Monthly Archives: February 2011

Get to Know Our Imprints: Mentor

We hope that everybody has enjoyed getting to know a little bit more about of each of our imprints on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog. The final imprint we want to introduce your to is Mentor. The Mentor imprint focuses on books written at a level suitable for readers that want to that little bit deeper, including but by no means limited to, Bible College and seminary students, pastors and leaders. Mentor has developed a great reputation for being accessible and profound. It is noted for its high view of Scripture and willingness to offer an intelligent response to critical issues arising both inside and outside the church. With over 100 titles, Mentor covers a wide range of subjects such as Theology and Doctrine; Biblical, Pastoral, Preaching and Counseling, Church life, Christian life and Church History. We also have a growing set of academic-level commentaries for both the Old and New Testaments. If you want to think more on a topic then you should seriously consider a Mentor book!

Please take a few minutes to browse our new releases and catalog featured below.
New Releases:

Please browse our most recent catalog.
2010 – 2011 Mentor & Christian Heritage Catalog

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Notable And Quotable – Martin Luther

Of God’s Word
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Dr. Luther was asked whether the history of the rich man and Lazarus was a parable or an actual fact? He replied:  The earlier part of the story is evidently historical; the persons, the circumstances, the existence of the five brothers, all this is given in detail. The reference to Abraham is allegorical, and highly worthy of observation. We learn from it that there are abodes unknown to us, where the souls of men are; secrets into which we must not inquire. No mention is made of Lazarus’ grave; whence we may judge, that in God’s eyes, the soul occupies far more place than the body. Abraham’s bosom is the promise and assurance of salvation, and the expectation of Jesus Christ; not heaven itself, but the expectation of heaven.

Excerpted from Marin Luther’s Table Talk: Luther’s Comments on Life, the Church and the Bible,
(Christian Heritage, 2003).

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Get to Know Our Imprints: Christian Heritage

So far on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog, we have introduced you to two out of our four imprints.  Up next is Christian Heritage. The Christian Heritage imprint offers useful books of lasting value which represent some of the best material from the rich heritage of the Christian church. The material is presented in an attractive and accessible form and is collected in accordance with a careful commitment to our mission statement of staying faithful and reaching out. We have a wide range of authors including C.H. Spurgeon, John Owen, Matthew Henry, J. C. Ryle, F. B. Meyer, John Bunyan and many others. Please take a few minutes to browse our recent releases and catalog featured below.

Recent Releases

Please browse our most recent catalog.
2010 – 2011 Mentor & Christian Heritage Catalog

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Christian Focus Across the Web

Christian Focus Across the Web highlights important news and blog posts related to our books.  This week’s highlights are below:

Kevin Bidwell shared some thoughts about Philip Ross’ new book, From the Finger of God: The Biblical & Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law on his blog (kevinbidwell.blogspot.com).  Kevin says, “A brand new book has just passed through my hands by Philip Ross, From the Finger of God: The Biblical and Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law. It is rather a lengthy title and it is a book that is quite academic but it’s argument is very important. It is this. The law God manifests a threefold division; the moral, ceremonial and civil aspects of the law.” Kevin’s full post is available here: LINK. You can learn more about From the Finger of God: The Biblical & Theological Basis for the Threefold Division of the Law at www.christianfocus.com: LINK.

Sheila Stephen posted a review of Carine Mackenzie’s Little Hands Learning to Pray at the Evangelical Movement of Wales (www.emw.org.uk). Sheila says, “This is another hardback book in Christian Focus’ Little Hands series for children, written by a prolific author. This book could be used in family prayer times, in small Sunday school classes, or given to children in lower junior age groups to read for themselves.” Sheila’s full review is available here: LINK. You can learn more about Little Hands Learning to Pray at www.christianfocus.com: LINK.

Shaun Tabatt posted a review of Catherine Mackenzie’s What God Says: God is Always Fair over at Bible Geek Gone Wild (www.biblegeekgonewild.com). Shaun says, “As a parent of young children, I’m always excited to discover new ways for my kids to interact with God’s word. Attention spans can sometimes be a bit short amongst my youngsters, so a devotional reading or activity that can be covered in just a few minutes is ideal. The main thing I am on the lookout for is a way for my kids to experience God’s word…What I am most excited about with this series is that it provides a multi-sensory way for my children to interact with God’s word through reading, listening, and physical movement (coloring). My rating for What God Says: God is always Fair is highly recommended.” Shaun’s full review is available here: LINK. You can learn more about What God Says: God is Always Fair at www.christianfocus.com:  LINK.

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Author Profile: Michael LeFebvre

Michael LeFebvre is pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian of Brownsburg, Indiana. He grew up in a Christian home and came to faith in childhood. Before sensing a call to the pastorate, Michael worked for several years with the Institute in Basic Life Principles as a writer and in various administrative capacities. He helped write curriculum materials, and also was privileged to collaborate closely with hymnologist Dr. Al Smith on the research and writing of hymn histories.

Believing that the Lord was calling him to the pastorate, Michael moved to Indianapolis in 1996 to study for the ministry through Second Reformed Presbyterian Church while supporting himself as a freelance business writer. He later moved to Pittsburgh to complete his M.Div. at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary (class of 2001), and then moved to Scotland to complete his Ph.D. in Old Testament studies at the University of Aberdeen (class of 2005). His research included study in the arrangement of the Psalms, with a particular focus on the role of Psalm 1 as an introduction to the Psalter. Soon after completing his degree program, in January, 2006, Michael was ordained as a minister and has served at his present church since that time.

As much as Michael enjoyed his opportunities for formal study, he finds some of his richest theological lessons are learned in family worship, discussing catechism questions with his children. Michael and his wife Heather have been blessed with two daughters and three sons.

Michael occasionally blogs at Gentle Reformation, and his sermons are available at SermonAudio.com.

Published Books:
In addition to Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms (Christian Focus, 2010), which has just been released in the US this January, Michael LeFebvre has authored, or co-authored the following books:

Collections, Codes, and Torah The Re-characterization of Israel’s Written Law (T & T Clark International, 2006)

William Symington: Penman of the Scottish Covenanters, co-authored with Roy Blackwood, (Reformation Heritage Books, 2009),

Sing a New Song: Recovering Psalm Singing for the Twenty-first Century, edited by Joel R. Beeke and Anthony T. Selvaggio (Reformation Heritage Books, 2010)

Our Triune God: Living in the Love of the Three-in-One, co-authored with Philip Ryken, (forthcoming, Crossway, April 2011).

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New Release: Singing the Songs of Jesus by Michael LeFebvre

For many Christians today, the idea of singing the Psalms seems like a foreign concept or a novel idea. But the Psalms were actually composed for singing. In Old and New Testament times, and throughout Church history, congregations sang and treasured the Psalms. In Singing the Songs of Jesus: Revisiting the Psalms, Michael LeFebvre explains why the Psalms were so treasured throughout the history of the Church.

Without shying away from difficulties, like the doubts and curses of the Psalms, LeFebvre shows just how all the Psalms function as hymns for Christ-centered worship, suitable for Christian praise. This book promises to equip churches today to use the Psalms for powerful and relevant worship.

LeFebvre starts out by examining the role of the book of Psalms: is it a hymnal of praise to God, or a book written primarily to us about God? He then surveys the Bible and Church history as he unpacks the significant role the Psalter has played for the people of God down through the ages. At the heart of the book is LeFebvre’s discussion about how the psalms are really “songs of Jesus”. He shows that the Psalms were often on Jesus’ lips, and that the New Testament authors repeatedly found Christ in the Psalms. The Psalms are songs we sing with Jesus, viewing Him as central to their message and standing behind His fulfillment of their themes.

LeFebvre rounds out the book by examining the Psalms which call us to repent and which call forth curses on the unbelievers. He investigates whether even these Psalms can be seen as “songs of Jesus”, too. The final chapter addresses how singing Psalms is different than singing praise songs or hymns. He explains the meditative effect that singing the Psalms is intended to have on the Church.

For ordering information, and more information about this book, view the book detail page at Christian Focus.

About the Author:
Michael LeFebvre is pastor of Christ Church Reformed Presbyterian Church in the western suburbs of Indianapolis. He previously studied Old Testament Law at PHD Level at Aberdeen University. He is married to Heather and they have four children.

Praise for Singing the Songs of Jesus:
“LeFebvre enriches the church with wisdom regarding the vital role that singing Psalms has in the worship.” ~ Anthony T. Selvaggio, author and visiting professor of Biblical Studies at the Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Pittsburgh

“…it will prove a learning experience for our congregations, but the dimensional richness the Psalms afford would be well worth the effort.” ~ John D. Hannah, Distinguished Professor of Historical Theology, Dallas Theological Seminary

“…if you want the key to understanding what you sing, you should read this book .” ~ Kenneth Stewart, Minister of Dowanvale Free Church of Scotland, Glasgow

“LeFebvre’s book is scholarly and readable. It provides a wonderful incentive to ‘Sing the Psalms, again’.” ~ Jonathan Fletcher, Vicar of Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon, London

“…we can’t afford to neglect this divinely inspired song book that God has given us.” ~ Donald W. Sweeting, President and Professor of Church History, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando

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Notable and Quotable – Donald Macleod

John Duncan put it most succinctly: ‘Sin is the handle by which I get Christ.’ ‘I don’t read anywhere in God’s Word that Christ came to save John Duncan,’ he said, ‘but I read this: He came to save sinners and John Duncan is a sinner and that means he came to save John Duncan.’ Luther argued in the same way. He said to the devil, ‘Thou sayest I am a sinner and I will take thine own weapon and with it I will slay thee and with thine own sword I will cut thy throat because sin ought to drive us not away from Christ but towards Christ.’ The Bible and Reformed theology have taught us to come – just as we are.

Excerpted from Donald Macleod’s A Faith to Live By:  Understanding Christian Doctrine (Christian Focus, 2010).

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Get to Know Our Imprints: CF4K

Welcome to our second official week of production here on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog. We trust you have already taken the opportunity to familiarize yourself with our Christian Focus imprint. If not, please take a minute to view this post from last week. Moving right along, the next imprint we would like to introduce you to is CF4K. This imprint offers a wide range of books for children ranging in age from pre-school all the way to High School, including titles appropriate for both Sunday school and home school. The main impetus for the books published under the CF4K imprint is that you are never too young to know Jesus! Please take a few minutes to browse our new releases and catalog featured below.

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CF4k Children’s Resource Catalog

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Christian Focus Across the Web

One of the recurring weekly features on the Christian Focus BookNotes blog will be Christian Focus Across the web.  This series of posts will highlight important news and blog posts related to our books.  This week’s highlights are below:

Terry Delaney posted a written review of  George Whitefield Daily Readings at his Christian Book Notes blog.  Terry says, “Pederson has nicely crafted a devotional book that allows the modern Christian to peer into the past and see what made that “great cloud of witnesses” tick. What we see is a love affair with Christ that is unsurpassed today by so many. The reader will see on every page Jesus Christ and the hope that can be found in him.”  Terry’s full review is available here:  LINK.  You can learn more about George Whitefield Daily Readings at www.christianfocus.com:  LINK.

There is a unique blogging project underway in 2011 at TheMarrow.org.  Nine friends have taken on the task of blogging and discussing their way through Edward Fisher’s The Marrow of Modern Divinity. They offer a convenient PDF reading plan for those who would like to follow along and join in the discussion.  You can download the reading guide and catch up on the discussion at The Marrow.org. Additional information on The Marrow of Modern Divinity can be found at www.christianfocus.com:  LINK.

Christian Focus author Tiberius Rata announced his brand new Ezra & Nehemiah commentary for the Mentor commentary series.  He shares many of the endorsements the book has received from leading Old Testament scholars.  Read them in their entirety at Tiberius’ The Joy of the Lord is your Strength blog:  LINK.  You can learn more about Ezra & Nehemiah:  A Mentor Commentary at www.christianfocus.com:  LINK.

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Get to Know Our Imprints: Christian Focus

Now that we have announced Christian Focus BookNotes, we want to spend some time introducing you to each of our four imprints. Today’s post will introduce our general adult imprint, Christian Focus. This is an important imprint because it has such a wide subject range of books including Bible teaching and biography and so much more. While you will find a variety all have the common focus on our Lord Jesus Christ. We are glad to have such authors as John Piper, R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson, Helen Roseveare,  Martin Downes, Brian S. Rosner, Andrew Cameron, Denise George, David Robertson, Alec Motyer, J.I. Packer, John Pollock, Ligon Duncan, David Cook, John Benton, and Irene Howat contributing to the strength and depth of the books featured here. We hope these books will both inspire you and equip you in your daily walk with God. If you are interested in learning more about the books that make up the Christian Focus imprint, please take a few minutes to browse our new releases and catalog featured below.

New Releases

Please browse our most recent catalog.
Christian Focus 2010/2011 Catalog

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