Author Interviews with Camden Bucey on Christ the Center, Reformed Forum

Christ the Cen­ter, Reformed Forum with Cam­den Bucey

Christ the Cen­ter: Doc­trine for Life is an audio pro­gram cen­tered on Chris­t­ian reformed the­ol­ogy. In each episode a group of informed pan­elists dis­cusses impor­tant issues and stim­u­late lis­ten­ers to crit­i­cal think­ing and a bet­ter under­stand­ing of reformed doc­trine designed to yield godly liv­ing. Check out the P&R author inter­views listed below.

1. Aimee Byrd

Author of House­wife Theologian

Lis­ten Here:



2. Bar­bara R. Duguid

Author of Extrav­a­gant Grace

Lis­ten Here:


3. Dr. Richard B. Gaf­fin Jr.

Author of By Faith, Not by Sight

Lis­ten Here:



4. Mark Jones

Author of Antin­o­mi­an­ism

Lis­ten Here:


NEW RELEASE — The Heart Is the Target by Murray Capill

The Heart Is the Tar­get: Preach­ing Prac­ti­cal Appli­ca­tion from Every Text by Mur­ray Capill

Price: $16.99

Pages: 272


Sum­mary: God’s Word is pow­er­ful, and when preached clearly and applied this impact. When it is con­cerned merely with teach­ing infor­ma­tion, it can leave con­gre­ga­tions unmoved, and when it sac­ri­fices sub­stance for rel­e­vance, it short­changes the power of the text.

For preach­ing to truly change lives, bib­li­cal faith­ful­ness and insight­ful appli­ca­tion must work together—a pow­er­ful combination.

Mur­ray Capill helps preach­ers to shape ser­mons that impact lives with last­ing appli­ca­tion. He takes preach­ers through the “liv­ing appli­ca­tion” preach­ing process—moving the Word of God, via the life of the preacher, to the lives of the hear­ers. His model avoids the pit­falls of tacked-on appli­ca­tion and enables preach­ers to aim at the heart from start to fin­ish, and he out­lines how they can do so in some spe­cific preach­ing chal­lenges. Here are the tools to sys­tem­at­i­cally explore the appli­ca­tion poten­tial of any text, in any situation.

About the Author:

MURRAY CAPILL (D.Min., West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, California) has pas­tored churches in New Zealand and Aus­tralia and is prin­ci­pal at the Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Col­lege in Gee­long, Aus­tralia, where he lec­tures in preach­ing and pas­toral ministry.


What Others Are Saying About this Book:
Expe­ri­enced preach­ers are well aware of the pit­falls that per­vade the ter­rain of appli­ca­tion in preach­ing. . . . The Heart is the Tar­get not only pro­vides bib­li­cal and the­o­log­i­cal cor­rec­tives to such errors and imbal­ances, but also offers prac­ti­cal guid­ance in prepar­ing ser­mons that serve the trans­for­ma­tive pur­poses of the Bible.”
Den­nis E. John­son, Pro­fes­sor of Prac­ti­cal The­ol­ogy, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, California


Mur­ray Capill has obvi­ously thought deeply and long about ser­mon appli­ca­tion and clearly has a pas­sion for it—one that is highly appeal­ing to the reader. There is a sen­si­tive aware­ness of the sit­u­a­tion of the ‘aver­age preacher.’ . . . I wish I had had this text in my hands when I began preach­ing over fifty years ago.”
— Bruce Milne, trav­el­ing preacher and teacher of pas­toral leaders


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Author Interview with David Peterson

Since tomor­row is Good Fri­day and P&R will not be open, I am post­ing this week’s author inter­view, today. This week we get to learn a lit­tle more about David G. Peter­son, author of Encoun­ter­ing God Together.

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

I am an Aus­tralian pas­tor and the­olo­gian, who has spent most of his life train­ing oth­ers for min­istry, first at Moore Col­lege in Syd­ney and then at Oak Hill Col­lege in Lon­don. I am now an emer­i­tus fac­ulty mem­ber at Moore Col­lege, teach­ing a cou­ple of hours each week. I am also engaged in run­ning a preach­ing course and in writ­ing books. I have been mar­ried for over 40 years and have three adult sons and four grandchildren.


  • Ques­tion #2 - What inspired you to write Encoun­ter­ing God Together?

I have always been inter­ested in explor­ing bib­li­cal teach­ing about wor­ship and think­ing about the most help­ful ways to pre­pare and lead church ser­vices. I wrote a bib­li­cal the­ol­ogy of wor­ship called Engag­ing with God, which was pub­lished in 1992 and has been much used in sem­i­nar­ies for courses on the sub­ject. Many peo­ple have urged me to apply this teach­ing more specif­i­cally to con­gre­ga­tional gath­er­ings and to write at a more pop­u­lar level on wor­ship. So my lat­est book is the result and I hope it meets the need that has been expressed.


  • Ques­tion #3 — What book(s) are you read­ing now?

Recently, I was asked to write a com­men­tary on Paul’s Let­ter to the Romans and so this is occu­py­ing most of my spare time. I enjoy read­ing com­men­taries that oth­ers have writ­ten, but also books on some of the key issues in Romans such as jus­ti­fi­ca­tion by faith. Most of all, I enjoy read­ing Romans in the Greek text, pour­ing over the words and try­ing to eval­u­ate exactly what Paul has written.


  • Ques­tion #4 — What advice would you give to aspir­ing writers?

Start in a small way by writ­ing arti­cles or short pieces on your area of inter­est. Be sure about your tar­get audi­ence and write with them in mind. If pos­si­ble, try to teach what you are writ­ing to a group rep­re­sen­ta­tive of your tar­get audi­ence, to get feed­back and dis­cover how well you are com­mu­ni­cat­ing. Show what you have writ­ten to experts you trust and invite com­ments and crit­i­cism. Don’t be hurt if the crit­i­cisms mean chang­ing what you have writ­ten quite radically!


If you would like to learn more about David Peterson,

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New Resources for Teens and Young Adults

1. The Story: The Bible’s Grand Nar­ra­tive of Redemption, One Year Daily Devo­tional for Stu­dents writ­ten by Jon Niel­son

384 Pages | $14.99 | Paperback

Sum­mary: This year­long, daily study of God’s Word guides stu­dents through five acts of his grand story of redemp­tion. Daily Scrip­ture and devo­tional read­ings will equip stu­dents to under­stand the unity and devel­op­ment of God’s story and to grow in their per­sonal dis­ci­pline of Bible study and prayer.


2. Chris­tian­ity and World Reli­gions: An Intro­duc­tion to the World’s Major Faiths writ­ten by Derek Cooper

240 Pages | $19.99 | Paper­back | Text­book Lay­out with Color Illustrations


Sum­mary: Derek Cooper exam­ines the rival world­views found in Hin­duism, Bud­dhism, Con­fu­cian­ism and Tao­ism, Judaism, Islam, and irre­li­gion. He engages these world­views from a Chris­t­ian per­spec­tive, first by show­ing how the bib­li­cal authors engaged other reli­gions and then by sur­vey­ing the way Chris­t­ian the­olo­gians have done so. Each chap­ter con­tains six parts: (i) a cre­ation story, (ii) the religion’s his­tor­i­cal ori­gin, (iii) its beliefs, (iv) reli­gious writ­ings, (v) wor­ship prac­tices, (vi) as well as Chris­t­ian reflec­tions on the reli­gion. For those who would like to read more, the appen­dix includes lists of help­ful pri­mary and sec­ondary books.


3. Bible Study: A Student’s Guide writ­ten by Jon Niel­son

224 Pages | $12.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: Have you ever been to a “Bible study” that didn’t have much “Bible” or “study” at all? With­out a proper under­stand­ing of how to do it, stu­dents can be dis­ap­pointed or scared away from study­ing the Bible. So what is Bible study—and can it work for high schoolers?

No stranger to teach­ing the Bible to teenagers, Jon Niel­son con­firms that real, mean­ing­ful Bible study is not only pos­si­ble for stu­dents, but impor­tant. He takes stu­dents seri­ously and expects them to take their faith seri­ously. Unpack­ing five truths about the Bible—that it is God speak­ing, is pow­er­ful, is under­stand­able, is lit­er­ary, and is one story—he demon­strates how the Bible should be stud­ied and how teenagers them­selves can lead that study.


4. The Hud­dle: Becom­ing A Cham­pion for Life writ­ten by Shawn Brower

224 Pages | $14.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: Noth­ing can moti­vate, chal­lenge, and inspire a team to great­ness more than team­mates who are fully ded­i­cated to each other. But this rela­tion­ship doesn’t hap­pen on its own. Shawn Brower calls on his 20 years of high school and club coach­ing expe­ri­ence to demon­strate the secrets to train­ing and build­ing bet­ter per­for­mance as a team. In this guide­book, teams will find:

  • True accounts and quotes from famous Chris­t­ian athletes
  • Per­sonal eval­u­a­tion ques­tions to help play­ers focus on both their indi­vid­ual and team performance
  • Scrip­ture quo­ta­tions that have inspired real athletes
  • Exam­ples from a wide vari­ety of sports, apply­ing the lessons to any team

Learn from Coach Brower how to develop the dis­ci­pline you will need to suc­ceed both as an ath­lete and in the rest of life.


5. The Doc­trines of Grace: Stu­dent Edi­tion writ­ten by Shane Lems

144 Pages | $10.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: A guide for young teens explain­ing in twelve lessons the bib­li­cal and his­tor­i­cal basis of TULIP (Total deprav­ity, Uncon­di­tional elec­tion, Lim­ited atone­ment, Irre­sistible grace, Per­se­ver­ance of the saints). Includes appli­ca­tion, dis­cus­sion ques­tions, and class resources.


6. We Became Men: The Jour­ney into Man­hood writ­ten by Shawn Brower

240 Pages | $14.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: Life is a jour­ney — a jour­ney of adven­ture, dis­cov­ery, risk, and rev­e­la­tion. Yet, if you are like most young men, you have never been invited to set out on this jour­ney — have never been guided to dis­cover who you are, what you should pur­sue, and who you can become.

This book is the invi­ta­tion you have been wait­ing for: a guide that affirms and val­i­dates young men and empow­ers them to pur­sue man­hood from a bib­li­cal per­spec­tive. It will give you clear vision and direc­tion for your life in vital, life-changing areas such as per­for­mance, temp­ta­tions, rela­tion­ships, idols, bore­dom with life, and much more. Take on the chal­lenge to be a coura­geous man of action and feel more free and alive than you have ever imagined.



The Dark Har­vest Tril­ogy writ­ten by Jere­miah W. Montgomery

1. The Dark Faith: Book One

368 Pages | $14.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: An epic strug­gle against evil com­mences as Moru­mus, a devout monk, seeks to unearth the truth of the Dark Faith. But while he seeks a weapon against it, dark cur­rents drag him toward a dan­ger­ous conspiracy . . .

2. The Scar­let Bishop: Book Two

304 Pages | $14.99 | Paperback


Sum­mary: War looms as Moru­mus and Oethur, nar­rowly escap­ing the Red Order, seek Urien’s help to deci­pher the secret of the ancient Bone Codex. All the while the Dark Faith’s shadow con­tin­ues to spread . . .


3. The Three­fold Cord: Book Three

To be released July 2014...



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P&R Author Interviews with Kevin Boling on His Radio Program: Knowing the Truth

Know­ing The Truth” with Pas­tor Kevin Bol­ing is a live, call-in radio pro­gram pro­vid­ing Doc­tri­nal Dia­log, Cul­tural Com­men­tary and Insight­ful Inter­views with some of today’s fore­most Chris­t­ian authors and leaders.

Here are the links to some of his P&R author interviews.

Bar­bara Duguid (Extrav­a­gant Grace: God’s Glory Dis­played in Our Weak­ness)

Lis­ten here:

Matthew Bar­rett (Sal­va­tion by Grace: The Case for Effec­tual Call­ing and Regen­er­a­tion)

Lis­ten here:

Wayne Mack (God’s Solu­tions to Life’s Prob­lems: Rad­i­cal Change by the Power of God)

Lis­ten here:

Christo­pher Ash (Dis­cov­er­ing the Joy of a Clear Con­science)

Lis­ten here:

Anthony Sel­vag­gio (From Bondage to Lib­erty: The Gospel Accord­ing to Moses)

Lis­ten here:

Paul Yuelett (Jesus and His Ene­mies)

Lis­ten here:

Mark Jones (Antin­o­mi­an­ism: Reformed Theology’s Unwel­come Guest?)

Lis­ten here:


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