Weekly Recap, October 12

Book Summary:

ON NATURE AND GRACE, by St. Augustine

A Brief “Bonus” Summary from Books At a Glance By Todd Scacewater   My dear sons, Timasius and James, I read the book you sent me quickly and found in it a man aflame with zeal against those who ought…

NATURE’S CASE FOR GOD: A BRIEF BIBLICAL ARGUMENT, by John M. Frame

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author John Frame is a Christian scholar who has written numerous important books in the areas of theology, philosophy, apologetics, and ethics.   Introduction This…

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Brandon D. Myers’s Review of THE LOVE OF LOVES IN THE SONG OF SONGS, by Philip G. Ryken

A Book Review from Books at a Glance By Brandon D. Myers   It has been pointed out that Song of Songs is a difficult book to interpret (if not the most difficult!) which could explain the relative neglect of…

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Interview with Chris Bruno, author of PAUL VS. JAMES: WHAT WE’VE BEEN MISSING IN THE FAITH AND WORKS DEBATE

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   You’ve probably heard it alleged that Paul and James taught something very different in regard to faith, works, and justification. And perhaps you’ve been puzzled yourself over some of the remarks…

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Books for Teens: Some Miscellaneous Recommendations from Fred G. Zaspel

Books for Teens: Some Miscellaneous Recommendations from Fred G. Zaspel   A few weeks ago someone gave me the idea to recommend some books that would be good for Christian teens, especially homeschoolers (who read so very much!). Below are…

A BASIC GUIDE TO ESCHATOLOGY: MAKING SENSE OF THE MILLENIUM, by Millard J. Erickson

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   I just read through this book again after some years, and I have to say that it is even better than I remembered. Erickson’s purpose is to…

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Up to 50% off A SMALL BOOK FOR THE ANXIOUS HEART: MEDITATIONS ON FEAR, WORRY, AND TRUST, by Edward T. Welch

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Fear and anxiety are chronic struggles for many people that are only intensifying and increasing. Best-selling author Edward T. Welch shares the comfort and peace of Jesus in fifty brief readings for those who wrestle with fear.

A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is a small but powerful devotional to remind men and women of the encouraging, beautiful words in Scripture to anxious people.

While many books on fear and anxiety exist—promising to help men and women manage their struggles with methods and formulas—this devotional reaches deeper into Scripture, making the Word of God more accessible. Don’t put a Band-Aid on your fear and anxiety; rather, learn to bring your fear to Jesus, relying on his Word.

Welch has been counseling for over thirty-eight years and is the author of more than a dozen books, including A Small Book about a Big ProblemRunning Scared: Fear, Worry and the God of RestShame InterruptedWhen People Are Big and God Is Small, and many others.

Jesus cares for us, and in these readings, Welch invites readers to trust him for today, knowing he goes before us always.

About the Author:

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, PhD, is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF).

Endorsements:

For those of us who often find ourselves simmering in anxious thoughts, we need something more than being told not to worry. We need something else, something better, to fill and shape our thoughts and feelings. Each short entry in this little book provides a dose of Scriptural truth to keep nudging us toward peace and rest in Christ.”
Nancy Guthrie, Author and Bible teacher

“Packed into A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is deep wisdom to help us with a persistent misery—the anxiety that robs us of freedom. And here is why I respect the counsel Ed Welch offers. It isn’t about handy tips for our own crisis management, but the moment-by-moment nearness of the Lord himself.”
Ray Ortlund, Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville

“Anxiety is a deep struggle that is rarely removed in one fell swoop. Instead, it requires a steady flow of Scripture to quell its tendency to consume our lives. A Small Book for the Anxious Heart provides readers with a sustaining stream of hope from the Bible.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition

“When anxious, we need gallons of biblical wisdom for our muddled thoughts. But we are exhausted and can muster little emotional energy for books deep enough to help. Ed offers page-and-a-half chapters, thimblefuls of truth we can manage that soothe and steady.”
Steve Estes, Pastor, Brick Lane Community Church; coauthor of When God Weep

“Anxiety, hassle, worry, stress, and bouts of panic are all rogues that harass us as we roam this broken world. Ed Welch gets the problem and knows we need fresh faith for each day’s burdens. A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is offered as an essential weapon in the fight for faith, peace, and joy.”
Dave Harvey, Pastor; blogger; teacher; author of I Still Do! Growing Closer and Stronger through Life’s Defining Moments

“In fifty days of meditations, Dr. Welch pens short, pointed, and crystalline reflections that take hearts captive to fear and frees them to faith in Christ.”
Alfred Poirier, Visiting professor at Westminster Theological Seminary; author of The Peacemaking Pastor

“With clear, intimate writing, this small book addresses burdens carried by so many of us. On each page, truth and love are blended so that real life is the arena and the real God is the center. If we anxious ones will open its pages, we will again find God drawing wondrously near to us.”
Andrew Nicholls, Director of Pastoral Care, Oak Hill College, London; coauthor of Real Change: Becoming More Like Jesus in Everyday Life

“If you struggle with worry and fear, digest these bite-size chunks each day for fifty days, and I promise that your love for Christ will grow. Ed Welch’s A Small Book for the Anxious Heart is a goldmine of biblical truths for the worried soul.”
Deepak Reju, Pastor of Biblical Counseling and Family Ministry, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; author of On Guard and She’s Got the Wrong Guy

“Popular anxiety treatments are generally designed for the isolated individual. Ed refuses to concede isolation as the given, and helps us find God and others nearby when we are afraid. So we get to join him in finding today’s manna, living in today rather than tomorrow, and finding refuge from all that is so understandably scary.”
Michael Gembola, Executive Director, Blue Ridge Christian Counseling

“This is exactly what my anxious heart needed: briefly explained, surgically precise, and accurately applied Scripture to the very site of each metastasis and malignant cause of anxiety, fear, and worry within me. Repentance and renewed faith flourished within me as I savored every line of this welcome tool of grace.”
Joseph Vincent Novenson, Pastor, Lookout Mountain Presbyterian Church, TN

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A SMALL BOOK FOR THE ANXIOUS HEART: MEDITATIONS ON FEAR, WORRY, AND TRUST, by Edward T. Welch

New Growth Press, 2019 | 192 pages

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A BASIC GUIDE TO ESCHATOLOGY: MAKING SENSE OF THE MILLENIUM, by Millard J. Erickson

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By Fred Zaspel

I just read through this book again after some years, and I have to say that it is even better than I remembered. Erickson’s purpose is to survey the leading approaches to biblical eschatology in concise fashion. For each position he presents the distinguishing tenets, along with their primary supporting arguments, their historical development, followed by some brief evaluative comments (both positive and negative).

Erickson holds his own view, of course, and all sides will wish that he had included this or that remark here or there. But all will agree that Erickson’s survey is well-informed, even-handed, clear, and concise. And I think all will agree that he accomplishes his purpose very well. It is not intended to be an in-depth analysis of the views – for that you will still need to read the various representative works or at least Robert Clouse’s The Meaning of the Millennium. Erickson is just a starting point. It is intended to be an introduction to the views, and in achieving this Erickson must be judged successful. An excellent work that charts out all sides of eschatological discussion and crisply demonstrates the distinguishing features of each position with their respective supporting exegetical arguments.

Very useful as an introductory volume for seminary students. For anyone who would like to gain a quick overview understanding of the competing eschatological systems, this is highly recommended.

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A BASIC GUIDE TO ESCHATOLOGY: MAKING SENSE OF THE MILLENIUM, by Millard J. Erickson

Baker Books, 1998 | 200 pages

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Book Sale at WTS Books: CCEF for Kids Sale

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Henry the hedgehog loves his pet ladybug. She keeps him company and entertains him, his family, and his friends with her flying tricks. But one day, he has to say good-bye to his ladybug. Henry and his whole family are sad, but they learn to go to Jesus with their sadness and ask him to comfort them.

The last page contains information for parents on how God, in his Word, helps us turn to Jesus when we are sad. Together children and parents will be guided into meaningful conversations about living by faith in the details of everyday life. Also included is a tear-out page of Back Pocket Bible Verses that will give children a practical way to remember God’s words when they are sad.

A new series of hardback, illustrated, Christian children’s books for three-to eight-year-olds each centered on an animal family bringing gospel help and biblical counsel to families. The animal characters, colorful illustrations, and the real-life issues each animal family face will captivate children and help them begin a stronger relationship with Jesus Christ and God. The first three books address anxiety, anger, and failure, bringing biblical help and hope to issues every child faces.

About the Author:

Edward T. Welch, MDiv, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and faculty member at the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF).

Endorsements:

“These books are a uniquely different genre from classic children’s bedtime reading. They are counseling books to help children. They provide a creative avenue for children to consider how their faith is intimately relevant to their struggles. This is what makes this series of books so significant.”
David Powlison, (1949–2019) was Executive Director of CCEF and editor of the Good News for Little Hearts series

“When our children were little, we read to them constantly—and had these books been available, they would have been among the favorites. With the simplicity and engaging charm of the Peter Rabbit stories, yet with the quiet grace of Christian insight, these stories stamp themselves on young minds. Text and pictures support each other tellingly. These books are destined to become favorites for young families.”
D. A. Carson, Research Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical School, Deerfield, IL; cofounder of The Gospel Coalition

“I love these books. My daughter Kim who struggles with a disability loves these books. She giggles all the way through them—catching all the subtle humor. I read them to my grandkids. We especially love the drawings. I buy copies for all my grandchildren. What more can I say? They are fun!”
Paul E. Miller, Director of seeJesus; author of A Praying Life and J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life

“So many Christian parents are looking for engaging, age-appropriate ways to help their young children learn what the Bible teaches about everyday struggles and challenging situations. This new book series edited by David Powlison and Ed Welch fits the bill! In the Good News for Little Hearts series, kids will be enthralled by relatable characters, charming illustrations, and gospel-centered lessons. These volumes would make a valuable addition to any family’s library.”
Jim Daly, President, Focus on the Family

“For years I wished there were resources that would help equip children to face the many trials and temptations that come in this life rather than waiting till they are neck-deep in the mire before throwing them the lifeline of biblical truth. The Good News for Little Hearts series is an answer to my longing. These books communicate life-changing biblical truths through beautiful illustrations and stories that connect with young hearts in meaningful ways.”
Curtis Solomon, Executive Director, Biblical Counseling Coalition

“Wow, what a series! Within these books you meet wonderfully relatable characters with feelings and experiences readily identifiable to children of all ages, clever and creative illustrations, excellent questions that will spark meaningful conversations with your child or grandchild, and simple scriptural connections that are easily understood. Can’t wait to recommend them to our kids and read them to our grandkids!”
Dave Harvey, President of Great Commission Collective; founder of RevDaveHarvey.com; author of When Sinners Say I Do and I Still Do: Growing Closer and Stronger Through Life’s Defining Moment

“Kids experience sadness, and often, adults don’t know how to help kids with their grief. Henry Says Good-bye will be a great help to parents and their kids! It teaches children to grieve, but even better, it helps them know God’s comfort and the hope of a tearless heaven.”
Sarah and Deepak Reju, Authors of God is Better Than Trucks and On Guard

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HENRY SAYS GOOD-BYE: WHEN YOU ARE SAD, by Edward T. Welch

New Growth Press, 2019 | 32 pages

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Books for Teens: Some Miscellaneous Recommendations from Fred G. Zaspel

Books for Teens: Some Miscellaneous Recommendations from Fred G. Zaspel

A few weeks ago someone gave me the idea to recommend some books that would be good for Christian teens, especially homeschoolers (who read so very much!).
Below are some books that came to mind. I hope you enjoy!

On Reading Well

Mortimer Adler

Thinking & Writing Clearly

Robert Gula

Richard Holland

On Worldviews

James Anderson

James Sire

On Contemporary Culture, Issues, and Challenges

Dave Breese

Kevin DeYoung

Marcus Honeysett

Erwin Lutzer

Albert Mohler

Robert Morey

Nancy Pearcey

Neil Postman

R.C. Sproul

Andrew Walker

On Science

Nancy Pearcey

  • The Soul of Science
    • An important book for students of science; probably the best place to start.

Vern Poythress

John Lennox

J.P. Moreland

On Creation and Evolution

Andy Davis

  • Creation
    • An excellent little booklet on the doctrine of creation

Lee Strobel

Apologetics / Responding to Attacks on Christianity

Köstenberger, Bock, Chatraw

  • Truth Matters
    • Written specifically for teens. Answers some contemporary attacks on Christianity. Excellent.

Lee Strobel

Tim Keller

R.C. Sproul

Bible Content

These first three are excellent “big picture” introductions to the Bible.

Charles Ryrie

Wayne Grudem

Stephen Nichols

This is a simple but excellent guide to each book of the Bible

Leland & Phil Ryken

These next two are probably the best Old & New Testament surveys. They are larger in size but manageable and very user-friendly – side panels, many photos, etc.

Arnold & Beyer

Elwell & Yarbrough

Interpreting / Understanding the Bible

This has been enormously popular. Basic, simple, and helpful.

Fee & Stuart

The Gospel

John Blanchard

Bryan Chapell

Greg Gilbert

Don Whitney

Bible Doctrine

Bruce Shelley

Scott Oliphint

Kevin DeYoung

Greg Gilbert

Sinclair Ferguson

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HOW TO READ A BOOK: THE CLASSIC GUIDE TO INTELLIGENT READING, by Mortimer J. Adler and Charles Van Doren

Touchstone, 1972 | 426 pages

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Weekly Recap, October 5

Book Summary:

A TREATISE ON THE GRACE OF CHRIST AND ORIGINAL SIN, by St. Augustine

A Brief “Bonus” Summary from Books At a Glance By Todd Scacewater   Book One: The Grace of Christ I am happy to hear of your good health, Albina, Pinianus, and Melania, and received your letter. I dictated these answers…

THE FORGOTTEN CHURCH: WHY RURAL MINISTRY MATTERS FOR EVERY CHURCH IN AMERICA, by Glenn Daman

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance By Joshua Keith Smith   Overview In the Forgotten Church, Glenn Daman addresses the lacuna of pastoral and academic works dedicated to the improvement and betterment of the small rural churches…

Book Review:

Michael Plato’s Review of CHRISTIANS IN THE COMMUNITY OF THE DOME, by Julian Mann

A Book Review from Books At a Glance Reviewed by Michael Plato   Introduction This is a book that is hard to place. The title, especially for Americans, does not help clarify the enigma. The subtitle does give a better…

Kids & Moms:

Kristin Stiles’s Review of SO, WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?: GOD’S MESSAGE OF SALVATION, by Carine MacKenzie

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Kristin Stiles     I’ll admit that I am a really tough critic when it comes to books which present the gospel for children. This is the most important topic in…

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Book Notice: WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? BIBLICAL INSIGHTS INTO HIS PERSON, by Malcomb B. Yarnell III

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   Who is the Holy Spirit? aims to help people see who the Holy Spirit is through Scripture’s description of him, offering biblical insights into the identity of the third person…

Book Notice: READING REVELATION IN CONTEXT: JOHN’S APOCALYPSE AND SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM, by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds.

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   Reading Revelation in Context brings together short, accessible essays that compare and contrast the visions and apocalyptic imagery of the book of Revelation with various texts from Second Temple Jewish literature.…

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Book Notice: READING REVELATION IN CONTEXT: JOHN’S APOCALYPSE AND SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM, by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston, eds.

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Reading Revelation in Context brings together short, accessible essays that compare and contrast the visions and apocalyptic imagery of the book of Revelation with various texts from Second Temple Jewish literature.

Going beyond an introduction that merely surveys historical events and theological themes, Reading Revelation in Context examines individual passages in Second Temple Jewish literature in order to illuminate the context of Revelation’s theology and the meaning and potency of John’s visions. Following the narrative progression of Revelation, each chapter (1) pairs a major unit of the Apocalypse with one or more sections of a thematically related Jewish text, (2) introduces and explores the historical and theological nuances of the comparator text, and (3) shows how the ideas in the comparator text illuminate those expressed in Revelation.

In addition to the focused comparison provided in the essays, the book contains other student-friendly features that will help them engage broader discussions, including an introductory chapter that familiarizes students with the world and texts of Second Temple Judaism, a glossary of important terms, and a brief appendix suggesting what tools students might use to undertake their own comparative studies. At the end of each chapter there a list of other thematically relevant Second Temple Jewish texts recommended for additional study and a focused bibliography pointing students to critical editions and higher-level discussions in scholarly literature.

Reading Revelation in Context brings together an international team of over 20 New Testament experts including Jamie Davies, David A. deSilva, Michael J. Gorman, Dana M. Harris, Ronald Herms, Edith M. Humphrey, Jonathan A. Moo, Elizabeth E. Shively, Cynthia Long Westfall, Archie T. Wright, and more.

About the Editors:

Ben C. Blackwell (PhD, University of Durham) is associate professor of early Christianity at Houston Baptist University. He has authored a number of essays and articles related to Historical Theology and the New Testament, including Christosis: Engaging Pauline Soteriology with His Patristic Interpreters. He is currently working on new monograph: Participating in the Righteousness of God: Justification in Pauline Theology. He also served as a co-editor for several volumes: Paul and the Apocalyptic ImaginationReading Romans in Context: Paul and Second Temple Judaism; and Reading Mark in Context: Jesus and Second Temple Judaism.

John K. Goodrich is assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute.

Jason Maston (PhD, University of Durham) is Lecturer in New Testament at Highland Theological College UHI (UK). He is the author of Divine and Human Agency in Second Temple Judaism and Paul: A Comparative Approach and contributor to and co-editor (with Michael F. Bird) of Earliest Christian History: History, Literature and Theology. Essays from the Tyndale Fellowship in Honor of Martin Hengel.

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READING REVELATION IN CONTEXT: JOHN’S APOCALYPSE AND SECOND TEMPLE JUDAISM, by Ben C. Blackwell, John K. Goodrich, and Jason Maston

Zondervan Academic, 2019 | 200 pages

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Up to 44% off of GOD, YOU, & SEX: A PROFOUND MYSTERY, by David White

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In this important and engaging biblical teaching on sexuality, David White helps readers develop a Scripture-based perspective on human sexuality that goes beyond just wait until you’re married. God, You, and Sex doesn’t sidestep the sexual revolution that has finally come to bitter fruition in teen and young adult hookup culture. In the face of these messages and the pervasiveness of sexual temptation, White helps men and women find compelling reasons to obey God with their sexuality.

This book addresses how the church has made sex more important than God ever intended. By establishing a positive theology of sex from Scripture, White ultimately points to Christ as the Bridegroom and sheds light on broken sexuality, pornography, same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and other relevant topics.

About the Author:

David White, MDiv, is the author of Sexual Sanity for Men: Re-Creating Your Mind in a Crazy Culture and God, You, & Sex. He served at Harvest USA for nineteen years, helping hundreds overcome sexual sin, developing curricula, supervising staff, and teaching in churches nationally on sexual issues. He is a graduate of Temple University and Westminster Theological Seminary and is a pastor in the Presbyterian Church in America. David is married to Jennifer, and they are blessed with four children.

Endorsements:

“The church is not only reticent to talk about sex, but it has lacked a positive view of sexuality. In a book rich with Biblical insight and personal testimony David White not only talks openly about sex but gives us a rich, positive vision of sexual intimacy. Neither is David shy about tackling tough issues head on. I especially hope that pastors and Christian leaders take this book to heart.”
Paul E. Miller, Executive Director, seeJesus; best-selling author of several books, including J-Curve: Dying and Rising with Jesus in Everyday Life.

“In our sex-saturated world, we need more books articulating God’s beautiful purpose and intent for sex. David White has produced such a book. From his time at Harvest USA, he has seen firsthand the tragic fallout of sexual sin in the lives of men and women. But God’s intent for sex is good and beautiful, enjoyed in the context of marriage between a man and a woman. White invites you to know God deeper and points us to the ultimate wedding with Jesus as the church’s Savior Bridegroom.”
Christopher Yuan, Speaker; author of Holy Sexuality and the Gospel: Sex, Desire, and Relationships Shaped by God’s Grand Story and Out of a Far Country: A Gay Son’s Journey to God, A Broken Mother’s Search for Hope.

“For a Christian to proclaim that ‘Sex is good’ without shame or embarrassment seems counterintuitive for many people. However, David White proclaims just that in this excellent resource providing a theology of the purity and goodness of sex in the life of the Christian. His work serves as a reminder that the good gifts of God are to be enjoyed in light of their ultimate end: deeper unity with our Creator.”
Andrew T. Walker, Senior Fellow in Christian Ethics with The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission; assistant professor of Christian Ethics and Apologetics at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

“Most of us are interested in sex; our reasons vary. Somehow, David has written a book that speaks to us all. I guess it helps that he is so open with his own life, has had so many conversations about every sexual question imaginable, has helped so many, and understands the difficult texts in Scripture. He writes as a guide, pastor, and friend.”
Ed Welch, Faculty and counselor, CCEF; author of A Small Book about a Big Problem

“In the crowded genre of Christian books on sexuality, God, Sex, & You is a standout. It is a refreshing correction to the error of moralistic approaches to sexuality and is firmly gospel-centered. It is more than a book refuting sexual brokenness in its many forms, this is a positive and robust biblical view of God’s goodness in biblical sexuality that is all about the Christian’s union with Christ.”
Melanie Cogdill, Managing Editor, Christian Research Journal

“A model of speaking the truth in love, God, You, & Sex: A Profound Mystery puts sexuality in its rewarding biblical, theological, and covenantal context. When David White exposes ‘image-bearing sexuality,’ he puts to bed stubborn distortions—from prudishness to perversions to promiscuity. A student of Scripture and seasoned counselor, he doesn’t just tell us that sexuality is a divine gift, he shows us vividly and compellingly how that is so and why it matters. God created sexuality for his glory and our good, and we must think his thoughts after him about it. With clarity, conviction, and compassion, White masterfully guides us to do just that.”
David B. Garner, Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Global Ministries, Westminster Theological Seminary

“We are sexual beings, not exclusively sexual beings, but sexuality is a significant part of our created design. For this reason, we need discipleship in the area of sexuality, which is more than a clearer version of the ‘birds and bees’ talk our parents may (or may not) have given us. We need to learn to think biblically and talk conversationally about sexuality. That is what David White provides in God, You, & Sex. Read it and you’ll find a mature discussion about many things you’ve thought about with a discipleship focus.”
Brad Hambrick, Pastor Counseling at The Summit Church, Durham, NC; general editor for Becoming a Church that Cares Well for the Abused (churchcares.com)

God, You, & Sex invites the believer to think biblically about their sexuality. Its pages paint a bigger and bolder perspective on how the Life-giver calls us to be life-givers both biologically and spiritually. This resource is foundational for singles and married alike.”
Karen Hodge, Coordinator for Women’s Ministries, Presbyterian Church in America; author of Transformed: Life-taker to Life-giver and Life-giving Leadership

“The destructive distortion of God’s good gift of sex is epidemic. The cultural narrative, when followed, undermines our sexual flourishing. Sadly, the church gets it wrong in far too many ways as well. I ask kids all the time, ‘What would happen if you would allow your sex story to be shaped by God’s story for you and sex?’ David White articulates God’s story on sex with faithfulness and clarity, offering us the perspective we need to both live and teach about sex in all its glory to God’s glory!”
Walt Mueller, The Center for Parent/Youth Understanding

“Sometimes one reads a book and finds it radically different than what one expected. God, You, & Sex: A Profound Mystery is that . . . and in spades. I thought it would be ‘just another book’ about sex and I’ve read so many. David White is a gifted writer, and I knew that the subject would be covered well and biblically. I just didn’t expect the game-changing nature of this book. I don’t believe I’ll think about God’s gift of our sexuality the same way ever again. Read it and rejoice . . . and thank me for commending it to you.”
Steve Brown, Broadcaster; seminary professor; author of Talk the Walk

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GOD, YOU, & SEX: A PROFOUND MYSTERY, by David White

New Growth Press, 2019 | 240 pages

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Book Notice: WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? BIBLICAL INSIGHTS INTO HIS PERSON, by Malcomb B. Yarnell III

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Who is the Holy Spirit? aims to help people see who the Holy Spirit is through Scripture’s description of him, offering biblical insights into the identity of the third person of the Trinity. With consideration for the Spirit’s identity derived from both Old and New Testament accounts, author Malcolm B. Yarnell focuses on identifying characteristics of the person of the Holy Spirit himself, rather than discussing the work of the Spirit solely in the context of salvation and sanctification, or external signs and wonders.

About the Author:

Malcolm B. Yarnell III is research professor of systematic theology at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas.

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WHO IS THE HOLY SPIRIT? BIBLICAL INSIGHTS INTO HIS PERSON, by Malcomb B. Yarnell III

B&H Academic, 2019 | 160 pages

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Sale at WTS Books: PURITAN: ALL OF LIFE TO THE GLORY OF GOD (DELUXE EDITION)

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Joyless. Severe. Fanatical. “Haunted by the fear that someone, somewhere, may be happy.” That’s the Puritan reputation. But to what extent is that reputation deserved? Drawing on the latest research, and featuring interviews with some of the most celebrated scholars in the field, this beautiful and atmospheric new documentary takes us from the birth of Puritanism all the way through to its influence in the present day. This box includes: DISC 1 Feature length documentary. Runtime: 127 minutes*. DISCS 2-6 16* teaching sessions on different Puritans and 19* teaching sessions on different Puritan themes. WORKBOOK Built around the teaching sessions for Disc 2 and 3. INTRODUCTION TO THE PURITANS BOOK A special, decorative, exclusive hardback book by Dr. Joel Beeke and Dr. Michael Reeves.

The people featured in this video include:

Al Mohler, Conrad Mbewe, Geoff Thomas, Gloria Furman, Ian Hamilton, Jeremy Walker, J.I. Packer, Joel Beeke, John MacArthur, John Piper, John Snyder, Kevin DeYoung, Leland Ryken, Ligon Duncan, Mark Dever, Michael Reeves, Rosaria Butterfield, Sinclair Ferguson, Stephen Nichols, and Steven Lawson

This box includes:

DISC 1
Feature length documentary. Runtime: 127 minutes*.

DISCS 2-6
16* teaching sessions on different Puritans and 19* teaching sessions on different Puritan themes.

WORKBOOK
Built around the teaching sessions for Disc 2 and 3.

INTRODUCTION TO THE PURITANS BOOK
A special, decorative, exclusive hardback book by Dr. Joel Beeke and Dr. Michael Reeves.

Teaching Sessions

PART ONE: Puritan Pastors and Influential Figures

1. William Perkins

2. Richard Sibbes

3. Oliver Cromwell

4. Thomas Goodwin

5. Richard Baxter

6. John Owen

7. Christopher Love

8. John Bunyan

9. John Flavel

10. Matthew Henry

11. American Puritans

12. Jonathan Edwards

13. Puritan Women: Katherine Willoughby and Anne Bradstreet

PART TWO: Puritan-Minded Figures

14. Dutch “Puritans”: Gisbertus Voetius and Wilhemus à Brakel

15. Scottish “Puritan”: Samuel Rutherford

16. Twentieth-Century “Puritan”: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

PART THREE: Puritan Teaching

17. The Westminster Assembly

18. Puritans on Regeneration and Conversion

19. Puritans on Conscience

20. Puritans on Zeal

21. Puritans on Suffering and Providence

22. Puritans on Marriage

23. Puritans on Family

24. Puritans on Education

25. Puritans on Work and Money

26. Puritans on Shepherding

27. Puritans on Preaching

28. Puritans on Church and Worship

29. Puritans on the Sabbath

30. Puritans on Evangelism and Missions

31. Puritans on Awakening and Revival

32. Puritans on Politics and Culture

33. Puritans on Paedobaptist Covenant Theology

34. Seventeenth-Century, Baptistic Covenant Theology

PART FOUR: Puritan Legacy

35. Practical Conclusions

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PURITAN: ALL OF LIFE TO THE GLORY OF GOD (DELUXE EDITION), featuring Joel Beeke, Sinclair Ferguson, J. I. Packer

Reformation Heritage Books, 2019 | 100 pages

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Congratulations to Benjamin J. Montoya, Ph.D., for His Successful Ph.D. Thesis Defence!

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We want to say congratulations to one of our Assistant Editors who does the lion’s share of the work behind the scenes for our summaries, website posts, editing, and audio recordings. On Friday, September 27, 2019, he successfully defended his Ph.D. dissertation at McMaster Divinity College in Hamilton, Ontario. His doctoral work was in the field of NT Greek. Dr. Stanley E. Porter and Dr. Christopher D. Land were his supervisors. The external examiner was Dr. Mark Proctor.

His thesis title was “A Paradigm Change: From Traditional Grammar to Modern Linguistic Theory.” He thesis statement is as follows: by employing a method for comparing and assessing linguistic frameworks, this dissertation will demonstrate that the study of New Testament Greek requires a paradigm change from the limitations of traditional grammar to the more comprehensive approach and methodological clarity of the most recent research into language consistent with modern linguistic theory.

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Weekly Recap, September 28

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ETHICS: APPROACHING MORAL DECISIONS, by Arthur F. Holmes

A Brief Book Summary from Books at a Glance By Greg Cochran   About the Author Arthur F. Holmes (Ph.D., Northwestern) taught for many years in the philosophy department at Wheaton College and is the author or editor of a…

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Alexander E. Stewart’s Review of WHY ARE THERE DIFFERENCES IN THE GOSPELS? WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM ANCIENT BIOGRAPHY, by Michael R. Licona

A Book Review from Books At a Glance Reviewed by Alexander E. Stewart     Michael R. Licona, Associate Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University, explores the differences in the Gospels in view of rhetorical devices taught in the…

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Interview with John M. Frame, author of WE ARE ALL PHILOSOPHERS: A CHRISTIAN INTRODUCTION TO SEVEN FUNDAMENTAL QUESTIONS

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   You may not know this about yourself, but you are a philosopher. That’s what John Frame says, and in fact, it’s the title of his new book, We Are All Philosophers:…

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Book Notice: THE PASTOR’S LIFE: PRACTICAL WISDOM FROM THE PURITANS, by Matthew D. Haste and Shane W. Parker

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   The men whose stories appear in this book made up a network of pastors. Through personal contact, or influence, or by reading each other’s books, they were bound together in…

Book Notice: 1 & 2 CHRONICLES, by Peter J. Leithart

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   Peter Leithart, a respected theologian known for his ability to communicate to a broad audience, offers a theological reading of 1 and 2 Chronicles. Leithart uncovers the narrative logic of Chronicles, highlights…

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Book Notice: 1 & 2 CHRONICLES, by Peter J. Leithart

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Peter Leithart, a respected theologian known for his ability to communicate to a broad audience, offers a theological reading of 1 and 2 Chronicles. Leithart uncovers the narrative logic of Chronicles, highlights the role of music and government in Israel and in the church, and shows how Judah’s history moves from the world of the monarchy to the postexilic world in which Israel is scattered among Gentiles. This commentary is designed to serve the church, providing a rich resource for preachers, teachers, students, and study groups.

About the Author:

Peter J. Leithart (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is president of Theopolis Institute and an adjunct senior fellow of theology at New Saint Andrews College in Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of many books including Defending ConstantineTraces of the Trinity, and Gratitude: An Intellectual History. He is a blog writer and columnist for firstthings.com, and he has published articles in many periodicals, both popular and academic. Ordained in the Communion of Reformed Evangelical Churches (CREC), Leithart pastored Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian Church) in Birmingham, Alabama, and Trinity Reformed Church in Moscow, Idaho. He and his wife, Noel, have ten children and seven grandchildren.

Endorsements:

“Leithart has done an admirable job. . . . While the brevity of his comments has forced him to remain succinct, the profundity of his theological observations does not suffer. . . . Leithart presents a reading that avoids the pitfalls of critical methodologies. For one who reads about and teaches the Old Testament for a living, the book at hand offers a refreshing read. . . . Leithart’s theological conclusions about the book of Kings are diverse and interesting. . . . For the biblical scholar, this volume is a fitting reminder that the text should be read holistically and theologically. . . . For the pastor, Leithart’s commentary will provide a succinct summary of each chapter or section that is most helpful in preaching through the book. For the theologian, Leithart has shown how even the book of Kings makes weighty theological statements based upon a text-imminent, Christian reading of the book. Moreover, for all, it is a delightful read.”
Randall L. McKinionReview of Biblical Literature

“In an easily accessible style, Leithart interweaves an entertaining rehearsal of the biblical story while expanding on themes that relate to Christian theology and practice. . . . Both content and structure contribute to the value of the commentary for sermon-preparation and lay use. . . . [Leithart’s] aspiration of bringing the OT to the church as an ongoing source of revelation is refreshing. In a discipline felt by many to have become increasingly distant from the church, theology, and even exegesis, biblical studies is in need of ‘reform.’ Like Elijah, Leithart is attempting to address the problem from within, rather than casting aspersions from a distance. For this, as well as for his engaging style and challenging observations, his contribution is welcome.”
Amber WarhurstJournal of the Evangelical Theological Society

“Leithart made me feel like I was enjoying the best of academic scholarship, linguistic analysis, literary insights, historical reflections, and thoughtful applications to contemporary Christian discipleship. 1 & 2 Kings begins with Solomon’s ascension to power and ends with Judah’s banishment to Babylon, which means that Leithart makes a panoramic sweep of roughly 400 years of salvation history in Israel.”
Daniel B. Clendenin, journeywithjesus.net

The Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible enlists leading theologians to read and interpret scripture creedally for the twenty-first century, just as the church fathers, the Reformers, and other orthodox Christians did for their times and places. 1 & 2 Chronicles, like each commentary in the series, is designed to serve the church and to demonstrate the continuing intellectual and practical viability of theological interpretation of the Bible.

Praise for 1 & 2 Chronicles in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

“Leithart has established himself as a sensitive, close reader of the biblical text, guided by the richness of the Christian theological tradition. This commentary is an adroit and refreshing attempt to weave together these two talents.”
Gary A. Anderson, University of Notre Dame

“With his customary flair, Leithart opens up both the structure and the typology of 1 & 2 Chronicles, offering significant assistance to any preacher who seeks to proclaim the good news from this difficult text. Leithart is especially illuminating regarding the Chronicler’s theology of music and the implications of that theology for the practice of worship. By demonstrating the centrality of worship to the narrative of Chronicles, Leithart also shows the coherence of the entire narrative. This commentary will be a helpful addition to the library of any pastor, especially those responsible for the worship life of their congregations.”
Laura A. Smit, Calvin College

Praise for Leithart’s 1 & 2 Kings in the Brazos Theological Commentary on the Bible

“Leithart’s work [is] stimulating in its unabashedly theological interpretive stance. Such a starting point for the exegetical task inquires differently of the text and renders fresh applications and observations. The two disciplines of biblical and theological studies can only benefit from cross-disciplinary engagement and, certainly, Leithart demonstrates that both disciplines can be used critically and in service of the Church.”
Lissa M. Wray BealToronto Journal of Theology

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1 & 2 CHRONICLES, by Peter J. Leithart

Brazos Press, 2019 | 288 pages

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Book Notice: THE PASTOR’S LIFE: PRACTICAL WISDOM FROM THE PURITANS, by Matthew D. Haste and Shane W. Parker

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The men whose stories appear in this book made up a network of pastors. Through personal contact, or influence, or by reading each other’s books, they were bound together in a spiritual brotherhood. They shared a common burden to see God glorified, his Son magnified, and his Spirit honoured by wholesome and practical biblical preaching, wise pastoral counselling, church and family strengthening, and faithful Christian living. Haste and Parker introduce us to these men, their theology, and the lessons we can learn from them.

About the Authors:

Matthew D. Haste is Associate Professor of Biblical Spirituality and Director of Professional Doctoral Studies at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky. He has served in pastoral ministry in Kentucky and South Carolina.

Shane W. Parker is Associate Professor of Leadership and
Missions at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in
Louisville, Kentucky.

Endorsements:

The Pastor’s Life equips not only pastors, but all spiritual leaders, how better to pray, preach, witness and shepherd the people God has called us to serve.

(Bill Jones)

Whether you are long–acquainted with the names that appear in [these pages] or are entering the world of seventeenth– and eighteenth–century gospel ministry for the first time, you will be grateful to chefs Matthew Haste and Shane Parker for bringing this excellent menu of spiritual food to your table.

(Sinclair B. Ferguson)

This compendium of Puritan thought about the pastor’s life draws from a rich vein of Christian wisdom, one that is much needed in this day of shallow thinking―even within the church of the Lord Jesus.

(Michael A. G. Haykin)

In this book Matt Haste and Shane Parker have given us the opportunity to gather around the metaphorical table with wise, seasoned pastors, long gone from this visible world. This book can help the reader to think through not just the importance of personal piety and pastoral skill, but also to see examples of how to pursue such things.

(Russell D. Moore)

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THE PASTOR’S LIFE: PRACTICAL WISDOM FROM THE PURITANS, by Matthew D. Haste and Shane W. Parker

Christian Focus, 2019 | 168 pages

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