Hear Graham Veale Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/31/2014 @ 3 PM ET

New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham VealeChristian Focus author Graham Veale will be interviewed live Thursday July 31, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book New Atheism: A Survival Guide. You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download: LINK.

About the Book:
This summary of the arguments that dominate the current scene of thought unravels the philosophies behind modern popular and academic culture. Veale, a high school teacher, uses these arguments to motivate readers to stop and to think about their own direction and purpose, and ultimately, through consideration of the crucial questions, to find the vital answers.

About the Author:
Graham Veale is the head of the Religious Education department at the City of Armagh High School, Armagh, Northern Ireland and co-founded saintsandsceptics.org, a web ministry for apologetics. Graham has been married to Nicola for fifteen years and they have two children, Ben and Rebekah. They worship at Richhill Presbyterian Church in County Armagh.

Where to Buy:
New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham Veale is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Adrian Reynolds Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/30/2014 @ 3 PM ET

And so to Bed... A Biblical View of Sleep by Adrian ReynoldsChristian Focus author Adrian Reynolds will be interviewed live Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 3:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book And so to Bed…: A Biblical View of Sleep . You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download here: LINK.

About the Book:
Sleep is part of our created humanity, a good gift from God to be treasured and enjoyed; an earthly picture of a spiritual reality. In this reflection on sleep, Reynolds reflects on what the Bible has to say about sleep and rest, and how that can impact not only your night but your life. He includes his suggestions for turning off and enjoying rest.

Praise for And so to Bed…:

“Jesus slept. And so should we. But how? This book will send you to sleep – in a good way… eminently practical advice for the committed sleepers.”
-Joshua W. Moody ~ Senior Pastor of College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

“Beautifully written and biblically informed – this little volume makes… great bedtime reading.”
-Richard Underwood ~ Pastoral Director, The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches

About the Author:
Adrian Reynolds is Director of Ministry of the Proclamation Trust and also serves as associate minister at East London Tabernacle Baptist Church, London

Where to Buy:
And so to Bed…: A Biblical View of Sleep by Adrian Reynolds is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Aaron Little Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/30/2014 @ 2 PM ET

Water the Earth: A Student's Guide to Missions by Aaron LittleChristian Focus 4 Kids author Aaron Little will be interviewed live Wednesday July 30, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Water the Earth: A Student’s Guide to Missions. You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download here: LINK.

About the Book:
Look at mission from a perspective that will help you to understand your own mission, both life-long and short-term, and give you tips to accomplish outreach where you are called, whether around the world or down the street. Aaron Little reveals God’s big-picture plan for missions while giving out handy details for your own evangelism in this punchy, entertaining, and convicting guide.

Praise for Water the Earth:

“An elegant guide to missions, packing history, theology, and soul-searching repentance into a few short chapters.”
-Thor Sawin ~ Assistant Professor, Monterey Institute of International Studies, Monterey, California

“Be challenged by Aaron’s book… The book may just cause you to ask the question, “How does God want me to be involved in the Great Commission?””
-Paul Kooistra ~ Coordinator Mission to the World (PCA)

“A compelling primer of the mission of God… I haven’t read a better, more concise, incisive guidebook! Teenagers, university student groups, and even adult study groups will benefit.”
-Mike Barnett ~ Dean, College of Intercultural Studies, Columbia International University

About the Author:
Aaron Little is a business and missions entrepreneur. He is a member of the Presbyterian Church in America, is married to Vio and is a resident of Chattanooga, USA.

Where to Buy:
Water the Earth: A Student’s Guide to Missions by Aaron Little is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Alasdair Paine Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/28/2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

The First Chapters of Everything by Alasdair PaineChristian Focus author Alasdair Paine will be interviewed live Monday July 28, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book The First Chapters of Everything. You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download here: LINK.

About the Book
Despite its enormous significance, it is hard to hear the message of Genesis 1– 4 today. These chapters are widely dismissed as an ancient ‘myth’, a primitive account of origins long since displaced by scientific research. Within some churches, arguments about how to read the book (what are the ‘days’ of chapter 1, etc.?) have become so heated that we end up avoiding it. The result is the silencing of one of the most important messages of all time. This book is written out of a longing to make that message known.

For those seeking to work out the relationship between Genesis and science, I hope that this book, while not giving the answers, will at least give a steer as to what the Biblical text is about.

*Adapted from the preface to The First Chapters of Everything.

Praise for The First Chapters of Everything:

“Deceptively clear and digestible style… He is preoccupied with ‘What is God saying to us here?’ and refuses to allow the elephant of secondary issues to stand between us and the Genesis text (though he provides additional notes for the curious). Here is a book I found refreshing my spirit, stimulating my mind, and nourishing my soul.”
-Dale Ralph Davis ~ Minister in Residence, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina

“There is no better brief introduction to [Gen. 1-4] than this. Alasdair Paine helpfully engages with the complex questions of interpretation but never gets bogged down… The focus throughout is God’s contemporary message to us through these chapters, which is presented with great clarity and powerful application.”
-Vaughan Roberts ~ Rector of St Ebbe’s, Oxford and Director of Proclamation Trust

About the Author:
Alasdair Paine is Vicar of St. Andrew the Great, Cambridge and a trustee of Keswick Ministries.

Where to Buy:
The First Chapters of Everything by Alasdair Paine is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Orlando Saer Live on The Bob Dutko Show – 7/28/2014 @ 1:08 PM ET

Big God by Orlando SaerChristian Focus author Orlando Saer will be interviewed live Monday July 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM ET on The Bob Dutko Show to discuss his book Big God. You can listen to the live broadcast at wmuz.com.

About the Book:
Knowing a God with his hands well and truly on the steering wheel should bring great comfort to believers. But often it just leaves us scratching our heads in confusion. Why then do bad things happen? Where does that leave ‘free will’? Does God choose us or do we choose God? What’s the point of praying if God already knows what he’s going to do?

Orlando Saer tackles these questions – and more – in a straightforward and engaging way. If you sometimes struggle to understand the way God works in the world, or to explain it to others, you will find light here. You’ll also be left with a new appreciation of just how big the God of the Bible really is.

Praise for Big God:

“If God has seemed absent, He might start appearing for you in surprising places if you take on board Saer’s words here. Accurate, biblical, clear, short, serious and practical… thinking meets life.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

“Cosmic practicality… he peels off the cultural shrink-wrap from this massive doctrine and thus gives wings to Christian living – and mission. Here is medicine for the soul!”
-R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

About the Author:
Orlando Saer is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Southampton where he is involved in training and discipling university students. He has previously served churches in Sydney, London and Surrey. He is married to Libby and they have four children.

Other Books by Orlando Saer:
Iron Sharpens Iron by Orland Saer

Where to Buy:
Big God by Orlando Saer is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Monday Meditations: So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee

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‘So foolish was I, and ignorant; I was as a beast before Thee’
Psalm 73:22

Remember this is the confession of the man after God’s own heart; and in telling us his inner life, he writes, ‘So foolish was I, and ignorant’. The word ‘foolish’, here, means more than it signifies in ordinary language. David, in a former verse of the Psalm, writes, ‘I was envious at the foolish when I saw the prosperity of the wicked’, which shows that the folly he intended had sin in it. He puts himself down as being thus ‘foolish’, and adds a word which is to give intensity to it; ‘so foolish was I’. How foolish he could not tell. It was a sinful folly, a folly which was not to be excused by frailty, but to be condemned because of its perverseness and wilful ignorance, for he had been envious of the present prosperity of the ungodly, forgetful of the dreadful end awaiting all such. And are we better than David that we should call ourselves wise! Do we profess that we have attained perfection, or to have been so chastened that the rod has taken all our wilfulness out of us? Ah, this were pride indeed! If David was foolish, how foolish should we be in our own esteem if we could but see ourselves! Look back, believer: think of your doubting God when He has been so faithful to you – think of your foolish outcry of ‘Not so, my Father’, when He crossed his hands in affliction to give you the larger blessing; think of the many times when you have read His providences in the dark, misinterpreted His dispensations, and groaned out, ‘All these things are against me’, when they are all working together for your good! Think how often you have chosen sin because of its pleasure, when indeed, that pleasure was a root of bitterness to you! Surely if we know our own heart we must plead guilty to the indictment of a sinful folly; and conscious of this ‘foolishness’, we must make David’s consequent resolve our own – ‘ Thou shalt guide me with Thy counsel’.

*Excerpted from Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon (Christian Heritage, 2009).

Where to Buy:
Morning and Evening: Daily Readings by C. H. Spurgeon is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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Hear Carrie Sandom Live on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling – 7/24/2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Different by Design by Carrie SandomChristian Focus author Carrie Sandom will be interviewed live Thursday July 24, 2014 at 11:00 AM ET on Knowing the Truth with Kevin Boling to discuss her book Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women. You can tune in to the live broadcast at knowingthetruth.org.

The archive of this interview is now available: LINK

About the Book:
Different by Design traces God’s specific design for men and women in the Bible from its revelation, rejection and masking, to its restoration in the lives of those who seek to apply it. With practical insights and scenarios, women especially will find this resource both biblical and culturally relevant.

About the Author:
Carrie Sandom is Associate Minister for Women and Pastoral Care at St John’s Church, Tunbridge Wells, UK. She has served in women’s and student ministry for almost 20 years.

Where to Buy:
 Different by Design: God’s Blueprint for Men and Women is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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The Flying Spaghetti Monster & New Atheism – Graham Veale on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley

New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham VealeOver the weekend Christian Focus author Graham Veale was a guest on Unbelievable? with Justin Brierley. Here’s a brief description of the episode:

Graham Veale is the author of “New Atheism: A Survival Guide” which looks at some of the popular objections of new atheism, including the ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ parody of God.
Rory Fenton represents Secular Humanist student groups and defended the atheist society at London’s South Bank University when their Flying Spaghetti Monster posters were removed. They debate the use of parody and balancing free speech and religious sensibilities.

You can stream or download the discussion here:  LINK.

About the Book:
This summary of the arguments that dominate the current scene of thought unravels the philosophies behind modern popular and academic culture. Veale, a high school teacher, uses these arguments to motivate readers to stop and to think about their own direction and purpose, and ultimately, through consideration of the crucial questions, to find the vital answers.

About the Author:
Graham Veale is the head of the Religious Education department at the City of Armagh High School, Armagh, Northern Ireland and co-founded saintsandsceptics.org, a web ministry for apologetics. Graham has been married to Nicola for fifteen years and they have two children, Ben and Rebekah. They worship at Richhill Presbyterian Church in County Armagh.

Where to Buy:
New Atheism: A Survival Guide by Graham Veale is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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eBook Sale: Jungle Doctor Series Books 1-5 – $2.99 Each on Kindle

For a limited time, books 1-5 in the Jungle Doctor series are available for $2.99 each on Kindle. Click the book covers for details.

 
 

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Hear Orlando Saer Live on The Janet Mefferd Show – 7/10/2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

Big God by Orlando SaerChristian Focus author Orlando Saer will be interviewed live Thursday July 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM ET on The Janet Mefferd Show to discuss his book Big God. You can listen to the live broadcast at janetmefferd.com.

The archive of this interview is now available to stream or download here: LINK.

About the Book:
Knowing a God with his hands well and truly on the steering wheel should bring great comfort to believers. But often it just leaves us scratching our heads in confusion. Why then do bad things happen? Where does that leave ‘free will’? Does God choose us or do we choose God? What’s the point of praying if God already knows what he’s going to do?

Orlando Saer tackles these questions – and more – in a straightforward and engaging way. If you sometimes struggle to understand the way God works in the world, or to explain it to others, you will find light here. You’ll also be left with a new appreciation of just how big the God of the Bible really is.

Praise for Big God:

“If God has seemed absent, He might start appearing for you in surprising places if you take on board Saer’s words here. Accurate, biblical, clear, short, serious and practical… thinking meets life.”
-Mark Dever ~ Senior Pastor of Capitol Hill Baptist Church and President of 9Marks.org, Washington, DC

“Cosmic practicality… he peels off the cultural shrink-wrap from this massive doctrine and thus gives wings to Christian living – and mission. Here is medicine for the soul!”
-R. Kent Hughes ~ Senior Pastor Emeritus, College Church, Wheaton, Illinois

About the Author:
Orlando Saer is the Senior Pastor of Christ Church Southampton where he is involved in training and discipling university students. He has previously served churches in Sydney, London and Surrey. He is married to Libby and they have four children.

Other Books by Orlando Saer:
Iron Sharpens Iron by Orland Saer

Where to Buy:
Big God by Orlando Saer is available at any good  Christian bookstore. If you don’t have a Christian bookstore near you, you may want to consider purchasing a copy from one of the online book retailers listed below:

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