Book Notice: REMAINING FAITHFUL IN MINISTRY: 9 ESSENTIAL CONVICTIONS FOR EVERY PASTOR, by John MacArthur

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Perhaps no one else has ever faced as much hardship, opposition, or relentless suffering as the apostle Paul. And yet, through it all, Paul stood firm in Christ and remained faithful―to the very end.

The power of Paul’s example has captivated veteran pastor John MacArthur for years, and here he outlines nine unwavering convictions that contributed to this remarkable perseverance. In an age when pastoral failure and burnout are increasingly common, this book is a call to endurance in ministry, encouraging pastors to stand strong in their role and not lose heart, regardless of what God sends their way.

About the Author

John MacArthur is the pastor-teacher of Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, California, where he has served since 1969. He is known around the world for his verse-by-verse expository preaching and his pulpit ministry via his daily radio program, Grace to You. He has also written or edited nearly four hundred books and study guides. MacArthur serves as the president of the Master’s Seminary and Master’s University. He and his wife, Patricia, live in Southern California and have four grown children.

Endorsements

Alistair Begg, Senior Pastor, Parkside Church, Chagrin Falls, Ohio:

It seems only right that a book bearing this title should come from the pen of one whose life and ministry exemplify such faithfulness. Here is a helpful, challenging, resounding cry to the rest of us to keep on!

Mark Dever, Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks:

What are we to do in ministry when we encounter setbacks? John MacArthur presents nine reasons that the apostle Paul did not lose heart. This concise treatise is marked by gospel clarity and filled with timely observations. Accurate and honest, direct and encouraging, clear and plain, MacArthur has produced a portrait in words. As Paul reflects Christ, so should the faithful minister. Unintentionally, MacArthur here has written his own autobiography.

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

If C. H. Spurgeon could say of John Bunyan, ‘Prick him anywhere―his blood is Bibline,’ we can surely echo him: ‘Prick John MacArthur anywhere, and his blood is Pauline!’ In these pages, MacArthur gives us a power-packed guide for the times that instantaneously clears away muddle-headed thinking about gospel ministry. Remaining Faithful in Ministry is simultaneously as bracing as a cold shower in the early morning and as thrilling as the prospect of a glorious day of adventure. If it doesn’t make you want to be a more faithful servant of Christ, beware.

Steven J. Lawson, President, OnePassion Ministries; Professor of Preaching, The Master’s Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

As John MacArthur reaches his fifty-year milestone as pastor of Grace Community Church, this book is timely, appropriate, and greatly needed. Pastors today are facing enormous challenges from every side. Countless numbers are discouraged, and many are unable to persevere. Here is an invaluable reminder of the essential truths necessary for long-term endurance in gospel ministry. No one is better qualified to produce this material than MacArthur, who has lived the convictions of this book in one pastorate for half a century. Read this, embrace this, and you will be strengthened for the task that lies ahead of you!

R. Albert Mohler Jr., President, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary:

John MacArthur has done it again―just the right book at just the right time. A model for all of us in ministry faithfulness, MacArthur encourages all pastors in nine specific convictions that are absolutely essential for authentic ministry. This is a treasure of wisdom for pastors and a book that will encourage all true ministers of the gospel. It is saturated with deep biblical conviction and vast pastoral experience. Every pastor―and future pastor―should read this book, and every faithful minister will treasure it.

Iain H. Murray, author, Jonathan Edwards: A New Biography and Evangelical Holiness; Founding Trustee, Banner of Truth Trust:

The greatest need for Christians today is to stay faithful in an unbelieving world. We are thankful for John MacArthur’s steadying example and teaching. His insight brought from Scripture in these pages provides a message we continue to need this side of heaven.

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Crossway, 2019 | 80 pages

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Book Notice: THE WESTMINSTER SHORTER CATECHISM, by Kevin Bidwell

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The Westminster Standards are more than 370 years old, and yet they are undiminished in their importance for the people of God. Why this separate issue of the Shorter Catechism? It is intended to encourage both young and old to read and memorize the sound teaching to be found here. The Catechism covers the teaching found in the Apostles Creed (included at the end of the Catechism), the Lord’s Prayer and the Ten Commandments. As Kevin Bidwell says of the first question and answer (Q1. What is the chief end of man? Man’s chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him forever.), is “the product of collective genius and provides the best description of the Christian life that I have ever come across.” This version of the Shorter Catechism is very lightly modernized, and contains the full Bible references of the original. This version also appears in The Westminster Standards in Modern English by Kevin Bidwell.

About the Author

Kevin Bidwell is the minister of Sheffield Presbyterian Church, England.

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EP Books, 2019 | 32 pages

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Book Notice: IF GOD IS SO GOOD, WHY ARE THINGS SO BAD?, by Melvin Tinker

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As Tim Chester says in the Foreword:

Melvin Tinker invites us to walk with Job through the confusion sufferings creates. If God is so good why are things so Bad is like a guidebook, helping us navigate through unfamiliar territory.
It is a book for all those who suffer. Don’t worry, you will not be offered glib platitudes or quick fixes. Here is a context in which you can express your pain honestly. But here, too, is a context in which your questions are brought to God rather them leading you away from God. What we are offered in this book is not so much a theory or a solution, but God himself.

About the Author

Melvin Tinker is Vicar of St John Newland, Hull, where he has served since 1994. He is the author of numerous books and articles, including That Hideous Strength: How the West was Lost (EP Books, 2018).

Endorsements

Mark Lanier, Author of Christianity on Trial:

Melvin Tinker writes with a theologian s mind, a Biblical scholar s attention to detail and a pastor s heart to minister. Using real life stories, he puts the book of Job under life s microscope to find practical insights that help us in times of suffering.

Dr Dale Ralph Davies, Former Professor of Old Testament, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi:

Here is a book for the valley of the absence of God, a book that can make us more compassionate in our counseling, more informed in our suffering, more faithful in our grieving, more comforted in our anguish, and more knee-prone in our worship; and it s a book with an after-life it raises matters that we, like Mary, will go on treasuring up in our hearts. And yet Melvin Tinker has cloaked these hard and heavy matters in such a clear and readable style.

Revd Tony Jones, Christ Church, Durham:

Whilst there are no easy answers to suffering, this book provides an invaluable framework through which to engage with the problem of pain. *If God is so good why are things so bad* is a rare combination of careful exegesis, doctrinal clarity and Christ-centred theology. Melvin Tinker writes as someone who has clearly wrestled with the question of suffering and applies his material both as a pastorally sensitive preacher and an evangelistically compelling apologist. Christians, churches, and non-believers alike will benefit immensely from this book.

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If God is so Good, Why are Things so Bad?

EP Books, 2019 | 160 pages

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Book Notice: OUR ANCIENT FOE: THE HISTORY, ACTIVITY, AND DEMISE OF THE DEVIL, by Ronald L. Kohl

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Christians are at war with an enemy who delights in rendering believers powerless, ruining their testimonies, and destroying their lives. But are we taking Satan seriously? Are we on guard against his agenda? Here respected pastor-scholars shine the light of Scripture on our ancient foe and how he operates, equipping you to “resist the devil” in the power of Christ.

About the Author

Ronald L. Kohl is the senior pastor of Grace Bible Fellowship Church in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, and serves as chairman of the annual Quakertown Conference on Reformed Theology. He has extensive experience as a sports journalist, having written for two newspapers in southeastern Pennsylvania.

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SATAN. THE DEVIL. BEELZEBUB.

Our sworn enemy goes by many names. Scripture calls him our “adversary” who prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. He “doth seek to work us woe””¬‚¬”and our testimonies and lives hang in the balance.

Yet Christians are often ignorant of his plans, power, and even presence, and are easily caught off guard. Are we taking Satan seriously? Do we know how to stand firm against the prince of this world?

Here, respected pastor-scholars shine the light of Scripture on our ancient foe, identifying who he is, explaining how he operates, exposing his deceit, and celebrating his final demise. They will equip you to more fully understand the war we are engaged in and how you can “resist the devil” in the power of Christ.

R. Kent Hughes: Satan in the Garden
Thomas J. Nettles: Knowing Satan
Ronald L. Kohl: Malevolent Methodology
Derek W. H. Thomas: The World, the Flesh, and the Devil
Roger Nicole: Conflict with Evil
R. Kent Hughes: Deliverance from the Evil One
Joel R. Beeke: Persevering in Satan’s Sieve
Thomas J. Nettles: The Final Demise
Sinclair Ferguson: All Things New

Each year, the Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology presents speakers and subjects to strengthen the church’s faith. This carefully edited selection concentrates on our knowledge of and resistance against Satan.

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Our Ancient Foe: The History, Activity, and Demise of the Devil

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 168 pages

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Book Notice: GOD FOR US: DISCOVERING THE HEART OF THE FATHER THROUGH THE LIFE OF THE SON, by Abby Ross Hutto

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Is God really good?
Is he good to others?
Is he good to us?

And if the answer is yes, why does it often feel like he’s so far away?

God isn’t surprised by our wariness and distrust. But he has never been content to be misunderstood, either. John’s gospel tells us that God sent his Son to explain himself to us—to the distant, the wounded, the skeptical, the afflicted, the ashamed, the betrayed.

Walk with Abby as she follows Jesus through the book of John. In thirteen stories, we discover piece by piece, through Jesus, who God is—and we also see thirteen very different modern-day believers awake to these truths in their own lives. These personal and biblical stories, along with further Scripture and application and discussion questions, will show us that God is for us, not against us. He will draw our hearts back to himself.

About the Author

Abby Ross Hutto is the director of spiritual formation at Story Presbyterian Church in Westerville, Ohio. She also works as a group leader and trainer for Parakaleo, a nonprofit that comes alongside women in ministry. You can connect with Abby at godforusministries.com.

Endorsements

Scott Sauls:

Theologically sound . . . emotionally compelling.

Sara Wallace, Author, For the Love of Discipline:

A beacon of hope for anyone who has ever wondered if God’s love is enough. . . . Hutto shows us that no sin, struggle, or fear is beyond the power of the gospel. She has created a resource that can uniquely and individually bless people from all walks and stages of life.

Karen Hodge, Coordinator of Women’s Ministries, Presbyterian Church in America:

Abby’s genuine love for God’s beloved boy Jesus Christ imprints every page.

Ellen Dykas, Women’s Ministry Coordinator, Harvest USA:

A unique book that will comfort, challenge, and compel you. . . . I commend this book to all who need help understanding our God’s loving heart.

Kevin Heckathorn, Pastor, Johnstown Presbyterian Church, Johnstown, Ohio; Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, Directions Counseling:

God for Us is a refreshingly honest look at how the challenges we face in life can overwhelm us and severely taint our view of God. With masterful grace and vulnerability, Abby draws us into these painful places and reveals how an embattled heart can find its way back into the arms of a God who has always loved us deeply and without end. I will read and recommend this book many times over.

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God for Us: Discovering the Heart of the Father through the Life of the Son

P&R Publishing, 2019 | 216 pages

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Book Notice: 6 WAYS THE OLD TESTAMENT SPEAKS TODAY: AN INTERACTIVE GUIDE, by Alec Motyer

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What does the Old Testament have to do with us today?

To many of us, the Old Testament can seem distant, foreign, and confusing, with difficult language and events disconnected from our present-day lives. But with a little guidance, it is quickly evident that the Old Testament still speaks today.

In this engaging book, late pastor-theologian Alec Motyer leads us to discover the everyday significance of six key themes that resonate throughout the Old Testament: history, religion, worship, prophecy, wisdom, and theology. Each chapter focuses on one theme, featuring a week’s worth of Scripture readings paired with accessible commentary on the biblical text. Clear, accessible, and warmly pastoral, this book will help you see what this collection of ancient texts from the past has to do with our day-to-day lives in the present.

About the Author

Alec Motyer (1924–2016) served as principal of Trinity Theological College in the United Kingdom, as well as pastor of several churches in England.

Praise for 6 WAYS THE OLD TESTAMENT SPEAKS TODAY

Derek W. H. Thomas, Senior Minister, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

I have lost count of the number of times I have read this book. Priceless wisdom and exquisite summaries of Old Testament genres, with the added bonus of Motyer’s wit and wisdom, make this book a treasure indeed.

Sinclair B. Ferguson, Chancellor’s Professor of Systematic Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary; Teaching Fellow, Ligonier Ministries:

Alec Motyer was both a princely man and a prince among Old Testament theologians, teachers, and authors. Devout and witty, scholarly and accessible, theological and commonsensical, God-honoring and Christ-centered, Spirit-illuminated and practical—he seemed to sprinkle gold dust on every page he wrote. And from seminary-trained leaders to the youngest believer, every reader can share his generosity by a little digging into 6 Ways the Old Testament Speaks Today.

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6 Ways the Old Testament Speaks Today: An Interactive Guide

Crossway, 2018 | 240 pages

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A Glorious New Passover Exodus
by John Dunn

As a pastor convinced that Christ is the apex of God’s revelation, the “be all end all” of redemptive history, I crave to lead my people to reading material in keeping with this exalted view of Christ. In this penetrating work, John Dunn displays a robust Christology, and supplies a nourishing, green pasture upon which my people can graze. I will joyfully commend this work to my church. And I whole heartedly commend it to you as well. As you read to your profit, your heart will leap in praise as John expounds Jesus as the New Covenant Exodus!
Pastor Todd Braye
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church, Blackie, Alberta, Canada

In the tradition of Gentry, Wellum, Goldsworthy, Hamilton, the Dennisons, Beale and Heather Kendall, John Dunn has provided us with a thorough understanding of the big story of the Bible via the theme of New Covenant/ New Exodus and the result is a study in the centrality of Christ throughout the Scriptures culminating in the glories of the New Covenant. It is definitely a worthy addition to the corpus of texts concerning Biblical Theology, a discipline of study that in recent years is gaining a more prominent place in understanding the Scriptures.
Pastor Joseph Krygier
New Covenant Baptist Fellowship Evans NY

For those who have yet to become familiar with a more fully developed Christocentric reading of all Scripture, John Dunn succinctly captures such here. He handily demonstrates why a New Covenant/New Exodus perspective on the whole of Scripture is critical to our seeing all things biblical in the light ofChrist’s countenance. In setting forth this New Exodus framework, John’s exegetical labors provide us a puzzle-box-top, whereby the pieces readily fit into place, and without extra-biblical manipulation. What we have here in New Exodus is an unpacking of John 1:14,17; wherein the Word, full of grace and truth, becomes flesh. A Word that was revealed in Mosaic shadows has now come forth in the Glory of the Son!
Matthew Morizio
Bible Teacher, NY

The original exodus painted a picture of the exodus Christ leads us on from sin and death. Dunn provides a poetic and deeply Christ-centered view of the more glorious exodus which we longingly look foward to.
Pastor/Elder Edwin W. Trefzger III
Evangelical Church of Fairport, NY

Warning! This study is for heavy lifters only. But if you love to search through God’s Word to see more of Jesus our Covenant King then prepare your heart and mind to do some serious Bible Study. From beginning to end this study is Christ centered and Christ exalting. Be refreshed in Christ!
Pastor Moe Bergeron
Sovereign Grace Fellowship, Boscawen NH

Fourth Update: MLK50: Thabiti Anyabwile, TGC, and the ERLC of the SBC. A Bibliography.

MLK50: Thabiti Anyabwile, TGC, and the ERLC of the SBC

~ A Bibliography ~


Editor’s Note:

Many thanks again to our good friend Jack Jeffery our favorite bibliographer! for helping us track yet another online discussion. We hope this will help you keep up!


Recent:[1]

Back Story:

2013 — on the subject of Douglas Wilson, Black & Tan: A Collection of Essays and Excursions on Slavery, Culture War, and Scripture in America (Moscow, ID: Canon, 2005)[4]

2016 – on the subjects of moral choices and race in the Presidential election

Compiled by:

John T. “Jack” Jeffery
Pastor, Wayside Gospel Chapel
Greentown, PA
9-12 APR 2018
Soli Deo Gloria

Revised:

13 APR 2018
16-19 APR 2018
30 APR 2018


[1] By Recent” is meant the 3-4 APR 2018 MLK50 conference documented in the first entry, and subsequent interaction precipitated by that conference. Related posts from 2013 and 2016 are included under “Back Story” below.

[2] Linked to J. D. Hall’s Polemics Report at http://polemicsreport.com/.

[3] Linked to J. D. Hall’s Polemics Report at http://polemicsreport.com/.

[4] This is the abstract of Duncan’s preconference talk at T4G 2018. Source: “Ligon Duncan” on Twitter at https://twitter.com/LigonDuncan/status/989962248746622976 [accessed 28 APR 2018]. The abstract contains an extensive list of resources including links to online material, books, essays, articles, documents, resolutions, and videos. The audio (39:49; 36 mb) is on T4G at http://t4g.org/media/2018/04/19th-century-defending-faith-denying-image/ [accessed 28 APR 2018].

[5] Also involved in this discussion is the volume that Thabiti Anyabwile refers to as the “prequel”: Douglas Wilson, and Steve Wilkins, Southern Slavery: As It Was (Moscow, ID: Canon, 1996). Thabiti’s reference to this as the prequel is in his “A Black and Tan Round-Up” (2 APR 2013), on The Gospel Coalition at https://www.thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabiti-anyabwile/a-black-and-tan-round-up/ [accessed 10 APR 2018].

[6] Wilson begins this post with “This is the fourth post in a series of four posts on race and reconciliation.” It is unclear to the compiler of this bibliography what posts constitute the first three after searching Wilson’s blog with the tag “Retractions,” and the subject of “race and reconciliation.”

Book Notice: THE WAGES OF SPIN: CRITICAL WRITINGS ON HISTORICAL AND CONTEMPORARY EVANGELICALISM, by Carl Trueman

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Carl Trueman doesn’t know how to write a boring sentence. He is insightful, and his essays are consistently stimulating – even when it hurts. In these chapters Trueman addresses an array of issues of fundamental significance. His concern is to preserve the evangelical faith at its best (rather than its often-popular superficiality), and his zeal for it is contagious. In the words of Melvin Tinker,

Dr. Trueman has the wit of a modern day evangelical Chesterton, the prophetic insight of a Francis Schaeffer and the accessibility of a John Stott. This is a book to read and re-read. It is a very much needed “tract for our times.”

Delightful, provocative reading. Highly recommended.

From Trueman’s Introduction

All of the essays and shorter pieces in this volume are drawn from the work I have done over the last five or six years for various evangelical groups in Great Britain and Europe, and they therefore represent something of an eclectic mix, dealing with issues from television to worship. If they have a unity it is perhaps that provided either by my concern to avoid selling out our evangelical birthright to every wind of cultural criticism or trendy new idea that comes our way – I am convinced that Christianity, as an historical religion, needs to listen very carefully to its history in order to build on past strengths and avoid repetition of past mistakes – or by my desire always to provoke readers not only into thinking for themselves but, above all, into having an opinion about things that matter. Too many today sit on the moral and theological fence; too few have any strong opinions about anything. That is why so often theological and ecclesiastical discussion in evangelical circles goes by default, with nobody having clear enough convictions about anything to engage in real discussion. This is not helped, of course, by the increasing tendency in evangelical circles to ape American linguini-spine culture and to regard disagreement with anyone on anything in our allegedly postmodern world as always inherently oppressive. Some evangelicals, indeed, seem to think that the whole point of having a debate is – well, just to have a debate, a conversation, and then to agree to differ as we all sit around having a mutually affirming, self-congratulatory love-fest. I say that such a view is total rubbish. As the late Frankie Howerd would have said, ‘Nay, nay, thrice nay!’ The point of a debate, as Paul so clearly demonstrates time and again in the Book of Acts, is to establish which position is best; and yes, I for one am still so hopelessly in thrall to modernism, as my relativist critics will no doubt allege, as to believe that some positions (e.g., sacrificing my children to Molech) are not as good as others (e.g., bringing them up to love and fear the Lord), no matter where you may be in the world, and no matter to which culture you happen to belong. That is why I write the way I do – love what I say, hate what I say, either are acceptable responses; but please try not to be indifferent to what I say. Indifference, the plague of modern Western culture in general and evangelicalism in particular, is at best the result of intellectual laziness, at worst a sign of moral abdication…. Yet, for all of the lacunae I now see as I reread them, I still basically stand by what these pieces essentially say; and I still think a combination of plain speaking, occasional over-statement, and black humour is the best way to provoke people to think for themselves. It has always served me well in the classroom; I hope it does so here.

Table of Contents

Part One:  Evangelical Essays

  1. Reckoning with the Past in an Anti-Historical Age
  2. The Undoing of the Reformation?
  3. Theology and the Church: Divorce or Remarriage?
  4. The Princeton Trajectory on Scripture: A Clarification and a Proposal
  5. The Glory of Christ: B. B. Warfield on Jesus of Nazareth
  6. Is the Finnish Line a New Beginning? A Critical Assessment of the Reading of Luther Offered by the Helsinki Circle

Part Two:  Short, Sharp Shocks

  1. The Importance of Evangelical Beliefs
  2. What Can Miserable Christians Sing?
  3. The Marcions Have Landed!
  4. A Revolutionary Balancing Act Or: Why our theology needs to be a little less biblical
  5. Boring Ourselves to Life
  6. Why You Shouldn’t Buy the Big Issue

Postscript: Evangelicalism Through the Looking Glass. A Fairy Tale

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The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historical and Contemporary Evangelicalism

Mentor, 2011 | 192 pages

Book Notice: HISTORIC CHRISTIANITY AND THE FEDERAL VISION: A THEOLOGICAL ANALYSIS AND PRACTICAL EVALUATION, by Dewey Roberts

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Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision by Dewey Roberts is a response to a new twist on the old problem of legalism and a defense of the unchanging gospel. The Federal Vision teaches salvation by both moral works and ceremonial works. It is leading the church back into Catholicism and the views opposed by the Protestant reformers. The author carefully exposes and dismantles the views of the Federal Vision in twenty-two distinct chapters. The false teachings of the Federal Vision on regeneration, grace, baptism, justification by faith, perseverance, election, and several others are elucidated herein.

Dr. R. C. Sproul:

This is a marvelous critique of the Federal Vision heresy and an outstanding piece of writing.

Geoffrey B. Thomas, Pastor, Alfred Place Baptist Church, Wales:

The armies are at the gates of the City of God today. But there are watchmen awake and alert who have not been bought by the smiles of the enemies. So this book is essential and gripping reading.

Michael A. Milton, Ph.D.:

The power of the Federal Vision has been that it has drawn extraordinarily gifted ministers, many of them being young ministers, filled with commendable enthusiasm for the things of God, as well as hard-working older shepherds who have grown understandably discontent with the vacuous pop-worship and dry-creek-bed-evangelicalism of the day. I am thankful to commend this book. Dewey, is the right man at the right time to shed Gospel light on the shadows encircling the question and subsidiary questions of the Federal Vision.

Find out more and read a sample chapter HERE.

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Historic Christianity and the Federal Vision: A Theological Analysis and Practical Evaluation

Great Writing, 2016 | 420 pages

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Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life SATURATE: BEING DISCIPLES OF JESUS IN THE EVERYDAY STUFF OF LIFE, by Jeff Vanderstelt
Saturate: Being Disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life Jeff Vanderstelt Crossway, 2015 233 pages (Paperback) (Kindle) A Book Summary from Books At a Glance. About the Au […] Continue Reading
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Genesis: History, Fiction, or Neither? GENESIS: HISTORY, FICTION, OR NEITHER? THREE VIEWS ON THE BIBLE’S EARLIEST CHAPTERS, by James Hoffmeier, Gordon Wenham, and Kenton Sparks
The Zondervan Counterpoints series offers readers a valuable resource for evaluating difficult passages and subjects. The strength of the series is that each position is argued by a scholar who is committed to it. This avoids straw-man arguments or one author attempting to fairly represent various positions. In Genesis: History, Fi […] Continue Reading
Dignity and Destiny DIGNITY AND DESTINY: HUMANITY IN THE IMAGE OF GOD, by John Kilner
Misconceptions about what it truly means to be created in the imago Dei, or image of God, abound. Though this doctrine is a central tenet of Judeo-Christian theology, it is pierced with gross misinterpretations and misapplications. The doctrine has been applied callously throughout history to wreak havoc on individuals. In his book […] Continue Reading
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Carl Biehl Interview with Craig Biehl, author of THE INFINITE MERIT OF CHRIST: THE GLORY OF CHRIST’S OBEDIENCE IN THE THEOLOGY OF JONATHAN EDWARDS
Jonathan Edwards (1703-58) has remained a figure of towering significance in historical theology, but his influence has surged again in recent years – and for good reason. Our friend Dr. Craig Biehl is an avid student of Edwards, and he’s with us today to talk about his very timely work, The Infinite Merit of Chris […] Continue Reading
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Chance and the Sovereignty of God Concluding Excerpt from CHANCE AND THE SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD: A GOD-CENTERED APPROACH TO PROBABILITY AND RANDOM EVENTS, by Vern Poythress
Every day in our lives, we live in the midst of regularities on which we depend. The sun rises. Our hearts beat. We breathe air. The cells in our body maintain defenses against infection. Our stomachs and intestines digest food. Our phones function. We are relying on God, who governs the world by his faithfulness, in accordance with his […] Continue Reading
Gospel of Glory GOSPEL OF GLORY: MAJOR THEMES IN JOHANNINE THEOLOGY, by Richard Bauckham
The distinctiveness of John’s Gospel has been recognized by Christians since the beginning, and its various emphases and theological themes have been eagerly explored. In his new Gospel of Glory noted New Testament scholar Richard Bauckham (senior scholar at Ridley Hall, Cambridge) explores some neglected and some d […] Continue Reading
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Books at a Glance August 8, 2015

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Hi, I’m Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance. If you are anything at all like me, books are a huge part of your life. King Solomon famously said that of the making of many books there is no end – but somehow we are okay with that. What a wonderful medium of communication and learning books are! But there is the frustration of keeping up. And there is the frustration of selection – knowing which books to buy next. Books at a Glance was created to help with just these frustrations. Our staff keeps up with all the newest and best in Christian publishing in order to keep our members informed and up to date. Much more than a book review service, we summarize the contents and thought of each book, so that you can digest a book in minutes. Each summary is an accurate and comprehensive yet brief and concise presentation of the entire book, chapter by chapter, delivered directly to your computer, iPad, or cell phone every week. And in just minutes you will become acquainted with the contents and arguments of each new book. Books at a Glance distinguishes itself as a book summary service that focuses on the newest and the best of Christian publications. Along with these summaries we also provide: book reviews, author interviews, author blogs, etc. In all, we trust this will be a site of real value for you. Check us out. We are excited about our work, and I think you will be too. Blessings, Fred Zaspel

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If you haven’t seen this new series from Crossway yet with Goldsworthy’s volume on the Son of God and the New Creation, make sure you check it out, or read our summary! There are too many resources to name from this week, so take a glance below.

Book Summary
The Son of God and the New Creation Summary of THE SON OF GOD AND THE NEW CREATION by Graeme Goldsworthy
The Son of God and the New Creation (Short Studies in Biblical Theology series) Graeme Goldsworthy Crossway, 2015 144 pages (Paperback) (Kindle) A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance. About the Author Graeme Goldsworthy (PhD, Union Presb […] Continue Reading
Author Interview
The German Roots of 19th Century American Theology Interview with Annette G. Aubert, author of THE GERMAN ROOTS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN THEOLOGY, Part 1
It would be difficult to overstate the significance of Germany on 19th century American theology, and Annette Aubert (PhD in Historical Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary) has given us a wonderful accounting of it in her The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology. She begins broad and then focuses on […] Continue Reading
Interview with Annette G. Aubert, author of THE GERMAN ROOTS OF NINETEENTH-CENTURY AMERICAN THEOLOGY, Part 2
Today we continue our discussion with Dr. Annette Aubert concerning her important work, The German Roots of Nineteenth-Century American Theology. If you missed part 1 of this interview you can catch up with it here. Books At a Glance: Most of our readers will be at least somewhat acquainted with Charles […] Continue Reading
Book Review
Power and Purpose POWER AND PURPOSE: PAUL RAMSEY AND CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN POLITICAL THEOLOGY, by Adam Hollowell
Adam Edward Hollowell serves as adjunct professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University and director of student ministry at Duke University Chapel. This book is a revision of Hollowell’s doctoral dissertation, completed under Oliver O’Donovan at the University of Edinburgh. At the start he observes that & […] Continue Reading
The Text of the Old Testament THE TEXT OF THE OLD TESTAMENT: AN INTRODUCTION TO BIBLIA HEBRAICA, THIRD EDITION, by Ernst Wurthwein and A. A. Fischer
Sound biblical exegesis requires that we know something about many different things: the historical and literary contexts of the passage, the genre, the structure, and the significance of certain details. Before we consider those issues, however, there is the question of the text itself. The more we understand where our Bible came […] Continue Reading
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In Christ: In Him together for the World IN CHRIST: IN HIM TOGETHER FOR THE WORLD, by Steve Timmis and Christopher de la Hoyde
Our generation is learning afresh the rich significance of the doctrine of union with Christ. Our union with Christ through faith by the Spirit is the hub of every saving blessing. Our regeneration, adoption, justification, sanctification, preservation, perseverance, resurrection, glorification – all these come to us only bec […] Continue Reading
God's Love Compels Us GOD’S LOVE COMPELS US: TAKING THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD, eds. D. A. Carson and Kathleen Nielson
One of the most encouraging signs in recent years of God’s hand of blessing has been the surprising number of serious students who are coming forward for theological training. Students often come through seminaries in distinguishable waves, and many of us who have been teachers for a few decades gladly testify that the cur­ren […] Continue Reading
How Should We Develop Biblical Friendship HOW SHOULD WE DEVELOP BIBLICAL FRIENDSHIP? By Joel Beeke and Michael Haykin
Contemporary life is crowded, and we probably do not consider friendship as seriously as we ought or value it as highly as it deserves. It was important enough for men such as Plato and Aristotle to address it in depth, and it was treasured by giants in the church also – perhaps most famously, Augustine. And you just may be […] Continue Reading
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Books at a Glance August 1, 2015

Learn More About Books at a Glance ♦
Hi, I’m Fred Zaspel, editor at Books at a Glance. If you are anything at all like me, books are a huge part of your life. King Solomon famously said that of the making of many books there is no end – but somehow we are okay with that. What a wonderful medium of communication and learning books are! But there is the frustration of keeping up. And there is the frustration of selection – knowing which books to buy next. Books at a Glance was created to help with just these frustrations. Our staff keeps up with all the newest and best in Christian publishing in order to keep our members informed and up to date. Much more than a book review service, we summarize the contents and thought of each book, so that you can digest a book in minutes. Each summary is an accurate and comprehensive yet brief and concise presentation of the entire book, chapter by chapter, delivered directly to your computer, iPad, or cell phone every week. And in just minutes you will become acquainted with the contents and arguments of each new book. Books at a Glance distinguishes itself as a book summary service that focuses on the newest and the best of Christian publications. Along with these summaries we also provide: book reviews, author interviews, author blogs, etc. In all, we trust this will be a site of real value for you. Check us out. We are excited about our work, and I think you will be too. Blessings, Fred Zaspel

Greetings from Books At a Glance!

Our summary for the week was on the problem of good (that’s right, not the problem of evil). We have a storehouse of other great resources in case you missed them, including a big sale on Exegetical Tools’ Colossians Greek Reading Videos. Check it all out below!

Book Summary
 The Problem of Good THE PROBLEM OF GOOD: WHEN THE WORLD SEEMS FINE WITHOUT GOD, ed. D. Marion Clark
The Problem of Good: When the World Seems Fine Without God D. Marion Clark, ed. P&R, 2014 159 pages (Paperback) (Kindle) A Book Summary from Books At a Glance. About the Editor D. Marion […] Continue Reading
Author Interview
Andreas Kostenberger Interview with Andreas and Margaret Kostenberger, authors of GOD’S DESIGN FOR MAN AND WOMAN: A BIBLICAL-THEOLOGICAL SURVEY
Each generation has its own issues that rise to the fore, and surely “gender questions” would rank high on anyone’s list. It’s odd, in a way, because these questions are so foundational to life and who we are – we might think that questions so essential have long been settled! But of course in a fallen […] Continue Reading
Author Interview
The Happy Christian Interview with David Murray, author of HAPPY CHRISTIAN: TEN WAYS TO BE A JOYFUL BELIEVER IN A GLOOMY WORLD
The “Positive Mental Attitude” craze some years back always struck me as having a particularly shallow ring to it. The “Just be happy!” happiness it appeared to foster seemed artificial. But then those grumpy and forlorn Christians (sorry, I don’t know how better to describe them) certainly didn’t off […] Continue Reading
Book Review
The Authority of the Gospel THE AUTHORITY OF THE GOSPEL: EXPLORATIONS IN MORAL AND POLITICAL THEOLOGY IN HONOR OF OLIVER O’DONOVAN, eds. Robert Song and Brent Waters
Oliver O’Donovan has rightly earned a reputation as “one of the pre-eminent Protestant Christian ethicists of the present time” (xi). His Resurrection and Moral Order, Desire of the Nations, and Ways of Judgment demonstrate his significance, as do the first two volumes of his three-volume Ethic […] Continue Reading
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 50% Off Colossians Greek Reading Videos on Sale 50% Off
We highlighted before a great Greek resource from Exegetical Tools, their Colossians Greek Reading Videos. You can find a full description of them here, but essentially they walk you through translating the entire book of Colossians in videos that cover 3-5 verses in 20 minutes or so. They are aimed at people with intermediate Gree […] Continue Reading
Designed For Joy DESIGNED FOR JOY: HOW THE GOSPEL IMPACTS MEN AND WOMEN, IDENTITY AND PRACTICE, eds. Jonathan Parnell and Owen Strachan
As our culture rushes away from its traditional – not to mention Christian – moorings with regard to all things gender-related it becomes increasingly important for us to have a clear understanding of God’s intentions in creating humanity male and female. I expect that we will see a growing number of boo […] Continue Reading
For The Least of These FOR THE LEAST OF THESE: A BIBLICAL ANSWER TO POVERTY, ed. Anne Bradley and Arthur Lindsley
Wayne Grudem says of this work: “This valuable volume provides solutions to poverty that really work… It contains a wide range of practical and biblical insights from the accumulated wisdom of experts.” In For the Least of These, Anne Bradley and Art Lindsley bring together leading Christian economists, […] Continue Reading
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