Author Interview with Dan Barber

This week’s author inter­view is with Dan Bar­ber, co-author with Robert A. Peter­son of the book, Life Ever­last­ing: The Unfold­ing Story of Heaven. This book is part of our Explo­rations in Bib­li­cal The­ol­ogy series.

  • 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.

My day job is as a Solu­tions Archi­tect for com­mer­cial data cen­ters. Per­haps of most inter­est to read­ers, I am a Rul­ing Elder in the Pres­by­ter­ian Church in Amer­ica (PCA).

 

  • Ques­tion #2 — Did you always enjoy writing?

Yes, but I really needed the stud­ied hand of Robert Peter­son to guide me and develop me. But yes, I have always loved it, and always wanted to write a book.

 

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

My sis­ter died when she was four days old; I was two and a half at the time. Ever since then I have had ques­tions about her and about heaven; I start­ing read­ing Rev­e­la­tion and Ezekiel and books like this very young. I was incred­i­bly intrigued with the imagery.

 

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

I have to write at my desk. I need my ref­er­ence books.

 

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

Lead­ing with Ques­tions, by Michael Marquardtt

 

  • Ques­tion #6 — Do you have a favorite author? Who is it and why?

I really like Tim Keller and C.S. Lewis. They both chal­lenge me in many ways. In terms of fic­tion, J.K. Rowl­ing is a phe­nom­e­nal writer.

 

  • Ques­tion #7 — Do you have a favorite movie?

I have many, but one of my all-time favorites is We Were Soldiers.

 

  • Ques­tion #8 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

Out­lin­ing is key to good content. Perseverance is the key to actu­ally get­ting pub­lished. I can’t tell you how many times I thought it was just too hard and too long a process.

 

  • Ques­tion #9 — Do you have an inter­est­ing writ­ing quirk?

I still pre­fer proofing/editing on paper with a red pen.

 

  • Ques­tion #10 — At what time of day do you write most?

I write most in the evenings; I am much sharper at night, not very much a morn­ing person.

 

  • Ques­tion #11 — Favorite sport to watch? Why? Favorite sport’s team?

I root for the Car­di­nals in base­ball, Bron­cos in foot­ball, UGA Bull­dogs in col­lege, Phil Mick­el­son in golf, and Rafael Nadal in tennis—they are my faves, I think.

 

  • Ques­tion #12 — Favorite food?

Spaghetti

 

  • Ques­tion #13 — Favorite fla­vor of ice cream?

But­terfin­ger

 

  • Ques­tion #14 — Favorite ani­mal? Why?

Dogs, because you can play with them so much.

 

  • Ques­tion #15 — Lord of the Rings or The Chron­i­cles of Nar­nia? Why?

LOTR by far. So immer­sive. I iden­tify with the char­ac­ters much more.

 

  • Ques­tion #16 — What famous per­son (liv­ing or dead) would you like to meet and why?

Jesus—not a cliché, I really just want to see him face-to-face! Oth­er­wise, Luke; he is a detail-oriented guy like me, and I think I would like him a lot.

 

  • Ques­tion #17 — If you have a favorite book of the Bible, what is it and why?

My favorite book is Rev­e­la­tion, just because it is so encour­ag­ing and so hope­ful that all wrongs will be righted and made new!

 

 

Paul Tripp’s Books Now Available as eBooks!

The fol­low­ing 3 books writ­ten by Paul David Tripp are now avail­able on iTunes and Kin­dle. Each eBook is $9.99.

  

1. Instru­ments in the Redeemer’s Hands: People in Need of Change Help­ing Peo­ple in Need of Change

iTunes: Click HERE
Kin­dle: Click HERE

 

2. Age of Opportunity: A Bib­li­cal Guide to Par­ent­ing Teens

iTunes: Click HERE
Kin­dle: Click HERE

 

3. War of Words: Getting to the Heart of Your Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Struggles

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NEW RELEASE — The Pagan Heart of Today’s Culture by Peter Jones

The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture by Peter Jones

48 Pages | $4.99 | Book­let | Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Questions

 

Sum­mary: Although the three “Isms” of post­mod­ernism, poly­the­ism, and the ancient heresy of Gnos­ti­cism seem unre­lated, this book­let shows that all three are part of the ancient reli­gious world­view of Creator-denying “Oneism”—that seeks to impose sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of a pagan civ­i­liza­tion on our once “Chris­t­ian” West­ern cul­ture. Peter Jones, a com­men­ta­tor on pagan influ­ences in our cul­ture, shows us what these three “-Isms” are, how they have mor­phed into new forms in mod­ern cul­ture, and what effects they are hav­ing. With a clearer under­stand­ing of the coher­ence of this oppos­ing spir­i­tual sys­tem, which comes in many forms, Chris­tians will be empow­ered to make a clear and fear­less dec­la­ra­tion of the supe­ri­or­ity of bib­li­cal “Twoism”—that God is utterly sep­a­rate from his creation—and pro­mote the gospel of rec­on­cil­i­a­tion with the per­sonal Cre­ator through the aton­ing blood of the only medi­a­tor, Jesus.

About the Series:

Writ­ten to equip and strengthen laypeo­ple in their defense of the faith, Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Ques­tions chal­lenges con­tem­po­rary oppo­si­tion to Chris­tian­ity with con­cise, prac­ti­cal answers.

About the Author: 

PETER JONES (B.A., Uni­ver­sity of Wales; B.D., Gor­don Divin­ity School; Th.M., Har­vard Divin­ity School; Ph.D., Prince­ton The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary) is Scholar-in-residence at West­min­ster Sem­i­nary in Cal­i­for­nia and Direc­tor of truthXchange.

What Others Are Saying About This Booklet:

The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture mer­its the atten­tion of every min­is­ter, teacher, par­ent, and stu­dent.” —Sin­clair B. Fer­gu­son, Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy, Redeemer Sem­i­nary, Dallas

Bit by bit, the details come into focus, and the reader per­ceives the true threat of these move­ments and the urgency of faith in the true gospel of Jesus Christ.” —John M. Frame, Pro­fes­sor of Sys­tem­atic The­ol­ogy and Phi­los­o­phy, Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Orlando

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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 — 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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