | Paper­back | Pub­lished: 2010
To read a sam­ple chap­ter, click HERE.

Sum­mary: In this mas­ter­ful exam­i­na­tion of the Old Prince­to­ni­ans’ writ­ings, Helseth turns the ortho­dox inter­pre­ta­tion of their enlight­en­ment ratio­nal­ism on its head, show­ing what Alexan­der, Hodge, Warfield, and oth­ers actu­ally believed regard­ing the power of reason.

About the Author:

Paul K. Helseth (MA, Wheaton Grad­u­ate School; PhD, Mar­quette Uni­ver­sity) is asso­ciate pro­fes­sor of Chris­t­ian thought at North­west­ern Col­lege in St. Paul, Min­nesota, where he has taught for nine years.

What Others Say About This Book:

A notable exam­ple of intel­lec­tual recla­ma­tion and recov­ery. Sen­si­tively and knowl­edgably dis­cusses the issues of faith and rea­son, par­tic­u­larly in rela­tion to apolo­get­ics, and then assesses the strength of the cri­tique of ‘post-conservative ortho­doxy’ against the Prince­ton the­ol­ogy.” - Paul Helm, Regent College

His argu­ment is cogent, and it clears away the debris of unjust crit­i­cism so that we can again be delighted in the insights of Old Prince­ton Calvin­ism. As it turns out, the Old Prince­to­ni­ans are an attrac­tive alter­na­tive to the con­fu­sions of mod­ern lib­er­al­ism and post­foun­da­tion­al­ism.” - John M. Frame, Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

Shows that Archibald Alexan­der, Charles Hodge, B. B. Warfield, and their peers were the­olo­gians of the heart, in essen­tial con­ti­nu­ity with the Ref­or­ma­tion approach.” - William Edgar, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Seminary

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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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NEW RELEASE — Time Travel to the Old Testament by Chris Sinkinson

Time Travel to the Old Tes­ta­ment: An Essen­tial Com­pan­ion for the Chris­t­ian Explorer by Chris Sink­in­son

208 pages | $12.99 | Paper­back | TABLE OF CONTENTS

Sum­mary: While both the Old and New Tes­ta­ments are part of our Chris­t­ian her­itage, the Old Tes­ta­ment can feel par­tic­u­larly for­eign and mys­te­ri­ous. Its vio­lence is star­tling; its heroes flawed; its his­tory com­plex; and its loca­tions a far cry from Kansas. While no one needs to become an arche­o­log­i­cal expert to grasp the mes­sage of Scrip­ture, back­ground infor­ma­tion can deepen our appre­ci­a­tion and under­stand­ing as we read.

In this wide-ranging, lively intro­duc­tion to the world of the Old Tes­ta­ment, Sink­in­son gives an overview of sto­ry­telling tech­niques, laws, peo­ple, beliefs, and geog­ra­phy, remov­ing mis­un­der­stand­ings by putting details in their his­tor­i­cal context.

About the Author:

Chris Sink­in­son (MA, PhD, Bris­tol Uni­ver­sity) is a lec­turer in Old Tes­ta­ment and apolo­get­ics at Moor­lands Col­lege in Christchurch, Eng­land. Once employed as an arche­ol­o­gist, he also serves as a pas­tor and has been involved in Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges Chris­t­ian Fel­low­ship (UCCF).

 

What Others Have to Say About This Book:

With care­fully researched facts and enjoy­able wit, Sink­in­son invites his read­ers into the real his­tory of the Hebrew Bible. . . . This book will add to Chris­tians’ under­stand­ing of the world of the Old Tes­ta­ment, and of the God who cre­ates and redeems our world through his Son.” JON NIELSON, Col­lege Pas­tor, Col­lege Church, Wheaton

Chris Sink­in­son proves a won­der­ful guide to the long-ago world of the Old Tes­ta­ment: sure-footed, inter­est­ing, and dis­pens­ing up-to-date knowl­edge with a light and humor­ous touch. He’s aware of just how much we need to know to make sense of what we read. Under his expert teach­ing so much that seems dif­fi­cult is opened up.” DEREK TIDBALL, for­mer Prin­ci­pal, Lon­don School of Theology

In an easy style, Chris Sink­in­son shows how the books of the Old Tes­ta­ment are real­is­tic and rel­e­vant for today. With­out avoid­ing dif­fi­cul­ties, he demon­strates how mod­ern archae­o­log­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies aid under­stand­ing of the Bible.” ALAN MILLARD, Emer­i­tus Rankin Pro­fes­sor of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Lan­guages, The Uni­ver­sity of Liverpool

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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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The Confessing Baptist Podcasts with Aimee Byrd

Lis­ten to Audio Pod­cast #1: http://confessingbaptist.com/interview050/

Lis­ten to Christina Jesuroga (wife of Pas­tor Jay Jesuroga of Sov­er­eign Joy Com­mu­nity Church) inter­view Aimee Byrd on her book, House­wife The­olo­gian. They get into ques­tions such as:

  • What got you to writ­ing a book?
  • Are women to “study to show [them­selves] approved”?
  • What is true beauty?
  • What is modesty?
  • Chastity?
  • How do you help women to read the­ol­ogy? Or even just read?
  • Par­ent­ing + more

Lis­ten to Audio Pod­cast #2: http://confessingbaptist.com/interview051-2/

On this sec­ond podcast, Christina Jesuroga and Aimee Byrd pick up right where they left off after the first pod­cast. They get into ques­tions such as:

  • Why is the­ol­ogy impor­tant in main­tain­ing true unity?
    • What about true vs. false unity?
    • How do creeds and con­fes­sions help us in this?
  • What is true hospitality?
    • How can we grow in it?
  • What of feminism?
  • How is sub­mis­sive­ness active?
  • How has Spur­geon influ­enced you?
  • What of culture?
    • Chris­t­ian Yoga?
    • 2KT and Housewives?
  • What of the Chris­t­ian Sabbath?
  • How about for non-housewives?
  • + more

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Aimee Byrd

The Con­fess­ing Baptist

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