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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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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CRUCIAL QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD, by George Eldon Ladd

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Steve West   About the Author George Eldon Ladd was a biblical scholar who specialized in New Testament theology. His writings on eschatology and the nature of the kingdom of…

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Interview with Michael Horton, author of JUSTIFICATION, 2 VOLUMES (NEW STUDIES IN DOGMATICS)

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BEYOND CHAPTER AND VERSE: THE THEOLOGY AND PRACTICE OF BIBLICAL APPLICATION, by Ken Casillas

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GOD’S WISDOM (MAKING HIM KNOWN), by Sally Michael

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Book Notice: PASSIONS OF THE HEART: BIBLICAL COUNSEL FOR STUBBORN SEXUAL SINS, by John D. Street

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Enticed by rage, sensuality, or pride, anyone can become caught up in previously unimaginable acts. Experienced biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the heart idolatries that lead…

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

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Book Notice: PASSIONS OF THE HEART: BIBLICAL COUNSEL FOR STUBBORN SEXUAL SINS, by John D. Street

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Enticed by rage, sensuality, or pride, anyone can become caught up in previously unimaginable acts. Experienced biblical counselor John Street takes a hard look at the heart idolatries that lead even Christians to commit egregious sexual sin . . . showing how to bring lasting change by identifying the underlying motivations of the heart.

Here there is hope: any sin can be forgiven, and Christ gives men and women the grace to mortify fleshly desires and to humbly live for him.

About the Author

John D. Street (MDiv, Grand Rapids Theological Seminary; DMin, Westminster Theological Seminary) is chair of the graduate program in biblical counseling at The Master’s University and Seminary and president of the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors’ board of trustees.

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Dale Johnson, Executive Director, Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

Dr. Street applies his confidence in the Scriptures from years of experience counseling those entangled in sexual sin. There is hope, and Street makes clear and practical the path to biblical freedom.

Amy Baker, Instructor and Counselor, Faith Biblical Counseling Ministry:

John speaks with great wisdom and unpacks Scripture in a beautifully relevant way. I commend this excellent book to all those who struggle with stubborn sexual sins.

Jim Newheiser, Associate Professor of Practical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte:

John Street goes beyond ‘stop it’ to address the sometimes hidden or surprising inward motivations that lead to unrighteous expressions of passion. . . . He also offers practical wisdom for counselors . . . . An important resource that will help many to be set free.

Wayne Mack, Director, ACBC Africa:

Dr. John Street has done a marvelous job in writing a book that will assist pastors and others who counsel people struggling with various forms of sexual temptation. . . . I will heartily recommend it to my students and others who . . . desire a solid biblical understanding of this increasingly common problem.

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P&R Publishing, 2019 | 336 pages

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THE GOSPEL COMES WITH A HOUSE KEY, by Rosaria Butterfield

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Jeff Block   Introduction The Gospel Comes with a House Key is a clarion call to what the author calls “radically ordinary hospitality.” The book is written by Dr. Rosaria…

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THE LAMB WINS: A GUIDED TOUR THROUGH THE BOOK OF REVELATION, by Richard Bewes

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Book Notice: A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST: STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance   The book of Hebrews was written to magnify the greatness of our Savior and the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and who better than Martyn Lloyd-Jones to expound…

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Book Notice: MERE CALVINISM, by Jim Scott Orrick

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Book Notice: MERE CALVINISM, by Jim Scott Orrick

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WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT CALVINISM?

There are so many misconceptions about Calvinism that it is safe to say that even most Christians do not truly know what it teaches. You may have grown up in a Reformed church, or you may have heard about Calvinism mostly in arguments. Either way, it may surprise you to know that this belief has huge, and very positive, implications for a believer’s daily life!

Jim Orrick clears up misinformation about Calvinism and explains its basic yet profound ideas and teachings—using the Bible as the basis for everything he says.

Making use of relatable life illustrations, as well as an engaging, clear, and friendly style, he sets out the basics of what Calvinism teaches, explores each of the five points that summarize its positions, and addresses rebuttals and misunderstandings. Learn why the teachings of Calvinism not only matter, but can renew your trust and hope in the gospel!

About the Author

Jim Scott Orrick is professor at Boyce College in Louisville, Kentucky, as well as the author of A Year with George Herbert: A Guide to Fifty-Two of His Best Loved Poems.

Endorsements

Iain M. Duguid, Professor of Old Testament, Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia:

Some people make it sound as though you need a college degree to understand the Bible. Orrick presents profound theology in a simple, clear, and thoroughly scriptural way.

Thomas J. Nettles, Senior Professor of Historical Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky:

Has characteristics that stand out beyond . . . other worthy expositions. . . . Reads like a good story, incorporating a literary artfulness that is rare in this subject matter.

Mark Goldman, Senior Pastor, First Baptist Church, Herrin, Illinois:

Explains each doctrine with patience and clarity. . . . If you are looking for a clear explanation of Calvinism that is neither condescending nor overly academic, this book will greatly benefit you.

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P&R, 2019 | 224 pages

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Introducing Jonathan Carswell and 10ofThose Publishing

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Texting, tweeting, scrolling and flicking. Where do books belong when it’s screens that dominate and demand our attention all day long? I’m no different, and can often be found skimming through the latest news, blogs and chatter on my phone. But I’m wholly convinced that we need books. As Christians, books can feed us, fuel us, and build us up and critically they can reach the perishing millions around us, in ways that the latest thread or blog never will.

As a dyslexic who struggled to finish any book before I became a Christian at age sixteen, it might surprise you that I am so passionate for books, and physical ones at that.

The first book I ever finished was Roger Steer’s brilliant biography of Hudson Taylor (the English missionary to China). The book it still resonates with me now as I remember the impact of seeing his life unfold through its pages.

My conviction that we still need books stems from the fact that we are people of the Book. God has chosen to communicate with us through His written word made living and active by His powerful Spirit. If we really understand that, then reading is a necessary and natural thing for Christians to do. As Al Mohler says, ‘The electronic media have their places … nevertheless, the electronic screen is not the venue for lengthy, thoughtful, serious reading … and the Christian should be a serious reader.’

Jonathan Carswell, CEO 10ofthose.com

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It was while I was a Youth Pastor in Northern Ireland that I began selling Christian books as a hobby. It was distressing me to see damaging heresy dominating the bestsellers’ lists. So, from my little bedroom in my flat, I tried to do something about it! I began buying a few titles that I knew held to the Bible (three at first). I bought them in big numbers – 1000 of each – and got them at a super knock-down price. I then sold them to individuals and churches in packs of 10, making a little margin on each to pay for the next batch I’d buy. They all sold in a week, and www.10ofthose.com was born!

Twelve years on and God has been so kind to us. Today, 10ofthose.com sells over 1.5million resources a year and uses its profits to supply ministries around the world with resources they wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford.

Our range has grown (we have around 8,000 titles now) but the process is still the same. We handpick what we sell, so we know it holds to the Bible. We ensure the range is accessible, readable and engaging, and then we make them as low-cost as possible, so more resources can go out. You don’t have to buy 10, but the more you buy the cheaper it gets!

Our endeavors spring from the desire to get Christians, and non-Christians, reading good, biblical books that point them to Jesus. I want people to grow in their love and knowledge of the Lord Jesus, and I’m persuaded that books are one of the ways that God uses to allow that to happen.

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Hard work

I still don’t find reading easy (most people don’t), and I have to discipline myself to put the phone down and pick up a book (most people do). But I know that I always benefit from it. Whether it’s a biography of someone who has walked the Christian life before us, devotions that fuel my daily readings or writing that helps me grapple with some theological knottiness … reading works. We all read at different paces, in different contexts (with their various distractions!) and with different preferences, but it makes sense that God has designed us to be readers. That must be true at some level because He has given us a written book, and He doesn’t make mistakes!

Help me read more

Maybe you’re convinced, but could do with a few tips to help you get off the ground. Here are a few thoughts:

  • Keep it simple and don’t be too ambitious: Don’t think you have to pick up the thickest, most complex book to benefit – the long ones can be helpful too but you can build up to them rather than starting with them and being defeated within a few days. Short books can be just as good as long books. As John Piper says, ‘Books don’t change people, paragraphs do, sometimes even sentences.’ Plan to read for a few minutes at a time, and gradually build up to longer stints. Don’t expect to suddenly be able to read for two hours having only ever managed ten minutes before.
  • Stay balanced: there are a great variety of books out there. Not all do the same thing, and just as we need a balanced diet, balance in reading is a worthy thing. Read a good mix of biographies, devotional books, those that engage with relevant issues, as well as those that cover evangelism and training.
  • Pass it on: when you’ve read a book, why not pass it on to someone else? Maybe even get someone else to read it, and see if you can chat about it over a coffee one day. Maybe you could send a book to a mission partner overseas? Or someone in your church family? Books can also be a brilliant evangelistic tool. You’ll be amazed how well a book can be received when given prayerfully and cheerfully.

While I’m endlessly enthusiastic for Christian books and their value in our spiritual lives, reading books is not to be at the expense of reading The Book. ‘Bring me my books!’ said Paul, but it’s God’s word alone that brings life. It’s books alongside the Bible – it’s books that help us engage with His word and help us to see Jesus more clearly as we journey along in our Christian lives.

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Finally, but critically

The reason I love physical books most of all, is that they can say things, and at times go places, that I otherwise wouldn’t be able to do. Let me explain.

I’m always trying to look for opportunities to talk to my neighbor about Jesus. He isn’t yet a Christian and I want that to change! Sometimes our conversations turn to gospel things, but it can be hard. I’m hesitant; nervous I will offend. But if I am able to give him a book, (e.g. The Case for Christ; Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus; or Why Trust the Bible?) the book can perhaps say things I can’t.

Say I get chatting with some buddies at soccer practice and the conversation turns to Jesus. My friends may be reluctant to talk openly in front of their friends for fear of embarrassment, or not wanting to look too keen. If I’m able to give them an evangelistic book though, then the book can speak to them at a time when I can’t – when they are alone at home perhaps.

A book can also speak to them at a time when I can’t. Our lives are crazy busy and finding time to read can be hard. It’s true for our non-Christian friends too. Sadly, we can’t go on vacation to the beach with them – when they might have more time to consider the big issues of life. But before they leave, if we give them a book, they can read it at a time that suits them, when they have more time … and who knows what may happen.

I firmly believe that books that point people to Jesus change lives. It’s why I’m passionate about people reading good books. It’s why I believe we should use books (and tracts) evangelistically. Why not pick up a gospel book … give a gospel book … and as you do, pray it would change a life.

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Book Notice: A MERCIFUL AND FAITHFUL HIGH PRIEST: STUDIES IN THE BOOK OF HEBREWS, by D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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The book of Hebrews was written to magnify the greatness of our Savior and the importance of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and who better than Martyn Lloyd-Jones to expound such a great theme?

In nineteen sermons, late pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones unfolds the riches and beauties of the gospel message found throughout this unique book of the Bible. Using examples and illustrations that remain relevant today, he seamlessly connects the truths found in the book of Hebrews to the whole scope of God’s Word as he exhorts us to hold fast to our salvation and live according to the truth of the gospel.

Table of Contents

1 Salvation—The Greatest Need (Heb. 2:1–4)
2 God’s Only Way of Escape (Heb. 2:1–4)
3 The Authority of the Gospel (Heb. 2:1–4)
4 Why Salvation Is Great (Heb. 2:1–4)
5 The Purpose of His Coming (Heb. 2:1–4)
6 His Death for Us (Heb. 2:8b–9b)
7 Two Views, Two Destinies (Heb. 2:8b–9a)
8 Not Ashamed of His Brethren (Heb. 2:9)
9 So Great Salvation (Heb. 2:10)
10 The Brethren (Heb. 2:11)
11 Fully God, Fully Man (Heb. 2:14)
12 Our Faithful, Unchanging High Priest (Heb. 2:17–18)
13 Full Maturity (Heb. 6:1–3)
14 The Pattern (Hebrews 8:1–5)
15 God’s Own People (Heb. 9:1–4)
16 Avoiding the Judgment to Come (Heb. 11:7)
17 If God Be for Us . . . (Heb. 11:8)
18 The Two Views (Heb. 11:13)
19 Unashamed of Their God (Heb. 11:16)

A marvelous contribution to the study of this epistle.

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A Merciful and Faithful High Priest: Studies in the Book of Hebrews

Crossway, 2017 | 224 pages

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Book Notice: BROKEN PIECES AND THE GOD WHO MENDS THEM: SCHIZOPHRENIA THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES, by Simonetta Carr

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When a son, sister or grandchild begins behaving in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it may simply be a phase. For some, it is instead a lifetime illness – schizophrenia – which can bring shock, fear, and worry to everyone involved. In the midst of the numerous challenges, hope doesn’t have to die.

From the Introduction:

This is not a ‘how-to’ book. In fact, it might very well be a ‘how-not-to’ book.
Caring for someone with mental illness is always difficult. I venture to say this is particularly true when your loved one has schizophrenia, because the person you have known for so long is often gone, and you are left with a stranger no one has taught you how to understand and love.
With this book, I am hoping to encourage other parents and relatives of people living with schizophrenia and possibly with other mental illnesses—regardless of their religious convictions—as they keep reading, finding resources, and seeking help.

About the Author

Simonetta Carr was born in Italy and has lived and worked in different cultures. She worked first as an elementary school teacher and then as a home-schooling mother for many years. The author of a number of books, including the award-winning series Christian Biographies for Young Readers, she writes a regular column, “Cloud of Witnesses,” for the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, has contributed to newspapers and magazines around the world, and has translated the works of several authors from English into Italian and vice versa. She lives in San Diego with her family, where she is a member and Sunday school teacher at Christ United Reformed Church.

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Richard Winter, Psychotherapist; Professor Emeritus of Applied Theology and Counseling, Covenant Theological Seminary:

By far the best book I have encountered . . . on a controversial topic. A great resource for families, students, and professionals.

David Murray, Professor of Old Testament and Practical Theology, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary; Author, Christians Get Depressed Too:

The most honest and deeply moving Christian book I’ve read in a long time. . . . Opens the door of hope and help for other families by sharing . . . hard-won knowledge and resources.

Brooke Ventura, Assistant Editor, Modern Reformation:

The most inspiring story I’ve ever read. . . . A story of how God’s grace and love really can and do sustain his people.

Jonathan Aitken, Former UK Cabinet Minister; Author, John Newton: From Disgrace to Amazing Grace:

Carr writes powerfully and movingly. . . . This book is an essential resource and guide for anyone living with or around schizophrenia.

Mark Stephenson, Director of Disability Concerns, Christian Reformed Church in North America:

Parents . . . will find a fellow traveler who tells her story and provides wisdom and even hope that God is faithful in the darkest circumstances.

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Broken Pieces and the God Who Mends Them: Schizophrenia through a Mother’s Eyes

P&R, 2019 | 368 pages

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Weekly Recap, March 9

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THE CHRISTIAN LIFE: A DOCTRINAL INTRODUCTION, by Sinclair B. Ferguson

A Brief Book Summary from Books At a Glance By Benjamin Montoya   Introduction   The Christian life depends on doctrine. There are key doctrines that inform what it means, how it is lived, where it is headed, and much…

Author Interview:

Interview with Craig Blomberg, author of A NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY

An Author Interview from Books At a Glance   Greetings – I’m Fred Zaspel, and welcome to another Author Interview here at Books At a Glance. If you keep up at all with biblical and theological studies you can’t help…

Book Review:

TYNDALE HOUSE GREEK NEW TESTAMENT, by Dirk Jongkind and Peter Williams

A Book Review from Books At a Glance Reviewed by Gary Shogren   For most students of the New Testament, the “received text” is the latest incarnation of Nestle-Aland – at this moment, the 28th edition (2012), which boasts an…

NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY OF NEW TESTAMENT THEOLOGY (NIDNTT, ABRIDGED EDITION), by Verlyn Verbrugge

A Book Review from Books At a Glance By Jeremiah Kinney   Have you ever noticed how many lists are in 2 Timothy? “Not cowardice but power, love, and a sound mind.”   “Flee youthful passions but follow after righteousness,…

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Board Books for Children by Rebecca VanDoodewaard

Board Books for Children Reviewed by Kristin Stiles   Rebecca VanDoodewaard’s new set of board books based on the lives of men and women of the faith is such a refreshing offering in the area of children’s Christian literature. Her…

THE BIBLE’S BIG STORY: SALVATION HISTORY FOR KIDS, by James M. Hamilton Jr.

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   Our friend Jim Hamilton (professor of Biblical Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) is not content teaching the Bible to seminarians. He wants to teach your children too. Hamilton, himself…

Book Notice: ESV CHILDREN’S BIBLE

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance By Fred Zaspel   After some checking around, this is the children’s Bible we’ve selected for our grandson. It’s really well done and suited very well for young children ages 5-10,…

Book Notice: EXPLORING THE BIBLE: A READING PLAN FOR KIDS, by David Murray

A Journey through the Bible for Kids   Reading the Bible is like taking a trip through God’s story, setting out to explore and experience the beautiful views found within. But without a map, it’s easy to get lost. Get…

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Book Notice: ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS: ESSAYS ON THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN HONOR OF GERALD L. PRIEST, edited by Allen Mickle, Michael A. G. Haykin, Ian Clary, Roy Paul

A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance Fred Zaspel   We are very pleased to announce the release of this new festschrift in honor of Dr. Gerald Priest. Dr. Priest, who served on the faculty of Detroit Baptist…

Book Notice: BROKEN PIECES AND THE GOD WHO MENDS THEM: SCHIZOPHRENIA THROUGH A MOTHER’S EYES, by Simonetta Carr

A Brief Book Notice from Books at a Glance   When a son, sister or grandchild begins behaving in unexpected and disturbing ways, family members hope it may simply be a phase. For some, it is instead a lifetime illness…

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Book Notice: ONCE FOR ALL DELIVERED TO THE SAINTS: ESSAYS ON THE HISTORY OF THE CHRISTIAN FAITH IN HONOR OF GERALD L. PRIEST, edited by Allen Mickle, Michael A. G. Haykin, Ian Clary, Roy Paul

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Fred Zaspel

We are very pleased to announce the release of this new festschrift in honor of Dr. Gerald Priest. Dr. Priest, who served on the faculty of Detroit Baptist Theological Seminary from 1988 until his retirement in 2010, taught numerous courses in homiletics and Bible exposition, but the focus of his teaching and writing ministry was in the field of church history. The editors (several of whom are longtime friends of Books At a Glance) and their team reflect this interest with a fine collection of essays on topics of interest to Priest.

Table of Contents

  1. A Biography of Gerald L. Priest (Kevin L. Priest)
  2. Publications of Gerald L. Priest
  3. “He Can Do It if He Will”: Jonathan Edwards, Inability, and the Theologians (John Aloisi)
  4. “He Went About Doing Good”: Eighteenth-Century Particular Baptists on the Necessity of Good Works (Michael A. G. Haykin)
  5. “To Declare the Whole Counsel of God”: Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) on Preaching (Allen R. Mickle, Jr.)
  6. “A Young Man’s Difficulty with His Bible”: Not My Father’s Faith (Jeff Straub)
  7. George Burman Foster: First Radical of the Chicago School (Van E. Carpenter)
  8. The Fundamentalist as Historian: The Civil War Histories of Clarence Macartney (Mark Sidwell)

An excellent collection of essays integrating themes of Church History and Historical Theology as well as Christian ministry and Christian living – a worthy honor to a faithful professor and minister of Christ.

Our hearty congratulations to Allen Mickle and team. Highly recommended.

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Once For All Delivered to the Saints: Essays on the History of the Christian Faith in Honor of Gerald L. Priest

Pickwick, 2019 | 146 pages

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