Weekly Recap, February 1, 2020

Book Summary: HOW NEW IS THE NEW TESTAMENT?, by Donald A. Hagner A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance   About the Author Donald A. Hagner (PhD, University of Manchester), is George Eldon Ladd Professor Emeritus of New Testament and senior professor of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary. He… Book Review: Wei-Yen Lai’s Review of OLD TESTAMENT ETHICS: A GUIDED TOUR, by John Goldingay A Book Review from Books at a Glance by Wei-Yen Lai   Over the past decades, ethical inquiries have been examined predominantly through a philosophical lens such as moral realism, ethical naturalism, and normative ethical theories. Though these theories are… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’ Review of Good News for Little Hearts Series A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   The Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) has recently added titles to their Good News for Little Hearts Series. This series is focused on addressing the real-life difficulties… Our Blog: Book Notice: WALKING THE ANCIENT PATHS: A COMMENTARY ON JEREMIAH, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. with Tiberius Rata A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel   Walter Kaiser is something of a legend in Old Testament studies, and his major new commentary on the prophecy of Jeremiah must receive notice. A lifetime of… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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“A book to keep near, especially when you don’t know how to pray.”

“A book to keep near, especially when you don’t know how to pray.” That prayer is most likely to pierce heaven which first pierces one’s own heart.” For the Puritans, prayer was neither casual nor dull. Their prayers were passionate affairs, from earnestly pleading for mercy to joyful praise. These rich expressions of deep Christian faith are a shining example of holy living. The Puritan combination of warm piety and careful intellect have fueled a renaissance of interest in their movement. This combination is on display in Piercing Heaven, a collection of carefully selected prayers from leading Puritans. The language in these prayers has been slightly updated for a modern audience while still retaining the elevated tone of the Puritans. With prayers from Richard Baxter, Thomas Brooks, John Owen, and many more, each prayer reminds us that heartfelt prayer is central to the Christian life. List of Authors Joseph Alleine Richard Alleine Isaac Ambrose William Ames Richard Baxter Lewis Bayly Anne Bradstreet William Bridge Thomas Brooks John Bunyan Anthony Burgess Jeremiah Burroughs Stephen Charnock David Clarkson Arthur Dent Philip Doddridge William Gurnall William Guthrie Robert Hawker Matthew Henry George Herbert Ezekiel Hopkins John Howe John Owen Robert Parker Edward Reynolds John Robinson Richard Sibbes Nathanael Vincent George Whitefield Octavius Winslow Herman Witsius About the Editor: Robert Elmer is a former reporter and ad copywriter who writes part-time from his home in the Pacific Northwest. He is the author of over fifty books, including nine contemporary novels for the adult Christian audience, two nonfiction titles, and seven series for younger readers. He’s also a contributor to kids’ versions of the popular “Case for…” books co-authored with Lee Strobel. Among kids, he is best known for his “Young Underground” and “Adventures Down Under” books. When he’s not at the keyboard, he enjoys sailing and… Read More

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Book Notice: WALKING THE ANCIENT PATHS: A COMMENTARY ON JEREMIAH, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. with Tiberius Rata

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel Walter Kaiser is something of a legend in Old Testament studies, and his major new commentary on the prophecy of Jeremiah must receive notice. A lifetime of widely-recognized scholarship informs this careful verse-by-verse commentary. At the outset of each next passage for consideration Kaiser provides his own translation of the Hebrew text. The comments themselves are of course well-informed and often accompanied by devotional insights. Easily a commentary you will want to have when studying this Old Testament prophet. Buy the books WALKING THE ANCIENT PATHS: A COMMENTARY ON JEREMIAH, by Walter C. Kaiser, Jr. with Tiberius Rata Lexham Press, 2019 | 872 pages Visit Books at a Glance

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Weekly Recap, January 25, 2020

Book Summary: THE BONDAGE AND LIBERATION OF THE WILL: A DEFENCE OF THE ORTHODOX DOCTRINE OF HUMAN CHOICE AGAINST PIGHIUS, by John Calvin A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya   Introduction We have grown accustomed to people posting on social media websites and then having people respond. This practice, however, is not entirely new. Sure, the… Book Review: Gary Steward’s Review of THE GREAT AWAKENING: A HISTORY OF THE REVIVAL OF RELIGION IN THE TIME OF EDWARDS AND WHITEFIELD, by Joseph Tracy A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Gary Steward   Banner of Truth has brought out a new, beautiful edition of this classic work on the Great Awakening in a newly-typeset hardcover. The book contains no new indexes,… Kids & Moms: Kristin Stiles’ Review of B. B. WARFIELD, by Simonetta Carr A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles   What does an author hope to accomplish by writing a biography, and in the case of Simonetta Carr, writing a whole series of biographies? Apart from introducing readers… Our Blog: Book Notice: MODELS OF PREMILLENNIALISM, by Sung Wook Chung and David Mathewson A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel   I was happy to come across this much-needed book that surveys the various forms of premillennialism – Historic Premillennialism, Classical Dispensational Premillennialism, Progressive Dispensationalism, and Historic Premillennialism… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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“The first book I would give to new Christians.” –Schreiner

“The first book I would give to new Christians.” –Schreiner [embedded content] Whether you are a new Christian, or have been for a while and feel in need of a refresher, or have been around church for years but things have only just clicked into place for you, this inspiring and practical book will give you the essentials–what you really need to know if you’re going to follow Jesus. Gary Millar shows readers how letting the fundamental truths of the gospel take root in our hearts changes everything about the way we see God, ourselves and the world around us. He explores what this miraculous change on the inside looks like on the outside as we live our lives shaped around gospel priorities. Packed full of warmth and wisdom, this book will set anyone up for a lifetime of living for Jesus. It’s perfect for giving to new Christians and makes a great gift for baptisms or confirmations. Mentoring questions are included for each chapter, so it’s also an ideal resource to use in one-to-one discipleship with younger believers. About the Author: Gary Millar is the Principal of Queensland Theological College in Brisbane, Australia. He teaches Old Testament, Biblical Theology and Preaching. Before taking up the post as Principal he was pastor for 17 years in both Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is married to Fiona and they have 3 children. Endorsements: “Gary Millar possesses a wonderful knack of getting quickly and simply to the heart of the matter. He is at his best in “Need to Know”. I read it to my profit and would love for it to become a standard text for our church family.” “ Gary Millar’s book on living the Christian life is the first book I would give to new Christians (and it can help… Read More

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Book Notice: MODELS OF PREMILLENNIALISM, by Sung Wook Chung and David Mathewson

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel I was happy to come across this much-needed book that surveys the various forms of premillennialism – Historic Premillennialism, Classical Dispensational Premillennialism, Progressive Dispensationalism, and Historic Premillennialism in South Korea. Each of these five chapters sketches out the distinctives of each approach, the hermeneutical approach of each (with critical engagement), and a historical development. A well-informed survey and valuable addition to eschatology. Foreword by Craig Blomberg. Highly recommended. I don’t know another volume that offers what this book provides. Buy the books MODELS OF PREMILLENNIALISM, by Sung Wook Chung and David Mathewson Cascade Books, 2018 | 152 pages Visit Books at a Glance

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“The best book on Christian marriage that I have ever read.”

“The best book on Christian marriage that I have ever read.” Lasting marriages are built one defining moment at a time. The moment of blame. The moment of weakness. When your spouse suffers. When dreams disappoint. When the kids leave the nest. It’s how we think and behave toward one another in moments like these that determines whether our marriage endures or falters. Ultimately, these are invitations from God to consider our direction and pursue transformation. With 37 years of marriage and 33 years of pastoring under his belt, Dave Harvey has identified those life-defining moments of a post-newlywed marriage. He wants to help couples recognize them in their own relationships so that they can take a proactive, godly approach to resolving conflicts, holding one another up as change inevitably happens, and ensuring that their marriage survives and thrives. Whether your relationship is maturing gracefully, just needs a tune-up, or you and your spouse are locked in conflict and your future seems uncertain, Dave Harvey has encouragement and practical tools to help strengthen what remains and build a rock-solid union for the days to come. [embedded content] About the Author: Dave Harvey (DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) serves as the president of Great Commission Collective, a church planting ministry in the US, Canada, and abroad. Dave founded AmICalled.com, pastored for thirty-three years, serves on the board of CCEF, and travels widely across networks and denominations as a popular conference speaker. He is the author of When Sinners Say “I Do,” Am I Called?, and Rescuing Ambition, and a coauthor of Letting Go: Rugged Love for Wayward Souls. He and his wife, Kimm, have four kids and four grandchildren and live in southwest Florida. For videos, articles, or to book an event, visit www.revdaveharvey.com. Endorsements: “A brilliant guide to the years that come long after the initial… Read More

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Weekly Recap, January 18, 2020

Book Summary: DELIGHTING IN THE TRINITY: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE CHRISTIAN FAITH, by Michael Reeves A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Jenny-Lyn de Klerk   Table of Contents Introduction: Here Be Dragons? 1. What Was God Doing Before Creation? 2. Creation: The Father’s Love Overflows 3. Salvation: The Son Shares What… Book Review: Gary Steward’s Review of THE GREAT AWAKENING: A BRIEF HISTORY WITH DOCUMENTS, by Thomas S. Kidd A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Gary Steward   Thomas Kidd calls the Great Awakening “the most significant religious and cultural upheaval in the history of colonial America” (vii). As such, this subject merits the attention of… Michael A. G. Haykin’s Review of THEOLOGICAL RETRIEVAL FOR EVANGELICALS: WHY WE NEED OUR PAST TO HAVE A FUTURE, by Gavin Ortlund A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Michael A. G. Haykin   From small beginnings with Roman Catholic scholars like Jean Daniélou and Henri de Lubac in their determination to engage in ressourcement in the 1930s, theological retrieval… Ryan McGraw’s Review of THEOLOGICAL RETRIEVAL FOR EVANGELICALS: WHY WE NEED OUR PAST TO HAVE A FUTURE, by Gavin Ortlund A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Ryan McGraw   Retrieval theology has become increasingly important in recent years. The idea behind theological retrieval is to engage with the entire Christian theological tradition with an aim to apply… Our Blog: Book Notice: A HEARER OF GOD’S WORD: TEN WAYS TO LISTEN TO SERMONS BETTER, by Brian G. Najapfour A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel   I have long had sympathy for Christians who complain that they are not profiting from their pastor’s preaching. I am of course aware that some people are… ~ The Books At a… Read More

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50% Off New Sproul Book Plus Free Tabletalk Subscription

50% Off Plus Free Tabletalk Subscription The Westminster Confession of Faith is one of the most precise and comprehensive statements of biblical Christianity, and it is treasured by believers around the world. Dr. R.C. Sproul has called it one of the most important confessions of faith ever penned, and it has helped generations of Christians understand and defend what they believe. In Truths We Confess, Dr. Sproul introduces readers to this remarkable confession, explaining its insights and applying them to modern life. In his signature easy-to-understand style and with his conviction that everyone’s a theologian, he provides valuable commentary that will serve churches and individual Christians as they strive to better understand the eternal truths of Scripture. As he walks through the confession line by line, Dr. Sproul shows how the doctrines of the Bible–from creation to covenant, sin to salvation–fit together to the glory of God. This accessible volume is designed to help you deepen your knowledge of God’s Word and answer the question, What do you believe? About the Author: R. C. Sproul (1939-2017) served as Senior Minister of Preaching and Teaching at Saint Andrew’s Chapel, and was Founder and President of Ligonier Ministries. He was Chancellor of Reformation Bible College, wrote more than one hundred books, and was heard daily on Renewing Your Mind. He earned degrees from Westminster College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, and the University of Amsterdam. Endorsements: “The Westminster Confession of Faith is the fruit of the Reformation century of biblical study, theological reflection, and pious experience. As a great confession, it summarizes essential biblical teaching, unites Christians in the truth, and testifies to the world what we believe. Biblical, faithful, mature, and wise—the Westminster Confession of Faith and Dr. R.C. Sproul! A superb theologian, teacher, and preacher leading us through the finest Reformed confession. Here is… Read More

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50% off The ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions

50% off The ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions Creeds and confessions have been used throughout Christian history to summarize the Bible’s teaching, distilling the key truths of Scripture into concise and succinct propositions. The ESV Bible with Creeds and Confessions contains 13 important creeds and confessions from church history placed after the complete ESV text, including the Apostles’ Creed, the Belgic Confession, and the Heidelberg Catechism. Introductions written by theologian Chad Van Dixhoorn explain the history and original purpose of each—helping modern Christians see how these historic documents were designed to faithfully teach the truths of Scripture—truths aimed at shaping and motivating the lives of all who follow Christ. 13 historic creeds and confessions placed in the back, including the Apostles Creed (ca. 200–400), the Nicene Creed (325), the Athanasian Creed (381), the Chalcedonian Definition (451), the Augsburg Confession (1530), the Belgic Confession (1561), the Articles of Religion (1563), the Canons of Dort (1618–19), the Westminster Confession (1646), the London Baptist Confession (1689), the Heidelberg Catechism (1563), the Westminster Larger Catechism (1647), and the Westminster Shorter Catechism (1647) Introductions to each of the 13 creeds and confessions written by historian Chad Van Dixhoorn Smyth-sewn binding Ribbon marker Double-column format With Historical and Theological Introductions by: Chad Van Dixhoorn (PhD, Cambridge University), a Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary and Director of the Craig Center for the Study of the Westminster Standards. He also serves as an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK. Buy the books THE ESV BIBLE WITH CREEDS AND CONFESSIONS, by Crossway Crossway, 2019 | 1424 pages From: Amazon ( Imitation Leather )From: WTS Books ( Cloth Board WTS Books Exclusive Edition ) Visit Books at a Glance

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Book Notice: A HEARER OF GOD’S WORD: TEN WAYS TO LISTEN TO SERMONS BETTER, by Brian G. Najapfour

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred G. Zaspel I have long had sympathy for Christians who complain that they are not profiting from their pastor’s preaching. I am of course aware that some people are overly critical, and for them I recall Martin Luther’s comment – that Christians ought to be glad they have the great privilege of hearing the Word of God preached in their own language. Still, it’s the pastor’s duty in preaching to feed and inspire and nurture his people by the Word, and for a Christian to go home feeling that “it just wasn’t worth it” is trying. I feel that every week as I prepare to preach. Certainly, the first responsibility lies with the preacher. And yet … And yet I have often been struck with the thought that we could listen better than we do. Often the problem is unavoidable distractions – parents with very young children, distractions of others around us, etc. Still, I’m convinced that Christians could and should develop the habit of listening better, and as I’ve had this discussion with congregants I’ve thought that they deserve some clear direction in this regard. Someone needs to provide practical guidance on this level to help. That, in short, is what Brian Najapfour does for us in this delightful little book, and with it he provides a wonderful service to the church. Buy a bundle of them to distribute to your congregation! Table of Contents Pray as You Listen Come Prepared Exercise Patience Revere the Lord Be an Active Listener Humble Yourself Discern What You Hear Listen as an Act of Worship Come with Expectations Receive the Word with Gratitude Conclusion Appendix 1: Five Kinds of Hearers of God’s Word Appendix 2: How to Criticize a Preacher Appendix 3:… Read More

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WTS Books’ Staff Favorite Reads of the Year and Decade

WTS Books’ Staff Favorite Reads of the Year and Decade Editor’s Note: staff at places like WTS Books read a lot and often. When they make lists like these, it is wise to read through them carefully to have an idea of what to read next. Clear-headed, wise and simple, this little book gently steers us toward real and effectual change in the heart and mind. This is thoughtful encouragement toward holiness that goes deeper than abstract aphorisms. Bringing critical doctrine down to earth, these 100 pages are simple enough for new believers, and rich enough to refresh a veteran pilgrim. About the Author: David Powlison (MDiv, Westminster Theological Seminary) is a teacher, a counselor, and the executive director of the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. [embedded content] Endorsements: “Sanctification is a life-and-death matter. What David Powlison offers in this book is no mere how-to manual on having your quiet time. Instead, behind this straightforward title lies an explosively powerful and practical theology of human transformation. This book is deep enough to instruct those who have spent their lives agonizing over how sanctification really works, and accessible enough to guide those who have never had the question cross their minds. In short, this book will leave you fundamentally changed for the better.” “Sanctification is essential to fulfilling our greatest calling in life: namely, to love God with all our hearts and love our neighbors as ourselves. David has not only set forth the essential themes of this process but also described many of the spiritual nuances that guide our steps through this blessed transformation.” “In this book, David Powlison sets out a case against simplistic statements that sanctification can be reduced to a just do this or just believe that kind of process. Doing what he always does so brilliantly,… Read More

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Weekly Recap, January 11, 2020

Book Summary: “JUSTIFICATION,” by John Murray A “Bonus” Chapter Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya   Justification plays such a key role in the application of redemption in God’s work of salvation. Apart from justification, we have no way to be freed… RIGHT WITH GOD: JUSTIFICATION IN THE BIBLE AND THE WORLD, by D. A. Carson Selected Chapter Summaries from Books At a Glance By Benjamin J. Montoya     Chapter 2 The Biblical Doctrine of Justification by Faith Edmund P. Clowney The doctrine of justification by faith alone is a biblical doctrine. Martin Luther spoke… Book Review: Robert C. Newman’s Review of THE WORLD IN HIS HANDS: A CHRISTIAN ACCOUNT OF SCIENTIFIC LAW AND ITS ANTITHETICAL COMPETITORS, by Christopher Lee Bolt A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Robert C. Newman   The author’s doctoral dissertation at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, this work covers a wide spectrum of thought in philosophy, theology and science. It discusses the biblical doctrine… Our Blog: Culture Shift and Related Issues: Some Recommended Books A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred G. Zaspel   Over the course of 2019 I taught the youth and adult Sunday School class at our church. The objective of this year-long course of study was… ~ The Books At a Glance Team Visit Books at a Glance

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WTS Books’ Small Group Book of the Year

WTS Books’ Small Group Book of the Year [embedded content] You are a royal priest.That Reality Will Change Your Life Human beings are wired for connection. We long for deep relationships and real intimacy―both of which reflect our fundamental desire to be close to God. But all too often, whether because of our sin or our failures, we imagine that God prefers to keep his distance. In this book, Edward T. Welch shows us the purpose for which we were created: to be brought near to God as a kingdom of priests. He traces the priestly identity throughout the entire Bible, showing us how holiness leads to closeness to God. Through the blood of Jesus, God extends his invitation for all to draw near with open arms. And in his presence, we discover what it means to be truly human: known, unashamed, and wise, full of meaning, purpose, and abundant life. About the Author: Edward T. Welch (PhD, University of Utah) is a counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation. He has been counseling for more than 35 years and has written extensively on the topics of depression, fear, and addictions. His books include When People Are Big and God Is Small, Crossroads: A Step-by-Step Guide Away From Addiction, Running Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of Rest, Shame Interrupted, and Side by Side. He blogs regularly at CCEF.org. Endorsements: “You have your grace books and your older holiness books. At times, they exist in two different worlds. Not for Ed Welch. In a book full of rich insights that link the Old and New Testaments, Welch paints a picture of holiness and intimacy with God that makes you want to be holy. He widens our view of holiness, working to craft it into a vision of beauty. You’ll want to obey… Read More

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