Recap of New Releases from July

1. Soci­ol­ogy by Matthew S. Vos

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 48
Series: Faith­ful Learning
Book­let

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

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 208
Paper­back
Table of Contents

Sum­mary: A wide-ranging, lively intro­duc­tion to the Old Testament’s sto­ry­telling tech­niques, laws, peo­ple, beliefs, and geog­ra­phy that puts puz­zling details in their his­tor­i­cal context—deepening our under­stand­ing and appreciation.

 

3. Phi­los­o­phy by James S. Spiegel

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 48
Series: Faith­ful Learning
Book­let

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.

 

4. The Pagan Heart of Today’s Cul­ture by Peter Jones

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 48
Series: Chris­t­ian Answers to Hard Questions
Book­let

Sum­mary: What con­nects post­mod­ernism, poly­the­ism, and Gnos­ti­cism? Peter Jones uncov­ers the ancient reli­gious world­view they have in com­mon, which today seeks to impose sig­nif­i­cant ele­ments of a pagan cul­ture on West­ern civilization.

 

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

Price: $12.99
Page Count: 144
Paper­back

Sum­mary: As we learn from Christ’s cru­ci­fix­ion, lov­ing sin­ners hurts—really hurts. Yet God gives strength. Here pas­tors and church lead­ers will redis­cover the gospel’s soul-sustaining com­fort amid min­istry challenges.

 

6. An Invi­ta­tion to Aca­d­e­mic Stud­ies by Jay D. Green

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 40
Series: Faith­ful Learning
Book­let

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.

 

7. What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? by Joel R. Beeke

Price: $4.99
Page Count: 32
Series: Basics of the Faith
Book­let

Sum­mary: Do you long for heaven? Bib­li­cal Chris­tian­ity is not fueled by a vague belief in the after­life. Just as Christ rose from the dead, all who are united to him in faith will be raised bod­ily to enjoy eter­nal reward. But what does this mean? How will the dead be raised? When will this take place? Joel Beeke unpacks these ques­tions to reveal the multi-faceted hope of our final res­ur­rec­tion, a hope that trans­forms the way we live and allows us to face death with con­fi­dence. See afresh the sig­nif­i­cance of Christ’s ris­ing from the dead, and renew your joy in his coming.

8. John (2 Vol­ume Set) by Richard D. Phillips

Price: $59.99
Page Count: 1,488 (2 Volumes)
Series: Reformed Expos­i­tory Commentary
Case­bound: 2 Vol­ume Set

Sum­mary: Prac­ti­cal, devo­tional, and expo­si­tional, these two vol­umes exam­ine the apos­tle John’s focus on sal­va­tion through faith in Jesus, Christ’s deity, and the church’s wit­ness. Use­ful for pas­tors or group leaders.

 

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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 — John: 2-Volume Set by Richard D. Phillips

John (2 Vol­ume Set) by Richard D. Phillips

1,488 Pages | $59.99Case­bound | Series: Reformed Expos­i­tory Commentary

Sum­mary: Prac­ti­cal, devo­tional, and expo­si­tional, these two vol­umes exam­ine the apos­tle John’s focus on sal­va­tion through faith in Jesus, Christ’s deity, and the church’s wit­ness. Use­ful for pas­tors or group leaders.

Series Edi­tors: Richard D. Phillips & Philip Gra­ham Ryken

Tes­ta­ment Edi­tors: Iain M. Duguid, Old Tes­ta­ment & Daniel Dori­ani, New Testament

What Others Are Saying About this Book:

Richard Phillips’ expo­si­tion of John explains the text clearly, but it also sings, mar­vels, and gets its hands dirty in real life illus­tra­tions. What a ter­rific com­bi­na­tion of bib­li­cal exe­ge­sis, doc­trine rooted in the Ref­or­ma­tion, and prac­ti­cal appli­ca­tion! This is a great ser­mon com­men­tary for pas­tors and an extremely help­ful book for all other Chris­tians who desire to grow in their love for the one who said, ‘I am the way, the truth, and the life.’”

- Joel R. Beeke, Pres­i­dent, Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Grand Rapids, Michigan

Rick Phillips’ two vol­umes will become con­stant friends and ‘go-to’ com­pan­ions for those charged with the daunt­ing task of preach­ing the depths of the fourth Gospel. The whole of Phillips’ work main­tains an unwa­ver­ing focus on the apos­tle John’s grand pur­pose of lead­ing his read­ers to believe that ‘Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God’ — so that each expo­si­tion is gospel-rich. . . . The fact that these expo­si­tions have been deliv­ered in the liv­ing con­text of the church gives them a depth and piquancy that many of the stan­dard com­men­taries lack. Those who preach the Word will also find these vol­umes full of fresh insights and homilet­i­cal inspi­ra­tion – good friends indeed.”

- R. Kent Hughes, Senior Pas­tor Emer­i­tus, Col­lege Church, Wheaton, Illinois

Although com­men­taries on the Gospel of John abound, far too few of them com­bine care­ful schol­ar­ship, deep the­o­log­i­cal reflec­tion, and a pas­toral heart.  Thank­fully, this com­men­tary by Rick Phillips is one of those few.  Clearly born out of many years of preach­ing and teach­ing, this com­men­tary is a must-read for modern-day pas­tors who not only want to under­stand the text but also want to apply it to the lives of those in their congregation.”

- Michael J. Kruger, Pres­i­dent and Pro­fes­sor of New Tes­ta­ment, Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, Char­lotte, North Carolina

About the Author:

Richard D. Phillips (MDiv, West­min­ster The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary) is the senior min­is­ter of Sec­ond Pres­by­ter­ian Church of Greenville, South Car­olina. He is a coun­cil mem­ber of the Alliance of Con­fess­ing Evan­gel­i­cals, chair­man of the Philadel­phia Con­fer­ence on Reformed The­ol­ogy, and coed­i­tor of the Reformed Expos­i­tory Com­men­tary series.

 

Reformed Expository Commentary Series:
  • Old Tes­ta­ment:
1 Samuel by Richard D. Phillips
1 Kings by Philip Gra­ham Ryken
Esther & Ruth by Iain M. Duguid
Daniel by Iain M. Duguid
Jonah & Micah by Richard D. Phillips
Zechariah by Richard D. Phillips

 

  • New Tes­ta­ment:
Matthew (2 Vol­ume Set) by Daniel M. Doriani
Luke (2 Vol­ume Set) by Philip Gra­ham Ryken
John (2 Vol­ume Set) by Richard D. Phillips
Acts by Derek W. H. Thomas
Gala­tians by Philip Gra­ham Ryken
Eph­esians by Bryan Chapell
Philip­pi­ans by Den­nis E. Johnson
1 Tim­o­thy by Philip Gra­ham Ryken
Hebrews by Richard D. Phillips
James by Daniel M. Doriani

 

  • Sub­ject Specific:
The Incar­na­tion in the Gospels by Daniel Dori­ani/ Philip Gra­ham Ryken/ Richard D. Phillips

 

  • Upcom­ing:
Eccle­si­astes by Dou­glas Sean O’Donnell (Octo­ber 2014)
1 Peter by Daniel M. Dori­ani (Novem­ber 2014)

 

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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 — What Is Resurrection? by Joel R. Beeke

What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? by Joel R. Beeke

32 Pages | $4.99 | Book­let | Series: Basics of the Faith

Sum­mary: Do you long for heaven? Bib­li­cal Chris­tian­ity is not fueled by a vague belief in the after­life. Just as Christ rose from the dead, all who are united to him in faith will be raised bod­ily to enjoy eter­nal reward. But what does this mean? How will the dead be raised? When will this take place? Joel Beeke unpacks these ques­tions to reveal the multi-faceted hope of our final res­ur­rec­tion, a hope that trans­forms the way we live and allows us to face death with con­fi­dence. See afresh the sig­nif­i­cance of Christ’s ris­ing from the dead, and renew your joy in his coming.

About the Series: 

Basics of the Faith book­lets intro­duce read­ers to basic Reformed doc­trine and prac­tice. On issues of church gov­ern­ment and prac­tice they reflect that framework—otherwise they are suit­able for all church situations.

About the Author:

 

JOEL R. BEEKE is pres­i­dent and pro­fes­sor of sys­tem­atic the­ol­ogy and homilet­ics at Puri­tan Reformed The­o­log­i­cal Seminary.

 

 

What Others Are Saying About This Booklet:

A ter­rific resource for the church. Bib­li­cally clear, the­o­log­i­cally pen­e­trat­ing, and apolo­get­i­cally sharp, this book­let will ben­e­fit pas­tors and laypeo­ple alike. Armed with Beeke’s trade­mark pas­toral insight, What Is Res­ur­rec­tion? is sure to bring spir­i­tual bless­ing to those who enjoy this engag­ing read.” - Richard D. Phillips, Senior Min­is­ter, Sec­ond Pres­by­ter­ian Church, Greenville, South Carolina

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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 — An Invitation to Academic Studies by Jay D. Green

An Invi­ta­tion to Aca­d­e­mic Stud­ies by Jay D. Green

Pages: 40 | $4.99 | Book­let | Series: Faith­ful Learning

Sum­mary:

We were not wrong to learn the alpha­bet just because they say that the god Mer­cury was its patron, nor should we avoid jus­tice and virtue just because they ded­i­cated tem­ples to jus­tice and virtue. . . . A per­son who is a good and a true Chris­t­ian should real­ize that truth belongs to his Lord, wher­ever it is found.” ST. AUGUSTINE, On Chris­t­ian Doctrine

 

Chris­tians agree that our faith should inform and shape our learn­ing. But have we ever con­sid­ered the ways that aca­d­e­mic study could cul­ti­vate and nour­ish our faith? When Chris­t­ian edu­ca­tion ele­vates the­ol­ogy and phi­los­o­phy at the expense of other dis­ci­plines, we miss vital oppor­tu­ni­ties to explore how those dis­ci­plines can help us under­stand God’s kingdom.

Jay Green believes aca­d­e­mic study is some­thing to be not just endured, but embraced for its poten­tial in study­ing God’s world. He explores the church’s rela­tion­ship with the acad­emy, and dif­fer­ent approaches Chris­tians have pro­posed to it, before propos­ing an approach of his own to help us not ignore or flee from schol­arly study, but use it for God.

About the Series:

The Faith­ful Learn­ing series invites Chris­t­ian stu­dents to dive deeper into a mod­ern aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­pline. The authors, schol­ars in their fields, believe that aca­d­e­mic dis­ci­plines are good gifts from God that, when under­stood rightly, will give stu­dents the poten­tial to cul­ti­vate a deeper love for God and neighbor.

About the Author:

JAY D. GREEN (MA, Trin­ity Evan­gel­i­cal Divin­ity School; PhD, Kent State Uni­ver­sity) has been pro­fes­sor of his­tory at Covenant Col­lege in Look­out Moun­tain, Geor­gia, since 1998.

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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 — 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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