Weekly Recap, August 24

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CHINA’S VISION OF VICTORY, by Jonathan D. T. Ward

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Editor’s Note Today we offer another “Bonus” Book Summary addressing matters of contemporary cultural concerns. We hope you enjoy.   About the Author Jonathan D. T. Ward…

HOW DOES THE NEW TESTAMENT USE THE OLD TESTAMENT?: A SURVEY OF THE MAJOR VIEWS, by Michael J. Vlach

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   About the Author Michael J. Vlach, Ph.D., is Professor of Theology at The Master’s Seminary in Sun Valley, California.   Introduction How does the NT use the…

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SEVEN LEADERS: PREACHERS AND PASTORS, by Iain H. Murray

A Book Review from Books At a Glance Anthony Chute   Seven Leaders is a compilation of biographical studies of preachers past and present with lessons to be learned from their respective ministries. Iain Murray aimed for young men called…

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Book Notice: SPURGEON ON THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: ALIVE IN CHRIST, by Michael Reeves

Charles Spurgeon, widely hailed as the “Prince of Preachers,” is well known for his powerful preaching, gifted mind, and compelling personality. Over the course of nearly four decades at London’s famous New Park Street Chapel and Metropolitan Tabernacle, Spurgeon preached…

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Book Sale at WTS Books: ESV EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY SERIES

Designed to strengthen the global church with a widely accessible, theologically sound, and pastorally wise resource for understanding and applying the overarching storyline of the Bible, this commentary series features the full text of the ESV Bible passage by passage, with crisp and theologically rich exposition and application. Editors Iain M. Duguid, James M. Hamilton, and Jay A. Sklar have gathered a team of experienced pastor-theologians to provide a new generation of pastors and other teachers of the Bible around the world with a globally minded commentary series rich in biblical theology and broadly Reformed doctrine, making the message of redemption found in all of Scripture clear and available to all.

  • Exegetically Sound: Self-consciously submissive to the flow of thought and lines of reasoning in the biblical text
  • Robustly Biblical-Theological: Reading the Bible as diverse yet bearing an overarching unity, narrating a single storyline of redemption culminating in Christ
  • Globally Aware: Aimed as much as possible at a global audience, with the goal of providing a biblical and theologically responsible resource for Bible students around the world
  • Broadly Reformed: Standing in the historical stream of the Reformation, affirming that salvation is by grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ alone, taught in Scripture alone, for God’s glory alone
  • Doctrinally Conversant: Fluent in theological discourse; drawing appropriate brief connections to matters of historical or current theological importance
  • Pastorally Useful: Transparently and reverently “sitting under the text”; avoiding lengthy grammatical/syntactical discussions
  • Application Minded: Building brief but consistent bridges into contemporary living in both Western and non-Western contexts
  • Efficient in Expression: Economical in its use of words; not a word-by-word analysis but a crisply moving exposition

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ESV EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY SERIES

Crossway, 2018 | 1000 pages

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Book Notice: THE PROMISES OF GOD: A NEW EDITION OF THE CLASSIC DEVOTIONAL BASED ON THE ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION, by Charles H. Spurgeon

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God has given no pledge that he will not redeem and encouraged no hope that he will not fulfill. —Charles Spurgeon

For over 150 years, Charles Spurgeon’s classic daily devotional on God’s promises has comforted the hearts of God’s people. For each day of the year, Spurgeon reflects on a specific promise of God from Scripture that strengthened his heart in times of severe depression and suffering. Each daily meditation testifies to the goodness, faithfulness, and power of God.

In this volume, Tim Chester helps Spurgeon speak to a new generation, updating archaic words, shortening sentences, and streamlining sentence structure—all without losing Spurgeon’s passionate and pastoral voice. These devotional readings will inspire you with fresh faith in the promise-making and promise-keeping God of the Bible.

About the Author:

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834–1892) was an English Baptist pastor at New Park Street Chapel, London (which later became the Metropolitan Tabernacle), for thirty-eight years. As the nineteenth century’s most prolific preacher and writer, his ministry legacy continues today.

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THE PROMISES OF GOD: A NEW EDITION OF THE CLASSIC DEVOTIONAL BASED ON THE ENGLISH STANDARD VERSION, by Charles H. Spurgeon

Crossway, 2019 | 400 pages

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Book Sale at WTS Books: Zondervan Staff Favorites

WTS Books is having another amazing book sale. This time they are featuring 33 titles published by Zondervan that the Michael Horton’s book Ordinary made this list.

Radical. Crazy. Transformative and restless. Every word we read these days seems to suggest there s a next-best-thing, if only we would change our comfortable, compromising lives. In fact, the greatest fear most Christians have is boredom the sense that they are missing out on the radical life Jesus promised. One thing is certain. No one wants to be ordinary.

Yet pastor and author Michael Horton believes that our attempts to measure our spiritual growth by our experiences, constantly seeking after the next big breakthrough, have left many Christians disillusioned and disappointed. There s nothing wrong with an energetic faith; the danger is that we can burn ourselves out on restless anxieties and unrealistic expectations. What s needed is not another program or a fresh approach to spiritual growth; it s a renewed appreciation for the commonplace.

Far from a call to low expectations and passivity, Horton invites readers to recover their sense of joy in the ordinary. He provides a guide to a sustainable discipleship that happens over the long haul not a quick fix that leaves readers empty with unfulfilled promises. Convicting and ultimately empowering, Ordinary is not a call to do less; it s an invitation to experience the elusive joy of the ordinary Christian life.”

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ORDINARY: SUSTAINABLE FAITH IN A RADICAL, RESTLESS WORLD

Zondervan, 2014 | 218 pages

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Weekly Recap, August 17

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THE ORIGINS OF CULTURAL MARXISM AND POLITICAL CORRECTNESS, by Jefrey D. Breshears

A Brief Summary from Books At a Glance By Steve West   Editor’s Note Today we offer another “Bonus” summary highlighting matters of cultural interest and concern. This from Jefrey Breshears – you can see the entire two-part essay here…

THE USES OF THE OLD TESTAMENT IN THE NEW, by Walter C. Kaiser Jr.

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Introduction With this important book, Walter C. Kaiser Jr. outlines his understanding of how to understand the uses of the Old Testament in the New. He covers…

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A COMMENTARY ON THE BOOK OF THE TWELVE, by Michael Shepherd

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Francesco Grassi   Kregel has published yet another fine exegetical commentary in the Kregel Exegetical Library series, now by a scholar with consolidated expertise on The Book of the Twelve (the…

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Book Notice: BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY, by Christopher W. Morgan

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   What is spirituality? For some, it means nothing more than vague self-improvement pulled from the latest best-selling self-help book. For others, it refers to some generic religious practice. Shedding life-giving…

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Book Sale at WTS Books: THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD: HOW CHRIST’S VICTORY STRENGTHENS US FOR SPIRITUAL WARFARE, by Iain M. Duguid

The Christian life is a battle. We are in a daily struggle against the world, sin, and Satan.

But God didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. He gave us his own armor—armor that Jesus has already worn on our behalf all the way to the cross. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work inside of us. This book unpacks each of the pieces of spiritual armor Paul describes in Ephesians 6, inviting us to take up the armor each day, all while resting in the finished victory of Christ and the assurance that our strength for the battle comes from him.

About the Author:

Iain M. Duguid (PhD, University of Cambridge) is professor of Old Testament and dean of online learning at Westminster Theological Seminary and the pastor of Christ Presbyterian Church in Glenside, Pennsylvania. He has also served as a missionary in Liberia, taught at Westminster Seminary California and Grove City College, and planted churches in Pennsylvania, California, and England.

Endorsements:

“This is another great book of expositions by Iain Duguid. In this unfolding of the armor of God, he shows us not only his well-known exegetical skills and accessible writing style but also his pastoral wisdom. This comes from both years in ministry and acquaintance with spiritual classics.”
Timothy Keller, Founding Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City; Chairman and Cofounder, Redeemer City to City

“Here is a rare find! This is the work of an Old Testament scholar with an easy-to-read and engaging style who believes in the ongoing activity of the evil one and writes about spiritual warfare with pastoral wisdom and biblical sanity. He knows that the battle in which we engage and the armor God supplies for us are not ideas dreamed up by the apostle Paul but were deeply embedded in the long narrative of the Old Testament. And he knows that the Lord Jesus himself faced the enemy and field-tested the armor for us. So here is a much-needed book, a battle manual for every Christian to use, and a guide for every pastor to follow.”
Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries

“A typical nightmare for a soldier is being unarmed and undressed on the battlefield. Drawing upon decades of academic and pastoral ministry, Iain Duguid explains why Christ himself is our armor and how, paradoxically, we can only win the battle through the victory he’s already achieved. Along the way, he also opens up wide vistas on how we are to live as battling victors. Highly recommended for personal, family, or group Bible study.”
Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Systematic Theology and Apologetics, Westminster Seminary California; author, Justification (New Studies in Dogmatics)

“It is a joy to fervently commend this faithful and accessible treatment of Ephesians 6:10–20 by Iain Duguid. It is a powerful, gospel-saturated, Christ-exalting, and disciple-making volume that passionately calls us onward as Christian soldiers, fully dressed in the Christ-secured, Bible-defined, and Holy Spirit-delivered ‘whole armor of God.’”
Harry L. Reeder III, Senior Pastor, Briarwood Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama; author, From Embers to a FlameThe Leadership Dynamic; and 3D Leadership

“I like Iain Duguid’s exposition for what he avoids. He doesn’t drive me to futility, nor does he allow me a cop-out. Duguid sees the gospel lurking in everything Scripture demands of us. In each of these expositions, he places us in the hands of our Redeemer. What more could one ask of an author?”
Dale Ralph Davis, Former Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; author, The Word Became Fresh and The Message of Daniel

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Crossway, 2019 | 128 pages

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Book Notice: BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY, by Christopher W. Morgan

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What is spirituality? For some, it means nothing more than vague self-improvement pulled from the latest best-selling self-help book. For others, it refers to some generic religious practice. Shedding life-giving light on what often remains ill-defined and unclear, this book sets forth a vision of biblical spirituality—“a renewed sense of the momentousness of being alive in God’s world as God’s people are led by God’s Spirit through God’s Word unto godly, Christlike character.” With careful exegetical work and theological reflection, the contributors—pastors and scholars such as Christopher W. Morgan, Paul R. House, Nathan A. Finn, and Gregg R. Allison—address spirituality from the perspective of the Bible, exploring topics such as the Trinity, divine sovereignty and human responsibility, the “already” and “not yet,” and the church. This book also addresses practical questions about spirituality related to the workplace, disciplines of the body, and more.

About the Author:

Christopher W. Morgan (Ph.D., Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary) is a professor of theology and the dean of the School of Christian Ministries at California Baptist University. He is the author or editor of over twenty books, including several volumes in the Theology in Community series.

Endorsements:

“As people created in the image of God and called to be like him in holiness, it is imperative for us to align how we live with what God has revealed and his purposes for us. Therefore, the gospel and the biblical witness should be the starting point for any understanding of spiritual formation. This volume does a superb job of grounding spirituality in the full range of biblical teaching. It lays an indispensable foundation.”
Clinton E. Arnold, Dean and Professor of New Testament Language and Literature, Talbot School of Theology, Biola University

“For some, spirituality is driven by technique; for others, it is the pursuit of direct and unmediated connection with the divine; for still others, it is a label that covers experiences of the ill-defined numinous. Indeed, today’s ‘take’ on spirituality perfectly reflects the personal autonomy found in Judges: everyone does that which is right in his or her own eyes. To think clearly about spirituality as it emerges from serious Bible study, however, is to enter a world where one really does grow in knowledge of the living God, but by the means God has ordained, by the power of the Spirit, with transformed conduct the inevitable result. Christopher Morgan and his colleagues have enriched our grasp of biblical spirituality by their biblical, theological, and historical probings.”
D. A. Carson, Emeritus Professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Cofounder, The Gospel Coalition

Spirituality is a contemporary buzzword. Surprisingly, even some atheists speak of their spirituality. There is even a book with the title A Little Book of Atheist Spirituality. How important, then, is this book which presents a biblically based, theologically deep, historically informed, and practically helpful Christian examination of spirituality. A galaxy of fine scholars take the reader through the Old and New Testaments, great themes such as holiness, and the heritage of evangelical spirituality, and explore the practical implications of biblical spirituality. A rich feast!”
Graham A. Cole, Dean, Vice President of Education, and Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; author, He Who Gives Life and The God Who Became Human

“Humans are deeply spiritual beings. It’s why we seek out a greater sense of purpose and the meaning of our existence. All around us today, people are pursuing spirituality. Chris Morgan has compiled a timely and essential guidebook to true biblical spirituality that can only be found with Christ at the center. This is not an easy journey, but it is essential if we are to live a life that brings glory to God.”
Kevin Ezell, President, North American Mission Board, The Southern Baptist Convention

“There are many books on spirituality, but this one stands out because it takes in the entire range of the biblical canon. Written with scholarly depth and a practical bent, this volume is a great addition to the growing literature in the field. I highly recommend it!”
Timothy George, Research Professor, Beeson Divinity School, Samford University; general editor, Reformation Commentary on Scripture

“As Francis Schaeffer taught us, the Lord’s work must be done in the Lord’s way. In every generation, therefore, we face no more urgent question than the meaning of true spirituality. The excellent team of scholars writing in Biblical Spirituality combines academic gifts with personal wisdom to show us, from the whole of the Bible, how God has put his glory on the whole of life. Is there a more wonderful reality for us to consider together?”
Ray Ortlund, Lead Pastor, Immanuel Church, Nashville, Tennessee

“This is a biblical theology of biblical spirituality. And it’s the best I’ve read. As a bonus you get a survey of various forms of spirituality in the Christian tradition, especially within evangelicalism. If you want to see how biblical theology works and what biblical spirituality is, read this book.”
Donald S. Whitney, Associate Dean and Professor of Biblical Spirituality, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Spiritual Disciplines for the Christian Life and Praying the Bible

“As one who has spent my life helping people with the practical side of spiritual growth, I am deeply grateful for a strong and clear guide to the theology of growth! Your own growth and the growth of those you lead will be strengthened by the truths in Biblical Spirituality.”
Tom Holladay, Teaching Pastor, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California; author, Putting It Together Again and The Relationship Principles of Jesus

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BIBLICAL SPIRITUALITY, by Christopher W. Morgan

Crossway, 2019 | 304 pages

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Book Sale at WTS Books: RADICALLY DIFFERENT: A STUDENT’S GUIDE TO COMMUNITY, by Champ Thornton

Radically Different by best-selling author Champ Thornton is an insightful guide for middle and high school students who want to live radically even though life and relationships are complicated. By examining life through the biblical lenses of Creation, Fall, and Redemption, readers can explore how God’s Word untangles the twists of life.

There are so many areas of life to navigate when growing up, and this practical resource full of biblical wisdom helps middle and high school students find encouragement in the everyday challenges of life.

God made everything, including relationships, to be good. But because of the fall, everything—including relationships with parents, friends, and siblings—are also broken. Christ came to make all things new, and because of this biblical perspective, readers of Radically Different can know with clarity they are set apart as unique.

Thornton invites teenagers to consider how they are set apart—especially in a time when Christianity is more and more culturally marginalized. He guides them to embrace what it means to live Christianly in a morally murky and increasingly hostile world.

Radically Different helps teenagers live in and relate to the reality of good, bad, and new, which makes us radically human, radically biblical, and radically different.

About the Author:

Champ Thornton is associate pastor at Ogletown Baptist Church in Newark, Delaware. He has pastored in South Carolina and served as director of SOMA, a ministry training school in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of several books, including The Radical Book for Kids and Pass It On: A Proverbs Journal for the Next Generation. Champ and his wife, Robben, have been married since 1996 and have three children.

Endorsements:

Radically Different is an excellent new resource for parents, students, and ministry leaders. Each one of us wants to know our place in the world. This curriculum will help equip the next generation to live in the world by teaching them to see their relationships, both with God and others, through the lens of the gospel.

Russell Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention

The middle school years can be difficult for kids. It can also be a struggle for many parents to find age appropriate Christian resources to help young tweens and teens process faith, friendships, and family. Champ Thornton’s new book, Radically Different: A Student’s Guide to Community, is a wonderful way to help teens learn about God and the story of Scripture, as well as how the Bible relates to their daily lives. This book is the exact resource I’ve been hoping to find!

Melissa Kruger, TGC Director of Women’s Content and the author of 5 Things to Pray for Your Kids

It’s not easy for Christian young people today who want to live in a way that’s pleasing to God. However, Champ Thornton has provided an invaluable resource to help middle school students be distinctive. Radically Different is a practical hands-on study offering solid insights and biblical guidance for relating to others.

Jim Daly, President – Focus on the Family

I look back at my middle school years as the years when I made some of the most important decisions of my life in terms of whether or not Christ was going to be at the center of my life. It required that I become radically different from my peers. Radically Different is a great resource for thinking through what it will mean to have Christ at the center rather than the fringes of your life now and for the rest of your life!

Nancy Guthrie, author of Dinner Table Devotions & Discussion-Starters

I loved this book because it speaks to the heart of youth. The lessons are practical and gripping. At the same time, the book is faithful biblically and theologically. Thornton explains how a passion for God and for his Word can transform the lives of youth. Highly recommended!

Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation and Associate Dean at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and author of The King in His Beauty: A Theology of the Old and New Testaments.

Champ Thornton’s Bible Study, Radically Different, for middle schoolers is excellent. He uses the grid of “creation, fall, and redemption” (“good, bad, and new”) throughout the study and everything discussed in the Bible Study is seen through that lens, especially with respect to how one relates to God and to people. The study has good practical suggestions throughout and these suggestions are always tied closely to the passage of Scripture being focused on for the week. For those who think a strong weekly dose of Scripture might be too much or too impractical for middle schoolers, this Bible Study will help them think differently. This is a fine balance between scriptural exposition and application of it to the lives of young people. I heartily endorse this Bible Study and will recommend it those ministering to middle schoolers.

G. K. Beale, J. Gresham Machen and Research Professor of New Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, PA

A few years ago, many of your children probably read Champ Thornton’s The Radical Book for Kids (if they haven’t yet, they should). Now, those children are young teenagers—and Champ has provided another resource that’s perfect for that age group. Radically Different challenges students to move beyond mere knowledge into deep community that’s grounded in the metanarrative of Scripture. I highly recommend this work!”

Timothy Paul Jones, Ph.D., C. Edwin Gheens Professor of Christian Family Ministry, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Teenage Christian disciples need what we all need—the regular, clear teaching of God’s Word, along with a warm, personal application of its truth to our lives. This punchy, well-written set of studies is an excellent framework for doing just that. It very cleverly manages to keep the big picture of the Bible’s story always in mind (creation–sin–redemption) while working through key topics and passages, and relating them insightfully to the realities of life as a Christian teen.

Tony Payne, author of Fatherhood: What it is and what’s it for; and The Trellis and the Vine.

I love the fun and engaging format of Radically Different. The side comment explanations and the winsome illustrations are certain to draw the interest of students and invite them in to read. Once they start, the solid biblical truth, aptly spoken, is sure to hold their attention cover to cover. A great youth ministry resource!

Marty Machowski – family pastor and author of The OlogyLong Story ShortDon’t Blame the Mud and other gospel rich resources for church and home

“What a wonderful and needed book Champ Thornton has given to God’s people!  It’s for teenagers—middle schoolers—and this old guy found himself wishing he had had something like this when he was a teenager. It would have made a significant difference. This is a great, practical, and user-friendly book.  Give it to every middle schooler you know and to those who love middle schoolers. They will be so glad you did.”

Steve Brown, broadcaster with Key Life Network, seminary professor, and author

Radically Different is just like its title suggests—a unique and distinctively valuable book from Champ Thornton that every teen and youth ministry will benefit from. Like a master builder, Champ lays a strong biblical foundation for adolescents in relevant topics such as theology, Scripture, prayer, relationships, and more. Radically Different is witty, practical, and power-packed with gospel truth. I highly recommend!

Joshua Cooley, Children’s Minister and New York Times bestselling author of The Biggest WinHeroes of the Bible Devotional and The One Year Devotions with Jesus

In our day and age of instant and double speed everything, I encourage you to work through this study day by day, and week by week with a group. While God is the one who will ultimately change and grow you, in my experience, he often uses tools like this study to do so.

Daniel Im, pastor, podcaster, and author of several books, most recently You Are What You Do: And Six Other Lies about Work, Life, and Love.

Champ is an incredible Bible teacher. In Radically Different, he’s given the church an excellent tool for teaching young men and women about how biblical community is rooted in our relational God and shaped by the redemptive story. This looks to be an excellent resource for student ministry discipleship groups.

Jared Kennedy, Pastor of Operations and Families at Sojourn Church Midtown in Louisville, KY. Author of The Beginner’s Gospel Story Bible

If you’re looking for a practical tool for teaching pre-teens to think biblically, look no further than Champ Thornton’s “Radically Different.” Deeply rooted in Scripture, this resource is brimming with age-appropriate questions, illustrations and applications! I’m so convinced of its transformative value that I plan to use it in discipling my own children.

Drew Hill, Pastor and Author of “Alongside: Loving Teenagers with the Gospel

In Radically Different, A Student’s Guide to Community, pastor and award-winning author Champ Thornton enables parents and teachers to guide middle school students on an amazing journey of deep discovery. Each lesson presents rich theology, engaging discussion questions, and a spectrum of creative activities that seek to reach the heart, and to develop community engagement and a love for Jesus.

Deborah Harrell, Overseas Educational Advisor, Serge; author of What’s Up? Elementary and coauthor of What’s Up? Discovering The Gospel, Jesus and Who you REALLY are, and the Gospel Centered Parent.

As parents we have the enormous opportunity to help shape our children’s worldview. But without a gospel foundation to build upon in our ever-shifting culture, it’s an uphill battle. That is why Radically Different is the book I wish my children had in middle school. In an engaging, easy-to-understand way, Champ Thornton gives young teenagers, through the lenses of good, bad and new, a radically different way for viewing themselves, and relationships with God and others.

Kristen Hatton, Author of The Gospel-Centered Life for Students in ExodusFace Time: Your Identity in a Selfie World and Get Your Story Straight 

Research consistently suggests that Christian children need a constellation of godly mentors for authentic, lasting faith development. I urge you to invite Champ Thornton to be one of your kid’s mentors by giving them Radically Different. With a pastor’s heart and a father’s love, Champ nails it again, giving us a great resource for a new generation of kids as they develop their faith.

Dr. Roger C. S. Erdvig, Headmaster, Wilmington Christian School; Co-Author, Bring it to Life: Christian Education and the Transformative Power of Service-Learning (ACSI, 2018)

Champ Thornton has crafted a terrific new resource to help students make sense of relationships. Utilizing the “good, bad, and new” biblical worldview lenses, Radically Different: A Student’s Guide to Community gives readers simple yet profound hooks on which to hang all of the complicated relational aspects of their young lives. By investing just a little time in this creative Bible study, teens will gain great clarity in how to relate to their parents, friends, family, church, and God.

Matthew C. Mitchell, father of four, pastor of Lanse Evangelical Free Church, and author of Resisting Gossip: Winning the War of the Wagging Tongue

 

This workbook for young people is a serious attempt to build into them the three biblical themes of Creation, Fall, and Redemption. He not only introduces these concepts, but week after week he reinforces their truth in practical aspects of living in a fallen world. We need to be helping our young people learn how to think and relate as Christians in an increasingly hostile world. Radically Different is a great place to start.

Stephen Smallman, author of The Walk, and Understanding the Faith—A Workbook for Communicant Classes

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New Growth Press, 2019 | 112 pages

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Weekly Recap, August 8

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HELL ON TRIAL: THE CASE FOR ETERNAL PUNISHMENT, by Robert A. Peterson

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Clay Werner   Overview Peterson initially outlines false views of hell and then outlines the orthodox view. He then surveys the witness of the Old Testament, of Christ in the…

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AM I JUST A BRAIN, by Sharon Dirckx

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   Questions about why or how we think, what thinking is, and why or how we have such things as consciousness, self-awareness, emotions, and memory, are not the kinds…

THE CHARACTER GAP: HOW GOOD ARE WE?, by Christian B. Miller

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Mark Coppenger   I’m glad I read this book, but I have to admit I’d hoped and thought I’d appreciate it more. I ended up feeling the way I do about…

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Book Notice: HEAVENLY REWARDS: LIVING WITH ETERNITY IN SIGHT, by Mark Hitchcock

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   The eschatological judgment and reward of believers is a topic that is raised and alluded to in Scripture pervasively. It crops up probably more often than most…

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Books on Sale at WTS Books: Tyndale Commentaries Set

WTS Books is having another great sale today. They are featuring the Tyndale OT and NT commentary sets. These commentaries are designed to help you understand what the text of Scripture says and what it means. The Introduction to each book gives you a concise but thorough treatment of its authorship, date, original setting and purpose. Following a structural Analysis, the commentary takes the book section by section, drawing out its main themes, and also comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation. Additional Notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties. The goal throughout is to explain the true meaning of the Bible and make its message plain so that you can apply it to your life.

The features of this set are as follows:

  • Additional notes provide fuller discussion of particular difficulties
  • Comments on individual verses and problems of interpretation
  • Concise and thorough treatment of authorship, date, original setting, and purpose
  • Section by section analysis, drawing out main themes

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TYNDALE COMMENTARIES COMPLETE SET, by Donald J. Wiseman and Leon Morris, general eds.

IVP, 1979 | 1000 pages

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Book Sale from WTS Books: ESV Scripture Journal Sets on Sale

Sermon notes will never be the same. Is your Bible stuffed with notes scribbled on the back of old bulletins? Organize and preserve your notes, prayers and thoughts with these handsome, lay-flat journals. Use them throughout a sermon series, in a small group Bible study, or individually.

ESV Scripture Journals pair the entirety of individual books of the Bible with lightly lined blank pages opposite each page of Bible text, allowing readers to take extended notes or record insights and prayers directly beside corresponding passages of Scripture.

These thin, portable notebooks are great for personal Bible reading and reflection, small-group study, or taking notes through a sermon series.

  • Thick, opaque, cream-colored paper
  • Full, lightly ruled blank pages opposite each page of Bible text
  • Wide margins
  • Lay-flat binding
  • Single-column format
  • Cover stamped with gold foil
  • 5.75″ x 8.00″
  • 11.75-point Trinité type

WTS Books is currently having an excellent sale on the ESV Scripture Journal sets:

The beauty of these volumes is that they have a blank page for writing on in between the pages of Scripture. For pastors, teachers, etc., who want their notes in their printed Bibles, they would be hard-pressed to find a better resource.

And to top that off, the sets are currently 50% off!

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ESV SCRIPTURE JOURNAL, by Crossway

2019 | 64 pages

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Book Notice: HEAVENLY REWARDS: LIVING WITH ETERNITY IN SIGHT, by Mark Hitchcock

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By Fred Zaspel

The eschatological judgment and reward of believers is a topic that is raised and alluded to in Scripture pervasively. It crops up probably more often than most of us notice. Clearly it is a topic we are intended to be well-acquainted with. It’s ironic, then, that it is a topic so often overlooked. Preparing recently to teach on the subject myself I found very few books on the subject, so when I noticed this new book by Mark Hitchcock I was eager to take a look.

Like most books on this topic, Hitchcock’s is a popular-level treatment, stemming from a series of messages he has presented often. The material is well organized and clear. His reminder that the way we live and think and speak in this life reverberates in eternity is needed and helpful. For whatever reason, when this topic is taken up in book-length treatment it is usually by authors (as Hitchcock) who are dispensational in eschatological perspective and who consider it necessary / helpful to treat the subject in connection with the pre-tribulation rapture. In my view this complicates the presentation unnecessarily. But the doctrine of the believer’s judgment and rewards is so biblically significant that non-dispensationalist readers would do well, just the same, to give the book a fair reading and be challenged by the sobering challenge this topic presents.

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HEAVENLY REWARDS: LIVING WITH ETERNITY IN SIGHT?, by Mark Hitchcock

Harvest House, 2019 | 192 pages

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